Santa Barbara Summer Solstice Celebration

In the United States, the city of Santa Barbara is famous for holding the nation’s most talked about Summer Solstice celebration, with festivities that last three full days!! With that kind of notoriety, it is an event you don’t want to miss.

For centuries civilizations have been awed by the power of the sun and have celebrated the longest day of year, the Summer Solstice; also the first day of summer. That tradition continues around the world to this day.

Throughout Europe it is common for large groups to assemble at pagan spiritual gatherings to light sacred fires and stay up all night to welcome the coming of daybreak on the Summer Solstice. At Stonehenge in England, thousands of folks gather each year to witness the solstice sunrise. In France, at the Fete de la Musique in Paris, a full day of free concerts celebrates the beginning of summer. And in New York City, two dramatically different events are staged to usher in the Summer Solstice. One is a traditional concert at the Cathedral of St John the Divine, while in Brooklyn, revelers of a different kind hold an annual Coney Island Mermaid Parade. (

Summer Solstice celebrations around the world also include a lot of folklore and superstition. In Lithuania it was said that the dew from the morning of the Summer Solstice makes old people look younger and young girls more beautiful. In Estonia, if you are able to jump over a solstice bon fire without setting your pants on fire, you are guaranteed good luck for the coming year. Revelers also believe that if there’s something you want, you should walk around the solstice bon fire three times with a pebble in your hand, whispering what you want to the pebble, and then throw it into the fire. And, if you don’t sleep at all during the Summer Solstice, and sit in the middle of a stone circle, you’ll see fairies, ghosts, and goblins. (

With all this folklore and revelry surrounding the upcoming Summer Solstice worldwide, you won’t want to miss the chance to join in the Santa Barbara celebrations on the weekend of June 19 – 21, 2015.

PARADE: (State & Cota)
12 PM Saturday, June 20, 2015
FESTIVAL: (Alameda Park)
4 pm – 9 pm, Friday, June 19, 2015
Noon – 8 pm, Saturday, June 20, 2015
Noon – 8 pm, Sunday, June 21, 2015