SB Pride & Joy
Pride is our journey. Joy is our purpose.
Thursday - Sunday
October 5 - 8
Santa Barbara, Ca
@sbprideandjoy

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Proudly in collaboration with

Community partners and sponsors, support LGBTQ+ joy by reaching out: pride@colorbloq.org

Programming List

Cafecito con
Chisme

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Spill the Wine Afternoon Kickback

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Committee for
Joy Reception

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Good VBZ Presents: A Brunch in Paradise Kickback

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The Pride & Joy
Hotel Kickback

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Gays on a Boat
Harbor Kickback

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Queer Nightlife
Bar-Hop

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"Joy is a Community Responsibility" Panel Conversation

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The Worldbuilding Youth Arts Exhibit

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Light & Gratitude Sunset Bonfire Kickback at the Beach

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Queer Talent
& Culture Keepers

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Harm Reduction and Community Safety Training

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Pride & Joy
Volunteers

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Pride & Joy
Merchandise

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Programming List

Cafecito con Chisme

Spill the Wine Afternoon Kickback

Committee for Joy Reception

Good VBZ Presents: A Brunch in Paradise Kickback

The Pride & Joy Hotel Kickback

Gays on a Boat Harbor Kickback

Queer Nightlife Bar-Hop

"Joy is a Community Responsibility" Panel Conversation

The Worldbuilding Youth Arts Exhibit

Light & Gratitude Sunset Bonfire Kickback at the Beach

Queer Talent & Culture Keepers

Harm Reduction and Community Safety Training

Pride & Joy Volunteers

Pride & Joy Merchandise

Hotel Discounts

2 local hotels have generously offered a discounted rate for Santa Barbara Pride & Joy.

Hotel Milo
15% off standard rates for the Hotel Milo when you book with the below link for SBPJ. Ensure the code “JOYSB” is entered when you check out. Learn more
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Beachside Inn
15% off standard rates for the Beachside Inn when you book with the below link for SBPJ. Learn more
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Meet The Table

This is the group of dedicated queer & trans BIPOC who form the primary planning committee for SB Pride & Joy.

Vivian Storm

Vivian (@vivianstar001 on Instagram) is a queer Black life & leadership coach, drag performer, and has been one of the most visible, impactful, and prolific LGBTQ+ community leaders in Santa Barbara over the last 7 years. She received her Masters Degree in Educational Leadership, and she is a soul singer / songwriter with a big passion to bring people together. Her love for creating spaces of joy for the LGBTQ+ community (and good allies) has been the driving force of her entertainment career.

Chief Esparza

Chief Esparza is the queer Mexican nonbinary cofounder and executive director of ColorBloq.org, elevating queer & trans BIPOC voices since 2016. Chief pushes Color Bloq’s tagline in his work: “We are more than our trauma, we dare to joy.” The organization’s impact includes: 240 QTBIPOC voices featured; $45,000 paid to community; 1,200 event attendees; 275,000 website visitors; and partnerships with SF AIDS Foundation, Transgender District, AfroTech, California Endowment, Critical Minded, Good VBZ, and more. Chief is an 8th generation Santa Barbarian, with a BA in Poli Sci from UCSB, and works days in DEI and communications.

Chief Esparza

Chief Esparza is the queer Mexican nonbinary cofounder and executive director of ColorBloq.org, elevating queer & trans BIPOC voices since 2016. Chief pushes Color Bloq’s tagline in his work: “We are more than our trauma, we dare to joy.” The organization’s impact includes: 240 QTBIPOC voices featured; $45,000 paid to community; 1,200 event attendees; 275,000 website visitors; and partnerships with SF AIDS Foundation, Transgender District, AfroTech, California Endowment, Critical Minded, Good VBZ, and more. Chief is an 8th generation Santa Barbarian, with a BA in Poli Sci from UCSB, and works days in DEI and communications.

Terra Cobian

“Pride & Joy is what we have been waiting for!” Terra Cobian is a non-binary, mixed race artist and community organizer of Mexican, Black, and Gabrielino Tongva descent. They were born and raised in Santa Barbara, with previous stays in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Tijuana. By day, Terra is a program manager and educator for The Arts Fund SB. With multiple skills in their toolkit, they were previously the manager and event specialist for the Melanin Gallery, Santa Barbara’s first art space to center Black artists; and they are currently social media, photographer, and content manager for both the Healing Justice and Juneteenth orgs in Santa Barbara.

