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Free Zoo Days for Children
FREE admission for all children age 14 and younger with adult paid admission
Every day (Jan 8-Jan 31)
Location: 1 Zoo Road, San Francisco Map

(0 January 2018) SFZoo_PenguinsFree.jpgWe wanted to kick off 2018 with something big, that’s why we are excited to celebrate the New Year with a very special gift to the entire Bay Area.

 

From January 8-31, we are pleased to be offering families FREE admission for all children age 14 and younger with adult paid admission.

 

For many children, meeting a giraffe, bear or lion is the highlight of their year and we can’t think of a better way to start 2018 than with a Zoo visit.

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13 Halloween Days on the Wharf
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City of Santa Cruz
Show up for entertainment, tricks or treats on the wharf!
Date: Every day (Oct 19-Oct 31) from 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Ages: All ages welcome Admission Fees: free

(0 Oct 2017) Halloween_wharf13Days.jpgTrick or Treating Oct 31

Little witches, goblins, ghosts, and their parents can enjoy safe and sane trick-or-treating at the Parks and Recreation Department's Halloween celebration on the wharf. Treats for kids provided at wharf businesses. A children's costume contest on the wharf stage will add to the fun! 

 

Join us for 13 days of frightful fun on the Santa Cruz Wharf October 19 - 31!

Kick Off - October 19, 4:30 - 7:00 pm at the Wharf stage
FREE hot apple cider and games
The Great Morgani delights with festive music (and another fabulous outfit). 4:30 - 5:30 pm!
Wharf Specials for the Haunting Hours 5:00 - 7:00 pm!
Photo booth unveiling

Zombie Night on the Wharf - October 28, 4:00 - 7:00 pm
Thriller Zombie Dance 5:00 pm at the Wharf stage
Apocalypse Wharf Specials 4:00 - 7:00 pm
Ghostly fun at the Wharf stage

The Great Pumpkin Hunt - All 13 Days: Find 5 hidden pumpkins on the Wharf each with a unique Wharf trivia question and answer. Submit your answers to one of the businesses below and win a prize! Splash, Vino Prima, Riva's, Bonnie's Gifts, Stagnaro Bros, Marini's, The Sock Shop, Made in Santa Cruz and the Wharf Headquarters

Trick-or-Treating - October 31, 4:00 - 6:00 pm

Meet and take photos with Spiderman, Princess Elsa and Moana, Treats from Wharf businesses

Photo Booth on the Wharf Stage
- All 13 Days: Snap a festive photo with your family with the scenic Monterey Bay and Lighthouse as your backdrop.

Wharf Specials - All 13 Days: Enjoy fabulous, unique specials from restaurants and gift shops perfectly catered to the Halloween theme.


Location: Santa Cruz Wharf, 21 Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz Map
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Usegi Farm for Fall Fun
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Uesugi Farms
Pumpkinville Railroad, Corn Maze, Pumpkin Blasters and Pumpkins for Sale
Date: Every day (Oct 1-Oct 31)
Admission Fees: free to enter, fees for ticketed rides

Ride the Pumpkinville Railroad!  Take a nostalgic ride aboard our Allan Herschell Iron Horse or our blue and yellow Arrow Streamliner trains. Visit Morgania, where our scarecrows live.

Operates 9am-closing daily.


Get Lost in Kayla's Korn Maze.  Try to find your way out of this 2 acre corn maze with interactive trivia cards.  Fun for the whole family.

 

(0 Sept 2017) hayjump.jpgHay Jump  Have the kids jump on this gianormous jumper made of giant haybales. What a great way for the kids to burn some energy!

Operates 9am-closing daily.

 

Pumpkin Pete's Enchanted Hayride  Meet Pumpkin Pete and travel through some of the most beautiful and awe-inspiring lands of Uesugi Farms. Visit Pumpkinland, our gorgeous Sunflower Gallery, and the spectacular Marigoldland, filled with over 100,000 hand-sown flowers. This one of a kind hayride is completely narrated and complimented with charming music. It's a must see!

