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Aloha Celebrity Races and Polynesian Festival

Santa Cruz
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(Special Event Page Graphics) Polynesian_1.jpgDesigned especially for new and novice paddlers, the Celebrity races are a chance to discover the excitement of outrigger canoe racing. Join the fun or cheer for friends in the race.


The Polynesian Festival follows with a taste of the tropics - fresh flower leis, Hawaiian shaved ice and hula dance performances.


FREE  A Sunday in August~  Races start 9am  ~  Festival starts 11am


These short course outrigger races are designed especially for new or novice paddlers. You provide four people and we will provide a stroker, steersperson, canoe and instruction to start you racing. The $100.00 entry fee ($120.00 beginning August 1) includes 4 T-shirts. 1st - 3rd place teams will receive awards. Proceeds benefit the Pu Pu O'Hawaii Outrigger Canoe Club.


Entry forms will be available in the Parks and Recreation Office, 323 Church Street. Applications will be available beginning in January for booth space at the Polynesian Festival for vendors, exhibitors, Polynesian cultural groups and ocean-related organizations.

Address: Pu Pu O'Hawaii Outrigger Canoe Club

Artichoke Festival

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Saturday 10 am to 6 pm and Sunday 9 am to 5 pm


This festival celebrates the importance of artichokes to Castroville, and you will find them fried, sautéed, grilled, pickled, and creamed. Artichokes aren't the only thing being shown off at this two-day event, you'll see a classic car show, a parade on Sunday, musical entertainment, and fun for the entire family.




(Special Event Page Graphics) ArtichokeMan.jpg* AGRO ART Competition: AGRO art is 3-dimensional fruit and vegetable artwork. This quirky competition fosters imagination, creativity and fun for both participants and the viewing public.
* PARADE: Our sanctioned parade is one of the largest and most colorful of its kind.
* MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT: Two days of live music! Everything from Swing to Mariachi, Country to 50's Rock & Roll.
* CHILDREN'S ACTIVITIES: Games, face paints, clowns, stilt walkers, puppets and more!
* FOOD: Artichokes fried, sautéed, grilled, marinated, pickled, fresh, and creamed in soup. Plus foods from the many ethnic groups that give this area its character.
* COOKING DEMOS: The area's finest showcase the versatility and unique techniques for preparing and using artichokes.
* WINE TASTING: Sample the best from the area's award winning producers.
* ARTS & CRAFTS: Unique gifts and apparel crafted by artisans from throughout the country. Plus artichoke souvenirs galore!
* FARMERS MARKET: Artichokes and more, fresh from the heart of the salad bowl.
* FIELD TOURS: Hop a bus to the artichoke patch for grower talks and photo ops.


Please No Pets

Address: Merritt Street | Ages: All

Begonia Festival

Capitola Village
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(Special Event Page Graphics) BegoniaFestival_TigerFloat.jpgThis annual celebration isn't just about the bright, spunky flowers brought to Capitola in the 1930s, it's also about getting the community together to bid farewell to the official summer tourist season. A Labor Day weekend filled with fun events for the whole family. Beautifully decorated floats, concerts, sand sculpture contests, movies, art, fishing derby and more!



Movie Night at the Beach, Beach Blanket Bingo - Begins at dusk. Bring the family, a picnic dinner, chairs, blankets and we'll provide the popcorn!



(Site Photos) Sandcastle1.jpg8am-12pm Sand Sculpture Contest at Capitola Beach. Registration begins on the beach at 8:00 AM. Guidelines and info for the event are available to view and download here


Budding Artists Event 9am-12pm Budding Artists Event at the Esplanade. View the work of local student artists!

Concert in the Park 4-6pm Mike Hadley and the Groove live at the beach in Esplanade Park. Bring the family, a picnic dinner, chairs, blankets and bring your dancing shoes!

 4-7pm at Pacific Gallery Framing, Pacific Gallery Framing, 321 Capitola Avenue . Capitola Village . 831.476.3588 Light refreshments will be served

Movie on the beach at dusk. Bring the family, a picnic dinner, chairs, blankets and we'll provide the popcorn!

Float Construction Viewing 4-10pm Stroll along the banks of Soquel Creek and watch as the floats begin to take shape.



Horseshoes on the Sand 8am - Finish Capitola Beach in front of the Venetian Hotel Teams will be chosen by drawing names from a hat. Participants must pre-register beforehand.

Float Construction Viewing Take another stroll along the banks of Soquel Creek in the morning, and watch as the floats get their finishing touches.

Chalk Art on the Seawall 9am-12pm, Sign in at Esplanade Park Open to children of all ages. Create your own masterpiece atop the seawall on the Esplanade for all to enjoy! Art chalk provided to all participants.

