Capitola Village hosts a variety of festivals, events and activities every year! We invite you to come and experience them! Let us know if you have any questions about these events!
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Twilight Concert Series – Wednesday nights in June, July, and August – Bring a blanket, beach chairs, snacks, and your dancing shoes to enjoy a concert while the sun sets at Esplanade Park by Capitola Beach!
Art and Music by the Beach in Capitola Village – Sundays in the Summer – Enjoy a Sunday afternoon in Capitola taking place six Sundays throughout the summer at Esplanade Park overlooking the Monterey Bay. View and purchase quality artwork including painting, photography, sculpture, jewelry and mixed media from local artists and enjoy live music on the Esplanade Stage. This family friendly event is free and open to the public.
Wharf to Wharf Race – Sunday, July 26th – Each year, on the fourth Sunday in July, thousands of runners from across America and around the globe return to Santa Cruz, California for the annual six-mile race to Capitola-by-the-Sea. Click Here for more information
Capitola Art & Wine Festival – Saturday, September 12th & Sunday, September 13th – One of our most popular events of the year! This is such a fun weekend for the whole family! The Capitola Art & Wine Festival combines Art, Wine, Music and Food, all in charming Capitola Village overlooking the Monterey Bay. Sip on some amazing tastes of local wine while browsing through amazing artist’s work and shopping, too! The best combination. Click Here for more information
Capitola Beach Festival – Saturday, September 26th & Sunday, September 27th – Remember the Annual Begonia Festival that took place during Labor Day? Luckily, the Capitola Beach Festival has replaced it! This family-friendly event includes a 3-Miler Fun Run hosted by the Wharf to Wharf, a Horseshoe Tournament, the Lighted Nautical Parade, a Fishing Derby, a Sand Sculpture Contest, the Chalk Art Event, a Concert in Esplanade Park, Rowboat Races and more! Click here for more information
Mermaid Triathlon – Saturday, October 3rd – The T9 Mermaid Tri & Du Capitola is one of the best all women triathlons on the West Coast. Capitola offers an ocean swim around the wharf, views of the Pacific Ocean, fun bike course featuring a gradual climb into the coastal redwoods, followed by a run on the ocean bluff overlooking Capitola Village. The Mermaid Series is building a welcoming community that inspires women from all backgrounds to experience the joy of crossing the finish line. Click here for more information
Monte Fireworks Show over Capitola Wharf – Sunday, October 11th – Come to Capitola Village for an incredible fireworks show over Capitola Wharf! This show lasts about 20 minutes long and it feels like a grand finale for the whole show! You definitely want to experience this. Click Here for more information
Capitola Children’s Halloween Parade – Sunday, October 25th – Dress up your kiddos in a Halloween costume, and walk down Capitola Avenue for the cutest kid parade ever!