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: March 23rd – 25th, 2018

west cliff rock stacks

There are some big events happening this weekend such as an award show that celebrates the best of our locally creative entrepreneurs, as well as a farewell concert and send-off for a Santa Cruz favorite homegrown singer. (Hint: His first name is James, last name is Durbin!)

Get a head start on egg hunts, march for beer, attend a sheep shearing, watch some basketball, celebrate science and listen to a concert of harps and much more. Check out what we have on tap for you!

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

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Santa Cruz Easter Events 2018

The Easter bunny will be making the rounds from the mountains to the beach and in between, hopping from egg hunts to brunches to photo opportunities with little ones.

So hop to it and make those brunch reservations, grab those baskets, and maybe plan a prank or two because this year Easter happens to fall on April Fool’s Day. Some festivities start as early as the weekend before Easter so be sure to note specific event dates.

Here’s our roundup of the top Easter events in and around Santa Cruz this year.

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: March 16th – 18th, 2018

Seabright Sunset

Photo by Valerie Lemke

The “Ides of March” are upon us just in time for a Shakespeare performance that shows us the original meaning behind that term. Speaking of theater performances, there are several choices this weekend, including a world premiere!

Also, one of the year’s most popular 5K/10K races that celebrates women comes to town, and it’s not too late to join.

There’s plenty to do, whether attending a season opener of our favorite roller derby league, or celebrating the world’s tiniest bird, you’re going to find something just right for you.

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

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