This Weekend in Santa Cruz: August 12th – 14th, 2016

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Summer may be winding down and much of our population may be gearing to go back to school but that doesn’t mean the weekend fun stops.

This weekend we’ve got another great band at The Boardwalk to look forward to along with a comedy show, beer festival, some Shakespeare in the park, cultural events and more.

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

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A Call for Entries: How to Participate in the Santa Cruz County Fair

The Santa Cruz County Fair

The Santa Cruz County Fair will take place September 14-18, ushering in the fall season with five days of carnival games and rides, racing pigs and wild turkey stampedes, endless deep-fried food options, and our favorite—exhibition halls filled with local community talent.

Each year, the fair receives hundreds of entries from county residents, young and old, vying for bragging rights and blue ribbons on their homemade and homegrown goods, artwork, and collections.

If you or your child has created something, there’s a good chance you can and should enter it into the fair, and we’re here to help you get those entries in on time. [Read more…]

This Weekend in Santa Cruz: August 5th – 7th, 2016

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Photo courtesy of @cooler_ranch710

Strawberries, screaming hands, and street festivals…what’s your pleasure this weekend?

We’ve rounded up a great variety of events to choose from: Family-friendly, check. Free admission, check. Live music and dance parties, oh yes!

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

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: July 29th – 31st, 2016

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July comes to an end with some special celebrations, anniversaries, and traditions, many of which benefit our local communities.

If you’re looking for kid-friendly events, check out Roaring Camp’s Day Out With Thomas, Festival of the Book, and the kickoff to Kids Week Downtown.

And if you’ve been meaning to check out Loch Lomond since it reopened, the Secchi Dip-in might be for you.

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

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: July 22nd – 24th, 2016

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We have a great lineup of local theatre up ahead. While Santa Cruz Shakespeare continues a Midsummer Night’s Dream in the Grove (new venue!), two new musicals open this weekend: Fiddler on the Roof and Dorothy Potter and the Wizards of Oz.

Don’t forget, the Wharf to Wharf is this Sunday. If you’re trying to avoid the crowds it could be a good time to drive up Highway 1 and catch a Pokémon or two.

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

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: July 15th – 17th, 2016

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Photo courtesy of @hendrypieter

Whether you’re a Shakespeare fan, a wine lover or fancy yourself a scavenger hunt expert, this weekend has got a little something for everyone. There are festivals, music and exercise in the sunshine to be had. Get out and have some fun!

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

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: July 8th – 10th, 2016

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This weekend is all about perfect matches: music and ocean, beer and jam, and a 50th birthday party and cake from Gayle’s—yum!

Kick it off with some Family Stone at the Boardwalk, celebrate local history in Capitola, shop local in the Santa Cruz Mountains, and see what cool things some locals are up to, such as building a tiny railroad empire.

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

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz (The 4th of July Edition)

4th of july weekend in santa cruz

There will be no shortage of music to choose from this holiday weekend—Capitola, New Brighton State Beach and the Boardwalk continue their summer performance series. Music by the sea…how much better can it get?

A few early celebrations are sprinkled throughout the weekend, but be sure to scroll down to our complete Santa Cruz 4th of July Guide to see what Monday has in store.

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

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: June 24th – 26th, 2016

santa cruz weekend events, june 24-26, 2016

There’s good news and bad news when it comes to this weekend.

First the good news:

There are some amazing summer events you won’t want to miss.

Now the bad news:

There’s possibly too many great events for one weekend, meaning you have the difficult task of deciding which events to attend, and which ones you will have to miss out on.

We feel your pain. Here’s how bad it gets…

On Saturday there is the Pleasure Point Street Fair, Woodies on the Wharf, Hop ‘N Barley Beer & BBQ Festival in Scotts Valley, the 41st annual Strawberry Festival downtown, and the Sip & Stroll wine tasting event in Soquel Village…all at the same time!

We hope you enjoy the weekend, whatever you decide to do. See the full list of events below:

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: June 17th – 19th, 2016

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Here comes another epic Santa Cruz weekend:

Friday night brings the first Free Friday Night Concert on the Beach at the Boardwalk, a special Third Friday at the MAH, and a chance to get a head start on Father’s Day.

Saturday has something for everyone, including the 15th Annual Jay Race, Ebb & Flow, a garden tour and a great festival. We’ve also got Dad covered with plenty of great options for Father’s day on Sunday.

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

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