This Weekend in Santa Cruz: July 7th – 9th, 2017

Without a doubt, this weekend’s main event takes place on Sunday with an epic celebration of the life of Jack O’Neill paddle out.

The first weekend of July also brings First Friday festivities, Santa Cruz Shakespeare’s season opener, and a truly unique event in the forest of Bonny Doon.

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:

Photos for Futures

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

What happens when you hand out digital cameras to a group of school children in rural Cambodia? Find out at the Food Lounge on First Friday. This fundraiser features the photography of Gina Orlando and the children of Wat Leu Village. Enjoy live music, a food pop-up, craft cocktails, and a drawing for some awesome local prizes.

Get more info here.

Additional First Friday Santa Cruz Events

 Santa Cruz Shakespeare: The 39 Steps

When: 7/7 – 7/8 at 8:00 pm
Where: The Grove at DeLaveaga Park
Cost: $25, $50, $55

Santa Cruz Shakespeare season returns for its second season at The Grove in Delaveaga Park. Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps, directed by Paul Mullins, will feature four actors taking on over 150 roles! Catch it opening weekend or some time before September 3.

Get more info here.

Free Friday Night Bands on the Beach: Quiet Riot

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

Feel the noize and get wild, wild, wild with Quiet Riot featuring our very own James Durbin! Walk, ride your bike, or take the trolley and bang your head at the 6:30 or 8:30 pm show.

Get more info here.

Keystone Korner 45th Anniversary Celebration

When: 7/7 at 7:00 pm
Where: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
Cost: $30/Advance $35/Day of Show No Comp Tix

Calling all jazz enthusiasts to celebrate the 45th anniversary of San Francisco’s famed Keystone Korner jazz club. Former owner, Todd Barkan, has assembled an all-star lineup featuring  saxophonists Charles McPherson, Gary Bartz and Azar Lawrence, bassist Ray Drummond and several other special guest artists who have been part of the amazing Keystone Korner legacy.

Get more info here.

Farm to Table Wine Dinner – Featuring Cinnabar Winery

When: 7/7 from 6:30 pm to 5:00 pm
Where: Chaminade Resort & Spa
Cost: $110

Enjoy an evening of local food and wine from the Central Coast prepared by Chef Nicholas Church at the July installment of the Farm to Table Wine Dinner series. You’ll get to take in Chaminade’s great panoramic views and enjoy a relaxing atmosphere as you meet and mingle with guests, the chef, vintners and local farm representatives. Reservations required.

Get more info here.

 Also on Friday

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2nd Annual Santa Cruz Summer Showdown Roundnet Tournament

When: 7/8 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where: Seabright Beach
Cost: Free to watch! 

This weekend, Seabright Beach will be home to the largest Roundnet (Spikeball) tournament ever held in the Bay Area. This modified version of volleyball meets four square is played around a round trampoline-like net, hence the name. With over 50 teams competing this will be a great spectator sport at the beach that may inspire you to give it a try!

Get more info here.

Cyanotype Workshop

When: 7/8 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Cost: $20 Adult | $15 Children | $5 off for Museum Members

Get in touch with nature and your creative side at this workshop led by local artist Marlene Mirassou. Make one of a kind prints of California native plants using the power of the sun—a photographic printing process known as cyanotype. All ages are welcome.

Get more info here.

Santa Cruz Baroque Festival: Boomeria Organ Extravaganza

When: 7/8 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Where: Chapel Royal
Cost: Advance tickets are $50; $60 at the door. Admission is free for children 14 and under when accompanied by parent or guardian

Beloved high school physics and chemistry teacher, “The Boom,” restored and built upon the Boomeria pipe organ with his San Lorenzo High School students. A labor of love, over the years it became an impressive 2500 pipe instrument. Set up in the forest of Bonny Doon, you can listen to and even crawl through the organ itself. Beer, wine, soda and snacks will be available.

Get more info here.

 Also on Saturday

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SCM Makers Market

When: 7/9 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where: Mountain Community Resources
Cost: Free Admission

Over 40 artists and crafters will show their wares at the Santa Cruz Mountains Makers Market. Enjoy food and live music while you shop and support Mountain Community Resources non-profit.

Get more info here.

Celebration of the Life of Jack O’Neill Paddle Out

When: 7/9 starting at 11:00 am
Where: Pleasure Point

The O’Neill family would like to invite everyone to join a paddle out in honor of Jack’s life and adventures. There will be numerous paddle outs worldwide simultaneously, but locally you’ll find the daylong celebration at Jack’s favorite beach, Pleasure Point, starting at 11:00 AM. Plan to arrive early as Pleasure Point streets will be closed to public parking.

Get more info here.

Also on Sunday

Featured Upcoming Event

What: Celebrating 50 Years of Volunteerism
Where: Sesnon House, 6500 Soquel Dr
When: Saturday July 29th

Cost: $40 in advance or $120 for a family of four. $45 at the door.

In celebration of a half century of local volunteerism through the Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County, all community members are invited to attend a big birthday bash featuring a summer BBQ, drinks, dessert, live music, auction items, and fun activities for all ages.

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.