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Old Spanish Days Fiesta

Dancing at Santa Barbara's Old  Spanish Days Fiesta (Photo: Ken Pfeiffer/Traffic411)

Dancing at Santa Barbara’s Old Spanish Days Fiesta (Photo: Ken Pfeiffer/Traffic411)

Santa Barbarans are spending the week celebrating their beautiful city’s heritage, and you’re invited to attend many of the free events taking place around town.

Old Spanish Days Fiesta runs from August 5-9, 2015. The city comes alive with colorful Spanish dancers, dancing horses, a rodeo, two parades, live music on multiple stages and plenty of pageantry, food and drink.

What could be more breathtaking than a group of Spanish dancers in colorful gowns twirling on stage with Old Mission Santa Barbara or the County Courthouse as their backdrop? While you’re at the Courthouse, take a free tour. The clock tower (offering one of the best city views) recently reopened. Click here for a calendar of Fiesta events.

In this Lisa.FM/Traffic411 podcast, Old Spanish Days historian Erin Graffy explains the history behind this 90+ year city tradition. Her stories of the parade and rodeo will make you want to attend.

Santa Barbara historians Erin Graffy & her brother Neal Graffy offer insider tips for getting the most out of Old Spanish Days Fiesta. Ole! (Photo courtesy of Neal Graffy)

Santa Barbara historians Erin Graffy & her brother Neal Graffy offer insider tips for getting the most out of Old Spanish Days Fiesta. Ole! (Photo courtesy of Neal Graffy)

Plus, Erin’s brother, Santa Barbara historian Neal Graffy will share the history behind Fiesta traditions, such as the big rodeo and confetti eggs.  They’ll also tell you where to find the most authentic Spanish/Mexican food during Fiesta.

Dancers of all ages perform during Old Spanish Days Fiesta (Photo: Ken Pfeiffer/Traffic411)

Dancers of all ages perform during Old Spanish Days Fiesta (Photo: Ken Pfeiffer/Traffic411)

On Friday, Neal Graffy will provide color commentary during the Historical Parade  (El Desfile Histórico).  If you can’t make it to Santa Barbara to see the parade in person, you can tune-in online. KEYT-3 News will stream the parade live at KEYT.com 

KEYT senior reporter John Palmentari (left) with historian Neal Graffy at Fiesta 2014 (photo courtesy of Neal Graffy)

KEYT senior reporter John Palmentari (left) with historian Neal Graffy at Fiesta 2014 (photo courtesy of Neal Graffy)

¡Viva La Fiesta!

Traffic411 Insider’s Tip: Our Lady of Guadalupe (Church) Mercado serves the most authentic Mexican food during Old Spanish Days Fiesta.

Distance from LAX: 95 miles

 

 

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