Dannsair, a traditional Irish band, will perform. A portion of the evening proceeds go to this years’ Summer Solstice Celebration, which for the first time in its 37-year history will be expanded to three days, from June 24 to June 26. This year’s heme is “Jungle.”
The celebration opens at 4 p.m. June 24 in Alameda Park, with theatrical and musical entertainment until 9 p.m. The festival resumes at noon June 25 with entertainment until 8 p.m. The Solstice Children’s Festival is open June 25 and 26 from noon to 6 p.m. with a variety of family and children’s activities, free art projects, booths and musical entertainment.
The Solstice Parade will begin at noon June 25 at State and Cota streets. It concludes in Alameda Park. On June 26, live entertainment will be featured from 1:30 to 6 p.m. on the main stage featuring soft jazz music as well as entertainment on the children’s stage from 1:30 to 6 p.m. Arts and crafts booths, food booths, and beer and wine garden will be open for all three days of the festival.
The Solstice Celebration has grown into Santa Barbara’s largest arts event, drawing more than 100,000 spectators from around the world, with more than 1,000 parade participants. As a 501(c)3, nonprofit community organization, Solstice Celebration has become a year-round organization, bringing the community together through the arts.