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Blair Stenvick is a freelance writer who has lived in Santa Cruz for four years.

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 $14.95 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: March 25th – 27th, 2016

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This weekend brings Easter Sunday and the first full weekend of spring, meaning it’s time to get your brunch and egg hunting on!

Plus, don’t miss other local celebrations…from a Sweet 16 to a welcome back party for bees.

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

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: March 11th – 13th, 2016

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Another potentially wet weekend ahead, but not to worry…indoor sporting events, live music, and dance parties will shelter you from the storm.

For the more adventurous, check out the biking and hiking events happening this weekend in Santa Cruz.

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

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: March 4th – 6th, 2016

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Photo courtesy of @jlwxthomas

Hummingbirds, salamanders, and The Beatles…oh my! This weekend takes family-oriented fun to a new level.

Rain is expected, so be sure to check with venues holding outdoor events.

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

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: Feb. 26th – 28th, 2016

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Photo courtesy of @primalola

Q: What is there to do this weekend in Santa Cruz?

A: The 7th Annual Trivia Challenge at the Civic, for starters…

You could also cheer on the Warriors, check out the first ever Santa Cruz Ragtime Festival, and choose a theater or dance performance like the Winter Dance Fest at the Tannery.

Wind down on Sunday by learning to brew your own beer.

See our picks for the top events this weekend and be sure to check out our additional events listed each day for guided hikes, music, theater, and art events around town:

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: Feb. 19th – 21st, 2016

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Cooler temperatures and even some rain this week will surely get you in the mood for some clam chowder at Saturday’s 35th Annual Clam Chowder Cook Off and Festival.

For those interested in events with a cause, you can sip wine for Second Harvest, enjoy a piano concert supporting our county’s outstanding music students, or attend a film festival benefitting UCSC’s Wilderness Orientation Scholarship Fund.

Throw in a Santa Cruz Warriors home game, Derby Girls season opener, and a youth surf contest and consider your weekend planned.

See our picks for the top things to do in Santa Cruz each day this weekend:

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: Feb. 12th – 14th, 2016

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Chocolate, art, appreciation for nature, and of course love are all in the air this Valentine’s Day weekend.

Whether you plan to take a Romance in the Redwoods hike with your partner or check out The Comedy Strippers with a group of friends, Santa Cruz is offering plenty of different ways to celebrate.

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

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: Feb. 5th – 7th, 2016

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Photo courtesy of @qen.ny

Whether you like heart art or latte art, Russian vocalists or Baroque instrumentals, chocolate and wine or seafood and beer, this weekend has something for you in Santa Cruz County.

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

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: Jan. 29th – 31st, 2016

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If you are feeling thirsty this weekend, take your pick between the refined—Patrón Reposado Tequila Tasting Party—and the twisted—The Twisted Tasting: A Dark Carnival of Craft Beers & Ciders.

You will also have a chance to help de-weed Natural Bridges, memorialize David Bowie, and take part in a major tech event at UCSC.

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

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