This Weekend in Santa Cruz: March 10th – 12th, 2017


Spring is in the air this weekend and it sounds like Bluegrass, Hawaiian slack key, and rock ’n’ roll!
We’ve got world-renowned musicians in town, a local theater production, a family-friendly kids concert, a grand opening for recycled fashion and more.
It’s also Daylight Saving Time this weekend. It might be a little painful to move the clock forward before you fall asleep Saturday night, but longer days to enjoy the sunshine will help make up for the sleep loss.

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


Beer Maker’s Dinner

When: 3/10 from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Where: Pino Alto Restaurant at Cabrillo College
Cost: $55

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day a week early with a Beer Maker’s Dinner. This collaboration between Discretion Brewing and Pino Alto Restaurant is a chance for Advance Culinary Arts students at Cabrillo College to show off their pairing skills throughout a 5-course meal. Enjoy local beer and a British Isles themed menu.

Get more info here.

Mountain Community Theater Presents: “The Lion in Winter”

The Lion in Winter

When: 3/10 – 4/2 – check website for times
Where: Park Hall in Ben Lomond
Cost: $20 General Admission / $17 Students and Seniors

Mountain Community Theater takes us to 12th century France during the reign of Henry II. Enjoy a local theater production of the Academy Award-winning film adaptation by James Goldman. Opening night features a champagne reception post-show, and next weekend you can take advantage of Community Night ticket prices or stay for a Q&A with cast and director post-show.

Get more info here.

Santa Cruz Warriors vs. Fort Wayne Mad Ants

santa cruz warriors vs mad ants

When: 3/10 at 7:00 pm
Where: Kaiser Permanente Arena
Cost: $23 – $77

Cheer on the Santa Cruz Warriors as they take on the Mad Ants of Fort Wayne. The Warriors will be wearing custom community jerseys and the first 1,500 fans will receive a matching rally towel. Jersey auction proceeds will benefit Ride A Wave.

Get more info here.

Night Market

When: 3/10 from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Food Lounge
Cost: Free admission

The second Friday of the month brings Night Market to the Santa Cruz Food Lounge. Enjoy an exciting dining experience featuring a variety of food vendors, craft cocktails, and live music. Past pop-up vendors include My Mom’s Mole, Artisan Hand Food, and La Sofrita…wonder who will pop up this Friday?

Get more info here.

Brookdale Bluegrass 2017 Spring Festival

Brookdale BluegrassWhen: 3/10 at 11:00 am to 3/12 at 11:00 pm
Where: Mount Cross
Cost: $25 – $80

Calling all bluegrass fans: Peter Rowan headlines this 3-day festival Felton which includes workshops and a children’s concert. Other featured acts include Faux Renwah, Snap Jackson and his Knock on Wood Players, the Naked Bootleggers, and Coffee Zombie Collective. Overnight campsites and cabins are available at this venue.

Get more info here.

Also on Friday

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The Closet Shopper Eastside Grand Opening

When: 3/11 from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Where: 1203 41st Ave.

Having recently attended the 6-year anniversary for the Closet Shopper in Downtown Santa cruz, we are thrilled for the grand opening of their second location across town! Coffeeville’s White Russians make a return appearance (yum!), a photo booth, and live music add to the festivities. Help welcome them to the neighborhood and shop recycled fashion for women—boutique style!

Get more info here.

The Lost Boys (Featuring James Durbin)

lost boys featuring james durbin

When: 3/11 at 8:00 pm
Where: The Catalyst
Cost: $30 advance / $35 at door

Did you hear the news that James Durbin is now the lead singer of Quiet Riot?! Catch Durbin with his local act, The Lost Boys, at this benefit concert supporting Jacob’s Heart Children’s Cancer Support Services.

Get more info here.

 Girls Rock! Women’s Mountain Bike Ride and Event.

When: 3/11 from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm
Where: Ibis Cycles
Cost: Free but register to RSVP

Don’t worry about your mountain biking skills—all levels are welcome and will break into groups and ride nearby trails based on ride level. Don’t have a mountain bike? There are a limited quantity of demo bikes available to reserve for a fee if you’re new to the sport. Sponsors will provide breakfast, swag, and post-ride beer, cider and snacks. Sounds pretty awesome!

Get more info here.

Santa Cruz Derby Girls

santa cruz derby girls 3/11/2017

When: 3/11 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Where: Civic Auditorium
Cost: $10.00 – $32.00

It’s the battle of the bay! The Santa Cruz Derby Girls return to the Civic Auditorium to face the Berkeley Resistance of Bay Area Derby. Come cheer on the Boardwalk Bombshells at this opening season match!

Get more info here.

Pussy Riot Theatre Presents Revolution

Pussy Riot Revolution

When: 3/11 from 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Where: Rio Theatre
Cost: $25 Gen, $38 Gold Circle

Pussy Riot, the controversial Russian punk rock protest group, comes to the Rio to perform the world premiere of “Revolution.” The show is based on founding member Maria Alyokhina’s personal story as a member of Pussy Riot, including tales of their legendary protests, and the dramatic aftermath. Stick around after the performance for a conversation with members of the creative team.

Get more info here.

Also on Saturday

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 Masters of Hawaiian Music: George Kahumoku Jr., Nathan Aweau & Kawika Kahiapo

hawiian music

When: 3/12 at 6:00 pm
Where: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
Cost: $30 Adv/$35 Door

When three masters of Hawaiian music share the stage, it’s an easy decision. Get your tickets and get ready for an unforgettable evening of slack key guitar, ukulele, and beautiful singing. Try Hula’s Island Grill or Pono Hawaiian Grill for pupus and drinks before or after the show.

Get more info here.

Banana Slug String Band 2pm Matinee

Banana Slug String Band Low Res 1

When: 3/12 at 2:00 pm
Where: Don Quixote’s
Cost: $12 adv./$12 door

The lovable Banana Slug String Band is putting on a kid-friendly concert at a family-friendly time in a venue that serves Mexican food. That covers the basics. We highly suggest a hike at Henry Cowell or nearby Fall Creek Unit before or after this show to look for actual banana slugs.

Get more info here.

Also on Sunday

Featured Upcoming Event

What: Sheep to Shawl Fair
Where: Live Earth Farm
When: March 18 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Cost: $15/car

Bring the family and enjoy a day of learning how wool gets made into clothing and art. Hands-on activities include shearing, dyeing, spinning, weaving, and more. Plus, there will be a lamb petting area, live music, and lunch!

Get more info here.

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About Christine Candelaria

Christine Candelaria is a local mom of four who enjoys sharing her Santa Cruz adventures. You can follow her #santacruzlife on Instagram at @theaumsmama.