About Christine Candelaria

Christine Candelaria is a local mom of four who enjoys sharing her Santa Cruz adventures. You can follow her #santacruzlife on Instagram at @theaumsmama.

This Weekend in Santa Cruz: July 13th – 16th, 2017

We’re kicking off the weekend early with a couple of Thursday events we think you’ll love—a popup picnic and a 5 year business anniversary extravaganza.

Summer Festival season continues with celebrations of beer, art, and wine at multiple venues, plus more beer and all things fermented at Sunday’s Fermentation Festival.

Top it off with a family-friendly carnival, dog-friendly community walk, and youth-friendly hangout and movie screening, and that’s a wrap! Enjoy your weekend!

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

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: July 7th – 9th, 2017

Without a doubt, this weekend’s main event takes place on Sunday with an epic celebration of the life of Jack O’Neill paddle out.

The first weekend of July also brings First Friday festivities, Santa Cruz Shakespeare’s season opener, and a truly unique event in the forest of Bonny Doon.

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

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: May 26th – 28th, 2017

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You know it’s Memorial Weekend when the American Music Festival, Longboard Invitational, and Civil War reenactments come to town.
Performing arts also take center stage this weekend with no less than three plays to choose from.
And one celebration you don’t want to miss is the Surfer Statue’s 25th anniversary…think he’ll be dressed up?

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

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Mother’s Day 2017 in Santa Cruz

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Bountiful brunches are just the beginning of things to do for Mother’s Day in Santa Cruz, which falls on Sunday, May 14.

From shopping to hiking, we’ve compiled some ways to spend time with mom leading up to and throughout Mother’s Day weekend.

So go ahead and start planning to spoil, indulge, and celebrate the mom in your life—she deserves it.
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Santa Cruz Mini Maker Faire 2017

The wait is over! The Santa Cruz Mini Maker Faire returns this weekend for a second year of making, tinkering, inventing, hacking, experimenting, and mostly, having fun.

Jam-packed with hands-on, interactive experiences, live music, performance art, food trucks and more, this gathering and celebration of Santa Cruz’s vibrant maker community is truly a family-friendly event—it’s as much fun for the kids as it is for the adults. Trust me, we were there last year.

So prepare to let off some STEAM—Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics, that is—and be inspired. The Santa Cruz Mini Maker Faire runs 11:00 am to 5:00 pm Saturday, April 29 at Gateway School, 126 Eucalyptus Ave.

Here are some highlights from last year’s inaugural faire as well as some tips for enjoying this year’s festivities.
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Best Ways to Celebrate Earth Day in Santa Cruz

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Photo courtesy of Bill Lewis – Santa Cruz Sand

This Saturday marks the 47th anniversary of Earth Day and we’ve rounded up all the ways to celebrate the planet right here in our own backyard.

From volunteer opportunities and festivals to concerts and a chance to be a citizen scientist, it’s pretty easy being green in Santa Cruz.

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: April 14th – 16th, 2017

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The Easter bunny makes several appearances this weekend, from the beach in Capitola to the trees in Felton, at Roaring Camp Railroad.

Beyond egg hunts and Easter brunch, there’s always wine and this weekend is a great one for oenophiles to purchase a passport to the Santa Cruz Mountains wine region.

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

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Santa Cruz Easter Events 2017

Easter is almost here, and this year there are plenty of festive events throughout Santa Cruz County.

From Easter brunches to Easter egg hunts, to photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny, there is something for everyone. Some festivities start as early as the weekend before Easter so be sure to note specific event dates.

Here is a full list of the top Easter events in and around Santa Cruz this year.

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: March 10th – 12th, 2017


Spring is in the air this weekend and it sounds like Bluegrass, Hawaiian slack key, and rock ’n’ roll!
We’ve got world-renowned musicians in town, a local theater production, a family-friendly kids concert, a grand opening for recycled fashion and more.
It’s also Daylight Saving Time this weekend. It might be a little painful to move the clock forward before you fall asleep Saturday night, but longer days to enjoy the sunshine will help make up for the sleep loss.

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

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: February 24th – 26th, 2017


This weekend Santa Cruz celebrates an evening of adrenaline-packed films, two days of clam chowder, and three days of ragtime music.

Grab your trivia buddies for a good cause on Friday, break out your tie-dye t-shirts for the Warriors game on Saturday, and soak up some sun along East Cliff Drive at Sunday’s Surfer’s Path 5k/10k.

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

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