Santa Cruz Presents the "Secret Summer" with a Great Lineup of Fall Festivals
Fall in Santa Cruz County is the best-kept secret among locals. Although barbecue grills and bathing suits will be put into storage following Labor Day Weekend until next season, summer continues for visitors in-the-know. Citing fewer crowds and some of the year’s best weather, the autumn months are hailed as Santa Cruz County’s “Secret Summer”. And this fall, the Santa Cruz County Conference & Visitors Council (CVC) encourages visitors to take a peek at the fall festivals that are lined up this season:
15th Annual Thunderbirds on the Wharf
September 29, 2012
A collection of classic (1955-57) & vintage (1958-66) Thunderbirds displayed by owners from central & northern California. Free. 9am - 3pm.
Location: Santa Cruz Wharf, Santa Cruz www.montereytbirds.com
Downtown Santa Cruz First Friday Art Tour
October 5, November 2, December 7, 2012
On the first Friday of each month, Santa Cruz galleries, museums and other venues open their doors to the public, showcasing spectacular artwork and visitors can take a self-guided tour. Approximately 50 participating venues are open and offer openings, talks, music, other special activities or later hours. Individuals start their art tour by visiting any participating venue and can view more information at www.firstfridaysantacuz.com. October 7, November 4, December 2, 2011; 5pm – 9pm
Location: Various galleries throughout the Santa Cruz area
Free First Friday at the Museum of Art & History
The Museum of Art & History at the McPherson Center in Downtown Santa Cruz is admission-free on Fridays! October 5, November 2, December 7, 2012
Extended Friday hours: 11am – 9pm
Location: 705 Front Street, Santa Cruz; Phone: 831.429.1964
Santa Cruz County Open Studios Art Tour
October 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, 2012
Meet local artists in their studios, see processes, purchase art! Artist Guide/Calendar has artist info & detailed map. 11am - 5pm.
Location: Various locations, Santa Cruz County Phone: 831.475.9600 www.ccscc.org
Monte Fireworks Extravaganza!
October 5, 2012
A wonderful family event featuring over 50 game and food booths, live entertainment and a fireworks display.
Location: Seacliff State Beach, Aptos Phone: 831.685.3317 www.monte-foundation.com
3rd Annual Chili Cookoff at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk!
October 27, 2012
Bring your appetite & join the fun as both professional & amateur chefs compete! Time: 10-4pm, Tasting starts at 1pm
Location: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, 400 Beach Street, Santa Cruz; Phone: 831.423.5590
O’Neill Cold Water Classic
November 1-11, 2012
Since 1987 this four-star men’s and women’s surfing event has thrilled spectators amid the rugged waters of Santa Cruz. Upgraded to a World Tour event for 2012, the O'Neill Coldwater Classic will deliver a new level of excitement as the world's top 36 surfers reach the stretch drive of the 2012 ASP World Tour.
Location: Lighthouse Point, Santa Cruz
Phone: 831.475.4151 www.oneill.com/cwc
Roaring Camp Railroads Ghost Train
October 26 – 27, 2012
Ride a steam train to Bear Mountain through a haunted redwood forest as you relive "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow". Trains at 6pm, 6:30pm, 8pm, 8:30pm.
Location: Roaring Camp Railroads, Felton
Phone: 888.35.EVENT www.roaringcamp.com
Santa Cruz Mountains Wine Passport Program
November 17, 2012
Your chance to visit wineries of the Santa Cruz Mountains not normally open to the public. Taste wine & have a great time. 11am - 5pm.
Location: Various wineries, Santa Cruz Mountains Phone: 831.685.VINE (8463) www.scmwa.com
Shakespeare Santa Cruz - Holiday Performance
November 16 - December 9, 2012
An annual holiday musical, perfect for families, performed by professional actors, as well as students from UCSC's Theater Arts Department. Location: U.C. Santa Cruz Mainstage Theater Phone: 831.459.2159
Capitola’s Surfing Santa
November 24, 2012
Santa & his reindeer ride into Capitola Beach. Bring your Christmas list to review with Santa. Candy Canes for everyone! Noon.
Location: Capitola Beach, Capitola Village Phone: 831.475.6522 www.capitolachamber.com
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