Capitola Village Schedule of Events

Wharf to Wharf Race

July 28
8:00 AM

A scenic six-mile race with 35 or more live bands and throngs of festive spectators along the route. The coveted Wharf to Wharf Runner T-shirt is awarded to those who finish the race!

For registration and more information visit: Website:

Art and Music at the Beach

Sundays, June 16 - August 18

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 19 - August 28
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.

Movies on the Beach

August 23, September 6 and 13

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.

61st Annual Begonia Festival

August 31 - September 2

Labor Day weekend - Capitola Begonia Festival
Sand Sculpture Contest
Horseshoe Tournament on the Sand
Begonia Festival Parade
Fishing Derby and Rowboat Races
Stay tuned for more details!

More info at

31st Annual Art and Wine Festival

September 14 & 15
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 6

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 8th Annual Mermaid Triathlon/Duathalon in Santa Cruz County where there will be the Sprint Mermaid, the Mighty Mermaid Olympic or the Duathlon competitions.

See for information about this popular all-women-and-girls race series now in its 3rd year in Capitola Village.

Children's Halloween Parade

October 26
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 30
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

Community Caroling

December Date TBD

Friday, 6:00 PM
Meet at the Christmas Tree on the intersection of Capitola Avenue and Stockton Avenue (in front of Quality Market).

Join the Soquel High Jazz Singers for an evening of strolling and caroling through Capitola Village. Song books will be provided. Delicious hot chocolate and refreshments will be served by Shadowbrook Restaurant. Dress warmly and bring a flashlight!