This Weekend in Santa Cruz: February 9th – 11th, 2018

migration festival at natural bridges

This weekend we celebrate a local icon at the Rio Theater and say goodbye (for now) to our favorite winged friends at Natural Bridges.

Basketball fans get a full Warriors weekend with two games and a special Warriors event on Saturday. It’s another packed weekend as we head towards Valentine’s Day. Enjoy!

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


Santa Cruz Warriors vs. Texas Legends

When: 2/9 at 7:00 pm
Where: Kaiser Permanente Arena
Cost: $26 – $85

It’s a full weekend of Warriors basketball, starting with a Friday night game against the Texas Legends. Golden State Warriors guard, Patrick McCaw, will join the hometown team and he first 1,500 fans in attendance will get a free rally towel courtesy of Cal Giant.

The Warriors weekend continues Saturday with Coaches for Kindness, an event with head coach Aaron Miles at Bookshop Santa Cruz. Finally, the Warriors will finish out the weekend with another home game on Sunday.

Get more info here.

All About Theatre Presents Footloose the Musical

When: 2/9 @ 7:00 PM and 2/10 at 2:00 pm & 7:00 pm
Where: Louden Nelson Community Center
Cost: Students & Seniors $13.00; General Admission $16.00; Reserved Seating $20.00

Don’t miss your chance to cut loose and kick off the Sunday shoes! Super fun show ahead featuring performers from all over the county taking to the stage in All About Theatre’s 117th show!

Get more info here.

Also on Friday

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Romance in the Redwoods

When: 2/10 from 11:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Where: Meet at Big Basin Redwoods State Park Headquarters
Cost: Event is free; vehicle day use fee is $10.

Love is in the air…banana slug love, that is. Spend some time falling in love with nature as you stroll through the redwoods and learn how Big Basin’s plants and animals get it on.

Get more info here.

A Valentine for Wallace Baine

When: 2/10 from 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm
Where: Rio Theater
Cost: $10 in advance/at door

After spending decades celebrating the arts community in Santa Cruz County, it’s Wallace Baine’s turn to be celebrated. Expect an outpouring of love and an entertaining evening as local artists, musicians, and more pay tribute to a local hero.

Get more info here.

KPIG Valenswine Lovefest

When: 2/10 at 8:00 pm
Where: Michael’s on Main
Cost: $10 adv./$12 door Dance – ages 21 +

Talk about a match made in hog heaven! KPIG’s Valenswine Lovefest features Taylor Rae and Jesse Daniel rocking the house with their signature sounds of Soul & Roll and Honky-Tonk. Make it dinner and a concert by reserving a table—Michael’s on Maine’s Valentines menu will be available Feb. 9 – Feb. 14

Get more info here. 

Cupid’s Gift – Santa Cruz Baroque Festival

When: 2/10 at 7:30 pm
Where: UCSC Music Center Recital Hall
Cost: $25 – General; $22 – Senior; $10 – Youth/Student

International star soprano Elizabeth Hungerford returns to the Santa Cruz Baroque Festival to enchant listeners with simple songs of romance and love. She will be accompanied by Hideki Yamaya on 10-course Renaissance lute and Linda Burman-Hall playing the harpsichord and virginal.

Get more info here.

Migration Festival

When: 2/10 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Where: Natural Bridges
Cost: Free

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. Pack a picnic or purchase one there, and save room for habitat cake!

Get more info here.

Sensation: An Evening of Sensory Exploration

sensory exploration

When: 2/10 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Cost: $12 General Admission / $10 Museum Members

The Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History invites you on a journey of sensory exploration this Saturday. You can trick your taste buds with Miracle Berries, play tactile games and experience a sound art installation by local artist, Yolande Harris.

Get more info here.

AAT Presents Footloose the Musical

See Description Under Friday Section

Also on Saturday

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Contra Cruz! Double Feature Contra Dance

When: 2/11 from 2:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Veterans Memorial Building, 846 Front St., Santa Cruz
Cost: Suggested admission donation is $22 regular, $12 for full-time students w ID card

Bring a partner or come alone for a day of New England folk dancing fun!  Everyone is welcome and no experience is necessary. In fact, there’s a free lesson a half hour before the event begins. Check out a video introducing contra dancing here.

Get more info here.

Santa Cruz Warriors vs. South Bay Lakers

When: 2/11 at 6:00 pm
Where: Kaiser Permanente Arena
Cost: $28 – $74

Our Warriors wrap up this busy weekend with a Sunday game against the South Bay Lakers. Nothing beats being at the game, but did you know you can also catch a live stream of the game on the Santa Cruz Warriors Facebook page?

Get more info here.

What’s in Your Heart?

When: 2/11 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Where: Museum of Art and History

Spend a couple of hours creating art with your loved ones at this special family Valentine’s Day art event presented by Jacob’s Heart Children’s Cancer Support Services. Local artists will be on hand to help inspire your creative expression in response to the question, “What’s In Your Heart?” Afterwards, your art will be displayed at the museum for the day.

Get more info here.

Also on Sunday

Featured Upcoming Event

What: Opening Reception: Harvesting Our Heritage
Where: San Lorenzo Valley Museum
When: February 24 at 2:00 pm

Head up Hwy 9 later this month to the San Lorenzo Valley Museum for the opening of the Harvesting Our Heritage exhibit. This exhibit, based on a research project and book sharing the same name, offers insights into the history of locally produced food & beverages. You can read more about this project here.

Get more info here.

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About Christine Candelaria

Christine Candelaria is a local mom of four who enjoys sharing her Santa Cruz adventures. You can follow her #santacruzlife on Instagram at @theaumsmama.