There’s always something exciting happening in the Monterey Bay Area. Whether you are looking for live music or the latest in gourmet cuisine, you can find it within a short drive of Pajaro Dunes Resort!

Year-Round Events

Marine Mammal Research Tour — Tours most days each week

https://seymourcenter.ucsc.edu/

Location: Seymour Marine Discovery Center, End of Delaware Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA (831) 459-3800. 2:15 P.M. to 3:15 P.M. Learn about the work of Scientists and their studies of dolphins, sea lions, elephant seals and harbor seals.

UCSC Arboretum —The UC Santa Cruz Arboretum & Botanic Garden is open daily from 9 A.M. to 5 P.M.

www.arboretum.ucsc.edu

Location: UCSC, 1176 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA (831) 427-2998. 11 A.M. Tour the Arboretum’s world-class collections with a knowledgeable guide to see what is blooming.

Downtown Santa Cruz Antique Street Fair — 2nd Sunday of each Month

Location: Lincoln Street between Pacific and Cedar, Santa Cruz, CA (831) 476-6940. 8 A.M. to 6 P.M. (weather permitting) Vendors offer an eclectic blend of antiques and unique items.

Docent led Tour of Elkhorn Slough — Saturdays & Sundays

The Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve is 1700 acres and located at the east end of the Slough, inland from Moss Landing. The Reserve has 5 miles of trails that meander through oak woodlands, wetlands, and meadows.

Tours will be offered first-come, first-serve on Saturdays and Sundays at 10 am and 11 am with limited capacity (one household unit or mixed groups of up to 5 people). Find out more…

The Early Bird Tour and Mindfulness Tour occur once a month and require you to RSVP. Space is limited.

www.elkhornslough.org

Locations: Elkhorn Slough, 1700 Elkhorn Road, Watsonville, CA (831) 728-2822. Saturdays and Sundays 10 A.M. & 1 P.M. Meet at the reserve and then learn about the unique area on a guided tour. Open Wednesday thru Sunday, 9 A.M. to 5 P.M.

Roaring Camp Railroads 5401 Graham Hill Road Felton, CA 831-335-4484.

www.roaringcamp.com

Santa Cruz Beach Train — Departing Weekends! Ride a steam train through Northern California’s redwood rain forest at its dramatic best, and learn fascinating information about the ecology and seasonal changes of this unique environment. Departing from the Santa Cruz Mountains, travel through Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, down the scenic San Lorenzo River Gorge, across a 1909 steel truss bridge and through an 1875 tunnel before arriving at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

Redwood Forest Steam Train — Departing Daily! 

Seasonal Events

Santa Cruz Winegrowers Association Passport Program — January thru December

www.scmwa.com

Various wineries in the Santa Cruz Mountains. 11 A.M. to 5 P.M. (831) 685-8463

Mountain Winery Concerts — June through October

www.mountainwinery.com

Location: In the hills overlooking vineyards and the city of Saratoga, CA.

Name artists performing all summer.

Guided Elephant Seal Walks — December Through March

www.anonuevo.org

Location: Ano Nuevo State Reserve, Highway 1, Pescadero, CA 800-444-4445. Winter is the prime season to view thousands of elephant seals, including pups, mothers and giant bulls. Ranger-led tours last 2.5 hours, covering 3 miles. Reservations required.

Wineries’ Passport Program — Summer & Fall

www.scmwa.com

Various wineries in Santa Cruz County (831) 479-WINE (9463). A special opportunity to visit wineries that are not open to the public at other times. Meet the winemakers. 11 A.M. to 5 P.M.

Taste of Terrior Dinner Series – September 9, 2022

Aptos Wine Wander – December 10, 2022

2023 Winter Events

January TBD, 2023— Santa Cruz Fungus Fair

www.ffsc.us/fair

Louden Nelson Center, 301 Center Street, Santa Cruz, CA. Enjoy fabulous mushroom display, delicacies, mouth watering cooking demonstrations, and bring mushroom for identification. 10 AM to 5 PM

February 2 – 5, 2023 — AT&T Pro-Am Golf Tournament

http://www.attpbgolf.com/

Location: Pebble Beach, California on 3 different golf courses.

