Santa Cruz Boardwalk Concerts: Free Friday Night Bands on the Beach

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Concerts

Photo Credit: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

The Boardwalk isn’t just for roller coasters and deep-fried cheesecake.  Every Friday night from mid-June through August, the award-winning seaside amusement park hosts free outdoor concerts, featuring hit bands from the ’60s through current day recording artists.

A concert on the beach is not only a chance to hear great live music.  It’s a little slice of sun-soaked paradise, a perfect fusion between natural and synthetic beauty.  To look out at the pale blue sky above the deep tapestry of blues in the ocean while hearing Papa Doo Run Run, a Boardwalk concert staple, perform “Surfin’ USA” is to attain the status of a perfectly picturesque summer evening in Santa Cruz.

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Free Movies on the Beach

Santa Cruz Boardwalk Movies

The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk has been featured in a lot of movies — Dangerous Minds, Sudden Impact, Harold and Maude, and The Lost Boys, to name a few — but that’s not its only tie to cinema.  The Boardwalk also hosts free movies on the beach Wednesday nights every summer at 9:00 p.m.

And to make it even better, Wednesdays after 5 p.m. are Pepsi Nights, meaning unlimited ride wristbands only cost $14.95 if you bring an empty Pepsi can.  You can tire yourself out by working in a full four hours of rides, then lay back on a beach towel or lean back in a low beach chair and watch the big screen on the beach with your friends, family, or special someone.

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: April 14th – 16th, 2017

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The Easter bunny makes several appearances this weekend, from the beach in Capitola to the trees in Felton, at Roaring Camp Railroad.

Beyond egg hunts and Easter brunch, there’s always wine and this weekend is a great one for oenophiles to purchase a passport to the Santa Cruz Mountains wine region.

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

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: April 7th – 9th, 2017

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This weekend brings art exhibits galore with First Friday events around town.

Also happening this weekend, learn the unique and ancient art of bonsai, experience the Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre accompanied by a live quartet, and get a head start on Easter celebrations.

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

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Santa Cruz Easter Events 2017

Easter is almost here, and this year there are plenty of festive events throughout Santa Cruz County.

From Easter brunches to Easter egg hunts, to photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny, there is something for everyone. Some festivities start as early as the weekend before Easter so be sure to note specific event dates.

Here is a full list of the top Easter events in and around Santa Cruz this year.

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: March 31st – April 2nd, 2017


This weekend you’ll have a chance to swing into spring with food trucks, beer gardens and dancing.

You can cheer on our (playoff-bound!) Warriors, catch a classic musical with one of our favorite fictional characters, and head to the beach to cheer on real life heroes.

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

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: March 24th – 26th, 2017

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What’s in store for the first weekend of Spring?

You can celebrate some of the best and brightest in our community, catch a weekend-long event at Steamer Lane and Cowell’s, and join a fun fundraiser for a new community resource for starters.

Those and many other great events are coming our way this weekend. Here are our top picks for the days ahead:

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: March 17th – 19th, 2017

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St. Patrick’s Day gets the weekend off to festive start. There will be pipes and fiddles, corned beef and cabbage, Guiness and Irish Coffee all around town on Friday.

Enjoy family time on Saturday with a Warriors game, a Venezuelan concert for kids, a celebration of the Castro Adobe State Historic Park, and a chance to learn how to make a cozy sweater out of sheep’s wool!

And Sunday may be your last chance to enjoy the outdoors before a rainy week.

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

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: March 10th – 12th, 2017


Spring is in the air this weekend and it sounds like Bluegrass, Hawaiian slack key, and rock ’n’ roll!
We’ve got world-renowned musicians in town, a local theater production, a family-friendly kids concert, a grand opening for recycled fashion and more.
It’s also Daylight Saving Time this weekend. It might be a little painful to move the clock forward before you fall asleep Saturday night, but longer days to enjoy the sunshine will help make up for the sleep loss.

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

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: March 3rd – 5th , 2017

Events This Weekend in Santa CruzThis weekend Santa Cruz celebrates art with events around town for First Friday!

Then get ready for an eventful Saturday! Get your yoga on at Venus Spirits Distillery. Then head to the Hummingbird Festival or Salamander Celebration to connect with nature. End the day with a Warriors game or join the party with Samba Do Rio Project for Brazilian Carnaval.

Sunday brings British humor at the Del Mar Theater and Victorian era activities at Wilder Ranch.

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

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