Swanton Berry Farm: U-Pick Strawberries

No reservation is needed. It is often cold and windy so dress accordingly. They provide boxes. Walk down the dirt road out front (marked by U-Pick signs) which lead to the strawberry fields. Please double check the contact information below to make certain the strawberries have not already been picked before you leave.

Morgan Hill Celebrates Independence Day Like No Other Bay Area City

Morgan Hill’s annual Freedom Fest has had continuous July 4th celebrations since 1876 and stands out as one of the only SF Bay Area cities that continues to have a full roster of events surrounding the 4th of July. Events include the popular "Patriotic Sing" at the downtown amphitheater, the Freedom Run, a family-friendly music […]

Roaring Camp Railroads: 4th of July Weekend

This Fourth of July, take either the Redwood Forest Steam Train or the Santa Cruz Beach Train. Enjoy the nostalgic town of Roaring Camp for family-friendly activities, live music and a good ol’ American BBQ. ACTIVITIES Live Music Kids Club Activities Chuckwagon BBQ

Scotts Valley: Fourth of July Parade and Flyover

Go see the Scotts Valley 4th of July Parade and Flyover! 10-11:45am- Kids zone free activities & food trucks Parade starts at 12:00pm. ADA Parking and Viewing is located at 5007 Scotts Valley Dr. Food trucks continue after the parade until 3pm

Watsonville: Fourth of July Parade

The Spirit of Watsonville 4th of July parade proceeds down Main St. from St. Patrick’s Church to First Street. Thousands of spectators line the route five to six people deep. Those wanting a front row seat, place their chairs along the route early in the morning of the parade date

Aptos: “World’s Shortest Parade”

Welcome to the world’s shortest parade this July Fourth! The parade begins at 10 a.m. at the corner of Soquel Drive and State Park Drive and will continue to Trout Gulch Road.

Gizdich Ranch: U-Pick Strawberries

Weather can change if u-pick is open, so please call the ranch in advance before you go! Experience the most fun part of growing fruits at the Ranch! Combined with fresh air, sunshine and a little sweat, it’s a whole lot of fun for the kids and the entire family. Don’t forget your camera. When […]

Aptos: Hot Rods on the Green

A fun event at Twin Lakes Church for the whole family. Kingsmen have always had over 120 classic and modern cars and truck to check out! Stop by and enjoy!

Noble Harvest Farm: Lavender U-Pick

Check the Noble Harvest website to visit their boutique lavender field when its in full bloom and harvest your own bunches. Spend time snapping pix surrounded by the sweet scent of lavender and the gentle hum of bees. Feel free to bring snacks and relax under the sun sails, then browse their hand-crafted lavender products […]


Each Summer on Thursday evenings, the Crow’s Nest offers its Summer Beach Party series with fun and funky live entertainment right on the beach. The party starts at 5:30 pm each week and goes on until sunset. With live entertainment on the outdoor beach stage and Crow’s Nest’s famous BBQ and outdoor bar, beach parties […]

Wharf to Wharf Race

The annual 6-mile, scenic seaside run from Santa Cruz to Capitola-by-the-Sea is widely acclaimed as “The best little road race in California”. The Wharf to Wharf is the biggest summer event of its kind on the West Coast. The race route is lined with fans, bands, and all kinds of great fun! Come to Santa […]

Watsonville: U-Pick Dahlias

Visit the small family farm of Vallejo Street in the heart of beautiful Watsonville, CA to see their field of nearly 2,000 dahlia plants in over 80 varieties, and pick a bouquet for yourself or a special someone to take home! Feel free to arrive at any time during your ticket’s time window, but be […]