events in santa barbara, ca near hotel indigo at the state house

Greek Festival

Saturday, July 29, 2017 - Sunday, July 30, 2017
The festival evokes the sights, sounds and tastes that define the traditional Greek way of life. Stroll through Santa Barbara’s beautiful Oak Park, and experience the simple pleasures of life in a Greek village.

Dozens of volunteers enthusiastically staff their booths, creating a convivial, welcoming atmosphere. Festival-goers return year after year for the food. Delectable festival favorites like gyros and moussaka. And no Greek village would be complete without homemade pastries from YiaYia’s traditional recipes: baklava, melomakarona, and kataifi are just a few of the sweet treats to delight you.
Listen to the distinctive sounds of the bouzouki and other exotic instruments played by authentic Greek musicians who perform traditional and popular songs. Delight in the beauty of the elaborate costumes worn by performers as they share their carefully practiced steps and intricate dances with the enthusiastic audience.
Take advantage of a free Greek dance lesson, and enjoy participating in the same dances you would perform in the traditional villages of Greece. Dance the afternoon away, eat a little (or a lot), shop in the Greek marketplace, relax and enjoy yourself under the oaks in the warm embrace of the best Greek culture has to offer.
So maybe you can’t make it all the way to Greece this year. The Santa Barbara Greek Festival is the next best thing to being there!
Free  admission & free parking! We love animals, but for everyone’s safety and enjoyment no pets please.

¡Viva La Fiesta! Casa Cantina; 12 PM Noon - 12AM Midnight

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 - Saturday, August 5, 2017

Celebrate Fiesta where it all began as Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation presents the 13th annual Casa Cantina in the courtyard of the historic Casa de la Guerra. Part of the annual Old Spanish Days Fiesta celebration, locals and visitors alike are invited to relax, sip a cold drink, and celebrate at the home of Fiesta! Held at Casa de la Guerra, 15 East De la Guerra Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. General Admission fee required, free admission for SBTHP members. For more information please call (805) 965-0093.

This is a twenty-one and over event - ID required.

¡Viva La Fiesta! Annual El Desfile De Los Niños (Children's Parade) 10 AM

Saturday, August 5, 2017 - Saturday, August 5, 2017

The charming Children's Parade is organized by the City Parks and Recreation Department. Young people of Santa Barbara, their parents, and other parade participants don traditional costumes and celebrate the rich culture of the area. The parade proceeds down State Street, from Victoria Street to Ortega Street. Viewing the parade is free.

To participate in the parade please call the Parks and Recreation Department at (805) 564-5418 for information and an application.

Ice cream for Parade participants is sponsored by MarBorg Industries.

¡Viva La Fiesta! Our Lady of Guadalupe Mercado, 11AM - 9 PM

Friday, August 4, 2017 - Sunday, August 6, 2017

Enjoy one of the best traditions of Fiesta. Our Lady of Guadalupe Mercado serves up a wide array of authentic Mexican cuisine and entertainment.

Visit a local secret at 227 North Nopal Street and experience homemade goodness for the whole family!

¡Viva La Fiesta! El Mercado de la Guerra; 11 AM - 11 PM

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 - Saturday, August 5, 2017

Stroll through a colorful Mexican market (across from City Hall) to feast on Spanish and Mexican-American foods, shop for crafts and souvenirs, and enjoy live entertainment all day and into the early evening.

Mercado de la Guerra is located in De La Guerra Plaza, on the first block of East De la Guerra Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101.

¡Viva La Fiesta! El Mercado Del Norte; 11 AM - 11 PM

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 - Saturday, August 5, 2017

Come for the fun and the food, stay for the music and dancing. Check out our four distinct "neighborhoods" for all of the family: the food court where you can watch daily entertainment and enjoy Fiesta foods; the Fiesta Bazaar for souvenirs; Fiesta Carnival with rides and attractions for the kids; and the Crazy Horse Cantina for icy cold beer margaritas and live entertainment in the evening to get you out on the dance floor. Mercado Del Norte is located in Mackenzie Parkat the corner of State Street and Las Positas Street in the San Roque area.

Wristbands for the Carnival are $25 on Wednesday and Thursday and $30 on Friday and Saturday. 

¡Viva La Fiesta! El Desfile Histórico (Historical Parade); 12 PM (Noon)

Friday, August 4, 2017 - Friday, August 4, 2017

This year marks the 93rd anniversary of the Fiesta Historical Parade. It is unique to Santa Barbara and features floats depicting episodes from the history of the state and city. Descendants of local Native Americans, Spanish Pioneers, the Native Sons and Daughters of the Golden West, and local service clubs and organizations all reenact historical scenes. It is one of the nation’s largest equestrian parades, featuring over 600 horses, as well as many antique carriages, coaches, and wagons. The parade starts at the west end of Cabrillo Boulevard, proceeds east along the beach to State Street, then up State Street to Sola Street.

Viewing the Parade is free. Seats can be set up ahead of time along the State Street segment of the Parade route only - seats can be set up no earlier than 5 PM on Thursday, August 3rd. Old Spanish Days provides a section of shaded, guaranteed seating along Cabrillo Boulevard between Bath and Chapala streets. General tickets and deluxe tickets are on sale now (space is limited)

¡Viva La Fiesta! La Misa del Presidente; 10 AM

Thursday, August 3, 2017 - Thursday, August 3, 2017

Held on the second day of Fiesta in the morning, the Saint Barbara Parish invites those of all faiths to enjoy High Mass in the main church of Old Mission Santa Barbara. La Misa is held in honor of La Presidente and the Old Spanish Days Board, celebrating both the long-standing relationship between the Old Mission and Old Spanish Days as well as the entire Fiesta community. This Roman Catholic Mass dates back to the first day of Fiesta in 1936 and today is followed by a festive reception in the Mission’s Sacred Garden.

This beautiful landmark is located at 2201 Laguna Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93105. For more information please contact the Santa Barbara Mission at (805) 682-4713.


¡Viva La Fiesta! La Fiesta Pequeña; 8 PM

Sunday, August 3, 2014 - Sunday, August 3, 2014

As the August sun slowly sets behind the “Queen of the Missions”, experience the Franciscans hospitality as they welcome all to enjoy the official opening of Old Spanish Days Fiesta at this beautiful setting as they have since 1927. La Fiesta Pequeña, “Little Fiesta”, is a colorful, historical program which includes traditional songs and dance from Californios, Flamenco, Spanish classical and Mexican folklorico, an appearance from Saint Barbara, and a special performance from the 2016 Spirit. This event is free to the public.

First Thursday Art Walk

Whole Year

The first Thursday of every month, 5–8 p.m.

An evening of art and culture in downtown Santa Barbara. On the first Thursday of each month, participating museums, galleries and art-related venues offer free access to visual and performing art in a fun and social environment. 

Image Caption: Julia Barbosa Landois, Culo de Oro/The Golden Ass, 2011, Performance still. Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum, Courtesy Walley Films.