Ticket sales for Bread and Roses are now CLOSED.
Our 28th Annual Bread & Roses community celebration will be held in person!
Sunday, October 24th
2:00pm - 5:00pm
Elings Park, Santa Barbara
Join us as we come together to celebrate our progressive communities’ adaptability, dedication, and resiliency as we emerge from a period of unprecedented challenge! It is with excitement that we announce that this year’s event will be hosted by Gloria Soto and David Moore!
We are pleased to share that we will be presenting our Firebrand Award to Juliana Neel, and our Founder’s Award to Nancy Weiss & Marc Chytilo — and that Spencer the Gardener will be gracing us with his musical talents!
While we promise to bring back Bread & Roses crowd favorites: fantastic food & libations and wonderful community— there are some important changes. After many years at QAD headquarters, this year's Bread & Roses is moving to Elings Park! Additionally, in an effort to ensure that Bread & Roses is as safe as possible, all guests must provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination in order to attend this year's event.
All children 12 years of age and older are required to have an individual ticket and provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination. No children under 12 years of age will be permitted to attend
We are working diligently to make sure this is a great and safe event, and will adjust safety measures as necessary.
The Meaning Behind "Bread & Roses"
The idea of “Bread and Roses” is part of a historical tradition that began with the Lawrence, Massachusetts textile workers’ strike of 1912. Since that time, "Bread and Roses" has served as a slogan for many progressive struggles in the United States. For the most part, "Bread" has represented a living wage and "Roses" has referred to workers' desire for dignity and respect.
On January 12, 1912 nearly 25,000 textile workers - mostly immigrant women - left the mills and poured into the streets of Lawrence, Massachusetts. After three months, the strike ended in a victory - with wage increases in mill towns throughout New England. The strike changed the face of both the labor and feminist movements. It was the first major labor action in U.S. history that was led by women, and for the first time there was a conscious effort to unite workers of all nationalities. Every union meeting was translated into 25 different languages.
It is in this spirit of collective action and coalition-building that the Fund for Santa Barbara continues to support grassroots activists and community organizations working for social, economic, environmental and political change.
Gale Goldberg and Wendy Kout conceived of what started as "Bread &" and blossomed into the FUND's most important fundraiser, "Bread & Roses." Without the critical volunteer leadership of Kathleen & Don Scott and Denise Eschardies, this event simply would not have become what is is now: the largest, most fun, most accessible and most successful progressive fundraising event on the Central Coast. The FUND expresses its deep gratitude to those extraordinary supporters and to the hundreds of individuals who have shared their unique talents, time and dedication to making "Bread & Roses" so dearly exceptional.