Goleta Valley Historical Society invites you to experience a historic ranch preserved for our community.

About the festival

46th Old-Time Fiddlers’ Convention & Festival!
Sunday, October 8

Join us for a GREAT day of Old-Time Music !   Enjoy all-day entertainment by some of the best Old-Time bands in the world – all in our beautiful, historic gardens.

Plus enjoy free instrument workEckRobertsonshops, jamming with fellow musicians  and one of the premier music contests on the West Coast!   There will even be an Instrument Petting Zoo for kids (and adults!).

There is something for everyone!

Adults  $15
Students $5
Children under 12 are free
Advance Tickets Here
Goleta Valley Historical Society Members are free.  For information about membership click HERE.

Food and drinks will be available for purchase from Woodstocks Pizza and Cuba’s Tacos.

No dogs, please.

Thank you:  American Riviera Bank, MarBorg Industries, Bella Vista Designs, Spark Creative Events, Telegraph Brewing Company, Windrun Vitners, Old Spanish Days, Lucidity Festival and the Old-Time Tiki Parlour.

This event is brought to you by Goleta Valley Historical Society, stewards of Rancho La Patera & Stow House.
Guitar Heroes Flyer


“One of the oldest and most respected of Santa Barbara’s now vast and growing list of festivals, the Old-Time Fiddler’s Convention and Festival, takes its “old” status proudly and seriously, as part of its very core identity and mission. Modernity and future-think are scarcely considered, in a festival that pays homage to pre-20th century American music — and its 21st century descendants.”
– Josef Woodard, Santa Barbara News-Press

Dacia Harwood, organizer
(805) 637-6783

Anita Sorrells Wheeler

Image of Woman Fiddling On Poster:

Anita Sorrells Wheeler Mathis was crowned fiddle champion in 1931 and 1934, as the first woman to hold the honor. Her first husband died in 1933 and as a single parent she carved out a life gigging and as part of the Tenessee Firecrackers and later as part of the all-female group, the Oklahoma Cowgirls playing the Depression Circuit. After her second husband died in1974, she spent her final years reveling in her history as a pioneering musician while playing for many good causes and nursing homes.