This Weekend in Santa Cruz: October 5th – 7th, 2018

Events Oct 5-7, 2018

The first weekend in October is here and we have an art-filled weekend lined up for you! One of the most anticipated local art events is back with a self-guided tour through the studios of some of the south county’s talented artists.

Put this together with other fun and favorite events, such as First Friday, film and comedy festivals, bubbles, the first local Brewgrass Festival and then top it all off with a favorite annual fireworks show that will start your October with a bang!

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


This week’s roundup is sponsored by Arts Council Santa Cruz County & the Open Studios Art Tour. Open Studios is our favorite fall activity and we’re thrilled to visit South County artist studios this weekend. Look for the free Open Studios guide around town, download the “Open Studios Art Tour” app, or just follow the green signs around town. Open Studios Santa Cruz: South County 2018

Click here for more information about Open Studios.

Photo: Taylor Reinhold, Artist #87. 


Friday

RED – Tony-Award winning play by John Logan

When: 10/5 – 10/21
Where: Center Stage Theater
Cost: $23 – $26

RED is John Logan’s Tony Winning Play about one of the 20th century’s greatest artists, Mark Rothko, who is commissioned to do a series of murals for the famous Four Seasons Restaurant in New York City. Will facing the many challenges of taking on this project and struggles with the uprising of a new generation of artists prove to be his undoing?

Get more info here & buy tickets here.

Santa Cruz Surf Film Festival

santa cruz surf film festival 2018

When: 10/5 & 10/6 from 6:30 pm to 11:00 pm
Where: Rio Theatre
Cost: $16

The Santa Cruz Film Festival returns for it’s 5th year with four different programs of surf films presented over two nights. See some of surfing’s biggest waves, crazy drops and serious wipeouts up close and on the big screen. There will be goodie bags and giveaways at each showing. A portion of sales will go to the Surfrider Foundation.

Get more info here.

Monterey Bay Youth Outdoor Day

When: 10/5 & 10/6 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Where: Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds: Main Lawn
Cost: Free

Monterey Bay Youth Outdoor Day highlights many of the great outdoor activities right here in our area for local kids and teens to participate in. Over 40 organizations will be presenting the many outdoor opportunities available for youth to spend time outside and explore a variety of areas and activities in Santa Cruz County.

Get more info here.

First Friday

First Friday Santa CruzWhen: 10/5
Where: Multiple Locations County-wide
Cost: Free

The beginning of the month can only mean one thing…First Friday Art Tour! This monthly tour is hosted rain or shine with many art centered events happening around the county, and it’s all free. Take this opportunity to unwind after a long week and kickoff a great art-filled weekend. Check the website for a complete list of events.

Get more info at the First Friday website.

Additional First Friday happenings:

Santa Cruz Film Festival

Santa Cruz Film FestivalWhen: 10/3 – 10/7
Where: Multiple venues
Cost: $10 for Individual film tickets, $75 & up pass packages, $55 & up opening or closing parties

This 16th annual event is back with independent films that focus on the local environment, spotlighting local nature and the arts. A full weekend program of indie films awaits you! Come and celebrate independent filmmakers and support their work.

Get more info here.

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Saturday

Open Studios 2018

Open Studios 2018

When: 10/6 & 10/7 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where: Artist Studios throughout South County
Cost: Free

This much anticipated event is back with the first week of Open Studios 2018!

Arts Council Santa Cruz County will begin their annual free self-guided art tour this weekend with open studios located throughout South Santa Cruz County. See what our local talented artists have on display this year. Download the app or pick up a guide at select locations for a fall weekend of local art!

Get more info here.

Transforming Together

Transforming Together

When: 10/6 at 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
Where: Louden Nelson
Cost: Free

The City of Santa Cruz Commission for the Prevention of Violence Against Women presents this one day Awareness and Prevention conference to help prevent sexual harrassment, domestic violence, sexual assault and gender-based biases.  Keynote speakers and presentations include a line-up of experts, authors and care providers.

Get more info here.

ArtSmart Family First Saturday Concert Series: Tom Noddy and his Amazing Bubble Magic!

Tom Noddy

When: 10/6 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Veterans Memorial Building
Cost: Adults $15, Children $10

Come for an amazing show as renowned bubble artist and local performer, Tom Noddy, brings his Bubble Magic performance to the stage. Bring the family for an entertaining event featuring bubbles like you’ve never seen before!

