This Weekend in Santa Cruz: June 29th – July 1st, 2018

Gotta love a weekend that starts off with a full moon forest adventure and ends with art and music at the beach.

Saturday features a Roller Derby Double Header, the annual Medicine Buddha Festival, and an afternoon for hard cider enthusiasts.

Be sure to scroll down to the bottom of this post to start planning some Fourth of July fun!

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

Friday

Full Moon Madness

When: 6/29 at 6:00 pm
Where: Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
Cost: Free, parking is $10

What a fun way to experience Henry Cowell—at night, under a full(ish) moon, with family-friendly activities, and an expert astronomer sharing their knowledge of and passion for the night sky. There will be telescopes for stargazing, kids’s crafts, and guided hikes throughout the night.

Get more info here.

RENT, The Musical

When: 6/29 – 6/30 at 7:30 pm & 7/1 at 2:00 pm
Where: Cabrillo Crocker Theater
Cost: $21 to $46

Catch this classic Broadway musical/rock opera on the Cabrillo stage. Based on Puccini’s beloved opera La Bohème, RENT follows seven artists, living in Manhattan’s East Village, struggling to follow their dreams without selling out and while trying to pay the rent (so Santa Cruz-y). RENT weaves themes of addiction, poverty, and HIV/AIDS with celebrations of friendship, creativity, and love. Runs June 28 – July 15.

Get more info here.

Los Lobos

When: 6/29 at 6:30 pm & 8:30 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Cost: Free

Los Lobos returns and will be rockin’ the Boardwalk with their mixture of Tex-Mex, blues, country, folk, R&B and traditional Mexican music. Of course, nothing excites the crowd as much as their hit “La Bamba”. Last year we stayed for both shows and if we remember correctly, they did not play La Bamba at the first show, but they rocked it out at the second. Arrive early and claim your spot in the sand!

Get more info here.

Santa Cruz Food Truck Party

When: 6/29 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Where: San Lorenzo Park
Cost: Free admission

Don’t miss a non-Halloween opportunity to dress up as your favorite superhero and show off your special powers, which hopefully include food truck feasting. Participating food trucks include Saucy’z, Drunk Monkey, The Choke Coach, G’s Mexican Tacos, Rogue Pye, and Aunt Lali’s. Enjoy beer from Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing and wine from Bargetto’s. We hear there are special Food Truck pint glasses!

Get more info here.

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Saturday

Santa Cruz Derby Girls Double Header

When: 6/30 at 4:30 pm & 6:45 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
Cost: $11 – $33

The action starts off at 4:30 when the Seabright Sirens take on the Monterey Derby Dames. The main event features the Santa Cruz Derby Girls’ top team, the Boardwalk Bombshells, against the Oakland Outlaws.

If you want to see Derby at its best, this is the place to be. Our very own Boardwalk Bombshells are currently ranked #17 in the world!

Tickets are selling fast so grab yours today! Use promo code SCLife18 for 10% off tickets. We’re also giving away a pair of FREE tickets. Find out more and enter to win, here.

Get more info here.

16th Annual Medicine Buddha Festival and Cultural Fair

When: 6/30 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Where: Land of Medicine Buddha
Cost: Free – Everyone is welcome!

If you’ve visited Land of Medicine Buddha, then you know what a special place it is. This annual festival is a great opportunity to learn more and experience the Buddhist community coming together for a grand day of celebration and offering. Take in music and dance performances, food and drink, information and healing booths, shopping for unique gifts, and plenty of activities for the kids.

Your best bet for getting there is to park offsite at Congregational Church and take a free shuttle bus. There is also onsite parking for $20.

Get more info here.

Street Smarts Family Bike Ride

When: 6/30 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Where: Laurel Park/Louden Nelson Center
Cost: Free

A community bike ride, bike safety activities, and free Penny Ice Cream is not a bad way to start a Saturday. In fact, it’s a great way for the whole family to have fun while learning together, along with Mayor Terrazas, Santa Cruz police officers, and Santa Cruz Warriors mascot, Mav’Riks.

Get more info here.

Hard Core Cider Tour – Santa Cruz

When: 6/30 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Where: San Lorenzo Park – Benchlands
Cost: Online $40, Door $50; Group and designated driver rates available

Hard cider lovers, head on down to San Lorenzo Park for an afternoon of unlimited craft cider sampling. Food trucks, live music, and jumbo lawn games round out this cider celebration. As part of their commitment to reinvesting in the local community, The Hard Core Cider Tour will be raising funds for Bike Santa Cruz County and Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz County.

Get more info here.

RENT, The Musical

See Description Under Friday Section

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Sunday

Free Guided Tour of the UCSC Farm

When: 7/1 at 2:00 pm
Where: Cowell Ranch Historic Hay Barn
Cost: Free

It’s a little known fact that the UCSC Farm & Garden is open to the public every day and offers free, docent-led tours on the first Sunday of the month from April through November. The Farm features tractor-worked fields, hand-worked gardens, orchards, greenhouses, a children’s garden and more. Read about how to enjoy the Farm year round here.

Get more info here.

Art and Music At The Beach

When: 7/1 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where: Capitola Village
Cost: Free

Sundays were made for art, music, and the beach. Make your way to Capitola Village for all three! Enjoy the sounds of Brazil and Argentina with a twist of jazz as Samba Cruz plays on the Esplanade Stage while you view and shop artwork by local artists including painting, photography, sculpture, jewelry and mixed media.

Get more info here.

RENT, The Musical

See Description Under Friday Section

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Upcoming Events You Don’t Want to Miss

Santa Cruz 4th of July Events

4th of July events in Santa Cruz County include old-fashioned celebrations at Wilder Ranch and Roaring Camp, two official fireworks shows, and parades spanning from Watsonville to San Lorenzo Valley.

Check out our Fourth of July event roundup and start planning your holiday fun!

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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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