9 Tips for Enjoying the Capitola Art and Wine Festival

No. 1: Capitola Village is closed to traffic this weekend.

Poster artist Kim Hogan
Poster artist Kim Hogan

The annual Capitola Art and Wine Festival takes over the Capitola Village this weekend.

The event, in its 31st year, is organized by the Capitola-Soquel Chamber of Commerce. Here are some helpful tricks to get the most out of the festival without getting into trouble.  
  1. First—and this goes for everyone living in Capitola or venturing out in Capitola this weekend, even if you're not attending the Art and Wine Festival—remember the Village will be closed to traffic. Totally closed. All weekend. Cyclists cutting through the festival even need to walk their bikes.
  2. Bring water. D'oh. Wine is delicious. Sun is in the forecast after morning clouds burn off and temps should be in the mid-70s. So drink some water in between your wine tastings.
  3. Try new wine. Many of the winemakers who participate in the Capitola Art and Wine Festival are so small their tasting rooms aren't open every weekend so this is a great opportunity to sample their wines. Here is a list of the participating wineries.
  4. Enjoy the food, too. You'll probably see your neighbors there. Don't be the daytime drunk guy; have a burrito.
  5. Don't bring: pets, your own wine, your own glass. Buying the 2013 festival glass ($8) is required. Tasting tokens run $1 each and you'll use two to four tokens per tasting. Slugging from your own bottle in public, obviously, is discouraged. The Chamber says there will already be enough humans in the Village; doggies should take the day off.
  6. Support the artists. The festival actually began as the "The Capitola Village Art Festival" in 1982 (wine was added the second year, when the Chamber took over). 
  7. Stay for the music. There are concerts and dance performances from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday. The full list of performers is here.
  8. Remember, it's all for a good cause. Local school groups, charities and non profit organizations that volunteer at the festival receive a donation.
  9. Find a safe way home. If you drink, take a cab home or have a sober driver. Walkers, be safe crossing streets. There are free shuttles running from both the Capitola Mall and the Crossroads Center on Bay Avenue.

The Capitola Art and Wine Festival is open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free.

Want to add your own 2 cents? Share your advice in the comment section below.

Wendy O'Donovan September 15, 2013 at 04:24 PM
Hi, I was wondering if you would list the artists and their websites. I didn't get all the cards I should have and would love see more of these artist on line.. Thanks!


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