Operates 9am-6:30pm daily.

 

The Cow Train  This may be the silliest fun you have all year! A favorite with the kids!

Operates 9am-closing daily.


Pumpkin Blasters
Come and shoot targets with mini pumpkins out of this gun... at 90mph. What a blast!!  Safe for all ages.


Pumpkins for Sale

We have tons of pumpkins to choose from.  All sorts of sizes, shapes and varieties.  We also sell haybales, corstalks, indian corn, different squashes, gourds and flowers.

 

Butterfly Valley  Take a stroll along this path and learn about the fascinating lives of butterflies through interactive storyboards.

Operates 9am-6:30pm daily.

 

Bootsie The Bee  Follow the corn path to discover all of Bootsie’s colorful, textured friends, and learn fascinating ‘bee-facts’ too. Be sure to visit Bootsie at night. All the storyboards are lit up with blacklights.

Operates 9am-closing daily.

 

(0 Sept 2017) pumpkinpyramid.jpgCarousel  Everyone can remember riding a carousel as a youngster, and this one rivals the best.

Operates 9am-closing daily.

 

Pumpkin Blasters  Come and shoot targets with mini pumpkins out of this gun… at 90mph.
What a blast!! Safe for all ages.

Operates 9am-closing daily.

 

Pumpkin Pyramid  It takes over 4000 pumpkins to cover our pyramid. A splendiferice site of epic proportions. Have your picture taken while sitting in our king or queen thrones.

Operates 9am-closing daily.

 

Fees


Location: 14485 Monterey Highway, San Martin Map
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Lego: Not-So-Simple Machines
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Date: The 4th Fri of every month at 11:00am
Ages: 9-18

Lego: Not-So-Simple Machines

No Session 11/24

Create Lego devices with gears, levers & pulleys, then motorize them.

Children and Teens ages 9-18.  Limited to 16 participants.

For information call 831-427-7717 or 831-427-7710

 


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Art Exhibition - From Fog to Flood
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San Lorenzo Valley Museum
Pictorial images of Water in the San Lorenzo Valley and surrounding area.
Date: Every day (Oct 1-Oct 31)


(0 Sept 2017) SLV_WaterArt_unningham-Creek.jpgArt Exhibition - From Fog to Flood - Pictorial images of Water in the San Lorenzo Valley and surrounding area.

Date: October 1 - 31, 2017

On Exhibition At: Community Wall, Santa Cruz County Government Building, 701 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz.

 

Cunningham Creek


Location: Santa Cruz County Government Bdg, 701 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Maze of Horror
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City of Watsonville
See if you are brave enough to face the horrors on your own..."
Date: Every day (Oct 27-Oct 31) from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Ages: 10-22
Special Instructions: October 27, 30 and 31 -- 6-8pm

HALLOWEEN MAZE OF HORROR

October 27, 30 and 31 -- 6-8pm

"Dare to enter a maze full of suspense and darkness that will have you trembling with fear and excitement at every turn. This maze will be so spooky and creepy that you might need to hold on to your friends the entire way through. Or, you can try and see if you are brave enough to face the horrors on your own..."

 


Location: Gene Hoularis and Waldo Rodrigue, 30 Maple Ave, Watsonville Map
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Movie & Dinner in the Park
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Valley Churches United Missions Holiday Projects
Canned goods get you "Food truck fare, a beer and wine garden, and a holiday themed movie for the kids, “Transylvania 2.”
Date: 10/27/2017 from 4:30pm to 8:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

(0 Oct 2017) HocusPocus.jpgWhen: 10/27 from 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm


Cost: Free


Kick off Halloween weekend with a fun family night! Enjoy food truck fare, a beer and wine garden, and a holiday themed movie for the kids, “Transylvania 2.”

 

Costumes encouraged and bring some canned goods to donate to Valley Churches United.

