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:


Thank you to the Santa Cruz Derby Girls for sponsoring this week’s roundup. August brings us two opportunities to support the Derby Girls. Join the Derby Girls at New Bohemia Brewing Co. on Aug. 18 for “Black & Blue Happy Hour” and head to the Civic later this month for a Derby Doubleheader on Aug. 25. SCDG Black & Blue

Click here to get more information about the Black and Blue Happy Hour, and here for tickets to the August doubleheader. Use code SCLife18 at checkout for 10% off.


Friday

2018 Farm to Table Wine Dinner Series – Summit to Sea Wineries

When: 8/10 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Where: Chaminade Resort & Spa
Cost: $110 per person including tax and gratuities. SOLD OUT

Start your evening with wine appetizers on the outdoor patio while you take in the spectacular view of the Monterey Bay. A five course dinner will be served at 6:30 featuring the best in locally sourced food and wine. This month’s featured winery is Summit to Sea Wineries. The seating arrangement is open style to encourage mingling among guests.

Get more info here.

AAT Presents Thoroughly Modern Millie, Jr

thoroughly modern millie jr.

When: 8/10 @ 7:00 PM, 8/11 @ 2:00 PM & 7:00 PM, and 8/12 @ 2:00 PM
Where: Louden Nelson Community Center
Cost: $13 -$20

All About Theatre presents their youth production of this Broadway smash hit. This lively musical takes place in New York City in 1922 and is told through the character of Millie Dillmount, a young woman finding her way on her own during changing times for women in the 1920s.

Get more info here.

Night Market

When: 8/10 from 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Food Lounge
Cost: No cover charge

Spend a summer evening in the courtyard at the Santa Cruz Food Lounge enjoying local food, special craft beverages and live music. A variety of local vendors, including Hanloh Thai, Mattia Pizza, and Akebulan African Cuisine, will present their best in food and drink while you relax and listen to live music by Zachary Freitas from 6-8.

Get more info here.

Blue Öyster Cult

When: 8/10 at 6:30 pm & 8:30 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Cost: Free

This favorite rock band is back at the Boardwalk for this week’s FREE Friday Night Bands on the Beach concert. Hits include The Reaper, Burnin’ for You and Godzilla. Everyone needs more cowbell in their life, so head on down for a night of music and summer fun!

Get more info here.

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Saturday

The Friends of Santa Cruz Public Libraries Art Book Extravaganza

library book saleWhen: 8/11 – 8/12 from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Where: Felix Kulpa II Art Gallery, 209 Laurel Street, Santa Cruz
Cost: Free Admission

It’s an extravaganza of art books! Come and support the Santa Cruz Public Libraries’ Community Corrections Facilities program and peruse through a huge selection of art books for purchase. There will be a $7 bag sale on Sunday from 3:00-5:00. Help support a great cause.

Get more info here.

Celebration Choir 22 Annual Spirituals Night

When: 8/11 from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Where: Mt. Hermon Conference Center
Cost: Free

This year’s annual benefit concert “Turn the World Around: Stronger Together” will feature Gospel and Spirituals with both new and favorite music from the Celebration Choir. Jazz Saxophonist, Tony Bolivar, and Concert Pianist, Marti Williams, will be joining the choir.

Get more info here.

Melt Me Into The Ocean

When: 8/11 at 3:00 pm
Where: Ocean View Park
Cost: Free

An afternoon of sound, images and technology as local renowned artists bring you an event that uses sound to connect visitors to a sense of place in Santa Cruz. From underwater recordings, to homemade technology such as radios, this will surely be a unique sound experience you won’t want to miss. This event includes periodic performances along Seabright Beach, as well as a sound walk from Seabright to Ocean View Park.

Get more info here.

David Zeltser, The Universe Ate My Homework

David Zeltser @ Bookshop Santa Cruz

When: 8/11 at 4:00 pm
Where: Bookshop Santa Cruz
Cost: Free

Kids, this one is for you! Imagine finding a parallel universe where you’ll never have to do homework again. Abby has discovered exactly that and is ready to end homework for good. But will she be able to find her way back? Come to Bookshop Santa Cruz to meet local author David Zeltzer as he presents his newest book. Open seating is set up about an hour before the event begins.

Get more info here.

41st Annual International Musical Saw Festival

When: 8/11 & 8/12 see website for times and locations
Where: Scribner Statue on Pacific Ave. and Roaring Camp

Have fun with family and friends as you discover the musical side of this handy tool. The fun starts with an open jam at the Scribner Statue outside of Bookshop Santa Cruz. Sunday’s festivities continue at Roaring Camp Railroads with several different events, including a musical saw contest and even a workshop to teach you how to play, too!

