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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Santa Cruz Holiday Craft Fairs & Shopping Events 2017

‘Tis the season to shop unique, handmade, and most of all, local.

Santa Cruz businesses and organizations are making it easy with a full slate of holiday shopping fairs, makers markets, and boutiques.

Be sure to check back often, as new pop-up shopping events are added throughout the holiday season.

Here’s a roundup of some of the best opportunities to buy some awesome gifts and help support the local economy and arts culture at the same time. [Read more…]

This Weekend in Santa Cruz: November 3rd – 5th, 2017

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Though the weather forecast calls for much-needed rain this weekend, you don’t have to let it put a damper on your fun. There’s a lot to do, no matter what the weather may bring, including a favorite hot rod show and an afternoon stroll that will be on, rain or shine!

Grab your umbrella or your favorite hoodie and enjoy an extra hour of fun as daylight saving time comes to an end this weekend.

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

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: October 27th – 29th, 2017

santa cruz surf statue pumpkin

Halloween is almost here, and whether you’re looking for some spooky thrills for yourself, or family fun for your little ghouls and goblins, we’ve got you covered!

Maybe you’d rather just check out the Santa Cruz scene on another gorgeous fall weekend. Well, if that’s the case, then you’re in for a real treat, too.

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

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