This Weekend in Santa Cruz: September 14th – 16th, 2018

santa cruz county fair 2018

The last full weekend of summer rolls in just in time for one of the year’s biggest events as the Santa Cruz County Fair returns to the fairgrounds.

There are also festivals, follies, feathered friends and a whole lot of fun things to do. Have you ever wanted to bust out with some roller derby skating moves, learn more about one of Monterey Bay’s misunderstood sea creatures or find out what actually lives in that local lagoon you pass by each day? Well, here’s your chance.

With so many events lined up, no one can say it’s the “same old, same old” around Santa Cruz County this weekend!

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

Friday

Santa Cruz County Fair

When: 9/12 – 9/16
Where: Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds
Cost: Admission: $6 – $13, Parking: $8 – $20

It’s that time of the year again for racing pigs, turkey stampedes, agriculture, animals, art, performances, exhibits, contests, food, rides, games and everything that represents our fabulous community. This year’s theme is “Bounty of the County”.

Get more info here.

Night Market

When: 9/14 from 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Food Lounge

Spend an evening in the courtyard at the Santa Cruz Food Lounge. The second Friday of the month brings together local food vendors, craft cocktails, and live music for a delicious and relaxing start to your weekend.

Get more info here.

Downtown BirdFUN Festival! Art & Connection to Feathered Friends

downtown bird fun festival

When: from 9/14 at 5:00 pm to 9/16 at 2:00 pm
Where: Santa Cruz MAH
Cost: Free

2018 is the Year of the Bird and The MAH is holding a celebration for our feathered friends. Enjoy three days of festivities for the entire family. Make bird masks and participate in a parade, take a birdwalk on the San Lorenzo River, attend the student art show, learn to sketch birds and even build a bird feeder.

Get more info here.

Santa Cruz Follies

When: 9/12 – 9/15 @ 1:00 pm + 9/14 @ 7:30 pm
Where: Civic Auditorium
Cost: $22

This favorite annual musical production is back with The Way We Were. This year’s production brings a sentimental musical journey with a line-up of memorable singers and songs…and even a little touch of Elvis mixed in.

Get more info here.

MAKE & Explore

make and explore

When: 9/14 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Where: The Santa Cruz Children’s Museum of Discovery at the Capitola Mall
Cost: Free

An afternoon of creativity for kids will be hosted each Friday afternoon through the fall. Materials will be provided for building, art projects and exploration in creative ways each week. For ages 6-12. Located in the Tinkerlab room.

Get more info here.

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Saturday

Annual Coastal Cleanup Day

coastal cleanup day

When: 9/15 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Where: Sites across the Monterey Bay
Cost: Free

Help our local beaches and waterways get back into shape after a busy summer by joining in with Save Our Shores at the Annual Coastal Cleanup day along the Monterey Bay.  Signup to help your favorite beach and join hundreds of other volunteers for the biggest cleanup day of the year! In order to allocate supplies to cleanup sites, signups are required and requested to be filled out by Thursday, September 13. Here are some

Get more info here.

SCDG Rollerdance Fundraiser

rollerdance

When: 9/15 from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Where: 440 Kings Village Road., Scotts Valley
Cost: $20

Help the Santa Cruz Derby Girls in this fundraising event. Have you ever wanted to to learn some of the Derby Girl skating moves? Special guest instructors will teach you some skating tricks like the pros. Skate rentals and light refreshments are included. RSVP is required. Tickets sold at the door.

Get more info here.

Made in the Mountains

made in the mountains

When: 9/15 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Where: Downtown Boulder Creek
Cost: Free

The third Saturday of the month brings an afternoon of local arts, crafts and live music in Boulder Creek. Take a relaxing stroll downtown and see the unique items to buy as gifts or keep for yourself! Spend $50 and you can enter to win $100 in Boulder Bucks.

Get more info here.

Herb Alpert & Lani Hall

When: 9/15 from 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Where: Rio Theatre
Cost: $37 Gen, $60 Gold Circle

Legendary trumpet player and producer, Herb Alpert, will be performing for one night at the Rio Theatre with Grammy award winning vocalist and producer, Lani Hall in a show that is not to be missed! This concert is sure to sell out, so get your tickets soon.

