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

The Santa Cruz County Fair

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


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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Mother’s Day 2016 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 8.

We’ve compiled shopping, hiking, crafting activities and more to celebrate all things mom leading up to and throughout Mother’s Day weekend.

So go ahead and start planning to spoil, indulge, treat and appreciate the mom in your life—she deserves it.
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My #SantaCruzLife: Dead Central, Savory Churros, and a Serenading Salamander


Rain boots, flip flops, lather, rinse, repeat. The extreme weather conditions of late are keeping me on my toes from one day to the next, but the rainbows in between are the best!

Luckily, Santa Cruz is full of adventures, rain or shine, so get out and explore—eat somewhere new, get in touch with nature, remember the Dead—and bring an umbrella just in case.

In this edition of My #SantaCruzLife, I’m talking about churros…AGAIN, but I’ll also take you to two must visit places in Santa Cruz, the Grateful Dead Archive at UCSC and the Nature & History Center at Rancho del Oso. [Read more…]

The Chocolate Lover’s Guide to Santa Cruz – from A to Mackenzies

Chocolate Santa Cruz: Chocolate Lover's Guide to Santa CruzIf you’re a chocolate lover, chances are you have a well hidden stash somewhere in your house.

So let us help you keep it fully stocked with the best chocolate confections Santa Cruz has to offer.

From guilty pleasures like chocolate-covered bacon to superfood chocolate made with maca and turmeric, your cravings are no match for our local chocolate artisans.

It’s time to take a self-guided tour of the top chocolate destinations in Santa Cruz. [Read more…]

Rainy Day Activities for Kids in Santa Cruz County

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Photo by Kelley Thompson

It’s raining, it’s pouring, the kids think everything’s boring…

Time to get them out of the house!

To prevent everyone from going stir-crazy during cold, wet weather, keep these ideas on your rainy day bucket list for indoor fun in Santa Cruz.

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My #SantaCruzLife: Holiday Baking & Gift Wrap Tips, Plus a Free Pass to Bay Area Museums

My Santa Cruz Life: Holiday Baking, Gift-wrapping, Museum PassesIt’s been a long time since I’ve written to the sound of raindrops on my roof. The added thunder and hail last week provided just the right soundtrack for this holiday-themed edition of My #SantaCruzLife.

Read on for a holiday baking hack, convenient gift-wrapping tip, plus visit Bay Area museums for free. Be sure to scroll to the bottom for a bonus reader-contributed tip for your scaly pets!
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