a close up of ripe lemons on a tree that are ready for harvest for the California Lemon Festival.

A Sweet Guide to the 2018 California Lemon Festival

When life gives you lemons, pucker up, make some lemonade, and head over to the California Lemon Festival! From exciting races and prizes to local eats and more, there are so many reasons to include this festival on your summer itinerary.

Your Guide to the 2018 California Lemon Festival

Activities, Entertainment, and Fun

The California Lemon Festival is a two-day celebration that is jam packed with activities and entertainment. September 2018 marks the 27th annual festival, and it promises to be one of the best years yet! One of the most anticipated events is the Lemon Run. You will find a variety of races for all fitness levels, including a 10k race, 5k race, and a 1k Family Fun Run. The races kick off the festival on day one! 

Another tasty event that you won’t want to miss is the pie-eating contest. You’ll be hard pressed to find a better lemon meringue pie than what’s here! Visitors can also enjoy a variety of local food vendors, live music, arts, crafts, and family-fun games.

Tips for Your Trip

  • The 2018 Lemon Festival dates are set for September 29 & 30th at Girsh Park in Goleta.
  • Admission and parking are free for this event. However, we recommend bringing along a bit of cash to indulge in the wonderful food!
  • If you are interested in volunteering, check the California Lemon Festival website for more information!
  • For the safety of all guests, pets are not permitted at the California Lemon Festival.

Where to Stay

The California Lemon Festival at Girsh Park is only 15 minutes away from the Cheshire Cat Inn! Luckily, when you stay with us, you won’t need to worry about parking or transportation. The 2018 Santa Barbara Lemon Festival is partnering with Santa Barbara Airbus to offer free transportation to this year’s festival! Take a walk to State Street, located only a few blocks away from our inn, and the Airbus will provide you with a complimentary roundtrip!

Our two-bedroom Prestbury Cottage is the perfect accommodation for small groups and friends attending this year’s festival. This cottage features a large bathroom with tub/shower combination, one king bed, one queen bed, and its own private deck. All of our guests enjoy an array of special amenities, including free parking, daily hot plate breakfast, and a complimentary social hour with local wine and hor d’oeuvres! Check out our seasonal specials to take advantage of everything that our Santa Barbara inn offers!


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