Open Streets Capitola

Open Streets Capitola debuted on the Capitola Esplanade on Sunday, May 4th, 2014, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Thousands came out to enjoy the car-free street park for hula hooping, bicycling activities, strolling, music and performances, as well as dining and shopping at Capitola Village restaurants and shops. Check out the participant survey results (courtesy of event sponsor, Civinomics).

Stay tuned for future Open Streets events in Capitola and ways to support the effort. Like our Facebook page and sign up for our e-newsletter.

FREE and family-friendly event
Music and Performances
Activities and Presenters
Getting There and Parking
Get involved – Volunteer

FREE Music and Performances

Ukulele Club (Esplanade Park bandstand 10am-12pm)

Sadza marimba music (Esplanade Park 12-2pm)

Steve Graves Band (Esplanade Park bandstand 2-4pm)

Intangibillies bluegrass (Mercantile courtyard 11-1pm)

Peter Weiss the Singing Scientist (Mercantile courtyard 1-2pm)

Plateau Dixieland Jazz (Mercantile courtyard 2-4pm)


FREE Activities and Presenters

Kids’ bicycle obstacle course by Trips for Kids (sponsored by Moved by Bikes)

Bicycle spin art and chalk trails by Greenways to School

Hula hooping and juggling by Aerial Arts Santa Cruz

“Intersection repair” collaborative street mural by Arts Council Santa Cruz County

Street clean up of the Esplanade by Save Our Shores, 1-3pm

Capitola history tours by Capitola History Museum

Beach bingo by Monterey Bay Sanctuary Foundation

Hula and Tahitian dance by Te Hau Nui Dance School

Watershed model by O’Neill Sea Odyssey

Community Tables – sit and enjoy the company of neighbors and friends (sponsored by the Capitola Soquel Chamber of Commerce)

Transportation options by Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission

FREE helmet fit checks by Community Traffic Safety Coalition

Wild animal friends by Native Animal Rescue

Passport to Capitola Village by Capitola Village businesses – FREE raffle entry upon completion (do not need to be present to win) Passport pick up at Granny’s by the Sea, 110 Stockton Ave. Drop off completed passports at Lumen Gallery, 112 Capitola Ave.

City of Capitola Arts Commission

FREE Bicycle Adjustments by Family Cycling Center

Also enjoy the Capitola Kite Classic event happening the same day on the beach.

Getting There and Parking

Bike, walk or take the bus to Open Streets and be entered into a FREE RAFFLE – win a $500 gift certificate from Family Cycling Center (for goods and services, no cash value). Other prizes include: New Leaf gift bag and gift card, as well as gift certificate for free acupuncture appointment from Marianne Benforado, L.Ac..

FREE valet bicycle parking courtesy of Bike Santa Cruz County (Esplanade near Stockton Ave. intersection)

FREE car parking and shuttle service 10am-5pm courtesy of the City of Capitola – Pacific Cove parking lot (Monterey Ave) and NEW Lower Pacific Cove lot (Capitola Ave)


Have fun AND make a difference. Open Streets can’t happen without the support of the community. All volunteers receive a FREE Open Streets T-shirt and lunch.

SIGN UP info on the Volunteer Page

STAY AND PLAY! All volunteer shifts allow you to spend at least half the event just as a participant.

To join our General Volunteer Pool to be contacted about opportunities to volunteer at future Open Streets events, please sign up on on our Contact/Subscribe Page

Presenters and sponsors

Open Streets Capitola is brought to you by the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission, California Coastal Conservancy and City of Capitola.

Thank you to our sponsors: Ecology Action,  Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency, New Leaf Community Market, Good Times, Barry Swenson Builders, Peter Dwares and the Capitola Mercantile, Cyclists for Cultural Exchange, Arts Council Santa Cruz County, the Capitola-Soquel Chamber of Commerce,  Civinomics, Family Cycling Center, Capitola Village Business Improvement Area, Community Printers, Cadillac Designs and Sea Side Coffee.

Our Supporters

Bike Santa Cruz County


Santa Cruz County Health Agency

City of Santa Cruz logo

Our Sponsors

Nordic Naturals

Ow Family Properties

City of Watsonville

Jovenes SANOS