This Weekend in Santa Cruz: January 11th – 13th, 2019

This weekend in Santa Cruz: Jan. 11-13, 2019

It’s raining, it’s sporing…it’s perfect weather to enjoy the 3-day Fungus Fair this weekend!

It’s also a good time to visit California’s oldest state park and learn how the tallest redwoods are measured.

Variety is the spice of life on the music scene. From a harp festival to heavy metal mariachi, aka Metalachi, we’d say there’s something for everyone.

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

Friday

The 45th Annual Santa Cruz Fungus Fair

When: 1/11 – 1/13 
Where: Louden Nelson Community Center
Cost: $5.00 on Friday, $10 on Saturday & Sunday, Students & Seniors (60+) – $5, Kids under 12 – free- Tickets sold at Door

Did you know we wouldn’t have bread, cheese, wine or beer without fungi? Learn more fascinating facts about fungus at this 3-day annual fair and see many varieties on display. Bring the family out for a fun weekend of fungus including speakers, cooking demonstrations, a special Kids’ Room, and a taxonomy panel for identification of fungi. This year’s theme is “Mushrooms as Medicine”.

Get more info here.

14th Annual Santa Cruz Harp Festival

When: 1/11 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Where: The MAH
Cost: Free (Donations for the performers greatly appreciated.)

Celebrate one of the most fascinating and beautiful instruments, the harp! This 14th annual festival will feature Celtic, classical and double-strung harp solos as well as an orchestra of musicians of all ages. Come early to enjoy harp art at 5pm and a “petting zoo” at 6pm where you can try a harp!

Get more info here.

METALACHI + Coffee Zombie Collective

When: 1/11 at 9:00 pm, Doors Open 8:00 PM
Where: Moe’s Alley
Cost: $15 Advance, $20 Day Of Show

“The World’s First and Only Metal Mariachi Band” is coming to Santa Cruz for two nights! Enjoy them Friday night with local favorites Coffee Zombie Collective, or catch them on Saturday along with Divided By Seven. Enjoy food on the back patio of Moe’s by the Jerk House.

Get more info here.

SC Bike Party – Stripes Ride

When: 1/11 from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Where: Bike Church at 703 Pacific Ave
Cost: Free

What will your stripes say about you? Come and express your colors and ride in this mobile party through the streets of downtown Santa Cruz. These themed monthly bike rides are 7-10 miles long and move at a fairly slow pace for all to enjoy. Costumes are encouraged, but not required. Ride routes posted online ahead of the dates.

Get more info here.

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Saturday

Santa Margarita Groundwater Agency Announces Three-Part “Understanding Our Water” Educational Series

When: 1/12 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Where: Felton Community Hall
Cost: Free

San Lorenzo Valley, Scotts Valley, the City of Santa Cruz and unincorporated parts of Santa Cruz County rely on the Santa Margarita Groundwater Basin. This educational series will hold three monthly meetings to discuss water supply, land development, population growth and management. This first installment in the series is titled “Land Use and Water: How Much Does Growth Matter”. Each seminar features a keynote speaker, breakout sessions, discussions with staff and elected leaders and more.

Get more info here.

Sarah Hennies: Contralto

When: 1/12 at 8:00 pm
Where: Radius Gallery
Cost: $10 students, $15 general

“Contralto” showcases a variety of approaches to music that will create sounds like you haven’t experienced before. Video, strings, percussion and experimental sounds featuring a cast of transgender women who will perform vocal exercises to a variety of music scores.

Get more info here.

Measuring Tall Trees

When: 1/12 from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Where: Big Basin Redwoods State Park
Cost: Free ($10 vehicle day use parking fee)

Have you ever wondered how they measure the tallest trees? Zane Moore, a redwood researcher, will demonstrate how scienteists determine height, size and age of these tall trees. Learn about the history and future of tree measurement tools. This will be a 1-mile, 90-minute walk. Meet at park headquarters.

Get more info here.

Agricultural History Project – 2nd Saturday On The Farm

When: 1/12 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Where: Agricultural History Museum
Cost:  Free

Bring the kids to the farm and let them engage with unique educational activities and learn about past agricultural projects. Some of the usual activities include wooden cow milking, a kid-driven tractor, and a puppet theater. Every month features a different theme so mark your calendars for this family-friendly event.

Get more info here.

Achilles Wheel plus The Puffball Collective

When: 1/12 at 8:00 pm
Where: Michael’s on Main
Cost: $10 adv./$10 door Dance – ages 21 +

Achilles Wheel shows its California roots as they bring you uplifting and inspiring rock and roll that is sure to lift your spirits and soothe your soul. And there’s something about a band named Puffball Collective, featuring members of the Banana Slug String Band,  that you just know some dancing is going to be involved.

Get more info here.

The 45th Annual Santa Cruz Fungus Fair

See Description Under Friday Section

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Sunday

Tomorrow’s Bad Seeds with Blazeen

When: 1/13 at 9:00 pm
Where: Moe’s Alley
Cost: $9 Advance, $12 Day Of Show

This five-piece band from Southern California performs a mix of reggae, rock and pop in a high energy performance that leaves their fans wanting more. Opening for Tomorrow’s Bad Seeds is local band, Blazeen and Tribe, featuring vocalist Shoko Blazeen. Enjoy Jerk House grinds on the back patio.

Get more info here.

The 45th Annual Santa Cruz Fungus Fair

See Description Under Friday Section

Also on Sunday

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Upcoming Events You Don’t Want to Miss

Underwater Parks Day

tide pooling

What: Underwater Parks Day
Where: Natural Bridges State Beach
When:
Jan 19 & Jan 20 from 10:00am to 4:00pm

Learn more about the plants and animals that live in the underwater park at Natural Bridges and find out what can be done to protect them. Tide pool tours will be held at 3:00pm both days. Have some fun with ocean themed crafts and music for all!

Get more info here.

The Official Santa Cruz Women’s March: Truth to Power

santa cruz women's march 2019

What: Santa Cruz Women’s March: Truth to Power
Where: Downtown, Santa Cruz
When: Saturday, January 19  at 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

The Women’s March is back for its third year with the theme of Truth to Power. This annual march has been the largest march in Santa Cruz history with the purpose of allowing all voices to be heard for multiple causes, civility and truth. Join the community and let yourself be heard! See our photo album from last year’s march, here.

Get more info here.

Frans Lanting: Land of the Jaguars

Photo by Frans Lanting

What: “Land of the Jaguars: Wild Wetlands of South America”
Where: Rio Theatre
When: Saturday, February 2 at 3 PM and 7 PM

A current project to bring jaguars and other wildlife back to the Iberia wetlands of Argentina after years of of over-hunting and exploitation will be presented by photographer Frans Lanting and partner Chris Eckstrom. Come see the images and hear conservation success stories highlighting what is being done to restore these landscapes and habitats.

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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