Isla Vista and the City of Goleta are gearing up for this weekend’s Deltopia street party, held on Del Playa Drive in Isla Vista the weekend after UCSB students return from spring break.

The Isla Vista Community Services District is hosting its second-ever Spring Festival as an alternative to Deltopia.

The festival is scheduled for Saturday at Little Acorn Park from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., according to Sydney Castañeda, community engagement director for the Isla Vista Community Services District.

“This is an alternative event to try to get people off of Del Playa as an alternative event to come get free food, see live music and hang out,” Castañeda said.

The festival will feature Isla Vista bands, free food, water stations, public restrooms as well as displaying a new Isla Vista-themed mural.  

The district also will be partnering with Gauchos for Recovery — UCSB’s drug safety program — to distribute Narcan and fentanyl testing strips. Volunteers and staff members with Gauchos for Recovery will train people on how to utilize the drug-safety tools. 

Castañeda said the goal of the festival is to provide a safe alternative for all Isla Vista residents to enjoy the weekend outside of Deltopia.

Last year’s festival hosted more than 1,000 members, Castañeda said.

UCSB has partnered with the City of Goleta to add temporary parking restrictions on streets closest to Isla Vista in order to dissuade Deltopia attendees from parking in Goleta neighborhoods.

The parking restrictions will be in place from 7 p.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Saturday and from 7 p.m. Saturday to 7 a.m. Sunday.

Goleta residents will have received two parking permits by mail, which they are to put inside their vehicles throughout the weekend.

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Grace Kitayama, Noozhawk Staff Writer

Grace Kitayama is a Noozhawk staff writer.