This Weekend in Santa Cruz: July 6th – 8th, 2018

School’s out for summer, but Friday Night Recess is on!

Saturday celebrates the simple things in life: summer reads, a night hike, good music and dancing.

And Sunday’s Makers Market is a great time to support local arts and crafts.

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

Friday

Friday Night Recess – Come play with us in the street!

When: 7/6 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Downtown Santa Cruz on Cooper Street between Front and Pacific
Cost: Free

If your favorite subject in school was/is recess, you’re in luck! Cooper Street in Downtown Santa Cruz will be closed off and turned into an all-ages playground complete with dodgeball, hopscotch, tetherball, corn hole, and huge building blocks. Unlike recess back in the day, this one will have a live DJ!

Get more info here.

Rose Royce

When: 7/6 at 6:30 pm & 8:30 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Cost: Free

Friday Night Bands on the Beach continues with Grammy Award-winning R&B funksters Rose Royce of “Car Wash” fame, performing two free concerts back to back at 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm. Come early and claim your spot on the sand for one or both of the evening’s shows.

Get more info here.

Improv Playhouse of San Francisco

When: 7/6 at 8:00 pm
Where: Center Stage Theater
Cost: $20 +service fee

No need to drive up to the city when you can catch Improv Playhouse of San Francisco right here in Santa Cruz. This one-night only show will feature the troupe’s popular 3-act improvised play, “The Naked Stage”.

Get more info here.

Light In The Shadows

When: 7/6 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Food Lounge
Cost: Free

Following her debut First Friday fundraiser featuring the photography of children from the Wat Leu Village, photographer Gina Orlando is back at the Food Lounge with a project that hits closer to home. Her new exhibit features the photography of the Downtown Streets Team. Enjoy live music, a food pop-up, and the opportunity to meet many of the artists whose work will be on display.

Get more info here.

Civic Open House

When: 7/6 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
Cost: Free

Open House at the Civic is perfect for local history buffs, anyone who’s ever attended an event there, and anyone interested in learning more about its future. Enjoy a tour, an unveiling of updates to the
Civics’ evolving History Project and new multi-media equipment, and 1940’s Happy Hour pricing
on popcorn with purchase of a 2018’s drink. This would make a great stop on your First Friday tour in Downtown Santa Cruz.

Get more info here.

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Saturday

Garden Railroad Open House

When: 7/7 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Where: 419 Ocean View Ave.
Cost: Free

All aboard! Don’t miss this unique opportunity to view working model trains in a garden setting filled with scale plants and structures. If you’re a returning guest, you can look forward to many new additions. Bring the kids, bring the grandpas, and everyone in between!

Get more info here.

Star Stroll

When: 7/7 from 9:00 pm to 10:30 pm
Where: Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
Cost: Event is free; parking is $10

The hike to the Observation Deck at Henry Cowell is one of our all-time favorites. Here’s an opportunity to experience it at night beneath the starry sky. Be sure to meet at the campground section of Henry Cowell, located off Graham Hill Road.

Get more info here.

Friends of SCPL Summer Book Sale

When: 7/7 – 7/8 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Downtown Public Library
Cost: Free

If you’re looking for some great summer reads and inspiration, head to the Downtown Branch Library for a two-day Summer Book Sale hosted by The Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries. You’ll find a curated variety of books in many genres including fiction, crafts, DIY, and cookbooks. Proceeds benefit Santa Cruz Public Libraries.

Get more info here.

SoulShakers at the Steel Bonnet

When: 7/7 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Where: Steel Bonnet Brewing Co.
Cost: No cover

The following three things alone would make for a great Saturday night, but you’ll find them all in one place: live music by Carie and the SoulShakers, delicious food by pop-up favorite Areperia831, and small batch craft beer by Steel Bonnet Brewing Company—a great place to hang out with friends!

Get more info here.

A Tribute Night of Led Zepplin & Jimi Hendrix Music

When: 7/7 at 8:00 pm
Where: Michaels on Main
Cost: $10 adv./$10 door Dance

We are loving the music scene at Michael’s on Main these days! On this particular evening, Zepplin and Hendrix fans can relive some great music by two tribute bands, Shred Zepplin and Liquid Sky. Expect a danceable good time!

Get more info here.

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Sunday

Contra Dance

When: 7/8 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Veterans Memorial Hall 846 Front Street, Santa Cruz
Cost: $8-12 suggested donation

Bring a partner or come alone for a day of New England folk dancing fun! Everyone is welcome and no experience is necessary. In fact, there’s a free lesson 20 minutes before the event begins. Check out a video introducing contra dancing here.

Get more info here.

SCM Makers Market Felton

When: 7/8 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where: 6134 Highway 9 Felton – Mountain Community Resources
Cost: FREE

The Santa Cruz Mountains Makers Market returns this Sunday in Felton. Shop for unique items from over 40 local artists and crafters while enjoying free live music by Lindsey Wall, Bobcat Rob Armenti, and Aj Lee + Jesse Fichman. On top of that, there will be beer on tap by New Bohemian Brewing Co. and food truck eats by Ate3One. Sunday Funday in Felton!

Get more info here.

Friends of SCPL Summer Book Sale

See Description Under Saturday Section

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Upcoming Events You Don’t Want to Miss

SCM Makers Market Pop-up at The Closet Shopper Eastside

What: SCM Makers Market Pop-up at The Closet Shopper Eastside
Where: The Closet Shopper Eastside 1203 41st Ave. Capitola, CA
When: Sunday, July 15 from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Have you checked out the Closet Shopper’s new eastside location? Now’s your chance to not only shop for great deals on recycled fashion, but to enjoy a fun parking lot pop-up with 12 local artists. Shop to live music by Lauren Wahl Music & Simply Put, and bring an appetite for G’s Mexican Tacos.

Get more info here.

Church Street Fair – Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music

What: Church Street Fair
Where: Downtown Santa Cruz
When: Saturday 8.4 & Sunday 8.5, 2018 | 11am – 7pm

Get ready for a street fair like no other, with art, food, wine, and non-stop music and dance performances from around the world. Kids will love the creativity tent and the highlight of the weekend, a free family concert which includes a tour of the orchestra!

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.

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