Carlos Mendez

Carlos Mendez is a LatinX, LGBTQ multihyphenate from Santa Barbara. He is an educator in Ventura County pursuing his first children’s book publication. Carlos received his BA from CSU Channel Islands and a Master’s in Education from Antioch University-Santa Barbara. Carlos has recently developed a curriculum based on the children’s books The Skin You Live In and Mirror Face (Michael Tyler), for the Chicago Public School System. When not in the classroom, Carlos has successfully cultivated and uses a performance drag persona, Angel D'Mon, to interact with children, their parents, caregivers and teachers via the book reading platforms Story Time with Miss Angel along with performing at entertainment venues.

Carlos Mendez

Carlos Mendez is a LatinX, LGBTQ multihyphenate from Santa Barbara. He is an educator in Ventura County pursuing his first children’s book publication. Carlos received his BA from CSU Channel Islands and a Master’s in Education from Antioch University-Santa Barbara. Carlos has recently developed a curriculum based on the children’s books The Skin You Live In and Mirror Face (Michael Tyler), for the Chicago Public School System. When not in the classroom, Carlos has successfully cultivated and uses a performance drag persona, Angel D'Mon, to interact with children, their parents, caregivers and teachers via the book reading platforms Story Time with Miss Angel along with performing at entertainment venues.

René García Hernández

René García-Hernández (Él/He/Him) identifies as an undocu-queer cis male of color, who is first-generation, and an agent of hope. He received his BA in Sociology from CSU, Northridge in 2015 and obtained a Master's Degree in Education and Leadership Administration from CSU Channel Islands in 2020. René is a community driven individual, he has served the community for the past 10 years in several roles. Currently, He is a Co-founder of Bienestar Counseling, Coaching and Consulting (@bienestarccc on Instagram), a board member at Adelante Charter School and Vice Chair at Santa Barbara Immigration Legal Defense Center.

Meet The Table

This is the group of dedicated queer & trans BIPOC who form the primary planning committee for SB Pride & Joy.

What is SB Pride & Joy?
Why "Pride & Joy"? What is that?
Pride is the journey every LGBTQ+ person is on; joy is our purpose, and it is what we deserve. Throughout the year, we are often asked to be political, to work for change, to mind the headlines in the news. But that isn't sustainable. Joy is what sustains us — joy is the endgame, the reason we do what we do. Toni Morrison once said, “It’s not possible to constantly hold onto crisis. You have to have the love and you have to have the magic. That’s also life.” Our communities deserve to live with joy, not just struggle. Plus, our collaborating partner, ColorBloq.org has it as their tagline: "We are more than our trauma, we dare to joy."
What's your pitch; tell me in 30 seconds what this looks like?
The LGBTQ+ community in Santa Barbara is asking for more, and it deserves more. In one 4-day weekend event during LGBTQ+ History Month, we are going to accomplish 5 things: 1) Highlight joy as a necessary part of what sustains us, 2) Build connections in Santa Barbara and across the West Coast, 3) Elevate the diversity and expansiveness of the LGBTQ+ community, 4) Create events and space for the LGBTQ+ community that don't exist elsewhere on the calendar, and 5) show the gift of possibility in what we can create and do together.
Why did you pick October?
We’ll be honest: Santa Barbara in October is beautiful. The weather is still warm, the skies are clear, and it’s still room temperature outside at night. But there are important reasons why we chose October. We get to push Pride Season all the way into fall. And we get to do it with one of the largest groups within Santa Barbara’s LGBTQ+ community: UCSB and SB City College students, who aren’t in session together until the end of September. But what else is important? October is LGBTQ+ History Month; it is Filipino American History Month; it’s still Latino/a/e Heritage Month; it’s the home of Indigenous Peoples’ Day and World Mental Health Day. The date is intentional. When we talk about making sure we reach all corners of our community, we mean it.
Is Santa Barbara ready for this?
In talking with community members over the last year, we found that there is a demand for more: more art, more collaboration, more community building, and more joy. This event is a response to the community's needs. And it is an attempt to braid these needs with the reality of where we live: Santa Barbara is a gorgeous place to live and visit, and we can share that, highlight that, and build connections, with this community as our backdrop.
Is this divisive? Are you dividing the community?
There is no single way to be a member of the LGBTQ+ community. Our lives are different. Our experiences are different. Our needs, wants, and desires are different. That means it is impossible to create one event, one place, or one organization that covers the vastness of our communities. A stereotype says we can all be served by one approach. Seeing us as individuals who form a community asks us to use all the tools available to meet the needs of those individuals from where they are. We don't believe in scarcity and limitations of identity — we believe in abundance and expansiveness.
Why another Pride festival?
This is about Pride — and Joy. There is so much to explore; LGBTQ+ culture is rich, diverse, and expansive. Just like there are more coffee shops than Starbucks even in a small community like Santa Barbara, we believe there is room for more than one LGBTQ+ event on the calendar. And, at the end of the day, we are certain that LGBTQ+ people in our community deserve more than one time of year to celebrate our history, culture, and connections to each other. Joy should be a year-round thing, and we are motivated by that truth.
How are you different?
We want to build community up and down the West Coast. We want to show off our hometown to LGBTQ+ community leaders and organizations, and establish connections between the people here and those builders from other cities. And we want to do it by highlighting the communities that are too often left out of leadership, decision-making, and event planning roles in the LGBTQ+ community: Black, Latino, Indigenous, Asian, Middle Eastern, and Pacific Islander communities. Equity asks us to do things differently.
What experience do you have?
The core planning committee has experience in event planning and logistics, community organizing, life, health, & executive coaching, nonprofit management, arts and entertainment, education, financial planning & accounting, publishing, Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, and more. Plus, we are collaborating with ColorBloq.org, a narrative change publication and events space that has partnered with hundreds of LGBTQ+ voices and organizations over the last 6 years. Color Bloq has co-produced events at AfroTech, and in partnership with The Transgender District, Blue Cross Blue Shield of California, and tech firms like Twitter, Unity, Instrument, and more. We are a group of community builders and community leaders, diverse, inclusive, and overflowing with excellence.
What is your story?
Two community builders in Santa Barbara share a basic value, and when they met, they knew they had to work together. Vivian Storm and Chief Esparza carry this understanding with them: “We do this for community, not for clout.” Vivian spends her time building with others, and curating spaces where joy can thrive. Community is central to her work. As she will tell you, community doesn’t just happen. “We have to work for it.” Chief believes we can nurture a renewed sense of community in Santa Barbara, and connect this city to others, in a way that feels like home to people most often excluded from conventional LGBTQ+ narratives, celebrations, and organizations. “Let’s tell the story of all corners of our community.” As community builders do, they are bringing together a team of creators to continue making something new, something LGBTQ+ people in Santa Barbara — and all over the West Coast — deserve. Joined by Terra Cobian, Carlos Mendez (aka Angel D’Mon), and René García Hernández, this group is showcasing their combined experiences and talents to break ground on an idea whose time has come.

