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: December 15th – 17th, 2017

Photo by Valerie Lemke

The weather forecast calls for continued sunny and mild conditions, which makes it the perfect opportunity to get out and enjoy a late fall weekend!

Families can enjoy a puppet show at the library, have breakfast with Santa, and experience the ultimate holiday tradition, The Nutcracker (with performances at three different venues in the county).

For the foodies out there we have a vegan chocolate tour and tasting event, and authentic Indian cuisine for a great cause, Adopt-A-Family.

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

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: December 8th – 10th, 2017

Photo by Valerie Lemke

That holiday feeling is in the air again, which means there’s a lot to do this weekend.

You might want to take out-of-town guests to a performance or enjoy a day on the ranch. Maybe you really want to get some holiday shopping done from the many fairs and shopping events or take the kids to meet their favorite children’s author at her book signing event.

With so many great choices of fun things to do, it might be hard to choose. But don’t worry; we’ve put together a great list to help you decide.  Don’t forget to check out our holiday guides, too!

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

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: December 1st – 3rd, 2017

santa cruz christmas parade 2017

Hello, December…wow, that was quick!

Some of our favorite local holiday traditions take place this weekend and it looks like we may get to leave our umbrellas at home. Saturday’s a biggie—we’ll be in our usual spot for the Downtown Holiday Parade and bundle up later for the Lighted Boat Parade, plus we’ll squeeze in some holiday shopping in between.

On the non-holiday front, you can take in a tribute to Johnny Cash, cheer on our Warriors, and support a fundraiser for Napa and Santa Rosa fire victims.

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

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