This Weekend in Santa Cruz: June 15th – 17th, 2018

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This weekend we celebrate dads, grads and the beginning of summer vacation.

Friday night brings the first Free Friday Night Bands on the Beach concert. Saturday marks an important date in history for freedom with a fantastic community celebration. Sunday is Father’s Day, and you can treat that special dad to a firehouse breakfast, a history walk through the redwoods, or a chuckwagon BBQ and steam train ride.

UCSC graduation also takes place this weekend, so be prepared for a lot of traffic and activity around town.

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


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Friday

Free Friday Night Bands On The Beach – Berlin starring Terri Nunn

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Concerts

Photo Credit: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

When: 6/15 at 6:30 pm & 8:30 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Cost: Free

The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk kicks off summer with the annual Friday Night Bands on the Beach concert series through August. This week, the band Berlin starring Terri Nunn will be performing two live concerts. Head back to the 80s when the electronic music craze hit the scene.

Get more info here.

International Academy of Dance Presents OZ

When: 6/15 at 7:00 pm; 6/16 – 6/17 1:00 pm & 4:30 pm
Where: Colligan Theatre
Cost: $20 – $30 + service fee

An original performance set to the classic story by Frank Baum. In this presentation, Glinda is not behaving like the good witch that everyone knows. Can things be set straight before it’s too late? Dancers and performers of all ages will leave you spellbound.

Get more info here.

FAMILY BARN DANCE

When: 6/15 from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Where: Live Oak Grange
Cost: $10-$20

Gather the family and head out to an old fashioned barn dance at the Live Oak Grange. Learn how to Contra Dance, a folk dance where couples form a line and dance steps are “called out” by the caller. All levels welcome, come alone or bring a dance partner!

Get more info here.

Tracing Diasporas

When: 6/15 – 6/16 from 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Where: Motion Pacific Dance
Cost: $17.89-21.05

An evening of dance performances highlighting the work of Brazilian dance artist, Vera Passos. An eclectic collaboration of choreography and production bring an amazing show that is not to be missed!

Get more info here.

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Saturday

JUNETEENTH

juneteenth

When: 6/16 from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Where: Laurel Park (adjacent to the Louden Nelson Community Center)
Cost: Free

No doubt an important day in United States history, this event commemorates the Emancipation Proclamation and the end of slavery. Enjoy an afternoon of soul food, live music, activities, basketball skills contest and the annual sack race.

Get more info here.

17th Annual Jay Race – Jay Moriarty Memorial Paddleboard Race

jay race

When: 6/16 from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where: Capitola Beach
Cost: $95-$135

This annual ocean paddleboard race is held in memory of Santa Cruz Waterman Jay Moriarity. The 2018 Jay Race will be held on Jay’s 40th birthday, June 16. Paddle the 2-mile or 12-mile course, and bring the kids to participate in the free “mini Jay” race. Proceeds support the Capitola Junior Lifeguard program, Ocean of Hope, and Angel Warriors For Kids.

Get more info here.

A Night At The Theater

When: 6/16 from 4:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Where: Scotts Valley Community Center
Cost: $55 Advance – $65.00 at the door

Help raise funds for the Scotts Valley Community Theater Guild and enjoy a fabulous BBQ dinner, too! The cast of the SVHS Addams Family will be there, as well as other guest appearances for your entertainment. All proceeds will go toward building a new performing arts facility. Silent and live auction, too!

Get more info here.

International Academy of Dance Presents OZ

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Tracing Diasporas

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Sunday

Father’s Day – Hats Off to Dad

When: 6/17
Where: Roaring Camp
Cost: $29 Adults 13 & up, $23 Children 2-12 yrs (Train ticket only, food extra)

hats off to dad roaring campCelebrate dad and take him out for an old-fashioned steam train ride and Chuckwagon BBQ! Dad will receive a free engineer’s cap with ticket and meal purchase and will be entered into a drawing to ride up front with the engineer. Watch out though, a train robbery is bound to happen anytime…

Get more info here.

Tom Noddy’s Bubble Magic

Tom Noddy

When: 6/17 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Where: Live Oak Branch Library
Cost: Free

Bubbles, bubbles and more bubbles like you’ve never seen them before. Be prepared to be delighted with amazing bubbles and a humorous lively show that has been performed around the world.

Get more info here.

The Men Of Big Basin – A Father’s Day Special Event

When: 6/17 at 1:00 pm
Where: Big Basin Redwoods State Park
Cost: Event is free; vehicle day use fee is $10

Honor the men who lived, worked and fought in Big Basin. View the living history exhibits and re-enactments that will bring the pioneer days to life. You can even take dad on a guided half mile, 1.5 hour walk through the redwoods. Wheelchair and stroller accessible. Meet at Park Headquarters.

Get more info here.

Paws in the Park

paws in the park

When: 6/17 at 10:00 am
Where: Gateway Plaza
Cost: Free

It’s almost summer and time again for the annual community dog walk along the San Lorenzo River. Bring your dog out for some canine social time and meet other dog walkers, too. The first 20 participants will get a free portable pet food dish.

Get more info here.

California Salmon Day

salmon day

When: 6/17 from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Where: Seymour Center at Long Marine Lab
Cost: Adults $8, Students or Seniors $6, Members and UCSC Undergraduates with valid student ID Free

Celebrate salmon, art and seafood. Learn about native salmon in our area, listen to some short talks and taste some ocean caught Chinook salmon, too. Demonstration, art on display and live music!

Get more info here.

39th Annual Father’s Day Pancake Breakfast

When: 6/18 from 7:00 am to 12:00 pm
Where: Zayante Fire Station
Cost: $8 Adults, $4 for kids (6-12) 5 and under are free

Want to show Dad how much he’s appreciated? One word…Pancakes! Take that special guy out for a home-cooked firehouse breakfast of pancakes and eggs and support our local Zayante fire station, too.

Get more info here.

International Acacemy of Dance Presents OZ

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Upcoming Events You Don’t Want to Miss

Movies on the Beach

Lost Boys Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

What: Free Movies on the Beach
Where: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
When: Wednesdays, from June 20 – August 15

Grab your beach chairs & blankets, and head over to the Boardwalk next Wednesday for the first Free Wednesday night Movie on the beach. As usual, things kick off with The Lost Boys for the first showing.

Get more info here.


Pleasure Point Street Fairpleasure point street fair 2018

What: 2018 Pleasure Point Street Fair
Where: Pleasure Point
When: Saturday, June 23

The Pleasure Point Street Fair is back again for it’s sixth year! Join the party on Portola Drive for live music, a beer garden, delicious food,  a kid zone, and plenty of local vendors selling arts, crafts and services. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Live Oak Education Foundation.

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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