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<b>MADE WITH LOVE:</b>  Our Lady of Guadalupe Mercado has long been a favorite food destination for Fiesta revelers.

Paul Wellman

MADE WITH LOVE: Our Lady of Guadalupe Mercado has long been a favorite food destination for Fiesta revelers.


All of the Fiesta Action

Old Spanish Days’ Hottest Events


THU., AUG. 1

Santa Barbara Mission Tours

Come explore this beautiful landmark during special docent-led tours. Tours are Mon.-Tue., 11am, 1:30pm; Wed., Thu., and Fri., at 11am, 1:30pm, and 3pm; Sat., 10:30am, 1:30pm S.B. Mission, 2201 Laguna St. For more info and cost, call the Mission at 682-4713.

La Misa del Presidente

Mass at the Old Mission followed by a garden reception. A nondenominational service, open to the public. Fiesta attire encouraged. 10am. Free. Old Mission, 2201 Laguna St. Info: 682-4713.

Court House Fiesta Tours

Guided tours (every half hour) of the Moorish-Spanish building. Meet in the Mural Room. Free 10am-3pm. Santa Barbara County Courthouse. Anacapa and Anapamu sts.. For info, call 962-6464.

El Mercado De la Guerra

Feast on Spanish and Mexican-American foods, shop for crafts and souvenirs, and enjoy live entertainment, including Spanish and Mexican folk dancing, children’s events, and music. (Daily) 11am-11pm. De la Guerra Plaza (across from City Hall). Free.

El Mercado del Norte

Enjoy a selection of Spanish-Mexican foods and beverages, including icy-cold beer margaritas at the Crazy Horse Cantina, carnival rides for the kids, and live entertainment in the evening. (Daily) 11am-11pm. MacKenzie Park, State St. and Las Positas Ave. Free.

Casa Cantina

Eleventh annual Mexican-style cantina featuring beer and margaritas at Casa de la Guerra. All proceeds benefit the S.B. Trust for Historic Preservation. Noon-midnight. Casa de la Guerra Courtyard, 15 E. De la Guerra St. Info and tickets: 965-0093.

Celebración de los Dignatarios

Appetizers and wines by area restaurants and wineries. Meet local dignitaries; live music by Soul City Survivors. 5-10pm. S.B. Zoo, 500 Niños Dr. Tickets: $85 (advance); $100 (door). Tickets: 962-5339.

Las Noches de Ronda (Nights of Gaiety)

A variety show of music, singing, Flamenco, and Folklórico dances from many regions of Mexico. Bring blankets and chairs for lawn seating. 8pm. S.B. County Courthouse, Sunken Gardens, 1100 Anacapa St. Free.

By Paul Wellman

EQUINE TIME: Barrel racing is just one of the Stock Horse Show’s exciting equestrian events.

Competencia de los Vaqueros (Fiesta Stock Horse Show & Rodeo)

Tri-County riders compete in the Alisal Ranch Horse Class, Fiesta Ranch Horse Class, Old Timers Team Roping, and Steer Stopping, 8am; Pole Bending, Single Stake, Keyhole, 12noon. Earl Warren Showgrounds, Calle Real at Las Positas Rd. Free. Info: 688-5093 or sbfiestarodeo.com.

Professional Bull Riders Challenger Tour

Nation’s top riders competing in bull roping. Earl Warren Showgrounds, Calle Real at Las Positas Tickets: Box seats $80 and $60 each; general admission seats $40 (adult) or $25 (under 11). 7:45pm. Tickets and info: Jedlicka’s, 687-0747; Showgrounds, 967-6331; and sbfiestarodeo.com.

Exposicion de Fotografia

Old Spanish Days photographs by Fritz Olenberger. Sun.-Fri., 9am-6pm; Sat., 9:30am-6pm. Samy’s Camera, 614 Chapala St. Call 963-7269.

FRI., AUG. 2

Santa Barbara Mission Tours

Come explore this beautiful landmark during special docent-led tours. Tours are Mon.-Tue., 11am, 1:30pm; Wed., Thu., and Fri., at 11am, 1:30pm, and 3pm; Sat., 10:30am, 1:30pm S.B. Mission, 2201 Laguna St. For more info and cost, call the Mission at 682-4713.

Competencia de los Vaqueros (Stock Horse Show & Rodeo)

• Junior Tri-County riders compete in Breakaway Roping, Tie-down Roping, Team Roping, Barrel Racing. Riders compete in the Non-Pro Stock Horse Class and Buckaroo Class, plus eliminations for the Open Stock Horse and Hackamore Classes. 8am and 12noon. Free. Earl Warren Showgrounds, Calle Real at Las Positas Rd.