 

 

 


Location: Scotts Valley Community Center, 253 Mt. Hermon Rd, Scotts Valley Map
Phone: (831) 336-8258 x 221 •website Scotts Valley create a direct event link
Haunted House Ben Lomond
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Ben Lomond's Cat House Haunt
We cant wait to scare you all this Friday on opening night!
Date: Every day (Oct 20-Oct 31) from 6:30pm to 10:30pm


(0 Oct 2017) Halloween_BLCatHouseHaunt.jpgWe cant wait to scare you all this Friday on opening night!

Located off of Highway 9 in Ben Lomond, we are a FREE Haunted House for all ages! Kid friendly, adult scary.

 

We will be open every night between October 20th and November 2nd between 6:30pm and 10:30pm. We stay open later on the weekends and until the line ends on Halloween night.

 

9649 Highway 9 Ben Lomond

We also can still use more monsters so if you'd like to volunteer please send us a message!


Halloween Night - 6:30pm - 12:00am or until the line ends!

 


Location: 9649 CA-9, Ben Lomond Map
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Tour the Pacific Migrations Center
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State Park New Brighton
Self-guided tour highlights history of Pacific Rim migrations
Date: Every Su, Tues, Wed, Th, Fri and Sa from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: 7-12

 Tour the Pacific Migrations Visitor Center at New Brighton State Beach

Come explore the Pacific Migrations Visitor Center at New Brighton State Beach. This free mini-museum highlights the history of Pacific Rim migrations and how they have influenced the Monterey Bay area. 

The exhibits explore the contributions of Chinese fishers, who established fishing camps on the Monterey Bay coastline beginning in the 1850s. Fishers dried and shipped most of their catch to markets up and down the coast, as well as across the Pacific. Chinese fish merchants also sold their fresh catch in local towns. China Beach, as New Brighton was known at the time, lasted until the mid-1880s. 

The center, which is supported by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks, is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays to Sundays. It also includes a ParkStore, offering nature and history-themed merchandise for sale. All proceeds benefit local parks and beaches.

Self-guided tours of the Pacific Migrations Visitor Center are free. Docent-led tours are available for groups. Contact Jean Bernard at the Visitor Center, 831-464-5620, to schedule. Parking at New Brighton State Beach is $10 and supports the park. New Brighton State Beach is located at 1500 Park Ave. in Capitola


Location: 1500 Park Ave, Capitola Map
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Elephant Seal Walks
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State Park Ano Nuevo
3 mile hike over sand and sloping terrain to see thousands of elephant seals, including newborn pups, their mothers, and bulls
Date: Every day (Oct 20-Mar 31)
Ages: All: (Lots of walking) Admission Fees: Guided $7; Self-guided free
Special Instructions: Dec 15 - Mar 31

Explore Año Nuevo with a Docent Naturalist

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Guided Elephant Seal Walks

Ticket sales open Friday, October 20

Cost: $7 per person + $3.99 reservation fee

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Journey to view a large colony of Northern elephant seals, guided by your docent naturalist on this moderate 3-mile, 2.5 hour adventure. In the month of December, male elephant seals, or bulls, arrive along the shore of Año Nuevo State Park to establish hierarchy, while pregnant females come ashore to birth to their pups.

 

These popular guided walks take place rain or shine, so be prepared for windy, rainy conditions as well as muddy trails. Layered clothing, sturdy shoes, and rain gear is strongly advised. Umbrellas and strollers are not permitted. Pets are not allowed in the park. Parking is $10. For more information, please call (650) 879-2025 or for recorded information (650) 879-0227.

 

People with accessibility needs may reserve an equal access tour along the boardwalk.

These tours take place on Fridays, weekends, and select holidays. For reservations and info call ReserveCalifornia at 1-800-444-4445. Events made possible by Coastside State Parks Association and California State Parks.

