One of the largest equestrian parades in the country, viva la fiesta!

With a new parade route along Cabrillo Boulevard and limited nearly parking, attendees now be able to take advantage of the downtown parking garages and arrive at the Parade route via free trolley shuttles.

For the first time in three years, Santa Barbara will have a complete Fiesta this summer with the return of the historic parade, both Mercados, and a variety of dance and celebrations throughout the community.

Facing historic Plaza De La Guerra and with City Hall as a backdrop, Officials from Old Spanish Days, the City of Santa Barbara, the Downtown Organization, and a variety of community partners unveiled plans for Fiesta 2022.

Fiesta officially begins on Wednesday, August 3 with the opening of both Mercado De La Guerra and Mercado del Norte at McKensie Park. That evening, Fiesta Pequeña once again takes place on the steps of the Old Mission.

Thursday is highlighted by the first night of Noches de Ronda in the sunken garden of the Santa Barbara County Courthouse, and the Fiesta Rodeo at Earl Warren Showgrounds.

Enjoy the view from our hotel

On Friday, El Desfile Histórico will have a new route this year, running the length of Cabrillo Boulevard from the traditional parade start at Castillo Street to the Hilton Hotel. So, Beachside Inn‘s guests will have front row seats from our Harborside Rooms.

Old Spanish Days is partening with the City of Santa Barbara and the Downtown organization to offer this free service to the community.

Three shuttles will be circulating up Chapala Street, across Victoria Street, and down Anacapa Street to the beach side of State Street. The shuttles will pick up at multiple locations along this route running in roughly 10-minute intervals.

The free shuttles will begin at 10 am and tun until 5 pm.

“It’s important to all of us that members of our community have easy access to our Fiesta Parade”, said 2022 La Presidente Maria Cabrera. “these trolleys are a great collaboration between three organizations that support Fiesta in many ways. This year´s theme, Todos Juntos en Familia, is evident in the outstanding collaborative partnership that benefits our community tremendously”.

“I could not be happier about the return of Fiesta to our community this year”, said Robin Erlander, executive director of the Downtown Organization.

“And these trolleys will support locals and visitors by providing easy access to view one of the largest equestrian parades in the country. The Downtown Organization is pleased to partner with the City and Old Spanish Days Fiesta.

  • Parade shuttle pick up locations are:
  • In the 900 Block of Chapala Street near Lot 2
  • 1100 Block of Anacapa next to the library, across from the Courthouse, and between the Library Garage and the Granada Garage.
  • 600 Block of Anacapa near Ortega and next to Lot 10
  • The drop off will be at State and Yanonali near the train Depot, just a one block walk to the Parade Route.

Visit the parade website to know more!