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." -

Wildlife Getaway Promotions

"With an impressive variety of wildlife watching experiences for visitors to enjoy, Santa Cruz County has become a destination for nature lovers. Look for migrating birds, butterflies, whales, elephant seals and more." -

Wildlife Getaway Lodging Discount:

Surfer’s Path Marathon, Capitola Half Marathon & Relay

Surfer’s Path Marathon, Capitola Half Marathon & Relay
May 19, 2019

"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. Get more info here." -

Twilight Concerts in Capitola Village

Twilight Concerts in Capitola Village 
Wednesday Nights June 5 - July 31

"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 Hot Rod Show

Capitola Hot Rod Show
June 8 - 9, 2019

"Be prepared for an amazing weekend of rods, customs, classics and American muscle gleaming in the California sun at the beach in the heart of Capitola Village. This is a truly unique event! Come and enjoy the outstanding cars in a festival atmosphere where you can also enjoy seaside dining, the many quaint shops and one of the best beaches in California." -

Wharf to Wharf Race

47th Annual Wharf to Wharf Race
Sunday, July 28th

"Sixteen thousand runners are set to compete in the 2018 Wharf-to-Wharf Race from Santa Cruz to Capitola. Athletes from across the country and around the globe – as well as local runners – participate in this fun, spirited event. Enter the race and test your mettle, or join in on the sideline and cheer on the runners!  This six-mile seaside run takes racers past scenic vistas, enthusiastic crowds, and rocking local bands.  Held the fourth Sunday in July, the race begins at the Santa Cruz Wharf and ends at the Capitola Wharf in Capitola-by-the-Sea. Stay afterward and soak in the lively atmosphere in Capitola Village where you can celebrate and join the end-of-race party!" -

Capitola Art and Wine Festival

Capitola Art and Wine Festival
Saturday, September 14th and Sunday, September 15th

"A fun weekend for the whole family! The Capitola Art & Wine Festival combines Art, Wine, Music and Food, all in charming Capitola Village overlooking the Monterey Bay. Summer’s last hurrah, and truly a weekend in paradise!" - 

25th Monte Fireworks Extraveganza

Sunday October 13, 2019

"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!" -