With Carpinteria and California’s reopening, life is returning once again to the seaside town’s famed events – Avofest, Rods & Roses, St. Joe’s Festival and Surf ‘n’ Suds will all once more make their splash in Carpinteria in the upcoming months, a comforting reminder that time will (hopefully) return to relative normalcy as the world adjusts to Covid-19. 

 

St. Joseph’s Festival 

July 9, 10, 11, 2021

Next weekend, July 9 to July 11, Carpinterians will see the return of local-favorite St. Joseph’s Festival, for the festival’s 64th appearance. The festival grounds will be open 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on July 9; noon to 11 p.m. on July 10; and noon to 9 p.m. on July 11. 

During the festival, live entertainment will perform in both English and Spanish. Food favorites including hot dogs, pozole, tacos, enchiladas and bbq tri-tip will also be available, as well as strawberry short cake, churros and cotton candy. The festivals’ beer garden will also have wine and beer; for the kids, soda, horchata, home-made lemonade and iced tea will be available. 

For friendly-fun for all ages, there will be a Ferris Wheel, providing a tip-top view of Carpinteria’s famed landscape. Other games, such as basketball, a family slide and a fun house, will also be available to adventure. 

The festival will also present a $2,500 grand raffle, on Jun 11 at 8 p.m.; two additional cash prizes will be available. Raffle tickets are available for $2 each. 

Parking and admission to the festival are free. Pre-sale wristbands for the rides are $25 and can be picked up at the Church Office. 

Learn more about the festival at stjosephchurch.org/festival. The festival will be held at 1532 Linden Ave.. 

 

Surf ‘n’ Suds Beer Festival August 14, 2021

Carpinteria’s Surf ‘n’ Suds is returning later this summer for its eighth annual event, for what is known as one of the most famous – and beloved – craft brewery festivals on the Central Coast. 

“The community has embraced it and taken it on as the second biggest event in Carpinteria,” event organizer Andres Nuño, from En Fuego Events, said. 

The Aug. 14 festival will feature over 80 craft breweries, wineries and ciders; it will run between 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at Carpinteria State Beach. Attendees can play lawn games, mega sized beer pong and cornhole while listening to famed artists Cornerstone Reggae, Kaya Now and DJ Hecktik. 

The festival will have an increased number of hand sinks and hand sanitizing stations on-site and is doing away with physical tickets, instead sending tickets right to attendees’ phones. Ticketless options had been previously available in the past, but in order to prevent the spread of Covid-19, tickets will only be offered this year in a ticketless format on attendees’ cellphones. Nuño said those who can’t access tickets on their cellphones can manually check in at the front. 

“We are encouraging people to respect other people’s space,” Nuño said. “The field we’re on is giant. It really allows guests to spread out and enjoy themselves and their friends.” 

Purchase Surf ‘n’ Suds tickets at surfbeerfest.com. Tickets start at $70 for VIP tickets, and $60 for general admission. 

Bus transportation will also be available for a fee, and designated drivers’ tickets can be purchased for $20. Free bicycle valet will also be available. Attendees must be 21 or older to enter. 

 

California Avocado 

Festival 

October 2, 2021

Avofest, Carpinteria’s famed – and beloved – avocado festival, will be returning in-person in October, with the festival’s first date set for Oct. 2. Keep an eye out for more information about the return of Avofest in an upcoming edition of CVN. 

 

Rods & Roses Classic Car Show 

December 4, 2021

Rods & Roses, Carpinteria’s classic car show, will return for a smaller spectacular this winter on December 4, in a holiday-themed affair. 

The event is typically held on the Saturday before the 4th of July, but organizer Mike Lazaro said “there was no way” to get the permits for that date, given that the majority of California’s Covid-19 restrictions only lifted on June 15. 

“We decided to move it to a winter classic,” Lazaro said. 

Rods & Roses went virtual last year, with an online presentation on July 25, 2020. 

December’s event will be Carpinteria focused, beginning with a three-to-four-hour car show, followed by a holiday spirit parade. The Carpinteria Lions Club will help with parking. 

“All of these events will complement each other,” Lazaro said. “It all works out to create a unity vibe downtown.” 

Learn more about Rods & Roses or apply to be in the car show at rodsnroses.com. Space is limited. Registration closes on Oct. 1. 

Assistant Editor

Evelyn Spence is CVN's Assistant Editor. She graduated from UCSB with a degree in English Literature and a minor in Professional Writing, and has worked as a reporter in Santa Barbara County for four years. Send tips to evelyn@coastalview.com.

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