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EVENTS

This is for event reservations. To make a reservation for a tasting, please click here.

TASTING ROOM HOURS

  • Thursdays from 5 - 9 pm with Trivia starting at 7:00 pm

  • Fridays from 3 - 6 pm, open till 9 pm when we have music

  • Saturdays from 12 - 5 pm, open till 9 pm when we have music

  • Sundays from 12 - 5 pm, open till 9 pm when we have music

Well-behaved dogs on leashes and children are welcome! You may also bring outside food or non-alcoholic drinks. Outside alcoholic drinks are not allowed. Whenever the tasting room is open food will be available from local food truck or pop up food vendors or pizza delivery to your table.

A NOTE ABOUT EVENTS:

During events you may enjoy wine by the glass or by the bottle.  We're happy to recommend wines and provide a splash for you to taste to help you select a wine.

Please know that all tastings and music performances during the winter season are held with limited seating indoors with electric heaters and outdoors under our 20' x 30' tent with patio heaters.  So there's no need to be concerned about rain or cold weather cancellations.  Customers are encouraged to click the "Make a Reservation" button above to make reservations. El Vaquero values musicians. We give 100% of cover charges to the musicians and it's critical that you help us avoid allocating seats to customers that don't show up.  So please, please call us at (831) 607-8118 promptly if your reservation plans change.  Thank you. 

 

We advertise our events extensively on Instagram and Facebook so please like and follow us on those apps to stay up to date.  You may also sign up to receive our weekly email with a  description of events for the next 2 weeks. Just click on the "Home" menu item above.

THURSDAY TRIVIA WITH MICHAEL GAITHER

EVERY THURSDAY

7:00 PM

THURSDAY TRIVIA WITH MICHAEL GAITHER

TRIVIA, NO COVER

Trivia

Please join us for a fun Thursday Evening of Trivia, Pizza, Wine and good friends. KPIG DJ and Americana Songwriter/Musician hosts this weekly event starting at 7 PM each Thursday evening. Typically 60-80 regulars and newcomers join us for the fun and chance to win one of 3 bottles of wine. There’s no cost to play and no need to make a reservation,

The topic and associated hints are posted each week on the Instagram and Facebook accounts of El Vaquero Winery and Michael Gaither. The game consists of 20 questions associated with the topic for the week. Five are video questions and five are audio questions. If you are confident of your answers for the video and/or audio questions you can play Double or Nothing. Michael may even perform a couple of live songs!

Pizza can be ordered by texting Corralitos pizza and delivered to your table about 40 minutes later. The winery hours Thursday are 5-9 pm.

Food by:

Corralitos Pizza

BACKYARD BLUES BAND

FRIDAY APRIL 12TH

6-9 PM

BACKYARD BLUES BAND

BLUES, $10 COVER

This event is fully booked. Please carpool and do not arrive without a confirmed reservation. Thanks You.

Food by:

Off The Hook Sushi

TEN O'CLOCK LUNCH

SATURDAY APRIL 13TH

5-8 PM

TEN O'CLOCK LUNCH

MOTOWN, $10 COVER

Make reservations at bit.ly/evwevents for Ten O'Clock Lunch Band at El Vaquero Winery Saturday April 13th, 5:00-8:00 pm.

Ten O'Clock Lunch Band plays Old and New School Blues, Rock Classics and Motown Gems to get you moving on the dance floor. They're a fun to watch, fun to listen to dance band with a sense of humor, all about the groove and the songs they love to share. They are one of our favorite and most danceable bands.

$10 Cover charge. Food by S&B Food Truck - best burgers and sandos in town, award winning wines by Alex. Reservations recommended at bit.ly/evwevents

#wine #winetasting #music #livemusic #rock #rockmusic #motown #soulmusic #food #aptos #soquel #capitola #santacruz #corralitos #aromas #gilroy #scottsvalley #losgatos #George Zafares

Food by:

S&B Food Truck

SPUN

FRIDAY APRIL 19TH

6-9 PM

SPUN

ROCK, $10 COVER

Don’t miss SPUN rocking El Vaquero Winery Friday April 19th from 6-9 pm.

