This Weekend in Santa Cruz: September 8th – 10th, 2017

Walton Lighthouse at Sunset

Photo by Valerie Lemke

Summer is winding down, but you wouldn’t know it based on the lineup of festivals in town this weekend.

So, what’s on tap?

We get a 3-day festival downtown (Santa Cruz’s longest running festival), a relatively new annual festival that is quickly becoming a local favorite, and one of the biggest events of the year in Capitola Village.

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

Friday

Santa Cruz Greek Festival

When: 9/8 5pm-10pm; 9/9 11am-10pm; 9/10 12pm to 7pm
Where: Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church
Cost: Free

3 days of Greek food, music, dancing, spirits, and did we mention food? Sample your way through dolmathes, loukoumathes, gyros, moussaka, tiropita, and souvaki while you take in the lively Spartan Band and folk dancers. Voted Best Street Festival by Goodtimes readers, this 3-day block party is also Santa Cruz County’s longest running festival.

Get more info here.

Jewel Theatre Presents: ALL MY SONS

When: 9/8 – 9/9 at 8:00 pm & 9/10 at 2:00 pm
Where: The Colligan Theater
Cost: $42/$48

Catch Jewel Theatre Company’s season opener, All My Sons by Arthur Miller. Watch an interview with director Art Manke below and make plans to see it between now and October 1.

Get more info here.

Also on Friday

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Saturday

2nd Annual Young Professionals Summer Mixer: POWER HOUR OF FUN

When: 9/9 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Motion Pacific Dance 131 Front Street #E Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Cost: Early Bird – $14 General – $16

The second annual Young Professionals Summer Mixer meets this Saturday at Motion Pacific. Young professionals throughout the county are invited to attend, have fun and network.

Get more info here.

Santa Cruz Garden Tour

When: 9/9 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Where: Tour includes 8 stops; Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History (headquarters)
Cost: $25 advance $30 day of event

Gardening inspiration awaits at each of the eight unique stops on the annual Master Gardener Tour. This year’s tour highlights sustainable gardening techniques in action, from reducing water usage to creating habitats for pollinators to incorporating native plants and more. At the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, aka Garden Tour Headquarters, there will also be free presentations on “waterwise and wildlife friendly” gardening as well as a plant sale.

Get more info here.

Mole & Mariachi Festival 2017

When: 9/9 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Mission Historic State Park
Cost: Free admission; Tasting kits $10 – $15

Bring your appetite to the 5th Annual Mole & Mariachi Festival! Enjoy live mariachi music, ballet folklórico dancing, activities for kids including piñatas every hour, and a variety of craft vendors at the mercado. The highlight of the event is the mole tasting competition featuring 9 different varieties of mole, tasting kits for purchase, and the opportunity to cast your vote for the People’s Choice Award.

Get more info here.

35th Annual Capitola Art & Wine Festival

When: from 9/9 at 10:00 am to 9/10 at 5:00 pm
Where: Capitola Village
Cost: Free

Hot off the heels of the final Begonia Festival, this weekend Capitola brings back another favorite annual event, the Art & Wine Festival. This year’s festival will once again feature artwork from local artisans along with a wide assortment of local wines. Bring the kids along as they’ll be able to get hands on with craft projects and music from MusicalMe.

Get more info here.

32ND ANNUAL OHLONE DAY

When: 9/9 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Where: Group Picnic Area 1 at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
Cost: Day-use Parking Fee $10

Head to Henry Cowell for a family-friendly celebration of the Ohlone People, past, present and future. Observe skilled artisans and participate in demonstrations and lots of hands-on activities.

Get more info here.

Santa Cruz Greek Festival

See Description Under Friday Section

Jewel Theatre Presents: ALL MY SONS

See Description Under Friday Section

Also on Saturday

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Sunday

GROW: Celebrating Five Years and 100,000 Meals with Teen Kitchen

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When: 9/10 from 3:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Where: Everett Family Farm, 2111 Soquel San Jose Road, Soquel, CA 95073
Cost: $95

Local non-profit, Teen Kitchen Project, celebrates their five year anniversary and the delivery of over 100,000 meals to those in need. Celebrate, and support, this great organization at Everett Family Farm with a delicious 3-course family style dinner.

Get more info here.

Steven Graves Band Benefit for Standing Rock Legal Defense Fund

When: 9/10 at 7:00 pm
Where: Don Quixote’s
Cost: $12

Steven Graves and his band bring their blend of Americana, Soul, Classic and Southern Rock to Don Quixote’s this Sunday. This show will feature a Native American theme in conjunction with their current single, Stand For The People, in support of Standing Rock. Proceeds benefit Sanding Rock Legal Defense Fund and the Lakota People’s Law Project.

Get more info here.

Captain Underpants Movie Night at the Arena

When: 9/10 at 4:00 pm
Where: Kaiser Permanente Arena
Cost: $5

The Santa Cruz Warriors’ first-ever movie night is going to be epic! That is, it’s going to be Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie. Doors open at 3pm for open seating and the concession stand will be open for all your popcorn and soda needs. Bookshop Santa Cruz will be on hand selling tickets to their upcoming event with Captain Underpants creator, Dav Pilkey, who will be visiting Santa Cruz on September 27th.

Get more info here.

San Francisco Comedy Competition

When: 9/10 at 9:00 pm
Where: Crow’s Nest
Cost: $10

Head over to the Crow’s Nest this Sunday for some laughs at the Santa Cruz leg of the San Francisco Comedy Competition.

Get more info here.

Santa Cruz Greek Festival

See Description Under Friday Section

Jewel Theatre Presents: ALL MY SONS

See Description Under Friday Section

35th Annual Capitola Art & Wine Festival

See Description Under Saturday Section

Also on Sunday

Featured Upcoming Event

What: Maker Showcase
Where: 2879 Mission St. Ext.
When: Saturday, September 16 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm

Idea Fab Labs is hosting its first Maker Showcase, a family-friendly and free event celebrating what Santa Cruzans make, how they make it, and why they’re passionate about it. Head to the Wrigley Building to check out the gallery of community submitted art, demonstrations, and craft vending booths.

Get more info here.


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