Santa Barbara Fiesta News

Pre-Auditions for Old Spanish Days Spirit and Junior Spirit of Fiesta 2020 Announced

Posted Nov 05, 2019

The pre-auditions will be held on Saturday, January 4, 2020. The Pre-Audition is an “OPEN CALL” to any dancer interested in auditioning for Spirit or Junior Spirit of Fiesta 2020. Pre-Audition participants will be selected for the Audition Finals that will be held on April 18, 2020.

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2020 Leadership Team Announced

Posted Oct 10, 2019
2020 Leadership Team Announced

El Presidente Erik Davis to lead historic organization

Old Spanish Days in Santa Barbara is pleased to announce the leadership team for Fiesta 2020. The elected team includes the Executive Committee comprised of: El Presidente, Erik Davis; La Primera Vice Presidente, Stephanie Petlow; El Segundo Vice Presidente, Alex Castellanos; El Secretario, David Bolton; and La Tesorera, Maria Cabrera.

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La Presidenta’s Thank You

Posted Aug 05, 2019
La Presidenta’s Thank You

I would like to sincerely thank all that participated in our 95th year and enjoyed Fiesta 2019. We had a wonderful year, with terrific events all summer long.

I started my year with a proclamation describing how Fiesta represents the “Spirit of Community.” As happens every year, thousands again participated in our events as volunteers, performers, equestrians and spectators. Our community came alive with volunteers working hard and celebrating with good food, songs and dance. 

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2019 Poster and Pin Unveiled

Posted May 30, 2019
2019 Poster and Pin Unveiled
The Fiesta pin depicts one of the most iconic images of Fiesta, the Fiesta dancers. “For the pin design I knew I wanted to use the dancing couple from many of our past Fiesta posters,” said Carroll. “It’s an image that is well-known in our community, and, in addition to the parade, it’s the other image that everyone recognizes and can connect with.” La Presidenta Carroll concluded “I hope both the poster and pin are images that resonate as quintessentially Fiesta and stir happy memories.”
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Spirit of Fiesta Auditions mark the kick off of the 2019 Old Spanish Days Fiesta Season

Posted Mar 26, 2019
 Spirit of Fiesta Auditions mark the kick off of the 2019 Old Spanish Days Fiesta Season

SANTA BARBARA, CA – March 25, 2019 – The pageantry of Old Spanish Days Fiesta will be on full display April 13, 2019, at 12:00 p.m., when 21 talented young dancers step on the stage at the La Cumbre Junior High School Auditorium to perform at the Spirit and Jr. Spirit of Fiesta Live Auditions! This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Spirit of Fiesta. Don’t miss one of Santa Barbara’s best live performance events.

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Old Spanish Days Announces 2019 Fiesta Theme

Posted Feb 21, 2019
Each year, the Presidente of Fiesta chooses a theme that will set the tone for the coming year. La Presidenta Barbara Carroll, who has been a Fiesta volunteer since 1986 and has served on the board of directors since 2006, was inspired by the way the Santa Barbara community comes together to appreciate our shared history and culture and participate in the annual celebration.
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Old Spanish Days Announces 2019 Leadership Team for 95th Fiesta

Posted Oct 19, 2018
Old Spanish Days Announces 2019 Leadership Team for 95th Fiesta
Old Spanish Days in Santa Barbara is pleased to announce the leadership team for Fiesta 2019. The elected team includes: La Presidenta Barbara Carroll; El Primer Vice Presidente Erik Davis; La Segunda Vice Presidenta Stephanie Petlow; El Secretario David Bolton; El Teserero Alex Castellanos; Division Chief of Celebrations Michelle Bischoff; Division Chief of Dance & Entertainment Andrea Caplan; Division Chief of External Relations Angelique Davis; Division Chief of Marketplaces Angela Miller-Bevan; and Division Chief of Pageantry Will Powers.
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Thanks for a Great Fiesta 2018!

Posted Aug 15, 2018
Thanks for a Great Fiesta 2018!
I want to thank the Santa Barbara community, sponsors, collaborative partners, City and County of Santa Barbara and Old Mission Santa Barbara for participating and supporting our successful 94th year of celebrating our tradition of Old Spanish Days Fiesta.
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2018 OSD Fiesta Poster and Commemorative Pin Unveiled at La Primavera

Posted May 21, 2018
2018 OSD Fiesta Poster and Commemorative Pin Unveiled at La Primavera
During a spectacular Fiesta kick off event, 2018 La Presidenta Denise Sanford unveiled this year’s official Fiesta Poster and Commemorative Pin before a large crowd at La Primavera.
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2018 Spirit of Fiesta and Junior Spirit

Posted Apr 20, 2018
2018 Spirit of Fiesta and Junior Spirit
A Santa Barbara tradition continued Saturday April 14th as a boisterous crowd of nearly 600 people packed the auditorium of La Cumbre Junior High School for the Spirit of Fiesta Auditions. The crowd was treated to astounding performances by the 11 finalists for the Spirit of Fiesta and the 9 finalist for the Junior Spirit of Fiesta.
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