October is almost here, which means apple cider and pumpkin spice are everywhere you turn. With autumn officially upon us, it’s time to settle in to some cozy fall-centered activities.
If your calendar is currently lacking autumnal spirit, the Santa Cruz community has you covered. Here are 6 great fall events in Santa Cruz 2018 for you and your family to enjoy.
1. Farm Fest October 2018
When: October 6th from 3-6PM
Where: Costanoa Commons Farm
Farm fun awaits you at the Costanoa Commons Farm…
Costanoa Commons Farm welcomes the Santa Cruz community to Farm Fest 2018: an afternoon filled with friends, food, drink and music.
Perfect for kids, Farm Fest offers face-painting and art projects in the creativity barn, along with tours of the farm for the whole family. Don’t miss this opportunity to get in the harvest spirit and kick off the great fall events in Santa Cruz 2018.
2. Fall Rotary Social
When: October 9th from 5:30-7:30PM
Where: Kaiser Permanente Area
Calling all Rotary Club members and prospective Rotarians!
The Fall Rotary Social is bound to be an exciting event, complete with light appetizers and drinks for Rotarians across Santa Cruz County. There’s even a Rotarian Free Throw Contest, awarding the winner with a free pair of lower level Golden State Warrior tickets.
3. Equinox Library Wine Party
When: October 13th from 7-9PM
Where: Equinox Winery
You might be wondering:
If pumpkins, scary movies, and face-painting aren’t really my thing, am I excluded from the fall festivities?
Our answer: not at all. If the typical fall events in Santa Cruz don’t particularly thrill you, perhaps you’ll be enticed by this next event’s focus: world-class wine.
For one night only, Equinox Winery will be opening its doors to share a wide selection of limited-edition, beautifully aged Equinox and Bartolo wines.
Enjoy an evening with friends sampling these gorgeous wines, and maybe even bring home an early Christmas gift for a loved one or the perfect bottle to complement your holiday table. Tickets are $25 for wine club members and $50 for the public, including tasting, snacks, and live entertainment.
4. 13 Days of Halloween on the Wharf
When: October 19th-31st (all day)
Where: Santa Cruz Wharf
This next fall event in Santa Cruz 2018 is the ultimate destination for ghostly fun.
Looking for a Halloween event for the kids?
Good news - throughout all 13 days of this event, the Wharf will host The Great Pumpkin BINGO Hunt.
On Halloween night, the Wharf’s finale will feature trick-or-treating, and an opportunity for young ghosts and goblins to meet and take pictures with their favorite Wharf characters.
In the mood for apple cider and all-ages fun?
The Kick Off on October 19th features free hot apple cider, games, and a Halloween-inspired photo booth for locals to enjoy. The evening of October 27th will play host to Zombie Night, complete with a Thriller Zombie Dance and loads of spooky fun for all ages.
13 Days of Halloween on the Wharf is the epitome of seasonal fun, and is sure to be a great fall event in Santa Cruz 2018.
5. Wilder Ranch Heritage Harvest Festival
When: October 20th to 11AM-4PM
Where:Wilder Ranch State Park
Come celebrate the harvest!
This wonderfully autumnal event includes tractor, draft horse, and living history demonstrations for Santa Cruz residents to ponder. Listen to music and participate in harvest-time activities for the family.
Along with other exciting fall fare, the Heritage Harvest Festival features (you guessed it)...
...apple cider. Delicious, hand-pressed apple cider, to be exact! To top it off, this event is open to all ages with free admission, aside from day-use parking of $10.
6. Santa Cruz Chili Cook-Off
When: October 27th from 10AM-3PM
Where: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Our last great fall event in Santa Cruz feature is none other than the great Chili Cook Off.
Amateurs and professionals will face off in this epic battle, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Teen Kitchen Project.
Cast your vote!
All you need is a bowl and spoon - and these are included with your $10 tasting ticket, plus your People’s Choice ballot.
Is your family looking to make the move to a Santa Cruz neighborhood this fall? Register with Lauren Spencer today to get started with your home search!