Our Lady of Solitude Fiesta
The Our Lady of Solitude Fiesta is celebrated annually on the second Sunday in August. The street fair takes place on Soledad Street between Market Street and North Street. The event features regional music and dancing for all tastes, traditional Native American and Mexican dance demonstrations, home cooked food and refreshing beverages made by the congregation. There are games and activities for people of all ages along with raffle prizes. This is a major fundraiser for the faith community and their community outreach programs. For more information about this event, call 831-678-2731.
Soledad Mission Shopping Center Back-to-School Event
Each year in September, Shaw Development hosts a Back-to-School event at the Soledad Mission Shopping Center for Soledad students heading back to school. Local dignitaries join with teachers, principals, and school district staff to kick off the school year. Businesses in the shopping center join in and donate raffle prizes such as school supplies and gift cards. The Soledad High School band, NJROTC, cheerleaders, local dance groups, and school athletes provide a pep-rally atmosphere that contributes to the enthusiasm of the event. This event is well-attended by up to 500 parents and students from the community. Notice of the event’s date and time is distributed through flyers and automated phone calls to student households within the Soledad Unified School District.
Los Coches Animal Hospital Annual Low-cost Vaccination Clinic & Dog License Event
The Soledad Police Department’s animal control division and Los Coches Animal Hospital hold an annual low-cost vaccination and dog license event around the first or second week of April. The event takes place at Albert “Bill” Ramus Memorial Park at 215 Soledad Street. Vaccinations for dogs are offered on a first-come-first-served basis. This is a cash-only event.
Weekly Farmer’s Market (Seasonal)
The Soledad Certified Farmer’s Market runs from early April through the middle of October. Each week on Thursday, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., the 100 block of Soledad Street is closed off to traffic for this open-air market. Regional growers bring their seasonal fruits and vegetables to market. The market also includes delicious locally baked goods, nuts and candies, nursery plants and flowers, and plenty of delicious local food. The market is sponsored by the Soledad Historical Society and proceeds from market operations provide funding for the museum and its outreach programs. Their website provides updated information about the market at soledadhistory.org. For questions about the market or to learn more about becoming a market vendor, contact Flora Ripley at 831-674-2849.
Chamber of Commerce Annual Christmas Parade
This annual holiday parade takes place on the first Saturday of December. The parade has been hosted by the Soledad Chamber of Commerce for more than thirty years. Parade organizers are always looking for more participants, floats, and corporate/organization mascots. Businesses and community groups are welcome to participate and show off their organization’s officers riding in cars, hay wagons, or floats. “Show-offs” are welcome!
- Snow Queen and Snow King evening wear and speech competitions
- Bounce house, games, entertainment, music, food, and craft vendors
- Photos with Santa
For more information, contact the Soledad Chamber of Commerce: 831-595-5962