This Weekend in Santa Cruz: June 2nd – 4th, 2017

this weekend in santa cruz

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As we get into Summer there are almost too many fun events to choose from! The Redwood Mountain Faire, Santa Cruz Pride, The Bonny Doon Art, Wine & Brew Festival,  Ebb & Flow Kinetic Parade & River Arts Celebration and an interactive art market to name a few.

In addition, the lead singer of Pink Martini is teaming up with the Santa Cruz Symphony, Pour is having its first year anniversary party and there is a local movie premiere. And to top it all off, it’s First Friday!

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

This week’s Roundup is powered by Hive
(who happen to be hosting one of this weekend’s must-attend events):

Show & Tell: An Interactive Art Market

Show and Tell Art Market


A Night at the Theater

When: 6/2 from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Where: Green Hills Event Center
Cost: $75

Enjoy food, drink, entertainment and a live auction whose proceeds go to the building of the Scotts Valley Community Center! A Night at the Theater is a spectacular fundraising event that supports the enrichment and development of the performing arts in Scotts Valley, aaannd you get a preview of the talented local performers that will be using the new arts center when it opens. It’s a great cause sure to get you excited about the arts and entertainment coming to your local community.

Get more info here.

Pour Taproom 1st Anniversary Party

Pour Taproom

When: 6/2 – 6/4 
Where: Pour Taproom
Cost: Free Admission

Celebrate the one year anniversary of Pour with free giveaways, special reserve kegs, and a 1st Anniversary Collaboration Beer with Corralitos Brewing Company. The party goes on all weekend in the taproom where you can choose from, and serve yourself, a variety of beer, cider and wine. Grab some duck tacos or a bavarian pretzel to pair and cozy up in one of the community style tables for an afternoon of beer, conversation and festivity.

Get more info here.

First Friday Santa Cruz

When: 6/2
Where: Various Venues
Cost: Free

First Friday Santa CruzIt’s that time again! With exhibits and events all over town there is something for every type of art enthusiast, see dance performers, prints, paintings and more. At Santa Cruz MAH’s Abbott Square get a special preview of the highly anticipated community plaza and marketplace, and experience the kick-off to the Ebb & Flow River Arts Celebration.

Get more info here.

All Hands on Deck

When: 6/2 – 6/4 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Where: Radius Gallery, Tannery Arts Center, 1050 River St, Unit 127
Cost: Free

Come see how these amazing community artists have transformed skateboard decks into colorful works of art to be auctioned off at this unique event supporting the Arts Council Santa Cruz County. There will be artistic work from muralists, graphic designers, painters and printmakers. Enter for a chance to win and take home one of these beautiful works of art too!

Get more info here.

More First Friday

Also on Friday

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Ebb & Flow Kinetic Parade & River Arts Celebration

When: 6/3 from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Riverwalk and Tannery Arts Center (1070 River Street, Santa Cruz, CA)
Cost: Free

This is a parade like no other! Join the river themed procession at the Kaiser Arena and make your way down the Santa Cruz Riverwalk where you’ll see 13 new temporary art installations. Bring your own “moving art” costume to fit in with the crowd. The parade ends at the Tannery for a celebration of art, theater, music, food, and crafts for kids from 1 to 6pm. There will also be an unveiling of the new permanent art installation, “We’re All Downstream,” featuring the work of Tannery artists and youth.

Get more info here.

Redwood Mountain Faire

When: 6/3 – 6/4 from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm
Where: Roaring Camp
Cost: $20 – $45, $5 Parking

This is one of the best family-friendly music festivals in Santa Cruz County, and it’s been going on since the early 1980s! It all started as a community driven event that features local talent and gives back to charities, and it’s been successful ever since. Start your summer off right with a weekend full of live music, from acts like The Coffis Brothers and The Mountain Men, refreshments from local breweries and wineries, and delicious food, all while surrounded by the beautiful redwoods of the Santa Cruz Mountains. There will also be activities for children and handmade arts and crafts for sale.

Get more info here.

