This Weekend in Santa Cruz: February 3rd – 5th, 2017

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Football fans will be focused on the Superbowl, but if you’re reading this then you know there’s much more to enjoy this weekend.

Looks like we’ll be due for more rain, but that won’t put a damper on the Warriors Friday night game or the full slate of First Friday events throughout the county. This weekend also offers inspiring live performances, an out-of-rink experience with the Derby Girls…and some half-naked comedians.

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


First Friday

There’s just something special about the first Friday of the month. It’s practically a holiday in Santa Cruz, where we celebrate art and artists, live music, and free admission to some pretty cool places.

Enjoy free admission to the follow venues:

Take a First Friday Art Tour and connect with local artists.

Dance of the Deer Ceremony

When: 2/3 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Pacific Cultural Center
Cost: $5 – $20

Experience ancient ritual and sacred celebration with Brant Secunda, an internationally acclaimed shaman, healer, and teacher in the indigenous Huichol tradition of Mexico.

Get more info here.

Santa Cruz Warriors vs. Iowa Energy

When: 2/3 at 7:00 pm
Where: Kaiser Permanente Arena
Cost: $20 – $68

The Warriors host the Iowa Energy this Friday after another exciting win last weekend. The first 1,500 fans will receive a Santa Cruz Warriors mouse pad.

Get more info here.

4th Annual Food from the Heart


When: 2/3 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm
Where: Chaminade Resort & Spa
Cost: $60 – $550

Chaminade hosts the 4th Annual Food from the Heart event, benefiting Meals on Wheels. Enjoy catered lunch with live music, a keynote speech from Assemblymember Mark Stone, a live auction and a tasting room with local food vendors.

Get more info here.

UC Santa Cruz Satellite Reef Crochet Circles

When: 2/3 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Where: Seymour Center

Novice and experienced crocheters are welcome to put their crochet skills to the test creating a crochet coral reef. You’ll learn hyperbolic crochet techniques and your creations will be part of UCSC’s Satellite Reef project.

Get more info here.

Also on Friday

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The Comic Strippers ! Improv Comedy Show!

When: 2/4 from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Where: Rio Theatre
Cost: $30 Reg or $25 each for groups of 6 or more. (Plus any applicable service charges)

If your idea of a good time skews more toward comedy club than strip club, then you’ll love this at times risque parody of male strippers, featuring some of Canada’s most beloved improv comedy actors. Just be sure to leave the little ones at home for this show.

Get more info here.

Tell Me More Spoken Word and Solo Performance

spoken wordWhen: 2/4 at 7:00 pm
Where: Broadway Playhouse
Cost: $10

Join Santa Cruz county’s newest solo performance group, Tell Me More, as they share spoken word performances that will shock, delight, and even make you laugh.

Get more info here.

Derby Girls Cleanup @ San Lorenzo River

Derby Girls Cleanup

When: 2/4 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Where: San Lorenzo Riverwalk
Cost: Free

Save Our Shores and the Santa Cruz Derby Girls team up this Saturday for the 3rd Annual Derby Girls Cleanup at the San Lorenzo River. This is your chance to help keep the river beautiful and healthy by participating in this cleanup.  And of course, getting to hang out with some Derby Girls off the rink isn’t a bad perk.

Get more info here.

Also on Saturday

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Super Bowl Fun Run

Santa Cruz Superbowl Fun Run 2017When: 2/5 from 7:30 am – 10:00 am
Where: West Cliff Drive Pathway starting and ending at Delaware /Swanton
Cost: $60-$150

Superbowl Sunday: a day when millions of Americans celebrate athleticism by sitting on couches, eating unhealthy food, and staring at the television.  If you want to buck the trend, take part in this fun run, so that you can enjoy the game without any guilt.

Get more info here.

Also on Sunday

Featured Upcoming Event

Bookshop Santa Cruz

What: Valentine’s Day Reading Flashmob
Where: Bookshop Santa Cruz
When: February 14, 2017 

Bookshop Santa Cruz is hosting a free Reading Flashmob event on Valentine’s Day. All you have to do is show up and read! The event helps to fund Leo’s Haven (Santa Cruz Playground Project).

Participants will be eligible to win a $100 gift certificate for their school library.

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.