This Weekend in Santa Cruz: February 17th – 19th, 2017

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Love and music are in the air this weekend and we’re planning on celebrating with some chocolate and wine tasting at Storrs Winery followed by a trip to the Santa Cruz Music Festival to check out some of the many bands playing around town all weekend long.

In other music related events, theres a quirky 90’s themed  musical happening at the Center Street Theater and a musical showdown of British rock band greats, the Beatles and the Stones. A tribute show like no other.

The weekend also brings lightning talks on the future of Santa Cruz at the MAH, a coastal cleanup event, and a workshop on native food cultivation and preparation.

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


Beatles vs Stones- A Musical Showdown


When: 2/17 at 8:30 pm
Where: The Catalyst
Cost: $20 – $25

This is your chance to experience the music of the two most popular British rock bands that ever were, together in one night. Favorite songs of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones will be performed by internationally renowned tribute bands, Abbey Road and Jumping Jack Flash. Think mash up duel, where the two bands come together onstage, resulting in an epic, not to be missed explosion of rock hits. It’s sure to be a tribute show like you’ve never seen before.

Get more info here.

$7.99 and a Wish: A New Musical


When: 2/17 – 2/18 at 7:00 pm and 2/19 at 3:00 pm
Where: Center Street Theater
Cost: $12

A musical about what happens when an infomercial on 90s television takes a young girl on a strange adventure. Brought to you by a collaboration of local Santa Cruz artists, this fun and quirky production will have you giggling and reminiscing about the nineties. It kicks off on Friday night, with shows continuing over this weekend and the next.

Get more info here.

3rd Friday: Lightning Talks “What’s Next Santa Cruz?”

When: 2/17 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: MAH
Cost: $10 General, $8 Students, $5 MAH Members, FREE for children under 5

Sometimes you just have to talk it out. Join the MAH in this discussion on whats next for Santa Cruz in the upcoming year on topics ranging from local art, music and culture to climate change and the future of our city. Hear from local policy makers and activists who will give quick, five minute talks on the issues they’re passionate about. There will also be live music from local funk ensemble, The Frogman Experience.

Get more info here.

Also on Friday

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Santa Cruz Music Festival

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When: 2/18 – 2/19 from 12:00 pm to 2:00 am
Where: Multiple Venues Downtown Santa Cruz
Cost: $70

Get ready to dance because there’s going to be a lot of live music taking over downtown Santa Cruz for the biggest and best Santa Cruz Music Festival yet. With over 200 bands distributed over 15  Santa Cruz venues for a two-day musical extravaganza, start planning your itinerary now! This will be the fourth SCMF that was passionately and carefully curated with a lineup of internationally known acts as well as local Santa Cruz and Bay Area artists with headliners that include Louis the Child and The Brothers Comatose.

Get more info here.

Valentine Chocolate & Red Wine Tasting

When: 2/18 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Where: Storrs Winery 303 Potrero St. #35, Santa Cruz, Ca 95060
Cost: Complimentary for Vin Express Members, guests are $12.

Storrs Winery is a local, hand harvested and sustainably farmed vineyard and winery that presents amazing wine expressive of  the varietal intensity of the Santa Cruz Mountains and California coastal climate. Join them in their tasting room for their annual event that celebrates the pairing of favorite Storrs reds with varieties of chocolates. In the spirit of Valentine’s love, let’s toast to the best partnership there ever was ~ 54 % smooth dark and 2012 Pinot Noir. Cheers and happy tasting!

Get more info here.

$7.99 and a Wish: The Musical

See Description Under Friday Section

Also on Saturday

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Cleanup Cowells Project


When: 2/19 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am
Where: Cowell Beach
Cost: Volunteers

Pitch in and help keep our beaches beautiful! Head down to one of Santa Cruz’s most popular beaches this weekend and join other environmentally conscious souls in the bi-monthly cleanup of Cowell’s Beach. During these heavy rain storms we’ve been having it’s especially important to keep our shores clean since everything flows to the ocean! You’ll be starting your Sunday off with a good deed so you can treat yourself to brunch afterward as a reward for your valiant efforts.

Get more info here.

Native Foods Workshop


When: 2/19 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Cost: $15 General | $10 Children | 50% off for Museum Members

Join the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History at this workshop to learn about the natural history of the “Ohlone” culture that thrived in this area for thousands of years before us. Learn about native food plants and how native tribes would interact with and cultivate these plants. Experience preparing food using traditional practices over an open fire that you will get to see being built. The demonstration will be held by  respected experts of the industry so get ready to be educated and inspired to start processing your own acorns at home.

Get more info here.

$7.99 and a Wish: The Musical

See Description Under Friday Section

Santa Cruz Music Festival

See Description Under Saturday Section

Also on Sunday

Featured Upcoming Event


What: Free Movie: Screenagers, Life in the Digital Age
Where: Santa Cruz High Auditorium
When: February 23, 2017 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Cost: Free but must RSVP

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Cruz County is partnering with Santa Cruz City Schools to host a free screening of Screenagers – a film that explores the impact of  “screen time” on kids and offers solutions on how families can find balance.

Get more info here.

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About Leslie Chavez

Leslie Chavez moved to Santa Cruz to study literature at UCSC some years ago and loved it so much she decided to stay! She now works in travel and tourism and enjoys writing about the things that make Santa Cruz so great! You can find her running along West Cliff, hiking in the redwoods or exploring the newest restaurant or happening around town. Follow her adventures here.