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May 27, 2022

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Sizzling Summer Edition 

The summer officially begins on June 21 this year. As Montecito resident Oprah Winfrey says, “Summer has a flavor like no other. Always fresh and simmered in sunshine.”

I wholeheartedly agree. Nothing beats the warm summer months, especially for those of us lucky enough to call Santa Barbara home. Our area is ripe with activity during the summer. It’s time to enjoy our beautiful white sandy beaches, attend a lively polo match, revel in our on-the-water tours and activities, celebrate our beachy paradise by dining al fresco in our own backyards, soak up the energy of Santa Barbara events, including the many festivals and summer happenings, or all of the above.

Here are my top picks for Santa Barbara events in June 2022:

zoo brew logo for beer event at the Santa Barbara Zoo

Zoo Brew, June 4, 2022
Looking for a way to support our world-class Santa Barbara Zoo?  You can do just that and have some fun while you’re at it during this annual fundraiser. The Zoo Brew will delight all who arrive at the zoo’s grassy, ocean-view hillside for unlimited beer tastings and lively entertainment. Taste craft brews from local purveyors and explores the zoo during this iconic summer event.

Collage of performers of the Ojai Music Fest 2022

76th Ojai Music Festival, June 9-12, 2022
Described by The Boston Globe as “a creative incubator par excellence” and by Peter Sellars in The New Yorker as “not just the future of opera but the future of everything,” the Ojai Music Festival is back this year to celebrate the spirit of Ojai, a community that has always led the way to new and unexpected horizons. The four-day festival in June includes concert events in Libbey Bowl, with a kick-off concert on Thursday evening presenting an epic musical marathon. This wide-ranging program will include music by Kate Soper, Michael Hersch, Celeste Oram, Orlando Gibbons, Matthew Aucoin, Iannis Xenakis, Bob Dylan, Frederic Rzewski, Eric Wubbels, and many others. 

California Coastal Road Rally, June 12-16, 2022

This summer, Robb Report returns for the 2nd Annual California Coastal Road Rally. Engage with other passionate auto enthusiasts for four nights and five gorgeous days driving up the coast from Santa Barbara to Napa Valley. Enjoy unforgettable pit stops along the way, including a magnificent lunch at Return to Freedom, a one-of-a-kind experience with America’s wild horses, and parade laps at the famous Laguna Seca Raceway. This rally is unlike any other, bringing Robb Report luxury and comfort to the entire experience, including luxurious accommodations, world-class dining, and more.

Wine event at the Santa Barbara Mission with a monk and guests

Drinks at Dusk, June 16, 2022

This top-rated summer series returns to the Sacred Garden at Old Mission Santa Barbara. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to stroll the garden, view the beautiful interior architecture, mingle with the Franciscan friars, and savor unlimited wine, beer, and small bites from local restaurants. Get there before sunset to enjoy our brilliant pink hues reflecting off the stunning twin bell towers of one of Santa Barbara’s most recognizable historical landmarks.

Sipping on the Sea, June 16, 2022

From May until October, the Santa Barbara Sailing Center invites you to sip local wine or beer from a featured winery or brewery aboard the Double Dolphin on the third Thursday of the month. In June, the Funk Zone’s Pali Wine Co will be on board to pour special tastings and provide education on their selection, while your Captain gives insights on the surroundings. 

This is your opportunity to enjoy a beautiful collection of Santa Barbara wines, as well as other California wines crafted from premium appellations while taking in the stunning mountain and beach vistas from the water.

Beautiufl woman leading others at the summer solstice parade

Summer Solstice Celebration, Festival, June 24-25, Parade, June 25, 2022

The largest arts event in Santa Barbara County is back in 2022 after two years of being shuttered due to the pandemic. The theme for this year’s parade and festival is SHINE, so get busy creating that perfect costume or float! The 48th annual Solstice Parade will begin at Noon on June 25th at the intersection of Ortega and Santa Barbara Streets, traveling along Santa Barbara Street and ending at the Solstice Festival at Alameda Park. Like in the past, the parade will be an explosion of local creativity with exuberantly decorated non-motorized floats, 1,000 imaginatively costumed participants, bands, dance and drum ensembles, and more. The party continues at Alameda Park with more music, food, and arts-and-crafts booths. In the past, the over-the-top funfest has drawn more than 100,000 spectators from all over the world. Join the parade’s e-mail list to get all the details sent right to your inbox.   

Santa Barbara Bowl, June 2022

For the most memorable outdoor concert experience, catch one of the following shows during the Santa Barbara Bowl’s jam-packed summer season. You’ll quickly see why the ocean views hit differently when accompanied by a cold beer and a glittering light show. Right out of the gate is Rex Orange County, who takes center stage on June 1, then Steve Martin & Martin Short appear together to give you the giggles on June 17. Craving some oldies but goodies? Then don’t miss Rod Stewart on June 18, followed by Bob Dylan on June 22. 

Another great way to celebrate Santa Barbara events in June is by moving to or within any of the Santa Barbara area communities. There are many reasons why moving in the summer is so popular. The weather is warmer and more pleasant, the kids are out of school, schedules are a lot more open, and more houses should hit the market this year, giving buyers more choices. Please give me a call at (805) 886-9378 or email me at for a free consultation regarding selling and buying.  

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“Cristal really breaks the mold. She knows every nook and cranny of this real estate market, understands value, and follows up on everything, all the time. She was incredibly patient with our two year quest to find the perfect house. Every house hunting trip from across the country was well planned, and our time was never wasted. On top of her professionalism and expertise, she is delightful to spend time with. We are thrilled with the home we purchased, and grateful to Cristal for so wisely advising us through this process, right through to the close and beyond.”

- Laurie Siegel

“We met Cristal first in the course of renting a winter home (for three years), then buying a house using her as our agent. She was amazingly good at listening to our wants and showing us homes that fit our needs. Her mastery of the paperwork was perfect. Most importantly, there was never a situation where we doubted her straightforwardness or integrity. If we do another real estate transaction in Montecito (which I doubt, we’re happy with what we purchased), without question we’d use Cristal again.”

- Ken Saffir

“Susan and I just want to thank you for your efforts in the sale of our home. You are really quite amazing. Your competence, persistence, optimism and humor made the entire process effortless. Every problem that arose, you somehow fixed; any obstacle, you overcame. We have bought and sold many homes. It has never been such a painless and enjoyable process!”

- Michael & Susan Marquart

“A little something about “our” realtor, Cristal Clarke. My wife and I came to Santa Barbara about fifteen years ago looking for a seasonal home from which to enjoy the weather and amenities of the central coast. Being in the real estate business myself I was familiar with agents and brokers so entered the market with open eyes. We “flipped” a few houses in the early years, dealing with various agents and finally ended up in Montecito. That’s when good fortune put us together with Cristal. To say we were impressed is to put it mildly. Cristal really knows the market. She is familiar with the area, its history and trends. When we have questions about a particular property she either has the answers immediately or gets back to us by phone or email. There is no waiting or wondering with Cristal. She is an agent who is “on top of it.” Her recommendations as to price points, contractors, inspectors and title agents have proven to be exceptional, showing great insight and the highest professional standards. We consider ourselves exceedingly fortunate to say that Cristal Clarke is our realtor and would recommend her services to any serious buyer or seller.”

- Rob & Judi Kelch