We're midway through August and there's all sorts of buzz about back-to-school and the summer coming to a close, but don't be fooled! Some of the county's best summer events are still on deck in Santa Cruz and the weather just keeps getting better! From movies on the beach to begonias by the bay, these events are sure to keep those summer vibes rolling!
FREE BANDS ON THE BEACH AT THE SANTA CRUZ BEACH BOARDWALK
August 19, August 26, and September 2, 2016 | 6:30pm & 8:30pm
Two free live concerts on the Boardwalk's Beach Bandstand with top bands of the 80s and 90s!
Shows start at 6:30pm and 8:30pm.
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
400 Beach Street
SCOTTS VALLEY ART, WINE AND BEER FESTIVAL
August 20 & 21, 2016 | 10am to 6pm
The Scotts Valley Art, Wine and Beer Festival is a two-day event held in beautiful Scotts Valley. Features local art, prestigious wineries, live music, micro-breweries and a Family Midway. NEW this year, we will be joining forces with the Cops N Rodders Car Show which is put on by the Scotts Valley Police Department. For one day only (Saturday) we will have on display over 150 vintage cars as well as a K9 demonstration.
361 Kings Village Road
SUMMER GATHERING OF MOUNTAIN MEN
August 20 & 21, 2016 | 10am to 5pm
Relive history by traveling back to the time of Isaac Graham, the mountain man who settled in the Santa Cruz Mountains in the 1830s. Visit Roaring Camp's summer gathering of wild and wooly mountain men. Wander through the wilderness encampments, as the colorful and hardy lifestyles of early trappers are re-created. Watch frontiersmen perfect their skills while you chow down on a Chuck Wagon Barbecue lunch from noon to 3 p.m.
Roaring Camp Railroads
5401 Graham Hill Road
24TH ANNUAL ALOHA RACES AND POLYNESIAN FESTIVAL
August 21, 2016 | Races: 9am to 1pm; Festival: 11am - 5pm
A celebration of the history of our Polynesian connection since the Three Hawaiian Princes first rode the waves at the mouth of the San Lorenzo River in 1885. Event is FREE and fun for the whole family.
CAPITOLA'S SUNDAY ART & MUSIC AT THE BEACH
August 21, 2016 | 11am to 5pm; Live Music: 2pm to 4pm
It's the last Art & Music at the Beach of the 2016 season! This Sunday's music is by some Reggae tunes by Simple Creation. This is a free event and it's a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a Sunday afternoon in Capitola Village! Local artists display their work and live music is featured on the Esplanade Stage overlooking Capitola Beach and Monterey Bay.
CAPITOLA SUMMER TWILIGHT CONCERTS
August 24 & 31, 2016 | 6pm to 8pm
Another 'last chance' summer favorite! Don't miss the last two Summer Twilight Concerts of the season in the beautiful Capitola Village! Bring chairs, jackets, a picnic supper and the family to enjoy live music and the sunset.
MOVIES AT THE BEACH
August 26, September 9, September 16, 2016 | Movies begin at 7:30pm (dusk)
Who doesn't love a movie by the beach!? Enjoy some flick favorites for FREE by the bay and keep that summer fun rolling! Showings: August 26 -Grease (sing along), September 9 - Night at the Museum, September 16 - Minions.
3RD ANNUAL TEQUILA AND TACO MUSIC FESTIVAL
August 27 & 28, 2016 | 11am to 5:30pm
Saturday will showcase top-shelf Tequilas sampling, while you indulge on gourmet tacos! Enjoy live music, margaritas, craft beer and art vendors in a picturesque park setting. Sunday Funday is Mas Margaritas! Bring the family and enjoy a sunny summer afternoon, sipping on an assortment of Margaritas, eating delicious tacos, all while enjoying a great music lineup! There is no Tequila Sampling on Sunday.
San Lorenzo Park
137 Dakota Street
MUSIC AT SKYPARK
August 28, September 25, 2016 | 2:30pm to 6pm
Music at Skypark is a free concert series held annually on the final Sunday afternoon in July, August and September. The location is on the lawn at Skypark in Scotts Valley. Top regional bands perform and proceeds from local business sponsors and onsite vendor sales of food and drinks support the music program in local public schools. FREE admission and fun for the whole family!
361 Kings Village Road
CAPITOLA BEGONIA FESTIVAL
September 2 through September 5, 2016 | See website for schedule
The bookend to summer events and the kick-off to all of fall's secret summer events! The 64th Annual Capitola Begonia Festival will feature FUN activities that all the family can enjoy, from a sand sculpture contest, a fishing derby, row boat races and a nautical parade of begonia-laden floats traveling down Soquel Creek. Join a children's art event, compete in the horseshoes tournament or decorate yourself with begonias! Watch as float builders rush to put the finishing touches on their parade entries! FREE event!
Stockton Avenue and The Esplanade