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Things to do This Weekend in Santa Cruz: October 17th – 19th, 2014

santa cruz weekend events, october 17-19, 2014

This is a great weekend for local food and wine enthusiasts, art fans, classic rock lovers, and families looking to spend some quality fun time together.

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

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Santa Cruz Restaurant Week 2014

Restaurant Week Santa Cruz 2014
Santa Cruz Restaurant Week is Oct. 22-29, 2014. Never participated? It’s something that goes on in many cities across the country; some areas do it twice a year (like Silicon Valley and San Francisco – the latter’s is even two weeks long each time!). Some do it once a year–like Santa Cruz, which jumped on the Restaurant Week bandwagon 5 years ago. Restaurants create fixed-price menus available for a limited time. It’s an opportunity for people to try new places or try new dishes or perhaps just visit some of their already-favorite venues.

For Santa Cruz Restaurant Week 2014, more than 30 local restaurants – from Aptos, Soquel and Capitola to Santa Cruz, Scotts Valley, Ben Lomond, and Felton–are participating. Some offer three-course gourmet dinners for $25, and some for $35 (this is a change from previous years, when all prices were $25).

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GLOW: The Brightest Nights of the Year in Santa Cruz

GLOW 2014 Santa Cruz

Are you ready for the two brightest nights of the year in downtown Santa Cruz?

Once a year the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History transforms the museum, the adjacent Abbott Square, and Cooper Street into a festival of fire, light, and illuminated digital art.

GLOW 2014 is a two day festival.  The first night is A Festival of Light and the second night is A Festival of Fire.  The 3rd annual GLOW Festival takes place on Friday, October 17th & Saturday, October 18th, 2014.

Attendees will be treated to elaborate illuminated digital art, live performances, and plenty of interactive exhibits.  This is a chance to see world class artists and performers who you would be more likely to see at Burning Man than your average museum exhibit.

Simply put, it’s a spectacle, and one you won’t want to miss.

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Weekend Event Roundup: October 10th – 12th, 2014

Welcome Bach Monarchs Santa Cruz

This weekend we welcome back the monarchs, while saying goodbye (for 2014) to the Derby Girls.  Open Studios continues for its second weekend, and we get to see a live fireworks show for the second weekend in a row.

Those, and the rest of the Santa Cruz Life picks for the best events in Santa Cruz this weekend below.

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Halloween Events in Santa Cruz 2014

Halloween Santa Cruz 2014
Halloween is just around the corner.  Time to work on those costumes, and plan your Halloween activities.  We can’t offer much help with the costumes, but we’ve got you covered for all the best Halloween events in Santa Cruz.  Here is a day by day listing of all the Halloween events this month:

Friday, Oct. 24 & Saturday, Oct. 25

Thomas and Percy’s Halloween Party

For the first time at Roaring Camp, Thomas the Tank Engine’s buddy Percy will join him on the rails to give an instructional and festive Halloween ride.  Activities include: Temporary Tattoos, Face Painting, Story Telling, Videos, Train Play Tables, Pick a Pumpkin (small pumpkins for little ones), Cookie decorating, photos with Sir Topham Hatt, Thomas store and entertainment.

Roaring Camp Railroads
10/18, 10/19, 10/25, 10/26, 1/1, 1/2
Cost: $24

Roaring Camp Halloween Ghost Train

Celebrate Halloween Roaring Camp style by boarding the Ghost Train for a ride through the haunted forest, as scenes from The Legend of Sleepy Hollow are reenacted.  Once off the train your youngsters will be able to enjoy games, Trick or Treating, and a haunted house.

Roaring Camp Railroads
Friday, October 24 & Saturday, October 25
Cost: $28

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: October 3rd – 5th, 2014

Things to do in Santa Cruz this weekendOctober starts with a bang this weekend, as the Santa Cruz Wharf celebrates their 100th anniversary with a Centennial Celebration and Fireworks Spectacular.

Art lovers have a lot to be excited about this weekend too, with First Friday, and the start of the 2014 Open Studios Art Tour.  Fans of comedy, fine cuisine, and classic cars will also enjoy the first weekend of October.

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

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First Time Open Studios Artists: Meet This Year’s Rookie Class

new open studios artists 2014

I’m not exactly sure when I started attending Open Studios, but I know I’ve spent at least a decade devoting my October weekends to visiting local artist studios.

Open Studios is my personal favorite annual event in Santa Cruz, and much of that can be attributed to the returning artists whose studios I visit each year.  There are a handful of artists who are on my must-see list every year.  Paul Fortis, Barbara Bailey-Porter, Marie Gabrielle, Paul Zaretzky, Sandra Cherk, Mary Offerman, and Ea Eckerman (before he stopped showing his work in Open Studios two years ago), just to name a few.

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The Cheesiest, Crustiest, Sauciest, Best Pizza in Santa Cruz

Best Pizza Santa Cruz

Pizza may have first appeared in Italy over 7000 years ago, but there’s no doubt that Americans have taken the simple dish and made it their own, from deep-dish in Chicago to fold-over in Brooklyn.

The best variations in Santa Cruz run the gamut from gourmet to greasy, but they are united by their tastiness and individuality.

Attempting to name the best pizza in Santa Cruz is no easy task, given the subjective nature of the topic.  Below are our picks, in no particular order.  Let the argument debate begin…

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Things to do this Weekend in Santa Cruz: September 26th – 28th, 2014

Santa Cruz Weekend Events 9/26/14

This is the first official weekend of fall, and Santa Cruz is hosting an Octoberfest, a Sausagefest, and a Harvest Festival to help welcome in the new season!

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

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Santa Cruz Open Studios Art Tour 2014

open studios santa cruz 2014

If you caught any of our 2013 Open Studios coverage then you already know that here at Santa Cruz Life we are BIG fans of Open Studios.

We’ll be providing coverage of the 2014 Open Studios Art Tour in the coming weeks.  Until then, you’ll find some helpful information below to help you plan your Open Studios tour this year.

If you want to make sure you don’t miss any of our Open Studios coverage, then sign up for email updates in the box to the right (or below this post if you’re on a mobile device).
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