Join us for the third annual Mole & Mariachi Festival, Saturday, Sept. 19.
Sample mole, a traditional Mexican sauce, while enjoying live mariachi music, traditional dance and more at the third annual Mole & Mariachi Festival. The family-friendly event will be 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19 at Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park, 144 School St., in downtown Santa Cruz.

Mole competitors for 2015 include: 
  • El Jardin, a Santa Cruz restaurant that has been a winner at both the 2013 and 2014 Mole & Mariachi Festivals
  • El Chipotle, a Soquel taqueria 
  • My Mom's Mole, a Watsonville culinary startup
  • Mole de Paz, made Gerald Gonzales, a home cook from Contra Costa County
  • Mama Marquita's, made Emma Pinto Valdez, a Santa Cruz home cook making her grandmother's recipe
  • India Joze, a Santa Cruz restaurant 
In addition to mole tasting, Festival visitors can purchase a wide array of prepared foods, including ice cream from The Penny Ice Creamery, churros, fish tacos, and Mexican food — including mole plates — from El Chipotle, Taqueria Lidia and Sazon Mexicano. There also will be soda, beer from Discretion Brewing and chavelas to drink. 

Mariachi Gilroy, Mariachi Alma de Mexico, Mariachi Juvenil Alma de Mexico and Trio del Sol will play music. Estrellas de Esperanza, a baile folklorico group from Watsonville, and Centeotl Grupo de Danza y Baile both will perform. There also will be kids crafts, piñatas every hour, a raffle, art for sale and more.

Take the trolley to the Festival. Free trolley rides will be offered from the Locust Street and River Street parking garages. Free bike valet is available at the Festival also.

Admission is free. Mole tasting kits are $10. Learn more on the Friends website or connect with the event on Facebook.

Thank you, volunteers!  
Hundreds of Santa Cruz District State Parks volunteers were feted at the annual Volunteer Appreciation Event, held at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park on Saturday, Aug. 29. 

The late afternoon picnic was sponsored by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks, Mountain Parks Foundation and Coastside State Parks Association. We so appreciate the hard work of all State Parks volunteers this year.

Volunteer at the Mole & Mariachi Festival! 
Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks is looking for volunteers to help at the third annual Mole & Mariachi Festival on Saturday, Sept. 19 at Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park.

Proceeds from this year's Festival will be dedicated to needed repairs of the Mission Adobe, Santa Cruz County's oldest building. 

A variety of times and duties are available. Please email Event Coordinator Elizabeth Schilling at to lend a hand!

Connect with tradition at Ohlone Day.
Celebrate Ohlone people of the past with those of the present at the annual Ohlone Day at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12.

Watch traditional Ohlone dancers and see demonstrations of Ohlone basketry, songs, stories, tools musical instruments, language and history at this free, annual event. 

The main entrance to Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park is located off Highway 1 in Felton at 101 Big Trees Road. Parking is $10 and supports the park. Call 831-335-7077 for more information. 
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