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Santa Cruz 4th of July 2017 Events

Santa Cruz 4th of July

4th of July in Santa Cruz.

For some it means pancake breakfasts, parades and parties in the park.

For others it means backyard barbecue in the afternoon and fireworks at night.

There are plenty of ways to celebrate Independence Day in Santa Cruz County.

4th of July events in Santa Cruz County include family friendly old-fashioned celebrations at Wilder Ranch and Roaring Camp, the county’s only official fireworks show in Scotts Valley, and parades spanning from Watsonville to San Lorenzo Valley.

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: May 26th – 28th, 2017

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You know it’s Memorial Weekend when the American Music Festival, Longboard Invitational, and Civil War reenactments come to town.
Performing arts also take center stage this weekend with no less than three plays to choose from.
And one celebration you don’t want to miss is the Surfer Statue’s 25th anniversary…think he’ll be dressed up?

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

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: May 19th – 21st, 2017

Late spring weather is here, which means beautiful sunny days after the fog has burned off. There are many choices to make this a fun-packed weekend.

Take an educational hike at Arana Gulch or listen to a concert in the park a-cappela style. You can also Celebrate Oaxaca, Mexico at Harbor High or shop for antique treasures at the fairgrounds.

If you want to stay indoors, take a stroll through an artwalk at the mall, or enjoy a concert by a popular legendary rock tribute band.  You can also get a rare look at how surfboards are designed at a workshop open house.

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: May 12th – 14th, 2017

Celebrate Mom this weekend, with plenty of events and fundraisers that honor strong women of the past and present!

There’s also a lot of special events and festivities to look forward  to, from an Oaxacan parade and street party to a burlesque show. If you’re looking for more of an educational event, there’s a Shakespeare production in Boulder Creek, a special nature exhibit put on by kids at the Santa Cruz Natural History Museum, and a green-themed bike party that advocates for climate change.

Also Santa Cruz’s only Escape Room opens this weekend, so get your best problem solving group together for the fun!

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Mother’s Day 2017 in Santa Cruz

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Bountiful brunches are just the beginning of things to do for Mother’s Day in Santa Cruz, which falls on Sunday, May 14.

From shopping to hiking, we’ve compiled some ways to spend time with mom leading up to and throughout Mother’s Day weekend.

So go ahead and start planning to spoil, indulge, and celebrate the mom in your life—she deserves it.
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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: May 5th – 7th, 2017

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This weekend offers multiple events for art enthusiasts, great local artisan shopping opportunities to help you get started with your Mother’s day shopping, two sure-to-be-delicious events at the Food Lounge, live music in the park, and much more.

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

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Santa Cruz Mini Maker Faire 2017

The wait is over! The Santa Cruz Mini Maker Faire returns this weekend for a second year of making, tinkering, inventing, hacking, experimenting, and mostly, having fun.

Jam-packed with hands-on, interactive experiences, live music, performance art, food trucks and more, this gathering and celebration of Santa Cruz’s vibrant maker community is truly a family-friendly event—it’s as much fun for the kids as it is for the adults. Trust me, we were there last year.

So prepare to let off some STEAM—Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics, that is—and be inspired. The Santa Cruz Mini Maker Faire runs 11:00 am to 5:00 pm Saturday, April 29 at Gateway School, 126 Eucalyptus Ave.

Here are some highlights from last year’s inaugural faire as well as some tips for enjoying this year’s festivities.
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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: April 28th – 30th, 2017

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It’s hard to believe it’s already the last weekend of April and we are well into spring. There’s reason to celebrate, because not only did April showers bring May flowers, but tax season is over, too.

The days are getting longer and nights are getting warmer, finally. It’s time to get out and enjoy all that Santa Cruz has to offer. There are many choices, including a day for independent bookstores, local performances and even The Santa Cruz Mini Maker Faire (see below for a chance to win free tickets). Some annual events are back this year, too, such as the open house at Moss Landing Marine Lab, and the UCSC Annual Plant Sale.

There are a lot of things to do out there this weekend, so check them out and have some fun. The weather’s expected to be warm and sunny, too. Enjoy!

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: April 21st – 23rd, 2017

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Mother Nature is planning on bringing plenty of sunshine in honor of Earth Day this weekend. We’ve gathered up all the Earth Day events taking place now through this weekend. You can find them all in our guide to Earth Day 2017

This weekend also brings cultural events, an annual fashion show, wine-tasting in Soquel and a Central Coast premiere of an award winning play. If that all sounds too conventional for your taste then don’t worry…we also get to see thousands of rubber ducks on a slip ‘n slide.

Have a great weekend!

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Best Ways to Celebrate Earth Day in Santa Cruz

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Photo courtesy of Bill Lewis – Santa Cruz Sand

This Saturday marks the 47th anniversary of Earth Day and we’ve rounded up all the ways to celebrate the planet right here in our own backyard.

From volunteer opportunities and festivals to concerts and a chance to be a citizen scientist, it’s pretty easy being green in Santa Cruz.

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