El Mercado Del Norte in Santa Barbara

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The hallmarks of summer are conveniently combined into this one Santa Barbara event. El Mercado Del Norte mixes rides, food, music, and the traditional street festival vibes into one at Mackenzie Park. From carnival rides to adult beverages at the Crazy Horse Cantina, this event is perfect for all ages!


Four “Neighborhoods”

From Wednesday, August 2 – Saturday, August 5, 2017 enjoy the four distinct areas that El Mercado Del Norte has to offer. The food court is the perfect place to get your fill of food and music. Live performances as well as Fiesta food will be served up all day!


The second “neighborhood” is the Fiesta Bazaar where you can search for souvenirs to take home or happen upon a hidden treasure. The many vendors will be selling typical festival gear such as t-shirts and totes, but you’ll have to journey there yourself to see the full array of items for sale!


Kids of all ages will love the third “neighborhood”! A Ferris wheel, tilt-a-whirl, tower drop, bumper cars, a zip line and many other rides will be lighting up as soon as the sun goes down. Enjoy the rides and games all day long! Wrist bands for Wednesday and Thursday are $25 and Friday and Saturday are $30. The price of the wristband gets you unlimited rides- what a deal!


End the night at the fourth area of the festival. The Crazy Horse Cantina features cold beer and even colder margaritas! The live entertainment is sure to bring you out onto the dance floor. This is definitely the place to be after the sun goes down!


How to Get There & Parking

The Festival fun takes place at MacKenzie Park, on the corner of State Street and Las Positas Road. Catch MTD’s 3, 6, or 11 lines and ride until the State & San Roque stop. From there, it’s just a minute walking! If you plan to drive from Downtown Santa Barbara, simply follow State Street until you cross Las Positas Road. Free parking can be found in the surface lot near the entrance to the park.




El Mercado Del Norte

Where: MacKenzie Park, 3098 La Positas Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93105

When: Wednesday, August 2 – Saturday, August 5, 2017 | 11am-11pm

Admission: Free | Carnival wristbands $25 & $30



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