This Weekend in Santa Cruz: April 20th – 22nd, 2018

Santa Cruz Earth Day 2018 Photo courtesy of the incredibly talented Bill Lewis – Santa Cruz Sand

Kick off the weekend with The Beatles and Pink Floyd, food trucks and fashion. Then get ready to celebrate the planet with Earth Day events throughout the county.

Saturday night is all about cheering on the Derby Girls at the Civic…see you there!

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


Friday Night Food Truck Party with The Beatles

When: 4/20 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Where: Skypark, Scotts Valley
Cost: Free Admission

Food trucks and The Beatles music…who needs more? Don’t miss Food Truck Friday at Skypark with live music by Liam & Ryan and a variety of fabulous food truck choices including Lucy In The Fries With Diamonds, The Long & Rocky Road, Lovely Pita, Here Comes the Bun, I Wanna Hold Your Ham, and more! There will also be a Beer/Wine Garden fundraiser to benefit Scotts Valley Educational Fund (SVEF).

Get more info here.


When: 4/20 from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Where: Civic Auditorium
Cost: $10.50 – $19.00

Santa Cruz middle school and high school teenagers will not only strut their stuff on the catwalk at this fashion show, they also designed and crafted the fashions they will model. Come support the future of fashion!

Get more info here.

House of Floyd presents The Music of Pink Floyd

When: 4/20 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Where: Rio Theatre
Cost: $27 Gen, $40 Gold Circle

Hmmm…psychedelic Pink Floyd jams, a laser show, and videos from their early shows, sounds like a great way to spend a Friday and 4/20!

Get more info here.

Also on Friday

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Santa Cruz Derby Girls Harbor Hellcats vs. Humboldt Roller Derby’s Root ForceSanta Cruz Derby Girls April 21, 2018

When: 4/21. Doors: 5:45 pm, Bout: 6:45 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
Cost: $17 – $33 (10% off w/promo code SCLife18)

As longtime fans, we’re excited to be sponsoring the 2018 Santa Cruz Derby Girls. We’ll be in attendance on Saturday night, and we’d love to have you join us to help cheer on the Harbor Hellcats as they take on their neighboring rivals from the north, the Root Force from Humboldt Roller Derby. Support the Hellcats by wearing black and blue spiced up with your favorite cat accessories.

Get more info.

Buy Tickets (save w/promo code: SCLife18)


When: 4/21 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Where: Soquel Village
Cost: Early bird $35 +fee; Day of $40 +fee

Antiquing, shopping, wine tasting, and great food? You’ll find it all in Soquel Village this Saturday. Enjoy over a dozen wine tasting stations at local businesses, with complimentary bites along the way. Ate3One Food Truck will also be serving on the corner of Soquel & Main St.

Get more info here.


When: 4/21 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Where: San Lorenzo Park
Cost: Free admission

Come and enjoy a fun environmental celebration for the whole family! Event highlights include activities for kids, live music, sustainable food vendors and a beer garden, a recycled fashion show, electric vehicle showcase, and plenty of green business vendor booths.

Get more info here.

2018 March for Science

When: 4/21 at 10:00 am
Where: Assemble at Santa Cruz City Hall 

Santa Cruz joins the March for Science rally starting at Santa Cruz City Hall at 10:00 am with speakers and live music. From there, the march will proceed through Downtown, along the Riverwalk, and over to  San Lorenzo Park for the community’s Earth Day Festival.

Get more info here.

Exploring the San Lorenzo River: Earth Day BioBlitz

When: 4/21 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Where: Tannery Arts Center, (Riparian corridor behind bldg.)
Cost: Free, all ages, pre-registration required

Kick off Earth Day off with a morning walk along the San Lorenzo River and a chance to be a citizen scientist. Participating in a BioBlitz means you will help make observations and identify organisms in an attempt to record all the living species in this area.

Get more info here.

Earth Day Beach Cleanups

save our shores

When: 4/21 & 4/22
Where: Beaches throughout Santa Cruz County
Cost: Free

Join Save Our Shores for one of Monterey Bay’s largest cleanup efforts, from Panther State Beach to Hidden Beach and in between, including the San Lorenzo River Levee. In partnership with with California State Parks Foundation, there will also be cleanup events at Lighthouse Field, Seabright, and Natural Bridges State Beaches. See the full list of cleanup locations and times on the Save Our Shores website.

Get more info here.

Also on Saturday

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When: 4/22 from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Where: Watsonville City Plaza
Cost: Free Admission

Come out and celebrate youth and the environment! There will be 50 organizations and community services joining together at the event, each with booths offering fun activities for kids and information about local resources. There will also be a number of local children and teen musical and dance acts to enjoy on the main stage, affordable food options, raffle prizes, and bounce houses!

Get more info here.

Celebrate Earth Day at Hive & Hum

When: 4/22 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where: Hive & Hum, 415-B River St.

Buzz on by for Hive & Hum’s Earth Day celebration! Meet earth-loving makers and artists and shop a variety of trunk shows featuring Upcycled Skate Art, Gypsy Vine Candles, Santa Cruz Bee Company, RetroXO, and nature-inspired art by McKella Jo. Wear green for a 10% discount (exclusions apply), and feel good knowing a percentage of the day’s proceeds will be donated to UCSC Farm & Garden.

Get more info here.

Earth Day Beach Cleanups

See description under Saturday section

Also on Sunday

Featured Upcoming Events You Don’t Want to Miss

Ocean Dream Fair

What: Ocean Dream Fair
Where: Dream Inn Parking Lot
When: Saturday, April 28

Event Santa Cruz and Ventana Surfboards & Supplies are bringing together an all star cast of local artisans and food vendors for a full day of festivities just steps from West Cliff. Humble Sea and New Bohemia will be serving up sudsy beverages. This event supports Save Our Shores, who will be hosting a Cowell Beach cleanup from 12:00 – 2:00.

Get more info here.


Ducky Derby

2018 santa cruz ducky derby

What: Ducky Derby
Where: Harvey West Park
When: Saturday, April 28th

What’s more family friendly than racing 12,000 rubber ducks down a slip ‘n’ slide? You kind of have to see it to believe it. Carnival games, prizes, food, and entertainment will round out the day at Omega Nu’s 28th Annual Ducky Derby. All money raised goes to scholarships and charities in Santa Cruz.

Get more info here.

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About Christine Candelaria

Christine Candelaria is a local mom of four who enjoys sharing her Santa Cruz adventures. You can follow her #santacruzlife on Instagram at @theaumsmama.