Spun is the best 80s and 90s Rock Cover Band in the Santa Cruz Area. They are some of the best local musicians (including lead guitarist Ted Welty, bassist John Vee Lewis and drummer Andy Ziker), with fun front man (Patrick), add award winning wines and you have an EXCELLENT rocking Friday Night. They'll spin a mix of great tunes covering rock, reggae, blues, dance, funk & punk. Hear the sound track of your life, including: Van Halen, Tom Petty, Sublime, CCR, T Rex, Jet, Rolling Stones, The Ramones, Marshall Tucker Band, Queen, Red Hot Chili Peppers and many, many more.


SPUN is a regular band at El Vaquero Winery because they are great musicians, and always deliver a fun evening of great rock. They never disappoint. -Bob


$10 Cover, Reservations are recommended at bit.ly/evwevents, delicious mole based food by My Mom’s Mole, award winning wine by Alex.


#aptos #capitola #santacruz #watsonville #corralitos #gilroy #soquel
#wine #winetasting #music #livemusic #food #foodtruck #rockmusic #rockmusic #tedwelty #spun #danielveelewis #leeanngervais


Food by:

My Mom's Molé

PET ROXX

SATURDAY APRIL 20TH

6-9 PM

PET ROXX

70S ROCK, $10 COVER

Don’t miss the return of PET ROXX Saturday April 20th from 6-9 pm.

PET ROXX is an authentic, fun-filled tribute to the great songs of the '70s. The roots run deep as their musical connection actually started in the '70s while attending Aptos High School together. (now that’s “Old School”!) The group is comprised of: Fred Thompson (guitar/vocals), Clay Wrede (guitar/vocals), Rob Ouse (drums/vocals), & Daniel Vee Lewis (bass), playing acoustic Singer-Songwriter era songs of: America, Elton John, Cat Stevens, & Seals & Crofts, (just to name a few) as well as the iconic Rock songs of Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, Tom Petty & many more!

Pet Roxx will be playing acoustic half the night and plugged in the other half. They’ve played multiple times at El Vaquero Winery with lots of dancing and good fun. Enjoy!

$10 Cover, Delicious Food by The Pesce Veggie, Award Winning Wines by Alex, Reservations Recommended at bit.ly/evwevents

#aptos #soquel #capitola # santacruz
#watsonville #corralitos #livemusic #music #food
#rock #petroxx #cuevasexpress

Food by:

Pesci Veggie

SWELL CITY OPRY

SUNDAY APRIL 21ST

4-7 PM

SWELL CITY OPRY

COUNTRY, $10 COVER

Don’t miss the return of Swell City Opry, with Jamie and Kellen Coffis, at El Vaquero Winery Sunday April 21st at El Vaquero Winery from 4-7 pm.

Experience down-home foot-stompin music with Santa Cruz’s newest country band The Swell City Opry! Founding member Lizzy Smith of Whiskey West grew up fiddling in her family’s theater, The Wisconsin Opry, in Wisconsin Dells, Wi. She missed playing the classic country tunes and harmonies she was raised on so she hit up some of her favorite local musicians, got a few beers in them and talked these busy dudes into starting a guilty pleasure cover band.

Lizzy loved the idea of passing the mic around and featuring every band member on vocals. Jamie Coffis agreed to bring his tasty chops on the keys to the band and his brother Kellen Coffis wanted to try a new hat as drummer which he pulls off effortlessly. Furthermore one would be hard pressed to find better harmonizers than these two brothers. Drawn from the band “Wolf Jett” we are lucky to have the steady rhythms of Duncan Shipton on the bass and Chris Jones mixing it up on rhythm guitar, slide guitar, electric guitar and harmonica which he delivers with contagious energy. From Willie Nelson to The Old Crow Medicine Show, Merle Haggard to Lucinda Williams, The Allman Brothers to Emmylou Harris, the Swell City Opry aims to dish up some of your favorite country tunes.

This show sold out last time, so get reservations Now! Food by To Be Announced and award winning wines by Alex. Cover is $10, reservations are recommended at bit.ly/evwevents.

