[free] Mole & Mariachi Festival // Santa Cruz

Mole & Mariachi Festival
Saturday at 11 AM – 5 PM
Santa Cruz Mission Adobe, SHP
144 School St, Santa Cruz, California 95060.



Taste mole prepared by local chefs and vote for your favorite.

Experience mariachi music, folklorico dancing, free facepainting, piñatas and kids’ crafts, a raffle, and a beer, wine & chavelas garden. Admission is free.

The seventh annual Mole & Mariachi Festival is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019 at Santa Cruz Mission Adobe State Historic Park, 144 School St. in downtown Santa Cruz.

Chefs will prepare mole, a traditional Mexican sauce, sometimes made using chocolate, for festival-goers to sample. Purchase your kit and taste the best moles in town while enjoying mariachi musicians and dancers.

The festival also features various food stands, free face painting, a kids’ craft area, raffle, and a chavela and beer garden.

The Mole & Mariachi Festival is a benefit for nonprofit Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks in support of Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park. Proceeds from the festival fund educational programs, visitor services and restoration at the Mission.


Insider Tip: You can pre-purchase raffle tickets for the Mole & Mariachi Festival.

This year, we have 13 great prizes, including a trip to Mexico and two round-trip Southwest Airlines plane tickets anywhere in the continental US. Tickets are just $5 each or 5 for $20. Email jo@thatsmypark.org for more.

See last year’s photos!