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: January 13th – 15th, 2017

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You won’t have to go far to forage for mushrooms after the recent rains. The 3-day Fungus Fair returns this weekend to Louden Nelson bringing fungus fun for the whole family.

Local youth perform at the Rio, the Warriors play two home games, and a local literary re-inauguration takes place.

Throw in some comedy, dancing, and beer making 101 and you’ve got the makings for a great weekend. Enjoy!

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

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: January 6th – 8th, 2017

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This weekend has a little bit of everything, including rain.

But don’t let that stop you from getting out. Rain or shine events include First Friday festivities, farmers’ markets, and even a beach cleanup.

One of our favorite local bands spends two nights at Don Quixote’s this weekend, and the Warriors are playing their first game of the year.

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

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: The Happy New Year Edition

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And, that’s a wrap. This weekend we say goodbye to 2016 and usher in 2017.

As expected, the big events around town this weekend are the New Year’s Eve parties. We’ve gathered all the NYE parties and events to help you ring in the new year.

New Year’s Day is bursting with opportunities to get outdoors and start the new year off with some fresh Santa Cruz air.

See the full roundup of events below:

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Santa Cruz New Year’s Eve Events – Welcome 2017!

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How do you want to ring in the New Year?

You can keep it casual or dress to the nines, party on the beach or head to a club. Whatever your New Year’s objective, there’s probably an event that’s just right for you.

We’ve broken out this year’s Santa Cruz New Year’s Eve events into categories to help you find just what you’re looking for:

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7 Family Friendly Things to do in Santa Cruz During Christmas Weekend

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Happy Holidays!

Our roundup of events is lighter than usual this weekend, as the big event will be time with family.

If you’re entertaining out of town guests, see our top 7 picks for things to do this weekend, plus a day-by-day guide of music, nature walks, and more:

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: December 16th – 18th, 2016

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Holiday events continue this weekend with performances of The Nutcracker, Winterpalooza, Holidays on the Ranch, and a few more local artisan shopping events.

Even the Warriors are spreading the holiday cheer with a festive ugly sweater t-shirt giveaway (yeah, you read that right).

There are plenty of non-holiday events to choose from too, including a food truck event and a rockin’ anniversary celebration.

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: December 9th – 11th, 2016

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It’s very clear that we’re in the midst of the holiday season this weekend with toy drives, a chance to eat waffles with Santa, ocean-inspired holiday craft fairs and more festive surprises! There’s even a bar crawl/scavenger hunt for adults led by Santa himself!

And if you’re not quite ready to get into the holiday spirit just yet, watch the Santa Cruz Warriors play the Austin Spurs on Friday, try a cedar wood inspired beer from a local brewery, or check out a free screening of the newest full length video from the people that brought you the “screaming hand,” legendary Santa Cruz Skateboards.

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

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: December 2nd – 4th, 2016

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Hello, December!

Enjoy local holiday traditions this weekend and maybe start some new ones.

On the non-holiday front, we’ve got beautiful dancing and music from different regions in Mexico, a comedy show about psychedelics, and a Steam Punk aerial murder mystery costume dance party. Yup, you read that right.

Be sure to scroll down to the end for our Featured Upcoming Event and mark your calendar.

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

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Get Festive! Your Guide to the Best 2016 Santa Cruz Holiday Events

Judging by the sheer variety of events throughout the county, there’s no shortage of holiday spirit in Santa Cruz.

Celebrate the season with tree lightings, train rides, parades by land and by sea, and of course, surfin’ Santa.

If you enjoy playful, thoughtful, and unique family traditions, check out our picks for fabulous and festive ways to celebrate the holidays in Santa Cruz!

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: November 25th – 27th, 2016

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This edition of the Weekend Roundup has us feeling grateful with so many ways to get the most out of life in Santa Cruz this holiday season.

If you’re looking for some non-holiday events, live music, and outdoor activities or hikes, check out the additional events listed under each day.

Have a wonderful holiday!

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

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