Begonias to go, Head to Toe! 11am -12pm Esplanade Park, Become a part of the Festival! Create and design a festive hat for the occasion! Bring your own hat; we'll provide the begonias.

Annual Nautical Parade 1-3pm, Begonia covered barges float down Soquel Creek to the Lagoon. Great views from the Stockton Bridge, Cliff Avenue and Wharf Road. ADA seating available.

Concert in the Park 4-6pm, Esplanade Park. Bring the family, a picnic dinner, chairs, blankets and bring your dancing shoes!


(Special Event Page Graphics) BegoniaFestival_Fish.jpgFishing Derby 6am - Noon, Capitola Wharf, Registration begins at 6am at the end of the Wharf. Open to all ages. Final Tally begins at 11am.

Children's Art Event 11am - 2pm, Esplanade Park, Children of all ages are welcome to come and create a memory to take home.

Rowboat Races beginning at 1pm Soquel Creek - We supply the boats! Registration at the pathway by the Stockton Bridge from noon until 1pm.

Daily Free Shuttle 10am-8pm

Cabrillo Music, Art, Food, and Wine Festival

(831) 420-5260
Santa Cruz County
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(Special Event Page Graphics) CabrilloMusicFestival.jpgThe Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music is all about the new-the here and now of contemporary works for orchestra. During the first two weeks of August each year, audiences are joined by both preeminent and emerging composers, an orchestra of dedicated professional musicians and renowned guest artists from across the globe to give voice to works which are rarely more than a year or two old, and sometimes still wet on the page. The opportunity for composers to work with a noted conductor and musicians skilled and enthusiastic about bringing these new works to life, in the beautiful coastal, college-town of Santa Cruz, California, makes this an artistic paradise.


With a professional training workshop for early career conductors and composers, open rehearsals almost daily, educational programming for all ages, a "Meet the Composers" forum, a street festival showcasing Santa Cruz County performers and artists, and much more, the Cabrillo Festival has dozens of opportunities for meaningful engagement. If you can resist that, then explore no further. Otherwise, dig deeper into our website. Look. Listen. And then join us at the Festival this summer!


Every concert and every Festival season is unique, with a confluence of events, personalities, and musical passages that builds on all the brilliant seasons that have come before-relationships carefully fostered, an orchestra at the top of its game, audiences, composers and musicians clamoring to join, and a sense of adventure in the midst of a surprisingly familial and comfortable setting.


To quote Financial Times music critic Allan Ulrich, " the surf mecca of Santa Cruz, 75 miles south of San Francisco, the Cabrillo Festival has made the contemporary repertoire sound urgent, indispensable and even sexy."

Other Locations: Various locations - see website

Christmas Goose of Saratoga/Los Gatos

Los Gatos
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(Holidays) Christmas_Goose.jpgChristmas Goose of Saratoga/Los Gatos  ~  Every November

The Christmas Goose Boutique was started 35 years ago this holiday season at a home in Saratoga.  As, the show grew it was moved to the Saratoga Foothill Club where it stayed for the next sixteen years.  The show soon became a community event for the Saratoga and Los Gatos area.

We do a "blended setup" instead of booths so we may show the merchandise in themes or styles, which our customers seem to enjoy.  Come and taste our homemade foods and hug the handmade dolls, touch the quilts, smile at the decorations, antiques and other collectibles.

Open To The Public

Thursday            10 10 AM - 7 PM
Friday            10 AM - 7 PM
Saturday        10 AM - 5 PM
Sunday          10 AM - 3 PM


We hope you will join us at "The Goose" and enjoy the show in November.
Sharon and Mel Morgan, Owners
The Christmas Goose of Saratoga & Los Gatos

Address: History Club of Los Gatos

Clam Chowder Cookoff

Santa Cruz

(Special Event Page Graphics) ClamChowder_1.jpgClam Chowder Cook-off  ~  3rd week in February


While Manhattan and New England are the home of chowders, Santa Cruz is the home of a great clam chowder cook-off as chefs compete for the People's Choice and Best Chowder. You can purchase a tasting kit, and why wouldn't you?

(Business Logos) SantaCruzCity_Logo.jpgThe Cook Off is an important fund-raiser for the City of Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation Department. (Last year more than $65,000.00 was raised!)


Sponsored by the City of Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation Department, the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Metro Newspapers, Continental Airlines, Comcast, KWAV, Dream Inn, Berkeley Farms, and Crystal Springs.


