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July 30 - Aug 3, 1997

PRELIMINARY EVENTS

FIESTA DEL PRESIDENTE, July 27, 5-10 p.m.: Join El Presidente Michael Danley at El Paseo Restaurant, in the historic El Paseo, for song, dance and food. Tickets are $30, available through the Old Spanish Days office, 962-8101.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 30

DOWNTOWN ORGANIZATION OF SANTA BARBARA BREAKFAST, 9-11 a.m.: Free for everyone in Fiesta dress. Enjoy a close-up view of exquisite Spanish costumes as well as creative adaptations. Located in the 1100 block of State Street.

COURT HOUSE FIESTA TOURS (Daily), 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.: Free docent-guided tours of this beautiful Moorish-Spanish building. Meet inside Anacapa Street entrance.

EL MERCADO DE LA GUERRA (daily), 11 a.m. to midnight: Stroll through a colorful Mexican market to experience Spanish and Mexican-American foods, crafts and live entertainment, including music, dancing, and children's shows. This festive street fair is located downtown in De la Guerra Plaza (across from City Hall), Wednesday through Saturday.

EL MERCADO DEL NORTE (daily), 11 a.m. to midnight: The whole family will enjoy food, music and fun at this marketplace in the northern section of Santa Barbara. Come to MacKenzie Park at the intersection of Las Positas Road and State Street. Entertainment daily.

CARNIVAL (daily), 5-10 p.m.: Exciting carnival rides and games. Santa Barbara City College's La Playa West parking lot.

LA FIESTA PEQUENA, 7 p.m.: This free event, "The Little Fiesta," officially opens Fiesta. The stage is set on the steps of Santa Barbara's historic Mission, where the padres open Fiesta activities with blessings; music and lively Spanish dancing signal the beginning of festivities. Call 682-4713. FREE.

THURSDAY, JULY 31

BREAKFAST AT LA CUMBRE PLAZA, 9-11 a.m.: Come dressed Fiesta-style and your breakfast is free. Enjoy the spirit of Fiesta with mariachis, Spanish dancers, and a colorful array of costumes. Sponsored by La Cumbre Plaza Merchants' Association.

COURT HOUSE FIESTA TOURS (daily), 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.: Free docent-guided tours of Santa Barbara County Court House. Meet inside the Anacapa Street entrance.

LA MISA DEL PRESIDENTE, 10 a.m.: El Presidente's Mass at the Santa Barbara Mission followed by garden reception. Open to the public. Costumes encouraged. Phone 682-4713.

EL MERCADO DE LA GUERRA (daily), 11 a.m. to midnight: Spanish marketplace offering a variety of Spanish/Mexican foods, featuring traditional and contemporary entertainment.

EL MERCADO DEL NORTE (daily), 11 a.m. to midnight: Spanish marketplace. Spanish and Western music, mariachis, and tasty foods. MacKenzie Park, Las Positas and State Streets.

CELEBRACIÓN DE LOS DIGNATARIOS, 5-8 p.m.: Gather to greet the mayor, members of the City Council, and other officials and dignitaries, while enjoying the delicious offerings of local restaurants amid the lush Santa Barbara Zoological Gardens. Tickets are $18; call the Arlington Ticket Agency at 963-4408.

CARNIVAL (daily), 3-10 p.m.: Exciting carnival rides and games. Santa Barbara City College's La Playa West parking lot.

BARBECUE TRI-TIP OR CHICKEN DINNER (daily), 5:30-7:30 p.m.: Delicious home-cooked meal including green salad, beans, salsa, garlic bread, dessert and beverage. Musical entertainment too! At First United Methodist Church (corner of Garden & Anapamu streets.).

COMPETICIÓN DE VAQUEROS/RODEO (daily,) 7:30 p.m.: Fiesta Rodeo and Stock Horse Show. Top riders from the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and the best of the ranch cowboys from tri-counties area. Earl Warren Showgrounds Arena, northside. Covered seating. Information, 967-6331.

LAS NOCHES DE RONDA (nightly), 8 p.m.: An opportunity to experience traditional Spanish music, dancing and singing while seated under the stars in the beautiful Sunken Garden at the County Court House. Perfect for a Fiesta summer evening. Please bring chairs or blankets for lawn seating. FREE.

FRIDAY, AUG. 1

COMPETICIÓN DE VAQUEROS, 8 a.m.: Earl Warren Showgrounds, main arena. Junior roping events with boys and girls17 & under. Free admission.

COURT HOUSE FIESTA TOURS (daily), 10 a.m. to noon: Free docent-guided tours of this beautiful Spanish-Moorish building. Meet inside the Anacapa Street entrance.

EL MERCADO DE LA GUERRA (daily), 11 a.m. to midnight: Spanish marketplace offering a variety of Spanish/Mexican foods, featuring traditional and contemporary entertainment.

EL MERCADO DEL NORTE (daily), 11 a.m. to midnight: Spanish marketplace. Spanish and Western music, mariachis, and tasty foods. MacKenzie Park, Las Positas Road and State Street.

STEAK SANDWICH LUNCHEON, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Santa Barbara Host Lions present a delectable fresh-cooked meal right where the parade begins. Parade participants and parade audience from near and far are invited to partake on Cabrillo Boulevard. at State Street.

