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: November 16th – 18th, 2018

Ready or not, the holidays are coming! We found some fun events to get you into the holiday spirit.

Enjoy a classic Christmas play or go ice skating by the beach. Get a head start on your gift list by shopping local artisan craft and wreath sales, or make something yourself.

If you are not quite ready to deck the halls, take heart. You can go wine-tasting, hear some local stories and hear the Youth Symphony debut a Korean-inspired composition.

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

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: November 9th – 11th, 2018

West Cliff Magic Hour

Though the weather has been warm and sunny, it might suddenly occur to you that holiday shopping is on the horizon. We found several fairs and events lined up for this weekend that will help with that holiday shopping while you’re out enjoying the beautiful Santa Cruz weather.

Veteran’s Day is Sunday and there are events on tap to honor our Veterans, too. Thank you to all of our Veterans out there. Have a great weekend everyone!

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

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: November 2nd – 4th, 2018

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The first weekend of November is here and that means Daylight Saving Time is coming to an end. We have a full agenda on tap with great ideas for spending that extra hour you’ll gain.

This weekend brings back a favorite art festival featuring glassy coastal treasures, a few Día de Los Muertos celebrations, a surfing competition that promises to be a bit freaky, and so much more that you might have a hard time choosing your favorite.

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

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