Celebrate Bastille Day at the 29th Annual French Festival, July 15th & 16th at Oak Park in Santa Barbara. One of Santa Barbara’s favorite festivals celebrates the resilient, rich and entertaining French culture. Get ready to enjoy great food, wine, mimosas, crepes, delicious pastries, music, dance and, of course, the infamous Canine Cavalcade. The Festival is fun & free for the entire family. The Santa Barbara French Festival is a community event that draws people from corners near and far. It’s a Dance Festival, a Music Festival, an Arts & Crafts Festival and, of course, a Food Festival.

This community celebration is produced by Center Stage Theater and Speaking of Stories, two no -profit organizations fostering the arts in Santa Barbara. For two days Santa Barbara celebrates its nickname “the American Riviera,” as the French Festivities transform Oak Park. Our little French village comes to life at 11:00 a.m. when the entertainment kicks off on three different stages and continues non-stop until 7:00 p.m., both days. The stages will be filled with dance and music from more than 30 different acts including performances, audience participation and instruction. The favorites return every year: Tango, Django Reinhardt tributes, and the Femme Fatales Drag Revue. You will see Can – Can and French Polynesian dancers, West African Belly dancing, French arias and every minute of entertainment is free.

West Coast Ballet Can Can dancers at the 2016 French Festival. Photo by Jonathan Hyde

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