This Weekend in Santa Cruz: February 10th – 12th, 2017

West Cliff Sunset

We can’t predict the future, but we can read the weather report, and at the time of this writing it looks like we’re in for some much needed sun this weekend.



Just in time to get out and enjoy all the weekend events coming our way. We’re planning on soaking up some sun at Saturday’s Migration Festival at Natural Bridges.

Warriors fans can enjoy two home games, though one of the “home” games is in Oakland.

The weekend also brings live performances, a look at paranormal phenomenon in Santa Cruz, a local rock cover band on the beach, and Pie for the People – sounds yummy, right?

Here are our picks for the top events each day this weekend:


The Book Club Play


When: 1/25 – 2/19 
Where: Colligan Theater 
Cost: $37 / $43

While not based on a book, you’re sure to catch references to your favorite classics and best-sellers in The Book Club Play. Invite your book club members and fellow book lovers to this comedy brought to you by the Jewel Theatre Company and performed at the Colligan Theater at the Tannery Arts Center.

Get more info here.

White Album Ensemble “Unplugged”

When: 2/10 and 2/11 at 8:00 pm
Where: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
Cost: $25 General Admission, $35 Preferred Seating

Relive some of the Beatles’ most famous romantic songs from their last seven albums, including “The White Album.” This show will be mostly acoustic making for the perfect intimate Valentine’s weekend concert. In an effort to not turn anyone away, White Album Ensemble is offering a second night of their traditional “unplugged” concert so get your tickets quick.

Get more info here.

Also on Friday

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Romantic Haunts of Santa Cruz: Not your Typical Valentine’s Day Story

When: 2/11 at 2:00 pm
Where: Scotts Valley Library
Cost: Free

Meet author Maryanne Porter at Scotts Valley Library on Saturday February 11 as she discusses her research into the paranormal for her book “Haunted Santa Cruz, California.” Sponsored by the Friends of Scotts Valley Library, a chapter of the Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries, the event will feature readings by the author, a question and answer session, and an opportunity to purchase an autographed copy of Porter’s book.

Get more info here.

Santa Cruz Warriors vs. Austin Spurs

When: 2/11 at 7:00 pm
Where: Kaiser Permanente Arena
Cost: $35 – $65

This Saturday the Warriors take on the Austin Spurs on the home court. This is the first of two home games this weekend (but the only one in Santa Cruz…more on that later). The first 1,500 fans in attendance will receive a free Warriors rally towel.

Get more info here.

Migration Festival

When: 2/11 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Where: Natural Bridges State Park
Cost: Event is free; vehicle day-use fee is $10

It’s that time of year again, when we bid a temporary farewell to the monarchs. Celebrate the migration of our beloved monarchs as well as whales, birds, and many other species at this family-friendly event. There are a ton of games and crafts for kids to enjoy, educational booths and displays, and live music from the nature-loving 5M’s Band.

Get more info here.

The Lost Boys featuring James Durbin

Lost Boys with James Durbin

When: 2/11 at 9:30 pm
Where: Crow’s Nest
Cost: $7

It’s gonna be a loud Saturday night in the harbor as the Crow’s Nest welcomes local rock cover band, The Lost Boys featuring James Durbin.

Get more info here.

Also on Saturday

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Carrie’s Dream Dance Showcase

When: 2/12 at 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm
Where: Aptos High School Performing Arts Center
Cost: $20

The 3rd Annual Carrie’s Dream Dance Showcase carries on the dream of a beloved dance teacher to provide dance scholarships for children and young adults in need. In memory of Carrie Dianda McCoid, over 150 local youth dancers will take to the stage performing jazz, hip hop, lyrical, and contemporary dance numbers. There are two performances to choose from, plus live and silent auction events and a bake sale—all proceeds will benefit the Carrie’s Dream Scholarship Fund.

Get more info here.

Pie for the People-Santa Cruz

Pie for the People

When: 2/12 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Where: Branciforte Small Schools Campus
Cost: $5 donation per person

What could be better than coming together as a community and eating pie? In true Santa Cruz fashion, bring your own plate, utensils, napkin, and mug, along with a sweet or savory vegetarian pie to share. Those who lack time or baking skills are welcome to attend and donate an extra buck or two. This community potluck benefits Senderos, a non-profit organization sharing and celebrating Latino culture and history through performing arts.

Get more info here.

Santa Cruz Warriors vs. Oklahoma City Blue at the Oracle Arena

stephen curry bobblehead santa cruz warriors

When: 2/12 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Oracle Arena
Cost: $35 – $150

Did somebody say Stephen Curry Bobblehead? The Boardwalk is sponsoring what is sure to be the giveaway of the season so you’ll want to come early as the giveaway is limited to the first 10,000 fans.

There is one big catch though…the game is in Oakland at the Oracle Arena. If the roads are in good shape and the rain takes a break then it just might be worth the trek.

Get more info here.

Also on Sunday

Featured Upcoming Event

santa cruz music festival

What: Santa Cruz Music Festival 2017
Where: Downtown Santa Cruz
When: February 18 & 19, 2017

The Santa Cruz Music Festival is back and ready to take over Downtown Santa Cruz. The festival spans two days and is spread out over 12 venues, ranging from the Catalyst to San Lorenzo Park.

Get more info here

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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.