Labor Day Weekend Events

Santa Cruz Labor Day 2018

This Friday we say goodbye to the final Free Friday Night Bands on the Beach concert and hello to a 3-day weekend!

A couple of local breweries are celebrating Labor Day Weekend in style with parking lot parties, and a local business marks its first anniversary with a gift of free classes to the community.

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

Friday

Free Friday Night Bands on the Beach: Papa Doo Run Run

When: 8/31 at 6:30 pm & 8:30 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Cost: Free

Get ready to sing at the top of your lungs and dance with sand between your toes at the Boardwalk’s final “Santa Cruz Beach Party” featuring crowd favorite Papa Doo Run Run. Come for the first concert, stay for the second, and get your Labor Day Weekend off to a memorable start.

Get more info here.

Alasdair Fraser’s Valley of the Moon Scottish Fiddling School 35th Annual Concert

When: 8/31 from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
Cost: Advance Sales: $14.50 – $25.50. Children 8 and under FREE

More than 180 musicians will fill the Civic with the festive energy, music, and dance traditions of Scotland. Don’t miss the 35th annual concert led by Indie Award-winning Scots fiddler Alasadair Fraser and the Valley of the Moon Scottish Fiddling School.

Get more info here.

Capitola Movies on the Beach

When: 8/31 at 7:30 pm
Where: Capitola Beach
Cost: Free

capitola movies on the beach

If watching an outdoor movie is on your summer bucket list, you still have three more opportunities to cross it off your list. This Friday, enjoy a showing of Cars 3followed by Zootopia and A Wrinkle in Time over the next couple of weekends. Pack up the kiddos, some cozy blankets or beach chairs, and a picnic dinner—be sure to save room for free popcorn! Seating begins at 6:30 pm.

Get more info here.

Ultimate Science Fair

When: 8/31 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Where: Santa Cruz MAH
Cost: Free

The MAH is at it again with another fun, free, family-friendly event. The theme is “Science Fair” but without all the stress and drama. Want to make a volcano explode or drop things off a balcony in the name of physics? Head to the MAH and get hands on with science experiments for all ages.

Get more info here.

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Saturday

Breath + Oneness Anniversary Weekend

When: 9/1 & 9/2
Where: Breath + Oneness, Capitola
Cost : Free

Happy birthday to Breath + Oneness! Join them for an anniversary weekend celebration where all classes, workshops, and events are free (please register). This is a great weekend to slow down, do something for yourself, and get to know this local yoga and meditation center.

Get more info here.

Diego’s Umbrella + Coffee Zombie Collective

When: 9/1 at 8:00 pm Doors, 9:00 pm Show
Where: Moe’s Alley
Cost: $12 Advance, $15 Day of Show

You had us at Coffee Zombie Collective. But hey, Diego’s Umbrella is playing too, and you either love them or you don’t know them yet. We hear one concert is all it takes to become a believer in San Francisco’s ambassadors of Gypsy Rock. Head to Moe’s and see/dance for yourself!

Get more info here.

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Sunday

Labor Day Weekend Luau & Pig Roast!

Humble Sea Luau

When: 9/2 from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm
Where: Humble Sea Brewing Co.

Humble Sea is celebrating Labor Day Weekend island style with a traditional pig roast and Hawaiian luau in the parking lot. The star of the show comes from Fogline Farm and has been fed spent grain from Humble Sea brews. Everything will be island-inspired, from the beer to the music to the vendor booths. Bring your appetite and aloha spirit!

Get more info here.

Breath + Oneness Anniversary Weekend

See description under Saturday.

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Monday

Labor Day Parking Lot Party!

When: 9/3 from 12:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Shanty Shack Brewing Co.

Shanty Shack has an awesome Labor Day lineup of fun, food, and drink. Early in the day, Saucey’z Food Truck is providing the eats, with Sleight of Hand Pizza taking over at dinner. And in between, Friend in Cheeses Jam Co. will have their signature chicharrones sundae bar—oh yeah! Live music ranges from Americana to Reggae, and some Grateful Dead covers by The Grateful Dads. There will be art for sale, face painting, and more!

Get more info here.

Free Community Swim Day

When: 9/3 from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Where: Simpkins Family Swim Center
Cost: Free

This is a super popular, first come, first served community event. Free swim days at Simpkins include the water slide, climbing wall, floating on inner tubes, warm water pool, 50-meter pool, and more. Hopefully the fog burns off by noon for a fun in the sun swim day!

Get more info here.

Upcoming Events You Don’t Want to Miss

Pivot Towards Your Purpose

Pivot Santa Cruz 2018

What: Pivot Towards Your Purpose
Where: Resource Center for Nonviolence
When: September 28

Be inspired, empowered, and equipped to take action at Pivot Towards Your Purpose, a women’s leadership conference for entrepreneurs, business owners, and future leaders. The day will be filled with motivational speakers, insightful workshops, and opportunities to set goals and connect with other passionate community members. Pivot proceeds will benefit the Coastal Watershed Council.

Get more info here.

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What: Santa Cruz Greek Festival
Where: Downtown Santa Cruz
When: September 7, 8, and 9

Live like a Greek at Santa Cruz County’s longest running festival featuring three days of Greek food, music, dancing, spirits, and did we mention food? Sample your way through dolmathes, gyros, moussaka, tiropita, and more while you take in the lively Spartan Band and traditional folk dancers (you might find yourself on the dance floor as well). Shoppers won’t want to miss the Greek agora showcasing ethnic jewelry, pottery, and clothing – OPA!

Get more info here.

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About Christine Candelaria

Christine Candelaria is a local mom of four who enjoys sharing her Santa Cruz adventures. You can follow her #santacruzlife on Instagram at @theaumsmama.

  • Erin Kelly-Allshouse says:

    LOTs going on!! Thank you for the updates around town. Happy Labor day weekend.

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