 

Self-Guided Seal Walks

Daily, between 8:30am and 3:30pm (Natural Preserve closes at 5pm)

Stroll over sand dunes, enjoy beautiful ocean views, and gain a unique opportunity to view a large colony of Northern elephant seals on this 3-mile, 2.5-hour self-guided trail! Visit the female elephant seals as they return to shore to molt, or shed their fur, in this annual excursion.  Additionally, young pups are still ashore from the winter breeding season. Layered clothing, closed-toes shoes, and rain/wind gear are strongly advised. Umbrellas and strollers are not permitted inside the dune area. Pets are not allowed in the park. Walk is free; day-use vehicle fee is $10. Entrance to the reserve for your self-guided walk requires a free permit that can be obtained at the entrance station, or the Visitor Center. Please contact the park at 650-879-2025 for further information.

 

If you require mobility assistance, you may request a volunteer-led equal access tour. You will board our accessible van and get a ride to our wheelchair-accessible boardwalk. A volunteer(s) will accompany you to the two seal-viewing decks, explain the Northern elephant seal natural history, the history of the park, and answer questions. Reservations are required. Please, allow a 2-week advance notice. The volunteer led tour is free, day-use vehicle fee is $10. Contact the park at 650-879-2033 or email Ano.EqualAccess@parks.ca.gov. Events made possible by Coastside State Parks Association and California State Parks.


Location: Hwy 1, Pescadero Map
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The Smithsonian Is Coming!
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San Lorenzo Valley Museum
Hometown Teams explores the deep roots of sports in American culture, and shows how we engage in and watch sports to have fun, b
Date: Every Su, Fri and Sa (Oct 14-Nov 26)


(0 Sept 2017) SLV_HometownTeamsExhibition.jpgThe Smithsonian Is Coming!

Hometown Teams explores the deep roots of sports in American culture, and shows how we engage in and watch sports to have fun, build up our communities, and support each other.

 

Hometown Teams is part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and State Humanities Councils nationwide. Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress.


Opening Reception Oct 14, 2-4pm

 

 


Location: 12547 Hwy 9, Boulder Creek Map
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Trunk or Treat
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Santa Cruz County Sheriffs
Join us for an enjoyable, safe trick-or-treating kickoff to Halloween at the Sheriff's Office!!
Date: 10/27/2017 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm


 On October 27th from 4 to 6 pm, the parking lot at our Sheriff's Office Headquarters will come alive with vehicles decorated for Halloween! Bring your little ones in costume and join us for an enjoyable, safe trick-or-treating kickoff to Halloween at the Sheriff's Office!!

Sheriff's Office 3rd Annual Trunk or Treat


Location: 5200 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Free First Friday
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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Enjoy our intertidal touch pool, large-screen microscope, and geology exhibit and "dig pit".
Date: Every day from 11:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: FREE

FREE First Friday 11am-4pm. Enjoy the Museum for FREE with your family on the first Friday of every month. Enjoy our intertidal touch pool, large-screen microscope, and geology exhibit and "dig pit". Santa Cruz Natural History Museum. 1305 East Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz. 420-6115


Location: East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Map
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HILLARIOUS HALLOWEEN COMEDY!
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Santa Cruz Performing Arts
Call Ben Jammin for more information
Date: Every day (Oct 20-Oct 31)


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Two FREE comedy showcases this week - one today at Kristy's School of Dance in Aptos, and one on Wednesday at Tierra Pacifica Charter School. Showtime is at 3:30 and the performance lasts about 40 minutes.

 

 

Hilarious Halloween is a multi-generational review that features humor of the macabre - Addams Family, etc. You'll be sure to laugh your head off! Bwahahaha!

 


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Cybersecurity in Today's World
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Libraries
By practicing strong and safe online habits, you can better protect your identity and the networks you use at home, at work and
Date: Every day (Oct 3-Nov 4)

Special Instructions: See dates, times, your closest library

Stop. Think. Connect.

