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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


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


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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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: June 17th – 19th, 2016

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Here comes another epic Santa Cruz weekend:

Friday night brings the first Free Friday Night Concert on the Beach at the Boardwalk, a special Third Friday at the MAH, and a chance to get a head start on Father’s Day.

Saturday has something for everyone, including the 15th Annual Jay Race, Ebb & Flow, a garden tour and a great festival. We’ve also got Dad covered with plenty of great options for Father’s day on Sunday.

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

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Santa Cruz 4th of July 2016 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: 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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