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Santa Cruz Boardwalk Concerts: Free Friday Night Bands on the Beach

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Concerts

Photo Credit: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

The Boardwalk isn’t just for roller coasters and deep-fried cheesecake.  Every Friday night from mid-June through August, the award-winning seaside amusement park hosts free outdoor concerts, featuring hit bands from the ’60s through current day recording artists.

A concert on the beach is not only a chance to hear great live music.  It’s a little slice of sun-soaked paradise, a perfect fusion between natural and synthetic beauty.  To look out at the pale blue sky above the deep tapestry of blues in the ocean while hearing Papa Doo Run Run, a Boardwalk concert staple, perform “Surfin’ USA” is to attain the status of a perfectly picturesque summer evening in Santa Cruz.

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Santa Cruz Weekend Event Roundup for April 18th – 20th, 2014

Earth Day Santa Cruz 2014

This weekend will be a great one to get outside, with Spring Break at the Boardwalk wrapping up, an Earth Day festival, the Santa Cruz Harbor’s 50th birthday, and a number of Easter events to choose from.

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Santa Cruz Easter Sunday Events 2014

Santa Cruz Easter Events

For many of us, Easter brings fond memories of dyeing eggs, backyard Easter egg hunts, and candy.  A lot of candy.  It is also a time when families come together, often over a great meal.

While Easter Sunday holds much greater significance than just food and games we’re going to take a moment to look at, well…food and games.

Here are a few of the spots where you can find a great Easter Brunch and Easter egg hunts in Santa Cruz this Easter.

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Santa Cruz Weekend Event Roundup for April 11th -13th, 2014

Santa Cruz Weekend Events:, April 11-13, 2014

This weekend’s events will delight wine lovers, surf fans, and treasure hunters.  

If you’re looking for a way to brighten up your home you won’t want to miss the Arboretum’s annual Spring Plant Sale.  

Kids will be treated to some early Easter festivities, and those in the mood for a good laugh can head to the Civic Auditorium to see the legendary Bill Cosby.

Read on to see our picks for the best events in Santa Cruz this weekend.

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10 Must-Try Sandwiches in Santa Cruz County

Best Santa Cruz SandwichesPhoto: Hoisin Pork Sandwich from Charlie Hong Kong

There are so many terrific sandwiches in Santa Cruz County, it’s hard to pick a favorite.  So I’ve picked 10 scrumptious sandwiches – well actually, nine, because I’d like you, dear readers, to select the 10th one!  You can do this by posting a comment that mentions a sandwich you love from somewhere in Santa Cruz County, that didn’t make it on the list.  I can’t wait to hear about a few “must-try” sandwiches that I have never eaten!

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Santa Cruz Weekend Event Roundup for April 4th – 6th, 2014

Santa Cruz Weekend Events: Mountain Bike Festival, First Friday There are a lot of diverse and exciting events going on this weekend, with offerings that will appeal to all interests, from mountain bikers to reggae devotees, fans of Mixed Martial Arts to ballet appreciators, and  art lovers to bookworms. No matter what your tastes, there’s sure to be an event for you.

Read on for our picks for this weekend.

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Santa Cruz County Market Statistics: February 2014

Single Family Homes

 
2013
2014
% Change
Inventory468451-4%
New Inventory182173-5%
Sales124111-10%
Avg. Sales Price$551,648$660,40320%
Avg. Median Price$449,000$597,50033%

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Santa Cruz Weekend Event Roundup for March 28th – 30th, 2014

Santa Cruz Weekend Events: PaddleFest

The 28th Annual Santa Cruz PaddleFest headlines our picks for the top things to do in Santa Cruz this weekend.

We’ve got you covered if water sports aren’t your thing though.  There are some great shows, a favorite Santa Cruz musician takes the stage (but won’t be singing), and there’s going to be one heck of a colorful party on Saturday.

Read on for our picks for this weekend.

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Santa Cruzans on Etsy

Santa Cruz Crafts & Artists on Etsy

Etsy is known for being a place that brings the global world of unique, handcrafted items right to your doorstep via the internet.

But did you know that you can use Etsy to shop local as well?

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Santa Cruz Weekend Event Roundup for March 21st – 23rd

santa cruz weekend events 3/21/14

There’ll be many fun and interesting ways to usher in spring this weekend, from learning about cyber currency while enjoying a fireside dinner, to cheering on the Santa Cruz Derby Girls at a double header, to bringing home a bonsai.

Read on for our picks for this weekend.

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