Press Release – Goleta Lemon Festival Returns

The Goleta Lemon Festival Returns this September 24 & 25 at Girsh Park

Presented by Rusty’s Pizza

The Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce the return of The Goleta Lemon Festival, presented by Rusty’s Pizza, on September 24 & 25 at Girsh Park in Goleta. The Goleta Lemon Festival hosts 80+ booths featuring local non-profit organizations, lemony foods and beverages, lemon accessories, hats, and souvenirs.

The South Coast celebrates the rich history and role lemon harvesting has in our region with The Goleta Lemon Festival. What started as a small street festival in 1949 celebrating Goleta’s agricultural roots, has grown to attract more than 40,000 residents, visitors, community leaders, nonprofits and elected officials celebrating the South Coast and Goleta community. The festival is Goleta’s largest community event of the year for 29 years.

Indulge at the Community West Bank Food Court with treats to satisfy any craving like lemonade, lemon tacos, lemon cotton candy and Rusty’s pizza!  When you get thirsty, visit The Signature Flight Support Lemon Lounge for a refreshing lemon ale and local wines.

While festival goers explore and shop, they will enjoy live entertainment from the American Riviera Main Stage in a wide variety of musical styles, including Rock, Country, Blues, R&B, and more. Don’t miss the headliner and local favorite, Area 51! 

The Lemon Festival is known as a fun, informative, and exciting event for kids of all ages. Grab an all-inclusive activity wristband for endless rides and games including archery tag, inflatable bubbles, and obstacle courses at the Santa Barbara Airport Kids Zone. Pre-purchase your activity wristband for a $5 savings at LemonFestival.com.

The festival also features the largest interactive display of Fire, Police, and Emergency Services in the County at the ExxonMobile Safety Street where you can meet the people who help keep us safe and get an up-close look at their state-of-the-art vehicles and technologies.

On Saturday, the festival will feature the 15th Annual Goleta Fall Classic Car Show, presented by The Point Market, showcasing a variety of cool classic cars ranging from Corvettes and Camaros to trucks and pick-ups along with motorcycles and bicycles. Enjoy refreshing lemon ale or lemon meringue pie while admiring these classics.

The festival could not happen without the many volunteers, ages 14 and up, who spend time planning the festival and lending a helping hand over the weekend. Applications for volunteers are now being accepted, visit LemonFestival.com for volunteer opportunities.

The Goleta Lemon Festival is organized by the Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce, from Goleta to Carpinteria.  The festival celebrates Goleta’s heritage as a preeminent lemon-growing region and honoring the first commercial planting of lemon trees in California in 1875.

The Goleta Lemon Festival is from 10 AM to 6 PM on Saturday, September 24 and 10 AM to 5 PM on Sunday, September 25. Get more information at LemonFestival.com.

About Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce

The Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce, from Goleta to Carpinteria, was launched in 2020 as the result of merging the Carpinteria, Goleta and Santa Barbara Chambers of Commerce. Combining the three independent, long-standing organizations created a larger, regional, business organization with the mission to help south coast businesses, residents, and visitors thrive. To learn more, visit sbscchamber.com or follow @SBSouthCoastChamber on Facebook and Instagram, and @SBSCChamber on Twitter.

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Goleta Lemon Festival returns for 2022

The Chamber is excited to announce the return of the Goleta Lemon Festival, September 24 & 25 at Girsh Park. Applications for vendors and volunteers for the 2022 Goleta Lemon Festival are now being accepted. Each year, the festival hosts 70+ booths featuring local non-profit organizations, as well as food, beverage, and merchandise. The Community West Bank Food Court will include treats like lemonade, lemon tacos and lemon cotton candy!


The festival could not happen without the many volunteers, ages 14 and up, who spend time planning for the festival and lending a helping hand over the weekend. 

Check out Volunteer Opportunities here

Food Vendor Applications: click here

Vendor Booth Applications: click here

Festival Entertainment Applications: click here

Goleta Fall Classic Car Show Applications: click here

Getting to the Festival!

How are you and your friends are getting to the Goleta Lemon Festival? Here are the many ways to the Festival:

BIKE

Biking to the Lemon Festival is free and fun. Grab your helmet and two wheels and bike to Girsh Park. City of Goleta’s bike paths makes it easier and safer to travel by bike. Once you’re at the Festival, park your bike on the bike racks provided by BiCiCentro. Bike racks are located on Santa Felicia.

BUS

Enjoy a comfortable and convenient ride on the Santa Barbara MTD to the Lemon Festival. Standard fare one way is $1.75 and a day pass is only $6. Click here for bus routes and schedules.

LYFT

Ride with Lyft to the Lemon Festival and save $5. Use our promo code LEMONFEST19! and receive $5 off your ride to or from Girsh Park. Lyft pick up/drop off location is 7050 Phelps Road.

DRIVE & CARPOOL

Pack the car with your loved ones and head over to the Festival in your car. Event parking is located at 340 Storke Road. From the parking lot, make sure to safely walk across Storke Road at Marketplace Drive to get to the Lemon Festival.

Please make sure to thank BlueStar Parking for directing everyone to the Festival. We would be lost without them.

2019 Vendor Applications Now Available!

Applications for vendors for the 2019 Goleta Lemon Festival are now being accepted. Each year, the Goleta Lemon Festival hosts 70+ booths featuring local non-profit organizations, as well as food, beverage, and merchandise booths selling everything from lemonade and lemon cotton candy in the Community West Bank Food Court to lemon accessories, hats and trinkets.

As festival guests shop, they will enjoy live entertainment on the American Riviera Main Stage in a wide variety of musical styles, including Rock, Country, Blues, R&B, and more. In 2018, the Goleta Lemon Festival attracted over 30,000 visitors.

All prospective vendors must submit applications by mail, email, or fax by August 16th for food vendors and September 6th for non-food vendors to participate in the 2019 Goleta Lemon Festival, which will be held September 28 & 29, 2019, at Girsh Park in Goleta. Vendor applications are available at https://lemonfestival.com/get-involved/vendors/.

For additional information and application forms for vendors, go to https://lemonfestival.com/get-involved/vendors/or email Paulina Tran, paulina@goletachamber.com.

About the Goleta Lemon Festival

The 28th Annual Goleta Lemon Festival organized by the Goleta Chamber of Commerce will be held September 28 & 29, 2019, at Girsh Park, Goleta, California. Sponsored by Marborg Industries, this two day annual celebration is full of lemon foods, live entertainment, local non-profits and vendors, and fun for the whole family. For more information, visit http://www.lemonfestival.com

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