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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: June 3rd – 5th, 2016

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Take your pick of festivals each day this weekend, from film to Japanese culture to Santa Cruz Pride. It’s true, event season has begun in Santa Cruz!

In addition to the unveiling of a new skate park, treat yourself to the symphony with a surf-themed twist, and of course, First Friday is always a fun way to get things started.

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

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2016 Memorial Day Weekend Events in Santa Cruz

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We all know that Memorial Day Weekend brings big crowds to town, but it also brings some great events.

This weekend’s events include a star studded music festival, a major surfing competition, and a milestone anniversary for an iconic local institution.

Beer lovers will be excited to learn about a big grand opening this Friday (choose from 60+ craft beers, and pour your own beer!).  And if you’re looking to stock up on some summer reading material, then be sure to check out the Friends of Santa Cruz Public Libraries annual Spring Book Sale.

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

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

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This weekend kicks off with a celebration of the best and brightest in Santa Cruz on Friday evening (complete with red carpet!).

We’ll also be treated to a hometown derby bout, the Arboretum’s annual Spring Plant Sale, a one-of-a-kind event that cat owners won’t want to miss, a fashion show, a special wildflower walk, and a live performance so good it’s being broadcast from Moscow.

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

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Santa Cruz Easter Events 2016

Easter is almost here, and this year there are plenty of festive events throughout Santa Cruz County.

From Easter brunches to Easter Egg Hunts (one with 20,000 eggs!), to photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny, there is something for everyone.

Here is a full list of the top Easter events in and around Santa Cruz this year.

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Santa Cruz 4th of July 2015 Events

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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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2015 Woodies on the Wharf

21st Annual Woodies on the Wharf: June 27, 2015

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Eras can often be define by their popular cars.

What would the 2000s be without the Hummer, the 80s without sports cars, the 60s without VW Vans?  This is the time of year when Santa Cruzans honor the iconic cars of the pre-60s decades.

That’s right, it’s time for another Woodies on the Wharf event.

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Santa Cruz New Year’s Eve Events – Welcome 2015!

Looking for this year’s New Year’s Eve events? You’ll find this year’s NYE events here.

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Are you ready for 2015?

Ready or not, we’ve got one last night to party in 2014.  Below is a list of New Year’s Eve events in and around Santa Cruz.

There are some great parties, lots of live music, and plenty of bubbly to enjoy as you ring in the new year.

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Get Festive! Your Guide to the Best 2014 Santa Cruz Holiday Events

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Looking for an updated list of 2015 holiday events?  You’ll find one here.

The holiday season is here, and that means there are a bunch of great local holiday events to partake in.

Santa Cruz is home to some great annual holiday events, such as the Holiday Lights Train, the Lighted Boat Parade, and the Downtown Holiday Parade.

New to the holiday event lineup this year is Winterfest, a festival in Downtown Santa Cruz which, at least for this year, takes the place of the popular Snow Night.

There are also tree lighting festivals around the county, and great live performances.

Here is a day-by-day list of all the holiday events coming your way:
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Santa Cruz Weekend Events: Nov. 28 – 30, 2014

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Photo taken in front of Pleasure Point Pilates

The weekend after Thanksgiving…let the shopping and holiday festivities begin!

The holiday season kicks off with Surfin’ Santa Cruz in the Capitola Village, and the launch of the Train to Christmas Town.  Shopping events also start this weekend, with Small Business Saturday, Downtown sidewalk sales, and the Surf City Vintners annual art, wine & gift bazaar.

Read on to see the rest of our picks for the best events in Santa Cruz this weekend.

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How’s the Market? Santa Cruz County Market Report: October 2014

Santa Cruz Real Estate Market Statistics
It’s been a while since our last update on the local housing market. What’s happened to housing in Santa Cruz County since the summer?

For starters, prices are up and inventory is down.

The median price for single family homes in October was $715,000, up 11% from last October, and up a healthy 6% from September. Condos had a median price of $465,000 in October. This is an increase of 24% from a year ago, and a 9% gain from September.

Evaluating the numbers gives us a good start at understanding the housing market, but while the numbers never lie, they don’t always paint the whole picture. That’s why this month we want to open the topic of the Santa Cruz real estate market up to local agents.

If you’re an agent in Santa Cruz County then head over to our Facebook page to let us know what’s really happening in the market. What’s hot? what’s not? Where’s the market heading? Add your voice, or just read along to find out what the experts have to say, at the following link:

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October Housing Statistics in Santa Cruz County:

Single Family Homes

 20132014% Change
New Inventory198158-20%
Avg. Sales Price$687,750$794,80616%
Median Price$647,000$715,00011%

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