Address: Beach Boardwalk

Fungus Fair

(831) 684-2275
Santa Cruz
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Every January, after the rains have sent chanterelles and witch's butter popping up, mycophiliacs from all over Central California converge on Santa Cruz for the Fungus Federation's Fungus Faire, a celebration of all things mushroom. Features identification workshops, cooking demonstrations and more.


The Fungus Fair is held each year, the second weekend in January in Santa Cruz at the Louden Nelson Community Center.

  • 44th - January 12 - 14th 2018
  • 45th - January 11 - 13th 2019
  • 46th - January 10 -12th 2020


Did you know that without fungus, we'd have no bread, cheese, beer, or wine? Or that anti-cholesterol medicine was developed from mushrooms? Come to the Santa Cruz Fungus Fair to learn all there is to know about the fascinating world of mushrooms.The three-day event features hundreds of species of local fungi presented in a unique fashion, and draws thousands of visitors each year. The Fair showcases speakers, cooking demonstrations, a special Kids' Room, and a taxonomy panel for identification of fungi. Many books and mushroom-related items are available for sale, as are wild mushroom delicacies.


This unique Santa Cruz tradition features fantastic fungus fun for the whole family. Bring the kids and stroll through a re-created woodland forest displaying hundreds of wild mushrooms; the Fungus Fair also features a special room full of hands-on activities for the kids, including fungus exploration tables, clay mushroom building, face painting, and more!

Highlights & Activities

* Culinary demonstrations by top bay area chefs, including Jozseph Schultz (India Joze); Todd Spanier (King of Mushrooms); and Damani Thomas (Oswald). They will thrill your palate.
* Dr. Denis Benjamin, a nationally renowned mycologist and the author of Mushroom Poisons and Panaceas, will participate in a panel on current developments in mushroom poisonings and treatments.
* Nationally regarded mushroom author and expert David Arora will present The Wheel of Fungi. David is the author of Mushrooms Demystified and All That the Rain Promises and More.
* Renowned herbalist Christopher Hobbs will discuss the medicinal properties of mushrooms.
* Lectures by prominent mycologists and basics of mushroom identification in our popular Mushrooms 101 class.
* A special Kid's Room full of hands-on activities for kids, including a fungus exploration area, clay mushroom building, face paints, mushroom-dyed silk, wonderful mushroom art and more!
* FFSC mushroom experts will be available throughout the fair to identify the mushrooms you've found.
* Throughout the three-day event, Fungus Fair attendees be able to learn more about local mushrooms, view remarkable mushroom arts and crafts, and taste unusual and exceptionally good fungal fare.
* The habitat display area will present and display hundreds of mushroom species commonly found in the Santa Cruz/San Francisco/Monterey Bay area.


Hours: Friday 4:00 to 7:00 pm; Saturday/Sunday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Information for the media and the offical press release can be found in the press and media center.

Admission: Adults $7; Special Friday admission $5, Seniors & Students $5, Kids under 12 free

Address: Louden Nelson Community Center

Gilroy Garlic Festival

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Welcome to the Gilroy Garlic Festival!!


(0 April 2017) GilroyGarlicFestival_logo.jpgOur volunteers are already hard at work creating exciting new things for your enjoyment at the festival. Whether a first timer or a seasoned veteran attendee, you'll want to visit Gourmet Alley - the heart and soul of the festival. What an aroma! Enjoy the food and catch a cooking demo, or two. Check out the Cook-Off Stage with expanded seating and two big-screens for viewing ease while learning the latest culinary techniques and trends. Three stages of musical entertainment, quality hand-made arts and crafts, and an interactive children's area make this premier food festival a real family event.


We continue our quest to be a responsible festival by using sustainable products and local vendors. We remain committed to our recycling efforts by working with our vendors and attendees to lessen what goes into the landfill.


As you enjoy the sights, sounds and aromas of the Gilroy Garlic Festival remember one thing - you are helping over 160 local non-profit charities and organizations thrive in the community which they serve. It's their volunteers who work so hard here to make sure you have a great time in Gilroy.

So, mark your calendar and make plans to join me in celebrating food, family and fun at the Gilroy Garlic Festival.

Address: 7473 Monterey St

Japanese Cultural Fair

Santa Cruz
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(Special Event Page Graphics) JapaneseCulturalFairGirls.jpgJAPANESE CULTURAL FAIR  ~  A June Saturday  ~ 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Mission Plaza overflows with the celebration of Japanese music, traditional dance, food and crafts at this popular annual festival. Powerful drummers, the San Francisco Taiko Dojo, thrill the audience, along with storytellers, martial arts demonstrations and healing arts vendors. Sushi, noodles and green tea ice cream are always favorites. Call Chieko Yoshikawa, 831-462-4589. Cost: FREE


The purpose of the Japanese Cultural Fair is to provide an opportunity for the community to increase its awareness and understanding of the Japanese community in Santa Cruz County as well as Japanese culture, both traditional and contemporary. We believe that through the arts, craft, and culture of Japan, we can improve mutual understanding among neighbors on the Pacific Rim as well as enrich our community life here in Santa Cruz.

