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2017 Begonia Festival & Boat Parade | Capitola
Submitted by the Event Organizer
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
Friday, September 1
- Let’s Dance Review: 5-9 pm
Come down to Esplanade Park and enjoy dance reviews performed by local talent.
Saturday, September 2
- Sand Sculpture Contest: 8 am to noon at Capitola Beach
Registration begins at 8 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 pm
Back for another year, come try your hand at attaching begonia blossoms to chicken wire – just like the float-builders do. They’ll 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 performs 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
See the classic film Mary Poppins. Bring friends and family, a picnic dinner, chairs, and blankets (it does get chilly) for a free screening of this family favorite.
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 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 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 will be provided.
- Begonias to Go, Head to Toe: 10 am-noon
Become a part of the festival. They’ll provide the begonias; you adorn them head to toe.
- 65th Annual Nautical Parade: 1 pm-Finish
Begonia covered barges float down Soquel Creek to the Lagoon. There will be great views from the Stockton Bridge, Cliff Avenue and Wharf Road.
- Meet the Artist: 2:30-3:30 pm
- Concert in the Park: 5-7 pm
The Joe Sharino Band performs 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. It’s open to all ages. The final tally begins at 11 am.
- Children’s Art Project: 11 am-2 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 am-2 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: 1 pm-Finish
Registration will be at the pathway by the Stockton Bridge from noon to 1 pm. There will be timed heats on Soquel Creek with two people per boat; they’ll supply the boats.
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Address: Stockton Ave., Capitola, CA