2015 Santa Barbara French Festival July 18 & 19, 2015

The Santa Barbara French Festival returns to Oak Park July 18 and 19 to celebrate Bastille Day and all the things that make the French cultural history so rich. Two days of delicious wine and food- including mimosas, crepes, and decadent pastries- as well as music, dance, crafts, and, of course, the infamous Poodles & Pals Parade! A community event not to be missed, it’s a Dance Festival, a Music Festival, an Arts & Crafts Festival and a Food Festival- all in one place! It is also a great way to support Center Stage Theater and Speaking of Stories, two wonderful Santa Barbara arts organizations.
For two days Santa Barbara celebrates its reputation as “the American Riviera,” as the French Festival takes over beautiful Oak Park. The fun starts at 11:00 am, and continues non-stop until 7:00 pm. Three stages will be filled with dance and music from more than 30 different acts, including performances of the Can-can, French Polynesian dancers, African Bellydancing, Burlesque, Tango and of course, the Femme Fatales Drag Revue! Audience members are encouraged to participate and learn, and every minute of entertainment is all free! Entertainers include local favorites like the West Coast Ballet and Santa Barbara Silver Follies, along with groups from around California. Second Wind, a 4-piece ensemble joins us from Long Beach, playing French music from the 30’s to modern, with a touch of Cajun and Quebecois. Los Angeles performer Jean-Pierre Tibbi will bring classic French songs and Djangoschmango takes you on a journey to a Paris nightclub of the 30’s with their tribute to the great Django Reinhardt. The Accordion International Music Society of Santa Barbara will coordinate the third stage dedicated to exclusively accordion performances. Fabulous accordion tunes fill the air, complete with a dance floor for those that want to take advantage and let the music move them. In response to popular demand this year we are teaming with French Bulldog Rescue to expand on our infamous Poodles and Pals Parade. For years this great tradition as concluded the Festival on Sunday evening, this year we will do the parade at the end of the day on both Saturday and Sunday at 6:00. The fun begins with a procession through the park as Napoleon leads the promenade to the stage!
The entertainment is only part of what the French Festival has to offer — more than 60 booths will be offering everything from crepes and delicious French pastries to face painting and French tablecloths. Grab a mimosa as you peruse beautiful paintings and photography. Enjoy a crepe or Le Hot Dog from Pacific Crepes while shopping for your French Festival t-shirt and beret. Take a moment for a quick massage before you settle in for the next performance with a sinfully delicious croissant from Normandie Bakery, beignets or Cajun shrimp and French beer. Browse through jewelry and fashion, photographs and artwork, and so much more. Visit the Santa Barbara Travel Bureau booth to sample some of the great offers on boutique adventures and excursions, and get your raffle ticket for your chance to win a romantic French Polynesian resort stay. You can even try your hand at Petanque, a French lawn bowling game.
Center Stage Theatre and Speaking of Stories are pleased to present this great community event, which serves as a joint fundraiser for the two organizations. Sponsors for the event include Santa Barbara Travel, Kronenbourg 1664, Perrier, The Santa Barbara Independent,, Tent Merchants, and French Bulldog Rescue.
For complete details on the performers, food, crafts, shopping and activities visit or “Like” us on Facebook so you get all the new updates. If you would like to volunteer at the Festival, please call or email Nathan at 805-963-8198 or
The 27th Annual Santa Barbara French Festival, Saturday and Sunday July 18 and 19, 11:00 to 7pm. Admission is Free and the Festival is a non-smoking event. For more information visit, or call 805-963-8198.
(Photo examples are attached, but we have many more to select from. Interviews can be arranged with performers, vendors and organizers.)


Nathan Quinney

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