Solstice Celebration Still Needs Volunteers

Solstice Volunteer Coordinator Anita Dominocielo-Ho is seeking volunteers to work at the celebration’s first three-day festival in its 37-year history. The celebration is from June 24 to June 26 at Alameda Park.

Dominocielo-Ho said one of the times volunteers are especially needed is from 2:30 to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 25, to help sell Solstice T-shirts, posters and hats.

Solstice Executive Director Claudia Bratton said parade monitors also are needed, along with float pushers. The floats are not motorized. The Solstice parade starts at noon June 25 State and Cota streets. It concludes in Alameda Park.

Green Team volunteers are needed after the parade to clean up. Also, from June 27 to July 9, volunteers can come by any time to help dismantle parade floats at the Solstice workshop, 631 Garden St.

The volunteer coordinator said because the celebration has added third day, it’s hard to say how many volunteers are needed to work at the beer garden and souvenir booths from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 26. However, volunteers are needed from 4 p.m. June 24 when the celebration starts until 6 p.m. June 26 when it concludes.

To volunteer, call 965-5535 or e-mail

With the theme of “Jungle,” the Solstice Celebration opens at 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.

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.


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