This Weekend in Santa Cruz: January 4th – 6th, 2019

january 4-6, 2019 events in santa cruz

It’s hard to believe, but 2019 is here and the holidays are officially behind us.

Kick off the new year with First Friday, a popular annual festival and our favorite new way to shop local in Downtown Santa Cruz. This is also the last weekend to catch the Toy Trains at the MAH, a must-see for kids and train enthusiasts.

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

Friday

8 Tens @ 8 Short Play Festival

When: 1/4 – 1/5 at 8:00 pm (runs through Feb. 3)
Where: Center Stage Theater
Cost: Single Tickets: $32 general & $29 for students/seniors

Sixteen winning plays from Actors’ Theatre’s annual international playwriting contest will be hitting the stage. Each night will have a performance of eight plays that are 10 minutes long. A total of 16 plays will be split into A and B nights. This event is popular and always sells out so get your tickets soon.

Get more info here.

Santa Cruz MAH: First Friday

MAH First Friday

When: 1/4 from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History
Cost: Free

As usual, the MAH will be offering free admission for First Friday. This is a great opportunity to enjoy all the exhibits in the Museum. Family art activities take place from 5:00 – 9:00 in the atrium and there will be live music in Abbott Square beginning at 6:30. This is also the last First Friday with the popular Toy Trains exhibit.

Get more info here.

First Friday Art Tour

When: Friday evening
Where: Various locations

The first weekend of 2019 brings the first First Friday event of the year. We’re looking forward to the printmaking group show at the Tannery. Some of our favorite local artists will also be showcasing their work at Artisans Gallery as part of their “Fungus First Friday.”

Get more info here.

Toy Trains

When: Daily through Jan. 6.
Where: Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History
Cost: Free

All aboard! Bring the whole crew down to MAHvel at these mighty mini machines, speak with experts, and even master the controls. The Toy Trains display runs through January 6.

Get more info here.

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Saturday

Bowie Birthday Bash

When: 1/5 9:00 PM, Doors Open 8:00 PM
Where: Moe’s Alley
Cost: $12 Advance, $15 Day Of Show

David Bowie fans wanting to celebrate the rock legend’s 72nd birthday, get yourselves to Moe’s Alley for this tribute birthday bash concert featuring The Bowie All-stars, The Common People, and The Nels Andrews Band.

Get more info here.

8 Tens @ 8 Short Play Festival

See Description Under Friday Section

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Sunday

Downtown Makers Market

Downtown Santa Cruz Makers Market

When: 1/6 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where: Pacific Avenue, between Water & Locust
Cost: Free admission

The monthly Downtown Makers Market returns this Sunday. We attended the first installment of this new recurring event in November and were impressed with the quality and variety of products we saw. This month’s event includes live music from Whiskey West, The Swirly Girls & Blue Summit.

Get more info here.

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Upcoming Events You Don’t Want to Miss

SCDG Winter Bootcamp Open House

Derby Bootcamp

What: Santa Cruz Derby Girls Bootcamp Open House
When: January 13

If you’ve ever had an interest in Roller Derby then you won’t want to miss the 2019 Winter Boot Camp Open House. This Open House is the chance for new skaters to learn about Derby and enroll in the Boot Camp that begins on Feb. 3.

Get more info here.

Bridal Expo

Bridal Expo

What: Bridal Expo
Where: Cocoanut Grove
When: January 27th, from 11-4

This is the premiere event of the year for anyone looking to plan a wedding. You’ll find many of the best local photographers, florists, caterers, bakers and other vendors.

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.

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