This Weekend in Santa Cruz: March 2nd – 4th , 2018

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March is roaring in with a flurry of fun events lined up for this weekend. From Art Tours and a pub crawl on roller skates, to NBA G League basketball as well as the opening night of two very special theater performances…and that’s just Friday!

Check out all that we have in store for the weekend, including salamanders, birds and the much anticipated Santa Cruz Half Marathon on Sunday.

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


SCDG Pub Crawl

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When: 3/2 from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Where: Downtown Santa Cruz
Cost: Free

Help the Santa Cruz Derby Girls kick off the 2018 season with a pub crawl in downtown Santa Cruz. Your favorite Derby Girls will start the night at El Palomar and make a few stops along the way, before ending the night at the Blue Lagoon. Sport your Derby gear (or buy a hat on the crawl). There will also be prizes, including bout tickets.

Get more info here.

A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

When: 3/2 and 3/3 at 7:30 pm; 3/4 at 3:00 pm
Where: UCSC Theater Arts Second Stage
Cost: $8 – $18

The UCSC Theater Arts Department and the Cultural Arts and Diversity Resource Center bring this important story that focuses on society in the U.S. during the 1950s and the struggles African-Americans faced as they were excluded from the American Dream. Award-winning actor and UCSC Alumna, Adilah Barnes, guest stars as Mama, and features drama students from the UCSC African-American Theatre Arts Troupe.

Get more info here.


When: 3/1 – 3/3 at 7:00 pm; 3/4 at 2:00 pm
Where: San Lorenzo Valley High School Performing Arts Center
Cost: $9 – $12 Tickets available at the door

Written and directed by SLVHS senior, Sampson Miller, and produced entirely by students, The Winds of Beyond is a science fiction adventure about a woman who is stranded on a space station in another solar system. As the solo humanoid among 18 different alien races, she finds herself on an exciting journey to find an intergalactic artifact known as The Winds of Beyond.

Get more info here.

Santa Cruz Warriors vs. Oklahoma City Blue

When: 3/2 at 7:00 pm
Where: Kaiser Permanente Arena
Cost: $26 – $85

Come out on cheer on our own G League team as the Santa Cruz Warriors take on the Oklahoma City Blue. The first 1500 fans will receive a Santa Cruz Warriors Beach Towel giveaway!

Get more info here.


When: 3/2 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Various locations
Cost: Free

It’s the beginning of the month again and time for all of you art enthusiasts to get ready for a grand tour!  Start your weekend off with a relaxing evening viewing the artistic works of our local talent with a great list of venues and artists to visit throughout the county. You can also keep in the art scene loop by following the hashtag #FirstFridaySantaCruz on Instagram.

Get more info here.

Also on Friday

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When: 3/3 at 7:30 pm
Where: Holy Cross Church
Cost: $25 – General / $22 – Senior / $10 – Youth/Student

Enjoy a concert performance of music from the Medici Codex, a choir book that was gifted to Pope Leo X’s nephew 500 years ago. The book contains the music from the best composers of the Renaissance with vocals written during a time of political unrest. Four ensembles will join together this evening, including Ariose Singers, UCSC Chamber Singers, and San Francisco Renaissance Voices.

Get more info here.

Salamander Saturday

When: 3/3 from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Where: Rancho del Oso Unit, Davenport
Cost: Free

Celebrate newts and salamanders and learn all about the variety of these creatures living in the Santa Cruz Mountains. There will be live amphibians of course, as well as crafts and activities throughout the event. This all leads up to a ranger-led salamander hike in the afternoon where you will learn about and search for salamanders and their ecosystems on the short hike along the Marsh Trail. Check out our Salamander Saturday photos here.

Get more info here.

Exploring the San Lorenzo River: Bird Language on the San Lorenzo River

When: 3/3 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Where: Quail Hollow Ranch 
Cost: Free, Pre-registration required

Spend the morning exploring the San Lorenzo River at Quail Hollow Ranch as this weekly series continues. Join a local birder at this section of the river and learn to identify the various birds and their habitats by sounds they make. This series is held at a different location each Saturday through April 21. Pre-registration is required.

Get more info here.


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A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

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Also on Saturday

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Santa Cruz Half Marathon

When: 3/4 at 8:00 am
Where: Santa Cruz Boardwalk
Cost: $25-$120

The Santa Cruz Half Marathon is on! Choose between 5K, 10K or the Half Marathon which runs 13.1 miles along West Cliff Drive through Wilder Ranch. Whether you are a new or an experienced athlete, there is a race here just for you. Finisher medals will be awarded for all three distances this year. Pre-register, register at the race, or come cheer for the runners along the spectator friendly course!

Get more info here.

Santa Cruz Warriors vs. Memphis Hustle – Pajama Night

When: 3/4 at 6:00 pm
Where: Kaiser Permanente Arena
Cost: $22 – $74

Cheer on our own Santa Cruz Warriors against the Memphis Hustle.  The team is hosting their 4th Annual Pajama Night. Make sure you wear your pajamas and support Project Pajamas by bringing a new pair of pajamas with tags to be donated to children in need. All fans who donate a pair will be entered into a prize drawing.

Get more info here.

Cello Recital with Jonah Kim

When: 3/4 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Where: Cabrillo Samper Recital Hall
Cost: $45; $20 students with valid student ID

Santa Cruz Symphony presents an exciting recital concert with their new Principal Cello, Jonah Kim, as he performs an afternoon concert of Shumann and Brahms. Accompanying musicians will be Elizabeth Dorman on piano, Nigel Armstrong on Violin and Daniel Stewart on Viola.

Get more info here.


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A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

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Also on Sunday


Upcoming Events You Don’t Want to Miss

Santa Cruz Polar Plunge

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What: 2018 Santa Cruz Polar Plunge
Where: Rio Del Mar Beach
When: March 10

Take a dip in the chilly ocean at Rio Del Mar for a good cause! Raise at least $125 for the opportunity take a run into (and out of) the frigid water. You can even skip the dip and register anyway to enjoy the festivities without all the dampness. Everyone is encouraged to dress in costume. All proceeds go to Special Olympics Northern California.

Get more info here.

Santa Cruz Music Festival

What: Santa Cruz Music Festival
Where: Various Venues
When: March 10-11

The 2-day Santa Cruz Music Festival is taking over Downtown Santa Cruz next weekend. This marks the 5th anniversary of this festival and they’ll be featuring shows at over a dozen downtown venues.

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.