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2017 Festival: June 23, 24 & 25, Alameda Park | Parade: Noon, Saturday June 24th, State St.

The Park, photo: A. Fisher

  • Friday June 23, 2017 Festival 4 - 9 pm, Alameda Park
  • Saturday June 24, 2017 Parade - Noon, State and Cota
  • Saturday June 24, 2017 Festival - Noon - 8 pm, Alameda Park
  • Sunday June 25, 2017 Festival - Noon - 6 pm, Alameda Park
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Does your child want to participate in the 2nd Annual Summer Solstice Children's Parade?  Details on our Summer Solstice Children's workshop will be posted soon.  The theme of this year's parade is Celebrating Unity and your child will have an opportunity to create his or her favorite character or to create their very own, unique character.

The workshops are taught by experienced Solstice artists. Children can make puppets, hats, masks, costumes, and instruments for the Childrens' Parade. The workshop includes parade performance, dance, and music training.

Workshop schedules and locations for 2017 to be announced

The children's parade will begin at 2:30PM on Sunday and will start at the Main Stage, travel through the park and end at the Children's Stage.  At the end of the parade there will be a 10 - 15 minute performance.

There will be a lot of other exciting activities in the Children's Area including performances by storytellers, musicians, jugglers, puppeteers and more.  Kids can jump on an air slide, Eurobungy on a trampoline, explore the large inflatables that will be installed in the park, have their faces painted or work on free art projects.

Check back for the Stage line up!  We will have this updated as soon as the line up is complete.



Parade Registration Form for 2016 is available here

The theme for 2017 is “Celebrating Unity”. The Summer Solstice Parade features more than 1,000 parade participants, complete with extravagant floats, whimsical costumes and creatively choreographed dancing ensembles. From its beginnings as a small parade featuring street artists, the Santa Barbara Summer Solstice Celebration is now the premier Santa Barbara County arts event, drawing crowds of over 100,000 spectators from around the world.

At high Noon, on a Saturday near the longest day of the year, creative floats, fascinating costumes, brilliant masks begin their journey from Cota Street up State Street to Micheltorena, transforming downtown Santa Barbara into a vibrant splash of color, music and dance. People-powered floats reignite the creative spirit of Santa Barbara. Commercial elements, such as written words, advertisements, live animals, or motorized vehicles (except wheelchairs) are excluded from the Parade, as is nudity.

The parade begins to arrive in Alameda Park a little past 1 PM, with final entry usually appearing after 2 PM. The Alameda Park Festival continues the celebration with live music by local and international artists; delicious foods and beverages from local restaurants, caterers and non-profit 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. The wonderful floats from the parade are on display until 4:00pm.. A special children’s area features a stage with storytellers, musicians, drama, and mimes.

A great way to see the parade is in the VIP area. For more info, please call 805-965-3396 or order your VIP seats online.

The floats, costumes and masks in the parade are made by community members at the Solstice Workshop. Anyone can participate in the creation of the floats, masks and costumes by coming to the Workshop, where our paid staff of artisans, technical staff, costumers and maskmakers help to make your creative ideas come alive. Solstice Workshop participants a wide variety of materials available as well as the collective, creative spirit of working together in this magical place.

Look for new Parade and Festival Map, including downtown parking structures, in early June.

Solstice Parade Route Map