Free shuttle service between County Building parking lot and Mission Plaza. Two shuttle buses are running every 15 minutes and their stops are: County Building(Ocean & Water St.), Civic Auditorium(Church St.), Mission Plaza Park

Address: Mission Plaza

La Honda Faire and Music Festival

(650) 747-0351
La Honda
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(Ads) LaHondaFaire.jpg"Musicians, artists and craftspeople will join together in La Honda to entertain and exhibit at annual La Honda Faire and Music Festival . The Faire is held in La Honda Gardens, in the California redwoods of La Honda. It is a two-day festival of music, celebration, and community.  Admission is free - No pets please!


Proceeds benefit the La Honda Elementary School art and music program. Come soak up some sun, listen to great music, and meet some new friends, including Jami Cassady Ratto and her husband Randy Ratto at the Neal Cassady Booth!"Musicians, artists and crafts people will once again converge in the redwoods of La Honda to entertain and exhibit at the 19th Annual La Honda Fair and Music Festival. Proceeds benefit the La Honda Elementary School's Music & Art programs.


Saturday & Sunday, June 11 & 12 - 10am to Dusk


If you like socializing, making new friends, and music and dancing in the redwoods, this is a GREAT weekend for the whole family! There are lots of arts and crafts vendors, food booths, and a kid's activity area with a jump house, face painting, and overall good fun.


The Fair is held in La Honda Gardens, right in the middle of town next to Sullivan's Restaurant, (where you can also get soft drinks, plenty of great food, cold beer on draft, or a glass of wine.)


Continuous music throughout the day starting at 11:00 a.m. and going until the coyotes howl.

After the Fair, the live music continues at Sullivan's both Saturday and Sunday night!

Address: La Honda Gardens

Los Gatos Festival of the Arts

650 348-7699
Los Gatos
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Join your friends at the 40th annual Fiesta de Artes at the Los Gatos Civic Center grounds on Saturday and Sunday, August 13-14, 2011. Don't miss the town's one and only art and wine festival. The 2011 Fiesta will be the 15th event sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Los Gatos. Enjoy 150 artists, food wine and beer, and live music. Celebrate with visitors from all over the San Francisco Bay Area. We extend a special invitation to participants in the Los Gatos Dammit Run Saturday to make us their after-the-run celebration site.


This isn't your routine festival food. Instead of the fare you find at most art and wine festivals in the Bay Area, we present the offerings of local Los Gatos restaurants. You'll be reminded of the renowned dining experience of Los Gatos instead of a burger joint. You can choose larger meals or smaller samples, letting you savor the town's flavor variety. The food area benefits The Teen Center. Teens from this center are also the volunter servers.


The Los Gatos Fiesta de Artes offers a selection of quality local wines to enhance your experience of the festival. Your gateway to this experience is the purchase of a custom-designed, commemorative wine glass. Proceeds from the sale of these glasses, along with the beverages to fill them, supports the event's emphasis on benefit to the community.

Address: Los Gatos Civic Center

Migration Festival

(831) 423-4609
Santa Cruz
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(Special Event Page Graphics) NaturalBridges_Monarchs.jpgMigration Festival at Natural Bridges State Beach

Saturday, February 12, from 11:00a.m to 4:00p.m.

Annual Educational Event Celebrates Santa Cruz's Rich Natural Heritage


California State Parks invites you to fly, swim, waddle, walk, bike or drive to Natural Bridges State Beach for the annual Migration Festival, a celebration to honor the journey of whales, butterflies, birds and the many creatures that travel.


On Saturday, February 12, from 11:00am to 4:00pm, activities at the park will focus on the science and wonder of migratory animals from creatures that travel far including gray whales and monarch butterflies, to those with an annual journey of less than a mile, like the California newt.


The event features live music by the nature-loving 5M's Band, engaging guest speakers, a chance to learn about migratory animals with community groups hosting a variety of activity stations, active docent-led games for kids, theatrical skits, and hands-on art projects and crafts. To end the day of migration fun and games, the now-famous free habitat-cake will be served at the conclusion of the event.


The festival started in 1988 when Regional Park Interpreter Elizabeth Hammack noted that at the same time the monarchs were departing from their winter home in the eucalyptus grove, many other creatures were also "on the move." Gray whales travel to the warm waters of Baja California far away from their summer home in the Bering Sea, elephant seals come ashore to birth their pups, and soon, swallows will be winging-it along the Pacific Flyway on a return flight from their winter home in South America. "There's just so much going on to see, appreciate and celebrate," notes Hammack.


