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From the Desk of Kate Schwab,
Marketing & Communications Director
Here Comes Old Spanish Days!
"Old" Spanish Days indeed - at 93 years (since 1924), our beloved celebration of Santa Barbara's Hispanic heritage is going strong and gearing up for another amazing year. We all have our favorite events, locations, moments and traditions of Fiesta. Maybe you're excited to kick off Fiesta Week with that wild party we like to call "DIGS!" (Celebraction de los Dignatariós, Thu, Aug 3). When you're partying at the Santa Barbara Zoo, you're wine'ing and dine'ing among some real animals.
Maybe your passion is for the multitude of performances - dancers and musicians abound this week, on stage at the mercados, Paseo Nuevo Center Court, at the Courthouse Sunken Gardens for Las Nochas de Ronda, during La Fiesta Pequeña at the Old Mission, mariachis strolling sidewalks, even State Street offices and board rooms hosting the talented Spirit and Junior Spirit of Fiesta.
|Grammy Award winning all female ensemble, Mariachi Divas.
There really is something for everyone during Fiesta - professional rodeo, special masses at
Old Mission Santa Barbara, once-a-year food and drink delights at El Mercado de la Guerra and
El Mercado del Norte, awe-inspiring ceremonies, fun of all types for kids of all ages, historical tours of the Courthouse and Mission, Fiesta art exhibits and don't forget Casa Cantina at Casa de la Guerra where it all began (noon to midnight)!
And if you're a fan of a fabulous parade (and horses), you're in the right place! Two parades (El Desfile Histórico and El Desfile de los Niños) bring pageantry, costumes, dancers, floats, horses and more horses, for two days along State Street.
Old Spanish Days - Fiesta is a community celebration, so it's only fitting that Fiesta La Presidente Rhonda Ledson Henderson chose "Unity Through Community" as this year's theme.
Viva la Fiesta!
Click here for a full list of events, August 2-6.
Free Summer Cinema
Santa Barbara County Courthouse Sunken Garden
To celebrate the 7th year of
Free Summer Cinema, how could the movie theme be anything
but movies starring that most debonair (and gorgeous) of spies, 007 himself, Bond - James Bond.
The Spy Who Loved Me - Friday, August 11
- August 18
Skyfall, Friday -August 25
Outdoor screenings take place under the stars on Friday evenings at 8:30 p.m. at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse Sunken Garden. Bring blankets, low-back beach chairs (seat must be no more than six inches above the ground), a to-go meal from a Downtown Santa Barbara restaurant, blankets and your friends. Film-goers may begin setting up on the lawn at noon on the day of the Courthouse screenings.
Admission to all film screenings is FREE.
Heads up - here's a month's worth of upcoming events in Downtown Santa Barbara
and YOU can participate!
Thursday, August 3
De la Guerra Plaza
Thu, Aug 3 -Sat, Aug 5
(11:00 am to 11:00 pm)
Courthouse Sunken Gardens
Thu, Aug 3 - Sat, Aug 5
Cabrillo Blvd, up State St. to Sola St.
Fri, Aug 4
State St, from Victoria to Ortega
Sat, Aug 5
(Friday, 8:30 pm)
Fri, Aug 11:
The Spy Who Loved Me
Downtown Santa Barbara comes alive once a month,
, the monthly art crawl on Downtown Santa Barbara streets and historic paseos! Look for art, music, dance, poetry, demos, lectures, book signings and more - free for all participants.
August's theme is "Discover a New Passion."
Santa Barbara Art Association presents Artist of the Month Karen R. Schroeder, with her series of paintings and prints called "The Trees Lead the Way,"at
Gallery 113 (1114 State #8).
- Join SlingShot Gallery (220 W. Canon Perdido) for "Summer Colors," including work by artist Simone DuMong and her piece "Sunflowers."
Kelly Clause, a young Santa Barbara native, exhibits ocean-inspired watercolors and prints at Anthropologie (1123 State).
- Everyone knows that Fiesta brings a parade of horses, but this year it will last all month when local artists parade their equine masterpieces at CASA Gallery (23 E. Canon Perdido).
