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April 2024

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EVENT info

(TBD) April 2024 - 10am-6pm

Cocoanut Grove at Beach Boardwalk

400 Beach St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

VegFest brings the local community together to celebrate and learn about a plant-based, cruelty-free, and environmentally-sustainable lifestyle. VegFest 2019 brought together 5,050 veg-interested attendees!

VegFest Features

  • 100 exhibitors!

  • Restaurants, food exhibitors, and free food sampling!

  • Live music

  • Cruelty-free fashion and beauty exhibitors

  • Notable speakers to discuss topics in health and nutrition, environmentalism, and animal welfare and compassion

  • Kids' activities

  • Get involved with non-profit organizations

How To Get There

We encourage you to walk, ride the Bus, or carpool if possible.


Parking: The Boardwalk operates lots on Beach St. Rate: $15/day

Parking available for $5/day at Depot Park (1/2 mile walk)

VegFest Info
What's Happening

2020 What's Happening

Speaker Schedule

Live Music Schedule


Speakers to discuss health and nutrition, environmentalism, animal welfare and compassion. All presentations will be simultaneously interpreted in Spanish. 


Jocelyn Dubin, MS, RD
"The Power Packed Plant-Based Diet"

Jocelyn Dubin, MS, RD has a Master's degree in Nutritional Science, is a registered dietitian, completed a medical nutrition residency, has worked with thousands of patients and clients, and has been voted the Best Nutritionist in Santa Cruz multiple years in a row.


lauren Ornelas 

"Food Justice: The Power of Our Food Choices"


lauren Ornelas is the founder/director of Food Empowerment Project (F.E.P.), a vegan food justice nonprofit seeking to create a more just world by helping consumers recognize the power of their food choices. F.E.P. works in solidarity with farm workers, advocates for chocolate not sourced from the worst forms of child labor, and focuses on access to healthy foods in communities of color and low-income communities.

Kid's Activities

Make a fruit or veggie print, create a mini succulent garden, get your face painted, and more!

Sponsors & Exhibitors

2020 Sponsors

Thank you to our wonderful sponsors! 

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 2019 Exhibitors

Interested in becoming a 2020 exhibitor?

Alkebulan, Anonymous for the Voiceless, Areperia 831, Arte for Elephants, Bakeology, Bare Naked Botanicals, Beyond Better Cashew Sauce & Dip Mixes, Biey Leaf, Book Publishing Company, Carmel Berry Company, Cedar's Foods, Center for Animal Protection & Education (CAPE), Chili Smith Family Foods, Cindy's Garden to Table, Cinnaholic, Conscious Creamery, Cowhugger, Crave up Foods, Crofters Organic, Direct Action Everywhere, Doshi, Eat for the Earth, Ellovi, Endorfin Foods, Factory Farming Awareness Coalition, Fairyella Ice Pops, Farm Fresh To You, Farm Sanctuary, Food Empowerment Project, Food Not Bombs, Foods Alive Inc., Forager Project, GT's Living Foods, Harji Naturals, Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary, Have a Vegan Day!, Healthy Milkshakes, HeartCure Clothing, Jaguar Baker, Jem Organics, Jen Swift Artist, Jewels of the Forest, Juice Plus+, Kaiwa Art and Play Space, Karen's Naturals, Kawi Foods, Kuli Kuli, Little Hill Sanctuary, Live Food, Live Well, LLC, Loving Hut Vegan Cuisine, Lydia's Kind Foods, Malama Mushrooms, Mama Ray’s Kitchen, Mrs. A’s Famous Salsa Buena, My Cupcake Corner, New Leaf Community Markets, Nick’s kitchen, Nirvana Cookies, NoHo studio candle co, Philosopher's Stoneground, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, Plant Posse, R.e.d.d., Inc., Revit, Revive Kombucha, Salad Cosmo USA, Santa Cruz CORE Fitness + Rehab, Santa Cruz Indivisible, Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, Sarah's Harvest/Califresh of California, Saturn Cafe, Scenario International llc, Staff of Life, Stanford Inn Eco-Resort, Supreme Master, Sweet Farm Foundation, Sweet Yvonne’s Vegan Bites, The Friendly Vegans & Veg on the Edge, The Plastic Free Store, The Source Zero, Threads for Love, Three Trees Foods, Toby's Family Foods, Tofu Yu llc, Treat Yourself Inc, Tuck Box, United Poultry Concerns, V-dog, Vegan Outreach, Verde Planet, Vixen Kitchen, Whalebird Kombucha, WholenessWorks, Wholly Veggie!, Wildlife Herbs


Thanks to our generous product donors:

Enjoy Life Foods, Orgain, Go Macro, Booda Organics, Hurraw Balm, Follow Your Heart, Edward & Son's, Karen's Naturals, Lundberg Family Farms, Alvarado St Bakery, Starlite Cuisine, Mad Hippie, Wild Carrot Herbals, Loving Earth, Red Plate Foods, Namaste Foods, O'Doughs, Kuli Kuli, Endorfin, Raw Rev, abillionveg, Salviana, Flowers of Love, Living Raw, Tofurky, Better Than Coffee, Bobo's, Pin UP Cosmetics, Evo Hemp, Miyoko's, Dandies, Somersault Life Company, Maxines Heavenly, Ripple



If you are interested in joining the VegFest planning committee, please email:



Meet Our Team!



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