The event is educational and interpretive in nature, allowing visitors to gain knowledge and understanding of the animals that travel among our parks and through the Santa Cruz area. "We hope visitors come away with a spark of curiosity and a desire to learn more about how to protect these species and their habitat," Hammack adds.


You can purchase an inexpensive picnic which supports education programs at the park or bring your own. A day use parking pass is $10; the event is free. Natural Bridges State Beach is located at the end of West Cliff Drive in Santa Cruz. More information is available by calling (831) 423-4609 or visit us on the web at

Address: Natural Bridges State Beach

Monterey Bay Birding Festival


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Mark Your Calendar! Seventh Annual Monterey Bay Birding Festival
Thursday, Sept. 22 - Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011
Watsonville Civic Plaza, Watsonville


The sixth annual Monterey Bay Birding Festival drew international, national, California and local birders, featuring full-day, half-day expert-lead field trips, workshops, nightly featured speakers, and Family Days at Wetlands of Watsonville Nature Center with specialized birding activities for beginners and outings lead by a bilingual birding expert.


The final tallies are in for the 2010 Monterey Bay Birding Festival, with a whopping 214 species reported from the event's 45 field trips. Highlights included a Sage Thrasher and a Clay-colored Sparrow at the Salinas River mouth Wildlife Area, Bobolink at the Carmel Rivermouth, a Blackpoll Warbler at Pinto Lake, and a Dusky Flycatcher at Pajaro Dunes. The Friday night owling trip reported an impressive five species of owls, including Spotted. Day trips added Burrowing & Barn Owl, for a festival total of seven species of owls! Owling trips remain the most-requested and fastest to sell out offering, and we hope to add even more owling adventures in the future.


In addition to a great list of seabirds, pelagic trips added three species of whale (Blue, Fin, Humpback) and Pacific White-sided, Risso's and Northern Right-whale Dolphins.


Monterey Bay Reggae Fest

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The Annual Monterey Bay Reggaefest is a 3-day celebration that will take place on the last weekend of July  (July 29-31) at the Monterey County Fairgrounds, in Monterey.


The Monterey Bay Reggaefest is more than an event, it is a cultural celebration and is received by many groups of people from all walks of life.


(Event Calendar Logos) ReggaeWorld.jpgKnown as one of the best reggae festivals in Northern California, the event offers activities and enjoyment for the entire family.


Look forward to over twenty performances, a D.J. party on the patio at the Turf Club, full bars (21 ) and new this year our VIP room will be in the Turf Club and check our ticket page for Main Arena VIP upgrades, a play area for children of all ages.


Have the kids enjoy the play area for free with: jump houses, giant slide, face painting and many more fun activities for all ages. Enjoy the annual 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament.


Address: Monterey County Fairgrounds

Monterey Bay Strawberry Festival!

(831) 728-6183
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The 17th Annual Watsonville Strawberry Festival at Monterey Bay
August 6 and August 7, 10am - 7pm


 "Strawberry lovers will unite for one of Watsonville's premier outdoor events at the Annual Monterey Bay Strawberry Festivalin the historic downtown plaza.


The multi-faceted celebration will serve up a menu of delectable strawberry delights, non-stop live community entertainment for young and old on two stages, gooey contests for berry lovers of all ages, arts and crafts, a special children's area with strawberry projects, Strawberry Carnival, and much, much more.


From fresh strawberries to strawberry tamales, you'll be able to satisfy your strawberry appetite. Other food items available include tacos, pepper steak sandwiches, Falafels, Greek delicacies, barbecued sandwiches, pizza, sausage, kettle corn and hot dogs."

Address: Watsonville Plaza

Monterey Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival

Carmel Valley
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(Special Event Page Graphics) MontereyCowboyFestival2010.jpgWelcome to our Annual Festival in historic Monterey, where it all started and the first Vaqueros became the first Cowboys. It just doesn't get any more Western than this both literally and figuratively. This year we present two one- hour shows, two hour-and-a- half shows, four two-hour shows, and a Cowboy Church hour -- all in one convenient comfortable venue. All this along with a silent auction and a first-rate Christmas Art & Gear Show Sale.

"...Performers and audience alike appreciate the unique ambiance of the Monterey event:there are no concurrent shows, and all of events take place in one comfortable venue, with a wide choice of restaurants and attractions nearby. There's no dashing from show to show, and no need to choose among shows. The well-planned schedule leaves plenty of time for mixing among performers and audience, for a weekend that is both entertaining and relaxing, even for those on stage."