CARNIVAL (daily), noon to 11 p.m.: Rides and games for the adventuresome. Santa Barbara City College's La Playa West parking lot.

EL DESFILE HISTÓRICO/PARADE,12:00 p.m.: The Fiesta Historical Parade is one of the largest equestrian parades in the United States. The parade starts at the west end of Cabrillo Boulevard, proceeds east along the beach and past the official reviewing stand and reserved seats to State Street, then north up State to Sola Street. For tickets call the Arlington Ticket Agency at 963-4408.

POST PARADE AWARDS GARDEN PARTY, 2:30-4:30 p.m.: Home Savings of America Garden, State & Micheltorena streets. Mariachis and refreshments. Presentation of float awards and trophies. Public invited.

BARBECUE TRI-TIP OR CHICKEN DINNER (daily), 5:30-7:30 p.m.: Delicious home-cooked meal including green salad, beans, salsa, garlic bread, dessert and beverage. Musical entertainment too! At First United Methodist Church (corner of Garden and Anapamu streets).

COMPETICIÓN DE VAQUEROS, 7:30 p.m.: Rodeo and stock horse show at the Earl Warren Showgrounds, featuring mutton bustin' and wild cow milking, plus PRCA bull riding. Covered seating in arena. Phone 967-6331.

LAS NOCHES DE RONDA (nightly), 8 p.m.: A second evening of traditional Spanish music, dancing and singing under the stars in the beautiful Sunken Garden at the County Court House. Bring chairs or blankets for lawn seating. FREE.

SATURDAY, AUG. 2

44th ANNUAL DOWNTOWN KIWANIS CLUB PANCAKE BREAKFAST, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.: A hearty breakfast to start your day. All you can eat, $4.50. Alameda Park at Sola and Santa Barbara streets.

COMPETICIÓN DE VAQUEROS/RODEO (daily), 8 a.m.: Earl Warren Showgrounds. Horse show in the Mountain View Arena, with trail, pleasure and youth classes. Free admission. For information call 967-6331.

COURT HOUSE FIESTA TOURS, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.: Free docent-guided tours of this beautiful Spanish-Moorish building. Meet inside the Anacapa Street entrance.

EL DESFILE DE LOS NIÑOS, 10 a.m.: Children's Parade. Charming children of Santa Barbara, their parents and other parade participants, don traditional costumes and carry on the rich culture of the area. The parade proceeds down State Street, from Victoria to Ortega street.

FIESTA ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW, 10 a.m. to sundown: Area artisans and craftspeople display a wide variety of paintings, carvings, pottery, etc. in a lovely, palm-lined park near the ocean. Cabrillo Boulevard, from Stearns Wharf to Castillo Street.

EL MERCADO DE LA GUERRA (daily), 11 a.m. to midnight: Spanish marketplace offering a variety of Spanish/Mexican foods, featuring traditional and contemporary entertainment.

EL MERCADO DEL NORTE (daily), 11 am. to midnight: Spanish marketplace. Spanish and Western music, mariachis, and tasty foods. MacKenzie Park, Las Positas Road and State Street.

CARNIVAL, noon to 11 p.m.: Rides and games for the adventuresome. Santa Barbara City College's La Playa West parking. lot.

TARDES DE RONDA, 1:30- 4 p.m.: Children's variety show. With colorful costumes, children from the Santa Barbara area demonstrate their talents and multicultural heritage. At Courthouse Sunken Garden, FREE.

COMPETICIÓN DE VAQUEROS, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.: The Fiesta Rodeo, Earl Warren Showgrounds Arena. Thrills and spills with bull riding, team roping, mutton bustin' and wild cow milking. Covered seating in arena. For ticket information call 967-6331.

BARBECUE TRI-TIP OR CHICKEN DINNER (daily), 5:30-7:30 p.m.: Delicious home-cooked meal including green salad, beans, salsa, garlic bread, dessert and beverage. Musical entertainment too! At First United Methodist Church (corner of Garden and Anapamu streets).

LAS NOCHES DE RONDA (nightly), 8 p.m.: At the Courthouse Sunken Garden.

SUNDAY, AUG. 3

FIESTA ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW, 10 a.m. to sunset: Area artisans and craftspeople display a wide variety of paintings, carvings, pottery, and other useful and decorative items. Cabrillo Boulevard, from Stearns Wharf to Castillo Street.

COURT HOUSE FIESTA TOURS (daily), 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.: Free docent-guided tours of this beautiful Spanish-Moorish building. Meet inside the Anacapa Street entrance.

CARNIVAL, noon-10 p.m.: Rides and games for the adventuresome. Santa Barbara City College's La Playa West parking lot.

FIESTA CARRIAGE MUSEUM, 1-4 p.m.: Open house. Explore California's bygone mode of transportation. Admission is free.

COMPETICIÓN DE VAQUEROS, 2 p.m.: Earl Warren Showgrounds. Final rodeo performance. Team penning, PRCA bull riding, team roping and mutton bustin'. Covered seating in arena. For ticket information call 967-6331.

FREE CONCERT, 3:30 p.m.: 29th year, West Coast Symphony Orchestra conducted by Christopher Story VI. At Courthouse Sunken Garden.

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