#aptos #capitola #santacruz #watsonville #corralitos #gilroy #soquel
#wine #winetasting #music #livemusic #countrymusic #food #foodtruck #acoustic #acousticmusician

Food by:

TBA

SHARON ALLEN & DUSTY BOOTS

SATURDAY APRIL 27TH

5-8 PM

SHARON ALLEN & DUSTY BOOTS

COUNTRY, $10 COVER

Don’t miss great Country/Blues with Sharon Allen and Dusty Boots Saturday April 27th from 5-8 pm.

From Bob: Sharon Allen has the distinction of drawing more musicians in her audience than any other musician at El Vaquero Winery. I’d say that’s because she’s loved and appreciated.

Sharon Allen is a veteran performer from Santa Cruz who delivers her Americana with a filling blend of her own songs and favorites. Every song is delivered with her sweet voice and persona. Sharon has gained respect from radio and audiences as she weaves between genres she knows well; folk, country and blues.

To help Sharon bring a toe-tappin’ swinging good time is her band The Dusty Boots, all seasoned musicians who can bring you to your feet or pull at your heart strings. The Dusty Boots are: Mike Mongiello/guitar, Jerry Bradley/bass and vocals, Jim Hannibal/saxophone and Jimmy Norris/drums and vocals.

Her past collaborations include The Back Alley Band, The Firebirds, Sherry Austin and Henhouse and currently The Dusty Boots. They have shared stages with notables such as B.B.
King, Etta James, Robben Ford, Lonnie Mack, Elvin Bishop, Jesse Colin Young, Laura Love and Paul Thorn.

We’ll have award winning wines by Alex and excellent Michoacán cuisine by Cuevas Express. Cover is $10, reservations are highly recommended at bit.ly/evwevents.

Food by:

CUEVAS EXPRESS

ALEX LUCERO BAND SPECIAL FUNDRAISER FOR UNCHAINED

SUNDAY APRIL 28TH

ALEX LUCERO BAND SPECIAL FUNDRAISER FOR UNCHAINED

SOUL/ROCK/AMERICANA, $30 TICKET

Embrace an evening of rhythm and hope at the UnChained Inaugural Fundraiser, Spring Into Action, at El Vaquero Winery, on April 28th, 2024 from 4-7 pm.

We’re thrilled to host a fundraiser with The Alex Lucero Band performing for UnChained. Unchained is a great non-profit organization that empowers at-risk youth and at the same time rescues homeless dogs. It’s a brilliant idea and organization.

Tickets for this event are General Admission, $30 per person, and are available via Eventbrite at bit.ly/evwunchained. Great food will be available for purchase from Sauceyz food truck as well as award winning wines from El Vaquero Winery.

For more information visit livingunchained.org

Food by:

SAUCEYZ FOOD TRUCK

SALSA NIGHT WITH FLOR DE CANA

FRIDAY MAY3RD

SALSA NIGHT WITH FLOR DE CANA

SALSA, $10 COVER

Don’t miss Salsa Night with Flor de Cana, Friday May 3rd from 6-9 pm at El Vaquero Winery, 2901 Freedom Blvd in Corralitos.

Flor de Cana, a septeto from Santa Cruz, CA plays high energy dance music, including Cuban Son, Colombian Cumbia and various other Caribbean styles. They blend the obscure with the known, old time with the new, keeping true to the roots while creating their own sound. The impressive rhythm section, composed of upright bass, guitar, cuban tres, button accordion, congas, bongo, timbales, maracas, guiro and bell, is sure to get you moving. On top of that impressive mix you have the high energy of the horn section w/ trumpet & saxophone. Last but not least is the lead vocal and choral harmonies. Add all that together and you have a sound that will inspire all audiences who want to see, hear and experience vibrant latin music. A Bailarrrrrrr!

Cover is $10 at the door. @MyMomsMole will be selling their delicious mole based dishes and we’ll have award winning wines by Alex. This always sells out, so book your reservations soon at bit.ly/evwevents!

Food by:

MY MOM'S MOLE

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