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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


Migration Festival

11am - 4:00 PM
Parking Fee is $10.00.

"Fly, swim, waddle, walk, bike or drive as you migrate to Natural Bridges State Beach for a full-day of activities that celebrate the migration of whales, butterflies, birds and the many creatures that travel. The park will host migratory animal talks, active kids' games, crafts, skits, live music by the nature-loving 5M's Band, educational booths and displays, along with the now-famous free habitat-cake served at the end of the event. You can purchase a picnic at the park or bring your own. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks." -


Santa Cruz Clam Chowder Cook-Off

2/24/2018 - 2/25/2018

"Attention chowder lovers! Taste the best at the 37th Annual Clam Chowder Cook-Off! Sample chowder from Amateur Chefs on Saturday, followed by Professional Chefs on Sunday. Both days feature Boston and Manhattan Clam Chowder, and you can help pick a winner each day. Tasting kit proceeds benefit Santa Cruz Parks & Recreation." -


Surfer's Path 10k and 5k Run

February 25th

"Participants are treated to beachfront and bluff views of the Monterey Bay along the majestic Santa Cruz County coastline. You travel the Surfer’s Path, passing many of the world’s most famous surf breaks. There is plenty of surf music and celebration at the finish area located in the heart of Capitola Village" -


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." -


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!" -


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: