About Christine Candelaria

Christine Candelaria is a local mom of four who enjoys sharing her Santa Cruz adventures. You can follow her #santacruzlife on Instagram at @theaumsmama.

Halloween Events in Santa Cruz 2017

Halloween Santa Cruz
Have no fear, your Santa Cruz Halloween Guide is here!

We’ve got floating pumpkin patches, costume parades, haunted houses and haunted bus tours—all leading up to the big day, which happens to be a Tuesday this year.

Here’s a day-by-day listing of all the Halloween-themed events this month: [Read more…]

Santa Cruz Pumpkin Patches

Santa Cruz Pumpkin Patches

With fall in the air and Halloween just around the corner, now is the perfect time to visit a local pumpkin patch, or two.

We’ve put together our guide to pumpkin patches in Santa Cruz to help you channel your inner Charlie Brown and find a great pumpkin.

So carve out some time this season to pick your future jack-o-lantern or pumpkin pie, and snag some perfect photo opps along the way! [Read more…]

5th Annual Mole & Mariachi Festival: Sept. 9, 2017

The 5th Annual Mole & Mariachi Festival will take over Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park on Saturday, September 9, celebrating the famous sauce and traditional music of México.

The festival features a mole tasting competition with nine different varieties of mole available for sampling. Music, dancing, kid activities, and a raffle round out the day’s festivities.

As festival regulars and returning judges in this year’s mole cooking competition, we have three pieces of advice: arrive early, come hungry, and watch out for the mojigangas!

Here’s what’s in store at this year’s Mole & Mariachi Festival: [Read more…]