(Business Logos) MontereyCowboyFestivalLogo.jpgWe are a group of volunteers who love cowboy poetry, western music, cowboy movies and western art and gear. Each of us has a day job to support our hobbies and interests. We formed a non-profit corporation 501(c)(3) in order to bring the best western entertainment and art to Monterey County and especially the historical City of Monterey. Our charitable partner is the Salvation Army. They have been living the cowboy way for some time. As in the past, we pride ourselves on bringing the best of the best cowboy poets, western music entertainers and artisans of fine western art and gear to the first capitol of Old California.


A share of the net proceeds will benefit the Salvation Army.

Address: 34 Aliso Road

Monterey Jazz Festival

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(Event Calendar Logos) MontereyJazzDude.jpgThe Annual Monterey Jazz Festival will take place at the Monterey Fairgrounds, located in Monterey, California, September 16 - 18, 2011.


Over 500 artists will be performing nonstop on 8 stages for 3 nights and 2 days of the world's best jazz, with tickets priced from only $35.


Consistently voted "World's Best Jazz Festival"by the readers of JazzTimes Magazine, the Monterey Jazz Festival offers 20 acres of magnificent oak-studded grounds for fans to enjoy, featuring films, conversations with the Festival's stars, exhibitions, food and beverages, an international shopping bazaar, and 8 stages of live jazz entertainment spread throughout the grounds.


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* Click here to sign up for our mailing list and receive the 2011 MJF Brochure by mail

Address: Monterey County Fairgrounds

Monterey Scottish Games

Monterey Scottish Games

Date: formerly in July Moved to August in 2009

Times: Toro Park opens at 8 am

Address: Toro County Park 501 Monterey-Salinas Highway 68, Salinas, CA 93908

Email address:

Phone/Fax Number: 831-647-6311/831-899-7907

URL: Monterey Scottish Games

Description from the chamber's web site: The Monterey Scottish Games will feature athletic events, dancing, entertainment, food, Clans tables, and a Sunday Caber Parade. Check the website for an update on times of the events

The 44th Annual Scottish Games & Celtic Festival


Saturday, August 6th & Sunday, August 7th, 2011


Open Studio Art Tour


Artists working in almost every imaginable medium open their studios to the public. Santa Cruz Open Studio is held the first three weekends in October at various art studios and venues throughout the city. Local artists are happy to show off their works to art loving patrons who come from all over the Monterey Peninsula and Bay Area for this fun Santa Cruz festival.

Pacific Rim Film Festival


Founded in 1988 to promote the understanding of different cultures living along the Pacific Ocean, the Pacific Rim Film Festival features free American debut showings of films from countries such as Korea, Indonesia, Thailand, India, Japan, China, Mexico, the Philippines and New Zealand. Begins second weekend in October at the Del Mar Theatre and Rio Theatre in Santa Cruz.

Paso Robles Olive Festival

Paso Robles Olive Festival
Date: August 22, 2009
Times: 11am-4pm
Address: Downtown Paso Robles, California
Email address:
Phone/Fax: 805.238.4103
Description from their web page : "Olive-inspired food will be prepared and served in Olive Festival Culinary Row. Cooking demonstrations and a cook-off will be held in the "Outdoors' Kitchen Stadium" in the park. Home chefs can enter the Olive Dish Contest. They can also submit recipes for the Olive Festival Cookbook. There will be live music along with free olive oil ice cream. Enjoy arts and crafts vendors, children's activities, and olive product vendors."

Renaissance Faire


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Pageantry, Revelry and Romance

Open Weekends: September 17th through October 16th, 10am - 6pm


Our little village of Willingtown comes to life as our annual Market Faire welcomes talented and exotic performers from throughout the globe to our streets and stages. The Entertainment is non stop all day.


The streets and stages boast music and dance from traditional Morris and English Country, to Celtic and Gypsy Tribal. Swashbuckling swordfighters render women defenseless with their charm and skill.

The original form of Renaissance theatre is played out on the Royal Garden stage in the form of the hilarious Commedia Dell Arte performed by the renowned troupe, Commedia Volante.


Foolishness and fun rule the day as ever popular favorites, Moonie the Magnif'cent and BrooN bring their unique brand of mischief and humor to the Fools stage. The town is buzzing as the villagers prepare for a visit from Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth and the most famous Privateer of the time, Sir Francis Drake. Happy peasants, crooked Constables, gossiping washerwomen, and merry maidens fill the streets with revelry as the festivities begin. Seven stages boast non stop entertainment. For a complete list of shows, click on The Stages category. Meet all of the Theme Characters, Guilds and Musicians that fill the streets on our Theme Characters, Guilds and Musicians pages.


