About Valerie Lemke

Valerie Lemke was a transplant from the Bay Area to Santa Cruz County over 25 years ago, and hasn't looked back since. She is a local freelance writer and photographer who loves writing about and photographing one of the most beautiful regions in the world, the Central Coast.

This Weekend in Santa Cruz: Oct. 20th – 22nd, 2017

walton lighthouse at sunset

Photo by Valerie Lemke

The leaves are beginning to fall and the days are getting shorter here along the central coast. But, there’s still enough nice weather and daylight to enjoy some great outdoor fun such as celebrating the harvest or going on a county wide art tour.

Don’t worry, when the sun goes down there are plenty of performances and concerts to keep you entertained!

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

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: October 13th – 15th, 2017

Santa Cruz wharf and roundabout

Attention all of you weekend enthusiasts, we have a full line-up just for you. Check out the Open Studios tour in the south county for your art viewing pleasure. While you’re there, make a stop by a special State Historic Park for an open house. Are you looking for something different with a twist? View a cemetery architecture photo display or learn how to read the Tarot Cards.

There’s also plenty of food, wine, beer and music to set the perfect relaxing fall weekend mood.

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

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: October 6th – 8th, 2017

Kids at beach in santa cruz

This is the weekend that art fans wait for all year. It’s also a weekend packed with an incredible variety of fun events.

You can choose from Open Studios or Open Streets (or better yet, go to both!), enjoy fireworks, watch a busy downtown street transform into an all-ages playground, and welcome back our beloved monarchs.

Event planners also seem to be betting big that people will be really hungry this weekend as there are some epic food and beverage related events to choose from.

Oh, and it’s First Friday…and we’ve barely scratched the surface.

See the full lineup below, and have a great weekend!

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