What is SB Pride & Joy?

A Q&A with the organizers about the importance and meaning of pride and joy.
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Travel Information
What's the Weather Like?
High: 75.8
Low: 55.4
Precip: 0
Visibility: 9.8 miles 
Sunrise: 6:57 AM
Sunset: 6:36 PM

**Based on 10-year averages for October 6th, from 2013 to 2022
El Pueblo Viejo District (Downtown Santa Barbara)
Sister Cities
The Friendship Fountains of sister cities Santa Barbara and Puerto Vallarta.
Travel Advice
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Between the Bay and LA
Los Angeles 
22 minutes in the air from LAX to SBA
109 miles, ~2-2.5 hours by car
2.5 hours by train from LA Union Station to SB Station

San Francisco 
47 minutes in the air from SFO to SBA
325 miles, ~5-6 hours by car
9 hours by train from Oakland / Jack London to SB Station
Our Airport is Cute
Direct flights to SBA (by airline and home city):

Alaska: Seattle, Portland
American: Dallas, Phoenix
Southwest: Denver, Oakland, Las Vegas
United: Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco

Visit the Santa Barbara Airport home page for more. 

**Airbus shuttles to-and-from LAX available for booking by Santa Barbara Airbus
***Santa Barbara Airport (SBA) is roughly 10-15 minutes from the downtown El Pueblo Viejo District
By Train (No we mean an actual train 🚂)
Pacific Surfliner (serving San Luis Obispo to Santa Barbara to Los Angeles to San Diego)

Coast Starlight (serving Seattle to Portland to San Francisco to Santa Barbara to Los Angeles)

Visit the Amtrak home page for more. 

**Santa Barbara station (SBA) is located in the downtown El Pueblo Viejo District
By Car (Take a roadtrip!)
Take Highway 101 North from Los Angeles, and 101 South from the Bay Area. 

Parking is available at most hotels. Public parking is available throughout the downtown El Pueblo Viejo District. The first 75 minutes are free, and $2.50 for each hour or partial hour after the initial 75 minutes.
Getting Around
Walking
Measuring just over 1 mile from the Pacific Ocean to the historic Arlington Theater, this part of the El Pueblo Viejo District is walkable, and can be covered in roughly 25 minutes from end to end.
Rideshare
Uber and Lyft estimated $9-12 (before tip) to cover the same distance, end to end.
Exploring Santa Barbara
Find out more about Downtown Santa Barbara. Follow the nearby Funk Zone neighborhood on Instagram: @thefunkzone. Explore Santa Barbara and all it has to offer.

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