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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: August 26th – 28th, 2016

There’s much to do and enjoy this last weekend of August, or Fog-ust, as many of us have dubbed it.

Music outdoors? We’ve got that—at the beach, in the park, and even in the swimming pool.

Grand openings are always fun and West Marine’s promises to deliver each day this weekend.

We’ve also highlighted opportunities to help the environment, support local farmers, check out a play on social justice, and get your holistic health on. Have a good one!

See our picks for the top events each day this weekend:

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: August 19th – 21st, 2016

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Many summer event series are winding down, so if you’ve been meaning to attend Sunday Art & Music on the Beach, Free Friday Night Bands on the Beach, or a good ole fashioned family campfire, this is the weekend to make it happen.

You’ll also want to make room to enjoy a couple of local festivals. Scotts Valley brings another fantastic 2-day celebration of Art, Wine & Beer and the Santa Cruz Wharf shows its aloha spirit at Sunday’s Polynesian Festival.

As always, you’ll find a host of additional events listed under our features, including nature outings at our state parks and beaches, live music, and more.

See our picks for the top events each day this weekend:

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Premier Rock Band & Local Artists Rally for Sobranes Fire Relief at Kuumbwa Jazz this Saturday

The following is a guest post by Stevee Stubblefield. Stevee is the founder of Do it Ourselves Presents, a homegrown Santa Cruz production company that, faced with having to cancel an upcoming show in Big Sur, rallied to relocate the event to Kuumbwa Jazz Center as a benefit the Soberanes Fire Relief Fund. Join us this Saturday for great music, art, and help support a great cause while you’re at it. Details below…


sobranes fire benefit concertIt’s impossible to tell what life will bring – none of us saw this massive fire coming. I was at Pleasure Point looking south as the first ominous plume of smoke rose to the south, sure that something was seriously wrong.

I definitely wasn’t thinking the fire would still be burning weeks later, running through the iconic canyons, pushing brave residents and firefighters to the limit. I definitely wasn’t thinking about concerts, or last-minute venue changes, or business at all. None of that stuff mattered. It paled in comparison to the gravity of the fire and the lives of those effected.

So it was a no brainer when we at Do it Ourselves Presents… decided to cancel our upcoming show at Henry Miller Library in Big Sur. There was simply no way. But how could we do something better than just cancel and give up? Could we turn it into a benefit for the fire? Or rally support somehow? [Read more…]

This Weekend in Santa Cruz: August 12th – 14th, 2016

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Summer may be winding down and much of our population may be gearing to go back to school but that doesn’t mean the weekend fun stops.

This weekend we’ve got another great band at The Boardwalk to look forward to along with a comedy show, beer festival, some Shakespeare in the park, cultural events and more.

See our picks for the top events each day this weekend:

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A Call for Entries: How to Participate in the Santa Cruz County Fair

The Santa Cruz County Fair

The Santa Cruz County Fair will take place September 14-18, ushering in the fall season with five days of carnival games and rides, racing pigs and wild turkey stampedes, endless deep-fried food options, and our favorite—exhibition halls filled with local community talent.

Each year, the fair receives hundreds of entries from county residents, young and old, vying for bragging rights and blue ribbons on their homemade and homegrown goods, artwork, and collections.

If you or your child has created something, there’s a good chance you can and should enter it into the fair, and we’re here to help you get those entries in on time. [Read more…]

This Weekend in Santa Cruz: August 5th – 7th, 2016

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Photo courtesy of @cooler_ranch710

Strawberries, screaming hands, and street festivals…what’s your pleasure this weekend?

We’ve rounded up a great variety of events to choose from: Family-friendly, check. Free admission, check. Live music and dance parties, oh yes!

See our picks for the top events each day this weekend:

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: July 29th – 31st, 2016

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July comes to an end with some special celebrations, anniversaries, and traditions, many of which benefit our local communities.

If you’re looking for kid-friendly events, check out Roaring Camp’s Day Out With Thomas, Festival of the Book, and the kickoff to Kids Week Downtown.

And if you’ve been meaning to check out Loch Lomond since it reopened, the Secchi Dip-in might be for you.

See our picks for the top events each day this weekend:

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: July 22nd – 24th, 2016

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We have a great lineup of local theatre up ahead. While Santa Cruz Shakespeare continues a Midsummer Night’s Dream in the Grove (new venue!), two new musicals open this weekend: Fiddler on the Roof and Dorothy Potter and the Wizards of Oz.

Don’t forget, the Wharf to Wharf is this Sunday. If you’re trying to avoid the crowds it could be a good time to drive up Highway 1 and catch a Pokémon or two.

See our picks for the top events each day this weekend:

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: July 15th – 17th, 2016

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Photo courtesy of @hendrypieter

Whether you’re a Shakespeare fan, a wine lover or fancy yourself a scavenger hunt expert, this weekend has got a little something for everyone. There are festivals, music and exercise in the sunshine to be had. Get out and have some fun!

See our picks for the top events each day this weekend:

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: July 8th – 10th, 2016

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This weekend is all about perfect matches: music and ocean, beer and jam, and a 50th birthday party and cake from Gayle’s—yum!

Kick it off with some Family Stone at the Boardwalk, celebrate local history in Capitola, shop local in the Santa Cruz Mountains, and see what cool things some locals are up to, such as building a tiny railroad empire.

See our picks for the top events each day this weekend:

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