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This Weekend in Santa Cruz (The 4th of July Edition)

4th of july weekend in santa cruz

There will be no shortage of music to choose from this holiday weekend—Capitola, New Brighton State Beach and the Boardwalk continue their summer performance series. Music by the sea…how much better can it get?
A few early celebrations are sprinkled throughout the weekend, but be sure to scroll down to our complete Santa Cruz 4th of July Guide to see what Monday has in store.

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

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: June 24th – 26th, 2016

santa cruz weekend events, june 24-26, 2016

There’s good news and bad news when it comes to this weekend.

First the good news:

There are some amazing summer events you won’t want to miss.

Now the bad news:

There’s possibly too many great events for one weekend, meaning you have the difficult task of deciding which events to attend, and which ones you will have to miss out on.

We feel your pain. Here’s how bad it gets…

On Saturday there is the Pleasure Point Street Fair, Woodies on the Wharf, Hop ‘N Barley Beer & BBQ Festival in Scotts Valley, the 41st annual Strawberry Festival downtown, and the Sip & Stroll wine tasting event in Soquel Village…all at the same time!

We hope you enjoy the weekend, whatever you decide to do. See the full list of events below:

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: June 17th – 19th, 2016

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Here comes another epic Santa Cruz weekend:

Friday night brings the first Free Friday Night Concert on the Beach at the Boardwalk, a special Third Friday at the MAH, and a chance to get a head start on Father’s Day.

Saturday has something for everyone, including the 15th Annual Jay Race, Ebb & Flow, a garden tour and a great festival. We’ve also got Dad covered with plenty of great options for Father’s day on Sunday.

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

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Santa Cruz 4th of July 2016 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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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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Free Movies on the Beach

Santa Cruz Boardwalk Movies

The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk has been featured in a lot of movies — Dangerous Minds, Sudden Impact, Harold and Maude, and The Lost Boys, to name a few — but that’s not its only tie to cinema.  The Boardwalk also hosts free movies on the beach Wednesday nights every summer at 9:00 p.m.

And to make it even better, Wednesdays after 5 p.m. are Pepsi Nights, meaning unlimited ride wristbands only cost $12.95 if you bring an empty Pepsi can.  You can tire yourself out by working in a full four hours of rides, then lay back on a beach towel or lean back in a low beach chair and watch the big screen on the beach with your friends, family, or special someone.

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: June 10th – 12th, 2016

School’s out for summer and the weekend is here! Celebrate outdoors with food trucks, art and music at the beach, a summer block party and more.

And remember, it’s UCSC graduation weekend, so plan your activities and driving routes accordingly.

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

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Beaches, Barbecue and Free Concerts at the Crow’s Nest

Crow's Nest Beach Party
The Crow’s Nest Summer Beach Parties are quite possibly the quintessential Santa Cruz summer event.

Every Thursday during the summer you’ll find free live music, great barbecued food, idyllic beachside views, and a healthy slice of Santa Cruz life.

2016 Thursday Night Beach Parties

crow's nestThis year, beach parties are every Thursday from June 2nd through September 1st. The fun starts at 5:30 and continues until the sun sets…and then the fun heads upstairs.

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: June 3rd – 5th, 2016

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Take your pick of festivals each day this weekend, from film to Japanese culture to Santa Cruz Pride. It’s true, event season has begun in Santa Cruz!

In addition to the unveiling of a new skate park, treat yourself to the symphony with a surf-themed twist, and of course, First Friday is always a fun way to get things started.

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

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2016 Memorial Day Weekend Events in Santa Cruz

santa cruz memorial day weekend events

We all know that Memorial Day Weekend brings big crowds to town, but it also brings some great events.

This weekend’s events include a star studded music festival, a major surfing competition, and a milestone anniversary for an iconic local institution.

Beer lovers will be excited to learn about a big grand opening this Friday (choose from 60+ craft beers, and pour your own beer!).  And if you’re looking to stock up on some summer reading material, then be sure to check out the Friends of Santa Cruz Public Libraries annual Spring Book Sale.

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

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