Celebrate the opening of two exhibitions at Sullivan Goss (11 E. Anapamu): a solo show by Jon Francis and the groundbreaking work by Los Angeles muralist, David Flores.
- At SBCAST (513 Garden St): Photographer Elena Dorfman in studio D: "The Origin of the New World," works inspired by art history and the human body.
On view at Santa Barbara Museum of Art (1130 State): "You Are Going On A Trip," "Sleep of Reason," "Rodin and His Legacy," and "Highlights of the Permanent Collection."
Celebrate Fiesta at Lady McClintock Studios (1221 State #6) with an exhibition of Fiesta inspired paintings! Honoring artists: Claudia Lash, Cathy Quiel, Ellen Montgomery, Rosemary McClintock, Beth Preston & more.
Jodi House (625 Chapala) opens "New Life," a collection of gestural work by Mary Spacapan that explores all that is beautiful through the use of color, texture, and composition.
Grassini Family Vineyards (813 Anacapa #6) for wine tasting, wine trivia, and complimentary olive oil tasting.
- ViewPoint at 10 West Gallery (10 W. Anapamu): a common thread for many pieces in this nine-artist group show is their dynamic perspective.
- This summer's exhibition of selected works by ARTAMO GALLERY (11 W. Anapamu) artists features the late paintings from a new series of abstracts by Julia Pinkham.
Celebrating their 26th anniversary,
is a mainstay on the Bay Area jazz scene, across the country, and internationally. They play a special blend of original funky Latin jazz, with high energy, compositional complexity, and musical virtuosity.
(Marshalls Patio, 900 State)
|Find Charged Particles at 900 State.
Macaroni Kid Santa Barbara, celebrating Old Spanish Days Fiesta with kids and families, creating Fiesta themed macaroni crafts! Make paper sombreros with colored macaroni as well as Fiesta macaroni jewelry. Free!
(SBMA Corner, State & Anapamu)
Non-Profits to Know:
Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation
. Brothers Sisters.
We support the entire family when a child has cancer."
Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation was inspired by a three-year-old boy with Ewing Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer and brain tumor diagnoses. One day, his mother broke down as she shared the hardships she and her family faced while caring for her sick child. She spoke of unplanned and extended hospital stays, as well as expensive medications, which sometimes exceeded $1,000 after insurance. She also shared the dilemma of needing to give up her income in order to care for her sick son, and be able to accompany him during hospital stays.
Mostly, she faced the fear of not knowing whether her son would relapse again or even survive.
She shared that her family was seemingly drowning without the knowledge of available support to help them during this difficult time.
After this conversation, Founder Nikki Katz realized the great need for a support system for families with children suffering from cancer on the Central Coast. In 2002, with the determination to assist families through their battle with cancer, Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation was born.
Here's What's New Downtown:
The Santa Barbara Public Library announces the opening of
, a career training center to basic computer skills and workforce preparedness training...From the Santa Barbara Police Department:
General Enforcement Notices During Fiesta
, including parking and traffic enforcement...Welcome, new Associate Member
Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee of Santa Barbara
...An exciting new development is heading to the 400 block of State Street, courtesy of the
. Similar to their successful Waterline concept in the Funk Zone, this project will also feature the highest quality food, beer wine and craft cocktails, with micro-retail spaces. #CannotWait...
Downtown Santa Barbara
Board of Directors
The Towbes Group
Brush & Associates
David de L'Arbe
Santa Barbara Travel Bureau
American Riviera Bank
Pacific Western Bank
Santa Barbara Arts
Santa Barbara Frame Shop
The Shade Store
Santa Barbara International Film Festival
Law Office of William Duval
Hotel Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Holdren's Steaks & Seafood
Visit Santa Barbara
Distinctive Framing 'n' Art
Distinctive Art Gallery
Margerum Wine Co.
MOXI, Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation
Santa Barbara Trust for
Ensemble Theatre Company
Santa Barbara Independent
SB Center for the
Opal Restaurant and Bar
Paseo Nuevo Shops & Restaurants
Montecito Bank & Trust
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Marketing & Communications Director
Marketing & Events Coordinator
State Street Team
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