This Weekend in Santa Cruz: July 13th – 15th, 2018

We’re kicking off the weekend early with a couple of Thursday events we think you’ll love — a popup picnic in the park and a Frida Kahlo film screening.

Top it off with some family-friendly fun outdoors: movies under the stars, a wacky water play day, and a fermentation festival!

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

Thursday

PopUp Picnics in the Park

When: 7/12 from to 11:30 am to 1:30 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park

If you are in or near Downtown on Thursdays this summer, consider your lunch plans made. PopUp Picnics in the Park have returned to Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park with the always delicious Taquitos Gabriel. There are plenty of picnic tables and grassy areas to spread a blanket, not to mention a great view to the ocean on a clear day. Held ongoing Thursdays through August 16.

Get more info here.

Frida Fest

When: 7/12 from 5:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Where: Appleton Grille in Watsonville
Cost: $25

Support Watsonville Film Festival and enjoy all things Frida. The main event of the evening is a special screening of The Life and Times of Friday Kahlo, a documentary directed by Amy Stechler, and narrated by Rita Morena and Lila Downs. There will be a Frida-inspired arts and crafts marketplace before the screening, a raffle, and special menu items. Dressing up like Frida is encouraged!

Get more info here.

Friday

Smash Mouth

When: 7/13 at 6:30 pm & 8:30 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Cost: Free

Smash Mouth returns for this Friday’s Free Bands on the Beach concert, so you might as well be walkin’ on the sand and claiming your spot for one or both of the evening’s shows. Fun Fact: Smash Mouth shot part of their video for ‘Then the Morning Comes’ at the Lighthouse on West Cliff Drive.

Get more info here.

2018 Farm to Table Wine Dinner Series

When: 7/13 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Chaminade Resort & Spa
Cost: $86 (All-inclusive price with tax and gratuity $110)

Enjoy an evening of local food and wine, stunning panoramic views, and a relaxing atmosphere as you mingle with guests, the chef, vintners, and local farm representatives. A locally-sourced five-course menu featuring Left Coast Farm and Faurot Ranch will be paired with wine by Martin Ranch Winery. View the menu here.

Get more info here.

Free Family Movie Night – “Brave”

When: 7/13 at 8:30 pm
Where: Highlands County Park
Cost: Free

July is Parks and Recreation Month which means free activities all month long…like family-friendly movies under the stars. Enjoy a free showing of “Brave” on the Highlands Park house lawn. Just bring your low back chairs and blankets, plus your appetite- food truck service starts at 7:30 pm.

Get more info here.

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Saturday

Love’s Gardens Demonstration Garden Tour

When: 7/14 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Where: Westside Santa Cruz location provided upon registration
Cost: Free

Calling all garden lovers to Love’s Gardens, where you can take a demonstration tour of an edible food forest with over 30 varieties of fruit, plus veggies, herbs, and flowering plants. This open house event also features several rainwater harvesting systems, mini workshops—including mushroom cultivation and summer pruning—and snacks!

Get more info here.

Wacky Water Day

When: 7/14 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Where: Louden Nelson Community Center
Cost: Free

In celebration of Parks Make Life Better Month, Santa Cruz Parks and Rec is throwing a fun day of water games and activities, including an inflatable water slide, dunk tank, and more!

Get more info here.

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Sunday

SCM Makers Market Pop-up at The Closet Shopper Eastside

When: 7/15 from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Where: 1203 41st Ave. Capitola, CA – The Closet Shopper
Cost: Free Admission

Have you checked out the Closet Shopper’s new eastside location? Now’s your chance to not only shop for great deals on recycled fashion, but to enjoy a fun parking lot pop-up with 12 local artists. Participating artists include BEE HAPPY TODAY, Verdant California, Driftwood Aptos, Cafaro Studios, and Wilder Macrame. Shop to live music by Lauren Wahl Music & Simply Put, and bring an appetite for G’s Mexican Tacos.

Get more info here.

Santa Cruz County Fermentation Festival & Beer Masters Cup

When: 7/15 from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Where: Skypark
Cost: $25; Kids under 10 are Free

Lovers of beer, kombucha, probiotic sodas and all things fermented—this festival is just for you! Enjoy music, presentations, demonstrations, tastings, and the event highlight, the Home Brewed Beer Challenge, where you can weigh in on who deserves the coveted Beer Masters Cup.

Get more info here.

Sunday Art & Music at the Beach

When: 7/15 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where: Esplanade Park
Cost: Free

Sundays were made for art, music, and the beach. Make your way to Capitola Village for all three! Enjoy the swingin’ sounds of Speakeasy 3 from the Esplanade Stage while you view and shop artwork by local artists including painting, photography, sculpture, jewelry and mixed media.

Get more info here.

A Cinematic Summer in Aptos: Wrinkle in Time

When: 7/15 at 8:00 pm
Where: Aptos Village Park
Cost: Free

Movie in the Park is back for a second season with free family-friendly flicks in Aptos Village Park. Come watch A Wrinkle in Time and help support the Live Like Coco foundation, a non-profit organization that helps kids grow up healthy and with opportunities to pursue their dreams. Be sure to arrive early for music and food truck concessions. Next up…The Greatest Showman on August 12!

Get more info here.

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Upcoming Events You Don’t Want to Miss

Bargetto Winery 30th Annual Art & Wine Festival

What: 30th Annual Art & Wine Festival
Where: Bargetto Winery
When: 7/21 & 7/22 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm

Fill your weekend with art and your glass with wine at Bargetto Winery’s 30th Annual Art & Wine Festival! This two-day celebration features over 30 local artists and food vendors, live music, wine tasting, and wood-fired pizza available for purchase.

Get more info here.

Wharf to Wharf Race

wharf to wharf

What: Wharf to Wharf Race
Where: Santa Cruz Wharf to Capitola Wharf
When: Sunday, July 22nd

It’s that time again as the “best little road race in California” celebrates its 46th year. Though registration is closed to enter the race, you can come out and cheer for the participants who run or walk the six miles from Santa Cruz Wharf to Capitola Wharf. And while we’re on the subject, have you registered for the inaugural Little Wharf 3-miler taking place Sept. 29?

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.

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