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 15th – 17th, 2018

roundup june 15, 2018

This weekend we celebrate dads, grads and the beginning of summer vacation.

Friday night brings the first Free Friday Night Bands on the Beach concert. Saturday marks an important date in history for freedom with a fantastic community celebration. Sunday is Father’s Day, and you can treat that special dad to a firehouse breakfast, a history walk through the redwoods, or a chuckwagon BBQ and steam train ride.

UCSC graduation also takes place this weekend, so be prepared for a lot of traffic and activity around town.

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

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: June 8th – 10th, 2018

Weekend events, june 8-10, 2018

This weekend brings some favorite annual events such as the Japanese Cultural Festival, back for its 32nd year. One of California’s most popular custom car shows cruises into town, and an annual celebration of locally grown Gerbera daisies will bring some bright summer color to your weekend, too.

There’s also plenty of happenings on the local food and craft beverage scene, an opportunity to immerse yourself in a spectrum of light, and a variety of fabulous theater, song, and dance performances in store. So get out there and have some fun!

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

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: June 1st – 3rd, 2018

santa cruz events: june 1, 2018

Photo Credit: Arts Council Santa Cruz County

It’s true. Summer is here and festival season has begun in Santa Cruz!

Head Downtown for the Ebb & Flow River Arts Festival and Santa Cruz Pride Parade and Festival, or celebrate in the redwoods at the Redwood Mountain Faire and Bonny Doon Art, Wine & Brew Festival.

To top it off, we’ve got Open Streets Watsonville, the symphony with a movie-themed twist, a spring carnival, and a few other fun surprises.

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

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