Goleta Lemon Festival Celebrates 30 Years

The Goleta Lemon Festival is coming up next month and this year is extra special. It’s the 30th anniversary and the Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce is planning a great event for this milestone. The weekend festival, presented by Rusty’s Pizza, will be held on September 30 and October 1 at Girsh Park in Goleta. The event will run from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday and 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.

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 festival is Goleta’s largest community event of the year for 30 years, hosting over 80+ booths featuring local non-profit organizations, crafts, lemony foods and beverages, and lemon-themed souvenirs.

The Lemon Festival is celebrated as a fun, informative, and exciting event for kids of all ages. Grab an all-inclusive activity wristband for endless rides and games including euro-bungees, archery tag, inflatable bubbles, obstacle courses, rock wall, mini golf, bounce houses, and more 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 Safety Street presented by ExxonMobil. Meet the people who help keep us safe and get an up-close look at their state-of-the-art vehicles and technologies. Attendees are also invited to meet the Sheriff’s Mounted Enforcement Unit, several Sheriff K-9 teams, and to get to know the deputies who are assigned to these important safety resources in our county.

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. High school students are eligible for community service hours with any completed volunteer shift. Applications for volunteers are now being accepted, visit LemonFestival.com for volunteer opportunities.