This Weekend in Santa Cruz: The Happy New Year Edition

roundup-dec-30, 2016

And, that’s a wrap. This weekend we say goodbye to 2016 and usher in 2017.

As expected, the big events around town this weekend are the New Year’s Eve parties. We’ve gathered all the NYE parties and events to help you ring in the new year.

New Year’s Day is bursting with opportunities to get outdoors and start the new year off with some fresh Santa Cruz air.

See the full roundup of events below:


White Album Ensemble

When: 12/29 & 12/30 from 8:00 – 10:30 PM
Where: Rio Theatre
Cost: General Admission: $25, Gold Circle: $45

This Friday the White Album Ensemble will recreate Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, the ablum that Rolling Stones ranked #1 of all time. You can get a double dose of the Beatles by checking out the “Revolver” themed show on Thursday night.

Get more info here.


When: 12/30 at 8:00 PM
Where: Don Quixote’s
Cost: $25

Popular Michael Jackson cover band Foreverland returns to Don Quixote’s this Friday.

Get more info here.

Also on Friday

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Saturday: New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve Events

Santa Cruz New Year's Eve Party

We’ve got one more chance to party in 2016. There are more New Year’s Eve events than we could list in this post so we gathered them all and put them into our annual Santa Cruz New Year’s Eve Guide. Have a safe and happy New Year!

Also on Saturday

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Sunday: New Year’s Day

First Day Hikes

first day hikesWhen: January 1, 2017
Where: California State Parks
Cost: Free

Ready to #OptOutside in 2017? Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks has prepared a list of all the First Day Hikes throughout the county. You can see all of them below, organized by park. Happy new year and happy trails!

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park

Big Basin Redwoods State Park

Wilder Ranch State Park

Castle Rock State Park

Additional First Day Hikes

Also on Sunday

Featured Upcoming Event

coffis brothers weekend

Local favorites, The Coffis Brothers & the Mountain Men, take over Don Quixote’s next weekend with shows on back to back nights. Kingsborough opens on the 6th & McCoy Tyler opens on the 7th. Humble Sea Brewing Co. will be serving sudsy beverages both nights.

Get more info here.

What: The Coffis Brothers Weekend at Don Quixote’s
Where: Don Quixote’s
When: January 6 & 7

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About Ethan Oates

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.