This Weekend in Santa Cruz: June 16th – 18th, 2017

father's day weekend

School’s out, Sunday is Father’s Day, and this weekend brings the first Free Friday Night Band on the Beach at the Boardwalk.

Hello summer!

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:


Fundraiser Paint & Chill Party

paint partyWhen: 6/16 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Where: Jacob’s Heart – 680 W. Beach Street Watsonville
Cost: $35 (All supplies included) Bring a friend and pay $60 for two.

Create a beautiful painting at this event that supports a great local cause. Bring your family and enjoy an evening of art as local artist Maria Singleton takes you step-by-step through creating your own piece of art.

Get more info here.

Corey Feldman

When: 6/16 at 9:00 pm
Where: The Catalyst
Cost: $20 in advance / $25 at the door

Corey Feldman returns to Santa Cruz this weekend. One of the original Lost Boys, Feldman returns to play the Catalyst in support of his Angelec 2 the U.S tour.

Get more info here.

Free Friday Night Bands on the Beach: Eddie Money

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Concerts

Photo Credit: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

When: 6/16 at 6:30 pm & 8:30 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Cost: Free

The Boardwalk is kicking off summer with the start of their Free Friday Night Bands on the Beach series, starting with Eddie Money. Come see the rock icon behind “Two Tickets to Paradise” and “Take Me Home Tonight.”

Get more info here.

A Touch of Africa in Santa Cruz

A Touch of Africa 2017

When: 6/15 – 6/18
Where: Louden Nelson Community Center
Cost: check website for pricing

A Touch of Africa in Santa Cruz starts on Thursday and runs through Sunday. The event will feature African art, dance and musical performances, along with workshops. Local favorites, SambaDá will perform on Saturday, and Pascal Bokar will perform on Sunday.

Get more info here.

Also on Friday

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Gerbera Festival

When: 6/17 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Where: Monterey Bay Greenhouse Farms
Cost: Free

Monterey Bay Greenhouse Growers are hosting the 8th Annual Kitayama Brothers Farms Gerbera Festival this Saturday at the Monterey Bay Greenhouse Farm in Watsonville. Enjoy some sunshine as you take part in greenhouse tours, flower arranging demonstrations, and a tamale tasting contest.

Get more info here.

Papas of the Castro Adobe

When: 6/17 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Where: Castro Adobe State Historic Park
Cost: Free

The Castro Adobe State Historic Park will host this event that will look back at the history of the Castro family and their legacy, from Castro Street in San Francisco to the Castro Adobe in Watsonville. Get a sneak peek at California’s next state park, which is currently only open for private tours and during special events such as this.

Get more info here.

16TH Annual Jay Moriarty Memorial Paddleboard Race

When: 6/17 at 8:00 am
Where: Capitola Beach
Cost: $75 – $300

Celebrate the life of Jay Moriarty and paddle in his honor at the 16th Annual Jay Race, a paddle board race and benefit for the Jay Moriarty Foundation. If you aren’t joining in the race you can watch in style from the Chardonnay II.

Get more info here.

A Touch of Africa in Santa Cruz

See description under Friday section

Also on Saturday

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Paws in the Park

When: 6/18 from 10:00 am to 11:30 am
Where: Gateway Plaza
Cost: Free

Join BirchBark Foundation, the Coastal Watershed Council, and WoofPack831 for this once-a-month community dog walk along the San Lorenzo River. This event takes place once a month through September.

Get more info here.

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

When: 6/18 at 1:00 pm
Where: Big Basin Redwoods State Park
Cost: Free

Travel back in time and enjoy living history re-enactments with pioneer settlers, Big Basin founders and early park rangers. This 1.5 hour walking play is wheelchair and stroller accessible.

Get more info here.

Father’s Day at Roaring Camp

When: 6/18. Trains run at 11:00 am, 12:30 pm and 2:00 pm
Where: Roaring Camp Railroads
Cost: $22 and $29

Roaring Camp hosts a Father’s Day celebration this Sunday with an old-fashioned Chuck Wagon BBQ and the Father’s Day steam train.

Get more info here.

Annual Father’s Day Pancake Breakfast

When: 6/18 from 7:00 am to 12:00 pm
Where: Zayante Station One

Join the Zayante Firefighters Association at their 36th Annual Father’s Day pancake breakfast. This fundraising event includes raffles, a silent auction, a bounce house for the kids, and of course, pancakes.

Get more info here.

Father’s Day Brunch

When: 6/18 from 10:00 am to 1:30 pm
Where: Chaminade
Cost: $47.95 Adults, $18.95 Children 6-12, Under 6 Dine Free

Nobody does brunch like Chaminade…and that view!

Treat Dad to a decadent meal where he can choose from the outdoor grill steak station, bourbon glazed ham, made-to-order omelets, and much more. See the full menu, here.

Get more info here.

A Touch of Africa in Santa Cruz

See description under Friday section

Also on Sunday

Featured Upcoming Event

Santa Cruz Boardwalk MoviesPhoto Credit: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

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.

What: Movies on the Beach
Where: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
When: Wednesdays from June 21st – August 16th

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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.