Capitola Beach Festival

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Name: Capitola Beach Festival
Date: September 29, 2018 - September 30, 2018
Event Description:
September 29th and 30th, 2018, will be the kick off to Capitola's 1st Annual Beach Festival with something for everyone to enjoy! The community event will include a 5k Fun Run, Horseshoe Tournament, Lighted Nautical Parade, Fishing Derby, Sand Sculpture Contest, Chalk Art Event, Rowboat Races and more!

Schedule of Events:

Saturday, Sept 29

Little Wharf 3 mile Fun Foot Run 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Wharf to Wharf Race, Inc. is introducing the inaugural Little Wharf 3-Miler. Saturday morning will start off with a point-to-point family fun run/walk starting at the East Cliff Village Shopping Center and running three miles along the Santa Cruz coastline, before finishing in the Capitola Esplanade. Must preregister, click here now. Shuttles will be available.

Horseshoes in the Sand 7:00AM - Finish 
Doubles tournament at Capitola Beach in front of Zelda's Restaurant. Teams will be chosen by drawing names from a hat. Participants must pre-register here: Horseshoe Tournament. Check-in time 7:00 - 8:00 am. Sponsored by Zelda's

Lighted Nautical Parade on Soquel Creek Approximately 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Saturday will end with a parade of lighted barges between the trestle and the lagoon guided by designated Creek Marshalls. Float builders who wish to light up a barge must preregister – the number of barges is limited to 12. There will be no access to the trestle during the Lighted Parade.
Sunday, Sept 30

Fishing Derby 6:30 AM - Noon
Registration begins at 6:30 AM near the end of the Capitola Wharf. Bring your own fishing poles. Open to all ages. Final Tally begins at 11 AM. Sponsored by Paradise Beach Grille

Sand Sculpture Contest 8:00 AM to Noon at Capitola Beach 
Registration begins at 8:00 AM on the beach. Trophy judging will be held at Noon.
Sponsored by Capitola Self Storage

Chalk Art on the Seawall 9:00 AM - Noon
Sign up at Esplanade Park. Children preschool age and above are welcome to create their own masterpiece atop the seawall on the Esplanade for all to enjoy! Art chalk provided.
Sponsored by Capitola Candy Company

Rowboat Races beginning at 1 PM - Finish
Registration at the pathway by the Stockton Bridge from NOON until 1 PM. Timed races on Soquel Creek with two people per boat - We supply the boats! Sponsored by Ironworkers Local #377

For more information visit

Capitola Village
Date/Time Information:
Saturday, Sept 29
Sunday, Sept 30
*See Schedule of Events for details
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