Welcome in the May-o with music-making, singing and dancing! Center Court, Paseo Nuevo, State Street (across from Paseo Nuevo Cinemas).
We are excited to share the return of our in-person May Day celebration! Glory in the Spring with singing, dancing, twining ribbons ‘round the maypole, and so much more! With favorite Revels songleader, Erin McKibben, guest musicians, an English Country Dance performance, and a special appearance by the Santa Barbara Bagpipe and Drum Corps.
Won’t you sing and dance with us to welcome in the May? Learn the Spring traditions, make a flowering nosegay. Help to weave the ribbons ’round the maypole standing tall. Celebrate the season. Come and join in, one and all!
Join us and be joyous!
May Day: Sunday, May 1st, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m., Center Court, Paseo Nuevo Mall, State Street
Revels Chorus Auditions: Late August
Equinox: A Concert in Celebration of the Changing Seasons, Mid-September
Harbor Sing: Mid-October
The Christmas Revels: In Celebration of the Winter Solstice, Mid-December
December's live show was our own Santa Barbara story, portraying the wedding festivities of the Comandante’s daughter, Anita de la Guerra, during the holidays of 1835. Richard Henry Dana and his shipmates attend; they share sea shanties, English carols, and mumming antics and are introduced to the fandango, mission chants, Las Posadas, and traditional Spanish music and dance. With Alta California customs, Chumash story-telling, and engrossing events from Dana's book, Two Years Before the Mast.
Santa Barbara Revels celebrates a diverse range of cultural traditions by blending music, dance and storytelling in our staged celebrations of the Winter Solstice and other seasons.
We present a number of public events throughout the year. From concerts like Equinox to more informal community pub-sings, there is always an upcoming Revels happening.
The highlight of our season is The Christmas Revels, a joyful theatrical celebration of the winter solstice that travels the world each year showcasing cultural traditions including music, dance, and folktales.