This Weekend in Santa Cruz: November 25th – 27th, 2016

Santa Cruz Weekend Events: Nov. 25-27, 2016

This edition of the Weekend Roundup has us feeling grateful with so many ways to get the most out of life in Santa Cruz this holiday season.

If you’re looking for some non-holiday events, live music, and outdoor activities or hikes, check out the additional events listed under each day.

Have a wonderful holiday!

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

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Santa Cruz Holiday Craft Fairs & Shopping Events 2016

santa cruz holiday shopping events‘Tis the season to shop unique, handmade, and most of all, local!

Santa Cruz businesses and organizations are making it easy with a full slate of holiday shopping fairs, makers markets, and boutiques.

Be sure to check back often, as new pop-up shopping events are added throughout the holiday season.

Here’s a roundup of some of the best opportunities to buy some awesome gifts and help support the local economy and arts culture at the same time. [Read more…]

This Weekend in Santa Cruz: October 28th – 30th, 2016

santa-cruz-halloween-weekend-2016-27940There’s no escaping Halloween this weekend (insert evil laugh), or some rainy weather (insert happy cheers and puddle jumps).

We hope you stay warm and dry, and enjoy the frightful festivities—there are a ton—listed below and in our 2016 Halloween Events Guide.

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

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Halloween Events in Santa Cruz 2016

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Welcome to Halloween month, when the phrase “only in Santa Cruz” takes center stage.

This month, you can pick pumpkins by train or from a floating pumpkin patch…Ride a bus, drink beer on said bus, and tour haunted spots around town…Take a flashlight tour of a whale skeleton or dress your fur babies in costume and parade with them on West Cliff Drive…

…just to name a few of the frightfully fun events in store.

Of course, it wouldn’t be Halloween without community favorites like the Gault Parade and trick or treating Downtown.

Here’s a day-by-day listing of all the Halloween events this month: [Read more…]

This Weekend in Santa Cruz: September 30th – October 2nd, 2016

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It’s a little hard to go into the weekend events knowing our Santa Cruz Mountains residents are facing the Loma Fire. We are sending out our very best thoughts for safety for all, especially the firefighters working hard to contain it.

This weekend’s lineup features a grand opening celebration, 150th birthday beach party, a multicultural film festival, and the first weekend of Open Studios Art Tour.

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

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: Sep. 16th-18th, 2016

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There’s something fun to do all over Santa Cruz County this weekend, from Scotts Valley to Happy Valley, Felton to Watsonville, and lots of places in between.

We love the sheer variety of events enticing us to get out and volunteer, support local causes and organizations, and try new things: a bicycle scavenger race, anyone?

Or maybe we’ll see you at the County Fair…we’ll be the ones cheering loudly for those cute racing pigs. Have a good one!

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

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Berry Creek Falls: Big Basin’s Bucket List Hike

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When a magical waterfall in the mountains is only a couple hours hike from the beach, we like to call that a Santa Cruz Life moment.

But how about three waterfalls, all within a mile of each other?

That’s what we call a bucket list item and we want to help you cross it off your list.

Here are some tips to reach Berry Creek Falls and more at Big Basin Redwoods State Park, starting from the ocean.

Your adventure begins with a drive up Highway 1, north of Santa Cruz. [Read more…]

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

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This weekend you can celebrate bears, begonias, and the beginning of locals summer!

Say bye to Friday Night Bands on the Beach and hello to First Friday events kicking off a new month.

There’s plenty to do in all parts of Santa Cruz County. We hope you have a wonderful and safe Labor Day Holiday Weekend.

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

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4th Annual Mole & Mariachi Festival: Sept. 10, 2016

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If wearing white after Labor Day is a fashion faux pas, it’s a good thing the Mole & Mariachi Festival takes place after the holiday. It could get messy!

The 4th Annual Mole & Mariachi Festival will take over Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park on Saturday, September 10, celebrating the famous sauce and signature dish of México.

Prepared with an average of twenty ingredients, from nuts and seeds to chiles and oftentimes chocolate, moles from ten local chefs including restaurants, catering companies, and home cooks, will be available for sampling at the festival.

As festival regulars and judges in this year’s mole cooking competition, we have three pieces of advice: arrive early, come hungry, and save room for dessert.

Here’s what’s in store at this year’s Mole & Mariachi Festival: [Read more…]

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

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Many summer event series are winding down, so if you’ve been meaning to attend Sunday Art & Music on the Beach, Free Friday Night Bands on the Beach, or a good ole fashioned family campfire, this is the weekend to make it happen.

You’ll also want to make room to enjoy a couple of local festivals. Scotts Valley brings another fantastic 2-day celebration of Art, Wine & Beer and the Santa Cruz Wharf shows its aloha spirit at Sunday’s Polynesian Festival.

As always, you’ll find a host of additional events listed under our features, including nature outings at our state parks and beaches, live music, and more.

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

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