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: February 16th – 18th, 2018

Main Beach from Santa Cruz Wharf

The month of romance lingers on with a concert that celebrates music and the night sky, as well as a performance that poses a very interesting question. If you find yourself in need of some health and lifestyle changes, world renowned alternative health guru Deepak Chopra is coming to town to discuss that very topic.

Maybe you want to shake things up this weekend and attend an event to taste some unique flavor-twisted adult beverages or catch a national touring burlesque performance. There are also opportunities to help out in the community in a variety of ways.

Whatever you decide to do, we hope you have a great Santa Cruz weekend!

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

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: February 9th – 11th, 2018

migration festival at natural bridges

This weekend we celebrate a local icon at the Rio Theater and say goodbye (for now) to our favorite winged friends at Natural Bridges.

Basketball fans get a full Warriors weekend with two games and a special Warriors event on Saturday. It’s another packed weekend as we head towards Valentine’s Day. Enjoy!

Here are our picks for the top events each day this weekend:

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

natural bridges tidepool

Hot on the heels of supermoon excitement comes Super Bowl weekend and we’ve rounded up a variety of things to do as we roll into a new month.

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

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