Weekend Brings Summer Solstice Celebration

Always a big boon to the South Coast economy, the 2017 Summer Solstice Celebration will start at 4 p.m. Friday  with opening ceremonies and a special happy hour at Santa Barbara’s Alameda Park. Some 80,000 are expected over the weekend.

Admission to the happy hour costs $4 in the beer garden with DJ Darla Bea and $5 appetizers.  The rest of the e park will be open the general public.

“The Solstice team has a show-stopping schedule of preview performances planned on Friday night.” said Solstice Executive Director Robin Elander. “It’s all about celebrating unity and honoring our local nonprofits serving our community,”

Jenny Sullivan, Randy Tico and Jenna Tico are directing Solstice opening ceremonies. At east 57 food and other vendors will be at the park during the weekend. Solstice officials said.

Live musical performances from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday will be featured by Zephan and The Tribe, World Dance for Humanity, the Soulstice Sol All-Star Band, featuring longtime Santa Barbara bassist and band leader Randy Tico.

The next day after the 43rd annual Solstice parade, which starts at noon at the corner of State and Cota streets and continues to Alameda Park, DJ music will be featured until 1:15 p.m. After that, the Afro-Cuban jazz band Panzumo will perform with an array of dancers. The next act will be the David Segall Band. From 4 to 5 p.m., the dance R&B band Area 51 will perform, followed by U.S. Elevator and the group Superstoked until 8 p.m.

Youth bands curated by Matt Molloy will perform on the Santa Barbara Street side of the park. The Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation, the Santa Barbara Middle School and the Santa Barbara Office of Arts and Culture sponsor the Youth State

On Sunday from 1:30 to 3 p.m., more musicians are set to perform. From 3 to 3:15 p.m. Santa Barbara’s School of Belly Dance will perform and at 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Brambles and Friends will take the stage. From 4:30 to 6 p.m., Soul Cats will play.

Among the acts performing on the Youth Stage will be The Living Spirit from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday when a children’s parade will begin.

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