28th Annual Santa Barbara French Festival
Celebrate Bastille Day and all things French at the 28th Annual Santa Barbara French Festival in Oak Park! Located less than 5-mile from the festival, Broughton’s boutique Inn at East Beach is the perfect place to stay for the weekend of July 15th-17th!
About the Santa Barbara French Festival
Great food, wine, mimosas, crepes, pastries, music, dancing, and more! The 28th Annual French Festival is back again- and better than ever! Starting at 11am and going nonstop until 7pm, it’s a Dance Festival, Music Festival, Arts and Crafts Festival, Travel Festival and, of course, a Food Festival. Come out and support two of Santa Barbara’s great non-profits: Center Stage Theatre and Speaking of Stories. Highlights of the weekend include:
Food & Wine
France comes to Santa Barbara! Indulge in fresh baked French breads and pastries, classic and nouvelle cuisine with regional specialties, crepes, onion soup, quiche, pates, sausage, escargots, Cajun and French Moroccan food, salads, and cheeses. Enjoy beer, wine, sparkling Champagne, Orangina, Perrier and frothy café au lait with your meal. Some favorites include:
- Barbeque Chez Nous
- Josette’s Bistro
- Normandie Country Bakery
- Pacific Crepes
Arts & Crafts
Browse handcrafted jewelry, berets, French books, tapes and videos. Get a Henna tattoo or even a relaxing massage! Some favorites include:
Entertainment kicks off at 11am and doesn’t stop until 7pm! More than 30 acts will perform, including vocalists, bands, performance and instruction, from can-can to belly dancing, Cajun music to African drummers, and more. Be sure to check out a full list of performances for Saturday and Sunday. There will be three different stages hosting live entertainment:
- The Moulin Rouge Stage- usually features dance and larger group performances
- The Eiffel Stage- under the lovely trees of Oak Park and surrounded by food and beverage vendors, will feature mainly musical performances
- The Accordion Stage- dedicated solely to accordion performances, presented by the Accordion International Music Society of Santa Barbara
Poodle & Pals Parade
It’s time again for the famous Poodles & Pals Parade, held on Sunday, July 17th at 6pm. If you love poodles, you definitely don’t want to miss this! Each year, all different kinds of poodles show up to strut their stuff- from pedigree world champions to shaggy cockapoos, all are welcome. For more information on the parade and participation, click here.
Admission to the festival is free! Parking in the area surrounded Oak Park can be challenging: there is a small free lot and lots of free parking in the neighborhood around the park. Paid public lots are located a few blocks from the festival and are relatively empty during the day. Public transportation is encouraged and can be taken from the Amtrak Station- Take the State Street shuttle to Downtown Transportation Center. Then take MTD Bus #3 to Oak Park.
Where: Oak Park- Santa Barbara, CA
When: Saturday, July 16- Sunday, July 17, 11am-7pm
Where to Stay
Inn at East Beach
Whatever makes your ideal California weekend getaway, the Inn at East Beach Hotel in Santa Barbara is here to help you stay well- and well within your budget! 1029 Orilla Del Mar, Santa Barbara, CA 93103. 805.965.0546