FRENCH FESTIVAL

The Santa Barbara French Festival returns to Oak Park, 300 W. Alamar Avenue July 13 and 14 to celebrate Bastille Day and French cultural history. Admission is free and the festival is a non-smoking event. The festival includes food, wine, mimosas, crepes, delicious pastries, music, dance, and, of course, the Poodle Parade. Each day the fun starts at 11:00 a.m. when the entertainment kicks off on three different stages and continues non-stop until 7:00 p.m. The stages will be filled with dance and music from more than 30 different acts including performances, audience participation and instruction.

The Eiffel Stage features Jessica Fichot, Santa Barbara Revels Solstice Singer, Jean-Pierre Tibbi, Lena Tufenkjian, Laura Weinbach, Montecito Jazz Project Django Shmango, Deliah Shank and the Guilde de St. Marie.

The Moulin Rouge Stage will concentrate more on dance with performances by the West Coast Ballet, UCLA Historical Ballroom Dance Club, Tina’s Ports of Paradise Polynesian Dancers, Crystal Indigo, Santa Barbara Silver Follies, Balaton, Santa Barbara Revels Dancers and Solstice Singers, Brian Griffin and the Femme Fatales Drag Revue.

In addition to entertainment the French Festival includes more than 50 booths, offering everything from crepes and delicious French pastries to face painting and henna tattoos. For more information visit FrenchFestival.com, email frenchfestival@sbcoxmail.com or call 805-963-8198.

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