This Weekend in Santa Cruz: June 30th – July 2nd, 2017 (Plus 4th of July Preview)

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See our picks for the top events each day this weekend, and get a start with your plans for the 4th in this edition of the Weekend Roundup:


Great White

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

There’s going to be a Great White and a big crowd on Main Beach this Friday. ’70s rock band Great White will perform a free concert at the Boardwalk, where you can catch hits like “Once Bitten, Twice Shy.”

Get more info here.

Summer Food Truck Event

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When: 6/30 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Where: San Lorenzo Park
Cost: Free

Change up your Friday night dinner plans by heading to San Lorenzo Park to enjoy food trucks, and a beer & wine garden featuring Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing & BargettoWinery.

Get more info here.

Also on Friday

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15th Annual Medicine Buddha Festival & Cultural Fair

When: 7/1 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Where: Land of Medicine Buddha
Cost: Free ($20 for on-site parking)

If you’ve been curious about Land of Medicine Buddha, this annual festival is a great opportunity to check it out. Take in music and dance performances, food and drink, information and healing booths, and shopping for unique gifts, along with plenty of activities for the kids.

Get more info here.

First Saturday Arboretum Tours

When: 7/1 at 11:00 am
Where: UCSC Arboretum
Cost: paid admission of $5 for adults, $2 for those between 6 and 17 years

Enjoy a docent-led tour of the arboretum this Saturday (and the first Saturday of every month). This is one recurring event that is worthy of a repeat visit as the tour varies depending on the time of year and what’s in bloom.

Get more info here.

Moonlight Train Dinner Party

When: 7/1 from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Where: Roaring Camp Railroads
Cost: $41 for Child, $56 for Adults

Experience Roaring Camp at night with this Saturday’s Moonlight Train Dinner Party. The evening kicks off with a barbecue dinner, followed by a train ride to Bear Mountain where you’ll enjoy a campfire and live music. Round out the evening with more live music, and some good ol’ fashioned apple pie upon returning to Roaring Camp.

Get more info here.

Also on Saturday

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Art and Music At The Beach

When: 7/2 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where: Esplanade Park
Cost: Free

Sunshine, music, art and Capitola make quite the winning combination. Come out for the second of six free Sunday Art & Music at the Beach events this summer. Dance to the reggae tunes of Simple Creation, shop for one-of-a-kind local art and take in all that Capitola has to offer.

Get more info here.

Also on Sunday

4th of July

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What: 4th of July Events
Where: Throughout Santa Cruz County
When: 4th of July!

This weekend has some fun events, but let’s face it…the main event on everyone’s minds is 4th of July. We’ve gathered all the top events throughout Santa Cruz County in our annual 4th of July Guide. From pancake breakfasts and afternoon parades to fireworks (including a new firework show this year in South County), you’ll find it all here.

Get more info here.

Featured Upcoming Event

What: Photos for Futures: 7 Cameras, 25 Kids, 2 Continents
Where: Santa Cruz Food Lounge
When: Friday, July 7 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm

What happens when you hand out digital cameras to a group of school children in rural Cambodia? Find out at the Food Lounge on First Friday. This fundraiser features the photography of Gina Orlando and the children of Wat Leu Village. Enjoy live music, a food pop-up, craft cocktails, and a drawing for some awesome local prizes.

Get more info here.

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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.