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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Santa Cruz New Year’s Eve Events – Welcome 2019!

New Year's Eve Santa Cruz 2016

Get ready! 2019 is ready to make a grand entrance, which means it’s time to celebrate!

Whether you’re into a casual kind of evening or want to make it a formal affair, there are plenty of exciting choices for an evening filled with music, dancing or even bowling. Maybe you just want a quiet evening of food and drink out on the town. Whatever strikes your fancy this New Year’s Eve, we’ve got you covered.

We’ve broken out this year’s Santa Cruz New Year’s Eve events into categories to help you find just what you’re looking for:
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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: December 14th – 16th, 2018

Holiday events are in full swing this weekend as we rapidly approach the New Year!

From craft fairs and pop-up markets to the traditional Nutcracker ballet, a free family movie, holiday magic show, and so much more, you will have no trouble finding something for everyone.

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

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: December 7th – 9th, 2018

What do breweries, libraries, and female mariachis have in common? They are all featured in our jam-packed Weekend Roundup, along with holiday craft fairs and events.

This is also a great weekend to support local artists. Take a First Friday art tour, wander the Westside open studios on Saturday, or enjoy a Sunday drive to Davenport to visit an art collective by the sea.

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

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