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:


Father’s Appreciation Celebration @ Zinnia’s!


When: 6/17 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Where: Zinnia’s Home & Garden in Scotts Valley
Cost: FREE

Start celebrating dad a couple days early with this Father’s Appreciation event at Zinnia’s in Scotts Valley. Feast on BBQ from Chef Bill and enjoy art from Carol Riddle.

Get more info here.

Free Friday Night Bands on the Beach – Lou Gramm The Original Voice of Foreigner “Hot Blooded”

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Concerts

When: 6/17 at 6:30 pm & 8:30 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Cost: FREE

Free Friday Night Bands on the Beach starts this Friday, with Foreigner’s lead singer, Lou Gramm, set to kick off the summer concert series.

Get more info here.

Also on Friday

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7th Annual Monterey Bay Greenhouse Growers Open House


When: 6/18 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Where: Participating farms: California Pajarosa, Four Winds Growers, Kitayama Brothers, Succulent Gardens
Cost: Free

Journey through the greenhouse at the 7th Annual Monterey Bay Greenhouse Growers Open House this Saturday. Tour four local farms, enjoy guided tours and see an array of flowers, herbs and plants.

Get more info here.

15th Annual Jay Moriarity Memorial Paddleboard Race

Jay Race 2016

When: 6/18 from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm
Where: Capitola Beach

Celebrate the life of Santa Cruz waterman Jay Moriarty and paddle in his honor at the 15th Annual Jay Race, a paddle board race and benefit for Santa Cruz County Junior Lifeguards, Ocean of Hope, and Ride-A-Wave.

Get more info here.

14th Annual Medicine Buddha Festival and Cultural Fair


When: 6/18 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Where: Land of Medicine Buddha
Cost: FREE

If you’ve been curious about Land of Medicine Buddha, this annual festival is a great opportunity to check it out. Take in music and dance performances, food and drink, information and healing booths, and shopping for unique gifts, along with plenty of activities for the kids.

Get more info here.

Ebb & Flow – A Free Community Celebration of the San Lorenzo River


When: 6/18 from 12:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Riverwalk at the Water St. bridge
Cost: FREE

Celebrate Ebb & Flow this Saturday. This year’s art project, led by local artist Heidi Cramer, “Will be a collaborative sculpture which aims specifically at the landscape, local flora and fauna, and the history of the river.” Participate in hands-on art making with the artist, and enjoy guided river tours. Kids will enjoy the children’s art booths led by SPECTRA arts instructors.

Get more info here.


When: 6/18 from 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Tannery Arts Center
Cost: FREE

After Ebb & Flow, head over to the Tannery to continue the fun at the annual Tanniversary celebration. Activities will include live performances from Tannery community members, open artist studios, a scavenger hunt, pop-up art vendors, and the grand opening of Tannery World Dance & Cultural Center’s new dance facility.

Get more info here.

Summer Beer Garden Weekend at The Food Lounge

When: 6/18 & 6/19 from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Food Lounge
Cost: FREE to attend. Pay only for your food and drink.

Head to the Food Lounge for their first Summer Beer Garden weekend this Saturday and Sunday. Enjoy the inviting outdoor patio while you listen to live music, feast on authentic German-style food, play cornhole and quench your thirst with locally brewed beer.

Get more info here.

Also on Saturday

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Father’s Day Brunch

When: 6/19 from 10:00 am to 1:30 pm
Where: Chaminade
Cost: $52.95 Adults, $18.95 Children 6-12, Under 6 dine for free (tax and gratuity additional)

Nobody does brunch like Chaminade…and that view!

Treat Dad to a decadent meal where he can choose from the outdoor grill steak station, bourbon glazed ham, made-to-order omelets, and much more. See the full menu, here.

Get more info here.

Father’s Day at Roaring Camp

When: 6/19. Trains run at 11:00 am, 12:30 pm and 2:00 pm
Where: Roaring Camp Railroads
Cost: $20 and $27

Roaring Camp hosts a Father’s Day celebration this Sunday with an old-fashioned Chuck Wagon BBQ and the Father’s Day steam train. Every steam train ride will feature a “train robbery.”

Get more info here.

The Men of Big Basin – A Father’s Day Special Event

When: 6/19 at 1:00 pm
Where: Big Basin Redwoods State Park
Cost: Parking is $10 to support the park

Travel back in time and enjoy living history re-enactments with pioneer settlers, Big Basin founders and early park rangers. This 1.5 hour walking play is wheelchair and stroller accessible.

Get more info here.

Summer Beer Garden Weekend at The Food Lounge (with a special gift for dads)

When: 6/18 & 6/19 from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Food Lounge
Cost: FREE to attend. Pay only for your food and drink.

The fun continues at Santa Cruz Food Lounge on Sunday. All fathers who come between 11:00 am -2:00 pm will receive a free gift.

Get more info here.

Annual Father’s Day Pancake Breakfast

When: 6/19 from 7:00 am to 12:00 pm
Where: Zayante Station One

Join the Zayante Firefighters Association at their 35th Annual Father’s Day pancake breakfast. This fundraising event includes raffles, a silent auction, a bounce house for the kids, and of course, pancakes.

Get more info here.

Also on Sunday

Featured Upcoming Event

Santa Cruz Boardwalk MoviesPhoto Credit: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

Grab your beach chairs & blankets, and head over to the Boardwalk next Wednesday for the first Free Wednesday night Movie on the beach. As usual, things kick off with The Lost Boys for the first showing.

Get more info here.

What: Movies on the Beach
Where: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
When: Wednesdays from June 22nd – August 17th

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About Ethan Oates

Ethan Oates fell in love with Santa Cruz while visiting as a child. He has lived in Santa Cruz since the mid '90's, and is happiest when spending time with his family.