2018 Santa Cruz Events

Capitola Village hosts a variety of events throughout the year. Below, we’ve listed the most popular events of the year – and the month/approximate date they occur. For exact event dates, click the links below. To book your stay during one of these events, call our Vacation Rental Booking Specialists at (800) 330-2979 or email us direct at info@beach-houserentals.com

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Since most kids have this Monday off of school, enjoy a 3 day weekend at the beach!




Valentine’s Day – Always February 14th 

Enjoy a getaway with your love!

President’s Day – Monday, February 19th

another day where most kids have the day off, so take advantage of it and retreat to the beach!




Wednesday Night Sailboat Races in Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor begin

Spring Break!

Most kids have their Spring Break in March. Book your week-long vacation to Capitola!

Spring Break at the Boardwalk

Enjoy rides, magic shows, snacks and more!

Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday, March 31st (the day before Easter Sunday) in Capitola Village on the beach in front of the Venetians

Spring Break!

Easter Sunday – April 1st, 2018

Mother’s Day – Sunday, May 13th – this is a day you will NOT want to forget! 

Memorial Day Weekend – Friday, May 25th – Monday, May 28th

American Music Festival in Aptos Village Park (usually during Memorial Day Weekend)

Capitola’s Annual Car Show (2nd weekend in June) – Saturday, June 9th and Sunday, June 10th

Capitola Car Show

Jay Race – Jay Moriarty Paddle Out – Saturday, June 16th

Father’s Day – Sunday, June 17th

Graduation Weekend (UCSC graduation ceremonies)

Friday, June 15th – Sunday, June 17th

Twilight Summer Concerts in Capitola Village 

Every Wednesday night in June, July and August from 6-8pm

Twilight Summer Concert Series

Pleasure Point Street Fair (end of June)

Pleasure Point Street Fair

Art and Music at the Beach

Every other Sunday through Summer beginning the last Sunday in June

Art & Music at the Beach

Twilight Summer Concerts in Capitola Village – every Wednesday night in June, July and August from 6-8pm

Art and Music at the Beach (every other Sunday in July)

Wharf to Wharf Race – 4th Sunday in July. This year it is Sunday, July 22nd, 2018

Wharf to Wharf Race

Santa Cruz Shakespeare – Beginning July 10th and going through September 2nd, enjoy watching Shakespeare in the Park at DeLaVeaga Park in Santa Cruz!

Santa Cruz Shakespeare

Twilight Summer Concerts in Capitola Village – every Wednesday night in June, July and August from 6-8pm

Art and Music at the Beach (every other Sunday in August)

Movies at the Beach in Capitola (last Friday in August)

Labor Day Weekend! August 31st to September 3rd

Art and Wine Festival – Saturday, September 8th and Sunday, September 9th

Capitola Art & Wine Festival

Movies at the Beach (Saturday or Friday nights)

Capitola Water Festival – end of September – more information to be announced later!

Restaurant Week

Mermaid Triathlon (Saturday, October 6th, 2018)

Mermaid Triathlon

Monte Foundation Fireworks over Capitola Wharf (Sunday, October 7th)

Monte Foundation Fireworks

Children’s Halloween Parade (October 28th, 2018)

Capitola Plein Air (early November)

local artists pop up their easels and paint throughout the Village

Capitola Plein Air

Thanksgiving (Thursday, November 22nd)

Surfing Santa (Saturday, November 24th)

Surfin Santa Cruz

Winter Event Kick-Off – come back for more information!

Lighted Boat Parade in the Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor (first Saturday in December)

Santa Crzu Lighted Boat Parade

Christmas – December 25th