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: December 7th – 9th, 2018

What do breweries, libraries, and female mariachis have in common? They are all featured in our jam-packed Weekend Roundup, along with holiday craft fairs and events.

This is also a great weekend to support local artists. Take a First Friday art tour, wander the Westside open studios on Saturday, or enjoy a Sunday drive to Davenport to visit an art collective by the sea.

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

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: Nov. 30th – Dec. 2nd, 2018

Some of our favorite local holiday traditions take place this weekend, rain or shine.

Saturday’s a biggie—we’ll be in our usual spot for the Downtown Holiday Parade and bundle up later for the Lighted Boat Parade, plus we’ll squeeze in some local holiday shopping in between.

Be sure to check out our Holiday Guides to plan a festive itinerary for the rest of the month.

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

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: November 23rd – 25th, 2018

Thanksgiving Weekend 2018

This Thanksgiving edition of the Weekend Roundup is filled with family-friendly ideas for entertaining your out-of-town guests.

Enjoy local holiday traditions, gift shopping in the mountains, and a zany holiday circus. Have a wonderful holiday!

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

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