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.


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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Get Festive! Your Guide to the Best 2017 Santa Cruz Holiday Events

santa cruz holiday events 2017
The holidays are full of cheer in Santa Cruz with unique celebrations, beloved traditions, and brand new festive fun…ice skating, anyone?

Things to do in Santa Cruz during the 2017 Holiday Season include tree lightings, train rides, parades by land and sea, and opportunities to see Santa.

Here’s a roundup of some of the best opportunities to celebrate the holidays in Santa Cruz!

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

West Cliff

Thanksgiving guests will be arriving soon and the holiday shopping season officially starts next week. That probably means there’s a lot on that to-do list. But don’t worry, we have a fantastic lineup that will not only help you relax and enjoy time indoors and out this weekend, but you can even check some of that shopping off your list, too.

We have a little bit of everything on our list with holiday boutiques, workshops, performances, and even an anniversary celebration of a favorite historic lighthouse.

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

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: November 10th – 12th, 2017

West Cliff Sunset Nov. 2017

Photo by Valerie Lemke

Some brand new events will hit the scene this weekend such as holiday ice skating at the Boardwalk, a hot dog eating contest and a newly crafted local root beer making its debut.

There is also a paddle out to clean up our important waterways, one of the most popular vintage and antique fairs around, and plenty of unique performances and presentations that will appeal to any style.

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

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