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The south Santa Cruz County region of Watsonville and Pajaro Valley boast pristine beaches and a Mediterranean climate. Birders flock to the miles of trails around the Wetlands of Watsonville. Nearby, the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Reserve is one of California's last undisturbed wetlands and is ideal for bird watching. An annual Birding Festival, the Strawberry Festival, a weekly farmer's market, Watsonville Plaza, and the Agricultural History Museum are sights not to be missed.
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    Annual Santa Cruz County FairAnnual Santa Cruz County Fair
    EVENT
    Five days of fun and festivities, including a large carnival. Safe, fun and affordable.
    September 14, 2016 - September 17, 2016
    Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds (2601 East Lake Ave., off Hwy. 152), Watsonville
    Free Friday Night Bands on the BeachFree Friday Night Bands on the Beach
    EVENT
    Two free live concerts on the Boardwalk's Beach Bandstand every Friday night in summer with top bands of the 80s and 90s! Shows start at 6:30pm and 8:30pm.
    June 17, 2016 - September 1, 2016
    Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, 400 Beach Street, Santa Cruz
    Open Studios Art TourOpen Studios Art Tour
    EVENT
    3 Weekends - 10/1-10/2, 10/8-10/9, 10/15-10/16 - Visit artists in their studios, learn about their processes, purchase original works of art. Mobile app and...
    October 1, 2016 - October 15, 2016
    Various locations, Santa Cruz County
    Capitola Begonia FestivalCapitola Begonia Festival
    EVENT
    The 64th Annual Festival will feature a sand sculpture contest, a fishing derby, and more. Watch the nautical parade of festive begonias at Soquel Creek.
    September 2, 2016 - September 4, 2016
    Stockton Ave and The Esplanade, Capitola Village
    34th Annual Capitola Art & Wine Festival34th Annual Capitola Art & Wine Festival
    EVENT
    23 Wineries, gourmet food, fine art, entertainment, children's art area. Free admission.
    September 10, 2016 - September 10, 2016
    Capitola Village, Capitola
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