This Weekend in Santa Cruz: June 9th – 11th, 2017

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It’s going to be another fabulous June weekend packed with outdoor festivals, and art, dining and shopping events.

Take part in cultural festivals, an annual car show, and check out the latest action sport technologies at the first ever WaterSHRED event along the San Lorenzo Riverwalk.

The weather forecast calls for a nice one around the Monterey Bay!

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


Home/Work Anniversary Party

When: 6/9 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Home/Work 1100 Soquel Ave.
Cost: Free admission

Celebrating two years in business and one year at the current mid-town location, this locally-owned home decorating boutique is hosting a tropical themed anniversary party. Enjoy food, music, beer, a photo booth and a raffle.

Get more info here.

Farm to Table Wine Dinner – Featuring: Summit To Sea Vineyards

When: 6/9 at 6:00 pm
Where: Chaminade Resort & Spa
Cost: $110

Enjoy an evening of local food and wine from the Central Coast prepared by Chef Nicholas Church at the June installment of the Farm to Table Wine Dinner series. You’ll get to take in Chaminade’s great panoramic views and enjoy a relaxing atmosphere as you meet and mingle with guests, the chef, vintners and local farm representatives. Reservations required.

Get more info here.


UCSC Print Sale

When: 6/9 – 6/10 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Where: University of California Santa Cruz
Cost: Free admission

Are you looking for new artwork for your home or office? At this event you can find what you are looking for and support a local art student. See a showcase of student artwork for sale and get a behind the scenes look at the printmaking program and workshop, too. (This runs together with the Art Department’s Spring Open Studios on Friday.)

Get more info here.

‘The Two Gentlemen of Verona,’ presented by Shakespeare to Go

When: 6/9 at 9:00 am & 10:30 am
Where: Second Stage, UCSC
Cost: Free

Shakespeare has hit the road again, this time bringing an adaptation of what is thought to be one of Shakespeare’s first plays to you and your family. Shakespeare to Go brings a play to life in 50 minutes and is focused on younger audiences. Bring your family to this fun performance.

Get more info here.

Also on Friday

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Sustain Supper Benefiting the Homeless Garden Project

homeless garden project

When: 6/10 from 4:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Where: Homeless Garden Project’s Natural Bridges Farm at Delaware and Shafer in Santa Cruz
Cost: $150

An evening of gourmet food by featured local chefs, sustainability talks by renowned guest speakers and music at this benefit dinner to help support this important local project. Special guest Guy Kawasaki will be the keynote speaker.

Get more info here.

FREE Summer Kick-Off Festival

summer festival

When: 6/10 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Cost: FREE

Gather your family and start your summer off with a celebration of science and nature at the museum. Free admission inside along with outdoor activities. There will be animals from Happy Hollow Zoo, and a presentation by the Planet Bee Foundation along with live music, food, and activities to kick off the summer season.

Get more info here.

Ocean Fair & Surfboard Swap

ocean fair and surfboard swap

When: 6/10 from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm
Where: Patagonia Santa Cruz Outlet – 415 River Street
Cost: Free

Looking for a new surfboard? Maybe you’re tired of your old board or just want to get rid of one that is just taking up extra space? Here’s your chance. Bring your used surfboard to swap or sell at this event, or let them sell it for you. Enjoy live music, food, beer, art and support ocean conservation with the Surfrider Foundation. Register online.

Get more info here.

Boho Castro, a Bohemian-style fundraiser for the Castro Adobe

boho castro

When: 6/10 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Where: Castro Adobe State Historic Park
Cost: $75

Go back in time to the 1960s Castro Adobe and relive a night when the property was owned by the Jowers family and was a center of Bohemian art and culture. Enjoy food items recreated from the original menu and served by Micky’s Catering, along with local beer by Corralitos Brewing Co., wine from Storrs Winery, and live music. Period dress is welcome!

Get more info here.


water shred

When: 6/10 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Where: 440 Front Street Santa Cruz
Cost: Adults: $10, Kids 12 & under: Free

Come out to the Riverwalk and see this action sports expo along the San Lorenzo River.  You’ll get a chance to take free demo rides, and enjoy live music, food and even a rock climbing wall. Buy tickets online. Organized by the Coastal Watershed Council & Event Santa Cruz.

Get more info here.

12th Annual Capitola Rod & Custom Classic Car Show

When: 6/10 – 6/11 from 8:30 am to 2:00 pm
Where: Capitola Village
Cost: Free admission

It’s that time of year once again to watch the best classic and custom rides as they cruise from the  Boardwalk to Capitola Village on Saturday morning and then gather for this favorite car show. See what’s new with the old classics at one of California’s most popular car shows.  Great cars, music, and vendor booths.

Get more info here.

Japanese Cultural Fair

japanese cultural fairs

When: 6/10 from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Mission Plaza Park, Zen Center
Cost: Free

Get ready for an exciting day of Japanese culture at this popular annual event. Live demonstrations will be held on the main stage throughout the day.  There will be food booths, music and art to celebrate both traditional and modern-day Japanese history and culture.

Get more info here.


When: 6/10 from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Where: Laurel Park
Cost: Free

Join in on this world wide commemoration of the signing the Emancipation Proclamation. A full afternoon of guest speakers, music, food and activities for the entire family. Come out to celebrate a very important day in history for freedom and equality.

Get more info here.

Also on Saturday

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Santa Cruz Jewish Cultural Festival

jewish cultural festival

When: 6/11 from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm
Where: Temple Beth El, 3055 Porter gulch Rd, Aptos, 95003
Cost: FREE

Live entertainment, guest speakers, local art, delicious food and fun family activities are on the schedule this year at this annual fair. Tour a pop-up Jewish museum in the library, listen to Ted style “Chai Talks” and enjoy a sanctuary tour. This year there will be a community hall to discuss projects and programs, as well.

Get more info here.

Highway 17 Gratitude Picnic

hwy 17 picnic

When: 6/11 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Where: Scotts Valley Skypark
Cost: Free admission, work crews and family eat lunch free

A grassroots community celebration of gratitude for all of the crews who worked on our roadways over this past winter of record storms and road closures.  Free lunch for work crews and their families. A fun afternoon of food, music and games for the family. Food trucks will be available for the public.

Get more info here.


When: 6/11 from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Where: The Garden, 2701 Monterey Ave., Soquel CA 95073
Cost: $17-25

New Music Works will hold their annual fundraiser with this concert event. Enjoy a June afternoon of African culture with an array of live music, dance and cuisine from different areas across the continent. There will also be a silent auction that includes an African Safari and more.

Get more info here.

FUN SiZE tour: Fatty Cakes and the Puff Pastries, Spray Tan, Eve’s Peach and Gal Pal

When: 6/11 from 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm
Where: SubRosa
Cost: $5-7

A full line up music to rock your night. A concert that promotes a safe space to be yourself. Tickets available at the door.

Get more info here.

12th Annual Capitola Rod & Custom Classic Car Show

See Description Under Saturday Section

Also on Sunday

Featured Upcoming Event

paint party

What: Fundraiser Family Paint Party
Where: Jacob’s Heart
When: June 16, 2017 at 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM PDT 
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.

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About Valerie Lemke

Valerie Lemke was 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.