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Summer Solstice Celebration

June 24, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - June 26, 2016 @ 8:00 pm

2015 Santa Barbara Summer Solstice, photo by Robert Bernstein.

Celebrate the longest day of the year with thousands of other locals and visitors, complete with live music, performances, craft and food vendors, kids’ activities and a Santa Barbara favorite tradition: the vibrant parade, themed “Legends” this year. The parade starts at high noon on Saturday, as creative floats, fascinating costumes and brilliant masks journey from Cota St. up State St. to Micheltorena, all the while transforming downtown Santa Barbara into a stunning splash of color, music and dance. The festival at Alameda Park (1400 Santa Barbara St.) starts Friday night and continues through the weekend, featuring live music; delicious foods and beverages from local restaurants, caterers and nonprofit groups; an arts and crafts boutique with more than 75 artisans and craftsmen; a large “drum circle” formed by parade participants and anyone who cares to join in the beat; and a special children’s area with storytellers, musicians, drama and mimes.