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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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    Santa Cruz Chili Cook-Off at the Boardwalk!Santa Cruz Chili Cook-Off at the Boardwalk!
    EVENT
    Bring your appetite and join the fun as both pro and amateur chefs compete!
    October 22, 2016 - October 22, 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
    The Missing Arm of William WaddellThe Missing Arm of William Waddell
    EVENT
    History takes a tall tale twist as the saga of this early pioneer unfolds on a silly, slightly haunting tour around the redwood loop trail.
    October 22, 2016 - October 22, 2016
    21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek
    Welcome Back Monarchs Day!Welcome Back Monarchs Day!
    EVENT
    A joyful, day to welcome the monarchs back to this park, their winter habitat. Arts & crafts, games, music, how-to's for a butterfly garden, and more.
    October 9, 2016 - October 9, 2016
    Natural Bridges State Beach , 2531 West Cliff Dr., Santa Cruz
    Tours of the Monarch Butterfly GroveTours of the Monarch Butterfly Grove
    EVENT
    Join a docent naturalist & see monarch butterflies wintering in Santa Cruz. Monarch migration is variable, please call for current update.
    October 15, 2016 - January 16, 2017
    Natural Bridges State Beach, Santa Cruz
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