Did you know that the fall season is probably the best-kept secret among locals in Santa Cruz County? With fewer crowds, amazing hotel deals and some of the year’s best weather, the autumn months are packed full of things to do. And to add to the excitement of this fall season, we are running a Let’s Cruz Events Grand Prize contest through November 30, 2016. The selected winner will receive a two-night stay at the Beach Street Inn & Suites, a $150 Gift Card for The Picnic Basket/Penny Ice Creamery, and tickets for four to experience Stagnaro Charter Boats Whale Watching, Mount Hermon Adventures and Roaring Camp Railroads. Just visit www.letscruzevents.com to enter. Weekly contests on our Facebook Page will give you even more chances to win a Santa Cruz vacation getaway! Like the Visit Santa Cruz page and watch for Fall Festival Friday giveaways where contest prizes include a stay at a local property combined with tickets to a variety of fall events and activities.
Plus join us for this awesome lineup of fall events coming up in the next few weeks:
October 22-23, October 29-30 2016
Thomas and Percy’s Halloween Party™
Celebrate Halloween with Thomas the Tank Engine and Thomas' best friend Percy on a 20 minute train ride.
Location: Roaring Camp Railroads, 5401 Graham Hill Road, Felton
For additional details: 831.335.4484 www.roaringcamp.com
October 22, 2016
Chili Cook-Off at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Bring your appetite and join the fun as both professional and amateur chefs compete. Admission is free, tasting kits available for a fee.
Sat. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., tasting starts at 1pm.
Location: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, 400 Beach Street, Santa Cruz
For additional details: 831.423.5590 www.beachboardwalk.com
October 22, 2016
The Missing Arm of William Waddell
History takes a tall tale twist as the saga of this early pioneer unfolds with silly, slightly haunting tours around the redwood loop trail. Admission is free.
Sat. 7 p.m. (registration opens at 6:30 p.m.)
Location: Big Basin Redwoods State Park, 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek
For additional details: 831.338.8883 www.parks.ca.gov
November 5-6, 2016
Santa Cruz Sea Glass & Ocean Art Festival
Celebrating its seventh year, this festival features genuine sea glass and artist-made creations while benefiting the local marine environment.
Location: Cocoanut Grove Ballroom, 400 Beach Street, Santa Cruz
For additional details: 831.332.7188 www.santacruzseaglass.com
November 19, 2016
Santa Cruz Mountains Wine Passport Day
Visit wineries of the Santa Cruz Mountains not normally open to the public. Taste wine and have a great time. Visit website for times and participating locations.
Location: Various Wineries, Santa Cruz Mountains
For additional details: 831.685.VINE (8463) www.scmwa.com
November 26, 2016
Capitola’s Surfin’ Santa
Get in the holiday spirit with Surfin’ Santa. He arrives in late November with his outrigger canoe and surfboard on the shores of Capitola Beach.
Location: Capitola Beach, Capitola Village
Phone: 831.475.6522 www.capitolasoquelchamber.com
The Let’s Cruz Fall Getaway Contest is sponsored by Visit Santa Cruz County and the following partners: Beach Street Inn & Suites, Best Western Seacliff Inn, Comfort Inn Santa Cruz, Mission Inn, Mount Hermon Adventures, Pajaro Dunes Resort, and Seascape Beach Resort.