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Explore everything Santa Cruz county has to offer. Our beaches are just the beginning! Discover our majestic redwood forests in Santa Cruz County’s 14 state parks. Taste our fresh cuisine and fine wines. Experience our rich history and acclaimed arts. Our Traveler’s Guide will help you discover all that Santa Cruz County has to offer. Online visitor information keeps you up-to-date on Santa Cruz’s year-round events for everyone.

FALL EVENTS

Santa Cruz Greek Festival
September 7 – 9, 2018
This annual, award-winning street festival is jam-packed with delicious Greek dishes, yummy desserts, Kafenio, Greek wine & spirits. Live bouzouki band and dancing makes for a fun, family friendly event in downtown Santa Cruz. Admission-free.
Location: 223 Church St., between Cedar and Center, Santa Cruz
Phone

: 831-429-6500; www.livelikeagreek.com

Mole and Mariachi Festival
September 8, 2018
Come and enjoy outdoor festival with local artists, food, wine and activities for kids! Free Admission.
Location: Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park, 144 School Street, Santa Cruz
Phone

: 831-429-1840; www.thatsmypark.org

36th Annual Capitola Art and Wine Festival
September 8 – 9, 2018
22 Wineries, gourmet food, fine art, entertainment, children art area. Admission free in Capitola Village By The Sea.
Location: Capitola Village, Capitola
Phone

: 831-475-6522; www.capitolachamber.com

Santa Cruz County Fair
September 12 – 16, 2018
Six days of fun and festivities, including a large carnival. Safe, fun and affordable.
Location: Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds (2601 East Lake Ave., off Hwy. 152), Watsonville
Phone

: 831-724-5671

; www.santacruzcountyfair.com

Monterey Bay Birding Festival
September 28 – 30, 2018
Come see 200 species of birds in one

of the world’s most picturesque areas of California on the Monterey Bay.
Location: 275 Main Street, Watsonville
Phone

: 888-909-7829; www.montereybaybirding.org

Boardwalk Bites & Brews
September 29, 2018
The newest food festival celebrates everyone

‘s favorite amusement park foods paired with Santa Cruz County’s best craft beers! Local brewers have been challenged to select (or brew up) a beer that best compliments a Boardwalk menu item. Meet local brewers, enjoy live entertainment, taste great food and sample an impressive list of more than two dozen local craft beers.
Location: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, 400 Beach Street, Santa Cruz
Phone

: 831-423-5590; www.beachboardwalk.com

1st Annual Capitola Beach Festival
September 29 – 30, 2018
The Capitola Village Beach Festival features sand castle building and rowboat contests, a horseshoe tournament, fishing derby and children’s art events. A Saturday night nautical parade illuminated with LED lights rounds out the fun.
Location: Capitola Village – Esplanade Park, Capitola
Phone

: 831-475-4466; www.capitolavillage.com

Music at Skypark
September 30, 2018
Two of Music at Skypark’s most popular veteran bands headline the September concert: The Joint Chiefs start things off with their totally danceable fusion of funk, acid jazz and classic R&B. Extra Large follows with funky grooves rooted in blends of funk, blues, reggae riffs and Latin beats. Both bands have teamed up to produce Music at Skypark’s best-attended concerts in the past.
Location: Skypark, 361 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley
Phone

: 831-334-8899; www.kiwanisofthevalleys.org

Open Studios Art Tour
October 6 – 7, 13 – 14, 20 – 21, 2018
Explore the hidden world of art! Visit artists in their studios, learn about their processes, purchase original works of art. Mobile app and printed guide have artist information and maps.
Location: Various locations, Santa Cruz County
Phone

: 831-475-9600; www.artscouncilsc.org

Monte Foundation Fireworks Extravaganza
October 7, 2018
A wonderful family event featuring entertainment and a fireworks display. 8pm.
Location: Capitola Wharf, Capitola
Phone

: 831-685-3317; www.monte-foundation.com

Thomas and Percy’s Halloween Party ™
October 13 – 14, October 20 – 21, October 27 – 28, 2018
Announcing the tour’s most exciting year ever as hit entertainment debuts talking Thomas the Tank Engine and Thomas’ best friend Percy! Dress up for Halloween with favorites Thomas and Percy, for a 20 minute train ride, entertainment, and fun filled activities for the entire family. Check website for specific times.
Location: Roaring Camp Railroads, 5401 Graham Hill Road, Felton
Phone

: 831-335-4484; www.roaringcamp.com

Welcome Back Monarchs Day
October 14, 2018
Join California State Parks in welcoming the Monarchs back to Natural Bridges State Park, their over-wintering habitat. Arts and crafts, active games for kids, music by the 5M’s (The Mostly Mediocre Musical Monarch Mariposas), hand-cranked ‘Monarch’ ice cream (pumpkin flavored), and information on how to create your own butterfly garden. Hosted by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks, and California State Parks.
Location: Natural Bridges State Park, Santa Cruz
Phone

: 831-423-4609; www.thatsmypark.org

The Missing Arm of William Waddell
October 20, 2018
History takes a tall tale twist as the saga of this early pione

er unfolds. The silly, slightly haunting tours around the redwood loop trail. Featuring music, storytelling and “Ranger Apples” around the campfire. All participants must register at Park Headquarters (registration opens at 6:30 pm). Free.
Location: Big Basin Redwoods State Park, 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek
Phone

: 831-338-8883; www.parks.ca.gov

Chili Cook-Off at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
October 27, 2018
Bring your appetite and join the fun as both professional and amateur chefs compete! 10 – 4pm, Tasting starts at 1pm.
Location: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, 400 Beach Street, Santa Cruz
Phone

: 831-423-5590; www.beachboardwalk.com

Santa Cruz Sea Glass and Ocean Art Festival
November 3 – 4, 2018
Featuring genuine sea glass and artist-made creations while benefiting our local marine environment. Held in the historic Cocoanut Grove Ballroom at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, 10am – 5pm each day. The festival features artists, a free raffle, great food, full cash bar and more.
Location: Cocoanut Grove, 400 Beach Street, Santa Cruz
Phone

: 831-332-71

88; www.santacruzseaglass.com

Santa Cruz Mountains Wine Passport Program
November 17, 2018
Your chance to visit wineries of the Santa Cruz Mountains not normally open to the public. Taste wine and have a great time. Check website for times.
Location: Various Wineries, Santa Cruz Mountains
Phone

: 831-685-VINE; www.scmwa.com

Ice Skating at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
November 17, 2018 – January 6, 2019
Skate to your heart’s content as you usher in the holidays and New Year! Check website for details and times.
Location: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Santa Cruz
Phone

: 831-423-5590; www.beachboardwalk.com

Capitola’s Surfin’ Santa
November 24, 2018
Santa and his reindeer surf into Capitola Beach. Bring your Christmas list to review with Santa. Candy Canes for everyone

! Event is free and is at noon.
Location: Capitola Beach, Capitola Village
Phone

: 831-475-6522; www.capitolasoquelchamber.com

A special thank you to our 2018 Fall Festival Series sponsors: Annieglass, Beach Street Inn & Suites, Best Western Seacliff Inn, Brookdale Lodge, Capitola Hotel, Dream Inn Santa CruzPajaro Dunes ResortSeascape Beach Resort.