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2017 Begonia Festival & Boat Parade | Capitola

Sunday, September 3, 2017 - All Day | Cost: FREE
Stockton Avenue (Capitola) | Stockton Ave., Capitola, CA



2017 Begonia Festival | Capitola

Capitola%20Begonia%20Festival[1]Photo | Capitola Begonia Festival

See some brilliant blooms while boating, baiting and frolicking on the beach over Labor Day weekend at the 65th annual Capitola Begonia Festival.

With over 43 acres and 3 million blooms come late summer, the Begonia Festival is a spectacular sight and a fun, family-oriented weekend filled with activities like concerts in the park, a sand sculpture contest, movies on the beach, arts and crafts, as well as a Nautical Parade with Begonia-covered barges on Sunday.

2017 Begonia Festival
Friday-Monday, September 1-4, 2017
Capitola Beach and Esplanade Park, Capitola
FREE

2017 Schedule

Friday, September 1

  • Let’s Dance Review – 5 PM – 9 PM
    Come down to Esplanade Park and enjoy dance reviews performed by local talent.

Saturday, September 2

  • 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.
  • Float Construction Viewing- all day until 10 PM
    Stroll along the banks of Soquel Creek and watch as the floats begin to take shape.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Sunday, September 3

  • 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 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 here.
  • Chalk Art on the Seawall 9:00 AM – Noon
    Sign up at Esplanade Park. Children pre-school age and above are welcome to create their own masterpiece atop the seawall on the Esplanade for all to enjoy. Art chalk provided.
  • 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.
  • Begonia-Octopus-Float[1]Photo | via santacruzlife.com
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Monday, September 4

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Links: Event details

Cost: FREE

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Categories: **Annual Event**, *Top Pick*, Eating & Drinking, Fairs & Festivals, Fun & Games, KFOG, Kids & Families, Labor Day Weekend, South Bay
Address: Stockton Ave., Capitola, CA

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