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they generously donate the Begonia Blossoms!
Beautiful Flower Carpet!
2015 Schedule of Events

Sunday August 9th          
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Annual Fundraiser - 1:30 - 4 PM
Help support the Capitola Begonia Festival by joining us for "The Main Event". NEW VENUE this year, the fundraiser will be held creekside at Michael's on Main in Soquel with foods supplied by Whole Foods Market. The afternoon includes live music, wine tasting from local wineries and scrumptious appetizers. And of course, our popular silent and live auctions!


Friday September 4th            Free Shuttle runs from 10 am - 8 pm!
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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 5th            Free Shuttle runs from 10 am - 8 pm!
Thanks to Gayle's Bakery & Rosticceria for sponsoring those who help pick the begonia blossoms!
float_building Float Construction Viewing-  all day until 10 PM
Stroll along the banks of Soquel Creek and watch as the floats begin to take shape.
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.
Guidelines and info for the event are available to view and download here.
sponsored by Zelda's and Capitola Self Storage
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Begonia Mural  Noon - 7:00 PM, on Upper Esplanade Lawn
Back for another year! This event was so popular last year - don't miss out. 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 Zelda's

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Meet the Artist 2:30 - 3:30 PM
Priscilla Martinez - this year's poster artist, will be signing posters during the Festival at the merchandise booth
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Concert in the Park  4 PM - 6 PM
Todd Morgan & The Emblems - live at the beach in Esplanade Park.
Bring the family, a picnic dinner, chairs, blankets and your dancing shoes!
sponsored by Toyota

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Saturday Movie Night at the Beach  -  Begins at dusk.
Join us as we present a children's favorite - Happy Feet. Bring friends and family, a picnic dinner, chairs, blankets (it does get chilly) and we'll provide the movie!
sponsored by Green Waste Recovery

Sunday September 6th           Free Shuttle runs from 10 am - 8 pm!
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. Call (831) 475.6522 to register.

sponsored by The Foot Doctors and Zelda's
Float Construction Viewing
Take another stroll along the banks of Soquel Creek in the morning, and watch as the floats get their finishing touches.
Chalk Art on the Seawall  9:00 AM - Noon
Sign in at Esplanade Park. The Capitola Begonia Festival's gift to the children. Open to children of all ages.  Create your own masterpiece atop the seawall on the Esplanade for all to enjoy!  Art chalk provided to all participants.
sponsored by Capitola Hotel
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
RonaldMcDonald Ronald McDonald Show Noon - 12:30
Ronald will perform a magic show for the kids and pose for pictures. Join him on the Esplanade!
63rd 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. ADA access available, click here for map or call (831) 475.6522 for information.
sponsored by Our GRAND BENEFACTOR McDonald's, Devcon Construction, New Leaf Community Market, and the City of Capitola
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Meet the Artist 2:30 - 3:30  PM
Priscilla Martinez - this year's poster artist, will be signing posters during the Festival at the merchandise booth.


Concert in the Park  4 PM - 6 PM

The Houserockers - back this year and live at the beach in Esplanade Park. Bring the family, a picnic dinner, chairs, blankets and your dancing shoes!
sponsored
by Toyota of Santa Cruz and Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Monday September 7th            Free Shuttle runs from 10 am - 8 pm!
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 Paradise Beach Grille

Children's Art Project  11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
In Esplanade Park. Children of all ages are welcome to come and create a "make & take" memory of the festival.
sponsored and hosted by Bay Federal Credit Union and co-hosted by the Capitola Art & Cultural Commission

Hula_Hoops 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!
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Rowboat Races beginning at 1 PM - Finish
Timed heats on Soquel Creek with two people per boat - We supply the boats!
Registration at the pathway by the Stockton Bridge from NOON until 1 PM.
sponsored by Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott