This Weekend in Santa Cruz: February 23rd – 25th, 2018

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With cooler temperatures and the possibility of rain next week, it’s finally beginning to feel like winter around Santa Cruz County. But don’t you worry, we won’t let a little weather keep you from having a ton of fun this weekend!

Maybe you will want to bundle up and go to the Boardwalk to taste some of the best chowder around at this popular local cook-off.  If you feel like staying inside, you can watch Team USA Basketball’s first appearance in Santa Cruz, attend some expert talks about our ocean, or watch a film festival packed full of epic mountain adventures.

These are just some of the many things going on in Santa Cruz County this weekend. Check it out!

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

Friday

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

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When: 2/22 – 2/25 from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Where: Rio Theatre
Cost: $18-$22

View some of the most epic mountain adventures at this annual film festival tour.  You will see some of the most thrilling real-life footage of adrenaline-packed action sports in mountain settings such as the world’s highest peaks, dangerous raging waters and extreme remote locations. Two programs will be shown across four nights.

Get more info here.

Downtown Santa Cruz Pre-AM Mini Golf and Art Festival

When: 2/23 from 3-8 pm, 2/24 from 12-8 pm & 2/25 from 12-6 pm
Where: Start at the Downtown Santa Cruz Info Kiosk
Cost: $10 – $20

Take a fun mini golf tour through downtown with nine cleverly designed golf holes in various locations at this art festival. Each hole was created by teams of artists, engineers, makers and other groups. Vote for your favorite! There will be an opening night reception as well as an awards presentation on the closing night.

Get more info here.

Our Ocean

When: 2/23 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center
Cost: Free

A night of celebration comes to the center as Event Santa Cruz presents a lineup of eight expert speakers who will talk about our ocean and marine sanctuary. Enjoy food, drink and more than 20 vendors with ocean themed items for purchase.

Get more info here.

Team USA Basketball in Santa Cruz

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When: 2/23 at 8:00 pm & Monday, 2/26 at 8:00 pm
Where: Kaiser Permanente Arena
Cost: $13+

USA Basketball is making its first ever appearance in Santa Cruz! Team USA will be competing to qualify for the 2019 World Cup. Top NBA G League players will be playing on the team led by Head Coach Jeff Van Gundy. Team USA will face Cuba at this Friday night game. Free limited edition T-Shirt for the first 1000 fans.

Get more info here.

Also on Friday

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Saturday

DANCE PARTY! Santa Cruz Waltz

When: 2/24 at 8:00 pm
Where: Market Street Theater
Cost:  $10/single $16/couple $7/student, senior 65+

A Sweetheart Dance will be the theme of this month’s installment of the Saturday Social Dance Party. Grab a partner or come alone and dance to a variety music.

Get more info here.

Clam Chowder Cook-Off and Festival

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When: 2/24 – 2/25 at 10:00 am
Where: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Cost: Free Admission, tasting kits @ $10

Join in on two days of the best in clam chowder! Saturday will be the cook off day for the amateur teams, while Sunday the professional teams compete for the best in clam chowder categories. Kits go on sale at 10 am. Tasting begins at 1 pm.

Get more info here.

Community Writers Presents Santa Cruz Author Jessica Breheny

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When: 2/24 from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Where: Porter Memorial Library

Local author, Jessica Breheny, will be the featured reader at this month’s community writer’s series. This monthly writer’s series is a gathering of local writers who share and read their original work.

Get more info here.

Art of Communication Festival

When: 2/24 from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
Where: A Peace United Church
Cost: $25 – $100

Sign up for an entire day dedicated to learning the art of communication. Many workshops are offered that will help teach you better ways to communicate. Tuition is on a sliding scale.

Get more info here.

40TH Annual Quilt Show and Auction

When: 2/24 – 2/25 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm (Sunday until 4:00 pm)
Where: Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds
Cost: $10 General Admission – $8 Advance Ticket

The Pajaro Valley Quilt Association celebrates the 40th Anniversary of this quilt show.  Come out for a day of activities including a live auction and a drawing, too.  Alice Beasley will be the featured speaker.

Get more info here.

Santa Cruz Scholastic Surf League (SCSSL) Youth Surf Event
Two Day Event

When: 2/24 at 6:30 am – 2/25 at 5:30 pm
Where: Steamer Lane

Head on down to Steamer Lane to watch the action! Middle school and high school students from Santa Cruz to Half Moon Bay will hit the waves and compete in a series of five events that are scheduled over two days. Contests will include both team and individual formats.

Get more info here.

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

See Description Under Friday Section

Downtown Santa Cruz Pre-AM Mini Golf and Art Festival

See Description Under Friday Section

Also on Saturday

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Sunday

The Orchestra Rocks (Family Concert)

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When: 2/25 from 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
Cost: Adults $15, Students $8 (plus box office fees)

The Santa Cruz Symphony will be joined by the Santa Cruz Youth Symphony, Cabrillo Youth Chorus, Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre, Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band and the Santa Cruz High School Drumline for an afternoon of music and rhythm discovery. Stay after the concert for an instrument “petting zoo”.

Get more info here.

Play with Art! With the Boy’s & Girls Club

When: 2/25 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History

Bring your family for an afternoon of art-filled fun. View the work of our local downtown Santa Cruz Boy’s and Girl’s Club and make some art of your own while you’re there. Youth led family art activities include yarn bombing and 3D Lab until 2pm.

Get more info here.

Natural History Art Day

natural history art day

When: 2/25 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Where: University of California Santa Cruz
Cost: $10 / $20

Have some fun in these natural history art workshops led by advanced students and professionals. Create with printmaking, watercolor, illustration, as well as insect antenna crafting. Two different art making sessions will be held. Free parking at the Core West parking structure.

Get more info here.

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

See Description Under Friday Section

Downtown Santa Cruz Pre-AM Mini Golf and Art Festival

See Description Under Friday Section

40TH Annual Quilt Show and Auction

See Description Under Saturday Section

Santa Cruz Scholastic Surf League (SCSSL) Youth Surf Event Two Day Event

See Description Under Saturday Section

Clam Chowder Cook-Off

See Description Under Saturday Section

Also on Sunday

Featured Upcoming Event

santa cruz derby girls pub crawl

What: Santa Cruz Derby Girls Pub Crawl
Where: Downtown Santa Cruz
When: Friday, March 2 from 6 – 11 pm

Help the Santa Cruz Derby Girls kick off the 2018 season with a pub crawl in downtown Santa Cruz. Your favorite Derby Girls will start the night at El Palomar and make a few stops along the way, before ending the night at the Blue Lagoon. Sport your Derby gear (or buy a hat on the crawl). There will also be prizes, including bout tickets.

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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