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2024 Capitola Plein Air Art Festival

October 21 @ 8:00 am - October 27 @ 5:00 pm


Welcome to Capitola Plein Air! This November, forty professional artists will arrive in Capitola to paint the town…literally!


Join us for the 9th annual Capitola Plein Air !

New Brighton Middle School Auditorium

Artists set up their easels on the wharf, shore, and streets of beautiful Capitola, to paint live for four days. You’ll find hundreds of paintings on display, for sale, and entered into competition on Sunday, October 27, 2024. You can take home a piece of Capitola culture, vote for your favorites for the People’s Choice Award, have a delicious meal from the food trucks, or get creative and make some art yourself!

About Capitola Plein Air

The City of Capitola Art & Cultural Commission is delighted to host the ninth annual Capitola Plein Air, juried art competition, exhibition, and sale. It is a FREE event, with hands-on art-making for all visitors, live music, and forty local and regional artists selling their works and competing for the top prize.

Dozens of professional artists will paint en plein air in varied mediums, outdoors, throughout Capitola, at locations including New Brighton Beach, Depot Hill, the Esplanade, and the Jewel Box. 

The Exhibition and Art Sale is on Sunday, October 27th, from 11:00AM—4:00PM, New Brighton Middle School.  more than 100 framed paintings will be on display for the competition, exhibition and sale. The public is invited to vote for the People’s Choice Award!

The best in show will be purchased for $1,800, and displayed as part of the City of Capitola’s public art collection. A $1000 second place prize and other ribbons will be awarded.

This event is FREE to the public. All are welcome! (But come prepared to purchase and collect a piece of Capitola Art and Culture if you are inspired!)


October 21 @ 8:00 am
October 27 @ 5:00 pm


Capitola Village
Capitola, CA 95010 United States
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