This Weekend in Santa Cruz: November 11th – 13th, 2016

this-weekend-in-34Start this holiday weekend off honoring our Veterans with a variety of commemorative events around town.

Then, from sports to the arts to local natural history, this weekend has it all. Catch the opening night D-league Warriors game, be inspired at the Telluride Mountainfilm Festival, and go on an insect-education scavenger hunt.

Don’t forget wine tasting Sunday afternoon around Downtown Santa Cruz and a book fair for young adults. Enjoy!

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

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: November 4th – 6th, 2016

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First Friday infuses a heaping dose of art into this weekend’s events, from a new mural unveiling to painting plein air in Capitola.

Festivities for sea glass lovers, hot rod enthusiasts, and opera fans give you plenty of reasons to get out and enjoy yourself or try something new. Enjoy!

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

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Santa Cruz Holiday Craft Fairs & Shopping Events 2016

santa cruz holiday shopping events‘Tis the season to shop unique, handmade, and most of all, local!

Santa Cruz businesses and organizations are making it easy with a full slate of holiday shopping fairs, makers markets, and boutiques.

Be sure to check back often, as new pop-up shopping events are added throughout the holiday season.

Here’s a roundup of some of the best opportunities to buy some awesome gifts and help support the local economy and arts culture at the same time. [Read more…]

This Weekend in Santa Cruz: October 28th – 30th, 2016

santa-cruz-halloween-weekend-2016-27940There’s no escaping Halloween this weekend (insert evil laugh), or some rainy weather (insert happy cheers and puddle jumps).

We hope you stay warm and dry, and enjoy the frightful festivities—there are a ton—listed below and in our 2016 Halloween Events Guide.

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

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: October 21st – 23rd, 2016

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Santa Cruz continues to embrace the Halloween spirit this weekend with many more events geared toward the upcoming holiday including spooky forest tours, youth rock shows with a costume contest and a floating pumpkin patch.

The Boardwalk holds it’s annual chili cooking contest, San Lorenzo Park sees people transform to colors of the rainbow, comedy hits Boulder Creek and a local author speaks about his new book focused on Bookshop Santa Cruz.

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

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Halloween Events in Santa Cruz 2016

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Welcome to Halloween month, when the phrase “only in Santa Cruz” takes center stage.

This month, you can pick pumpkins by train or from a floating pumpkin patch…Ride a bus, drink beer on said bus, and tour haunted spots around town…Take a flashlight tour of a whale skeleton or dress your fur babies in costume and parade with them on West Cliff Drive…

…just to name a few of the frightfully fun events in store.

Of course, it wouldn’t be Halloween without community favorites like the Gault Parade and trick or treating Downtown.

Here’s a day-by-day listing of all the Halloween events this month: [Read more…]

This Weekend in Santa Cruz: October 14th – 16th, 2016

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This weekend celebrates the flourishing fall season and Santa Cruz arts, from a rooftop balcony autumn affair to a free choreographed dance show in an unlikely place. And don’t forget it’s the final Encore Weekend for the Open Studios Art Tour.

Live performances abound! Stand up comedy at the Rio, aerial arts, and a CD release party for a local singing legend.

Plus, celebrate the fall harvest 1800’s style at the Wilder Ranch Heritage Harvest Festival complete with harvest time activities and pumpkin ice cream.

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

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: October 7th – 9th, 2016

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This weekend celebrates our community, from Choose Santa Cruz on Friday night to Open Streets on Sunday.

The surfing community gets a 2-day film festival AND a 2-day surf board show.

Plus, another fireworks display…how lucky are we?! Speaking of colorful sky shows, the monarchs are back and you’re invited to the party.

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

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: September 30th – October 2nd, 2016

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It’s a little hard to go into the weekend events knowing our Santa Cruz Mountains residents are facing the Loma Fire. We are sending out our very best thoughts for safety for all, especially the firefighters working hard to contain it.

This weekend’s lineup features a grand opening celebration, 150th birthday beach party, a multicultural film festival, and the first weekend of Open Studios Art Tour.

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

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: September 23rd – 25th, 2016

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There is so much going on this weekend, we can’t even contain ourselves!

Our fair city continues its 150th anniversary with a celebration of the iconic wharf. The wharf will also welcome Thunderbird cars Saturday.

Anniversary celebrations will also be had for event creator, Event Santa Cruz, as well as the Santa Cruz Guitar Company.

The Banff Mountain Film Festival Radical Reels Tour takes place at The Rio and fall kicks off with the Santa Cruz Mountains Harvest Festival and Halloween prep in a class series designed to have you dancing Michael Jackson’s Thriller choreography.

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

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