SCPL News

Cybersecurity is stronger when we all do our part to keep the internet safe. Whether you are a business owner, a parent, child, teacher, student, or senior, YOU have an impact on cybersecurity. By practicing strong and safe online habits, you can better protect your identity and the networks you use at home, at work and anywhere you log on.

 

Join a Library IT expert in one of several cybersecurity workshops designed to help you connect online safely. These workshops are a partnership between the national STOP THINK CONNECT initiative and the Santa Cruz Public Libraries. Our current set of classes are specifically tailored for Older Community Members, Business Owners, Kids, Teens and their parents.

 

Cybersecurity in Today's World

Cybersecurity for Parents

Cybersecurity for Older Americans

Cybersecurity for Kids (5 - 10)

Cybersecurity for Middle Schoolers (11 - 14)

Cybersecurity for High Schoolers (15 - 18)

  • Friday OCT 6
    • 6:00pm - 7:30pm
    Aptos Library • 7695 Soquel Drive

Keep Your Business Safe Online

More resources to keep you secure online are available at stopthinkconnect.org

 


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FIRST NIGHT MONTEREY
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First Night Monterey
Dance, play, act, perform, create and sing our way into 2018!
Date: Every day (Dec 17-Jan 1) from 3:00pm to 12:01am
Admission Fees: $0 - $20

Welcome to our FNM 2018 website, celebrating 25 years! Planning is being finalized and we will keep you updated with changes as they occur. Watch for a complete listing of performers, coming later this month (you can see a sneak peek here). 80% of the performances are indoors and an FNM Button is your ticket to those performances. 

 

Kids' Night Out! The First Act for the Young and Young-at-Heart

The most creative New Year's Eve you will have with your family!

Kids' Night Out! The First Act for the Young and Young-at-Heart

First Night is Monterey's most exciting, imaginative and uplifting cultural event. FNM is an affordable, alcohol-free family celebration of the arts on New Year's Eve from the 3 pm Opening Ceremony to the Countdown to Midnight; our theme for FNM 2018 celebrates "25 Years of Magic". The many performances range from Classical to Hip-Hop, Jazz to Reggae, dance and artwork.

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The most creative New Year's Eve you will have with your family!

Kids' Night Out (5 and under free) features music & art activities for the younger set, culminating with the Costume Contest & Twilight Procession at 5:30 pm.

 

At 3:00 p.m. kick-off at Colton Lawn on Pacific Street, culminating with the Twilight Parade at 5:30 p.m on Alvarado Street serving as the kids' Finale. Music, song, drumming, dance, ballet, face art, art creating, hat making and more! Check out the Colton Lawn on Pacific Street, the Monterey Art Museum and the Work Building on Alvarado Street for activities to complete artful time.

 

Make sure to have your FNM button - admission to all the fun for the over-5 set! Please refer to the afternoon and evening grids to plan your New Year's Eve and participate in all the fun! Thanks to First Five Monterey County for their support of the free kids' activities.


Location: Historic Downtown, Alvarez St, Monterey Map
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Friday Night Live: Rivervale
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Enjoy live music every Friday Night in Abbott Square.
Date: Every Fri (Sep 22-Nov 25) from 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Special Instructions: Evergreen Street near Harvey West Park

Friday Night Live: Rivervale

Enjoy live music every Friday Night in Abbott Square. This week: Rivervale Rivervale is a fun, eclectic group of Santa Cruz and Soquel friends formed to play Jug Band, Old Timey, Country Blues, Originals and String Jazz. With guitars, mandolins and vocals, sterling harmonies and original tunes, plus intricate and beautiful guitar leads on acoustic jazz guitar and tube driven Telecaster, backed by upright bass, you're sure to get moving and grooving to this lively crew.   This program was...

 


Location: Abbott Square, 705 Front St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 429-1964 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Marine Masquerade
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center (at Long Marine Lab)
Join us for Halloween fun!
Date: 10/27/2017 from 5:30pm to 8:00pm
Ages: All Ages Admission Fees: $8 Adults, $6 Kids, Children 2 and under FREE
Special Instructions: Members Free

Marine Masquerade


Joins us for a magical mystery marine masquerade adventure.

