Tag archives: Santa Barbara Fiesta

La Fiesta Del Museo
By Lynda Millner   |   August 16, 2022

The Santa Barbara Historical Museum became a page out of a book about Sevilla with their La Fiesta del Museo Old Spanish Days party in the courtyard. We celebrated the culture, the dance, and the cuisine of one of my favorite places on Earth. My family was lucky enough to live there for seven years. […]

Montecito Bank & Trust
By Lynda Millner   |   August 16, 2022

The Santa Barbara Historical Museum was the venue for another Fiesta party. This time a kickoff for the Montecito Bank & Trust and their loyal customers. They had outgrown their own bank as a party place. I always liked going up to the teller window and withdrawing a margarita instead of dollars. Their motto is […]

Fiesta Festivities
By Richard Mineards   |   August 16, 2022

Our tony town’s annual Fiesta fest kicked off at a sold-out La Recepción del Presidente for 160 guests when 14 past fest presidents with current president Maria Cabrera filled the Carriage and Western Art Museum, accompanied by the Spirits of Fiesta. After a blessing from fun-loving Franciscan friar Larry Gosselin, just back from a vacation […]

Finding the Off-beat Flavors of Fiesta
By Steven Libowitz   |   August 2, 2022

Fiesta isn’t only about music, food, dance, and arts and entertainment reflecting Santa Barbara’s Spanish cultural past and present, there’s also a pretty healthy dose of rock and roll, pop, and more in outdoor locations around town. Most notable are the twin Mercados at De La Guerra Plaza and Mackenzie Park, both returning for the […]

Fiesta Kicks off With Poster Unveiling
By Montecito Journal   |   May 31, 2022

On Saturday May 21, 2022, Fiesta La Presidente Maria Cabrera unveiled this year’s Old Spanish Days poster and pin. The pin is a 3D silver fan that serves as a common symbol during Fiesta performances and in the crowds to fight off heat. The poster features an archived watercolor by Arthur Beaumont with printing by […]

Full Fiesta in 2022
By Lynda Millner   |   May 10, 2022

Old Spanish Days (OSD) is in its 98th year, and this year after the pandemic OSD is back in all its glory – flamenco, flowers, mercados, horses, and a parade with a new route. It will run the length of Cabrillo Boulevard from the traditional parade start at Castillo Street to the Hilton Hotel. Participants […]

Fiesta Season is Here
By Richard Mineards   |   January 8, 2021

Montecito Bank & Trust’s main State Street branch suffered major social gridlock when it hosted its third annual Fiesta party for more than 300 traditionally garbed guests. Quaffing magnificent margaritas and noshing on traditional fare from Los Arroyos, partygoers were entertained by Chris Fossek playing classical guitar, with flamenco dancing from Junior Spirit of Fiesta […]

¡Viva La Fiesta!
By Lynda Millner   |   January 7, 2021

Yes, it’s time to think about that 97 year-old-fun fest, Old Spanish Days (OSD). To start the Fiesta year off La Presidenta 2021 was just announced, Stephanie Petlow. She has lived here for many years and served on the OSD board for 20 years. Her leadership team is primer Alex Castellanos, vice presidente; David Bolton, […]

La Fiesta Del Museo
By Lynda Millner   |   August 1, 2019

The Santa Barbara Historical Museum (SBHM) gives one of the best Fiesta parties in town. The venue makes a perfect backdrop – it looks like a movie set and all we have to do is don our costumes and we’re ready for action! We entered through the front door and trekked through the galleries, one […]

Helping the Historical Museum Keep its Cool
By Richard Mineards   |   July 25, 2019

A record 305 guests at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum for La Fiesta del Museo got a warm reception, but maybe too warm. President Bill Reynolds says the museum’s current central conditioning system, installed in the 1990s, does not cool the air sufficiently and is “inadequate” for the institution’s needs in keeping innumerable historical artifacts, […]

Viva La Presidenta!
By Steven Libowitz   |   July 25, 2019

You’d be hard-pressed to find a more bubbly and enthusiastic supporter of Old Spanish Days Fiesta than Barbara Carroll, a Santa Barbara native who serves as a litigation attorney for a prestigious local firm when she’s not busy shouting “Viva La Fiesta!” for the better part of a week in mid-summer. Which is good news […]

Viva la Fiesta
By Richard Mineards   |   June 27, 2019

Fiesta Ranchera celebrated its 12th anniversary with a sold-out bash for more than 800 guests at the 147-year-old Rancho La Patera and Stow House in Goleta, raising around $60,000 split equally between Old Spanish Days and the 52-year-old Goleta Valley Historical Society. The colorful gala, co-chaired by Tim Aceves, Gaia Zellet, and Hatty Husband, featured […]