Get more info here.

Family Lagoon Watch

When: 9/15 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Where: Live Oak Branch Library 2380 Portola Dr. Santa Cruz, Ca 95062
Cost: Free

You’ve probably driven by the Corcoran Lagoon many times, but do you know much about it? In this family nature study program, you can learn about the environment, do some bird watching, art activities and even examine creatures under a microscope. Parents must accompany children under 10 and is not suitable for very young children.

Get more info here.

Sage Essentials CBD Pop-Up

When: 9/15 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Where: Botanic and Luxe
Cost: Free

Join Sage Float Spa and Botanic and Luxe to learn more about CBD including what it does, how it works, and proper dosing. Get all your questions answered, check out CBD bath and skin products, and enjoy CBD Cocktails—Sage will be serving non-psychoactive Hemp CBD cocktails/mocktails.

Get more info here.

Santa Cruz County Fair

See Description Under Friday Section

Downtown BirdFUN Festival! Art & Connection to Feathered Friends

See Description Under Friday Section

Santa Cruz Follies

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Sunday

Dodge For a Cause: Dodgeball Tournament

When: 9/16 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Where: Live Oak Clubhouse 925 17th Ave.
Cost: $25 per participants, $5 for non-participants

Join the Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Cruz County for some dodgeball excitement! Friends from local businesses will be competing against each other in this dodgeball elimination tournament. Presented by Bay Federal. Teams of 8-10 are encouraged to join and to come dressed in costume. Family activities, lunch, complimentary t-shirt and trophies awarded 1st- 3rd place. If you don’t want to participate, just come and watch the fun.

Get more info here.

Sweet Seasons – The Music of Carole King

carole king

When: 9/16 at 7:00 pm
Where: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
Cost: $20/Adv $25/Door

Enjoy an evening of music by Carol King performed by the group Sweet Seasons. All the music from The Tapestry album will be performed, as well as other hits from the 60s and 70s. This concert is sure to please Carole King fans of all ages! Doors open at 6:30 pm.

Get more info here.

SCM Makers Market Pop-up at Steel Bonnet Brewing Co.

makers market at steel bonnet

When: 9/16 from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Where: 20 Victor Square, Scotts Valley, CA
Cost: Free admission

Pop in to this fun Pop-up event that will bring displays from over 20 local artists, delicious food from Sleight of Hand Pizza, the sweet sounds of Sugar by the Pound, and cold brews from Steel Bonnet Brewing Company.

Get more info here.

Science Sunday: The Secret Lives of California Great White Sharkssharks at seymour center

 

When: 9/16 from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Where: Seymour Marine Discovery Center
Cost: Science Sundays are free with paid admission to the Seymour Center (Adult $9 | Senior $7 | Student $7 | Child $7) and always free for members.

Have you ever wanted to know about these mysterious creatures that live in our own Monterey Bay? Great white sharks are often greatly feared and very misunderstood. Salvador Jorgensen, Senior Research Scientist for the Monterey Bay Aquarium will share some of the latest discoveries about these important residents in our bay and will bust those myths right out of the water!

Get more info here.

Santa Cruz County Fair

See Description Under Friday Section

Downtown BirdFUN Festival! Art & Connection to Feathered Friends

See Description Under Friday Section

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Upcoming Events You Don’t Want to Miss

Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest Santa Cruz 2018

What: Oktoberfest
Where: St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church
When: Saturday, September 22nd

Come out and enjoy an afternoon celebration for the entire community. This event is based on the original Oktoberfest tradition with a touch of Santa Cruz 21st century culture added into the mix. Live music, family fun, delicious food, locally brewed craft beer and more!

Get more info here.

Heritage Harvest Festival

What: Heritage Harvest Festival
Where: Wilder Ranch State Park
When: Saturday, October 20

Celebrate the fall harvest season at Wilder Ranch! Bring the family out for a day of living history and harvest-time activities…baking on a wood stove, blacksmith and machine shop demonstrations, old time music and square dancing, and children’s crafts and games.

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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