Santa Cruz Events

Santa Cruz County has great events all year long, and we'll keep you up to date on the best events, right here.


Santa Cruz knows how to celebrate holidays, as is evidenced by the massive influx of visitors with each major holiday. HIghlights include 4th of July in Santa Cruz, Halloween, and the Christmas holidays.

Recurring Events

Santa Cruz is home to some great recurring events. The First Friday of each month is an art lover's dream, while bargain hunters love the Santa Cruz Antique Faire, held the first Sunday of each month.
During the summer months you can enjoy weekly outdoor events like the Wednesday night Movies on the Beach, Thursday night Beach Parties at the Crow's Nest, Friday Night Bands on the Beach, Sunday Art & Music in Capitola, and many more.

Annual Events

Over the years Santa Cruz, Capitola, and the surrounding communities have developed some amazing annual events. Summer is the unofficial event season, but you can find great events year round.
Favorites include Woodies on the Wharf, the Capitola Rod & Custom Classic Car Show, the Wharf to Wharf Race, the newly added Pleasure Point Street Fair, Begonia Festival, Capitola Art & Wine Festival, Restaurant Week, the Santa Cruz County Fair, the Santa Cruz Open Studios Art Tour, Santa Cruz Film Festival, the Santa Cruz Greek Festival, and Santa Cruz TEDx. And that's just the tip of the iceberg.
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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: May 18th – 20th, 2018

Begin your weekend “Aloha Friday” style with two Hawaiian music acts to choose from.

On Saturday, there’s countywide fun with events taking place in the mountains, Davenport, Watsonville, Capitola, and Downtown Santa Cruz.

And what’s Sunday without #SundayFunday and a Oaxacan cultural festival?

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

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: May 11th – 13th, 2018

west cliff drive stop sign

This weekend you can dance in the street, run West Cliff Drive, and wine walk in Watsonville or Downtown Santa Cruz.

Moms, of course, take center stage, and there are plenty of ways to celebrate Mother’s Day or a moms night out. Happy Mother’s Day to all of you Santa Cruz moms out there!

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

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: May 4th – 6th, 2018

The first weekend of May is upon on us, and we’ve lined up some great events to help you bring in the month in style!

The First Friday Art Tour kicks off what is set to be an art-filled weekend with a variety of choices such as a spring art market, a paint and sip workshop, pottery seconds sale, fantastic live music concerts and some grand theater performances. Saturday is Cinco De Mayo and we’ve got a plan to help you celebrate this traditional holiday, too.

Even if your idea of fun is just hanging out with stormtroopers and droids, we know just what to do!

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

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