Kids - dress up if you wish, be a seal or a fish - and bring your parents for a night of scavenger hunts, creature crafts, flashlight tours to a whale of a skeleton, a shipwreck story, costume parade, music, and more.

 

Public: $8 adults, $6 kids, Children 2 and under FREE
Members: FREE

 


Location: Seymour Marine Discovery Center, 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map
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Halloween Scary Boo! & Spooky Zoo
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Gilroy Gardens
Trick'r Treating for the kids through our four "Boo Zones". Collect clues and get a goodie bag
Date: Every day (Sep 30-Oct 29) from 11:00am to 6:00pm


Scarecrow Alley on Sycamore Bridge - Community Scarecrow displays brought to you by local charities and businesses. Groups who are chosen to decorate receive complimentary tickets to Gilroy Gardens for their organization.


Trick'r Treating for the kids through our four "Boo Zones". Collect clues and get a goodie bag at our Welcome Center! (Children in costume welcome, no adult costumes please.)

  • Kiddie Hay Maze - just for the little ones with friendly ghosts.
  • Pinnacles Scary Maze - the twists and turns reveal Halloween scenes.
  • Spider's Lair - come see what's happened to Monarch Garden!
  • Spooky Zoo - Our Petting Zoo becomes spookified! For the Faint of Heart-one side of the zoo is still the cute and cuddly animals you love. But for the Brave of Heart-enter if you dare! The creepy critter side has reptiles and spooky creatures you can get up close and personal with. See snakes, lizards, toads, dragons, tarantulas, giant bugs and more! Additional charge for Petting Zoo-Adults FREE with paying Child. $5 per Child. (Not included with Membership or Park Admission.) All proceeds go to Pony Up! for the care of the animals.

And visit our Pumpkin Patch...featuring our very own PARK-GROWN pumpkins!


Location: 3050 Heckler Pass, Gilroy Map
Phone: (408) 840-7100 •website Gilroy create a direct event link
Fright Night with The Wild Side
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Twin Lakes Church
Come join the fun and dress up!
Date: 10/27/2017


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88 Keys Spooky Music Concert
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Cabrillo Music Festival
Delightful family spooky music concert!
Date: 10/27/2017 at 12:40pm
Ages: All ages welcome Admission Fees: Free event but tickets are required

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No tricks, just treats in the form of a spooky, family-friendly Halloween concert put on by the music students at Cabrillo College. Costumes welcome!

 


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Pacific Rim Film Festival
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Pacific Rim Film Festival
Free films offering global glimpses of life
Date: Every day (Oct 25-Oct 29)
Admission Fees: Free for 16 films
Special Instructions: 10/25 - 10/28 at 7:30 pm and 10/29 at 3:00 pm

Pacific Rim Music Festival

Come and enjoy 40 new works in a series of concerts written by award-winning composers and performed by master musicians from the United States and Korea. The year's festival theme is "From the Root to the Living Tradition."

 

We are funded completely by the support of our community and are especially indebted to Ow Family Properties, whose gracious beneficence has allowed us to carry on our mission each year. We welcome and appreciate your support in any way that you feel inspired and able. Check out our 'We Want You' page for suggestions.

 

Schedule

 

 All concerts are FREE and open to the public.No tickets required. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open 30 minutes before advertised start time.

 
Parking permit required. You may purchase a permit from an attendant at the event. $4

 


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Calendar Contest
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Elkhorn Slough
Elkhorn Slough Calendar Photography Contest
Date: Every day (Apr 22-Nov 18)
Admission Fees: (Fee event: ESF Non-member $40/Member $35)

Elkhorn Slough Calendar Photography Contest

 

Calling all photographers!
The Elkhorn Slough Foundation (ESF) is excited to announce an open call for photos for use in our 2018 wall calendar! Images must be taken in the Elkhorn Slough watershed and may feature diverse subject matter including landscapes, wildlife, plants, and people.

