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 13th – 15th, 2018

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It’s beginning to feel like spring around here these days. You might be feeling the urge to get out and about to enjoy the longer days, but you don’t know what to do. Well, look no further! We have a unique line-up of events to help you find some good weekend fun.

You can spend a day celebrating the kids in your life, grab some opportunities to take in some shows or spend an evening swapping succulents. How about checking out some amazing bonsai trees? You can even learn how to grow and care for your own. These are only a few of the many things in store for a great weekend!

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

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: April 6th – 8th, 2018

Though the weekend is scheduled to start out with a dose of April showers, there’s still plenty to do regardless of what the Pineapple Express brings our way!

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

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: March 30th – April 1st, 2018

West Cliff flowersThis weekend is all about egg hunts, Sunday brunches, and Easter bunny sightings.

Plus, don’t miss a milestone celebration in south County…Watsonville’s Sesquicentennial Anniversary!

Happy Easter!

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

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