The Bonny Doon Art, Wine & Brew Festival

When: 6/3 from 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Where: Bonny Doon Equestrian Park

The Bonny Doon Art, Wine & Brew Festival features, you guessed it, wine and craft beer tasting from favorites such as the Santa Cruz Mountain Brewery, Bonny Doon Vineyard and more! But it gets better, proceeds go to support the art and science programs at Bonny Doon Elementary School. To add to the fun, there will also be a live and online art auction and delicious food trucks, live music all afternoon, and a chance to pick up some goodies from local art and artisan vendors.

Get more info here.

Community Rental: Show & Tell- Interactive Art Market

santa Cruz show and tell art market

When: 6/3 from 1:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Santa Cruz MAH (Museum of Art & History)
Cost: Free

Ever wondered how your favorite products are made? Well now is your chance to learn at the Show & Tell interactive marketplace. Creative members of our community will be giving informative talks and live demonstrations of the intricate process involved in making something by hand. Get the opportunity to try making items yourself and leave fully educated, with a greater desire to only buy local and hand-made from here on out.

Get more info here.

Love, Lust & Rock ‘n Roll

When: 6/3 from 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
Cost: $27.00 – $75.00

The Santa Cruz Symphony teams up with Storm Large, the lead singer of Pink Martini, for an entertaining evening of covers from all over the musical map including Queen, Pink Martini, Elton John and Frank Sinatra. Listen for your favorite hits including I’ve Got You Under My Skin and Yellow Brick Road. Storm is a must see musician, she’s performed nationally and internationally with renowned artists and has performed for four sold out shows with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.

Get more info here.

Hope Dances – Movie Premiere

When: 6/3 from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Rio Theatre
Cost: Free

Hope has a dream to become a ballerina against all odds and this film is the journey of her trials and tribulations to achieve that dream. Catch the inspiring story at the Rio Theatre if you can, they will be releasing just 200 tickets to the general public who are interested, so make sure you get yours. Produced by Bright River Productions, a local production company, this film features Santa Cruz dancers, actors and athletes.

Get more info here.

All Hands on Deck

See Description Under Friday Section

Pour Taproom 1st Anniversary Party

See Description Under Friday Section

Also on Saturday

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Beginning Birding

When: 6/4 from 8:00 am to 10:00 am
Where: Quail Hollow Ranch

If you’ve never been to Quail Hollow Ranch before, this is your chance to explore it’s natural beauty! Hidden in the Santa Cruz Mountains and home to fifteen different habitats, endangered species and plants, and with miles of trails, this is the perfect place to experience a different side of Santa Cruz and get started on that birding hobby. Join the leader of the Santa Cruz Bird Club for a hike through the park in search of local birds. No birding experience is necessary.

Get more info here.

Pride Parade and Festival 2017

When: 6/4 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where: Pacific (Elm to Church) Festival
Cost: Free

Celebrate Santa Cruz Pride with a parade that begins at 11:00 am at the intersection of Pacific and Church. The crowd will march down Pacific Ave towards the ocean ending at the Pride Festival grounds where the Wednesday farmers market usually is. The party goes all afternoon  and will include food trucks, vendors, live music, and activities for kids. Santa Cruz Pride celebrates the LGBTQ community in Santa Cruz County and there will be musicians, spoken word artists and other performers representing the LGBTQ community. This is a family-friendly event and all ages are welcome.

Get more info here.

All Hands on Deck

See Description Under Friday Section

Redwood Mountain Faire

See Description Under Saturday Section

Pour Taproom 1st Anniversary Party

See Description Under Friday Section

Also on Sunday

Featured Upcoming Event

What: Japanese Cultural Fair
Where: Mission Plaza Park
When: Saturday, June 10

Celebrate our neighbors across the Pacific by gathering at the Mission Plaza and participating in cultural festivities, including traditional dancing, food, and arts and crafts. Additional workshops and demonstrations will be held at nearby Aikido of Santa Cruz and the Zen Center.

Get more info here

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About Leslie Chavez

Leslie Chavez moved to Santa Cruz to study literature at UCSC some years ago and loved it so much she decided to stay! She now works in travel and tourism and enjoys writing about the things that make Santa Cruz so great! You can find her running along West Cliff, hiking in the redwoods or exploring the newest restaurant or happening around town. Follow her adventures here.