We’re delighted to announce the theme for the 2021 Santa Barbara Summer Solstice Celebration:  BLOOM!


We wonder what our fantastic community of artists will bloom up to illustrate our theme!

A $250 honorarium will be awarded to the artist whose work is selected to be featured on 2021 Solstice t-shirts and posters.

We’re always on the lookout for new talent. Even if, ESPECIALLY if, you’ve never proposed a design for our collectable posters and T-shirts, it’s time to give it your best shot! This could be your year to shine!

An exhibit of submissions will be shown via Facebook for the public to vote. A community panel will select the 2021 featured artist by mid April.


1. Up to 3 images in jpeg form (72 dpi) to be emailed to solstice@solsticeparade.com by March 29 at 5 PM for consideration.

2. Works are encouraged to support the theme: “Bloom”, though all artwork submitted will be considered.

3. Artists must own the work and or have rights to reproduce the work if it has already been sold.

4. Works submitted must be suitable for Summer Solstice Celebration marketing materials. We reserve the right to be selective about works submitted and exhibited.

5. After the selection process is complete, a $250 check will be awarded to the artist for work selected to represent Solstice 2021 in t-shirts, posters and in all marketing materials.

6. Two t-shirts and two posters will be awarded to the artist, plus a write up on the Solstice website, a press release, inclusion in e-newsletter and social media.


We are still in the process of finalizing our 2021 festivities given current and projected COVID-19 restrictions.  What we have in the works:

A blooming garden of pop up art installations that Solstice Artists and the entire community create including on the exterior of homes, local businesses and other notable sites that you can visit at your leisure in June!


Are you interested in becoming an Artist in Residence and creating a pop up art installation for this year’s Solstice celebration? E-mail your proposal and contact information to solstice@solsticeparade.com.  Please include Art Installation Proposal in the subject line.  Those chosen will hear back from Solstice via e-mail. We have a limited number of paid Artist in Residence positions open so get your proposals in early!


Continuing our tradition of showcasing musical talent, we are accepting music video submissions for a performance series and/or inclusion. 

Submission details and guidelines will be available in the next few weeks on our website at www.solsticeparade.com.


There are multiple ways for YOU to get involved in Solstice this year.

Start dreaming up your costume and prepare to reserve your spot be professionally filmed at the Community Arts Workshop in May!

Want to create something on your own?  Send us your short videos (horizontal, not vertical) and photos for inclusion.

Submission details and guidelines will be available in the next few weeks on our website at www.solsticeparade.com.

A little camera shy?  Why not create your very own Solstice House/Business Float.  Please be sure to let us know what you are doing so we can include it in our self-guided tour. Send us your name and the location of the decorated business or home to solstice@solsticeparade.com.  Include Float in the subject line.

Together we will BLOOM in 2021!

Have questions or ideas for inclusion? Email our 2021 Project Coordinator at solstice@solsticeparade.com

[Update: March 21, 2021] The dates and stations for airing the videos are still being explored and have been taken down until firmed up.  


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