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August 31, 2015

Fall Festival Events - September 2015

The fall season is 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 for locals and visitors. Take a look at September’s top events that will be sure to have you loving fall.

Wings Over Watsonville Wings Over Watsonville

Wings Over Watsonville
September 5, 2015 Fun, family-friendly and FREE! Friday night kids movie - Friday and Saturday fly-in arrivals. Discounted AVGAS, food vendors, historic and antique aircraft, aerial demonstrations and much, much more! 8am – 6pm.

Watsonville Airport
100 Aviation Way
Watsonville, CA


Dancing at the Greek Food & Cultural Festival Dancing at the Greek Food & Cultural Festival

Santa Cruz Greek Food and Cultural Festival
September 11 -13, 2015
The 35th annual, award-winning street festival is jam-packed with delicious Greek dishes, yummy desserts, Kafenio, Greek wine & spirits. Live bouzouki band and dancing makes for a fun, family friendly event in downtown Santa Cruz. Admission- free. Fri. 5pm – 10pm, Sat. 11am – 10pm, Sun. 12pm – 8pm.

223 Church St.,between Cedar & Center
Santa Cruz, CA


Capitola Art & Wine Festival Capitola Art & Wine Festival

33rd Annual Capitola Art & Wine Festival
September 12 – 13, 2015 22
Wineries, gourmet food, fine art, entertainment, children's art area. Admission free in Capitola Village By The Sea. Free. 10am – 6pm.

Capitola Village
Capitola, CA


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Ironman 70.3 Santa Cruz Triathlon
September 13, 2015
The IRONMAN 70.3 Santa Cruz triathlon features a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike and 13.1-mile run. The race starts on the Santa Cruz Main Beach east of the wharf. Athletes will then begin the bike course at Depot Park as they head out on a scenic tour of the California coastline. From there, athletes will take on a scenic out and back run course that passes around the Natural Bridges State Park and Wilder Ranch State Park with the turnaround on the ocean bluffs before returning to finish in front of the main stage at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

Santa Cruz Main Beach



Santa Cruz County Fair
September 16 – 20, 2015
Five days of fun and festivities, including a large carnival. Safe, fun and affordable. Wed. - Fri. noon – 11pm; Sat. 10am – 11pm; Sun. 10am – 10pm.

Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds
2601 East Lake Ave., off Hwy. 152
Watsonville, CA


Photo courtesy of Shmuel Thaler Photo courtesy of Shmuel Thaler

Mole & Mariachi Festival
September 19, 2015
Come and enjoy outdoor festival with local artists, food, wine and activities for kids! FREE. 11am – 5pm.

Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park
144 School Street
Santa Cruz, CA


Photo courtesy of Edward Lai Photo courtesy of Edward Lai

Monterey Bay Birding Festival
September 24 – 26, 2015
Come see 200 species of birds in one of the world's most picturesque areas of California on the Monterey Bay. Thursday, Friday, Saturday, various locations. 6am – 9pm.

275 Main Street
Watsonville, CA


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