Capitola Village Schedule of Events 2014

Open Streets Capitola

Sunday, May 4, 2014
11:00am - 4:00pm

Open Streets is coming to Capitola Village Sunday, May 4th from 11:00am to 4:00pm. Head down to the Village to take advantage of all the fun and family friendly activities planned for the day.

Capitola Village streets will be closed to traffic and opened up for pedestrian and bicycle use. Attendees will be treated to a variety of interactive activities and demos, as well as live entertainment and informational tables. Capitola Village businesses will be holding a Passport to Capitola Village Raffle with two prize packages worth $200.00 each to Village businesses. The Kite Classic will also be taking place on Capitola Beach. Raffle, entry to the event and activities are all free.

There will be live music by the Ukelele Club, Plateau Dixieland Jazz, Steve Graves Band, Peter Weiss the Singing Scientist and marimba music by Sadza. Some of the activites that day will include: Beach Bingo, hula hooping, juggling, hula and Tahitian dance, a kid's bicycle obstacle course and Capitola history tours. For more information and a full list of activities and presenters, please click here to visit the Open Streets website.

Open Streets promotes alternative transportation, an active lifestyle, community spirit and local business.

Easter Egg Hunt on the Beach

April 19, 2014
11:00 AM sharp

On the beach and lagoon in front of the Capitola Venetian Hotel.

Gather the kids, grab their baskets, and hop on down to Capitola Village for the annual Easter egg hunt! Children 12 and under can hunt for candy-filled eggs hidden in the sand. Area divided for children ages 5-under and ages 6-12. To ensure fun for everyone, we ask parents limit 3 eggs per child.

Bring your camera to capture a memorable spring day on the beach in Capitola! The Easter bunny will be there! This FREE family event happens rain or shine! Hosted by the Capitola-Soquel Chamber of Commerce. Visit or call the Capitola-Soquel Chamber for more info (831)475-6522.

Capitola Kite Classic

May 4, 2014
11:00 AM Registration

All ages and skill levels welcome. Have fun and win prizes! First 50 people to register get a free kite!! Bring your own kite to compete or just have fun and enjoy the colorful display! This event will take place on the beach in Capitola Village and begins at 11am. Judging will take place at approximately 2:00pm. For more information call the Capitola-Soquel Chamber at 831-475-6522.

9th Annual Capitola Rod & Custom Classic Car Show

June 7 & 8
On the Esplanade in Capitola Village.

Featuring over 300 Hot Rods, Muscle Cars, Coupes, Roadsters, Customs and Classics - vintage to 1972; Vendor Booths, Music, Silent Auction, Raffle, Trophies, DenBeste Motorsports, Nascar race cars, and more. Enjoy a weekend filled with awesome cars, great music, charming shops, restaurants for every taste, and family fun at the beach!

Call the Capitola-Soquel Chamber of Commerce at 831.475.6522 for more information.

Art and Music at the Beach

Sundays, June - August

Art and Music At The Beach is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a Sunday afternoon in Capitola Village. Live Music is featured on the Esplanade Stage and local artists display their work in Esplanade Park overlooking Capitola Beach and the Monterey Bay. 11:00am - 5:00pm

Twilight Concerts

June - August
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

The Art and Cultural Commission bring Wednesday Night Twilight Concerts to Capitola Village on the Esplanade Stage. Families and friends are encouraged to come down and enjoy an array of musical styles from jazz, western, latin, swing, orchestra to rock and roll. The bands will perform from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Bring a picnic dinner and chairs to sit on either in the park or on the beach while enjoying the music filled sunset. A blanket and warm jackets are always a good idea as the summer weather can bring the fog.

Check back for Concert Schedules.

Wharf to Wharf Race

July 27
8:00 AM

A world class, scenic six-mile race with 35 or more live bands and throngs of festive spectators along the route.

For registration and more information visit:

Movies on the Beach

August - September

Seating begins: 6:30 PM
Movie starts: 7:30 PM
Free popcorn from 7-7:30 PM
Enjoy a movie on a summer night. Come early, have dinner in the village, bring family and friends, flashlights, beach chairs, and blankets.

62nd Annual Begonia Festival

September TBA

Sand Sculpture Contest
Horseshoe Tournament on the Sand
Begonia Festival Parade
Fishing Derby and Rowboat Races
and much, much more...
Stay tuned for more details!

More info at

32nd Annual Art and Wine Festival

September 13 & 14
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Admission is FREE! Over 150 fine artists, 21 Santa Cruz Mountains wineries, gourmet food, children's art area, entertainment all day both days and so much more! All in the beautiful, beach-side setting of Capitola Village-by-the-Sea.

Call the Capitola-Soquel Chamber of Commerce for more information 831.475.6522 or visit

Mermaid Triathalon and Duathalon

October 5

Capitola Main Beach

Registration for participants starts February 1st.

The City of Capitola welcomes the Mermaid! Come down and support the athletes or take part in the 9th Annual Mermaid Triathlon/Duathalon in Santa Cruz County.

Visit for information about this popular all-women-and-girls race series now in its 4th year in Capitola Village.

Children's Halloween Parade

October TBA
Parade begins at 2:00 PM

Line-up at 1:30 PM in the Pacific Cove Parking Lot above Capitola Police Department and City Hall. Parade winds through Capitola Village and ends at Esplanade Park.

Enjoy refreshments, entertainment, goody bags, balloons, and trick-or-treating at Village merchants. This free, family-friendly event is hosted by the Capitola-Soquel Chamber of Commerce.

Call the Capitola-Soquel Chamber of Commerce at 831-475-6522 for more information.

Surfing Santa

November TBA
12:00 Noon

Capitola Main Beach

Surfing Santa arrives with his outrigger canoe and surfboard on the shores of Capitola Main Beach at 12 noon. Be sure to bring your camera to capture Santa's wave-riding arrival. Once Santa has toweled off, he'll settle in his beach chair to hear holiday wishes and have a nice long visit with all the children. The event is free and hosted by the Capitola-Soquel Chamber of Commerce.

For more information call the Capitola-Soquel Chamber at 831.475.6522

Holiday Tree Lighting and Open House

December 6, Saturday

Join us as we ring in the season at the Capitola Village Holiday Tree Lighting and Open House.

Spend the afternoon shopping, dining, and enjoying the holiday magic of Capitola Village. It is easy to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list with so many unique shops and restaurants to choose from. Plus, Capitola Businesses will be giving away over $2500. worth of gift certificates to help you with your holiday shopping!

Stop into the Capitola Mercantile where there will be complimentary face painting, cookie decorating (sponsored by Whole Foods), and kids crafts, as well as tasty bites, sweet treats, hot chocolate and cider from Paradise Beach Grille and Shadowbrook. Be sure to stroll through the Village to find your favorite window display and vote in our first Window Display Contest! The Christmas Fairy will be out and about to visit with children and hear holiday wishes.

The New Brighton Middle School Jazz Band will play and the Soquel High Jazz Singers will be performing in front of the Mercantile and leading carolers through the Village. The event will culminate with the Tree-lighting in front of Quality Market at 5:30pm. For more information call the Capitola-Soquel Chamber at 831.475.6522.