2017 Begonia Festival | Capitola
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.