Winning entries will be featured in our full-color, 8.5″ x 11″, 2018 Elkhorn Slough Foundation calendar. All proceeds of the calendar benefit ESF's work to conserve and restore the Elkhorn Slough and its watershed.

 

General guidelines:
Photos may feature any appropriate content, provided the photo is taken in the Elkhorn Slough watershed. The watershed encompasses Moss Landing Harbor, the slough channel and the Reserve, as well as the surrounding hills and upland habitats. We encourage you to submit diverse subject matter. Ideally photos will have been taken within the past two years. Minor burning, dodging and/or color correction is acceptable.

 

Resolution:
Photographs must be submitted in digital format. For the contest, please only submit a small JPEG of your image NO LARGER THAN 1MB file size. If we select your image for possible use in the calendar, we will contact you to request a larger version suitable for printing (8.5″ x 11″ inches at a resolution of at least 300 dpi). If your photo is selected, but you are unable to supply it in at 300 dpi or higher, we may not be able to include your photo in the calendar.

 

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Images selected by the Elkhorn Slough Foundation (ESF) will be featured in ESF's 2018 calendar. Photographers of selected images will receive photo credit and a copy of the calendar, but no monetary compensation.

 

During the selection process, the cover photo will be chosen by a public vote. Four photos will earn special prizes for their photographers: the top two entries will win a special tour of Elkhorn Slough and annual passes to the Reserve; two additional runners-up will win annual passes to the Reserve.

 

Entrant agrees to grant ESF irrevocable perpetual, nonexclusive license to reproduce, distribute, display, and create derivative works of the entry in ESF's 2018 calendar as well as in other materials produced by the Elkhorn Slough Foundation. If your image is selected and includes identifiable people, signed photo releases will be required.

 

Photographers:
We encourage anyone with a great slough shot-amateur or professional- to enter. Each entrant may submit up to 5 photos. By submitting a photo, entrant agrees to all contest regulations.
ESF is now accepting photos! Deadline to enter is September 18, 2017.


Location: Porter Ranch, 1700 Elkhorn Rd, Watsonville Map
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Pumpkins near the Beaches
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Crystal Bay Farm
Family-friendly afternoon on the farm
Date: Every day (Oct 1-Oct 29)


Crystal Bay Farm If you haven't already, get this one on your radar. From what we've heard, there are farm animals to visit, live music on the weekends, a movie night, and the location ain't to shabby-in between Sunset and Manresa State Beaches.


 


Location: 40 Zils Rd, Watsonville Map
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Scotts Valley Haunted House
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Scotts Valley High School
Quite scary haunted house put on by students for ages 10+
Date: Every day (Oct 26-Oct 28) from 6:30pm to 10:00pm
Ages: 10 and up Admission Fees: Cost: $9 or $32 for group of 4

The annual Scotts Valley High School haunted house is built and run by teens.  Recommended for people ages 10 and up.

 

Proceeds benefit charities.

 

Scream for a good cause! Scotts Valley High School will raise the hair on the back of your neck while raising money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. This year's theme: Area 51. Not recommended for children under 10.

 

 

 

 


Location: 555 Glenwood Dr, Scotts Valley Map
Phone: 831.439-9555 •website Scotts Valley create a direct event link
Pumpkin Patch, You Pick Pumpkins
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Rodoni Farms
Great local place to pick your pumpkin right from the field and have fun in the corn maze!
Date: Every day (Sep 22-Oct 31)

Special Instructions: 4 miles North of Santa Cruz, California on Hwy. 1

Pumpkins are HERE!!

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Pumpkins and fun are what it's all about! Come roam through the fields of pumpkins. There are so many varieties to choose from! We have hay bales, scary cutouts, and a 5 acre corn maze! We also have fresh Brussels sprouts on the stalk, artichokes, corn stalks, and gourds.
**Pumpkins are priced by size, not weight.

 

Choosing your pumpkin:
There are two methods of choosing your pumpkin to carve. The first way is my favorite. As you stroll through the pumpkin patch a certain individual pumpkin will jump out at you! That's the ONE! The other method is to have a pattern or face in mind and look for a pumpkin that will work with your design. Usually a large stem makes a nice addition to the pumpkin.
Remember!. The more unusual the better!

 

  • Bring your camera! There are many fun photo spots!
  • Come spend the day by the California coastline and hand pick your Halloween pumpkin!
  • We are open every daily, 9 AM - 6 PM from October 1st through Halloween. After Halloween we will remain open on the honor system until Christmas.
  • We are dog friendly. We kindly ask that you keep them on a leash at all times and pick-up after them, if need be.
  • CASH OR CHECK ONLY PLEASE.

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Directions:
Our Pumpkin Patch, U Pick Em Pumpkins, is located at 4444 Coast Rd. (Hwy 1)

4 miles North of Santa Cruz, California on Hwy. 1. Take Mission Street through the center of town and continue on to Hwy. 1 towards San Francisco/ Halfmoon Bay. We are on the right side just after Dimeo Lane.


Location: 4444 Coast Rd. , Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831)426-6438 •website Davenport create a direct event link
Halloween@Night
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Gilroy Gardens
Discover a whole new kind of magical, mystical Halloween adventure this fall!
Date: Every day (Sep 30-Oct 29) from 11:00am to 6:00pm


Halloween@Night

Discover a whole new kind of magical, mystical Halloween adventure this fall!

September 29 - October 29, 2017 | Friday-Sunday, 7pm-10pm


A Mysterious Glow...

As the sun goes down, the park will light up with a mysterious glow...and there will be scares and dares, tricks and treats, and plenty of spooky-but-not-too-scary night-time fun for all ages!

Rides will not be in operation during Halloween@Night.


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The Marketplace

Stop by The Marketplace for specialty food & drink, games & crafts for all ages.  Little ones can wear their costumes and begin their Trick-or-Treating adventure around the park here.

 

 

Spooky Entertainment!

Snuggle up around the fire for Halloween stories, take a ride and search for spooks hiding in the South County Backroads, then sit down for an episode of The Addams Family, Bewitched, or The Munsters at the amphitheater!  

 

There's lots of spooky fun for the whole family!

 


Location: 3050 Heckler Pass, Gilroy Map
Phone: (408) 840-7100 •website Gilroy create a direct event link
Arata Farm Hay Maze
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Arata Pumpkin Farm
Hey everyone, it's that time of year again! Come on out to the farm and enjoy the world famous Minotaur's Labyrinth Hay Maze, or
Date: Every day (Sep 25-Oct 31) from 9:00am to 7:00pm


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You can lose yourself in our 6 acre corn field and pumpkin river. Try to challenge yourself intellectually and physically in our 2 acre world famous Minotaur's Labyrinth Hay Maze. Take a walk on the wild side and adventure into our Haunted Barn. Relax and enjoy yourself on our Hay Ride.

 

Or you can let the kid's play in our Play Land playground with Miniature Hay Maze, on the Children's Train Ride or have fun with our animals in the Petting Zoo. We also have many picnic areas throughout the farm, at Arata Pumpkin Farm we have something for everybody.

 

We also have dozens of varieties of pumpkins and sizes. We have a special pumpkin for everyone in your family! Feel free to give us a call, send us an email or just come to the farm. We would love to see you.

 

Our Hours
Monday - Friday 9am - 7pm
Saturday - Sunday 9am - 8pm

 

Family Package $15 per Adult ~ $20 per Child Attraction
A minimum of one paid adult and one paid child, age 10 and under are required to qualify for this package


Location: 185 Verde Rd, Half Moon Bay Map
Phone: (650) 726-7548 •website Half Moon Bay create a direct event link
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