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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: April 21st – 23rd, 2017

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Look…sun!

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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

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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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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: The Happy New Year Edition

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And, that’s a wrap. This weekend we say goodbye to 2016 and usher in 2017.

As expected, the big events around town this weekend are the New Year’s Eve parties. We’ve gathered all the NYE parties and events to help you ring in the new year.

New Year’s Day is bursting with opportunities to get outdoors and start the new year off with some fresh Santa Cruz air.

See the full roundup of events below:

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Santa Cruz New Year’s Eve Events – Welcome 2017!

New Year's Eve Santa Cruz 2016

How do you want to ring in the New Year?

You can keep it casual or dress to the nines, party on the beach or head to a club. Whatever your New Year’s objective, there’s probably an event that’s just right for you.

We’ve broken out this year’s Santa Cruz New Year’s Eve events into categories to help you find just what you’re looking for:

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: December 16th – 18th, 2016

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Holiday events continue this weekend with performances of The Nutcracker, Winterpalooza, Holidays on the Ranch, and a few more local artisan shopping events.

Even the Warriors are spreading the holiday cheer with a festive ugly sweater t-shirt giveaway (yeah, you read that right).

There are plenty of non-holiday events to choose from too, including a food truck event and a rockin’ anniversary celebration.

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: November 18th – 20th, 2016

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The week started with a super moon that was lost behind some super fog, and will end with what looks to be a super weekend full of fun events.

This weekend brings another Warriors home game, a Tony nominated play, a film festival and a radical night at the MAH.

You’ll also have a few opportunities to get a jump on your holiday shopping with some unique local shopping events, and (even though Thanksgiving isn’t here yet), you can also catch a holiday train to the North Pole.

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

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