Santa Cruz Events

Santa Cruz County has great events all year long, and we'll keep you up to date on the best events, right here.
 

Holidays

Santa Cruz knows how to celebrate holidays, as is evidenced by the massive influx of visitors with each major holiday. HIghlights include 4th of July in Santa Cruz, Halloween, and the Christmas holidays.
 

Recurring Events

Santa Cruz is home to some great recurring events. The First Friday of each month is an art lover's dream, while bargain hunters love the Santa Cruz Antique Faire, held the first Sunday of each month.
 
During the summer months you can enjoy weekly outdoor events like the Wednesday night Movies on the Beach, Thursday night Beach Parties at the Crow's Nest, Friday Night Bands on the Beach, Sunday Art & Music in Capitola, and many more.
 

Annual Events

Over the years Santa Cruz, Capitola, and the surrounding communities have developed some amazing annual events. Summer is the unofficial event season, but you can find great events year round.
 
Favorites include Woodies on the Wharf, the Capitola Rod & Custom Classic Car Show, the Wharf to Wharf Race, the newly added Pleasure Point Street Fair, Begonia Festival, Capitola Art & Wine Festival, Restaurant Week, the Santa Cruz County Fair, the Santa Cruz Open Studios Art Tour, Santa Cruz Film Festival, the Santa Cruz Greek Festival, and Santa Cruz TEDx. And that's just the tip of the iceberg.
 
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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: April 21st – 23rd, 2017

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Mother Nature is planning on bringing plenty of sunshine in honor of Earth Day this weekend. We’ve gathered up all the Earth Day events taking place now through this weekend. You can find them all in our guide to Earth Day 2017

This weekend also brings cultural events, an annual fashion show, wine-tasting in Soquel and a Central Coast premiere of an award winning play. If that all sounds too conventional for your taste then don’t worry…we also get to see thousands of rubber ducks on a slip ‘n slide.

Have a great weekend!

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Best Ways to Celebrate Earth Day in Santa Cruz

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Photo courtesy of Bill Lewis – Santa Cruz Sand

This Saturday marks the 47th anniversary of Earth Day and we’ve rounded up all the ways to celebrate the planet right here in our own backyard.

From volunteer opportunities and festivals to concerts and a chance to be a citizen scientist, it’s pretty easy being green in Santa Cruz.

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Santa Cruz Boardwalk Concerts: Free Friday Night Bands on the Beach

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Concerts

Photo Credit: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

The Boardwalk isn’t just for roller coasters and deep-fried cheesecake.  Every Friday night from mid-June through August, the award-winning seaside amusement park hosts free outdoor concerts, featuring hit bands from the ’60s through current day recording artists.

A concert on the beach is not only a chance to hear great live music.  It’s a little slice of sun-soaked paradise, a perfect fusion between natural and synthetic beauty.  To look out at the pale blue sky above the deep tapestry of blues in the ocean while hearing Papa Doo Run Run, a Boardwalk concert staple, perform “Surfin’ USA” is to attain the status of a perfectly picturesque summer evening in Santa Cruz.

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Free Movies on the Beach

Santa Cruz Boardwalk Movies

The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk has been featured in a lot of movies — Dangerous Minds, Sudden Impact, Harold and Maude, and The Lost Boys, to name a few — but that’s not its only tie to cinema.  The Boardwalk also hosts free movies on the beach Wednesday nights every summer at 9:00 p.m.

And to make it even better, Wednesdays after 5 p.m. are Pepsi Nights, meaning unlimited ride wristbands only cost $14.95 if you bring an empty Pepsi can.  You can tire yourself out by working in a full four hours of rides, then lay back on a beach towel or lean back in a low beach chair and watch the big screen on the beach with your friends, family, or special someone.

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: April 14th – 16th, 2017

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The Easter bunny makes several appearances this weekend, from the beach in Capitola to the trees in Felton, at Roaring Camp Railroad.

Beyond egg hunts and Easter brunch, there’s always wine and this weekend is a great one for oenophiles to purchase a passport to the Santa Cruz Mountains wine region.

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

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: April 7th – 9th, 2017

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This weekend brings art exhibits galore with First Friday events around town.

Also happening this weekend, learn the unique and ancient art of bonsai, experience the Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre accompanied by a live quartet, and get a head start on Easter celebrations.

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

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Santa Cruz Easter Events 2017

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Easter is almost here, and this year there are plenty of festive events throughout Santa Cruz County.

From Easter brunches to Easter egg hunts, to photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny, there is something for everyone. Some festivities start as early as the weekend before Easter so be sure to note specific event dates.

Here is a full list of the top Easter events in and around Santa Cruz this year.

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: March 31st – April 2nd, 2017

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This weekend you’ll have a chance to swing into spring with food trucks, beer gardens and dancing.

You can cheer on our (playoff-bound!) Warriors, catch a classic musical with one of our favorite fictional characters, and head to the beach to cheer on real life heroes.

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

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: March 24th – 26th, 2017

The Hook

What’s in store for the first weekend of Spring?

You can celebrate some of the best and brightest in our community, catch a weekend-long event at Steamer Lane and Cowell’s, and join a fun fundraiser for a new community resource for starters.

Those and many other great events are coming our way this weekend. Here are our top picks for the days ahead:

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: March 17th – 19th, 2017

Santa Cruz Sandbar

St. Patrick’s Day gets the weekend off to festive start. There will be pipes and fiddles, corned beef and cabbage, Guiness and Irish Coffee all around town on Friday.

Enjoy family time on Saturday with a Warriors game, a Venezuelan concert for kids, a celebration of the Castro Adobe State Historic Park, and a chance to learn how to make a cozy sweater out of sheep’s wool!

And Sunday may be your last chance to enjoy the outdoors before a rainy week.

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

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