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

The Park, photo: A. Fisher


Dates: Monday evenings May 15 - June 23, 6:30 - 8:30 PM

Program Description: Connect to the roots of Solstice history through an interdisciplinary performance art workshop, culminating in a dynamic performance for Festival Opening Night at Alameda Park! With a movement emphasis, we will also integrate spoken word, music, improvisation, dance and visual art to form an ensemble that is as inclusive as it is exciting. Connect, communicate, create, and elevate! The workshop is open to all, and participation in the final performance is optional; however, attendance during the entire class arc is highly encouraged. There will also be an opportunity to collaborate in the parade with the World Dance for Humanity ensemble for those who wish to take their participation further. All ages & abilities welcome; no previous dance or performance experience required! Just a story to tell and a desire to create. Scholarship options available.

Drop in to try out the first class and sign up for the whole series if you like it!

Duration: 6 Weeks
Location:  631 Garden Street, Community Arts Workshop
Register Register by calling emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 805-965-3396 or in person at the Community Art Workshop Wed - Fri 3- 8 PM, Sat & Sun 12 - 6 PM
Cost: $250, Pay Via Pal at this link

JUNE 12-16

Program Description:
Solstice Celebration Artist in Residence Caroline HambrightStudents will learn the art of parade float and mask making along with theatre, dance and movement in preparation for the Summer Solstice Parade. This year's theme is "Celebrating Unity" and the float will utilize the featured artwork titled "Solstice System" to create a float the artwork's ideals and design. Students will not only learn new skills but also confidence to express themselves in any setting though this unique hands on art program. Students will participate in the parade in the Solstice Parade on June 25 as well as Solstice opening performances on Friday, June 23 and Festival Finale performances on Sunday June 25 at 2:30 PM at Alamanda Park. Students should bring a bag lunch.

DATES: June 12 -16th, Mon - Friday 9 AM - 3 PM
AGES: 12-17
COST $250 for week long program, includes cost of materials for float building and Solstice parade entry. REGISTER Register by filling out this application.
Pay $250 via this paypal link.
Or in person at the Community Art Workshop, 631 Garden Street
LOCATION: 631 Garden Street, Santa Barbara, Community Arts Workshop

MORE INFO: Call the Solstice Office, (805)-965-3396. Call Caroline Hambright, Camp Director at (805) 729 3535. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Escape the workplace to meditate, move and create every Monday (May 15 - June 19th) between 12- 1 PM!
Dates: Every Monday May 15th - June 19.
Time: 12-1
Cost: 1st Class Free, Optional $10 suggested donation for future classes
Location: 631 Garden Street, Community Arts Workshop

Jenna is a second generation Solstice collaborator, has performed in more than 20 parades, and authored Art Fisher's Santa Barbara Summer Solstice book in 2014.

Stretch, relax, connect, and revive with these playful and relaxing movement-based workshops for area residents and businesses. All ages and abilities; no previous dance or yoga experience required.


Program Description:  Learn to entertain and perform in the Solstice parade on Saturday, June 24th AND and for the opening night performance on Friday June 23 at Alameda Park! You will have serious fun! A 3 week workshop style class, you will not want to miss!
Dates: Tuesdays May 16th, 23rd and 30,
Time: 7 - 9 PM
Cost:  $45 for all 3 workshops, includes parade fee
Register in person at the Community Arts Workshop 631 Garden Street (corner of Ortega and Garden Street) or by via paypal at the below link: 
Locations:   May 16: 631 Garden Street, Community Arts Workshop
May 23: Workshop, 631 Garden Street
May 30: Alameda Park, meet at Gazebo 

Performance Opportunities:

Thursday, June 8th: Chamber After Hours event 5:30 - 7:30 at 631 Garden Street
Friday, June 23rd: Festival Opening Night 5 - 9 PM
Saturday, June 24th: Solstice Parade: Starting at noon at Cota & State street
Sunday, June 25th: Festival Weekend Grand Finale Performances after Children’s Parade 2:30- 5 PM
Note: Performances are not required but at least one is strongly encouraged


Program Description:  Learn to paint large scale murals with Solstice Artist in Residence Carlos Cuellar. Option to have it on display at the Solstice Festival June 23- 25!
Date:              Saturday, June 3  
Time:              3-4 PM
Cost:              $75
Location:       631 Garden Street, Community Arts Workshop
Register        Online online at or by calling 805-965-3396 or in person at the Community Art Workshop Wed - Fri 3- 8 PM, Sat & Sun 12 - 6 PM

  • 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