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Santa Cruz Holiday Craft Fairs & Shopping Events 2015

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‘Tis the season to shop local!

Santa Cruz businesses and organizations are making it easy with a full slate of holiday shopping fairs and events.

Here’s a roundup of some of the best opportunities to buy some awesome gifts and help support the local economy and arts culture at the same time. [Read more…]

This Weekend in Santa Cruz: Nov. 27th – 29th, 2015


If you can drag yourself out of bed after a Thanksgiving feast, this weekend in Santa Cruz will reward you with dozens of fun events for the whole family, from a holiday train ride to several different guided nature hikes.

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

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Get Festive! Your Guide to the Best 2015 Santa Cruz Holiday Events


Judging by the sheer variety of events throughout the county, there’s no shortage of holiday spirit in Santa Cruz.

Celebrate the season with tree lightings, train rides, parades by land and by sea, and of course, surfin’ Santa. Bonus for parents: Scroll down to see where to drop the kids while you get in some last minute shopping or a date night!

If you enjoy playful, thoughtful, and unique family traditions, check out our picks for fabulous and festive ways to celebrate the holidays in Santa Cruz!

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: Nov. 20th – 22nd, 2015

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Get in the spirit this weekend with a few fun holiday shows, a chance at redemption for the Warriors, and crafts galore!

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

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My #SantaCruzLife: Holiday Baking & Gift Wrap Tips, Plus a Free Pass to Bay Area Museums

My Santa Cruz Life: Holiday Baking, Gift-wrapping, Museum PassesIt’s been a long time since I’ve written to the sound of raindrops on my roof. The added thunder and hail last week provided just the right soundtrack for this holiday-themed edition of My #SantaCruzLife.

Read on for a holiday baking hack, convenient gift-wrapping tip, plus visit Bay Area museums for free. Be sure to scroll to the bottom for a bonus reader-contributed tip for your scaly pets!
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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: Nov. 13-15, 2015

Santa Cruz events, nov. 13-15, 2015

Eat, drink, and be outdoors this weekend in Santa Cruz. There’s plenty in store for families, romantic dates, holiday shoppers, and anyone looking for something free to do.

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

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Santa Cruz Connected: The Best of #SantaCruzLife

Santa Cruz Connected, October, 2015

Collage includes photos from Instagram users @billydsc & @onetravelingsoul. Tag photos with #SantaCruzLife for a chance to be featured next month.

From Open Streets to Open Studios, October was a month of great events and interesting stories in Santa Cruz. We saw the Santa Cruz Sentinel run a series about spooky phenomena leading up to Halloween and a rediscovered film from the early 1900s that offered a peek into Santa Cruz’s past.

A new TV network was launched by two locals and one of the best high schools in California got a new home.

Food and beer were hot topics in October as the emergent Santa Cruz beer scene continued to make waves.

The Beach Flats community battled to save an important part of their neighborhood while the county braced for the oncoming storms of this year’s El Nino.

Two tasty new restaurants opened up and we gave a shout out to some local icons in our “Friends To Follow” section. All that, plus the best of the month on social media in this edition of Santa Cruz Connected. [Read more…]

This Weekend in Santa Cruz: Nov. 6-8, 2015

santa cruz events, nov. 6-8, 2015

This is a great weekend to celebrate local businesses, thanks to Cruzio’s annual open house and Bookshop Santa Cruz’s 49th birthday bash.

Plus, get a jumpstart on holiday shopping at local craft fairs and the annual Sea Glass Festival.

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

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Halloween Weekend in Santa Cruz: Oct. 30-Nov. 1, 2015

halloween weekend in santa cruz, 2015Whether you take part in the classic Downtown Santa Cruz trick-or-treating or dance the night away at the Freaker’s Ball, Halloween weekend in Santa Cruz always offers plenty of fun options.

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

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: Oct. 23-25, 2015

santa cruz weekend events: october 23, 2015

Halloween events dominate the weekend, but we also get a family friendly event in Scotts Valley, the annual chili cook-off at the Boardwalk, and plenty of opportunities to step up and make a difference.

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

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