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: June 29th – July 1st, 2018

Gotta love a weekend that starts off with a full moon forest adventure and ends with art and music at the beach.

Saturday features a Roller Derby Double Header, the annual Medicine Buddha Festival, and an afternoon for hard cider enthusiasts.

Be sure to scroll down to the bottom of this post to start planning some Fourth of July fun!

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

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Santa Cruz 4th of July Events (2018 Edition)

Santa Cruz 4th of July

4th of July in Santa Cruz.  For some it means pancake breakfasts, parades and parties in the park.

For others it means backyard barbecue in the afternoon and fireworks at night.

It could even mean watching fireworks from an evening boat cruise or kayak on the bay.

4th of July events in Santa Cruz County include family friendly old-fashioned celebrations at Wilder Ranch and Roaring Camp, two official fireworks shows, and parades spanning from Watsonville to San Lorenzo Valley.

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: June 22nd – 24th, 2018

Cruz into the weekend with Friday Night Bands on the Beach…we’ll see you on the sand!

Saturday’s family-friendly lineup features a street fair, summer kick-off festival, and our favorite Woodies on the Wharf.

The celebrations continue on Sunday with O’neill Sea Odyssey and Art & Music at the Beach…where else?

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

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