This Weekend in Santa Cruz: Oct. 20th – 22nd, 2017

walton lighthouse at sunset

Photo by Valerie Lemke

The leaves are beginning to fall and the days are getting shorter here along the central coast. But, there’s still enough nice weather and daylight to enjoy some great outdoor fun such as celebrating the harvest or going on a county wide art tour.

Don’t worry, when the sun goes down there are plenty of performances and concerts to keep you entertained!

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


Bazaar at The Casablanca Inn

When: 10/20 from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Where: Casablanca Inn
Cost: $1 at the door

This month’s Event Santa Cruz takes us to the Casablanca Inn (cool venue!) and not only will there be a bazaar with cocktails, craft beer, art, crafts, DJ’s, food, and jewelry, there will also be a car show featuring the mobile vehicles of local businesses such as The Brew Cruz and YaDoggie. In addition, guests are encouraged to “Gather for Sonoma” and bring donated items and/or a monetary donation. 100% of donations will go to the victims, evacuees, and first responders affected by the Sonoma Fires.

Get more info here.

Hot Jazz Jam Night & Dueling Pianos

When: 10/20 from 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Food Lounge
Cost: Free

Head to the Food Lounge for an evening of swing dancing, jazz music and dueling pianos. World champion Old Time Piano Player Adam Swanson returns to the stage for another battle of musicians. Full bar, light food and snacks will be available.

Get more info here.

Community Rental: Imagine a Day Without Water Art Display and Activities

When: 10/20 from 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Where: Museum of Art and History
Cost: Free

Take a little time for some water appreciation and stop by to view the winning posters of the “Imagine a Day without Water” contest. Check out water systems from the past and present, enjoy some family activities and even run a model groundwater pump.

Get more info here.

All About Theatre Presents Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show Live and On Stage October 13th-31st!

When: 10/19 & 10/20 at 7:30 pm
Where: Santa Cruz County Veterans Memorial Building
Cost: $18 – $35 ($15 on Thursday)

Jump to the left and step to the right with a rocking performance of this cult classic. A wild and hilarious classic parody of sci-fi and horror genres with a rock and roll twist. Ages 16 and up recommended.

Get more info here.

Halloween Events in Santa Cruz

Halloween Santa Cruz

If The Rocky Horror Picture Show gets you in the mood for Halloween, then you’ll want to check out our updated 2017 Santa Cruz Halloween Event Guide.

Santa Cruz Pumpkin Patches
No mention of Halloween events would be complete without noting our great local pumpkin patches. We rounded up all the best and you can find them here, in our guide to Santa Cruz Pumpkin Patches.

Also on Friday

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Ukulele Dick Presents: “Invasion of the Hippies” Music of the Summer of Love 1967

When: 10/21 from 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm
Where: Rio Theatre
Cost: $25

All of your favorite songs from the Summer of Love. Enjoy performances from local artists for a musical blast from the past. Dress in your favorite hippy attire and head to the Rio for a far-out experience.

Get more info here.

Open Studios Encore Weekend

When: 10/21 – 10/22 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where: Various locations
Cost: Free

Explore artwork throughout the entire county on this last weekend of the Arts Council Santa Cruz County Open Studios Tour. Spend a beautiful fall weekend viewing what local talented artists have on display. Pick up a free guide or get details on their website.

Get more info here.


When: 10/21 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Where: Wilder Ranch State Park
Cost: Event is free; day-use parking fee is $10

It’s that time of year to celebrate harvest time at the ranch. Bring the family out for a day of live history, music, and harvest-time activities. See historic tractors and demonstrations of life in the early days of Wilder Ranch.

Get more info here.

47th Annual Santa Cruz Band Review

When: 10/21 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Cost: Free

What is better than watching a marching band? Watching a parade of 55 school marching bands from all over Northern California, of course. Come out and cheer them on as they march along the streets around the Boardwalk.

Get more info here.

Verve Coffee’s 10th Anniversary Celebration

When: 10/21 from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Where: Verve Coffee Roasters @ 104 Bronson St.
Cost: Free

Celebrate 10 years of Verve at this community anniversary party. Enjoy music, food, beverages and fun for the entire family.

Get more info here.

Harvest Festival

When: 10/21 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Where: Live Earth Farm “Lower Farm”
Cost: Donations $5+

A variety of things to do that will please even the pickiest of family members. Have fun at the pumpkin patch, pick apples, press cider and even play old fashioned harvest games like bobbing for apples or pumpkin bowling.

Get more info here.

Also on Saturday

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Also on Sunday

Featured Upcoming Event

Taste some of the best of Santa Cruz and share in a great cause, too. Join this tantalizing culinary event with food from 17 area restaurants, taste local wines and explore the art exhibits of the MAH. Funds raised at this event will go to help low income first-time home buyers through SCCAR.

Get more info here.

What: A Taste of Santa Cruz
Where: Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History
When: November 9, 2017 from 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm 

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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.