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Weekend Event Roundup: September 19 – 21, 2014

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This weekend offers a lot of free events that will put you in touch with the community, like the Coastal Cleanup and two different local tours.  Take the opportunity to learn more about your own backyard, or venture down to Monterey for the 57th annual Monterey Jazz Festival.

The 2nd annual Mole & Mariachi festival also takes place this Saturday at the Mission Santa Cruz, and it sounds delicious!

Read on to see the rest of Santa Cruz Life’s top picks this weekend.

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Santa Cruz Surf Film Festival: Spreading Stoke Through Film

santa cruz surf film festival

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Whether you’re an avid surfer or just an ocean lover, the 19 films featured at the inaugural Santa Cruz Surf Film Festival are guaranteed to tell a story you’ll want to watch.

Taking place at the Del Mar Theater September 24th and 25th, and the Rio Theater on the 26th, the festival features 6 different screenings of short and long films from all over the world, with a focus on issues, people and places in surf culture. None of these films have ever been screened in Santa Cruz before, and this may be your only chance to see them on the big screen!

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2nd Annual Mole & Mariachi Festival: Sep. 20th, 2014

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.

Mole and Mariachi FestivalThe Mole & Mariachi Festival, one of the more unique events amid the cornucopia of Santa Cruz food festivals, livens up downtown Santa Cruz this weekend with live music, local food and a full schedule of family-friendly activities.

Hosted by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks at the Santa Cruz Mission Adobe State Historic Park, the second-annual Mole & Mariachi Festival highlights Santa Cruz’s cultural heritage in colorful, engaging ways: dancing, mariachi music, creative local foods and lots of kids’ activities. And it’s free.

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Event Santa Cruz One Year Anniversary: Sep 18, 2014

Event Santa Cruz one year anniversary

Last fall Matthew Swinnerton started Event Santa Cruz as a way to showcase Santa Cruz businesses and the people behind them.

One year later Event Santa Cruz is about to celebrate with their biggest event yet.

The Event Santa Cruz One Year Anniversary event is Thursday, September 18 at the MAH, and it features an impressive lineup of speakers, a ribbon cutting with the Santa Cruz Chamber of Commerce, networking, and food and drinks courtesy of Pono Hawaiian Grill, Brew Cruz, and Allterra Solar.

In the first year Event Santa Cruz gave local business owners, and entrepreneurs of all types, a chance to gather once a month, share their stories, inspire, get inspired, and strengthen the local business ecosystem in the process.

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Things To Do in Santa Cruz This Weekend: September 12th – 14th, 2014

Santa Cruz Weekend Events: 9/11 - 9/14

Fall is almost officially underway now, but that’s no reason not to keep the summer mindset and enjoy all the great stuff this weekend has to offer!

There are plenty of great events to choose from this weekend, including a lot of fun activities for kids.

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

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Davenport Landing Beach: For Surfers and Swingers

Davenport Landing Beach Swing

Are you into wild and rugged NorCal beaches but not so into roughing it down a sketchy cliffside?

Looking for a spot you can tow a full ice chest or access via wheelchair, that doesn’t require you to just “hold it” until you get back to civilization?

Davenport Landing Beach has all that, and  a swing set, which makes you wonder: Why don’t all beaches have swing sets?

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Weekend Event Roundup: September 5th to 7th, 2014

things to do in santa cruz thsi weekend, 9/5/2014

From First Friday to the Greek Festival, Downtown Santa Cruz is full of fun events this weekend.  This weekend also offers a free outdoor family movie on the beach, some great concerts, a kid-focused festival, and much more.

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

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The Santa Cruz Harbor Gets Wacky with Cardboard Kayak Races (and You’re Invited!)

Cardboard Kayak Race

There’s something romantic, even epic, about the idea of building your own boat.

It’s one of those bucket list items that only the most hard core DIYers will ever achieve.

On the other hand, there’s something utterly absurd, and equally awesome, about building a boat made of cardboard and duct tape to race through the Santa Cruz Harbor.

Lucky for those of us in Santa Cruz we get the opportunity to do just that on September 14th.

The inaugural Cardboard Kayak Race is shaping up to be a whimsical event ripe with competitive shenanigans, the likes of which seem perfectly suited for Santa Cruz.

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32nd Annual Capitola Art and Wine Festival

Capitola Art and Wine Festival 2014It’s that time of year again – time to sip wine, enjoy fine art, and browse artisan crafts and jewelry while looking out on the Monterey Bay.  

The 32nd Annual Capitola Art and Wine Festival is coming up the weekend of September 13th and 14th, and this year promises to be as beautiful as ever.

“I think we are at the level of being one of the best festivals in the State of California,” says Toni Castro, CEO of the Capitola–Soquel chamber of commerce.

“The Festival added 3 new wineries [this year].
I am proud to organize and work with so many wonderful people, the artists –– we make sure that 51% [of those participating in the festival] are local artists, wineries, and food vendors.”

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Labor Day Weekend Events in Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz Labor Day Weekend Events

It’s Labor Day Weekend, and Santa Cruzans know how to celebrate!

Concerts and festivals abound this weekend, highlighted by the always popular Capitola Begonia Festival.

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

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