Santa Barbara’s Summer Solstice Celebration is a beloved annual tradition that kicks off the summer season with a dazzling parade and lineup of live performances. This year, to protect the health of the community, the celebration is transforming into an exciting virtual event. The Summer Solstice Celebration will keep the creative energy and spirit alive with a variety of free and donation-based online classes and gatherings throughout May and June. Artists, performers, costumers, musicians, storytellers, dancers and other creative folks from around the world will be able to virtually share their talents and connect with the community. The event will also include a Virtual Food Court featuring local restaurants and food vendors.
The schedule of online events for the Solstice Celebration will be announced in the first week of May, and the Summer Solstice Celebration is exploring alternative dates to host a parade later in 2020 should conditions allow. Organizers are also happy to announce a partnership with the UCSB Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, featuring an online Solstice “parade of history” where you can view a sampling of the organization’s 45-year legacy, started by local artist Michael Gonzalez in 1976.
Check the Summer Solstice Celebration’s website for more information, updates and the schedule of virtual events and gatherings.
How to Help
The Summer Solstice Celebrations is a nonprofit organization. This year, a huge portion of workshop, parade and festival funding has been lost due to the public health crisis. You can help support the creative individuals who are making the online event possible by making a donation here.