Get more info here.

RISE: The Story of Augustines (US Premiere)

When: 10/6 at 9:15 pm to 11:15 pm
Where: Tannery Arts Center
Cost: $10

Part of the Santa Cruz Film Festival, this is the US premiere of RISE: The Story of Augustines. A true and compelling story of a singer who loses his younger brother to suicide at the same time his band has broken up, leaving him and a band member personally and financially devastated. This story highlights the struggles and strength through the darkest times as they pushed forward to become one of the most celebrated independent bands in the world.

Get more info here.

Santa Cruz Comedy Festival

Santa Cruz Comedy Festival 2018When: 10/4 – 10/6
Where: Various venues in Downtown Santa Cruz
Cost:  Both paid and free shows at various locations

The 5th annual event is back this year with a line up of comedy that will leave you rolling in the aisles! There will be 60 comics performing across 11 venues with free and paid shows in downtown Santa Cruz. A night of comedy that will surely keep you entertained.

Get more info here.

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Brewgrass Festival

Brewgrass FestivalWhen: 10/6 from 12:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Where: Roaring Camp Railroads
Cost: $15 – $75

Bluegrass music and the best in local brew combined together bring a day of fun, food, local craft beer and fabulous entertainment!  Come out to Roaring Camp for demonstrations from local breweries, a Brewgrass Tasting Train, food trucks and live music from a lineup favorite Bluegrass bands. 10% of food and beer sales go to the Heidi Krueger Foundation, which helps fund college scholarships for local students in financial need.

Get more info here.

Wilder Ranch Book Talk With Beth Pratt-Bergstrom

book talk: when mountain lions are neighborsWhen: 10/6 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Where: Wilder Ranch State Park
Cost: Free (parking is $10)

The California Director of the National Wildlife Federation, Beth Pratt-Bergstrom, will talk about her book “When Mountain Lions Are Neighbors: People and Wildlife Working It Out in California” at her special book talk event. Explore stories of interactions of mountain lions and other wildlife who face the challenges of development in our state and efforts to co-exist peacefully. Book will be available for purchase at the event.

Get more info here.

Costanoa Commons Farm Fest

Costanoa Commons Farm Fest

When: 10/6 from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Where: Costanoa Commons Farm (at the base of Pogonip)
Cost: Free Admission

Costanoa Commons Farm is an urban organic farm that offers a chance for people of all abilities to learn new skills, grow healthy food and build community. Come on out this Saturday to celebrate the Costanoa Commons Farm Fest, their first community event. Located at the base of Pogonip, the farm will be offering tours, art activities in the “Creativity Barn” (we want to check that out ;), face painting and live music. There will also be plenty of local eats as well as beer from Shanty Shack Brewing.

Get more info here.

RED – Tony-Award winning play by John Logan

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Santa Cruz Surf Film Festival

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Monterey Bay Youth Outdoor Day

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Santa Cruz Film Festival

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Sunday

Monte Foundation 24th Anniversary Fireworks Extravaganza!

Monte Foundation Fireworks 2018When: 10/7 @ 8:00 pm
Where: Capitola Wharf
Cost: Free

Celebrate the 24th year of fireworks and community support with the Monte Foundation! Enjoy this annual favorite spectacular fireworks show while helping to support various local community projects. Find a good vantage point near the Capitola Wharf and get ready to be dazzled!

Get more info here.

RED – Tony-Award winning play by John Logan

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Santa Cruz Film Festival

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Open Studios 2018

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Upcoming Events You Don’t Want to Miss

Think Local First Indie Biz Expo

TLF indie biz expo

What: Think Local First Indie Biz Expo
Where: Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
When: Wednesday, Oct. 10

Calling all local business owners! Think Local First’s Indie Biz Expo is back and is a can’t-miss event for anyone looking to turbocharge their business. Connect with local businesses, learn about local resources for business owners, grab a beer at the beer garden and maybe generate a lead or two while you’re at it.

Glow

glow

What: Glow
Where: Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History
When: Saturday, Oct. 20

GLOW, our favorite festival of fire and light, is back at the Santa Cruz MAH on Oct. 20th. Attendees will be treated to elaborate illuminated digital art, live performances, and plenty of interactive exhibits. This is a chance to see world class fire and digital artists and performers who you would be more likely to see at Burning Man than your average museum exhibit.

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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