This Weekend in Santa Cruz: January 6th – 8th, 2017


This weekend has a little bit of everything, including rain.

But don’t let that stop you from getting out. Rain or shine events include First Friday festivities, farmers’ markets, and even a beach cleanup.

One of our favorite local bands spends two nights at Don Quixote’s this weekend, and the Warriors are playing their first game of the year.

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


First Friday

There’s just something special about the first Friday of the month. It’s practically a holiday in Santa Cruz, where we celebrate art and artists, live music, and free admission to some pretty cool places.

Enjoy free admission to the follow venues:

Take a First Friday Art Tour and connect with local artists:

Coffis Brothers & The Mountain Men plus Kingsborough

coffis brothers weekend

When: 1/6 & 1/7 at 8:00 pm
Where: Don Quixote’s
Cost: $10

Local favorites, The Coffis Brothers & the Mountain Men, take over Don Quixote’s next weekend with shows on back to back nights. Kingsborough opens on the 6th & McCoy Tyler opens on the 7th. Humble Sea Brewing Co. will be serving sudsy beverages both nights.

Get more info here.

Santa Cruz Warriors vs. Grand Rapids Drive

When: 1/6 Tip-off at 8:00 pm; Doors open at 7:00 pm
Where: Kaiser Permanente Arena
Cost: $20 – $68

Come cheer on your Santa Cruz Warriors in their first home game of 2017. First 1,500 fans will receive a SCW water bottle giveaway.

Get more info here.

8 Tens @ 8 Short Play Festival


When: 1/6 – 1/7 at 8:00 pm
Where: Center Stage Theater
Cost: $20 – $40 plus service fee

This year’s Festival features 16 short plays, 8 per night, rotating on “A” and “B” nights from January 6 through February 5. Tickets tend to sell out for this event, so grab yours while you can.

Get more info here.

Also on Friday

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Farmers Markets

If your New Year’s resolutions involve eating healthier and buying more organic, fresh, local produce, we suggest getting acquainted with farmers markets throughout the county. Here are two that you can enjoy on Saturdays, year-round, rain or shine:

Coffis Brothers & The Mountain Men plus McCoy Tyler

See description under Friday.

Also on Saturday

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Monthly Davenport Main Beach Cleanup

When: 1/8 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am
Where: Davenport Main Beach
Cost: Free

Kick off the new year with a volunteer opportunity up the coast—help keep Davenport Main Beach clean and healthy. Save Our Shores’ cleanups happen rain or shine and are especially important during storms to keep trash from flowing into the Monterey Bay.

While in Davenport or driving up Highway 1, you might enjoy these stops along the way.

Get more info here.

Also on Sunday

Featured Upcoming Event


What: 43rd Annual Santa Cruz Fungus Fair
Where: January 13-15, 2017
When: Louden Nelson Community Center

Just when you start to get worried that Santa Cruz might not have a fair for every conceivable subject, along comes the Santa Cruz Fungus Fair to put you at ease.

Celebrate 43 years of fungi at this year’s Fungus Fair, which runs Friday through Sunday at Louden Nelson Community Center.

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.