Old Spanish Days Fiesta is an annual celebration of our city's heritage and pioneers. There are a lot of things to love about this festival, but we have highlighted a few of the best reasons to love Fiesta.
Santa Barbara loves a parade (or two or three) but our Summer Solstice Celebration is a local's favorite not to be missed. Check out the reasons we think it's a one of kind affair.
Memorial Day weekend marks the 28th I Madonnari Italian Street Painting Festival at the Old Mission in Santa Barbara. Artists converge on the plaza to create colorful and creative works of art in chalk.
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True to its roots, the celebration of Old Spanish Days continues to attract droves of summer-time tourists to our festive city. Fiesta (as it is locally called) dates back to an organic gathering during California’s rancho period in the mid-1800s. Santa Barbara continued the tradition officially in 1924 with the 1st Historical Parade, which continues to be the largest equestrian parade in the country.
No matter how many trips you've made to I Madonnari over the years, watching the tents go up on the Mission plaza is still one of the most exciting moments of Summer's coming. The crowds flood in on perfect near-summer days to watch artists work frantically, covered in sweat and chalk as they transform the Mission plaza's pavement into a canvas for community, art and charitable support. This is one of our favorite events in Santa Barbara for good reason.