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Santa Cruz weekend highlights including Church Street Fair

Food from G’s Tacos, one of the vendors at Church Street Fair this weekend. Photo credit: G’s Tacos Facebook page

The summertime bounty of events in Santa Cruz continues; here are a few highlights for the weekend of Aug. 5-6, 2017, including refreshment options at the annual Church Street Fair.


Saturday & Sunday, Aug. 5-6: Church Street Fair

The Church Street Fair is part of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, which lasts until Aug. 12. As usual, there will be music, dance, art, food, and wine. Participating breweries and wineries include Corralitos Brewing (noon-3:30 p.m. Saturday), New Bohemia Brewing Co. (4-7 p.m. Saturday), Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing (noon-3:30 p.m. Sunday), Uncommon Brewers (4-7 p.m. Saturday), Storrs Winery, Odonata Wines, Soquel Vineyards, Rexford Winery, Alfaro Family Vineyards & Winery and Birichino WinesVinocruz—which is opening in Soquel soon—will be pouring the wine both days. Falafel of Santa Cruz, the chefs from Prophet Elias Orthodox Church who put on the annual Greek festivals, food truck G’s Tacos, and Efi’s Dutch-Indo will sell food on both fair days. Food truck Ate3One will participate on Sunday.

Event organizers promise that “non-stop performances from global traditions will keep your spirits high as you select from a variety of local food purveyors, vintners and brewers, and explore the work of dozens of regional artists and craftspeople” (see site for entire performance schedule, which includes Flor de Cana and Broken English Saturday & Watsonville Taiko Sunday).

Location: Church Street between Chestnut & Cedar


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Restaurants and wineries participate in free Capitola Art & Wine Festival

The 2013 Capitola Art and Wine Festival

The 2013 Capitola Art and Wine Festival

The 2013 Capitola Art and Wine Festival, offering a variety of food from many restaurants plus wine, music, and art, takes place on Saturday Sept 14 and Sunday September 15 from 10am-6pm. The event, held at The Esplanade in Capitola Village, has free admission and includes live entertainment such as musicians and dancers. Visit event site to view entertainment schedule and information on parking and free shuttles from the Capitola Mall.

More than 150 artists will be displaying juried art including ceramics, glass, metal art, and mixed media. The 30th annual festival features wine from 22 Santa Cruz area wineries (see list below) and food from many venues. Wine tasting requires purchase of festival glass and tasting tokens. The glass costs $8 and tokens cost $1; each wine tasting requires 2-4 tokens. There will be food booths with items available for purchase from several local restaurants including Café Carlos, Café Cruz, Falafel of Santa Cruz, India Gourmet, Souza’s Ice Cream, and Zameen.

Participating wineries

Alfaro Family Vineyards
Bargetto Winery
Beauregard Vineyards
Bruzzone Family Vineyards
Burrell School Vineyards & Winery
Chaucer’s Cellars
Cinnabar Winery
Domenico Winery
Hallcrest Vineyards & Organic Wine Works
Heart O’ The Mountain
Hunter Hill Vineyard & Winery
Martin Ranch Winery
Naumann Vineyards
Nicholson Vineyards
Pelican Ranch Winery
Roudon-Smith Winery
Silver Mountain Vineyards
Sones Cellars
Storrs Winery
Thomas Fogarty Winery & Vineyards

Trout Gulch Vineyard
Zayante Vineyards

The festival, hosted by the Capitola-Soquel Chamber of Commerce, features a children’s area with ongoing craft projects. No pets are allowed at the event. A portion of festival proceeds will be donated to community groups including the Soquel High School girls’ water polo team and the Pacific Collegiate Fusion Dance Team.

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