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: September 21st – 23rd, 2018

Photo by Valerie Lemke

Festivals, performances and outdoor family fun are all waiting for you this weekend, Santa Cruz!

Tour California’s newest State Historic Park, attend some special community fundraising events, watch a film festival that will bring you epic mountain adventures, or unwind at a weekend-long mountain concert under the amazing redwoods.

Maybe, you really just want to take your dog out to dinner instead…well, you can even do that, too. Have a great weekend!

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

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: September 14th – 16th, 2018

santa cruz county fair 2018

The last full weekend of summer rolls in just in time for one of the year’s biggest events as the Santa Cruz County Fair returns to the fairgrounds.

There are also festivals, follies, feathered friends and a whole lot of fun things to do. Have you ever wanted to bust out with some roller derby skating moves, learn more about one of Monterey Bay’s misunderstood sea creatures or find out what actually lives in that local lagoon you pass by each day? Well, here’s your chance.

With so many events lined up, no one can say it’s the “same old, same old” around Santa Cruz County this weekend!

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

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: September 7th – 9th, 2018

Some of the most anticipated festivals of the year are happening this weekend around Santa Cruz. Though some see this as summer’s last hurrah, we locals know it’s just the beginning of great weather and good times ahead.

In addition to celebrations of art, wine, mole, mariachis, and all things Greek, you can learn how to survive in the wilderness, watch a movie at the beach with the kids, attend a comedy competition, and tour some fabulous art exhibits, too.

Have fun this weekend, Santa Cruz!

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

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