This Weekend in Santa Cruz: July 20th – 22nd, 2018

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Will it be Food Truck Friday or Friday Night Bands on the Beach? Wine tasting in the Santa Cruz Mountains or Bargetto’s Art & Wine Festival?

More importantly, will you be walking/running the Wharf to Wharf, or cheering and dancing on the sidelines?

No worries! You can’t go wrong with any of the fun options in store on this mid-July weekend, so just get out there and enjoy.

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

Friday

Friday Night Food Truck Party w/The Derby Girls

When: 7/20 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Where: Skypark, Scotts Valley
Cost: Free

Hang out with the Santa Cruz Derby Girls this Friday night as you enjoy some delicious food from local food truck vendors. Get photos and autographs, try your luck at arm wrestling, and enter to win prizes. A Derby Girl might even be serving you a drink at the onsite Beer and Wine Garden fundraiser for the Scotts Valley Educational Foundation. Bring your wheels of choice for an all-ages outdoor skate!

Get more info here.

Los Lonely Boys

When: 7/20 at 6:30 pm & 8:30 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Cost: Free

The Friday Night Bands on the Beach series continues this week with Los Lonely Boys. These three brothers from San Angelo, Texas, bring you their unique music combo of rock and roll, Texas-style blues and little bit of country. Two concert show times!

Get more info here.

Heart of Soquel Walking Tour

When: 7/20 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am
Where: Heart of Soquel County Park
Cost: Free (Pre-register by calling 831-454-7941)

Take a walk through the riparian habitat along Soquel Creek in one of the newest additions to the Santa Cruz County Parks system with Project Manager Sheryl Bailey. Learn about the plans to complete the project while exploring all that the new park has to offer. Tour takes place along an ADA-compliant trail.

Get more info here.

Teen Splash Night

When: 7/20 from 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Where: Simpkins Family Swim Center
Cost: Free

Teens swim FREE at this Teen Splash night celebration. All pools will be open including the waterslide and the warm water pool. Have fun with inner-tubes and the climbing wall, too. “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” will be showing from 8:30 pm to 10:00 pm in the Community room.

Get more info here.

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Saturday

Screening of Surfing Documentary “Great Highway”

When: 7/21 from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Where: The Rio Theater
Cost: $15 for Adults; kids 6-17 $10 (+ service fee)

Take a journey to the beginning of northern California surfing. Come to the first screening of this important documentary about the surfing history of San Francisco in a time before wet suits and the site of Jack O’Neill’s first shop. Starring Jack O’Neill, Jack LaLanne and many more legendary names in surfing history.

Get more info here.

Bargetto Winery Art & Wine Festival

When: 7/21 – 7/22 from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Where: Bargetto Winery 3535 N. Main St., Soquel
Cost: Free admission; Wine Tasting with Purchase of $10 Festival Glass

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.

MOONLIGHT TRAIN DINNER PARTY

When: 7/21 from 5:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Where: Roaring Camp Railroads
Cost: Adult (Ages 13 and up) – $56 / Child (Ages 2-12) – $41

A moonlight train ride, a toasty campfire and live music on Bear Mountain following a delicious BBQ dinner at the camp. What else could top this special night? How about adding a helping of homemade apple pie when you get back? Roaring Camp presents a special summer evening you won’t want miss!

Get more info here.

PASSPORT CELEBRATION DAYS

When: 7/21 from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Where: Participating SCM Wineries
Cost: $65

Visit local wineries and more than 50 tasting rooms in various locations in the Santa Cruz mountains, each offering their own Passport Celebration Day experience. With your passport, you can visit the participating wineries every day during business hours. Passports can be purchased directly from the wineries, but call ahead to see if they are in stock.

Get more info here.

Evenings with the Fresnel Lens

When: 7/21 from 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Pigeon Point Light Station State Historic Park
Cost: Free

Even though the Pigeon Point Lighthouse is undergoing repair, you can still see the Fresnel Lens, lighthouse’s original beacon, at its temporary location in the park visitor center. Bring a flashlight and warm clothes for a fascinating look at how this beacon once guided ships along the coastline.

Get more info here.

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Sunday

LEVITY – New Orleans Circus Theater

When: 7/22 at 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Where: Motion Pacific
Cost: $10 – $20

LadyBEAST Productions and PARADOX Media present a circus-inspired performance as artists take you on a journey inside their own thoughts. It all starts with sitting down in a chair and then the excitement begins as you take a journey through the human mind!

Get more info here.

Akasha Wellness Collectives CBD Summerjam

When: 7/22 from 2:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Where: 480 Hwy 1 Davenport (next to Whale City Bakery)
Cost: $15 

Learn more about the benefits of CBD at this wellness event. Guest speakers and local dispensaries will be on site to answer questions and to provide information. Listen to live music, enjoy local organic food, and try mini CBD spa treatments and more.

Get more info here.

Wharf to Wharf Race

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When: 7/22 at 8:30 am
Where: Santa Cruz Wharf to Capitola Wharf

The “best little road race in California” is also one of the best spectator sports of the year. Though registration is closed to enter the race, you can join the fans and bands along the route 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.

Bargetto Winery Art & Wine Festival

See Description Under Saturday Section

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Upcoming Events You Don’t Want to Miss

41st Annual Saw Festival

What: 41st Annual Saw Festival
Where: 1520 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA / Roaring Camp in Felton, CA
When: August 11-12, 2018

Not just any festival of saws, but a festival of musical saws! Have a fun day out with the family as you discover the musical side of this handy tool. This music-filled weekend festival will host different events each day, including a musical saw contest and even a workshop to teach you how to play, too!

Get more info here.

Annual Flea Market

What: Annual Flea Market
Where: Inner Light Ministries
When: August 4 at 7:00 AM – 2:00 PM 

Come to the annual flea market and purchase a variety of new and/or gently used items at bargain prices while helping Inner Light Ministries at this annual fundraising event.  Inner Light Ministries will be accepting donations of new or gently used items for the flea market at designated locations at the end of July.

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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