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PO Box 501, Capitola, CA 95010             begoniafestival@gmail.com

2017 Begonia Festival Schedule of Events

Thursday, August 31 Sunday, September 3 (cont.)
houserockers Concert in the Park 6 - 8 PM
The Houserockers- live at the beach in Esplanade Park. Bring the family, a picnic dinner, chairs, blankets and your dancing shoes!
sponsored by the Begonia Festival Committee
chalkart Chalk Art on the Seawall 9:00 AM - Noon
Sign up at Esplanade Park. The Capitola Begonia Festival's gift to the children of all ages. Create your own masterpiece atop the seawall on the Esplanade for all to enjoy! Art chalk provided.
sponsored by Capitola Surf and Paddle
Friday, September 1 begoniastogo Begonias to Go, Head to Toe! 10:00 AM - Noon
Begonia blossoms in Esplanade Park. Become a part of the Festival! We provide the begonias - you put them Head to Toe!
sponsored by Green Waste Recovery and hosted by the Capitola Museum
dancers Let's Dance! Review - 5 PM - 9 PM
Come down to Esplanade Park and enjoy dance reviews performed by local talent!
sponsored by Britannia Arms
Saturday, September 2 nauticalparade 65th Annual Nautical Parade 1:00 PM - Finish
Begonia covered barges float down Soquel Creek to the Lagoon. Great views from the Stockton Bridge, Cliff Avenue and Wharf Road. For ADA access, check our Visitor Info. Begonia blossoms for the floats are freely supplied by the fields of Golden State Bulb in Marina.
sponsored by Our GRAND BENEFACTOR McDonald's, Devcon Construction, and the City of Capitola
sandsculpture Sand Sculpture Contest 8:00AM to Noon at Capitola Beach
Registration begins at 8:00 AM on the beach. Trophy judging will be held at Noon.
sponsored by Zelda's and Capitola Self Storage
floatbuilding Float Construction Viewing- all day until 10 PM
Stroll along the banks of Soquel Creek and watch as the floats begin to take shape.
artist Meet the Artist 2:30 - 3:30 PM
Lori Ann Tharp- this year's poster artist, will be signing posters during the Festival at the merchandise booth.
mural Begonia Mural Noon - 7:00 PM
Back for another year! Come try your hand at attaching begonia blossoms to chicken wire - just like the float-builders do! We will create a wall of flowers and a perfect photo opportunity!
sponsored by Paradise Beach Grille
concert Concert in the Park 5 - 7 PM
The Joe sharino Band- live at the beach in Esplanade Park. Bring the family, a picnic dinner, chairs, blankets and your dancing shoes!
sponsored by Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and Toyota of Santa Cruz
artist Meet the Artist 2:30 - 3:30 PM
Lori Ann Tharp- this year's poster artist, will be signing posters during the Festival at the merchandise booth.
Monday, September 4
fishingderby 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 Britannia Arms and Zelda's
Concert in the Park 4 - 6 PM
Spill the Wine - live at the beach in Esplanade Park. Bring the family, a picnic dinner, chairs, blankets and your dancing shoes!
sponsored by Capitola Beach Suites
artevent Children's Art Project 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
In Esplanade Park. Children pre-school age and above are welcome to come and create a "make & take" memory of the festival.
sponsored and hosted by Bay Federal Credit Union
movie Saturday Movie Night at the Beach - Begins at dusk.
Join us as we present a children's favorite: Mary Poppins. Bring friends and family, a picnic dinner, chairs, blankets (it does get chilly) and we'll provide the movie!
sponsored by Green Waste Recovery
hulahoops Hoops for Everyone! 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Demonstrate your talent at fun-filled hooping. Meet members of Aerial Arts Santa Cruz at the Bandstand where they will be showing their talents and teaching you a few moves, too!
sponsored by the Capitola Begonia Festival Committee
Sunday, September 3 rowboats Rowboat Races beginning at 1 PM - Finish
Registration at the pathway by the Stockton Bridge from NOON until 1 PM. Timed heats on Soquel Creek with two people per boat - We supply the boats!
sponsored by Times Publishing Group
floatbuilding Float Construction Viewing
Take another stroll along the banks of Soquel Creek in the morning, and watch as the floats get their finishing touches.
horseshoes Horseshoes on the Sand 8:00 AM - 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. Go to FORMS at begoniafestival.com
sponsored by Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott and Zelda's
Saturday, October 14
Capitola Begonia Festival Gratitude Event to be held at the Boardwalk Cocoanut Grove. Come celebrate 65 wonderful years of the Begonia Festival!