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Free admission every weekend for children 12 and under
Tickets now available online for the 2011 Season!
Enter the code "renaissance" to receive a $5.00 discount off adult tickets purchased online.
Discount valid thru September 16th. (can not be combined with two-for-one.)

Opening Weekend is Two-for-One Weekend
(can not be combined with any other offer)


Buy your tickets online and print then go straight to the gate:

• No waiting in line at will-call
• Transactions are secure and encrypted
• Tickets can be transferred by email
• Lost tickets can be reissued


For the Safety of our Patrons, NO PETS OF ANY KIND ALLOWED except Certified Service Animals

Address: 10031 Pacheco Pass Hwy

Santa Cruz Film Festival

Santa Cruz
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(Business Logos) SantaCruz_Film_Festival.jpgSince 2002, SCFF has brought over 1,100 films and over 95,000 film lovers and filmmakers from all over the world to the beautiful beaches and breathtaking redwoods of Santa Cruz for ten days of entertaining and enlightening cinema and events. The Festival champions voices and stories that are frequently absent in mainstream cinema and is a crossroads for the intellectually curious. Scintillating conversations between filmmakers, academics, students, programmers, the press and the public are a hallmark of SCFF.


The Festival continues to promote films that raise consciousness about environmental issues, educate people and mobilize support in its EarthVision Environmental Film section which was expanded in 2010 to include 26 films.

All Access Festival Passes give you access to all Santa Cruz Film Festival screenings and events throughout the Festival, May 5-14, 2011, including the Opening and Closing Night Galas, Special Presentations, Panels/Workshops and Parties. They make a great holiday gift! Get one now.

• General Admission $175
• Senior $150
• Student $100

Click here to purchase your Festival Pass now.

For a limited time, we are offering a $25 discount off Festival Passes. Use the code HOLIDAYS in the check-out when purchasing to receive the discount.


Santa Cruz Greek Food Festival

Santa Cruz
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The Greek Orthodox Christians know how to get a dance line started, and the food is superb. It's dolmas, kabobs, baklava and rowdy folk dancing the first weekend after Labor Day.



Voted BEST STREET FESTIVAL in Santa Cruz County!

Enjoy Food, Music, and Spirits at the Annual Santa Cruz Greek Festival

The Santa Cruz Greek Festival is one of the most eagerly anticipated community events - come and enjoy this showcase of authentic Greek food, pastries, spirits, live Greek music by The Spartan Band, folk dancing and more! Voted BEST STREET FESTIVAL in Santa Cruz County, the Santa Cruz Greek Festival is the longest running festival in Santa Cruz County, growing from a small celebration in the church courtyard to a huge block party. The festival is located at 223 Church Street, between Church and Center Streets, downtown Santa Cruz.


Just follow your nose - you'll have no trouble finding the festival! The air is filled with the tantalizing aroma of barbecue and meats roasting over an open fire. You'll find our usual crowd-pleasers like our famous moussaka, souvlaki, roasted lamb shanks, gyro, calamari, pastitsio and many other savory dishes including a wide variety of vegetarian selections. Shop at our Greek agora, which features ethnic jewelry, pottery, clothing and food items. Greek dancers from all over the Bay Area will be dressed in traditional costumes and performing a variety of folk dances that have been handed down for hundreds of years.


The Santa Cruz Greek Festival is Santa Cruz's longest running festival. We're celebrating our 34th year of serving authentic Greek cuisine, spirits, music and dancing. Over the years, the festival has grown from a humble festival in the back of the church to a huge block party, where approximately 15,000 people attend over three days! We are very honored to have such devoted fans who come back year after year not only for the food (although it is fabulous!), but for the "filoxenia" or hospitality shown to everyone. Please join us for live bouzouki music, dancing, authentic food and desserts, and perhaps a little taste of ouzo or restina? Eat Like A Greek for a day!

Santa Cruz Kayak Surf Festival

Santa Cruz Kayak Surf Festival
Steamer Lane at Lighthouse Point
Santa Cruz

Phone: 831.458.3648

25th year features world class champions in kayaking, wave skiing, Stand-up Paddle Surfing. Gala parties & free demos.

Date: March 18, 2011 - March 20, 2011
Time: 7am - 5pm


Santa Cruz Scottish Games and Celtic Festival

Our Games Marshalls Jane and Jeff Simpson have put together a crew and will be holding the Santa Cruz Highland Games and Celtic Festival at San Lorenzo Park in downtown Santa Cruz.


