April 11, 2020




















$10 - Tickets Available!

Special event


Saturday, April 11, 2020


*Free tickets not available yet

Cocoanut Grove at Santa Cruz 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, Jump Bike, take a Lyft, ride the Bus, or carpool if possible.


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

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


2019 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. 

Matt Ruscigno, MPH, RD

"What you need to know to eat well and be active"

Matt Ruscigno is a vegan of 20 years and a leading expert in nutrition. Matt is a co-author of the upcoming Plant-based Sports Nutrition book with Enette Larson-Meyer, PhD, RD. In his spare time, he is an accomplished athlete who races marathons, iron-man triathlons, 200+ mile cycling events and 24-hour races.

Jackie Busse, MD

"Plant-Based Kids"

Jackie Busse, MD, is a board certified pediatrician with a full time practice in Santa Cruz and a national expert in plant-based nutrition for kids and families. Dr. Busse is also a busy mom of two lifelong plant-eaters (2 and 4 years old). 

Kid's Activities

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



Our volunteer positions are full for VegFest 2019.


If you are interested in joining the Planning Committee for VegFest 2020, please email wendy@santacruzvegfest.org



Meet Our Team!


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