Round up your loved ones and bring them down to the family-friendly Mole & Mariachi Festival for a taste of the best mole and music around. A celebration of food, art, music, dance, culture, piñatas, community, and, of course, mole—which is a traditional Mexican sauce sometimes made using chocolate—the festival benefits the nonprofit Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks in support of Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park, one of our local public treasures. Experience the magic of local chefs and immerse yourself in the wonderful mariachi music and culture of Mexico.
INFO: 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 9. Santa Cruz Mission Adobe State Historic Park, 144 School St., Santa Cruz. Free/$10 tasting kits. 429-1840. WANT TO GO? Go to santacruz.com/giveaways before 11 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 1 to find out how you could win a pair of festival tasting kits.