This Weekend in Santa Cruz: September 28th – 30th, 2018

Capitola Festival

Just when you thought festival season was over…This weekend we have a traditional harvest festival to welcome the fall, and while we’re at it, two new festivals hit the scene!

Check out the 2-day Capitola Beach Festival and the newest food fest in town, Boardwalk Bites & Brews.

There’s always something for everyone. See our picks for the top events each day this weekend:


This week’s roundup is sponsored by Arts Council Santa Cruz County & the Open Studios Art Tour. Open Studios takes place the first three weeks of October. Our pro tip: kick-start your tour with a visit to the Santa Cruz Art League where you will find work from every artist on this year’s tour. We love visiting this exhibition each year to help plan our tour stops. The public reception is this Sunday and the exhibit will run through Oct. 21st. 

Click here for more information about Open Studios.


Friday

Pivot Towards Your Purpose

When: 9/28 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where: Resource Center for Nonviolence: 612 Ocean St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Cost: Earliest Bird Price (ends August 15th): $99 / Early Bird Price (ends September 7): $119 / General Admission: $139

Be inspired, empowered, and equipped to take action at Pivot Towards Your Purpose, a women’s leadership conference for entrepreneurs, business owners, and future leaders. The day will be filled with motivational speakers, insightful workshops, and opportunities to set goals and connect with other passionate community members. Pivot proceeds will benefit the Coastal Watershed Council.

Get more info here.

Sordid Lives by Del Shores

Sordid Lives

When: 9/21 – 10/14
Where: Mountain Community Theatre
Cost: $17 – $20

This comedy is based on the independent film that tells the story a small town family who deals with the fallout after the accidental death of a family member during a secret encounter with another married and much younger neighbor. Full of colorful characters and dark humor that will keep you laughing and entertained.

Get more info here.

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Saturday

Capitola Beach Festival

When: 9/29 – 9/30 from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm
Where: Capitola Village
Cost: Free

Don’t miss this new festival in town, or rather in the Village of Capitola. This two-day community event includes many of the beloved Begonia Festival activities, from the Sand Sculpture Contest to the Fishing Derby, while introducing some fun new festivities…the Little Wharf 3-Miler and a Lighted Nautical Parade!

Get more info here.

Founders’ Day Special Event

When: 9/29 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where: Big Basin Redwoods State Park
Cost:

Founders’ Day is packed with activities celebrating the majestic old growth redwoods of California’s oldest state park and the visionaries who were inspired to save them. Follow a century of history along the 100-foot timeline tree, take a guided walk around the redwood loop, and watch a strolling play bring the past to life.

Get more info here.

Boardwalk Bites & Brews

When: 9/29 from 10:30 am to 8:00 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Cost: $4 – $79

Boardwalk bites meet Bay Area brews at the newest food festival in Santa Cruz! Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing, Shanty Shack, Steel Bonnet, and Discretion are just a few of the local breweries facing the challenge to find the best pairing of beer/cider to favorite Boardwalk foods. If you’ve ever wanted to know what beers pair well with deep fried artichokes, corn dogs, garlic fries, and more, get your event passports and start tasting!

Get more info here.

Santa Cruz Mountains Harvest Festival

Santa Cruz Mountains Harvest Festival

When: 9/29 from 11:00 am to 6:30 pm
Where: Downtown Boulder Creek
Cost: Free admission, $10 all access pass for kids & $7 beer & wine tickets

Harvest season is here! Bring your family and friends to Downtown Boulder Creek for a day of music, great food, beer and wine, amazing artists, and sustainable living demonstrations. Kids will love the petting zoos, bounce house, face painting and hay rides.

Get more info here.

Burrito Bash And Car Show

When: 9/29 from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm
Where: Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds: Main Lawn
Cost: $5 Admission, $5 parking

Join the Rotary Clubs of Freedom and Watsonville for a day of live music, a car show, food, activities, brews and burritos! This is a family-friendly fundraiser for all the good causes that Rotary supports. Of course, the highlight of the burrito bash will be local restaurants competing for the Best Burrito on the Central Coast…can’t wait to see who wins!

Get more info here.

Sordid Lives by Del Shores

See Description Under Friday Section

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Sunday

Music At Skypark

When: 9/30 from 2:30 pm to 6:00 pm
Where: Skypark
Cost: 

Head to Scotts Valley for the final summer concert at Skypark. Rock out to Extra Large and The Joint Chiefs and know that all that dancing, eating, and drinking is going to a good cause—proceeds from food & beverage sales benefit music programs in local public schools.

Get more info here.

Fall Harvest Festival at the UCSC Farm

When: 9/30 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where: UCSC Farm
Cost: $5 general admission; free for UCSC students with current ID, kids 12 and under, and members of the Friends of the UCSC Farm & Garden

Don’t miss UCSC Farm’s biggest event of the year! At this family-friendly affair, staff and students of the farm pull out all the stops with tractor rides, fresh cider-making with an old-fashioned apple press, live music, food demonstrations, face painting, wall climbing, and hourly workshops on everything from baking with sourdough to canning tomatoes.

Get more info here.

Open Studios Preview Reception

When: 9/30 from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Art League

Come to the public reception kick-off party of the Open Studios Preview Exhibit. Held at the Santa Cruz Art League September 29 – October 21, the preview exhibit will be a feast for the eyes and a great way to chart your tour of artist studios you’d like to visit during the Open Studios Art Tour, taking place the first three weekends in October.

Get more info here.

Capitola Beach Festival

See Description Under Saturday Section

Sordid Lives by Del Shores

See Description Under Friday Section

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Upcoming Events You Don’t Want to Miss

Welcome Back Monarchs Day

What: Welcome Back Monarchs Day Festival
Where: Natural Bridges State Beach
When: Sunday, October 14

Celebrate the return of the monarch butterflies to their winter home at Natural Bridges! A warm welcome awaits at this family-friendly festival including arts and crafts, face painting, live music, a parade, free cake, outdoor kids games, and more. For a fun day on the westside, plan on Open Streets on West Cliff in the morning and partying with the monarchs in the afternoon!

Get more info here.

Open Studios Santa Cruz County

Open Studios 2018

What: Open Studios 2018
Where: Various locations
When: First three weekends in October

Open Studios is an invitation into the creative workspaces of local artists throughout the county. Plot your own self-guided tour or simply follow the green signs around town. The first weekend of October features South County artists, the second weekend showcases North county artists, and the third weekend is an optional encore weekend for artists throughout the county.

Get more info here.

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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.

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