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: February 24th – 26th, 2017

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This weekend Santa Cruz celebrates an evening of adrenaline-packed films, two days of clam chowder, and three days of ragtime music.

Grab your trivia buddies for a good cause on Friday, break out your tie-dye t-shirts for the Warriors game on Saturday, and soak up some sun along East Cliff Drive at Sunday’s Surfer’s Path 5k/10k.

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

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

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Love and music are in the air this weekend and we’re planning on celebrating with some chocolate and wine tasting at Storrs Winery followed by a trip to the Santa Cruz Music Festival to check out some of the many bands playing around town all weekend long.

In other music related events, theres a quirky 90’s themed  musical happening at the Center Street Theater and a musical showdown of British rock band greats, the Beatles and the Stones. A tribute show like no other.

The weekend also brings lightning talks on the future of Santa Cruz at the MAH, a coastal cleanup event, and a workshop on native food cultivation and preparation.

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

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

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We can’t predict the future, but we can read the weather report, and at the time of this writing it looks like we’re in for some much needed sun this weekend.

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Just in time to get out and enjoy all the weekend events coming our way. We’re planning on soaking up some sun at Saturday’s Migration Festival at Natural Bridges.

Warriors fans can enjoy two home games, though one of the “home” games is in Oakland.

The weekend also brings live performances, a look at paranormal phenomenon in Santa Cruz, a local rock cover band on the beach, and Pie for the People – sounds yummy, right?

Here are our picks for the top events each day this weekend:

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

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Football fans will be focused on the Superbowl, but if you’re reading this then you know there’s much more to enjoy this weekend.

Looks like we’ll be due for more rain, but that won’t put a damper on the Warriors Friday night game or the full slate of First Friday events throughout the county. This weekend also offers inspiring live performances, an out-of-rink experience with the Derby Girls…and some half-naked comedians.

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

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

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We’re excited for a sunny weekend filled with a great Santa Cruz-y variety of events.

Lovers of books, beer, Bowie, beach cleaning, basketball and brides-to-be…there’s something for you. You also have a chance to enjoy a family concert, free museum day, and popup Thai food.

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

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: January 20th – 22nd, 2017

This We-2What does this weekend bring besides rain? Plenty of mostly indoor options and one very large outdoor event on Saturday—Women’s March Santa Cruz County.

Be safe, stay dry, and have a wonderful weekend.

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