Whale Watching

Monterey Bay provides some of the best views of the California Gray Whale on their annual migration from Alaska to Mexico in the winter months. You can also see sea otters, dolphins, blue whales, porpoises, sea lions and a variety of ocean birds in the unique ecosystem of the Monterey Bay. 

Stagnaro Whale Watching & Fishing Trips


First Friday Art Tour happens every month, rain or shine throughout Santa Cruz.

"Founded by the Santa Cruz Institute of Contemporary Arts, First Friday is an independent event designed to support a strong cultural environment through the promotion of Artists. and managed in conjunction with the participating Art venues, First Friday is a free event for enthusiastic Art Goers and an opportunity for our many talented Artists to exhibit and promote their work." -


Guided Elephant Seal Walks

December 15 - March 31, 8:00 AM

Año Nuevo State Park

View a large colony of Northern elephant seals, guided by your docent on this moderate 3-mile, 2.5 hour adventure.
People with accessibility needs may reserve an equal access tour along the boardwalk. These tours take place on
Fridays, weekends, and select holidays. Rain or shine. No pets.

650.879.2025 or


Capitola Village Easter Egg Hunt

March 31, 2018

"Hop on down to Capitola Village for an Easter Egg Hunt on the beach! Kids 12 and under can hunt for candy-filled eggs hidden in the sand. The Easter Bunny will be there! Please limit 3 eggs per child so there is plenty of fun for everyone! And be sure to bring your camera to capture a fun, spring day on the beach in Capitola!" -


Surfer's Path Marathon, Capitola Half Marathon & Relay

May 20

"Whether you choose the 26.2 mile Marathon, 13.1 mile Half Marathon or Relay, you will be treated to scenic courses, featuring breathtaking views of the Monterey Bay coastline and a series of world renowned surf breaks. An ideal destination event, participants can experience a quintessential California vacation." -


Twilight Concerts

Wednesdays, June - August

"6:00 PM - 8:00 PM — The Art and Cultural Commission bring Wednesday Night Twilight Concerts to Capitola Village on the Esplanade Stage. Families and friends are encouraged to come down and enjoy an array of musical styles from jazz, western, latin, swing, orchestra to rock and roll. The bands will perform from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Bring a picnic dinner and chairs to sit on either in the park or on the beach while enjoying the music filled sunset. A blanket and warm jackets are always a good idea as the summer weather can bring the fog. Check back for Concert Schedules." -

6th Annual Pleasure Point Street Fair

June 23

"Pleasure Point will be buzzing as the community takes to the street to enjoy the Pleasure Point Street Fair on Saturday, June 23, 2018. The event will be held on Portola Drive between 41st and 38th Avenues, Santa Cruz, from 11 am – 5 pm with bike parking available, and admission is free." -


Capitola Rod & Custom Classic Car Show

June 9 & 10

"Featuring over 300 Hot Rods, Muscle Cars, Coupes, Roadsters, Customs and Classics - vintage to 1972; Vendor Booths, Music, Silent Auction, Raffle, Trophies, DenBeste Motorsports, Nascar race cars, and more. Enjoy a weekend filled with awesome cars, great music, charming shops, restaurants for every taste, and family fun at the beach!" -

24th Annual Woodies on the Wharf

June 23

The scenic and historic Santa Cruz Wharf is the perfect setting for a celebration of the surf spirit and classic surf wagons. Come out for music, prize drawings & woodie goodies.


17th Annual Jay Moriarity Memorial Paddleboard Race

June 16

"The 2018 Jay Race will be held on Jay's birthday! This annual ocean paddleboard race in the beautiful waters of the Monterey Bay is in memory of Santa Cruz Waterman Jay Moriarity. Paddle the 12 mile or 2 mile course. Compete in the Waterman's challenge. Free "mini Jay" races for kids 12 and under!" -

Wharf to Wharf Race


July 22

"Sunday, at 8:00 AM — A world class, scenic six-mile race with 35 or more live bands and throngs of festive spectators along the route. A race like no other!" - For registration and more information visit: Website: