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STEAM - Make & Explore
We provide materials to explore creativity, build things, make art and make discoveries.
Every Fri (Mar 29-May 24) from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Location: Capitola Mall, 1855 41st Ave., Capitola Map

(0 A 0 March) Library_STEAM.jpgJoin your Santa Cruz Public Libraries Friday afternoons to make something creative or make a new discovery from 2pm-4pm!

 

Your library is partnering with the Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery to offer this weekly program. We will be in their Tinkerlab room. The program is free, and most suitable for 6-12 year olds.

 

Parents will need to remain available throughout the program, and will be helping children under 6. We provide materials to explore creativity, build things, make art and make discoveries. Usually they will be able to take their creations home. Sometimes they will be building something for that day only. Please join us and have some fun!

 

Program Description: The STEAM fields of study are all intertwined in nature. Children, at all levels, will benefit from exploring and experimenting with a variety of natural, recycled, and art materials. This program might use nature's mathematical patterns of geometry, symmetry, fractals, and Fibonacci spirals. Thematic science, art, technology, and engineering from MOD's exhibits might inspire this program's open-ended projects.

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Paso Robles Olive Festival
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Paso Robles Main St Association
Olive Inspired Fun
Date: 05/05/2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: all

Join us for the 10th Annual Paso Robles Olive Festival
Bring the family for a day of Olive Inspired Fun!

 

The 15th Annual Olive Festival is a much-anticipated celebration of the olive industry that will take place at the Downtown City Park. The Festival will open at 10 am with the blessing of the Festival by a father of St. Rose Catholic Church. Before the festival opens a cooking competition, that is open to ANYONE, will begin at 9:30 am. The Festival will feature a head-to-head chef-cook off where the winner of last year's competition will compete to defend his title.


Throughout the day professional chefs will perform cooking demonstrations while vendors offer free samples of their products and seminars about olives. Other entertainment includes music, wine tasting, a Culinary Row, special children's entertainment located near the playground and so much more!

 

The 15th Annual Paso Robles Olive Festival will take place Saturday, May 5th from 10 am - 5 pm. The Festival is free and open to the public with wine tasting tickets at $15.00 per person. Entry forms for the Cooking contest are available online.

 

Any questions call the Paso Robles Main Street Association at (805) 238- 4103.

 

Free Olive Oil and Olive product sampling
Producers from all over California
Culinary Row serving great food
Wine Tasting
Open Olive Dish Cooking Contest
Free Olive Oil Ice Cream


Location: Olive Festival, Downtown Park, Paso Robles
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Santa Cruz Mini Maker Faire
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Gateway School and Cabrillo College
Come enjoy hands-on, interactive experiences and be inspired by creative makers who live and work in our community.
Date: 05/05/2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: All Ages Admission Fees: Free for children 3 and under, $2 for children 4-12 years old, $8 for adults

The Third Annual Santa Cruz Mini Maker Faire is a family-friendly event that celebrates the inventiveness here in the Santa Cruz community. The Mini Maker Faire allows creators and tinkerers to showcase their work to the community, while the public comes to enjoy hands-on, interactive experiences and connect with like-minded people. Attend and you'll be inspired and educated by the amazing and creative makers who live and work in our community.


Location: Cabrillo College VAPA Center, 6500 Soquel Dr., Aptos, CA Map
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May Faire Celebration and Open House - Orchard School
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Orchard School
May Faire Celebration and Open House at Orchard School
Date: 05/05/2018 from 11:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: all Admission Fees: Free

Come celebrate the magic of Spring with us! Enjoy our lovely garden and farm animals.

(A May 2016) OrchardMayfaire.jpgActivities include

Waterslide
Maypole Dance at 1:30
Book Sale
Music
Flower Wreath Making
Face Painting
Local Artisans
Crafts
Games

.. and more!

Bring your towel and swimsuit.

Tickets for delicious home made food & drinks will be available for purchase, or you may bring your own picnic.

Admission is FREE. Activities & food priced separately.

Tour our beautiful 14-acre campus (11:00 am - 1:30 pm), meet our extraordinary faculty, and play for the day!

Just 10 miles south of downtown Santa Cruz.

Interested vendors? Please contact:

nicole.ignoffo@yahoo.com


Location: 2288 Trout Gulch Rd, Aptos Map
Phone: (831) 688-1074 •website Aptos create a direct event link
Felton Covered Bridge Festival
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Felton Business Assoc
A day of fun! Entertainment, food, parade, music, kids activities craft vendors
Date: 05/26/2018
Admission Fees: free

A MEMORIAL DAY TRADITION IN FELTON

 

The Felton Remembers Parade & Covered Bridge Festival

The Felton Remembers Parade is an annual parade held on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, to honor the lives of the brave men and women who died while serving in our country's armed forces. The parade also pays tribute to surviving veterans and families of fallen soldiers.

 

The Covered Bridge Festival is in its 29th year! The festival has been held on memorial day weekend every year since 1989. The original purpose of the festival was to raise funds for to repair the Felton Covered Bridge. Now that the bridge has been restored, funds raised from the festival are used to put on other community events in the town of Felton, including the Felton Remembers Parade, the annual Tree Lighting ceremony, etc.

 

The 31st annual Covered Bridge Festival, and Memorial Day Parade commemorates our veterans and community members who have sacrificed for our Community and Nation, and celebrating our local community organizations!
The Memorial Day Parade goes from 10:00-11:30am
The Covered Bridge Festival goes from 11:00-5:00pm
See our website for parade and festival signup info:
http://www.feltonbusinessassociation.com/parade-and-festival-2019.html

 

The Parade

Expect to see: Fire Engines, Marching Bands, Horses, Military Veterans, Antique Autos, Military Vehicles, maybe a Tank (A Tank??)  Or perhaps you'd rather be in the parade.. It's great fun!

 

The Festival

The festival features Live Music, A variety of Food, Arts&Crafts Vendors, Children's Activities, and much more. Follow the links below to find out more!

 

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The Covered Bridge Festival is a kid-friendly event. There will be plenty of activities to keep the entire family entertained!  Giant Balloons! Face Painting  Bounce House  Arts & Crafts

 

Music

We have a great musical lineup for the 2017 Covered Bridge Festival! Music will start at 11 and continue throughout the day. There will be hay bales to sit on, and plenty of open space to dance or spread out a blanket and enjoy the show.

 

Food at the Festival

We have a great lineup of food vendors for the 2017 festival. We tried to provide a variety of choices, including some vegan and vegetarian options.

Saucyez -Sauceyz is a popular local food truck. Their passion with food runs deep; They focus on low and slow smoked meats, awesome burgers, amazing fried dishes, killer tacos, and delicious salad wraps. They create a high quality meal using locally sourced whenever possible.

Efis DUTCH-INDO -Efi's (pronounced Afee's) is Dutch-Indo cuisine w/ a contemporary twist.

Outlaw -A local Felton vendor, offering Philly Cheese Steaks and other delectable treats

Steve's Shave Ice - A Covered Bridge Festival Tradition! What summer festival would be complete without shave ice!

 

History of the Bridge

Construction was completed on The Felton Covered Bridge in September of 1892. For roughly 40 years, the bridge served as the main crossing of the San Lorenzo River, carrying horses, bicycles, and automobiles to and from Scotts Valley and beyond. In 1937, construction began on a new concrete bridge, which made the covered bridge obsolete. Thanks to the efforts of many dedicated individuals, the bridge has been preserved ever since. 


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Ebb & Flow- Fish Making Workshop
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Watershed Art
Come join us in making Steelhead Trout that will become a "school of fish" for the River March on Saturday June 2.
Date: 05/30/2018 from 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Ages: all Admission Fees: Free

(0 A May 2018) EbbFlow_SteelheadTrout.jpgEbb & Flow- Fish Making Workshop

Public · Hosted by Watershed Art Studio

 

FREE! Fish Making Workshop in collaboration with the Ebb & Flow River Art Festival.

 

Come join us in making Steelhead Trout that will become a "school of fish" for the River March on Saturday June 2.


Art, "Fun Facts", snacks & awesome Steelhead Trout tattoos all in one class . Everyone welcome!

 


Location: Tannery Arts Center, 1010 River St, Santa Cruz Map
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Gerbera Festival 2018
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State Parks Friends of
Come see gloriously beautiful gerberas!
Date: 06/09/2018 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

(0 A June 2018) GerberaPink.jpgMonterey Bay Greenhouse Growers Open House presents the 9th annual Kitayama Brothers Gerbera Festival.

 

The event includes greenhouse tours, potted Gerbera plants & cut flowers for sale, flower arranging demonstrations, a farmers market, tacos, local beer and a PopUp ParkStore.

The event is free. All proceeds benefit Kids2Parks, a field trip program supported by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.


Location: Kitayama Brothers, 481 San Andreas Road, Watsonville Map
Phone: (831) 429-1840 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Juneteenth Celebration
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City of Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation
Come acknowledge the Emancipation Proclamation on June 16th
Date: 06/16/2018 from 12:00pm to 5:00pm
Ages: all Admission Fees: free

(0 A May 2018) Juneteenth2018.jpgCome acknowledge the Emancipation Proclamation on June 16th at Laurel Park behind the Louden Nelson Community Center.

This year's performers include:
* Rich Tycoon's All Original Showcase
*Joint Chiefs - Funk & Soul
* Gregory Speed - Spoken Word
* Lee Earl - The Everyday Dude
* Michelle Miracle - Classical Soloist
* MC Brett Taylor
* Live DJ Mai Girl
* Fitness session with Trenise Pot
* Santa Cruz County Clerk of Elections Gail Pellerin

Enjoy delicious soul food, arts & crafts, basketball skills contest and the annual sack race!

Basketball Skills Contest - Harbor High basketball coach, Lee Earl along with Parks and Recreation staff will lead kids 10 and under for fun basketball skill-oriented games. Prizes will be provided by the Santa Cruz Warriors!

  • 3-Point Shoot Out
  • Skills Challenge
  • Shot Competition

Sign up at the Louden Nelson Community Center at 301 Center Street or for more information call 831-420-6177.

 
Background on Juneteenth - On June 19th, 1865, Union soldiers led by Major General Gordon Granger landed in Galveston, Texas with the news the Civil War had ended and enslaved were now free. 150 years later, we celebrate this remarkable event at Juneteenth celebrations across the country. A long-held tradition among African Americans, Juneteenth is a fun and special day for anyone who believes in freedom and equality for all people.


Location: Louden Nelson Community Center, 301 Center Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 420-6177 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Annual Pleasure Point Street Fair
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Pleasure Point Business Association
Free, blockbuster entertainment for families!
Date: 06/23/2018 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

(0 A June 2018) PleasurePoint2018.jpgPleasure Point will be buzzing as the community takes to the street to enjoy the Pleasure Point Street Fair on Saturday, June 23, 2018. The event will be held on Portola Drive between 41st and 38th Avenues, Santa Cruz, from 11 am - 5 pm with bike parking available, and admission is free.

We are pleased to announce that $2,500 of the proceeds will be donated to the Live Oak Education Foundation.

Great Music:
A total of six local bands will perform a variety of styles of music on two stages including Americana, Blues, Rock, Reggae and Surf Music. Check back for the line-up of bands - coming soon!


Fun for Kids:
The kid's zone will feature a variety of activities provided by local organizations including crafts, face painting and henna.

Skateboard Contest:
Watch talented and daring kids compete in the contest run by the Santa Cruz Boardroom.

Vendors: Close to 100 vendors will sell arts, crafts, local services, food and beverages.

Beer Garden:
Featuring New Bohemia Brewing Company's lagers, wine and mimosas

Great Food: Enjoy lots of food choices again this year including street tacos from Pleasure Point Business Association, Conscious Creations, Pono, Ate3One and Zameen Mediterranean Cuisine.

Your Participation Supports the Live Oak Education Foundation

The Live Oak Education Foundation is based on a strong belief in equity and that all kids, no matter their race, socio-economic background, or neighborhood deserve every opportunity afforded to their peers. This local nonprofit was established to raise money to ensure that students in the Live Oak School District have enriching opportunities in the visual and performing arts, the "STEM" fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and positive play. For more information, visit www.liveoakedfoundation.org.


Location: Pleasure Point, Portola Drive between 41st and 38th Avenues, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 464-7748 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Spreckels 4th of July Celebration - Run & Parade!
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Spreckels Park
Youth One-Mile, Men's & Women's 5K Walk/10K Run, Special Olympic 5K Walk/10K Run
Date: 07/04/2018


It is time again for the - SPRECKELS 4th OF JULY CELEBRATION

 

The Spreckels Memorial District is proud to present the Annual Spreckels 4th of July Celebration!

 

EVENT PROGRAM  •  Wednesday, July 4th 2018

7:30am - 8:30am - 5K/10K Race Registration & Bib pick-up (located near 3rd street & Spreckels Memorial Park)

8:30am - Youth 1Mile Run (start/finish line on 3rd St)

9am - 5K & 10K (start/finish line on 3rd St) 

10:30am - Day of Parade Registration(limited) (at Spreckels Memorial Hall)

10:45am - Awards Ceremony (near registration tent)

12pm - 4th of July Parade (starts at Memorial Building parking lot)

1pm - Car Show on Llano

4pm - Crafts & Food Booths close - activities end

 

 


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Spirit of Watsonville
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City of Watsonville
4th of July parade!
Date: 07/04/2018 at 12:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Main St. from St. Patrick's Church to First Street

Spirit of Watsonville 4th of July Parade

Wednesday, July 4, 2018
New Start Time!  Parade Steps off at 12 p.m.

The Spirit of Watsonville 4th of July parade proceeds down Main St. from St. Patrick's Church to First Street. Thousands of spectators line the route five to six people deep. Those wanting a front row seat, place their chairs along the route early in the morning of the parade date. Those interested in participating in the parade should submit an entry form soon after they are made available.

 

 

 


Location: Main St, Watsonville Map
Phone: 831-768-3240 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
ALBA SCHOOL 4th of July Celebration & BBQ
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Alba School
Benefit for Alba Schoolhouse, Orchestra, Homemade Ice cream, Nature Display, Plant and Book Sales, Book Signing, Raffle, Barbecu
Date: 07/04/2018 from 11:00am to 4:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: 1.5 miles down from Empire Grade or 2 miles up from Hwy 9

Our annual 4th of July event is our thanks to the community that supports us.
Join us on Wednesday, July 4th 2018 for Tradition, Food, and Live Music

Barbecue food provided. Additional potluck dishes welcome and appreciated.

Orchestra, Homemade Ice cream, Nature Display, Plant and Book Sales, Book Signing, Raffle, Penny Pitch, Dessert and Drink Sales, Fire Engine, Schoolhouse History, and more

 

BBQ lunch includes choice of hot dog or veggie-dog with salad and beans for $6. Kid’s meal (hot dog only) for $4. Drinks, homemade ice cream and desserts are extra.

 

Your participation helps preserve and maintain this historic treasure.  Join us for an old fashioned social gathering in the redwoods. See what a one-room school was like!

 

Alba School is two miles up Alba Road from Hwy 9 in Ben Lomond, or 2 miles down Alba from Empire Grade. Please carpool if possible, as parking is limited.


Location: 12070 Alba Road, Bonny Doon Map
Phone: 831.334-3664 •website Bonny Doon create a direct event link
Roaring Camp 4th of July Celebration
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Roaring Camp Railroads
Family 4th of July with games, barbecue, music...
Date: 07/04/2018
Ages: All

Bop on over to Roaring Camp for a great family 4th of July: Hula Hoop contests, games, live music and an all-American barbecue. Steam Train passengers will see how the west was won at Bear Mountain.

Bring out the entire family and friends for a fun-filled day of games, live music and an all-American barbecue.

 

 


Location: 5355 Graham Hill Road, Felton Map
Phone: (831) 335-4484 •website Felton create a direct event link
4th of July Fireworks
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Chamber of Commerce Scotts Valley
Parade, food, music, games, fireworks!
Date: 07/04/2018 from 3:00pm to 9:45pm
Admission Fees: $6-8 for fireworks
Special Instructions: Ticket price does not include food and game

This is the City of Scotts Valley 50th Anniversary!  This year's 4th of July is going to be the best ever!  We will have 8 vintage planes doing a flyover instead of four this year!  We are expanding our parade and there is a new parade route.   Click on this link for the Parade Map 4th of July Parade Map (2)

Parade check in will be at Bailey Property next to Leo's Liquors at the corner of Scotts Valley Drive & Carbonero Way.  The parade will travel up to Willis Road (next to Ivy's Porch) and make a u-turn before traveling back to the starting area.

 

There will be staging areas for the various categories along El Pueblo Road so much easier to organize the parade. Please help pass the word to anyone you know participating in the parade, with the much larger parade, everyone needs to pre-register.

 

Click this link for Parage Registration Form:  2016ParadeRegistration.Fillable (2)

Please help pass the word to anyone you know participating in the parade, with the much larger parade, everyone needs to pre-register.

City of Scotts Valley
Annual Fourth of July Fireworks

  • Gates open at 3:00 p.m.
  • Food and game booths open at 5:00 p.m.
  • Live music starts at 6:30 p.m.
  • Fireworks begin at approximately 9:15 p.m., lasting about 20 min.
  • Admission:$6.00 advance, $8.00 at the gate, 4 yrs and under are free.

Admission price does not include food or games.

  • Tickets may be purchased at Scotts Valley Recreation, Monday thruFriday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and at both Ben Lomond and Scotts Valley Markets.

Parking Information

  • Park and Ride
  • Community Center Parking Lot
  • New Scotts Valley Library Parking Lot
  • AVISA Parking Lot
  • Skate Park / Dog Park Parking Lot
  • Handicap parking is in the Main Skypark lot in front of the Parks andRecreation office.
  • There will be two Handicap accessible / ramp vans for shuttles fromAVISA to the Recreation Parking lot.  The return trips after thefireworks will not take place until approximately 45 minutes to onehour after the fireworks have concluded due to traffic congestion.
  • General parking rule; the closer you park to the event, the longer it will take to get home!

Location: 361 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley Map
Phone: 831.438-3251 •website Scotts Valley create a direct event link
Kiddie Kapers & Colmo del Rodeo Parades
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California Rodeo
Bring your family to Oldtown Salinas and join years of tradition with the Kiddie Kapers and Colmo del Rodeo Parades.
Date: 07/14/2018 at 6:30pm

Special Instructions: followed by Colmo Parade

(0 A July 2018) Cowboys.jpgAnnual Kiddie Kapers Parade
Saturday, July 14 ~ Parade begins at 6:30 pm, Oldtown Salinas

The theme for the 2018 parade is SURF, SAND & SADDLES!

The annual Kiddie Kapers Parade will take place on Saturday July 14th as the lead in to the Colmo del Rodeo Parade. Kids will line up at Salinas High School parking lot (726 S. Main Street) and the parade will start at 6:30pm. 2018 brings a new parade route-please check the map on the right.

Thousands of people line the streets of Old Town Salinas to watch over 1,200 children ride on floats, bikes, in wagons and more as a kick off to Big Week and the California Rodeo Salinas.

 

Colmo del Rodeo Parade
Saturday, July 14 ~ Parade begins at 8:00 pm, Oldtown Salinas

The Colmo Parade will grace the streets of Old Town Salinas and commemorate what was once the greatest parade of the West! As the California Rodeo was first produced in 1911, so was the first informal night parade. The parade was organized by local townsfolk, and included decorated automobiles that would drive down Main Street Salinas to wrap up Big Week festivities. Later in 1913 the parade was formalized. At this time the "Colmo del Rodeo" was recognized as the largest and greatest night-lighted parade west of the Mississippi. Sadly, after the 1985 Big Week, the Colmo was eliminated from Rodeo activities, though a few years later in 1987 it was brought back and was a part of the Saturday horse parade. The parade was such a huge success in 2010 when it was revived for the 100th Anniversary of the Rodeo that this will be the ninth consecutive year of holding the parade again.


Location: Oldtown Salinas, Lincoln and San Luis Streets, Salinas Map
Phone: 831-751-3100 •website Salinas create a direct event link
Carnival of Cultures
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Bay Area Carnival
Guaranteed to have your feet tapping and itching to dance all day long!
Date: 07/21/2018 from 11:00am to 6:00pm


(0 A July 2018) CarnivalofCultures.jpgCarnival of Cultures Cupertino

Guaranteed to have your feet tapping and itching to dance all day long! Carnival of Cultures is the Bay Area's premier festival showcasing the diversity of our resident community.

 

The delicious array of food representing the different cultures that make up the SF Bay Area is complemented by music, dance, shopping and exciting activities for the entire family. Visit the world without getting on a plane or going on a road trip! The festival will represent the variety of food, music, art and merchandise from each culture.

 

Enjoy live contemporary music and dance performances and get to know fellow Bay Area residents.

 

Entry to the festival is FREE. Parking is FREE.

 

The Carnival of Cultures Cupertino is brought to you by the Cupertino Chamber of Commerce and is powered by Eventscoop.


We encourage you to RSVP here and you will be entered into a drawing for some fun prizes! You must be present at the event to win!


Location: 19419 Stevens Creek Blvd, Main St, Cupertino Map
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Exotic Bird & Animal Expo
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Exotic Bird Mart
Come experience a show like no other and socialize with hundreds of animal enthusiasts!
Date: 07/22/2018 from 10:00am to 3:00pm
Admission Fees: Adults: $10 Kids (6 -12): $5

(0 A July 2018) ExoticBirdMart.jpgExotic Bird & Animal Expo

Come experience a show like no other and socialize with hundreds of animal enthusiasts! Salinas Room from 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM.
Tickets are sold at the door.

We aim to create a fresh and unique experience for long time pet lovers, while attracting the new interest of clientele through EDUCATION, FUN & PET THERAPY!

 

For more information visit www.exoticbirdmart.com or call (916).882.9486 you can also email info@exoticbirdmart.com


Location: Monterey County Fairgrounds, 2004 Fairground Rd, Monterey Map
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Carmel Bach Festival
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Carmel Bach Festival
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Date: Every day (Jul 14-Jul 28)


The Carmel Bach Festival presents two of its most popular chamber concerts at Monterey's San Carlos Cathedral on Thursdays, July 19 and 26, at 5:00. 

The program features Bach Festival orchestra members in Trio Sonatas by Vivaldi and Bach, principal trumpet Robert Farley performing two Baroque trumpet sonatas, and principal keyboardist Andrew Arthur as organ soloist in a concerto by Handel.

San Carlos Cathedral is said to be the most historically significant building in Monterey. It's the oldest building in the city, and the oldest continuously operating church in the state. It's the earliest  California building designed by an architect, and, in 1849, became the state's first cathedral. Extensive conservation and restoration projects in recent years brought the Cathedral back to its original glory.

 

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Monterey Bay Strawberry Festival
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City of Watsonville
Strawberries, music, food and strawberries every way you can imagine
Date: Every day (Aug 4-Aug 5) from 10:00am to 7:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

(0 A Aug 2018) StrawberryFestWats2018.jpgThe Annual Watsonville Strawberry Festival at Monterey Bay is in downtown Watsonville.

 

The Watsonville Strawberry Festival traces its roots to the Watsonville Strawberry Dessert Festival that was founded in 1995 to help downtown Watsonville recover from the Loma Prieta earthquake. The Festival now exists to:

 

  • Provide a safe, family-friendly experience  in downtown Watsonville;
  • Recognize the largest and most valuable crop in the Pajaro Valley; and
  • Provide non-profit organizations the opportunity to raise funds and public awareness of their work and how their work makes Watsonville a better place for everyone.

2018 Main Stage Schedule


Check out all of the great performers and contests on the corner of Main and Beach.

Saturday, August 4, 2018

MAIN STAGE

11:00AM - 12:00PM

Sams school of rock

12:00PM - 12:30PM

Pie Eating Contest/Set-up

12:30PM -1:30PM

Fiera Nortena

1:30PM -2:00PM

Pie Eating Contest/Set-up

2:00PM -3:00PM

The Ville Band

3:00PM -3:30PM

Pie Eating Contest/Set-up

3:30PM -4:30PM

Sun Gun Jones

4:30PM -5:00PM

Pie Eating Contest/Set-up

5:00PM - 6:00PM

Chicano All Stars

 

Sunday, August 5, 2018

MAIN STAGE

11:00AM - 12:00PM

Victory Lane

12:00PM - 12:30PM

Pie Eating Contest/Set-up

12:30PM - 1:30PM

Impacto 5

1:30PM - 2:00PM

Pie Eating Contest/Set-up

2:00PM - 3:00PM

Harping Jonny and The Groovehounds

3:00PM - 3:30PM

Pie Eating Contest/Set-up

3:30PM - 4:30PM

Tributo Dinamita con Rumba Cafe

4:30PM - 5:00PM

Pie Eating Contest/Set-up

5:00PM - 6:00PM

BANDA PELIGRO

 


Location: Downtown Plaza, Main St, Watsonville Map
Phone: 831-768-3240 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Monterey Scottish Games
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The Scottish Society
Come out and celebrate Scottish culture, traditions, athletic competitions and entertainment - fun activities for the whole fami
Date: Every day (Aug 4-Aug 5) at 9:00am
Ages: All
Special Instructions: Enter Gate 5

(0 A July 2018) MontereyScottishBagpipers.jpgThis popular Celtic celebration brings the music, dance, food and athletic events of Scotland and Ireland to Monterey County. The Festival features fun activities for the whole family, including an array of games for the wee ones. Travel to Scotland, Ireland and England without leaving the Monterey Peninsula. Come out and celebrate Scottish culture, traditions, athletic competitions and entertainment.  

 

Enjoy delicious tastes of the British Isles including an array of meat pies from Heritage Meat Pies/Sunblest Foods (New! Jalapeno, Bacon, Mac and Cheese Pie, Mac and Cheese Pie, and Chicken Chili Verde Pie plus great favorites such as Steak and Mushroom Pie, Steak and Vegetables Pie, Shepherd's Pie, Lamb Curry Pie, and Sausage Rolls (see details below) plus British favorites from vendor Taste of Britain serving Fish and Chips, Corned Beef and Cabbage plus Kids Specials such as Chicken Tenders and Corn Dogs. New to the Festival this year is Murphys Mustard Company ("It's Just Plain Sassy!") Enjoy lots of sweet treats from Brown's handmade English Toffee and Welsh Shortcakes. (See list below)

 

On both days, there will be the popular whisky tasting seminars. This year, two seminars will take place at both 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm and one seminar on Sunday at 2:30 pm for a separate fee of $30. Participants will learn much more about the long history of whisky, how it's distilled, its many tasting characteristics of fine single malt whiskies. There will be lots of Guinness Beer and many other beverages as well.

 

The Monterey Scottish Games & Celtic Festival offers a variety of live Celtic entertainment with exciting massed pipe bands on parade, including many award-winning California-based pipe bands, thrilling Drum Major Competitions, talented Highland and Country dancers, special entertainers, athletes competing in the famous Caber Toss and more, dozens of clan tents, whisky tasting seminars, delicious Celtic food, great jewelry, swords, kilts, crafts and more, sheepdog and duck herding, forging demos, kids games and much more. In addition to traditional pipes and drums, dancing, and a variety of exciting athletic competitions, the Festival is a celebration full of demonstrations, performances and musical entertainment related to many fascinating aspects of Scottish and Gaelic culture.  

 

Research your own history by visiting the Avenue of the Clans featuring over two dozen very hospitable and informative clan booths.  A historical re-enactment portraying life in 16th century Scotland includes performers who entertain and educate attendees though the medium of living history. Historical reenactors, including Mary Queen of Scots and her beautifully costumed court, Sjorvaldar Vikings (new this year), Clan Galbraith, SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism). Vaden Forge (forging demos kids love) allow attendees to step back in history. Festival-goers will enjoy experiencing and learning more about the fascinating Celtic culture and their own heritage. 

 

Popular Irish singer/songwriter Seamus Kennedy, LA Fife and Drums will be returning to perform at the Festival. Cockswain, a high energy Celtic rock band and AnGry Brians, a band performing Celtic classics, will both make their debut at the Monterey event this year. (Note: Previously listed in press releases, Scott McDonald will not be joining us after all due to health challenges this year.)

 

In addition to dozens of solo piping and drumming competitions, there will be WUSPBA-accredited competition pipe band performances from the Grade 4 bands: MacIntosh Band, Silicon Valley Band (formerly Stewart Tartan), Prince Charles Pipe Band, and the Grade 5 bands: Emerald Society, Silicon Valley Band and Irish Pipers of San Francisco. Another popular competition is the Drum Major Competition where drum majors toss their mace expertly high up in the air and catch it accompanied by a pipe band.The two-day athletic competition features fan favorite events like Caber Toss, Hammer & Stone Throw, Weight for Distance & Height, and the Sheaf Toss.   Over two days, multiple classes, age groups, and even youth games showcase the best each athlete has to offer in endurance, strength, and skill. Scottish Heavy Athletics provide all athletic supervision and registration.

 

ON SATURDAY NIGHT, AUGUST 4TH...


On Saturday evening, "A Piping Hot Dinner and Ceilidh Party" will be held again this year at Britannia Arms, 444 Alvarado St. in Monterey, with bagpipe performances by members of the award-winning Monterey Bay Pipe Band from 7 to 9 p.m. People who attend the festival that day can bring in their programs or ticket stubs to receive 20 percent off their dinners on Saturday, August 4th between 6:00 and 9:30 pm.

 

Festival Tickets: 

Advance Discount Presale Monterey Scottish Festival tickets are on sale at www.montereyscotgames.com.  Tickets (regularly priced) will be available at the gate during both days of the Festival. 

 

Ticket Prices:

Adult One-Day - Presale [$15.00]  - At Gate [$20.00]

Senior (65+) One-Day - Presale [$12.00] - At Gate [$15.00]

Military One-Day - Presale [$12.00] - At Gate [$15.00]

Child (9-15) One Day - Presale [$12.00] - At Gate [$15.00]

Adult Two-Day - Presale [$20.00] - At Gate [$30.00]

Senior (65+) Two-Day - Presale [$15.00] - At Gate [$20.00]

Military Two-Day - Presale [$15.00] - At Gate [$20.00]

Child (9-15) Two-Day - Presale [$15.00] - At Gate [$20.00]

Children 8 & under free


Location: Monterey County Fargrounds, 2004 Fairground Rd, Monterey Map
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Church Street Fair
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Cabrillo Music Festival
Non-stop world and ethnic music and dance on the outdoor Church Street Stage, and dozens of premier artists and craftspeople
Date: Every day (Aug 4-Aug 5) from 11:00am to 8:00pm
Admission Fees: free
Special Instructions: Church Street in front of Civic Auditor

The CHURCH STREET FAIR celebrates Santa Cruz's vibrant cultural scene with free non-stop performances from diverse global traditions, delicious fare from local food purveyors, vintners and brewers, and vendor booths filled with the work of regional artisans.

 

Free activities for children include hands-on workshops in the Creativity Tent for Kids, and the Cabrillo Festival's Free Family Concert.