• Pro Rodeo Cowboy Association events, including Bareback Riding, Tie down Roping, Steer Stopping, Mutton Bustin, Saddle Bronc Riding, PRCA Team Roping, Barrel Racing and Bull Riding. Tickets: Box seats (sold out); general admission, $20 (adults), $15 (kids 11 and under). 7:30pm. Earl Warren Showgrounds, Calle Real at Las Positas Rd. Tickets and info: Jedlicka’s, 687-0747; Earl Warren Showgrounds, 967-6331; and sbfiestarodeo.com.

Court House Fiesta Tours

Guided tours (every half hour) of the Moorish-Spanish building. Meet in the Mural Room. Free 10am-3pm. Santa Barbara County Courthouse. Anacapa and Anapamu sts. For info, call 962-6464.

El Mercado De la Guerra

Feast on Spanish and Mexican-American foods, shop for crafts and souvenirs, and enjoy live entertainment all day and into the evening featuring children’s shows, Spanish and Mexican folk dancing, and music. (Daily) 11am-11pm. De la Guerra Plaza (across from City Hall). Free.

El Mercado del Norte

Selection of Spanish-Mexican foods and beverages. Carnival rides for the kids and the Crazy Horse Cantina for icy-cold beer margaritas and live entertainment in the evening. (Daily) 11am-11pm. Located in MacKenzie Park (State St. and Las Positas Rd.). Free.

Casa Cantina

Tenth annual Mexican-style cantina featuring beer and margaritas at Casa de la Guerra. All proceeds benefit the S.B. Trust for Historic Preservation. Noon-midnight. Casa de la Guerra Courtyard, 15 E. De la Guerra St. Info and tickets: 965-0093.

El Desfile Historico Parade

One of the largest equestrian parades in the U.S. The parade starts at the west end of Cabrillo Blvd., proceeds east along the beach to State St., and then up State St. to Sola St. Start time is 12noon. Free. Reserved seats, $15. Info: 962-8101.

<b>LITTLE BLOOMS:</b>  Fiesta Flower Girls serve as official greeters, participate in the parades, and perform at the Old Mission opening night.
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Paul Wellman

LITTLE BLOOMS: Fiesta Flower Girls serve as official greeters, participate in the parades, and perform at the Old Mission opening night.

Flor y Canto

Original Spanish-California dances and songs of the 19th century, with musical accompaniment on replica acoustic instruments performed by S.B. residents much as they would have been 150 years ago. 7pm, S.B. County Courthouse, Sunken Garden, 1100 Anacapa St. Free.

Las Noches de Ronda (Nights of Gaiety)

A variety show of music, singing, Flamenco, and Folklórico dances from many regions of Mexico. Bring blankets and chairs for lawn seating. 8pm. S.B. County Courthouse, Sunken Garden, 1100 Anacapa St. Free.

Our Lady of Guadalupe Mercado

Homemade authentic Mexican food, games, live entertainment, and dancing. 11am-9pm. Corner of Montecito and Nopal sts. Free.

Exposicion de Fotografia

Old Spanish Days photographs by Fritz Olenberger. Sun.-Fri., 9am-6pm; Sat., 9:30am-6pm. Samy’s Camera, 614 Chapala St. Call 963-7269.

SAT., AUG. 3

Santa Barbara Mission Tours

Come explore this beautiful landmark during special docent led tours. Tours are Mon.-Tue., 11am, 1:30pm; Wed., Thu., and Fri., at 11am, 1:30pm., and 3pm; Sat., 10:30am, 1:30pm. S.B. Mission, 2201 Laguna St. For more info and cost, call the Mission at 682-4713.

Kiwanis Fiesta Pancake Breakfast

The 62nd anniversary of this event, which typically serves more than 4,000 people. All proceeds go to supporting activities that benefit children in south Santa Barbara County. 7am-12 noon, Alameda Park, Santa Barbara and Sola sts. $7. Tickets and info: 967-1860 or kiwanisclubofsantabarbara.org.

Competencia de los Vaqueros (Stock Horse Show & Rodeo)

• Tri-County riders compete in Tie-down Roping, Team Roping, Open Ranch Class, and Steer Stopping. Riders compete in the Non-Pro Stock Horse Class and Buckaroo Class, plus eliminations for the Open Stock Horse and Hackamore Classes. 7am. Free.

• Pro Rodeo Cowboy Association events, including Bareback Riding, Tie down Roping, Steer Stopping, Mutton Bustin, Saddle Bronc Riding, PRCA Team Roping, Barrel Racing, and Bull Riding. Tickets: Box seats (sold out); general admission, $20 (adults), $15 (kids 11 and under). 7:30pm. Earl Warren Showgrounds, Calle Real at Las Positas Rd. Tickets and info: Jedlicka’s, 687-0747; Earl Warren Showgrounds, 967-6331; and sbfiestarodeo.com.

