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: July 20th – 22nd, 2018

Pleasure Point Sunset

Will it be Food Truck Friday or Friday Night Bands on the Beach? Wine tasting in the Santa Cruz Mountains or Bargetto’s Art & Wine Festival?

More importantly, will you be walking/running the Wharf to Wharf, or cheering and dancing on the sidelines?

No worries! You can’t go wrong with any of the fun options in store on this mid-July weekend, so just get out there and enjoy.

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

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: July 13th – 15th, 2018

We’re kicking off the weekend early with a couple of Thursday events we think you’ll love — a popup picnic in the park and a Frida Kahlo film screening.

Top it off with some family-friendly fun outdoors: movies under the stars, a wacky water play day, and a fermentation festival!

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

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: July 6th – 8th, 2018

School’s out for summer, but Friday Night Recess is on!

Saturday celebrates the simple things in life: summer reads, a night hike, good music and dancing.

And Sunday’s Makers Market is a great time to support local arts and crafts.

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

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