Watsonville Arts & Culture Calendar



Mothersong with Joya Winwood

Friday, September 1 • 10:30-11:15AM

Free • Family-friendly

Sing and dance at this fun & musical program. Brought to you by Watsonville Public Library.

Location: Watsonville Public Library, 275 Main St. Suite 100

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Music in the Plaza: Enchilados

Friday, September 1 • 6-8PM

Free • Family-friendly

Last installment of the summer 2023 Music in the Plaza series! Enchilados will perform the last installment of the summer 2023 Music in the Plaza concert series! Enjoy their fun, upbeat covers and original songs. Get here early to check out the Farmers' Market and grab a bite at a downtown restaurant!

Location: Watsonville Plaza, Main St.

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Watsonville Center for the Arts: Open House

Friday, September 1 • 6-7:30PM

Free • Family-friendly

Interested in teaching a workshop, gathering with community, or hosting a small event? We've got you covered! Watsonville Center for the Arts is the perfect central location. Come explore the center and learn how to book a studio. Light refreshments will be provided, and parents with children are welcome!

Location: Watsonville Center for the Arts, 375 Main St.

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Wednesday, September 6 • 2-5PM

Free • Family-friendly

Join us for a fun and creative way to spend your Wednesday afternoons with your family. Each week will feature a new and easy craft to complete at your own pace.

Location: Watsonville Public Library, 275 Main St. Suite 100

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A Visual Journey - Art Reception

Sunday, September 10 • 2-4PM

Free • Family-friendly

For A Visual Journey, Curator Judy Stabile asked Pajaro Valley/Santa Cruz artists to enter a series of artwork that documents their visual journey through their medium, art style, and/or community. 33 artists entered work in media which includes assemblage, mosaic, oil, pastel, watercolor, acrylic, printmaking, and sculpture in stone, ceramic and metal. Pajaro Valley Arts celebrates our first anniversary showing artwork in the Porter Building.

Location: Porter Building, 280 Main St, Watsonville CA 95076

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Poets' Circle featuring Tshaka Campbell

Thursday, September 14 • 5-7PM

Free • Teens & Adults

Our featured poet is Tshaka Campbell, who is the current Santa Clara County Poet Laureate. He is the curator and host of “Beautiful Black Books” as part of Poetry Center San Jose. He also conducts lectures, workshops in creative writings, spiritual verse and a number of other related topics.

Location: Watsonville Public Library, 275 Main St. Suite 100

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Fiesta Mexicana at the Watsonville Plaza

Friday, September 15 • 5-9PM

Free • Family-friendly

Live performances by Laura Rebolloso and Son Jarocho Santa Cruz, Esperanza del Valle and Mariachi Juvenil Corazón Jalisciense at the Watsonville Plaza 5-7PM + Movie El Rey del Barrio with Tin Tán at the Cabrillo College Watsonville Center at 7:30PM!

Location: Watsonville Plaza & Cabrillo College - Watsonville Center

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Celebration of Music & Culture

Saturday, September 16 • 6:30-9PM

$0-10 • Family-friendly

Join us for an unforgettable in-person event at the Henry J. Mello Center for the Performing Arts and help us to raise money to sustain the Watsonville Center for the Arts. Enjoy cultural arts performances by local talent of all ages and experience our Mexican heritage through dance, music & poetry.

  • Activites 4 AlI
  • Ballet Folklórico Ollin
  • Estrellas de Esperanza
  • Esperanza del Valle
  • Grupo Folklórico Los Cocuyos
  • White Hawk Indian Council for Children

Doors open at 6:30pm. The performance is from 6:50pm to 9:00pm.

This event helps to sustain Watsonville Center for the Arts, a collective of artistic and cultural groups sharing classes with the Watsonville community at 375 Main Street. Learn more at watsonvillecenterforthearts.org. To give directly to this project, visit bit.ly/give-wca.

Thanks to Santa Cruz Community Credit Union and Arts Council Santa Cruz County for sponsoring this event.

Location: Henry J. Mello Center for the Performing Arts, 250 East Beach St.

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Mexican Independence Day Festival 2023

Sunday, September 17 • 11AM-5PM

Free • Family-friendly

Folklorico performances, mariachis, and live bands on Main Street throughout the day. Food and crafts booths will line adjacent streets and community organizations will table in the Plaza.

Location: Watsonville Plaza, Main St.

Turtle Heart & Arte Del Corazón Presents: Saturday in the Park

Saturday, September 23 • 12-5PM

Tickets available at the door • Family-friendly

Enjoy live music, and arts and food vendors.

Location: Romo Park, 335 Main St.

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Arte del Corazón - Art Studio & Co-work Space Open House

Sunday, September 24 • 2-5PM

Free • Family-friendly

Tour their new space, learn about their programming, and participate in fun art activities. Food trucks and art vendors will be present.

Location: 80 Airport Blvd. Suite 206, Freedom

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A project of Arts Council of Santa Cruz County. For more information about this community calendar, contact our Communications Associate, Yesenia at yesenia@artscouncilsc.org.