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Getting to the Festival

The French Festival takes place in Oak Park, which is located at the corner of W. Junipero Street and Alamar Avenue in Santa Barbara. The official address for the park is 300 W. Alamar Avenue, Santa Barbara 93105.  Oak Park covers a large geographic area, for navigation purposes you may have better luck using 600 W. Junipero to get to the area where the Festival is held. The portion of the park that houses the Festival is concentrated roughly in the area bordered on the east side by Alamar Avenue and West Junipero Street on the southern edge.

The Eiffel side of the Festival set up is on the grassy side of the park that runs along Alamar Avenue.  The Moulin Rouge side of the Festival can be accessed from the small parking lot on Junipero Street, or by entering on the Alamar Avenue side and crossing over the footbridge in the middle of the park.

Below you will find a map with links to give you directions from your location.  If you zoom in you will notice on the map that the 300 W. Alamar Avenue address is actually a little north on Alamar Avenue. Looking for the Oak Park area shaded in green.


French Festival Shuttle



There are a variety of parking options in the area around Oak Park.  Parking spaces directly adjacent to the park are limited so you may want to consider some form of public transportation, or plan on incorporating a nice walk or bike ride into your Festival excursion.

There is a small free lot on Junipero adjacent to Oak Park, and free street parking around the park along Junipero and Alamar, and on the neighboring streets.  There are drop-off zones in the Junipero parking lot for those visitors that are not able to walk, you can pull up close drop off your party and then meet them after you park your car.

Parking Shuttle!  - The Sansum clinic parking lot at 317 W. Pueblo is available for French Festival parking.  Gold Coast Limousine will be operating a free shuttle from the parking lot to the Festival throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday!

There is a paid public lot a few blocks from the Festival, at Cottage Hospital, that may have space during the day.

Driving Directions

From Highway 101 traveling south

Oak Park in Santa Barbara is located 93.3 miles (approx. 1 hour & 39 minutes) South of San Luis Obispo via US-101 South:

Drive US-101 South
Exit West Mission (Exit 99) Stay in the left lane.
Turn Left onto Mission and hop onto the freeway Northbound,
Exit at Pueblo (99B)
At the first stop, turn right.
In 50 feet, see the first parking lot of Oak Park is on your left.
*Keep in mind that this is not the only location for parking, but should provide good perspective for a place to begin.

From Highway 101 traveling North

Oak Park in Santa Barbara is located 97.2 miles (approximately 2 hours & 23 minutes) North of Los Angeles via US-101 North:

Drive Us-101 North
Exit Pueblo (99B)
At the first stop sign, turn right.
In 50 feet, see first parking lot of Oak Park is on your left.
*Keep in mind that this is not the only location for parking, but should provide good perspective for a place to begin.


Within Santa Barbara Communities

The local Santa Barbara MTD buses operate throughout Santa Barbara, Goleta, Montecito and Carpinteria. Most buses stop at the Transit Center which is 8 blocks from the Amtrak train station. There is a shuttle that stops across State street from the Amtrak station, it costs 50 cents and if you ask the driver they can drop you off near the trasit center from there take the #3 line to oak park.

Traveling to Santa Barbara

The Greyhound station is located next to the Amtrak train station at 224  Chapala St. Santa Barbara, CA 93101

The Santa Barbara AirBus operates throughout the day from Goleta, Santa Barbara and Carpinteria to LAX.


Enjoy The Ride

Santa Barbara is a bike-friendly community with multiple bike paths throughout the main areas and foothills. It is an easy ride from most locations within Santa Barbara to Oak Park for the French Festival.

Cyclists needing further maps, pdfs, or apps can visit the Santa Barbara visitor center at Garden Street and Cabrillo Blvd or the Santa Barbara County website.


take a train

The Amtrak Station is located in the heart of the Funk Zone on lower State Street and offers service on the Pacific Surfliner (San Luis Obispo to San Diego) and Coast Starlight (Seattle to Los Angeles).