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Ethan Oates fell in love with Santa Cruz while visiting as a child. He has lived in Santa Cruz since the mid '90's, and is happiest when spending time with his family.

This Weekend in Santa Cruz: June 30th – July 2nd, 2017 (Plus 4th of July Preview)

santa cruz events june 30-july 2, 2017

See our picks for the top events each day this weekend, and get a start with your plans for the 4th in this edition of the Weekend Roundup:

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: June 16th – 18th, 2017

father's day weekend

School’s out, Sunday is Father’s Day, and this weekend brings the first Free Friday Night Band on the Beach at the Boardwalk.

Hello summer!

UCSC graduation also takes place this weekend, so be prepared for a lot of traffic and activity around town.

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

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Santa Cruz 4th of July 2017 Events

Santa Cruz 4th of July

4th of July in Santa Cruz.

For some it means pancake breakfasts, parades and parties in the park.

For others it means backyard barbecue in the afternoon and fireworks at night.

There are plenty of ways to celebrate Independence Day in Santa Cruz County.

4th of July events in Santa Cruz County include family friendly old-fashioned celebrations at Wilder Ranch and Roaring Camp, the county’s only official fireworks show in Scotts Valley, and parades spanning from Watsonville to San Lorenzo Valley.

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: May 5th – 7th, 2017

santa cruz events may 5-7, 2017

This weekend offers multiple events for art enthusiasts, great local artisan shopping opportunities to help you get started with your Mother’s day shopping, two sure-to-be-delicious events at the Food Lounge, live music in the park, and much more.

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

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: April 21st – 23rd, 2017

Santa Cruz Events 4-21-2017

Mother Nature is planning on bringing plenty of sunshine in honor of Earth Day this weekend. We’ve gathered up all the Earth Day events taking place now through this weekend. You can find them all in our guide to Earth Day 2017

This weekend also brings cultural events, an annual fashion show, wine-tasting in Soquel and a Central Coast premiere of an award winning play. If that all sounds too conventional for your taste then don’t worry…we also get to see thousands of rubber ducks on a slip ‘n slide.

Have a great weekend!

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: March 31st – April 2nd, 2017


This weekend you’ll have a chance to swing into spring with food trucks, beer gardens and dancing.

You can cheer on our (playoff-bound!) Warriors, catch a classic musical with one of our favorite fictional characters, and head to the beach to cheer on real life heroes.

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

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

The Hook

What’s in store for the first weekend of Spring?

You can celebrate some of the best and brightest in our community, catch a weekend-long event at Steamer Lane and Cowell’s, and join a fun fundraiser for a new community resource for starters.

Those and many other great events are coming our way this weekend. Here are our top picks for the days ahead:

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

West Cliff Sunset

We can’t predict the future, but we can read the weather report, and at the time of this writing it looks like we’re in for some much needed sun this weekend.



Just in time to get out and enjoy all the weekend events coming our way. We’re planning on soaking up some sun at Saturday’s Migration Festival at Natural Bridges.

Warriors fans can enjoy two home games, though one of the “home” games is in Oakland.

The weekend also brings live performances, a look at paranormal phenomenon in Santa Cruz, a local rock cover band on the beach, and Pie for the People – sounds yummy, right?

Here are our picks for the top events each day this weekend:

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: February 3rd – 5th, 2017

santa cruz weekend events feb 3-5, 2017

Football fans will be focused on the Superbowl, but if you’re reading this then you know there’s much more to enjoy this weekend.

Looks like we’ll be due for more rain, but that won’t put a damper on the Warriors Friday night game or the full slate of First Friday events throughout the county. This weekend also offers inspiring live performances, an out-of-rink experience with the Derby Girls…and some half-naked comedians.

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

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Santa Cruz Backpacking Tours: Roughing It With an Expert Guide by Your Side

Santa Cruz Backpacking Tours 2017

Photo by @genghis_johnn

Are you ready for the quintessential Santa Cruz Mountains experience?

Better yet, want an expert tour guide by your side?

Naturalist-led Santa Cruz backpacking tours are being offered again this year by California State Parks, from April through September. These 1-3 night trips offer the classic Santa Cruz backpacking experience, with the added bonus of being led by a knowledgeable State Park professional.

There are six backpacking trips to choose from, some of which take you through lesser known portions of our state parks.

Last year’s tours sold out, and we expect this year’s to sell out quickly as well. The video below gives a great overview of the tours:

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