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

West Cliff Sunset Nov. 2017

Photo by Valerie Lemke

Some brand new events will hit the scene this weekend such as holiday ice skating at the Boardwalk, a hot dog eating contest and a newly crafted local root beer making its debut.

There is also a paddle out to clean up our important waterways, one of the most popular vintage and antique fairs around, and plenty of unique performances and presentations that will appeal to any style.

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


always patsy cline

Jewel Theatre Presents: Always… Patsy Cline

When: 11/10 & 11/11  at 8:00 pm & 11/12 at 2:00 pm. Runs through Dec. 3. in
Where: The Colligan Theater
Cost: $42/$48

Based on the true story of legendary singer Patsy Cline and the friendship she developed with a fan a few years before her tragic death in 1963. A musical production with true emotion as well as humor. Includes peformances of many of Patsy Cline’s hits.

Get more info here.

Reel Rock 12 Santa Cruz

Reel Rock

When: 11/10 from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Where: Rio Theatre
Cost: $20

A series of five short films that will have you on the edge of your seat. The film series features some of the best rock climbing stars and full action footage of their thrilling, inspiring and sometimes humorous adventures.

Get more info here.

SODA PARTY – Release of Alden’s Radical Redwood Rootbeer

Radical Redwood Rootbeer

When: 11/10 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing
Cost: Free

Family son, Alden, came up with an idea for a house root beer. After three years of careful work, it’s ready to roll. Come and celebrate this latest brew with a taste straight from the bottle or in a root beer float. Live music by Take 1 starts at 7pm.

Get more info here.

Madagascar Jr. Presented by Theatre in the Mountains

When: 11/10 @ 7:00 pm, 11/11 at 1:00 pm & 7:00 pm, 11/12 @ 1:00 pm
Where: Loma Prieta Community Center
Cost: $11 – $12

Bring the entire family for a performance based on the DreamWorks movie about a brilliant escape from a New York Central Park Zoo that leads a group of animal friends on an unexpected journey to Madagascar.

Get more info here.

Paddle Cleanup with Kayak Connection

When: 11/10 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
Where: Kayak Connection at Moss Landing, 2370 CA-1 Moss Landing, CA 95039
Cost: Free

Bring your kayak, canoe or paddleboard and help Save Our Shores clean up debris in the waterways and along the shoreline. If you don’t own a watercraft, no problem. Kayaks will be provided for volunteers.

Get more info here.

Scotts Valley Food Truck Friday

When: 11/10 from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Where: Scotts Valley Skypark 

Start the holiday weekend off at the last Food Truck Friday of the season where Veterans will be honored with a special seating and community thank you. You can also nominate a Veteran you know to receive a complimentary dinner and dessert at this event. Featured food trucks include Saucey’z, Lindsey’s Palate Pleasures, Drunk Monkeys, and Aunt LaLi’s Mobile Cafe.

Get more info here.

Also on Friday

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A Veteran’s Day Exposition

When: 11/11 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Where: Pajaro Valley Historical Association

In honor of Veteran’s Day, the Pajaro Valley Historical Association is hosting an exposition of vintage American military uniforms from past wars. There will also be photos, artifacts, and other memorabilia on display.

Get more information here.

Tom Petty and the Heart Broken – A Musical Tribute for Hurricane Relief

Tom Petty

Tom Petty photo by musicisentropy 

When: 11/11 at 8:00 pm
Where: Don Quixote’s
Cost: $17 adv./$20 door seated <21 w/parent

A tribute to the life and music of Tom Petty as Bay Area all-star musicians are lined up for this musical dedication. The proceeds from this event will go to fire, hurricane and earthquake relief.

Get more info here.

Boardwalk Holiday Ice Skating at the Beach

boardwalk ice skating

When: 11/11 through 1/2. Fri-Sun from 12 pm – 9 pm & Mon-Thur from 4 pm – 9 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Cost: $12

A new holiday tradition is coming to the Boardwalk…ice skating! The new 40’x 60’ covered rink of real ice will be open rain or shine thru the holiday season. Grab a partner or two and venture out onto the ice!

Get more info here.

Segway Santa Cruz First Annual Amateur Hotdog Eating Contest

When: 11/11 from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Where: Segway Santa Cruz
Cost: $10 entry fee

Think you can eat more hotdogs than anyone in Santa Cruz County? Here’s your chance to prove it at the first installment of this annual contest. If hot dogs aren’t your thing, come on down to cheer on the participants.

Get more info here.

Goat Hill Fair – Unique Antique and Artisan Fair

Goat Hill Fair 2017

When: 11/11 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm & 11/12 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Where: Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds
Cost: $10

This popular fair returns as the best quality antique and vintage items will be on display at this juried artisan show. Booths will be spread across three buildings at the fairgrounds. Open rain or shine for a weekend of treasure hunting.

Get more info here.

Sin Sisters Burlesque Slumber Party

Sin Sisters

When: 11/11 at 8:30 pm
Where: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
Cost: $20 – $40/Advance

A fun evening of burlesque with a slumber party theme. Dress for the occasion in your pajama onesies. All acts will be based on tv, movies, video games or onesies. 21 years and older.

Get more info here.

Jewel Theatre Presents: Always… Patsy Cline

See Description Under Friday Section

Madagascar Jr. Presented by Theatre in the Mountains

See Description Under Friday Section

Also on Saturday

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Youth Symphony Fall Concert

When: 11/12 from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Where: UC Santa Cruz Music Recital Hall, 402 McHenry Road, Santa Cruz, CA 95064
Cost: FREE for students up to age 18; Adults $15, Seniors $10

A Sunday afternoon of classical music performed by our area’s talented youth musicians. Come and listen to the works of Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Shostakovich. Baked goods available for sale at intermission.

Get more info here.

Come Back to Yourself: A healing afternoon of deep relaxation

When: 11/12 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Where: Pacific Cultural Center 1307 Seabright Ave Santa Cruz CA
Cost: Sliding Scale $25 – $40

Don’t forget to take a break from your busy life for a little self-care. Spend an afternoon relaxing and restoring your energy at this healing event. Meditation, Reiki, acupressure, Qi Gong and more.

Get more info here.

Jewel Theatre Presents: Always… Patsy Cline

See Description Under Friday Section

Madagascar Jr. Presented by Theatre in the Mountains

See Description Under Friday Section

Boardwalk Holiday Ice Skating at the Beach

See Description Under Saturday Section

Also on Sunday

Featured Upcoming Event

Thanksgiving at 1440 multiversity

What: Thanksgiving at 1440
Where: 1440 Multiversity
When:  Thanksgiving Day

Spend an entire day of relaxation and celebration with family or friends on the grounds of 1440 Multiversity in Scotts Valley. Later in the day, join in on a Thanksgiving feast. Take in hiking trails, workshops, yoga and more on the picturesque 1440 Multiversity campus. You can even soak away your troubles in the infinity tub nestled beneath the redwoods.

Get more info here.


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About Valerie Lemke

Valerie Lemke is 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.