Get more info here.

Weekend with Shakespeare

When: 8/11 & 8/12 – see website for times
Where: UC Santa Cruz Arboretum and The Grove at DeLaveaga Park
Cost: Lecture series is Free. Evening performances: $20–$56

A weekend of Shakespeare artists and scholars hosting lectures, discussions and demos about this season’s productions of Romeo and Juliet and Love’s Labour’s Lost. Bring a picnic dinner to enjoy in the grove after the lecture series with more discussion and an evening performance to follow.

Get more info here.

AAT Presents Thoroughly Modern Millie

See Description Under Friday Section

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Sunday

Cabrillo Festival Student Staff Ensemble Concert

When: 8/12 at 3:30 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
Cost: Free

The Cabrillo Student Staff program is designed to bring a unique musical learning experience to young adults of all levels. Come out for a Sunday afternoon to hear the latest in music from these exceptionally talented musicians ages. Tickets are not required for this free event.

Get more info here.

A Cinematic Summer In Aptos: The Greatest Showman

aptos movie in the park

When: 8/12. Movie starts at dusk
Where: Aptos Village Park
Cost: Free

“Movie in the Park” is back this week and will feature The Greatest Showman, starring Hugh Jackman. This film was inspired by the life of P.T. Barnum. Admission is free but spare change donations will be accepted for the Live Like Coco Foundation. Live music and food truck vendors will be available before the show begins.

Get more info here.

Jessamyn Stanley, Every Body Yoga

Jessamyn Stanley @ Bookshop Santa Cruz

When: 8/12 at 7:00 pm
Where: Bookshop Santa Cruz
Cost: Free

Join yoga teacher, author and Instagram star, Jessamyn Stanley, as she discusses and signs copies of her new book, Every Body Yoga. Her book contains memoirs and guidance as she discusses her challenges in finding a healthy way of life, as well as 50 yoga poses and 10 sequences all in full color.

Get more info here.

Santa Cruz Contra Dance

Santa Cruz Contra Dance

When: 8/12 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Veterans Memorial Building, 846 Front St., Santa Cruz
Cost: $12 regular, $20 supporters, $8 students. Cash or check.

Everyone is welcome and a dance partner is not required! Join in on the fun of Contra Dance, a New England style folk dance where moves are called out by a “caller” and you eventually end up dancing with everyone in line. Free lesson for newcomers at 5:40 to get you started!

Get more info here.

HOME Summer Pop-up Event with SCM Makers Market

When: 8/12 from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Where: HOME Restaurant in Soquel
Cost: Free

This is a one-of-a-kind summer time pop-up event! Held in HOME’s beautiful backyard garden space, this makers market features 20 local artists, live music by Jasmine Bailey & Olde Blue, beer and wine, and a casual seasonal menu prepared by Chef Brad Briske.

Get more info.

AAT Presents Thoroughly Modern Millie

See Description Under Friday Section

The Friends of Santa Cruz Public Libraries Art Book Extravaganza

See Description Under Saturday Section

41st Annual International Musical Saw Festival in Santa Cruz, CA

See Description Under Saturday Section

Also on Sunday

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Upcoming Events You Don’t Want to Miss

The 20th Annual Kidrageous Carnival

jacobs heart kidrageous 2018

What: Jacob’s Heart Presents: The 20th Annual Kidrageous Carnival
Where: Watsonville City Plaza
When: Sunday, September 23, 2018 at 12 to 5 PM

Grab the kids and take them out to this fun-packed fundraising carnival for a great cause! This 20th annual event is filled with music, dance, magicians, characters, hands-on activities, bounce house, pony rides, a petting zoo and much more! Every booth is in honor of a local child with cancer. Proceeds support Jacob’s Heart families.

Get more info here.

Sixth Annual Mole & Mariachi Festival

mole & mariachi festival 2018

What: Sixth Annual Mole & Mariachi Festival
Where: Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park
When: Saturday, September 8,  at 11 to 5 PM

Bring your appetite to the 6th Annual Mole & Mariachi Festival! Enjoy live mariachi music, ballet folklórico dancing, activities for kids, and a variety of craft vendors at the mercado. The highlight of the event is the mole tasting competition featuring many different varieties of mole, tasting kits for purchase, and the opportunity to cast your vote for the People’s Choice Award.

Get more info here.

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About Valerie Lemke

Valerie Lemke is a transplant from the Bay Area to Santa Cruz County over 25 years ago, and hasn't looked back since. She is a local freelance writer and photographer who loves writing about and photographing one of the most beautiful regions in the world, the Central Coast.

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