This Weekend in Santa Cruz: November 9th – 11th, 2018

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Though the weather has been warm and sunny, it might suddenly occur to you that holiday shopping is on the horizon. We found several fairs and events lined up for this weekend that will help with that holiday shopping while you’re out enjoying the beautiful Santa Cruz weather.

Veteran’s Day is Sunday and there are events on tap to honor our Veterans, too. Thank you to all of our Veterans out there. Have a great weekend everyone!

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

2018 santa cruz holiday craft fairs and shopping eventsThere are dozens of local craft fairs and shopping events in Santa Cruz County, many of which take place this weekend. Get a jumpstart on your holiday shopping with our 2018 Guide to Santa Cruz Holiday Craft Fairs & Shopping Events.

Friday

REEL ROCK 13

Reel Rock 13 Santa Cruz

When: 11/9 at 7:00 pm
Where: Rio Theatre
Cost: $20 in advance, $25 at the door

Watch some of the best climbing films from this year! Four films will bring you incredible action, meaningful perspectives and lots of humor, too. Featured films: The Valley of the Moon, Queen Maud Land, Age of Ondra and Up to Speed.

Get more info here.

Suds

Suds: The Rocking 60’s Musical Soap Opera

When: Opening night: 11/9. Runs through Dec. 2
Where: The Colligan Theater
Cost: $45/$50

A struggling laundress gets assistance from her guardian angels about how to find true love. This box office smash features over 50 hit songs from the 60s. Come out for a entertaining night loaded with fun!

Get more info here.

Food Truck Friday Honoring Local Veterans

food truck veterans

When: 11/9 from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Where: Skypark
Cost: No Cover

It’s the last Food Truck Friday Event of the season at Skypark in Scotts Valley! Come and join in on the fun and help honor our local Veterans. You can nominate local vets on the link below for a chance to win dinner and dessert from the food trucks that evening.

Get more info here.

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Saturday

Estas Tonne: The Breath of Sound World Tour

When: 11/10 at 7:30 pm
Where: Rio Theatre
Cost: $42-$65

This street performer turned YouTube star has traveled all over the world and brings many cultural styles to his own brand of classical guitar music. This is his first tour in the US. He is known world-wide as a modern-day Troubadour, bringing a variety of music styles to the stage including Flamenco, Gypsy, Latin and Electronic soundscapes.

Get more info here.

11th hour coffee grand opening

11th Hour Coffee House Grand Opening Party

When: 11/10 from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm
Where: 11th Hour Coffee House
Cost: No Cover

Come and celebrate the Grand Opening of 11th Hour Coffee in Santa Cruz!

There will be many events throughout the day, such as brunch, live music, coffee cupping and even a latte art competition. Food trucks will be on scene for your dining pleasure.

Get more info here.

GOAT HILL FAIR – UNIQUE ANTIQUE AND ARTISAN FAIR

When: 11/10 from 10:00 – 4:00 & 11/11 from 10:00 – 3:00
Where: Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds
Cost: $10

A weekend of treasure hunting and early holiday shopping is in store for you! This popular and highly anticipated artisan style antiques and vintage show is back. The Goat Hill Fair is considered to be one of the most attended fairs in Northern California and boasts a wide variety of antiques, vintage and upcycled items. Early entry tickets are available online or general admission at the gate.

Get more info here.

Aptos Grange Annual Holiday Craft Fair

When: 11/10 from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Where: 2555 Mar Vista Dr-  Aptos Grange
Cost: Free

The holidays are coming quickly and here’s a way to get a head start on some shopping while supporting local crafters and artists. A wide variety of crafters and artists will have their work on display for purchase. Proceeds go back into the community, as well as a raffle to support Medocino fire victims in Northern California.

Get more info here.

Suds: The Rocking 60’s Musical Soap Opera

See Description Under Friday Section

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Sunday

Armistice Day Celebration / Veterans Day Remembrance

When: 11/11 from 10:30 am to 6:00 pm
Where: Downtown Santa Cruz Town Clock & Veterans Memorial Building
Cost: Donations are encouraged and gratefully accepted, but the event is free.

The morning will begin with a celebration of the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, now known as Veterans Day. The afternoon will be dedicated to a community symposium on creating peace. In addition to special guest speakers, the afternoon will feature an introduction with native drumming, veterans speak, music, breakout/discussion sessions, food, and a special Healing Center open from 1:00 to 4:00 hosted by Holistic Veterans and local healers.

Get more info here.

Spotlight On The Symphony: Brass Over Bridges

When: 11/11 at 2:00 pm
Where: Samper Recital Hall
Cost: $20 – $45

An afternoon of brass awaits you as this Brass Quintet plays a combination of trumpets, trombones and horns. In honor of Veterans Day,  music from American composers will be featured. Come and hear the wide range of sounds from the brass instruments played by performers as well as educators.

Get more info here.

Mountainfilm on Tour Santa Cruz

When: 11/11 from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Where: Rio Theatre
Cost: $18

A selection of documentary films that will thrill you with action-packed footage and inspire your sense of adventure. Mountainfilm’s mission is to help create a better world, which is reflected in their film and art styles to bring awareness to conservationism and the environment.

Get more info here.

Celebrate 45 Colorful Years!

Artisans

When: 11/11 from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Where: Artisans Gallery

Come and celebrate 45 Colorful Years with the Artisan’s Gallery. Treats and drinks will be served. You can even spin the color wheel for prizes and discounts!

Get more info here.

Downtown Santa Cruz Fall WINE WALK

When: 11/11 at 2:00 pm to 11/12 at 5:00 pm
Where: Soif`
Cost: $35 in advance / If not sold out in advance, then $40 day-of event per person

Walk for wine! Check in at the registration area for your pass and map. Then set out to enjoy a casual and relaxing afternoon exploring the shops of downtown while sipping some of the best in wines. Tickets are limited, so get your tickets soon!

Get more info here.

Suds: The Rocking 60’s Musical Soap Opera

See Description Under Friday Section

GOAT HILL FAIR – UNIQUE ANTIQUE AND ARTISAN FAIR

See Description Under Saturday Section

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Upcoming Events You Don’t Want to Miss

Miracle on 34th Street, the Play

What: Miracle on 34th Street, the Play
Where: Park Hall, Ben Lomond
When: Friday – Sunday, November 16 – December 9

Mountain Community Theater presents its very own version of the holiday classic, “Miracle on 34th Street, the Play,” directed by Peter Gelblum. Join MCT for its 10th production, and the first since 2012, of this holiday favorite that will put you in the spirit of the season.

Get more info here.

Garden Work Day – Volunteer Opportunity

What: Garden Work Day
Where: Walnut Avenue Family & Women’s Center
When: Saturday, November 17 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

If you’re looking for a way to give back this holiday season, this is a great volunteer opportunity for friends and families (ages 5 and up are welcome to join). Spend a few hours sprucing up the Shannon Collins Memorial Garden, which serves to celebrate the legacy of Shannon Collins and promote her ideals of education, community, and youth and women’s empowerment.

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.

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