2018 CHURCH STREET STAGE PERFORMERS
SATURDAY, AUGUST 4 (11:15am-6:45pm)

11:15-12:00 COASTAL PRAIRIE BAND (American Folk Music)
12:15-12:45 SANTA CRUZ BALLET THEATRE (European Dance)
1:00-1:45 GOURD MUSIC PLAYERS
2:00-2:30 TBA
2:45-3:45 DANCE AROUND MOLLY (Celtic Music)
4:00-5:00 AZA (Moroccan Music)
5:15-6:45 THE JOINT CHIEFS (Soul/Funk Music)


SUNDAY, AUGUST 5 (11:15am-6:45pm)

11:15-12:00 GREAT MORGANI (Costumed Accoridionist)
12:15-12:45 EL SISTEMA SANTA CRUZ (Elementary School Music Program)
1:00 FREE FAMILY CONCERT (inside the Civic)
2:30-3:15 WATSONVILLE TAIKO (Japanese Drumming)
3:30-4:15 SHAKTI BHAKTI ENSEMBLE (Classical Indian Dance)
4:30-5:15 DESERT DREAM MUSIC AND DANCE (Middle Eastern Dance)
5:30-6:45 SAMBADA (Brazilian Samba/Latin/Caribbean )


Location: Street in front of Civic Auditor, Church St, Santa Cruz Map
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National Night Out
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City of Watsonville
Activities, information and food!
Date: 08/07/2018 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Special Instructions: See 15 different locations

 

We're gearing up for another successful National Night Out. Come out, meet our officers and chat with them about how we can all work together to make our neighborhoods safer. What makes Watsonville so unique is that we have 16 neighborhoods across the city participating simultaneously in National Night Out.

¡La Noche Nacional de Salir está a la vuelta de la esquina! Salgan y conozcan a nuestros oficiales y platiquen con ellos sobre cómo podemos trabajar para que nuestros vecindarios sean más seguros. Watsonville es un lugar único, ya que somos anfitriones de 16 sitios que participan a la misa vez esa noche.

1. Callaghan Park Cultural Center
225 Sudden Street
5 pm-10 pm

2. Carey Davis Neighborhood
37 Davis Avenue
5 pm-8 pm

3. Downtown Watsonville Plaza at Gene Hoularis &Waldo Rodriguez Youth Center
30 Maple Avenue
5 pm-8 pm

4. First United Methodist Church
229 Stanford Street (back parking lot at end of Montecito Street)
5 pm-7:30 pm

5. Miles Lane Estates
Between 221-225 Kimberly Lane
6 pm-8 pm

6. Las Brisas Neighborhood/Park
1028 Nueva Vista Avenue
6 pm- 8 pm

7. Pajaro Valley Shelter Services
115 Brennan Street
6 pm-8 pm

8. Portola Heights
1007 Freedom Boulevard
4 pm-7 pm

 

9. Stonecreek Apartments
300 Bree Lane
5 pm- 9pm

10. Vecinos Unidos de Mona Lisa
26 West Front Street
5:30 pm- 8 pm

11. Abode Resetar
15 West Lake Avenue
4 pm-6 pm

12. Clifford Manor
240 Clifford Avenue
3 pm-7 pm

13. Sunny Meadows Apartments
220 Ross Avenue
5 pm-7pm

14. Corralitos Creek Apartments
125 Pajaro Cirlce
4 pm-6pm

15. YWCA of Watsonville
340 East Beach Street
5 pm- 8 pm

16. Pajaro Park
24 San Juan Road
5 pm- 8 pm

 


Location: YMCA, 340 East Beach St, Watsonville Map
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Wild, Wild, West Fundraiser
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Castlewood Ranch Foundation
Get ready for a fun day of activities and music hosted by the Castlewood Ranch Foundation benefiting companion Animal and Livest
Date: 08/11/2018 from 3:00pm to 8:00pm


(0 A July 2018) CastlewoodRanch.jpgGet ready for a fun day of activities and music hosted by the Castlewood Ranch Foundation benefiting companion Animal and Livestock Rescue. DJ SCOTTY will be spinning your favorite Country tunes. CRUZ PATROL will be our headliner band.

 

Pre-sale tickets are $20 per adult, and $10.00 per child 12 & under until July 31, 2018. Starting August 1, 2018 tickets are $25.00 per adult. Buy tickets on Pay Pal to Kelly.Klett@yahoo.com. The Pay Pal link is below. Pick the Friends and Family payment option please. Food and beverage included in ticket price.

 

Raffles, Silent Auction, Petting Zoo, Pony & Tractor Rides, Bounce House, Corn Hole, Bocce Ball and an Apple Bobbing Contest for Kids with Prizes for winners! "The onsite Cowgurl Collective Non-Profit Store will also be open.

 

DRESS UP in your favorite Western attire and come have fun with us! No onsite Parking for cars. All parking will be along Nunes Road in the assigned areas. Carpooling encouraged. Limited onsite parking for Motorcycles.

 

Please... leave your dog at home for this event. Looking forward to seeing EVERYONE!


Location: 150 Nunes Road, Aptos Map
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Bringing the Harvest Home: Preserving Tomatoes
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Mountain Feed
Learn a recipe designed for large quantities of staple foods; Canned Tomatoes, and Hard Apple Cider.
Date: 08/11/2018 from 11:00am to 1:00pm
Admission Fees: $60.00

(0 A July 2018) MtnFeed_logo.jpgBringing the Harvest Home: Preserving Tomatoes

Bringing The Harvest Home
These classes are a new format for us this year, though we will bring the same old-fashioned knowledge and clear explanation to bear on the process.

