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 8th – 10th, 2017

Walton Lighthouse at Sunset

Photo by Valerie Lemke

Summer is winding down, but you wouldn’t know it based on the lineup of festivals in town this weekend.

So, what’s on tap?

We get a 3-day festival downtown (Santa Cruz’s longest running festival), a relatively new annual festival that is quickly becoming a local favorite, and one of the biggest events of the year in Capitola Village.

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

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

labor day 2017 santa cruz eventsIt’s a holiday weekend of firsts and lasts as summer begins to wind down and September makes a grand entrance.
Celebrate a special grand opening downtown, or head to the beach for the last installment of a summer concert series.

There will also be a final farewell this weekend to a favorite flower-filled festival that marks its 65th year. There’s a lot of local history to be shared, as well as a host of food and entertainment choices that will keep you satisfied on this long weekend.

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

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: August 25th – 27th, 2017

this weekend in santa cruz, aug. 25, 2017

August is coming to a close, but as we all know, the dog days of summer still lie ahead. This weekend has plenty of summer fun in store with a free concert on the beach, an evening train ride in the moonlight, or you can even build your own sand sculpture.

As for those dog days, you can even take your dog for a swim at a pool party with the family at a fun local fundraising event.


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

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