February 25 & 26, 2023 — Annual Clam Chowder Cook-Off

www.beachboardwalk.com

Location: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. 10 AM to 4 PM. A Santa Cruz tradition featuring “supper” recipes, wacky chefs, nautical decor, and teams competing for best-tasking Boston or Manhattan Chowders.

2023 Spring Events

April 8 & 9, 2023 — Eggstraordinary Egg Hunt

www.roaringcamp.com

Roaring Camp Railroads Felton, CA (831) 335-4484. Kids take the steam train to Bear Mountain to hunt for thousands of Chocolate candy eggs hidden by the Easter Bunny in a redwood forest and win prizes.

May 14, 2023— Mother’s Day Brunch

Treat Mom to something memorable on her special day with a delectable Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet accompanied with live music. After a lovely brunch, relax with a train ride through the towering redwoods.

www.roaringcamp.com

Roaring Camp Railroads Felton, CA (831) 335-4484.

May 17 – 21, 2023— Annual Carmel Art Festival

www.carmelartfestival.org

Devendorf Park Carmel, CA (831) 642-2503. Gallery events, lectures, receptions and demonstrations at 43 art galleries and a Plain Air Painting competition. Outdoor art show featuring bronze, glass, stone, marbles and acrylic sculpture.

May TBD, 2023  — Annual SCLU Longboard Invitational

www.santa-cruz-longboard-union.com/contest

Steamers Lane 700 W Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, CA 95060. “The best longboard contest in the US. Longboarders from across the state take over Steamer Lane each Memorial Day weekend, as nearly 200 contestants compete in the longest-running longboard surf contest on the West Coast!”

2023 Summer Events

TBD 2023 — Annual Monterey Wine Festival

Monterey Wine Festival

Know as “America’s original Wine Festival” the Monterey Wine & Fine Living Festival has continued to grow since 1976. More than just a showcase for great wine, the festival is a major educations forum for wine connoisseurs as well as members of the restaurant and food service industry.

June 2023 – Castroville Artichoke Festival

www.artichokefestival.org

Castroville, CA (831) 633-2465. Sample the many unique flavors of the artichoke in an atmosphere of pleasure, tasteful treats, musical entertainment, arts and crafts. Enter the AGRO-Art competition, too!

June 18, 2023 — Father’s Day Brew Train

www.roaringcamp.com

Roaring Camp Railroads Felton, CA (831) 335-4484. A lucky dad rides from Bear Mountain in the cab of each steam locomotive. Reservations recommended. 9 A.M. to 5 P.M.

July 4, 2023 — Aptos 4th of July Parade

http://aptoschamber.com/independence/

Soquel Drive & State Park Drive Aptos, CA (831) 688-1467. “World’s Shortest Parade”. Pancake breakfast before the parade. Party in the park afterwards with music. 7:30 A.M. – 4:30 P.M.

July 4, 2023 — Independence Day Train

https://www.roaringcamp.com

Roaring Camp Railroads Felton, CA (831) 335-4484. Celebrate Independence Day 1880’s style with gold panning, candle making, a toy frog flume, stream train & car rides. 12 P.M. to 3 P.M.

July 20 – 23, 2023 — California Salinas Rodeo

www.carodeo.com

1034 North Main Street Salinas, CA 93902 (800)-771-8807 or (831) 775-3100. The California Rodeo Salinas promises edge-of-your-seat thrills for the entire family. Top pro competition in steer wrestling, bull riding, calf roping, are back bronco riding, and barrel racing. Enjoy parades, night shows and great food booths.

July 30 – August 12, 2023 — Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music

www.cabrillomusic.org

Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, 307 Church Street, Santa Cruz, CA (831) 420-5260 (Box Office). Hailed as the most distinguished ongoing festivals of New Music in the United States.

July 15 -29, 2023 — Carmel Bach Festival

www.bachfestival.org

Carmel, CA (831) 624-2046. America’s preeminent festival of Baroque music will celebrate its 80th season with 100 musicians from around the world, performing in venues including Sunset Center, Carmel Mission Basilica and the Church in the Forest, Pebble Beach, and All Saints Church.

