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: July 21st – 23rd, 2017

santa cruz weekend roundup, july 21, 2017

A fun weekend is racing to the starting line with a free concert by a legendary 60s rock band at the Boardwalk on Friday night.

The weather is going to be nice so why not launch some paint onto canvas, catch a local production or clean up a beach. Speaking of races, the Wharf to Wharf is gearing up for their 45th annual race on Sunday.

Whether you want to socialize or just wind down, there is plenty to do that will fit your mood.

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

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: July 13th – 16th, 2017

We’re kicking off the weekend early with a couple of Thursday events we think you’ll love—a popup picnic and a 5 year business anniversary extravaganza.

Summer Festival season continues with celebrations of beer, art, and wine at multiple venues, plus more beer and all things fermented at Sunday’s Fermentation Festival.

Top it off with a family-friendly carnival, dog-friendly community walk, and youth-friendly hangout and movie screening, and that’s a wrap! Enjoy your weekend!

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

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

Without a doubt, this weekend’s main event takes place on Sunday with an epic celebration of the life of Jack O’Neill paddle out.

The first weekend of July also brings First Friday festivities, Santa Cruz Shakespeare’s season opener, and a truly unique event in the forest of Bonny Doon.

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

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: June 30th – July 2nd, 2017 (Plus 4th of July Preview)

santa cruz events june 30-july 2, 2017

See our picks for the top events each day this weekend, and get a start with your plans for the 4th in this edition of the Weekend Roundup:

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: June 23rd – 25th, 2017

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Beautiful seventy degree weather is coming this weekend, perfect for all of the outdoor events and fairs going on around town. Apply your sunscreen because the fun in the sun just doesn’t quit.

We’ve got live musical performances to explore from classical piano with the Santa Cruz Symphony to a folk music festival in the Redwoods.

This weekend also brings  some very popular annual events, including the 23rd Annual Woodies on the Wharf, the 5th Annual Pleasure Point Street Fair and the kick off of Capitola’s Sunday Summer Art & Music at the beach.

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

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: June 16th – 18th, 2017

father's day weekend

School’s out, Sunday is Father’s Day, and this weekend brings the first Free Friday Night Band on the Beach at the Boardwalk.

Hello summer!

UCSC graduation also takes place this weekend, so be prepared for a lot of traffic and activity around town.

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

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: June 9th – 11th, 2017

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It’s going to be another fabulous June weekend packed with outdoor festivals, and art, dining and shopping events.

Take part in cultural festivals, an annual car show, and check out the latest action sport technologies at the first ever WaterSHRED event along the San Lorenzo Riverwalk.

The weather forecast calls for a nice one around the Monterey Bay!

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

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Santa Cruz 4th of July 2017 Events

Santa Cruz 4th of July

4th of July in Santa Cruz.

For some it means pancake breakfasts, parades and parties in the park.

For others it means backyard barbecue in the afternoon and fireworks at night.

There are plenty of ways to celebrate Independence Day in Santa Cruz County.

4th of July events in Santa Cruz County include family friendly old-fashioned celebrations at Wilder Ranch and Roaring Camp, the county’s only official fireworks show in Scotts Valley, and parades spanning from Watsonville to San Lorenzo Valley.

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: May 26th – 28th, 2017

memorial day 2017
You know it’s Memorial Weekend when the American Music Festival, Longboard Invitational, and Civil War reenactments come to town.
Performing arts also take center stage this weekend with no less than three plays to choose from.
And one celebration you don’t want to miss is the Surfer Statue’s 25th anniversary…think he’ll be dressed up?

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

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: May 19th – 21st, 2017

Late spring weather is here, which means beautiful sunny days after the fog has burned off. There are many choices to make this a fun-packed weekend.

Take an educational hike at Arana Gulch or listen to a concert in the park a-cappela style. You can also Celebrate Oaxaca, Mexico at Harbor High or shop for antique treasures at the fairgrounds.

If you want to stay indoors, take a stroll through an artwalk at the mall, or enjoy a concert by a popular legendary rock tribute band.  You can also get a rare look at how surfboards are designed at a workshop open house.

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