Project Fiesta! Book Lecture and Signing

Posted on Jun 19 by Seasons Intern

Courtesy Santa Barbara Historical Museum

Courtesy Santa Barbara Historical Museum

In celebration of the 90th anniversary of Old Spanish Days in Santa Barbara, join the Santa Barbara Historical Museum for the premiere of its latest exhibition, Project Fiesta! on June 26 from 5:30–8 p.m.

Experience the pageantry, fashions and traditions of Santa Barbara’s most cherished cultural festival.  Featuring vintage posters, artwork, restored costumes, artifacts and historical photos, the exhibit will continue to grow as we collect your viva la fiesta memories and images.

Erin Graffy de Garcia, guest curator, uncovers the history behind Old Spanish Days Fiesta in a lecture based on her newest book, Old Spanish Days: Santa Barbara’s History Through its Public Art.  She provides fascinating details and lavish illustration to highlight this exceptional Rancho era— one of the largest non-nomadic pastoral societies in history. This Spanish Arcadia of early California was distinguished by expert horsemen, extraordinary hospitality, exuberant living, and an exhilarating love of dance.

Graffy de Garcia is a popular lecturer, historian and author of more than 13 books and monographs on Santa Barbara history and culture.

Reservations are required. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit or call 805-966- 1601 ext. 110.

–Breanne Lewis



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