Events This Weekend: Art & Wine, County Fair, Derby Girls & More

Santa Cruz EventsWhether you’re looking for something sophisticated, something that’s family friendly, or something involving a little exercise, Santa Cruz has got your covered this weekend.

From annual favorites like the Capitola Art & Wine Festival, and the Santa Cruz County Fair to the Derby Girls, it’s shaping up to be quite a weekend.

Here are our picks for some of the best events:

Capitola Art and Wine Festival

When: 9/14-9/15

The Capitola Art and Wine Festival is one of Santa Cruz County’s most popular events each year.  With over 150 artists and 22 wineries participating in the event, this year should be no exception.

Santa Cruz Derby Girls

When: Saturday 9/14

The Silicon Valley Roller Girls will skate into Kaiser Permanente Arena to take on Santa Cruz’s own Boardwalk Bombshells, one of SC’s three teams of fierce derby girls.  These matches are a ton of fun, especially for families with young girls looking for awesome, athletic role models.

Santa Cruz County Fair

When: 9/10-9/15

With the theme “Cowboy Boots and Country Roots,” this year’s county fair is taking Santa Cruzans away from Surf City and into the WIld West.  There are tons of exhibits, demonstrations, and eats with a cowboy twinge, although the Sea Lion exhibit is purely Santa Cruz.

Ohlone Day

When: Saturday 9/14

Before the Boardwalk and Henry Cowell, Santa Cruz was inhabited by a Native American tribe called the Ohlones.  This will be the twenty-seventh annual celebration of Ohlone culture, with a special spotlight this year on basket weaving.

Crossfit Fundraiser and Blood Drive

When: Sunday 9/15

September is childhood cancer awareness month, and Team G Foundation  is hosting a CrossFit obstacle course fundraiser and blood drive.  For a donation of five dollars, you can test your skills on the obstacle course, or sign up to donate blood or volunteer for the event.  For more information, email ronnie.boose[at]

Beginner’s Cycling Class

When: Sunday 9/15

‘Cycling for Starters’ will have its second meeting this Sunday morning at 9 a.m., and there’s still plenty of room for new participants.  The group will teach bike etiquette and safety, and is open to anyone over 18 with a bike, helmet, and the stamina to ride five miles.

UPDATE: The location for this weekend’s cycling class has moved.  The class will be meeting at 320 harvest drive in watsonville.  Here are driving directions to the new location: Take the 129/Riverside Dr exit off of Hwy 1 and head towards Watsonville. Make a left on Harvest Dr just before the Annie Glass factory. The building is on the right where the US flag is flying on the flagpole with a green curb out front. Address is 320 Harvest Dr.

Email rides[at] to sign up.

About Blair Stenvick

Blair Stenvick is a freelance writer who has lived in Santa Cruz for four years.