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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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: August 18th – 20th, 2017

santa cruz wharf

We’re kicking off the weekend with several musical events to choose from and a food truck event in San Lorenzo Park.

Summer festival season continues with a celebration of art, wine and beer in Scotts Valley, and a day of Polynesian culture at the annual Polynesian Festival and Aloha Outrigger Races on the Santa Cruz Wharf.

Throw in an inspiring body positivity event at the MAH, the championship bout of the 2017 Santa Cruz Derby Girls’ season, Coco Montoya at Moe’s, and storytime in the park and we’ve got ourselves a pretty stellar weekend. Enjoy!

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: August 11th – 13th, 2017

Santa Cruz Boardwalk Sunset, by Valerie Lemke

Photo by Valerie Lemke

This weekend will be a feast of music with several popular concerts lined up and even a festival to celebrate a not-so-typical musical instrument. You also have a chance to give back to the community, find out how that concrete ship ended up at that local state park, or maybe you just really want a glass of ice cold locally crafted beer.

Whatever it is you are looking for, we just might have it here for you.

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

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: August 4th – 6th, 2017

santa cruz sunset. photo by valerie lemke

Photo by Valerie Lemke

There is plenty on tap for Santa Cruz this weekend.

It’s that time of year to celebrate a certain sweet red fruit that happens to be Pajaro Valley’s biggest crop. You can also enjoy a free concert at the Beach Boardwalk from a popular 80s rock band,  go on an art tour or even attend two launch parties. Top off your weekend with some local craft beer and good food. These are just a few of the things on tap for this weekend.

Have fun!

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

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