Santa Barbara is filled with activities this weekend, including an outdoor Hawaiian festival, alfresco band concert, a walking tour that goes back into history and even a play about a walk.
Aloha Spirit Bash
Catch the spirit of the islands at Saturday’s Aloha Spirit Bash from noon to 5 p.m. at Elings Park. Love Hawaiian music and dance? This is the place for it! Bands performing include Na Hoa Aloha, Aolani and Pacific Noize. The dance troupes include Tina’s Ports of Paradise, Halau Hula'o Kawahineali'inohoikeauenue-'elua and Na Mele O Ke Kai Halau Hula. The names alone evoke the “aloha” feeling!
Plate lunches are for sale, there’s a mai tai bar plus a beer and wine garden and lots of goodwill and hula hands. Tickets are $35 at the door, plus $5 for parking. (895-2772, www.alohaspiritbash.org)
The lovely lawn at historic Stowe House is the site of a free outdoor concert by the local Primetime Band on Sunday, starting at 2 p.m. Enjoy big band, Broadway hits, Dixieland jazz and patriotic favorites performed under the direction of Jeffrey Paterson, the instrumental music teacher and band director at Goleta Valley Junior High School.
This band is unique in that the musicians are all aged 50 and older, and they seem to enjoy the concerts as much, if not more, than the audience! Bring low-backed chairs, sunscreen and snacks and settle in. (304 N. Los Carneros Road, Goleta; www.ptband.org).
On the waterfront
Some of Santa Barbara’s most beautiful scenery -- and rich history -- are part of a new Waterfront Historical Walking Tour, which departs from in front of the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum on Fridays at 2 p.m. and Tuesdays through Thursdays and Saturdays at 11 a.m.
The 1 1/2-mile route is level and taken leisurely, as guide John Ummel relates stories of the region’s seafaring past from Spanish explorers and Chumash life to the present-day oil spills, harbor history and the Funk Zone, with a lot of juicy tidbits in between. Ummel uses historic photos to take you back in time as you walk.
Best of all, the tour is free! Use the online reservation system to ensure you grab a space for this popular activity. (www.freewalkingtoursb.com)
'Walk in the Woods'
Based on a real incident during the Cold War, “A Walk in the Woods” features two characters walking and talking -- and ultimately deciding the future of the nuclear arms race. One is an experienced Russian arms treaty negotiator (played by Ed Giron), the other an idealistic American (Bill Waxman). Both exited the formal meetings of the two superpowers about nuclear arms to take a “walk in the woods,” and get to know each other as people. The resulting play is humorous, emotional and still quite timely. Presented by Dijo Productions at 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 pm. Sunday, with more performances next weekend, it's followed by conversation with the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. Tickets are $24. (963-0408, www.centerstagetheater.org)