This Weekend in Santa Cruz: August 25th – 27th, 2017

this weekend in santa cruz, aug. 25, 2017

August is coming to a close, but as we all know, the dog days of summer still lie ahead. This weekend has plenty of summer fun in store with a free concert on the beach, an evening train ride in the moonlight, or you can even build your own sand sculpture.

As for those dog days, you can even take your dog for a swim at a pool party with the family at a fun local fundraising event.

Enjoy!

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

Friday

Smash Mouth

When: 8/25 at 6:30 pm & 8:30 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Cost: Free

The Free Friday Night Bands on the Beach series rocks on with this chart-topping band from San Jose that has sold over 10 million albums globally. Grab a blanket or a beach chair and hit the sand for a great show.

Get more info here.

Farm to Table Wine Dinner – Featuring: Bargetto Winery

When: 8/25 at 6:00 pm
Where: Chaminade Resort & Spa
Cost: $110

This summer dining series continues with the August dinner installment featuring Bargetto Winery and a seafood-themed menu.  Arrive at 6:00 pm for hors d’oeuvres, dinner begins at 6:30 pm. Meet and mingle with Chef Church, vintners, guests and local farm representatives.

Get more info here.

Friday: Sand Art

When: 8/25 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History
Cost: Free

Have you ever wanted to make your own sand art but didn’t know where to start? Here’s your chance. Watch a live demonstration of sand carving by artist Bill Lewis of Santa Cruz Sand and build your own sand masterpiece.

Get more info here.

Nextstage Productions Presents:Bingo! A Winning Musical

When: 8/25 at 7:30 pm & 8/26 – 8/27 at 2:00 pm
Where: Louden Nelson Community Center
Cost: $15 – $25

An interactive full musical performance that includes rounds of Bingo with prizes for the audience. Fun entertainment for the entire family. This is a benefit show to support the NextState Creative Arts programs.

Get more info here.

Also on Friday

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Saturday

Epicenter E-Bike Demo Day – Free

When: 8/26 from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Where: Lighthouse Point Park
Cost: Free

Thinking of a better way of commuting or getting around town? Check out the newest in eBike technology at this free demo and maybe you will be experiencing a no-sweat commute soon. Try out some of the top names in pedal assist bikes at this event.

Get more info here.

Parks & Rex POOL PARTY

parks & rex pool party

When: 8/26 from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Where: Simpkins Family Swim Center
Cost: $5/child – $15/adult, children under 3 years and dogs are free

Support Santa Cruz County Parks and the Animal Shelter at this fun pool party and celebration. Bring your family, and even your dog, for a dip in the pool and other activities for humans and canines.

Get more info here.

Monterey Bay Dahlia Society Annual Show

When: 8/26 from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm and 8/27 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History
Cost: Free

A huge variety of colors and textures will dazzle your senses. Hundreds of dahlia blooms will be displayed at this floral demonstration. Free seminars, discussions and a raffle, too.

Get more info here.

Event Santa Cruz Block Party at the Verve Parking Lot

When: 8/26 from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Where: Verve Coffee Roasters
Cost: Free

Whether you want coffee, beer or local food, there will be plenty of local choices for you as the summer block party celebration continues. Come out for an afternoon of fun activities, vendors and even baby goats! Registration required.

Get more info here.

The CALI Project Lot Party

When: 8/26 from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Where: The CALI House
Cost: With your advance $20 donation ($25 at the door) you will receive a commemorative CALI tasting glass and two tasting tickets.

An open house celebration to find out more about the CALI Project. Wine and beer tastings, hors d’oeurves, raffle and music. Donations will help support this program.

Get more info here.

Moonlight Train Dinner Party

When: 8/26 from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Where: Roaring Camp Railroads
Cost:  Adult $56, Child $41

Enjoy a barbecue dinner and a train ride to the top of Bear Mountain for some cider and music by the campfire. Hot apple pie will be served upon your return followed by live music and dancing.

Get more info here.

4th Annual Tequila & Taco Music Festival

When: 8/26 – 827 from 11:30 am to 6:00 pm
Where: San Lorenzo Park
Cost: $10 – $60

There will be two days of celebrating tequila and tacos with a tequila sampling on Saturday followed by a family fun day on Sunday with tacos, live music and margaritas. Local food vendors, craft beers and live music both days.

Get more info here.

How to Make a Keyhole Garden

When: 8/26 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Where:  UC Master Gardeners Demonstration Garden – Watsonville
Cost: Free

What is a keyhole garden? Come and find out more about this technique that creates a raised garden bed and compost bin all in one.  Composting instructor, Otis Johnson, will demonstrate from 10 am until noon. Register at www.mbmg.org

Get more info here.

Nextstage Productions Presents:Bingo! A Winning Musical

See Description Under Friday Section

Also on Saturday

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Sunday

Bookshop Presents: Read & Rights – A Literary Fundraiser for Planned Parenthood Mar Monte

When: 8/27 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Where: Bookshop Santa Cruz
Cost: $15–$50

 A fundraising event for this local program. There will be a silent auction, a performance by the Jewel Theatre Company and a vintage feminist literary collection. Purchased tickets also include a beverage from the literary lounge.

Get more info here.

Nextstage Productions Presents:Bingo! A Winning Musical

See Description Under Friday Section

Monterey Bay Dahlia Society Annual Show

See Description Under Saturday Section

4th Annual Tequila & Taco Music Festival

See Description Under Saturday Section

Also on Sunday

Featured Upcoming Event

What: Fifth Annual Mole & Mariachi Festival
Where: Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park
When: Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm

Join Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks in support of the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park. Come out to the park and sample different Mole’ sauces from competing chefs. There will be food, vendors, a raffle and plenty of activities for kids.

Get more info here.


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About Valerie Lemke

Valerie Lemke was 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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