Your guide to this season’s can’t-miss beer, wine and booze festivals
By Leslie Muirhead
The Pleasure Point Street Fair
A beer garden in the heart of the Eastside? Yes, please! New Bohemia Brewing Co. will be pouring lagers, and there will be wine and mimosas for everyone old enough to enjoy at this beloved neighborhood event. On top of that, there will be local vendors, food, fun for the kids, music, and our favorite part—the skateboarding contest.
Benefiting the Live Oak Education Foundation.
Saturday, June 22, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., free admission, Portola Drive between 41st and 38th avenues, pleasurepointstreetfair.com.
The 10th Annual Hop N’ Barley Beer Festival
One weekend will be stuffed with more than 60 breweries, six bands and 12 cider companies in a benefit for the Community Housing Land Trust of Santa Cruz County, Inc. Play beer games under the summer sun while drinking out of your complimentary commemorative beer-tasting glass. The whole family is welcome.
July 13 & 14, Skypark, Tickets $5-$55, hopnbarley.com.
Scotts Valley 20th Annual Art, Wine and Beer Festival
This two-day event brings entertainment for the whole family, even for the dog during Sunday’s dog day festivities! Not only does the festival feature local art, live music, local eats and drinks, but on Saturday there will be a Cops ‘n Rodders Car Show with more than 150 vintage cars on display.
August 17 & 18, Skypark, free admission, svartfestival.com.
Tequila & Taco Music Festival
Santa Cruz comes alive with tequila sampling, live music, local art and craft beer every summer at this event. If the name itself doesn’t get you excited, then try and imagine yourself drinking a cold margarita under the summer sun while listening to live music in the park with your friends. Cheers to that!
August 24 & 25, San Lorenzo Park, Tickets $10-$40, tequilaandtacomusicfestival.com.
37th Annual Capitola Art & Wine Festival
This gathering in the heart of Capitola serves up amazing views of the Monterey Bay all weekend long. Enjoy local handmade crafts, live music, 160 fine artists, artisanal foods, and more, all while sipping on your choice of wine from more than 22 local wineries. There will be a kids’ art and music area dedicated for the little ones, making sure everyone in the family has fun.
Sept. 14 & 15, noon – midnight, Capitola Village, Esplanade Park, free admission, capitolaartandwine.com.
Santa Cruz Mountains Harvest Festival
This amazing festival works with local farms, artists, musicians, beer and wine to help raise money for nonprofits. Located in the heart of downtown Boulder Creek, it’s guaranteed to be special day in the beautiful mountains exploring the neighborhood talent. There will be a petting zoo, bounce house, hayrides and art and crafts for the kids.
Sept. 28, 11 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., free admission, $15 for Harvest Festival glass and one drink, Downtown Boulder Creek, scmharvest.com.