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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Santa Cruz Holiday Craft Fairs & Shopping Events 2018

2018 santa cruz holiday craft fairs and shopping events‘Tis the season to shop unique, handmade, and most of all, local.

Santa Cruz businesses and organizations are making it easy with a full slate of holiday shopping fairs, makers markets, and boutiques.

Be sure to check back often, as new pop-up shopping events are added throughout the holiday season.

Here’s a roundup of some of the best opportunities to buy some awesome gifts and help support the local economy and arts culture at the same time. [Read more…]

This Weekend in Santa Cruz: October 26th – 28th, 2018

halloween surf statue

Halloween is just around the corner and this weekend is full of events get you into the spooky spirit!

You can see a free Halloween movie in the park, participate in a murder mystery investigation, an annual Halloween Parade and more! If you feel up to doing something without the spooky vibe, you can take in some Santa Cruz Symphony performances or even view a world travel photography slide show by a punk rock legend.

Happy Haunting, Santa Cruz!

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: October 19th – 21st, 2018

santa cruz wharf

Santa Cruz events this weekend range from spooky to festively fall, with some Burning Man inspiration for good measure.

And if you have not had a chance to attend a harvest festival, Open Studios, or a Santa Cruz Derby game this season, then this weekend is for you.

Once you’re done planning this weekend you’ll also want to check out our 2018 Halloween Event Guide, which you’ll find at the end of this post. Enjoy!

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

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