July 30, 2023 — Moss Landing Antique Fair

https://www.seemonterey.com/events/community/antique-fair/

Downtown Moss Landing, CA (831) 633-4501 A community know for its many antique stores show their wares in the stores and on the streets. Always held the last Sunday of July starting at 7:30 am, this antique buying event is one of the most eagerly anticipated outdoor markets in California.

August 5 & 6, 2023  — Strawberry Festival

www.watsonvillestrawberryfestival.com

Downtown, Watsonville, CA (831) 728-6183. Ripe strawberries take center stage at the weekend celebration featuring strawberry delights, foods, arts & crafts. Enjoy the carnival Friday evening from 5 – 9pm. Weekend festival hours are on Saturday 11am – 8pm & Sunday 11am – 7pm.

August TBD, 2023 – Salinas Valley Food and Wine Festival

www.salinasvalleyfoodandwine.com

Experience the Tastes, Sights, and Sounds of the Unique Salinas Valley Food & Wine Culture. We will celebrate the bounty of the Salinas Valley this August when the Salinas Valley Food & Wine Festival returns to Oldtown, Salinas / Salinas City Center. The Food & Wine Festival will take place on Saturday, August 6th, 2022 11:30PM-3:30PM.

August 20, 2023— Pebble Beach Concourse d’ Elegance

www.pebblebeachconcours.net

Pebble Beach, CA (831) 622-1700. This spectacular event exhibits some of the most unusual prewar and post war marquees along with the latest in concept car designs, all in the beautiful setting of Pebble Beach.

2023 Fall Events

September TBD, 2023— Monterey County Fair

www.montereycountyfair.com

Monterey County Fairgrounds Monterey, CA (831)372-5863. The County Fair is always fun for all, with livestock exhibitions, a wine-tasting booth, amusement midway and delicious foods, plus great live entertainment.

September TBD, 2023 – WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca – Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey

www.laguna-seca.com

Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Monterey, CA (800) 327-SECA. “The road to the NTT INDYCAR Series Championship makes an important stop at the Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey. This exciting race will serve as the finale for the 2022 INDYCAR season. A champion will be crowned on the WeatherTech Raceway podium on September 11.  Racing fans, sponsors and drivers enjoyed the return of IndyCar to Monterey.”

September TBD, 2023— 40th Annual Capitola Art & Wine Festival

www.capitolachamber.com

Capitola Village, Capitola, CA, (831) 475-6522. Art, wine, food and music. A magical way to say farewell to summer at the water’s edge. 10 A.M. – 6 P.M. both days.

September 13 – 17, 2023 — Santa Cruz County Fair

www.santacruzcountyfair.com

County Fairgrounds, 2601 East Lake Avenue; Off Hwy 152 Watsonville, CA (831) 724-5671. Six days of fun and festivities, including a large carnival. Safe, FUN and affordable.

September 23 – 25, 2023 – Monterey Jazz Festival

Monterey Blues Festival

Monterey Fairgrounds Monterey, CA (831) 394-2652. Every year we ask: how can this longest-running jazz festival in the world get any hotter? And then the line-up of artists comes out, and we say: oh, that’s how. In 2005, look for artists-in-residence Branford Marsalis and John Scofield, headliners like Tony Bennett, Sonny Rollins, the Pat Metheny Trio and Carla Bley Big Band featuring Steve Swallow, plus Lee Ritenour with Dave Grusin, Larry Carlton with Sapphire Blue, the Clifford Brown-Stan Getz All-Stars, and over 500 artists appearing on seven stages.

October TBD, 2023 –California International Air Show

https://salinasairshow.com/

Salinas, CA (831) 754-1983. Prepare to be dazzled by fantastic flying exhibitions by high-flying jets and helicopters, aerobatics, skydiving, and much more.

October TBD, 2023 — Annual Chili Cook Off

www.beachboardwalk.com/chili

9 A.M. to 10 A.M. — Preparation Period (no heat): 10 A.M. to 1 P.M. Cooking period starts at 1:00 P.M. Public tasting at 4:00 P.M. Winners announced. Location: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

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