This Weekend in Santa Cruz: March 31st – April 2nd, 2017


This weekend you’ll have a chance to swing into spring with food trucks, beer gardens and dancing.

You can cheer on our (playoff-bound!) Warriors, catch a classic musical with one of our favorite fictional characters, and head to the beach to cheer on real life heroes.

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


Operation Surf Santa Cruz

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When: 3/30 – 4/5
Where: Santa Cruz Pier, Cowell’s Beach, and Capitola Beach
Cost: Free

Operation Surf is back, welcoming another group of wounded military heroes. Operation Surf combines the healing power of the ocean with compassionate mentorship to help active duty and wounded veterans overcome challenges and instill hope. The event will take place at Main Beach, Cowells, and Capitola Beach. Check their website for details and keep up with the action by following @OperationSurf on Instagram and Facebook.

Get more info here.

Open House at FLORA + FAUNA with Whimsy Spot

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When: 3/31 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Flora and Fauna – just off Radius Gallery at the Tannery Arts Center
Cost: FREE!

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.

Aptos High Theatre Arts Department presents: ‘My Fair Lady’

my fair ladyWhen: 3/30 – 4/2 at 7:00 pm
Where: Aptos High School Performing Arts Center
Cost: $12 Adult
$10 Seniors/Students
$8 Kids 12 & Under

Join Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins in the classic musical, My Fair Lady, presented by the Aptos High Arts Department this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

Get more info here.

Santa Cruz Warriors vs. Los Angeles D-Fenders

When: 3/31 at 7:00 pm
Where: Kaiser Permanente Arena
Cost: $55 – $95

Head over to the arena this Friday to catch the Warriors final regular season game and to congratulate them on clinching a spot in the playoffs! Playoff tickets are on sale now.

Get more info here.


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When: 3/31 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Where: Skypark, Scotts Valley
Cost: Free Admission

Swing your way into the weekend with a fun food truck event at Skypark in Scotts Valley. Taking full advantage of longer days and warm weather, Food Trucks A Go Go is joining forces with Swing Set Lounge to bring you swing lessons, swing dancing, a beer and wine garden, and six awesome food trucks!

Get more info here.

Also on Friday

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Santa Cruz Jewish Film Festival Opening Night

When: 4/1 at 6:00 pm (festival runs through April 5th)
Where: Jewish Community Center
Cost: Suggested donation: $20 per person, $35 per couple, includes refreshments, raffle ticket, and movies

The Santa Cruz Jewish Film Festival will take place over three days: April 1st, 3rd, and 5th. Catch opening night this Saturday at the Jewish Community Center. The event kicks off with a 6:00 pm reception, followed by screenings of El Hara and Restoring Tomorrow.

Get more info here.

Qing Ming Festival and Work Party

When: 4/1 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
Where: Evergreen Cemetery
Cost: Free

Celebrate the Chinese cultural holiday of Qing Ming at a work party hosted by the Evergreen Restoration Committee. Qing Ming is a holiday which honors family members who have passed. Traditional celebrations include the cleaning of grave sites. All volunteers are welcome to come assist in the cemetery restoration efforts. George Ow, Jr. will give a talk about the Chinese community in Santa Cruz beginning at 11:45 am.

Get more info here.

Sandhills Mobile Visitor Center

When: 4/1 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Where: Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
Cost: Vehicle day-use fee is $10

Come visit the Sandhills Mobile Visitor Center, located in the day-use parking area at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, to learn about the unique Santa Cruz Sandhills. You’ll learn about the Santa Cruz kangaroo rat, the Mount Hermon June beetle, and other fascinating facts about this terrain that only exists in Santa Cruz County. Follow up your visit to the Mobile Visitor Center with a hike through the Santa Cruz Sandhills.

Get more info here.

Rummage Sale Benefit for Angel Warriors For Kids

When: 4/1 from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Where: Corralitos Community Church
Cost: Free Admission

Are you ready to do some spring cleaning? If so, this one’s for you. The Jay Moriarity Foundation and Angel Warriors for Kids are hosting a good old fashioned rummage sale. Donate all gently used items to this great cause. You can even arrange to have items picked up. The sale takes place on Saturday from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm at the Corralitos Community Church.

Get more info here.

Operation Surf Santa Cruz

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Aptos High Theatre Arts Department presents: ‘My Fair Lady’

See Description Under Friday Section

Also on Saturday

santa cruz instagramKeep up with us all weekend long, and see which events we’re attending, by following Santa Cruz Life on Instagram.


Operation Surf Santa Cruz

See Description Under Friday Section

Aptos High Theatre Arts Department presents: ‘My Fair Lady’

See Description Under Friday Section

Also on Sunday

Featured Upcoming Event

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What: Kids Taiko Workshop
Where: Grey Bears
When: Sundays April 30 – June 4

This workshop takes place over six Sundays beginning April 30 and culminates with participation in Watsonville Taiko’s performance at the Japanese Cultural Fair on June 10. Kids will learn rhythm, movement, discipline, Japanese culture, and the traditions of taiko drumming.

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.