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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: Open Studios, Open Streets, Monarchs, Music, Comedy & More

santa cruz weekend events, oct 9, 2015

Here comes an epic Santa Cruz weekend!

What’s on tap?

Open Streets, Open Studios, Welcome Back Monarchs, comedy & music festivals, a Hard Cider Festival, Beer, Brats & Blues, Lobster Fest…just to name a few. Oh, and fireworks too! Whew!

See our picks for the top events each day this weekend:
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My #SantaCruzLife: The Churro Guy, A Hidden Car Museum & an Animal-Friendly Halloween Tip

My SantaCruzLife: Churros, Car Museum, Pumpkin Carving

After what was starting to feel like an endless summer, there’s finally a slight chill in the air. My kids are planning their Halloween costumes and I ate my first slice of Costco pumpkin pie—in September!

The daily whale shows off West Cliff have been replaced by the fiery sunsets of fall, and the monarchs trickling in remind me, once again, this place is magic and I’m lucky to call it home.

In this edition of My #SantaCruzLife, I’ll take you to a churro cart in Watsonville, a car museum in Scotts Valley, and up Highway 1 to Wilder Ranch’s pumpkin-loving farm animals.
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Santa Cruz Connected: The Best of #SantaCruzLife

Santa Cruz Connected, September, 2015

September was a month that, once again, reminded us of what a special place we live in. From breaching whales to begonias, and ancient fossils to celebrity pinatas, our special brand of quirkiness was on full display.

One of our most famous surfers suffered an unfortunate injury in the water and we learned a little about the rich history of the Santa Cruz Boardwalk and the surrounding area. A Chilean newspaper examined the identity of Santa Cruz, and a local kickstarter campaign got off to a hot start.

In this month’s edition of Santa Cruz Connected, we take a look at these stories, plus local social media accounts to follow, new businesses in town, and the best of the month from social media. [Read more…]

Santa Cruz Weekend Events: Oct. 2-4, 2015

santa cruz open studios weekend events

This weekend will be a delight for art enthusiasts.

The fun starts with First Friday, and continues Saturday and Sunday with the first of three weekends of the Open Studios Art Tour.

See our picks for the top events each day this weekend:
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Santa Cruz Weekend Events: Sep. 24-28, 2015

santa cruz weekend events sep. 24, 2015According to the calendar, it’s officially fall, but local’s summer is still going strong.

You could easily plan the weekend around the beautiful weather we have in store, the exciting possibility of seeing whales close to shore, and a full moon so rare we won’t see another like it until 2033.

But wait! There are actual organized events in and around town that you won’t want to miss.

See our picks for the top events each day this weekend:
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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: Sep. 18-20, 2015

Santa Cruz sand art

Summer is over, and the kids are back in school. This is supposed to be the time of year when the events wind down.


It doesn’t look like the event organizers in Santa Cruz got the memo. As usual, there are a ton of events to choose from this weekend, including a couple of favorites: the Santa Cruz County Fair and the Mole & Mariachi Festival.

What else is in store for this weekend?

Let’s see…there will be superheros, food trucks, a Santa Cruz themed pop-up market, grazing on the green, psychic migrations, a comedy competition, a pet festival, and a whole lot more.

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

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3rd Annual Mole & Mariachi Festival: Sep. 19th, 2015

Mole & Mariachi Festival 2015

The following is a guest post by Jennifer Squires.  Jennifer is a writer who works with Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks. She lives in Aptos.

It will get spicy at Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park on Saturday.

Mole & Mariachi Festival 2015The third annual Mole & Mariachi Festival, a benefit for the park and Friends of Santa Cruz State Park, will fill the historic site with chefs competing in a mole cook-off, live mariachi bands, traditional dancers and more.

Six competitors will prepare mole, a traditional Mexican sauce sometimes made using chocolate. Festival attendees can get a tasting kit for $10 and sample the sauce. [Read more…]

This Weekend in Santa Cruz: Sep. 11-13, 2015

santa cruz weekend events: capitola art and wine 2015
This weekend is full of big events, from the Capitola Art & Wine Festival and the Greek Food and Cultural Festival, to live music and movies on the beach, a ton of tribute concerts, and much more.

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

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Beyond the Beach: A Family Road Trip Up Highway 1

highway 1 family road trip

When you drive north of Santa Cruz on Highway 1, you don’t need much of a plan.

You could spend days exploring less crowded beaches alone—from Fern Grotto to Año Nuevo and everywhere in between—but this iconic stretch of coast-hugging asphalt also leads the way to unique destinations beyond the beach and perfect for families.

Roadside U-pick farms, a nature and history center, and even seasonal train rides are all within a scenic 45-minute drive from the outskirts of town.

We’ve made planning a one-day road trip with the kids easy so all you have to do is pack a picnic, or better yet, bring an empty basket and fill it along the way.

Now choose the panoramic setting on your camera and go!
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2015 Labor Day Weekend Events in Santa Cruz

Capitola Begonia Festival 2015

First Friday and the Begonia Festival highlight another great weekend full of events in, and around, Santa Cruz.

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

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