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Posted on: September 1, 2022

The Return of the IN-PERSON Water Harvest Festival! - September 2022

Over the last year or so, many of our customers and community members have asked us this question: “When will the annual Water Harvest Festival Family Fun Day return as an in-person event?” As we all know, the pandemic limited this event to an online-only version for the last two years. But today, nearly 80-percent* of people in Santa Cruz County are fully vaccinated, and case rates are far more manageable than earlier in the pandemic. 

With that good news, we’re thrilled to let everyone know that next month, we will once again welcome families to this much-loved annual activity, live and in-person for the first time since 2019!

Everyone is invited to the Free 2022 Water Harvest Festival Family Fun Day:

  • Saturday, October 8
  • 11 am – 3 pm
  • Heart of Soquel Park (4740 Soquel Drive behind Soquel Village Post Office)

The Water Harvest Festival celebrates our local water resources, which are crucial to our everyday lives and to the very future of our community. This festive event will be filled with wonderful, entertaining water education activities for all ages. Who knew that hands-on learning about water could be so fun?

The District and our event partners are planning lots of exciting and delightful ways to bring the wonders of water to attendees. From water resources, water-wise gardening, and water supply to groundwater geology, water infrastructure and plumbing, water conservation, watershed protection, and pollution prevention – the Water Harvest Festival offers great fun around all things watery for kids and adults alike!

Each of our participating partner organizations will have their own interactive water education activity. With a festival “passport” in hand, kids can get a stamp for participating in every booth activity to gain entry into a raffle for fun prizes. There will be free face painting, snacks, and our very special guests – The Banana Slug String Band. This joyful event will bring us all together to celebrate the ever-present importance of water for today and for future generations.

In addition to the Soquel Creek Water District, our partner organizations scheduled to participate include: (check the event webpage for up-to-date information)

  • County of Santa Cruz Public Works
  • Eat for Earth
  • Land Trust of Santa Cruz County
  • Love's Garden
  • Resource Conservation District of Santa Cruz County
  • Sea Otter Savvy
  • San Lorenzo Lumber with its Rain Tank Display 
  • Santa Cruz County Parks
  • Soquel Creek Water District
  • Water Conservation Coalition of Santa Cruz County

A big “thank you” to these sponsors of the Water Harvest Festival, who are part of the design and construction of the Pure Water Soquel Groundwater Replenishment and Seawater Intrusion Prevention Project: Black & Veatch, ESA, and Kennedy Jenks, Brown and Caldwell, and Gutierrez Consultants.

Since the first event in 2018, the Water Harvest Festival has drawn hundreds of people from throughout the region for a fun, family-friendly time. Parking at Heart of Soquel Park is limited, so please consider walking, biking, public transit, and carpooling. 

Do not miss the return of Soquel Creek Water District’s Water Harvest Festival in person! We’re looking forward to seeing you on October 8! Visit for the most up-to-date information.

*Source: County of Santa Cruz Health Services Agency

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