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: August 10th – 12th, 2018

This Weekend in Santa Cruz, August 10-12, 2018

Mid August is upon us and we might suddenly realize that we need to grab summer by reins and start checking off the activities that remain on on our summer bucket list. Maybe you realized that you haven’t even started a list. Well no worries, we’ve got you covered! This weekend has so many fun events to choose from, you might be able to knock that list out once and for all.

There are plenty of festivals, music and outdoor events for those who want to be out and about this weekend.  But, if you want to avoid the summer sun and heat of the day, we even have some suggestions for that.  You can attend some amazing performances, shop a book sale to benefit local libraries or relax with friends with some fantastic local food and craft drinks and much more.

Happy weekend, Santa Cruz!

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

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: August 3rd – 5th, 2018

Church St. Fair

Summer ain’t over yet, which means there are still bands on the beach to kick off the weekend and festival season is in full swing.

This weekend, two local businesses celebrate milestone anniversaries, the circus is in town, and we have events celebrating everything from strawberries to non-stop music that will have you dancing in the streets.

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

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: July 27th – 29th, 2018

This weekend starts off with Bands on the Beach, a highly anticipated summer block party, and a summer camp themed event you won’t want to miss.

The fun continues all weekend long, with a slew of family friendly events, live music from Capitola to Scotts Valley, and an invitation to visit (and learn about) one of our favorite local hidden treasures.

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

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