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.

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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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A Call for Entries: How to Participate in the Santa Cruz County Fair

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The Santa Cruz County Fair will take place September 14-18, ushering in the fall season with five days of carnival games and rides, racing pigs and wild turkey stampedes, endless deep-fried food options, and our favorite—exhibition halls filled with local community talent.

Each year, the fair receives hundreds of entries from county residents, young and old, vying for bragging rights and blue ribbons on their homemade and homegrown goods, artwork, and collections.

If you or your child has created something, there’s a good chance you can and should enter it into the fair, and we’re here to help you get those entries in on time. [Read more…]

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

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Strawberries, screaming hands, and street festivals…what’s your pleasure this weekend?

We’ve rounded up a great variety of events to choose from: Family-friendly, check. Free admission, check. Live music and dance parties, oh yes!

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

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: July 22nd – 24th, 2016

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We have a great lineup of local theatre up ahead. While Santa Cruz Shakespeare continues a Midsummer Night’s Dream in the Grove (new venue!), two new musicals open this weekend: Fiddler on the Roof and Dorothy Potter and the Wizards of Oz.

Don’t forget, the Wharf to Wharf is this Sunday. If you’re trying to avoid the crowds it could be a good time to drive up Highway 1 and catch a Pokémon or two.

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

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: July 8th – 10th, 2016

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This weekend is all about perfect matches: music and ocean, beer and jam, and a 50th birthday party and cake from Gayle’s—yum!

Kick it off with some Family Stone at the Boardwalk, celebrate local history in Capitola, shop local in the Santa Cruz Mountains, and see what cool things some locals are up to, such as building a tiny railroad empire.

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

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Santa Cruz Sandhills: The Henry Cowell Trail Less Traveled

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A visit to Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park usually means one thing: a walk through the Redwood Grove Loop Trail. This is the Henry Cowell most are familiar with and for obvious reasons. Centuries-old, skyscraping redwoods are hard to miss and quite the draw, especially when hosting out-of-town visitors.

But there’s another side to Henry Cowell that has more in common with the beach than a redwood forest and, in fact, used to be a beach. Sort of.
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