JUNE/JULY 2019
Here's What's Happening in  
Downtown Santa Barbara

Please Vote: Santa Barbara Independent's
2019 BEST of Santa Barbara┬« Readers' Poll! 

Nomination Period: From June 6 - July 3, you will determine who deserves to be a nominee for each category by nominating your favorites below. Once the nomination period is over, we will create the voting ballot directly based on your responses. The number of final nominees in each category will vary based on number of votes received in that category. 

Voting Period: Voting will be open from July 31 - August 28, when you can vote for your favorite nominees in each category online at independent.com/bestof2019. Each voter is required to vote in at least 20 categories for their votes to be counted.   
 
To Nominate:   click here.  
 
 
Downtown SB Instagram Promotion: if you post about the Independent poll on your Instagram, tag us @DowntownSantaBarbara and we'll share it for you. Good luck - and fingers crossed!  
 
Summer Solstice 
Announcing the theme for the 2019 Solstice Parade:
WONDER!
 
Summer Solstice Parade began in 1974 as a birthday celebration for popular artist and mime Michael Gonzales. In subsequent years, the parade joined forces with a Summer Solstice Music Festival, sponsored by The Santa Barbara Museum of Art, staged at the Sunken Gardens to celebrate the longest day of year.    
 
The Parade and Festival is the largest arts event in Santa Barbara County, drawing crowds of more than 100,000 spectators from around the world.  
   
Dates: Friday through Sunday, June 21-23
Times:
Friday, 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm (Festival Opening Night )   
      Saturday, step off at Noon (45th Annual Solstice Parade)
              Saturday, Noon to 8:00 pm (Solstice Festival) 
              Sunday, Noon to 6:00 pm (Solstice Festival)
Locations: Solstice Parade starts on State at Cota, to Alameda Park
                   Solstice Festival takes place at Alameda Park 
 
Solstice Festival music performances includes appearances by Paradise Kings,  
David Segall Band, La Boheme Professional Dance Company, Area 51,  
Derinkuyu and much more! 
 
 
Presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures:
FREE Summer Cinema: Those Fabulous Fifties!!   
Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Free Summer Cinema with FREE weekly film screenings under the stars featuring seven classic films from Hollywood's golden era.
 
Dates: Fridays, July 5th - August 23rd
Times: Movies begin at 8:30 pm, lawn set up at NOON on film day
More Info: Filmgoers are asked to respect the lawn and fellow attendees. Please bring blankets that are permeable (no plastic, nylon, tarps) and chairs that are low-backed and low to the ground.
Film Lineup:
Roman Holiday (July 5th)
North by Northwest (July 12th)
Some Like it Hot (July 26)
On the Waterfront (August 9)
High Noon (August 16)
Sunset Boulevard (August 23)
   
"Roman Holiday" starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck (July 5th).
 
For more info: click here or call 805-896-3535. 

History Happy Hour  
Presented by the Santa Barbara Historical Museum

In honor of Project Fiesta: A History of Old Spanish Days, join SBHM for  
HISTORY HAPPY HOUR: "Fiestas, Festivals and Parades ~ Santa Barbara Celebrates!"  
 
Battle of the Flowers, Fleet Festival, 1908 (artist: Alexander F. Harmer)
 
Date: Wednesday, June 26th 
Time: 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Location: Grassini Family Vineyards Tasting Room (24 El Paseo)
Fee: Free entry, no host wine 
Event Info: Historian Neal Graffy will discuss how Santa Barbarans love to celebrate - from the Old Mission dedication in 1820 to Fiesta in 1924.
For More Info: click here 
 
Sevilla Square's First Annual
Rollercade Alley Block Party 

Date: Saturday, June 29th
Time: 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Locations: 25 W. Gutierrez St. (where State St meets Gutierrez St)
Fee: FREE to the public!
For More Info: click here
 
40th Birthday Cabaret
 Ensemble Theatre Company at the New Vic

Celebrate many years of theater and song with some of ETC's favorite performers!

Date: Sunday, June 7th
Time: 5:00 pm - VIP reception on stage; 6:00 pm - Cabaret performance;  7:00 pm Birthday cake & bubbly!
Location: The New Vic (33 W. Victoria)
Cover Charge: Sponsor $400; Donor $140; Single ticket $40
For tickets or more info: click here.

 
Up next at ETC: "Dancing Lessons" by Mark St. Germain, directed by Saundra McClain, June 13-20, 2019. 
To purchase tickets, click here.
 
1st Thursday
NO 1st Thursday in July
 
 
 
Due to July 4th festivities, there is NO 1st Thursday event in July. Please plan to join Downtown Santa Barbara galleries and venues for the 1st Thursday event on August 1st. And to keep you in the 1st Th ursday mood, please check out this video from May's 1st Thursday!




May 1st Thursday
For information on more upcoming Downtown Santa Barbara events, click here.

 Be sure to visit Downtown Santa Barbara's unique shops and galleries, fabulous restaurants, live music venues and delightful tasting rooms!
For more info, click here
 
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