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.

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.

Here are 13 ways to celebrate Earth Day (and week) in Santa Cruz. [Read more…]

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

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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

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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

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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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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: January 27th – 29th, 2017

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We’re excited for a sunny weekend filled with a great Santa Cruz-y variety of events.

Lovers of books, beer, Bowie, beach cleaning, basketball and brides-to-be…there’s something for you. You also have a chance to enjoy a family concert, free museum day, and popup Thai food.

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

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: January 6th – 8th, 2017

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This weekend has a little bit of everything, including rain.

But don’t let that stop you from getting out. Rain or shine events include First Friday festivities, farmers’ markets, and even a beach cleanup.

One of our favorite local bands spends two nights at Don Quixote’s this weekend, and the Warriors are playing their first game of the year.

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

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7 Family Friendly Things to do in Santa Cruz During Christmas Weekend

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Happy Holidays!

Our roundup of events is lighter than usual this weekend, as the big event will be time with family.

If you’re entertaining out of town guests, see our top 7 picks for things to do this weekend, plus a day-by-day guide of music, nature walks, and more:

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: December 2nd – 4th, 2016

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Hello, December!

Enjoy local holiday traditions this weekend and maybe start some new ones.

On the non-holiday front, we’ve got beautiful dancing and music from different regions in Mexico, a comedy show about psychedelics, and a Steam Punk aerial murder mystery costume dance party. Yup, you read that right.

Be sure to scroll down to the end for our Featured Upcoming Event and mark your calendar.

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

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Get Festive! Your Guide to the Best 2016 Santa Cruz Holiday Events

Judging by the sheer variety of events throughout the county, there’s no shortage of holiday spirit in Santa Cruz.

Celebrate the season with tree lightings, train rides, parades by land and by sea, and of course, surfin’ Santa.

If you enjoy playful, thoughtful, and unique family traditions, check out our picks for fabulous and festive ways to celebrate the holidays in Santa Cruz!

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