Don't miss the Heavy Athletics, great food, a Celtic Marketplace, musical entertainment by The Wicked Tinkers, The Peninsula Scottish Fiddlers, and lots more! They are seeking volunteers, clans and societies, vendors and Living History groups.


If you would like to participate, please email or call 831-359-2979. For all the details, please visit their website:

Scottish Renaissance Festival

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(Special Event Page Graphics) ScottishRenaissance_Queen.jpgSaturday, June 18th & Sunday, June 19th, 2011 ~ 10am to 6pm


Entertainment - Music - Arts - Crafts - Activities - Games ~ Magicians - Faeries - Food - Beverages - Ale ~ Something for everyone in the family !


The Scottish Renaissance Festival is an annual celebration of culture through music, theatre, crafts, and art. Whether people come for the kilted Highland warriors or beautiful Mary Stuart, Queen of Scotland, lively music and dance or wondrous crafts, exciting stories or interesting demonstrations, mysterious magicians or comedic thespians, playful Faeries or tubby black Dragon, delicious food or cold ale, they'll find something for the entire family.



Scotts Valley Art & Wine Festival

Scotts Valley

In early August, revelers from across Santa Cruz and Santa Clara counties head to Scotts Valley to soak in the sun at the Scotts Valley Art & Wine Festival in local SkyPark. The two-day festival features a juried selection of fine art by local artists, food, wine from acclaimed Santa Cruz Mountains wineries and award-winning local craft beer. Live music, activities for kids and performances by Scotts Valley Performing Arts complete the roster of outdoor summertime fun.


Address: 361 Kings Village Road

Spring Chicken of Los Gatos/Saratoga

Los Gatos
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(Special Event Page Graphics) SpringChickenShow.jpgApril 9 Saturday 10 AM - 5 PM  ~  April 10 Sunday 10 AM - 4 PM


We showcase crafters in a "store like" blended set up, which means we set up more like a shop and not booths--much more fun to shop that way. We will be decorating on the Friday before for Spring. We do central cashiering so customers just pay in one place.

(Site Photos) QuiltStarryNight.jpgOur crafters bring beautiful quilts, painted wood and glass, soft bunnies and chicks, lovely florals, jams and jellies, cookie and soup mixes. Hand knit items and hand sewn other fabric products like purses, kitchen linens and jackets. We are also known for our antiques and collectibles.

We will have spring and Easter decorations, gifts for Mother's Day, Grads, Dads and yourself.

Address: History Club of Los Gatos

Steinbeck Festival

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(Special Event Page Graphics) SteinbeckFestival2010.jpgMore information coming soon!

31st Annual Steinbeck Festival, August 4 - 7, 2011


Join us as the Steinbeck Festival takes on friends, foes and accomplices of all stripes, in literature, arts and ideas, and in Steinbeck. This four-day festival of books, talks, food, tours and visual and performing arts will be based in Salinas, with Steinbeck Festival International Fringe Fest events taking place in cities of letters throughout the world.


More information will be avaliable in April 2011 online at or by calling 831.775.4721.


The Santa Cruz Blues Festival

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(Special Event Page Graphics) SantaCruzBluesFestival.jpgThe  Santa Cruz Blues Festival

* Top names in blues and roots music for two days in a natural amphitheater surrounded by oaks and redwoods near the Pacific Ocean.
* State-of-the-art sound system and staging.
* Artist booth for audience meet-and-greet and autographs.
* Booths for purchasing Santa Cruz Blues Festival memorabilia, new and vintage music, and more.
* Food booths serving a variety of cuisines such as BBQ, Asian, Mexican, New Orleans style sandwiches, pizza, among other choices. We also have kettle korn, frozen juice bars, smoothies, desserts, water and other non-alcoholic beverages.
* Adult-beverage booth serving Budweiser, Bud Light, Redhook, Stella Artois and Hess Vineyards wine.
* Children's entertainment area with face painting and balloon twisting.
* A portion of festival proceeds to benefit a local charity.


Saturday May 28, 2011 ~ in reverse order of appearance

Experience Hendrix
Featuring: Billy Cox (Band of Gypsys), Steve Vai, Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd; David Hidalgo & Cesar Rosas (Los Lobos), Living Colour, North Mississippi Allstars Duo(Luther & Cody); Chris Layton (SRV & Double Trouble), Ernie Isley, Brad Whitford (Aerosmith), Slide Brothers, Mato Nanji (Indigenous)


Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
Jackie Greene
Mia Borders


Sunday May 29,2011 ~ in reverse order of appearance

Boz Scaggs

Tower of Power
Dave Alvin and the Guilty Ones
Tommy Castro
Chris Cain

Address: Aptos Village Park

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