Now in its 96th year, Old Spanish Days in Santa Barbara is a beloved Santa Barbara tradition since 1924 dedicated to honoring and preserving the city’s history, spirit, culture, heritage, and traditions. The annual five-day festival, called “Fiesta” by locals takes place this year, online, from August 5 to 9, 2020 with this year’s theme, “¡Vamos a Bailar!” (or “Let’s Dance” in English).
Throughout the week, at-home viewers are invited to learn about the history, customs, and traditions of the American Indian, Spanish, Mexican, and early American settlers that comprise the rich cultural heritage of Santa Barbara through authentic music and dance.
To kick off the festivities, La Fiesta Pequeña will be available for all to see from the comfort of home during a prime-time televised event airing on August 5, which will replay highlights from past La Fiesta Pequeña events. You can also expect a virtual summer concert series called “Fiesta Music & Dance Fridays” that will feature local bands and will highlight restaurants and non-profits typically seen at the Mercados. Culminating with grand performances on August 7 and 8, these virtual concerts will be streamed on multiple outlets, and the community is encouraged to tune in and dance at home. Viva la Fiesta!