El Desfile de los Niños

83rd Annual Children’s Parade includes kids, parents, and other participants in traditional costumes. Parade goes down State St., from Victoria to Ortega sts. Ice cream for parade participants. 10am. Free. Info and application: 897-1982.

Court House Fiesta Tours

Guided tours (every half hour) of the Moorish-Spanish building. Meet in the Mural Room. Free 10am-3pm. Santa Barbara County Courthouse. Anacapa and Anapamu sts. For info, call 962-6464.

Fiesta Arts & Crafts Show

Artisans and crafts people display a variety of paintings, carvings, pottery, and other handcrafted wares. 10am-7pm, Cabrillo Blvd., west of Stearns Wharf.

El Mercado De la Guerra

Feast on Spanish and Mexican-American foods, shop for crafts and souvenirs, and enjoy live entertainment all day and into the evening featuring children’s shows, Spanish and Mexican folk dancing, and music. (Daily) 11am-11pm. De la Guerra Plaza (across from City Hall). Free.

El Mercado del Norte

Selection of Spanish-Mexican foods and beverages. Carnival rides for the kids and the Crazy Horse Cantina for icy-cold beer margaritas and live entertainment in the evening. (Daily) 11am-11pm. Located in MacKenzie Park (State and Las Positas sts..). Free.

Casa Cantina

Tenth annual Mexican-style cantina featuring beer and margaritas at Casa de la Guerra. All proceeds benefit the S.B. Trust for Historic Preservation. Noon-midnight. Casa de la Guerra Courtyard, 15 E. De la Guerra St. Info and tickets: 965-0093.

Our Lady of Guadalupe Mercado

Homemade authentic Mexican food, games, live entertainment, and dancing. 11am-9pm. Corner of Montecito and Nopal sts. Free.

Tardes de Ronda

Variety show in which Santa Barbara kids demonstrate their talents and multi-cultural heritage.1-5pm, S.B. County Courthouse, Sunken Gardens, 1100 Anacapa St. Free.

Mariachi Festival

Music by Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan, Beatriz Adriana and B.A. Solis, Yolanda del Rio, Mariachi Imperial, Mariachi Estrella, and Righetti High School Folkloric Dancers. 5:30pm, S.B. Bowl, 1122 N. Milpas. Tickets and info: 962-7411, sbbowl.com.

Las Noches de Ronda (Nights of Gaiety)

A variety show of music, singing, Flamenco, and Folklórico dances from many regions of Mexico. Bring blankets and chairs for lawn seating. 8pm. S.B. County Courthouse, Sunken Garden, 1100 Anacapa St. Free.

Exposición de Fotografia

Old Spanish Days photographs by Fritz Olenberger. Sun.-Fri., 9am-6pm; Sat., 9:30am-6pm. Samy’s Camera, 614 Chapala St. Call 963-7269.

SUN., AUG. 4

Court House Fiesta Tours

Guided tours (every half hour) of the Moorish-Spanish building. Meet in the Mural Room. Free 10am-3pm. S.B. County Courthouse, 1100 Anacapa St. Info: 962-6464.

Fiesta Arts & Crafts Show

Artisans and crafts people display a variety of paintings, carvings, pottery, and other handcrafted wares. 10am-7pm, Cabrillo Blvd., west of Stearns Wharf.

Our Lady of Guadalupe Mercado

Homemade authentic Mexican food, games, live entertainment, and dancing. 11am-9pm. Corner of Montecito and Nopal sts. Free.

Competencia de los Vaqueros (Stock Horse Show & Rodeo)

• Tri-County riders compete in Open Calf Branding, Team Penning Slack, 8am; Cow Dog Trials, 12noon. Free.

• Pro Rodeo Cowboy Association awards: Junior All Around Awards; Kay Dent Buckly Award; Irving Osburn Buckle Award. Tickets: Box seats, $30 and $25; general admission, $15 (adults), $10 (kids 11 and under). 1:30pm. Earl Warren Showgrounds, Calle Real at Las Positas Rd. Tickets and info: Jedlicka’s, 687-0747; Showgrounds, 967-6331; and sbfiestarodeo.com.

West Coast Symphony Fiesta Concert

Classical music conducted by Christopher Story VI. 3:30pm, S.B. County Courthouse, Sunken Gardens. Free.

Fiesta Finale Gala

An evening of music, dinner, and dance. Sponsored by the Profant Foundation for the Arts, the black-tie event features flamenco dances by Richard Chavez and Company; highlights from State Street Ballet’s “An American Tango”; songs performed by Broadway baritone Robert Patteri; and the legendary pianist Gil Rosas. During cocktail hour, folks can take in an exhibit of photos and memorabilia, along with rare film footage of Santa Barbara in the 1930s and ’40s.There will also be hors d’oeuvres and a gourmet dinner. 5:30-10pm, El Paseo Restaurant. Tickets: $150; 682-8184, profant.org.

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