This Weekend in Santa Cruz: March 24th – 26th, 2017

The Hook

What’s in store for the first weekend of Spring?

You can celebrate some of the best and brightest in our community, catch a weekend-long event at Steamer Lane and Cowell’s, and join a fun fundraiser for a new community resource for starters.

Those and many other great events are coming our way this weekend. Here are our top picks for the days ahead:



Peter PanWhen: 3/24 at 11:30 am and 7:00 pm, 3/25 – 3/26 at 2:00 pm
Where: Cabrillo Crocker Theater
Cost: $16/$18/$25

Starting this Friday you can catch the timeless tale of Peter, Wendy and the rest of the Neverland characters at the Crocker Theater at Cabrillo College. There are also 2:00 matinees on Saturday and Sunday.

Get more info here.


santa cruz paddlefestWhen: 3/24-3/26
Where: Steamer Lane
Cost: $0 – $150

All eyes will be on Steamer Lane this weekend for the 2017 Santa Cruz Paddlefest.  The best paddle surfers in the world will compete in the 31st Annual Santa Cruz PaddleFest.

Surf kayakers, stand-up paddleboarders, and waveskiers will race at Steamer Lane all weekend, with the finals taking place on Sunday.

Intermediate racers will surf Cowell’s waves Saturday and Sunday. The 5k/10k Race takes place on Saturday and starts and ends at Cowell’s.

Get more info here.

The 2017 NEXTies Awards

2017 Nexties

When: 3/24 from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Where: Rio Theatre
Cost: $25

This year, The Nexties are going to the next level. The expanded awards show includes 17 categories honoring the best and brightest in Santa Cruz. There will be a pre-party at Tomboy, live music from The Coffis Brothers, Taylor Rae and McCoy Tyler, food for purchase from The Food Lounge’s once monthly Night Market, and beer from New Bohemia Brewing Co.

Congrats to all of this year’s honorees!

Click here to see the full list of honorees & to purchase tickets.

Also on Friday

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The Santa Cruz Symphony Presents: Fratres

When: 3/25 at 7:30 pm (plus Encore Matinee on Sunday at the Mello Center)
Where: Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
Cost: $27.00 – $75.00

Santa Cruz Symphony offers a special production of Fratres this Saturday. The concert opens with Fratres, Arvo Pärt’s most famous composition, followed by Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 2 in D Major. The finale is Schubert’s masterpiece, Death and the Maiden.

An encore matinee will be held at the Mello Center on Sunday afternoon.

Get more info here.

Community Rental: DIYine – A Celebration of Homebrewing

DIYineWhen: 3/25 from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Where: MAH
Cost: $20 – $50

For the folks at the Santa Cruz Fruit Tree Project, homebrewing is about a lot more than beer.

Everything from pear cider to loquat amoretto will be on tap at this extensive showcase featuring homemade concoctions made with surplus fruit from the backyard harvest program. Proceeds will benefit the Santa Cruz Fruit Tree Project.

Get more info here.

A Wildlife Adventure Safari Afloat on Elkhorn Slough

When: 3/25 from 8:30 am to 11:30 am
Where: Elkhorn Slough
Cost: $85

Join two experienced naturalists as you float through the calm slough water observing sea lions, harbor seals, and sea otters. You can also expect to see a wide variety of birds during this three hour tour.

Get more info here.

The Trail of Tunes – The Journey Begins


When: 3/25 from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Food Lounge
Cost: Presale $15/Door $20/VIP $75

An exciting, action-packed evening of live music, comedy, and burlesque dancing is in store so prepare yourself for what looks to be the beginning of a new concert series in town. Performers include The Red Light District, Mark London, Michael Chorvat, Playa P the Prince, and Destination. Enjoy bar food bites and a fun photo booth to capture your memories.

Get more info here.


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Also on Saturday

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Water Tour: Nature of Capitola

When: 3/26 from 9:00 am to 10:30 am
Where: Capitola Historical Museum
Cost: Free but register in advance

This event includes a personal tour of the museum’s new exhibition by Museum Curator Frank Perry. Following will be a 1-mile walking tour of the creek, lagoon, and beach area of Capitola. Afterward, stroll on over to the Esplanade stage where you’re sure to catch the Sons of the Beach ukulele players doing their Sunday morning thing.

Get more info here.

Summer Camp Fair at the Westside New Leaf

When: 3/26 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Where: New Leaf Community Markets
Cost: Free

Spring has barely sprung, but it’s already time to start planning summer activities for the kids. Head over to New Leaf this Sunday to learn about (and register for) great local summer camps which will be taking place throughout Santa Cruz County.

Get more info here.

Dancing in the Isles: Musica Pacifica

When: 3/26 at 3:00 pm
Where: Santa Cruz County Veterans Memorial Building
Cost: $10 – $35

The Santa Cruz Baroque Festival celebrates Early Music Month with Baroque folk and dance music. Performed by Musica Pacifica, these Scottish, Irish and English tunes will have the crowd up and dancing in the aisles.

Get more info here.

New Community Radio: Salsa Dance Benefit

When: 3/26 from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Where: The 418 Project
Cost: $25

This benefit event will help raise funds for a new community radio station. Enjoy Latin Salsa music and feast on tapas from chef Jozseph Schultz from India Joze.

Head over to the Revive Central Coast Community Radio Facebook page or watch the video below to learn more about this project.

Get more info here.


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Also on Sunday

Featured Upcoming Event

flora and fauna

Mark your calendars for this event at FLORA + FAUNA in the Radius Gallery at the Tannery, featuring Alexa Shoemaker Brooks of Whimsy Spot. There will be work from a variety of local artisans, including Caroline Webster (accessories and home goods), Sarah Borgeson (SALT & Wild Iris jewelry). Rachel Riot (fashion and accessories), Noelle Correia (watercolor originals), Cindy Clark (Sky Millinery hats), Johanna Atkinson (mixed media), and Ann Hazels (ceramics).

Get more info here.

What: Open House at FLORA + FAUNA, with Alexa of Whimsy Spot
Where: Flora and Fauna
When: March 31 at 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM PDT 

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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.