8 Must Do September Activities in the Santa Cruz Area

September in Santa Cruz is known as “secret summer,” with warmer weather and less crowds, it’s the perfect time to visit the Santa Cruz area. Here are 8 must do September Activities in Santa Cruz. 

Catch a Sunset

The sunsets in Santa Cruz County in September are absolutely stunning. Lots of vibrant reds and pinks that will leave you awestruck. The best place to see a September sunset is along West Cliff and over Natural Bridges State Beach. Head to the beach around 6:45pm to be sure you won’t miss it. After the sun sets behind the ocean, grab a drink at nearby Venus Spirits or Humble Sea Brewery. 

Visit the Santa Cruz County Fair 

county fairBe sure to catch the Santa Cruz County Fair in Watsonville this September. It celebrates the local agricultural history of the community and people. Explore the exhibition halls filled with local flavor. It’s always interesting to see what the community has up their sleeves when it comes to homemade jam and pies, photography and painting skills, crafting, homebrewing, and unique collections.

On top of getting a good flavor for the community through these exhibitions, see live music, catch the horse show and pig races, take a spin on a carnival ride, try to win a stuffed animal, and of course take advantage of your excuse to eat fried food! This is for sure a must do September activity in Santa Cruz for the whole family. This year, the Santa Cruz County Fair is September 15-19, 2021. 

Capitola Art & Wine Festival

Taste wine and view art at this weekend-long event that has been occurring every September for more than thirty- five years in Capitola Village. The Capitola Art & Wine Festival  is a local favorite that brings crowds from miles around and features over a hundred fine artists; more than twenty Santa Cruz Mountain wineries, local artisans, and vendors; a food court that offers a wide range of delicious food; and a kids’ art and music area to entertain the little ones. Admission is free, but there is a charge to taste wine. Don’t forget to stop and enjoy the local performing arts groups and live music throughout. The Capitola Art & Wine Festival is coming up September 11th & 12th, 2021.

Visit a Farmers Market

Feel like a Santa Cruz local and stop by one of the many local farmers markets! Santa Cruz Community Farmers’ Markets have been providing the local community with the best selection in seasonal organic fruits, vegetables, and flowers from local farmers.

They also supply pasture-raised meats, eggs, and dairy, sustainably harvested seafood, and artisan-made goods. When you purchase items from any of these farmers’ markets, you’re getting the freshest and healthiest foods. You’re also supporting local jobs and the growth of our farming community.

Take a Hike Around the Santa Cruz Arboretum & Botanic Garden

The Arboretum & Botanic Garden maintains collections of rare and threatened plants. Plants from California natives,Australia, South Africa, and New Zealand are displayed on the grounds. Many of the species in these collections are not otherwise available for study in American botanical gardens and arboreta. 

Spend a relaxing afternoon strolling around the gardens and enjoying the many unique plants and relaxing atmosphere. The first Tuesday of the month, September 7th,  the Arboretum is open without charge to visitors. 

Capitola Beach Festival 

Capitola’s Annual Beach Festival will take place September 25-26, 2021 in Capitola Village. Look forward to a 3-Miler Fun Run hosted by the Wharf to Wharf, a Horseshoe Tournament, the Lighted Nautical Parade, a Fishing Derby, Sand Sculpture Contest, Chalk Art Event, Concert in Esplanade Park, Rowboat Races and so much more. This event is free and open to the public! Bring the kids too as this is a family-friendly event. 

Fishing on the Capitola Wharf 

September is a great time to try fishing on the Capitola Wharf. ​​Rent fishing equipment from Capitola Boat and Bait and spend a lazy afternoon waiting for the fish to bite on the end of the beautiful Capitola Pier. The waters of the Monterey Bay are filled with a variety of fish including rockfish, lingcod, salmon, halibut, white sea bass and so much more. You’re sure to catch something if you’re patient enough. 

Santa Cruz Beach Train 

September is a spectacular time of year to take the Santa Cruz Beach Train. Travel through the gorgeous Henry Cowell Redwood Forest as fall starts to set in this time of year. You’ll travel down the scenic San Lorenzo River Gorge, across a 1900 steel truss bridge and through a historic tunnel before arriving at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. 

Stay at the Newly Remodeled Beautiful Capitola Beach Condo

This two bedroom, one bathroom condo is located in the heart of Capitola Village and is walking distance to Capitola Beach and downtown Capitola Village. With a contemporary style and everything you’d need in a home away from home, this beach house is perfect for 2 couples or a single family to enjoy a beach getaway this September.

Enjoy an evening glass of wine on the deck, cook a meal in the fully equipped kitchen, or walk down to Capitola Village’s newest restaurant, Trestles, to enjoy farm-to-table cuisine in a casual atmosphere. This rental also has  2 convenient assigned parking spaces in the carport. You’ll feel like you just stepped into a modern and coastal showroom as you enter the expertly designed home. Relax and enjoy this lovely beach home, the perfect home base to explore the best of September in Santa Cruz County.  Browse September availability and book the Beautiful Capitola Beach Condo online. Let us know when you’ve completed our must do September activities in Santa Cruz, we hope you enjoy!