While Santa Barbara certainly isn’t the only town to rejoice over the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year, it does put its own flavor on the festivities.
From the mile-long parade to the spread of booths, live music and face painting, the American Riviera gives Summer Solstice the type of attention most national holidays get. Shaped and sized for different ages, interests and more, one can’t help but feel the rays of sunshine just a little bit more.
The Saturday parade begins at noon and marches from lower State Street toward Micheltorena Street, livening the downtown area with floats, dancers and music. Spectators can enjoy the view from the sidewalk or can post up at one of the many restaurants with a front row view; VIP seating is also available for $50 for those who would like reserved seats along the parade route.
Once the parade finishes (around 1pm or 2pm), the festivities migrate to Alameda Park, where numerous booths and stations surround a live music stage as well as the beer gardens. From local companies, organizations and projects to body art, flowers and storytelling, the Solstice Festival is one for everyone.
The 2016 Parade theme is “Legends,” baring costumes, music and dance that are inspired by the many legendary influences from around the world. The tremendous Solstice celebration this year begins on Friday, June 24th.
Friday June 24, 2016 Festival 4 – 9 pm, Alameda Park
Saturday June 25, 2016 Parade – Noon, State and Cota
Saturday June 25, 2016 Festival – Noon – 8 pm, Alameda Park
Sunday June 26, 2015 Festival – Noon – 6 pm, Alameda Park