This Weekend in Santa Cruz: November 3rd – 5th, 2017

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Though the weather forecast calls for much-needed rain this weekend, you don’t have to let it put a damper on your fun. There’s a lot to do, no matter what the weather may bring, including a favorite hot rod show and an afternoon stroll that will be on, rain or shine!

Grab your umbrella or your favorite hoodie and enjoy an extra hour of fun as daylight saving time comes to an end this weekend.

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

Thank you to Click Click Bang Salon for sponsoring this edition of the Weekend Roundup. They are part of Sip and Stroll Pleasure Point, which takes place this Sunday afternoon, rain or shine. Be sure to stop by as you stroll through your favorite Pleasure Point shops and enjoy tastings of beer and wine.

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Click here to learn more about Sip & Stroll.


First Friday

There’s just something special about the first Friday of the month. It’s practically a holiday in Santa Cruz, where we celebrate art and artists, live music, and free admission to some pretty cool places.

Enjoy free admission to the follow venues:

Take a First Friday Art Tour and connect with local artists. Here are a few ideas to get started:

Friday Night Trivia

When: 11/3 at 6:30 pm
Where: Scotts Valley Library
Cost: Free

Are you the mastermind of trivial and awesome facts? Then this is the night for you! Celebrate International Games Week with an entertaining evening of trivia hosted by Friends of the Scotts Valley Library. Drinks and prizes provided by Epic Adventure Games and Steel Bonnet Brewing Company.

Get more info here.


When: 11/3 – 11/5 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Where: Gateway School 126 Eucalyptus Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Clear your clutter and help send 8th graders to Washington DC! Bring your unwanted items to fill the Goodwill truck located at the school, and help raise funds to get them on their way to the nation’s capital city.

Get more info here.

Also on Friday

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Santa Cruz Sea Glass & Ocean Art Festival

When: 11/4 – 11/5 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where: Cocoanut Grove at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Cost: $5
Saturday & Sunday Nov 4th-5th, 10am-5pm each day.

Shop for unique gifts or bring home an ocean art treasure. Over 45 artists will bring you their handcrafted sea glass and ocean artwork at this 9th annual festival. Entry fee includes entrance into gift basket drawings. Food and drinks available for purchase.

Get more info here.

Hot Rods at the Beach

When: 11/4 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

Hot Rods at the Beach celebrates it’s 20th year as the Boardwalk’s front parking lot becomes a showplace. Hundreds of custom, classic, vintage, muscle cars and more. All proceeds benefit The Santa Cruz Police Officers Association. Cars can still be registered to enter on the morning of the event.

Get more info here.

3rd Annual Holiday Craft Fair

When: 11/4 from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Where: Aptos Grange
Cost: Free

The holidays are coming fast! Here’s a way to get a head start on some shopping while supporting local crafters and artists. Proceeds go back into the community, as well as a raffle to support families affected by fire in Northern California.

Get more info here.

Mini Toy Theater Festival

When: 11/4 from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Where: lille æske – Boulder Creek
Cost: $10-$20 Sliding Scale

Traditional style paper theater has made a comeback in this modern and adult-themed fun performance by Little Blue Moon Theatre. There will also be performances by participants of the Animal Cracker Conspiracy toy theater workshops.

Get more info here.

Día de los Muertos Community Festival

When: 11/4 from 12:30 pm to 6:00 pm
Where: The MAH
Cost: Free

Update: This event may be postponed due to rain and rescheduled for November 12. Up-to-date info will be available on the MAH’s Facebook and Instagram.  A day of celebration for the entire family as the dead are honored at this vibrant and fun festival. Enjoy traditional dance, music, food, as well as activities such as face painting, tissue roses and luminaries. Join in the procession to the Santa Cruz Mission and Evergreen Cemetery.

Get more info here.

Fall Book Sale at the Santa Cruz Civic

When: 11/4 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm (Members only 11/3 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm)
Where: Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
Cost: Free admission

Friends of Santa Cruz Pubic Libraries hosts their largest book sale of the year. A wide selection of donated books of many genres, audio books and CDs in top condition. There’s also a collection of vintage books available for purchase. All proceeds help our public libraries!

Get more info here

The Cat that Changed America

When: 11/4 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Rio Theatre
Cost: $10 Child, $15 Gen, $25 Gold Circle

This is the true story of P22, the mountain lion who moved from the Santa Monica Mountains to a large urban park in Los Angeles. This film addresses the difficulties wildlife face in urban areas and the possible solutions. Proceeds will benefit Native Animal Rescue and the screening will be followed by a guest appearance by two of the wildlife experts interviewed in the film.

Get more info here.

Capitola Plein Air

When: 11/4 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm and 11/5 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Where: Various Locations
Cost: Free

Grab a map Saturday and set out to discover up to 40 professional artists working away all around Capitola, brush to canvas, capturing the character and the beauty of the city. Sunday, head over to New Brighton Middle School Performing Arts Center to see all the art from the day before for sale and under one roof. Artwork will be judged and sales will benefit art education. Sunday’s location will have live music and hands-on activities for everyone.

Get more info here.


See Description Under Friday Section

Also on Saturday

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Pleasure Point Sip & Stroll

Pleasure Point Sip and Stroll

When: 11/5 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Where: 41st Ave. Pleasure Point
Cost: $25 in advance / If not sold out in advance, then $30 day of event per person
Must be 21 or older with valid ID.

Take a relaxing afternoon stroll and enjoy a glass of wine or your favorite brew while perusing the many shops at Pleasure Point. You can support local businesses and the proceeds benefit the Live Oak Education Foundation. Rain or shine!

Get more info here.


See Description Under Friday Section

Santa Cruz Sea Glass & Ocean Art Festival

See Description Under Saturday Section

Capitola Plein Air

See Description Under Saturday Section

Also on Sunday

Featured Upcoming Event

What: Watsonville Taiko Holiday Boutique
Where: Kizuka Hall, 150 Blackburn St., Watsonville
When: Sunday, November 19 at 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM PST 

Holiday shopping for a great cause! Come and see the selection of unique holiday items, arts and crafts, gift baskets and baked goods. Enter the raffle for a Japanese motif quilt. Proceeds will benefit Watsonville Taiko.

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.