This Weekend in Santa Cruz: April 21st – 23rd, 2017

Santa Cruz Events 4-21-2017

Mother Nature is planning on bringing plenty of sunshine in honor of Earth Day this weekend. We’ve gathered up all the Earth Day events taking place now through this weekend. You can find them all in our guide to Earth Day 2017

This weekend also brings cultural events, an annual fashion show, wine-tasting in Soquel and a Central Coast premiere of an award winning play. If that all sounds too conventional for your taste then don’t worry…we also get to see thousands of rubber ducks on a slip ‘n slide.

Have a great weekend!

Santa Cruz Earth Day

Earth Day Events

You’ll see some Earth Day events below on our roundup, but if you want to check out all the Earth Day events (including some mid-week events) then visit our 2017 Santa Cruz Earth Day Guide.


Community Drumming with Jim Greiner in Soquel On April 21st

When: 4/21 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Where: Inner Light Center, 5630 Soquel Dr., Soquel, CA 95073
Cost: $10

Join percussionist and educator, Jim Greiner,  at his monthly Playful Empowerment themed community drumming session. Everyone is welcome, from experienced drummers to first-timers. Plus, this is an all-ages event so feel free to bring the kids. Percussion instruments are provided so all you have to do is show up ready to have a good time.

Get more info here.

FashionTEENS 2017

FashionTeensWhen: 4/21 at 7:00 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
Cost: $5-$15

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.

3rd Friday: Beyond Borders

When: 4/21 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History
Cost: $5 General, $4 Students, FREE for MAH Members and Children under 5

Join local organizations fighting for political, cultural and artistic justice at the MAH this Friday. A packed schedule of music, dance, film, readings, poetry, demonstrations and workshops await.

Get more info here.

The Nether

netherWhen: 4/21 – 4/22 at 8:00 pm, 4/23 at 3:00 pm
Where: Center Street Theater
Cost: $20-$22

Part science fiction, part crime drama, The Nether is an award winning play that explores the battle between technology and human desire. Complete sensory immersion awaits in a new virtual world where people are free to indulge upon every impulse. This is the first production of The Nether on the Central Coast.

Get more info here and buy tickets here.

Also on Friday

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Soquel Village Sip & Stroll Wine Walk

soquel sip and wine stroll

When: 4/22 from 12:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Where: Soquel Village
Cost: $30-$34 Early birds $38 Day of

Shopping, wine tasting, raffles and great food? You’ll find it all in Soquel Village this Saturday. Enjoy a dozen wine tasting stations at local businesses between noon and 5:30 pm. There will be special raffles, shopping, and food from Ate3One.

Get more info here.

27th Annual Ducky Derby

When: 4/22 from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm
Where: Harvey West Park
Cost: Free

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 27th Annual Ducky Derby. All money raised goes to scholarships and charities in Santa Cruz.

Get more info here.

Wildflower Weekend

When: 4/22 – 4/23 from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Where: Rancho del Oso Nature and History Center
Cost: Free

Wildflowers are in bloom and there’s no better place to view them than Waddell Valley. This weekend Rancho del Oso is hosting their annual Wildflower Weekend, an event showcasing over fifty native plants along with several non-native species. Botanist-led walks are offered at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm each day.

Get more info here.

Earth Day 2017

Earth Day Santa Cruz

When: April 22 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Where: San Lorenzo Park

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.

Spring Concert – For the Beauty of the Earth


When: 4/22 at 8:00 pm & 4/23 at 4:00 pm
Where: Calvary Episcopal Church
Cost: In advance—$12 General/Senior, $5 Student; Door—$15 General, $12 Senior, $5 Student

In the spirit of Earth Day, join Ariose Singers, Santa Cruz’s highly regarded chamber choir, for a concert celebrating the wonder and tribulations of life on our planet. Under the direction of new artistic director, Camille Couture, the concert program features Aaron Copland’s The Lark as well as Frostiana, Randall Thompson’s setting of seven Robert Frost poems.

Get more info here.

Earth Day Cleanups

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 in Downtown Santa Cruz. Get more info here.

There will also be habitat restoration and cleanup efforts with the California State Parks Foundation at Lighthouse Field State Beach—plant butterfly friendly native plants—and Seabright State Beach. Get more info here.

The Nether

See Description Under Friday Section

Also on Saturday

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Move for Mar Vista 5k

When: 4/23 at 9:00 am
Where: Aptos Village Park
Cost: $30

Support Mar Vista Elementary this Sunday with an 80s themed run in Nisene Marks. All ages and fitness levels are welcome and costumes are encouraged! Proceeds will go towards building a new track at Mar Vista Elementary School.

Get more info here.

Earth Day/Day of the Child


When: 4/23 from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Where: Downtown City Plaza
Cost: Free

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 info 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.

Wildflower Weekend

See Description Under Saturday Section

For the Beauty of the Earth

See Description Under Saturday Section

The Nether

See Description Under Friday Section

Also on Sunday

Featured Upcoming Event

What: Vaqueros on the Rancho
Where: Castro Adobe State Historic Park
When: Sat, May 6, 2017, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM PDT 

Celebrate Vaqueros on the Rancho at Castro Adobe State Historic Park. Vaqueros are horse-mounted livestock herders who played a significant role in California’s heritage, beginning with the first Spanish expedition into Alta California in 1769.

Learn Vaquero’s traditions at this unique event that will include traditional vaquero-style horsemen on horseback, demonstrations, andtours of the Castro Adobe. This fundraiser supports Castro Adobe State Historic Park.

Get more info here.


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Ethan Oates fell in love with Santa Cruz while visiting as a child. He has lived in Santa Cruz since the mid '90's, and is happiest when spending time with his family.