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Santa Cruz 4th of July 2015 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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2015 Woodies on the Wharf

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

woodies on the wharf 2015

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.

santa cruz new years eve 2014

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

santa cruz christmas events 2014

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
Inventory641535-17%
New Inventory198158-20%
Sales1621631%
Avg. Sales Price$687,750$794,80616%
Median Price$647,000$715,00011%

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Halloween Weekend in Santa Cruz 2014

Santa Cruz Surf Statue Pumpkin

With Halloween landing on a Friday, this weekend’s event roundup contains a ton of Halloween events.  The forecast calls for rain on Halloween so that could dampen the outdoor festivities, but there are also plenty of fun indoor options this year.

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

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Halloween Events in Santa Cruz 2014

Looking for a listing of Halloween Events for 2016? You’re in luck! You can find them here.

Halloween Santa Cruz 2014
Halloween is just around the corner.  Time to work on those costumes, and plan your Halloween activities.  We can’t offer much help with the costumes, but we’ve got you covered for all the best Halloween events in Santa Cruz.  Here is a day by day listing of all the Halloween events this month:

Friday, Oct. 24 & Saturday, Oct. 25

Thomas and Percy’s Halloween Party

For the first time at Roaring Camp, Thomas the Tank Engine’s buddy Percy will join him on the rails to give an instructional and festive Halloween ride.  Activities include: Temporary Tattoos, Face Painting, Story Telling, Videos, Train Play Tables, Pick a Pumpkin (small pumpkins for little ones), Cookie decorating, photos with Sir Topham Hatt, Thomas store and entertainment.

Roaring Camp Railroads
10/18, 10/19, 10/25, 10/26, 1/1, 1/2
Cost: $24

Roaring Camp Halloween Ghost Train

Celebrate Halloween Roaring Camp style by boarding the Ghost Train for a ride through the haunted forest, as scenes from The Legend of Sleepy Hollow are reenacted.  Once off the train your youngsters will be able to enjoy games, Trick or Treating, and a haunted house.

Roaring Camp Railroads
Friday, October 24 & Saturday, October 25
Cost: $28

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GLOW: The Brightest Nights of the Year in Santa Cruz

GLOW 2014 Santa Cruz

Are you ready for the two brightest nights of the year in downtown Santa Cruz?

Once a year the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History transforms the museum, the adjacent Abbott Square, and Cooper Street into a festival of fire, light, and illuminated digital art.

GLOW 2014 is a two day festival.  The first night is A Festival of Light and the second night is A Festival of Fire.  The 3rd annual GLOW Festival takes place on Friday, October 17th & Saturday, October 18th, 2014.

Attendees will be treated to elaborate illuminated digital art, live performances, and plenty of interactive exhibits.  This is a chance to see world class artists and performers who you would be more likely to see at Burning Man than your average museum exhibit.

Simply put, it’s a spectacle, and one you won’t want to miss.

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First Time Open Studios Artists: Meet This Year’s Rookie Class

new open studios artists 2014

I’m not exactly sure when I started attending Open Studios, but I know I’ve spent at least a decade devoting my October weekends to visiting local artist studios.

Open Studios is my personal favorite annual event in Santa Cruz, and much of that can be attributed to the returning artists whose studios I visit each year.  There are a handful of artists who are on my must-see list every year.  Paul Fortis, Barbara Bailey-Porter, Marie Gabrielle, Paul Zaretzky, Sandra Cherk, Mary Offerman, and Ea Eckerman (before he stopped showing his work in Open Studios two years ago), just to name a few.

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