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." -

Capitola Beach Festival

September 28 & 29, 2018

Capitola Village Beach Festival plans to resurrect some key components of its predecessor, the Begonia Festival, such as sand castle building and rowboat contests, a horseshoe tournament, fishing derby and children’s art events. New proposed features included replacing begonia-laden floats parading down sunny Soquel Creek with a Saturday night nautical parade illuminated with LED lights. More to Come! -

Monte Foundation 24th Anniversary Fireworks Extraveganza

Sunday, October 7, 2018
Approximately 8pm

"A wonderful family event featuring a spectacular fireworks display. So pack a snack, bring your beach or camping chair, bring a friend and/or your family and head for Capitola Beach, or the wharf, or the bluffs surrounding Capitola and enjoy the wonder, awe and majesty of the Monte Foundation Fireworks Extravaganza. Remember the “Ooohs” and “Ahhhs” as you look skyward! " -


Women on Waves Surf Contest and Open Water Swim

October 20, 2018

"Women On Waves Surf Contest (W.O.W.) it's an amateur longboard surfing event that showcases the talent and athleticism of local women in the Santa Cruz County community. It is a fundraising event that promotes women's participation, of all ages, in the sport of surfing." -

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Chili Cookoff

October 27, 2018

"Bring your appetite and join the fun as both professional and amateur chefs work their culinary magic and compete for the title of Best Chili! Admission to the Chili Cook-Off is free. Visitors can watch chefs prepare their chili on the Boardwalk. Boardwalk admission is free! Just purchase a Tasting Kit to sample chili from dozens of competitors. Tasting Kits are $10 each and include six taste tickets, spoon, cup and a People's Choice ballot." -

Children's Halloween Parade

October 28, 2018

"The parade begins at 2:00 PM

Line-up at 1:30 PM in the Pacific Cove Parking Lot above Capitola Police Department and City Hall. The parade winds through Capitola Village and ends at Esplanade Park.

Enjoy refreshments, entertainment, goody bags, balloons, and trick-or-treating at Village merchants. This free, family-friendly event is hosted by the Capitola-Soquel Chamber of Commerce.

Call the Capitola-Soquel Chamber of Commerce at 831-475-6522 for more information." -