This Weekend in Santa Cruz: September 15th – 17th, 2017

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In Santa Cruz County, September can give us some of the best weather of the year.  So, why not get out this weekend for some food, fun, festivities and follies? Choose from food trucks to dinner events to performances, displays of maker art and more.

While you’re at it, enjoy a little family beach time while also helping with the important task of cleaning up our beautiful coastal areas.

Another great Santa Cruz weekend is shaping up. Enjoy!

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


Santa Cruz County Fair

When: 9/13 – 9/15 from noon – 11:00 PM, 9/16 from 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM & 9/17 from 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Where: Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds
Cost: $5-$12 plus parking

The Santa Cruz County Fair starts this Wednesday and runs through the weekend. Enjoy five days of carnival games and rides, racing pigs and wild turkey stampedes, endless deep-fried food options, and our favorite—exhibition halls filled with local community talent.

Get more info here.

Santa Cruz Follies

When: 9/13 – 9/16 at 1:00 pm + 9/15 at 7:30 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
Cost: $20

This favorite annual musical production is back this year with The Best of Broadway “Then and Now”.  Enjoy a lineup of all of your favorite showtunes and performances from Broadway, past and present.

Get more info here.

Farm to Table Wine Dinner – Featuring: Martin Ranch Winery

chaminade dinner

When: 9/15 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Chaminade Resort & Spa
Cost: $110

This month’s installment in the Farm to Table Wine Dinner series features Martin Ranch Winery. Mingle and chat with the chef, vintners and other guests as you experience local wine and food paired and prepared by Chef Church at the Chaminade.

Get more info here.

Movies at the Beach: Moana

When: 9/15 at 7:30 pm
Where: Capitola Beach
Cost: Free

Come out to Capitola Beach for the last movie in this summer series. Enjoy an evening of free family fun with this favorite film for all ages.  Free popcorn provided. You’re welcome 🙂

Get more info here.

Scotts Valley Food Truck Event

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When: 9/15 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Where: 361 Kings Village Rd, Scotts Valley, CA 95066
Cost: Free

Food and fun will be rolling in at this evening dinner event featuring local food trucks from around the county. Enjoy a variety of food choices as well as craft beer and wine. Live music will top off the night.

Get more info here.

Also on Friday

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Sustain Supper Benefiting the Homeless Garden Project

When: 9/16 from 3:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Where: Homeless Garden Project Farm at Delaware Ave & Shaffer Rd
Cost: $150 Sold out – click here to join waitlist

Local chefs will prepare a four-course dinner featuring local organic produce and favorite wines. Keynote address by Tom Stever of NextGen Climate. Proceeds from this event help fund this important community resource.

Get more info here.

Idea Fab Labs Maker Showcase

idea fab labs show

When: 9/16 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Where: Idea Fab Labs
Cost: Free

See what happens when art and science come together at this showcase of creations. View the galleries of local makers and make something of your own from the crafting booths. Fun for the entire family.

Get more info here.

Annual Coastal Cleanup Day

2017 coastal cleanup day

When: 9/16 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Where: Multiple Monterey Bay Locations
Cost: Free

Be part of the half million people who make a difference each year by removing 18+ million pounds of trash from beaches around the world. Join Save our Shores on Saturday and choose from 85 area beaches and waterways that need your help.

Get more info here.

Santa Cruz County Fair

See Description Under Friday

Santa Cruz Follies

See Description Under Friday

Also on Saturday

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Open Farm Tours – Fundraiser Dinner & Dance

open farm tour dinner

When: 9/17 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Where: Whiskey Hill Farms
Cost: $49 – $99

Eleven local farms will be participating in this annual fundraising event. This year’s theme is “Hot Cuban Nights” and features Cuban inspired food, Latin DJ music and Salsa dancing.

Get more info here.

Carmen-Opera in the Park 2017

When: 9/17 at 12:00 pm
Where: Capitola Beach Esplanade
Cost: Free

An operatic performance in the park for the entire family by Bay Shore Lyric Opera. Sung in French with English translations and will feature a live orchestra.

Get more info here.

Santa Cruz County Fair

See Description Under Friday

Also on Sunday

Featured Upcoming Event

walnut ave fall festival

Celebrate the arrival of fall with your family at this annual fundraising street fair on Walnut Street in Santa Cruz (formerly known as the Strawberry Festival). There will be food trucks, local vendors, live music as well as beer and wine for your enjoyment. The funds raised will support the Walnut Street Family and Women’s Center.

Get more info here.

What: Fall Fest 2017!
Where: 303 Walnut Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
When: Saturday, September 30, 2017 

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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.