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: April 27th – 29th, 2018

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This weekend we have duck races, fish stories, sheep shearing, and even a day for an albatross on our list of events.

If that hasn’t piqued your interest, then how about a day to celebrate jazz on the wharf, a meet and greet with an inspiring activist and artist, or an exciting high school performance set in 1950s New York City?

These (and about a hundred more events!) should keep the good times flowing all weekend long:

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Mother’s Day 2018 in Santa Cruz

Bountiful brunches are just the beginning of things to do for Mother’s Day in Santa Cruz, which falls on Sunday, May 13.

From shopping to the great outdoors, we’ve rounded up the best ways to spend some quality time with Mom throughout Mother’s Day weekend.

So go ahead and start planning to spoil, indulge, and celebrate the mom in your life—she deserves it.
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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: April 20th – 22nd, 2018

Santa Cruz Earth Day 2018 Photo courtesy of the incredibly talented Bill Lewis – Santa Cruz Sand

Kick off the weekend with The Beatles and Pink Floyd, food trucks and fashion. Then get ready to celebrate the planet with Earth Day events throughout the county.

Saturday night is all about cheering on the Derby Girls at the Civic…see you there!

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

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