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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Halloween Events in Santa Cruz 2017

Halloween Santa Cruz
Have no fear, your Santa Cruz Halloween Guide is here!

We’ve got floating pumpkin patches, costume parades, haunted houses and haunted bus tours—all leading up to the big day, which happens to be a Tuesday this year.

Here’s a day-by-day listing of all the Halloween-themed events this month: [Read more…]

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

walton lighthouse at sunset

Photo by Valerie Lemke

The leaves are beginning to fall and the days are getting shorter here along the central coast. But, there’s still enough nice weather and daylight to enjoy some great outdoor fun such as celebrating the harvest or going on a county wide art tour.

Don’t worry, when the sun goes down there are plenty of performances and concerts to keep you entertained!

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

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: October 13th – 15th, 2017

Santa Cruz wharf and roundabout

Attention all of you weekend enthusiasts, we have a full line-up just for you. Check out the Open Studios tour in the south county for your art viewing pleasure. While you’re there, make a stop by a special State Historic Park for an open house. Are you looking for something different with a twist? View a cemetery architecture photo display or learn how to read the Tarot Cards.

There’s also plenty of food, wine, beer and music to set the perfect relaxing fall weekend mood.

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

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