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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Labor Day Weekend Events

Santa Cruz Labor Day 2018

This Friday we say goodbye to the final Free Friday Night Bands on the Beach concert and hello to a 3-day weekend!

A couple of local breweries are celebrating Labor Day Weekend in style with parking lot parties, and a local business marks its first anniversary with a gift of free classes to the community.

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

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: August 24th – 26th, 2018

Photo credit: Jennalee Dahlen

There’s plenty of summer fun packed into the first weekend after back to school…

You’ll find movies and bands on the beach, tequila and tacos in the park, and a derby doubleheader downtown.

Dogs get their own pool party and some of our favorite local stores have banded together for a one-day sale you definitely don’t want to miss.

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

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: August 17th – 19th, 2018

Santa Cruz Polynesian Festival

The dog days of summer will be bringing us great weather this weekend, perfect for attending festivals, relaxing with some amazing outdoor concerts or even watching an authentic outrigger race… all of which you can find this weekend around Santa Cruz County!

Speaking of dog days, there’s even day at a local festival where your four-legged family member is invited!

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

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