Win VIP Seating Tickets to the Solstice Parade!

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2018 Solstice Parade on State Street (Photo: Fritz Olenberger)
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Update by the edhat staff

Congratulations to edhat reader Marianne S. who won two VIP tickets to the Solstice Parade!

By the edhat staff

The 48th annual Solstice Parade will begin at Noon this Saturday at the intersection of Ortega and Santa Barbara Streets. It will travel on Santa Barbara Street, as opposed to the traditional State Street route due to outdoor dining and parklets. It will end at the Solstice Festival at Alameda park.

The best way to see the parade is through VIP SEATING! It includes a shaded area, water, and a snack. Seats will be on either side of De La Guerra and Santa Barbara Streets. This year edhat has 2 VIP SEATS ready to give away to one lucky reader. Simply email us at by Thursday (June 23) at 5:00 p.m. for a chance to win. The winner will be contacted on Friday morning. 

Currently, VIP Seating is sold out so the only way to get it is by entering our contest! Although additional seats may become available. To get on the waiting list contact Penny at

The two-day Festival kicks off Friday, June 24, from 4 to 9 p.m. and continues Saturday, June 25, from noon to 9 p.m., with live music from local favorites to internationally known artists, arts and crafts vendors, a beer and wine garden, and food vendors.

The musical extravaganza features a lineup of local and regional artists and DJ’s. Friday’s lineup features one of the hottest bands in Santa Barbara, Glenn Annie - an eclectic mix of rock, reggae, world, soul and Latin music.  Saturday's lineup on the main stage kicks off with a selection of local DJs: DJ Macintyre, Audiopool, and international stars, Traveler, and Paper Idol. The main stage closes out Saturday evening with local favorite bands, Noble Grizwald, Uncle Uncle, and Santa Barbara’s Grooveshine with funk, reggae, hip hop and world rhythms into upbeat songs with positive lyrics. GrooveShine live performances are highly energetic and entertaining with a variety of featured vocalists; keeping shows unique, engaging and unpredictable.

You can find more information on festival activities and the music line-up here:

Click here for information on the workshop and how you can participate in the parade either by helping with the building of floats or front and center!

Festival Opening Night - Friday, June 24th, 4- 9 PM


4:15pm – 4:45pm Queentide, a group of Santa Barbara musicians who dip into salty grunge-rock with a fresh, indie twist. Distorted guitar riffs, indulgent bass lines, and dynamic, crisp percussions pull you down for a 90’s rock resurgence. Silky vocals and triple-femme harmonies bring you back up for air.

5:00pm – 5:30pm Mashugana an indie soul band with a fun and unique style and smooth, soothing singing that draws you in paired with jazz-influenced rock-style guitar that keeps you moving.

5:45pm – 6:15pm The Framers a popular local Alt. Indie Rock group with original hit songs “Lemonade”, “You See Smart Blondes”, and “Uncertain”.

6:30pm – 7:30pm Glenn Annie a Santa Barbara favorite with an eclectic sound that is freshly tailored and sprinkled with melodic sing-songs to groove-driven dancing tunes.

7:45pm – 8:45pm Rey Fresco on their comeback tour, bringing their diverse and original sound of eclectic rock, reggae, world, soul and Latin music.

Saturday, June 25th, 12- 9 PM


12:00pm – 12:45pm D.J. Macintyre is a champion of progressive electronic music in its varied forms. His stylistic electronic productions have received acclaim from some of the world’s most prominent djs.

1:00pm -  2:15pm Audiopool, a musician dedicated to playing emotional, "heart forward", Deep House music that takes you on a journey through the human experience, in an atmosphere of encouragement and inspiration.

2:30pm – 3:45pm Paper Idol is the genre-bending pop project of LA-based artist and auteur Matan KG. The music weaves dance music and alternative into "something unique and utterly disarming" (Beats per Minute), with storytelling that blurs the line between reality and fantasy, optimism and delusion.  Paper Idol has released a long string of singles and 2 EP's, which have amassed over 35 million streams across platforms and secured coveted  placements on Spotify editorial playlists.

4:00pm – 5:15pm Traveler has been extensively touring the world and promoting his blend of Psychedelic Vapor Wave ™.  Throughout his ever-changing sonic adventure, he seeks to combine the psychedelic bass driven elements of the underground with chord progressions, melodies and vocals.

5:30pm – 6:30pm Noble Grizwald is local band with a unique sound that blends festival rock & psychedelic dance/pop. They disrupted the music scene with their unique musical blend and quickly grew into one of the break out acts in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties.

6:45pm – 7:45pm Uncle Uncle is a folk-rock band, arriving to us fresh from wrapping up their first tour of 2022. Their sound is a mélange of beach vibes influenced by the musical stylings of Neil Young, Parquet Courts, and Bob Dylan. They have released three EPs thus far and will drop a full-length album at the end of this summer.

8:00pm – 9:00pm GrooveShine will wrap up the festival with their funk, reggae, hip hop and world rhythms in a highly unique energetic, engaging and entertaining performance that will send you home with a bounce in your step.

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bicyclist Jun 22, 2022 05:10 PM
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On a "lighter note", upon dutifully composing my email to, I came back here to actually READ the sentence: " This year edhat has 2 VIP SEATS ready to give away to one lucky reader. ". So I guess that means a single person is expected to be able to bring someone else to this experience, so if I win I'm bringing Roger if I can get him out of his funk. (Assuming I can talk him into it, and we all know what a "assumption" means, as I quoted from Mr. Jackson's character, in the [monday] Hit and Run Death Near La Cumbre article).
Like I have any chance of any of the above happening anyhoo?

bicyclist Jun 23, 2022 12:19 PM
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A DownVote? I DEMAND to know who/what/why?!! Otherwise "and I won't write a single comment on EdHat for the rest of the month.."(we now see how well that one went!) I didn't include the text of my email to (to many pictures & humor attempts), Hoping everyone is having a Fantastic Day!
Thanks to Sacjon & Nostra for the positive thoughts!

NostraChumash Jun 23, 2022 09:52 AM
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Bicyclist..there IS a Santa Claus.
Because, I was thinking the same, as I read the article..
"I would love to see Roger be thanked, guest-o'-honored..for the MANY wonderful contributions to the Hat"
"I hope others are feeling as Bike & I
are, & can extend this simple gesture to a man who has "healed" us, for free..& second, third & fifth the motion.
For Roger.

sacjon Jun 23, 2022 10:00 AM
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NOSTRA - I second that. I miss Roger a lot. He deserves some recognition for he did, if not just for the laughs he gave me on almost a daily basis. Cheers for Roger!!

bicyclist Jun 24, 2022 01:45 PM
Win VIP Seating Tickets to the Solstice Parade!

I demand a recount everyone knows I won biggly!!! Maybe I can get that Rudy G. dude to find the missing votes, pretty sure he'd love to take on something of this importance!

Otherwise lucky "Marianne S.".
I'm NOT conceding!
Oh, that & maybe the contents of my email may not be used against me...

bicyclist Jun 24, 2022 03:03 PM
Win VIP Seating Tickets to the Solstice Parade!

This was rigged! They probably used the Domino's selection, we all know that Marty's "Santa Barbara's Best..." would have yielded the correct tally! I don't have a Laptop, but know better as to how to destroy my harddrives, pry em open & physically take out the "Platters", snapping em in half then quarters. So my emails can't be viewed...
I think that covers most of it. ;)

bicyclist Jun 24, 2022 05:53 PM
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"Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don't - Mounds", so today was more an Almond JOY kinda thing for me I guess... (well probably more like most of my days, so you're probably wright).

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