 

The goal of these classes will be to facilitate relationships between farmers, markets, and home-preservers, as well as fill local pantries with peak local produce for use all year long. Participants in the new class series, called Bringing The Harvest Home, will receive discount pricing on flats of farm-fresh produce, as well as equipment and supplies necessary for preserving in bulk; think flats of jars and canning kettles, carboys and airlocks for fermentation. These are longer classes, lasting 2 hours, and will be held on-site at Mountain Feed and Farm Supply.

 

On the day of the class, we will demonstrate a recipe designed for large quantities of staple foods; Canned Tomatoes, and Hard Apple Cider. The Farmer's Market will deliver flats of fresh produce to the site on the day of class, so that each participant goes home empowered with a recipe, a flat of produce, and the tools and skills they need to preserve the bounty of the season in bulk. Whether you're gifting jars of jam for the holiday season, these classes will launch you confidently towards a season of preservation and food security. Each class is $60.00, and pre-registration is required. Sign up early, as space is limited.

Preserving & Canning Tomatoes
11am-1pm
This class will walk participants through the basics of canning whole tomatoes, from blanching to remove skins, salt and acid parameters, and the water-bath canning method, as well as discussion of food safety and alternative tomato recipes such as soup, tomato paste, ketchup and tomato sauce.


Location: 9550 Highway 9
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Pescadero Arts & Fun Festival
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Pescadero Festival
Aquaint gathering of artists and artisans, locals and out-of-towners alike, showcasing their creativity and enjoying a down home
Date: Every day (Aug 18-Aug 19) from 10:00am to 6:00pm


(0 A Aug 2018) PescaderoFestival300.jpgPAFF is Going Green!

This year, we've teamed up with the local chapter of Heirs to Our Oceans (H2OO), a youth-driven organization dedicated to changing how we see and use single-use products that negatively impact our oceans and our future.

 

Welcome to the Pescadero Arts and Fun Festival, a quaint gathering of artists and artisans, locals and out-of-towners alike, showcasing their creativity and enjoying a down home, country good time. Founded in 1991 by a group of local artists seeking an outlet for the local community of talent, the Pescadero Arts and Fun Festival was born, and has grown to become the event of the year for locals and longtime visitors.

 

Don't be fooled however by the abundance of artists in our midst (though we do seem to have more than our fair share). PAFF has become far more than just a festival showcasing local talent; thanks in large part to the dedication and generosity of the people behind PAFF, it is also a major player in promoting its local youth and programs. Whether its granting funds to programs within the schools, or scholarships to local seniors, you will find the influence of PAFF in many nooks and corners of the community.


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Dahlia Show
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Monterey Bay Dahlia Society
Hundreds of Dahlias
Date: Every day (Aug 25-Aug 26)
Admission Fees: Free

(0 Aug 2017) Dahlia5Image.jpgAnnual Dahlia Bloom ShowAnnual Dahlia Show. August 25th and 26th, 2018. Museum of Art and History, Downtown, Santa Cruz. Free Admission.


Free Seminars at the Show:


Saturday
2pm: Dahlia Arrangement Demonstration.
3pm: Basics of Growing Dahlias.

 

Sunday
1pm: Dahlia Judging Basics.
2pm: Dahlia Arrangement Demonstration.
3pm: Basics of Growing Dahlias.

 

Show Hours:
Saturday 12pm-5pm, Sunday 11am-4pm

 

Free admission, seminars, discussions, raffles

 

 


Location: MAH, 705 Front St, Santa Cruz Map
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Taco Tuesdays
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Food Truck A Go Go
Hang out and dine on the lawn or picnic tables or stop by and take dinner home!
Date: The 4th Tues of every month (Jun 26-Oct 23) from 5:00pm to 7:30pm


(0 A June 2018) TacoTuesday_2018.jpgTaco Tuesdays are happening at Anna Jean Cummings Park / Blue Ball Park every 4th Tuesday of the month! Food trucks will be serving specialty tacos plus their signature dishes. Bring your family and meet your friends! Hang out and dine on the lawn or picnic tables or stop by and take dinner home!


Location: Anna Jean Cummings Park , 461 Old San Jose Road, Aptos Map
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Monterey County Fair
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Monterey County Fair
Shake your tail feathers! Entertainment, Livestock Competition, Special Free Days
Date: Every day (Aug 30-Sep 3)


Concerts & Entertainment

Main Stage Concerts
Special Contests
Stage Entertainment
Grounds Entertainers

 

Exhibits

Daily Schedules

 

(0 A Aug 2018) MontereyCountyFair2018Vertical.jpgSpecial Days

Aspire Health Plan Senior Day Thursday, August 30
62 and better FREE from Noon - 3:00pm

 

Military and Veteran's Appreciation Day & Kids' Day Friday, August 31
Military & Veterans FREE with Valid ID

 

Junior Livestock Auction Saturday, September 1

 

Fiesta Day Sunday, September 2

 

Kids Day Monday, September 3
Kids under 12 FREE all day

 

Fair Hours:

Thur - Sun: 12:00pm-11:00pm

Monday: 12:00pm-10:00pm

 


Location: 2004 Fairgrounds Rd, Monterey Map
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