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 9th – 11th, 2018

Santa Cruz Wharf with Clouds

This weekend, leave the wetsuit at home and jump in the chilly ocean for a great cause. Music lovers, there’s a 2-day festival just for you. And a circus put on by local kids sounds like a fun way for families to spend a potentially rainy Saturday afternoon.

See our picks for the top events this weekend (and be sure to scroll to the bottom for some upcoming events you’ll want to put on your calendar):

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: March 2nd – 4th , 2018

its beach santa cruz

March is roaring in with a flurry of fun events lined up for this weekend. From Art Tours and a pub crawl on roller skates, to NBA G League basketball as well as the opening night of two very special theater performances…and that’s just Friday!

Check out all that we have in store for the weekend, including salamanders, birds and the much anticipated Santa Cruz Half Marathon on Sunday.

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

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

westside sunset

With cooler temperatures and the possibility of rain next week, it’s finally beginning to feel like winter around Santa Cruz County. But don’t you worry, we won’t let a little weather keep you from having a ton of fun this weekend!

Maybe you will want to bundle up and go to the Boardwalk to taste some of the best chowder around at this popular local cook-off.  If you feel like staying inside, you can watch Team USA Basketball’s first appearance in Santa Cruz, attend some expert talks about our ocean, or watch a film festival packed full of epic mountain adventures.

These are just some of the many things going on in Santa Cruz County this weekend. Check it out!

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

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