May 25-27: I Modonnari Italian Street Painting Festival

Street painters cover the Santa Barbara Mission plaza pavement with vibrant chalk pastel paintings, created over the course of a few days. The adjacent Mission lawn is filled with live music, Italian cuisine, coffee, desserts and an authentic Italian market.  Admission is free and the festival benefits the Children's Creative Project, a nonprofit arts education program of the Santa Barbara County Education Office, which serves 50,000 children in more than 100 schools with visual and performing arts workshops and performances. Santa Barbara Mission, 805.964.4710,

June 21-23: Summer Solstice Celebration and Parade

Celebrate the longest day of the year with a colorful parade, filled with floats, costumed revelers, dancers, giant puppets, musicians, drummers and more! The celebration in the park kicks off on Friday at 4pm with live entertainment, fine art & crafts booths, food booths and beer/wine garden. It also runs Saturday from noon – 8pm and Sunday noon to 6pm. The Summer Solstice Parade starts at noon on Saturday, going on State Street from Cota to Micheltorena. Alameda Park , 805.965.3396

July 31 - August 4: Fiesta

3-7: Old Spanish Days Fiesta: Join in the biggest party of the season, as Santa Barbara’s rich cultural history and traditions are honored and celebrated with a variety of events and performances, including traditional Spanish Classical and Flamenco dancing, Mexican Folklórico music, the Fiesta Historical Parade, colorful open-air “mercados”, cantinas, and carnivals, Mexican and Spanish delicacies, drink and so much more. For more details go to