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: September 22nd – 24th, 2017

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Photo by Valerie Lemke

The first weekend of fall is upon us. The air is still warm and there is much fun to be had. Watch a play, listen to music indoors or out, rally together for some local businesses, do a little birdwatching, tour a slough, and more.

You can even sample some coffee that you will definitely need if you do everything on this list. Well, maybe it would be best to just pick a few and go from there.

You’re in for a great first autumn weekend, Santa Cruz style.

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

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: September 15th – 17th, 2017

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In Santa Cruz County, September can give us some of the best weather of the year.  So, why not get out this weekend for some food, fun, festivities and follies? Choose from food trucks to dinner events to performances, displays of maker art and more.

While you’re at it, enjoy a little family beach time while also helping with the important task of cleaning up our beautiful coastal areas.

Another great Santa Cruz weekend is shaping up. Enjoy!

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

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5th Annual Mole & Mariachi Festival: Sept. 9, 2017

The 5th Annual Mole & Mariachi Festival will take over Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park on Saturday, September 9, celebrating the famous sauce and traditional music of México.

The festival features a mole tasting competition with nine different varieties of mole available for sampling. Music, dancing, kid activities, and a raffle round out the day’s festivities.

As festival regulars and returning judges in this year’s mole cooking competition, we have three pieces of advice: arrive early, come hungry, and watch out for the mojigangas!

Here’s what’s in store at this year’s Mole & Mariachi Festival: [Read more…]