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


This weekend Santa Cruz celebrates an evening of adrenaline-packed films, two days of clam chowder, and three days of ragtime music.

Grab your trivia buddies for a good cause on Friday, break out your tie-dye t-shirts for the Warriors game on Saturday, and soak up some sun along East Cliff Drive at Sunday’s Surfer’s Path 5k/10k.

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


2017 Santa Cruz Ragtime Festival


When: 2/24 – 2/26 at 7:30 pm
Where: Venues throughout Downtown Santa Cruz
Cost: $25/concert or day pass; $90 “all events” pass

If you love the sound of ragtime, Downtown Santa Cruz is the place to be, specifically on the corner of Pacific and Cooper where you can catch sidewalk ragtime acts throughout the weekend. In addition, there will be concerts at the Kuumbwa, Calvary Church and Parish hall, Lúpulo, Emily’s Bakery, and Woodstock’s Pizza.

Get more info here.

Date Night: Argentinian Empanadas and Wine

When: 2/24 from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Where: New Leaf Community Market, 1101 Fair Ave, Santa Cruz
Cost: $85 for two

Looking for a fun date night idea? Try a hands-on cooking class at New Leaf on the Westside. Learn how to make delicious empanadas paired with Argentinian wines and take home impressive skills for your next dinner party. Pre-registration is required to reserve your place.

Get more info here.

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour


When: 2/24 – 2/26 from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Where: Rio Theatre
Cost: $20 – $22

Explore your wild side at the Banff Mountain Film Festival, which features flicks about insane slopes, isolated mountain cultures and extreme mountain sports. Proceeds go to benefit the UCSC Wilderness Orientation Scholarship Fund.

Get more info here.

8th Annual Trivia Challenge

When: 2/24 from 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
Cost: Spectator $10 in advance and $15 at the door

Register your trivia team or come as a spectator and enjoy live music, small bites, desserts, a no host beer and wine bar, and great raffle prizes. Spencer Washburn, News Anchor from KION 5/46 will host this ultimate trivia battle, and the proceeds will benefit senior programs for the Santa Cruz Volunteer Center.

Get more info here.

Also on Friday

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Blasts from the Past – The Explosive Story of the California Powder Works Exhibition Opening Reception


When: 2/25 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Where: San Lorenzo Valley Museum
Cost: Free, Donations Appreciated

Be among the first to check out the latest exhibit at the San Lorenzo Valley Museum showcasing the first company to manufacture explosive powder west of the Rockies. After a little historical reading at the Santa Cruz Public Library, we can’t wait to learn more at the museum.

Get more info here.

Santa Cruz Warriors vs. Windy City Bulls

When: 2/25 at 7:00 pm
Where: Kaiser Permanente Arena
Cost: $23 – $77

Cheer on the Warriors as they take on the Windy City Bulls wearing classic Santa Cruz tie dye uniforms. Join the groovy fun and be one of the first 1,500 fans to receive a tie dye rally towel, courtesy of Awe-Sum Organics.

Get more info here.

Santa Cruz Clam Chowder Cook-Off


When: 2/25 – 2/26 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Cost: Free Admission, Tasting Kits are $10 each

Calling all chowder lovers all weekend long! You now have two days to sample chowder to your heart’s content and vote for you favorites. Amateurs and professionals will be serving up their best Boston and  Manhattan-style chowders, with 100% of tasting kit sales benefitting Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation.

Get more info here.

Ka-Hon Latin Percussion Ensemble – Tandy Beal’s ArtSmart Family Concert Series


When: 2/25 at 2:00 pm
Where: Santa Cruz County Veterans Memorial Building
Cost: $10 – $15 (Season Passes available)

This is the first of three ArtSmart Family Concerts presented by Tandy Beal and Company and showcasing the beauty and diversity of world cultures. Ka-Hon (from the Spanish word for wooden box, cajón) will deliver an engaging Latin percussion performance played on simple wooden boxes. Rhythms and songs from Peru, Mexico, Spain, Cuba, and Venezuela are sure to get your feet tapping and body dancing!

Get more info here.

2017 Santa Cruz Ragtime Festival

See Description Under Friday Section

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

See Description Under Friday Section

Also on Saturday

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Surfer’s Path 10k/5k


When: 2/26 at 8:00 am
Where: Verve Coffee Roasters 41st Ave.
Cost: $45 – $60

Both the 5k and 10k run/walk will take you along scenic East Cliff Drive, past famous surf breaks and legendary landmarks like Jack O’neill’s house. Cross the finish line in Capitola Village and celebrate to surf music and more postcard-worthy views.

Get more info here.

2nd Annual Sip for Second Harvest


When: 2/26 from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Where: Seascape Beach Resort
Cost: 1-Guest Pass: $40.00 / 2-Guest Pass: $70.00

This event is a wonderful opportunity for you and a friend to sample local wines, enjoy appetizers and a raffle, and support Second Harvest, a local food bank that provides food for nearly a quarter million people each month.

Get more info here.

2017 Santa Cruz Ragtime Festival

See Description Under Friday Section

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

See Description Under Friday Section

Santa Cruz Clam Chowder Cook-Off

See Description Under Saturday Section

Also on Sunday

Featured Upcoming Event


What: Hummingbird Day
Where: Arboretum
When: March 4, 2017 from 10 am to 4 pm

Celebrate all things hummingbird in the nectar-filled gardens of the UCSC Arboretum. This family-friendly event features crafts and activities for the kids, as well as lectures, tours, and workshops. See if you can spot the famous rare white Anna’s Hummingbird darting around, and learn how to attract hummingbirds at home.

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.