Santa Barbara Coastal News


Time for the 40th Summer Solstice Festival

19 Jun 2014 7:00 PM
Time for the 40th Summer Solstice Festival

Owners of Santa Barbara luxury real estate likely know all about the Summer Solstice Festival - it's been running for 39 years! Now it's going to kickoff its fourth decade in style, with a party that will last all weekend long. 

Entertaining music will be played from the moment that the festival starts - Friday, June 20th at 4 p.m. - until the last moment of the weekend. Local favorite "Raw Silk" will be kicking things off proper with a lauded set of their soul/funk/jazz music (that particular show is set to begin at 7 p.m.)

On Saturday, the festival will pick back up at noon with a drum circle. Maybe you haven't pounded on the drum pad before, but this event is open to all, so you should drop by and play a few notes anyway. Music will be going on at the main stage, too, until 8 p.m. that evening. (There will be a "Children's Stage," if you feel like bringing the little ones along to the festivities.)

"It's a weekend of outstanding entertainment for the community, and it's free," said Claudia Bratton, executive director of the Solstice parade. "The lineup covers a wide range of tastes, from Gypsy to pop, reggae, rock, hip hop, surf grunge, Macedonian folk and alternative music. There is something for everyone to enjoy and remember for a lifetime."

The parade continues on Sunday, with music playing on the main stage until 6 p.m. Of course, the entertainment acts aren't the only part of the Solstice Festival and parade - there will be arts booths, food vendors, a beer and wine garden and plenty of other attractions open for all three days of the event. For the schedule, parade route and more info, check out the Summer Solstice Celebration's official webpage