This Weekend in Santa Cruz: June 3rd – 5th, 2016

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Take your pick of festivals each day this weekend, from film to Japanese culture to Santa Cruz Pride. It’s true, event season has begun in Santa Cruz!

In addition to the unveiling of a new skate park, treat yourself to the symphony with a surf-themed twist, and of course, First Friday is always a fun way to get things started.

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

Friday

A Touch of Africa in Santa Cruz

When: 6/2 – 6/5 from 9:30 am to 10:00 pm
Where: Louden Nelson Community Center
Cost: $17/class, $20/performance

A Touch of Africa in Santa Cruz starts on Thursday and runs through Sunday. The event will feature African art, dance and musical performances, along with workshops, arts and crafts, and an African fashion show. Local favorites, SambaDá will perform on Saturday, and dance troup, Diamano Coura (see video below) will perform on Sunday.

Get more info here.

Santa Cruz Film Festival

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When: 6/1 – 6/5 at 12:00 pm
Where: The Tannery Arts Center
Cost: General Admission@ $11.00 each, Student/Senior (65+) @ $10.00 each

The Santa Cruz Film Festival begins mid-week, but will still be going strong this weekend. This year’s venues range from the expected (Rio Theatre) to the unexpected (restaurants, surf shops, museums, redwood meadows!).

Get more info here.

42nd Annual UCSC Student Print Sale

When: 6/3 – 6/4 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Where: Elena Baskin Visual Arts Center
Cost: Free, Parking $4

At the end of every school year, the art students at UCSC show off their best work and sell a wide variety of affordable prints, handmade books, etchings, woodcuts, and much more.  You just might find your new favorite living room decoration right here.

Get more info here.

Also on Friday

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Saturday

Bonny Doon Art, Wine & Brew Festival 2016

When: 6/4 from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Where: Bonny Doon Equestrian Park
Cost: $49 until June 3 and $69 at the gate

Enjoy wine and craft brew tastings in the redwoods with great live music from Abalone Trio and Extra Large. Proceeds from this event benefit Bonny Doon Elementary School.

Get more info here.

Redwood Mountain Faire

Redwood Mountain Faire 2016

When: 6/4 – 6/5 from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
Where: Roaring Camp
Cost: Adults $29, Student/Senior $20, Kids 12 and Under is Free

The Redwood Mountain Faire comes to Roaring Camp this Saturday and Sunday. This two-day festival includes great music, locally made food and drinks, arts & crafts, and a kid zone.

Get more info here.

11th Annual Capitola Rod & Custom Classic Car Show

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When: 6/4 at 9:00 am to 6/5 at 2:00 PM
Where: Esplanade
Cost: Free

A wide variety of over 300 classic cars, from coupes to roadsters, will be on display at this weekend’s show.  There will also be vendors, live music, a raffle, awards, and much more.

Get more info here.

30th Annual Japanese Cultural Fair

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When: 6/4 from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park
Cost: Free

Celebrate our neighbors across the Pacific by gathering at the Mission Plaza and participate in cultural festivities, including traditional dancing, food, and arts and crafts. Additional workshops and demonstrations will be held at nearby Aikido of Santa Cruz and the Zen Center.

Get more info here.

Surfin’ with the Symphony & Special Guests Papa Doo Run Run

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When: 6/4 from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
Cost: $27 – $72 A Buy One, Get One offer has just been announced!

This weekend symphony fans will be treated to an “only in Santa Cruz” symphony experience. Surfing with the Symphony is a family-friendly Pops Concert, featuring Papa Doo Run Run. Come early for a street party in front of the Civic beginning at 6:00 PM.

Get more info here.

Grand Opening and Dedication of the Monte Family Skateboard Park

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When: 6/4 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Where: McGregor Multiuse Park

Come out and celebrate the opening of our newest skate park this weekend with the grand opening of the Monte Family Skate Park at McGregor Multiuse Park in Capitola.

Get more info here.

A Touch of Africa in Santa Cruz

See Description Under Friday Section

Santa Cruz Film Festival

See Description Under Friday Section

42nd Annual UCSC Student Print Sale

See Description Under Friday Section

Also on Saturday

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Sunday

AVANT GARDEN PARTY

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When: 6/5 from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Where: “The Garden” 2701 Monterey Ave., Soquel
Cost: $20 – $25

Support local musical troupe New Music Works at this event which is tucked away in the heart of Soquel in an idyllic garden. The Avant Garden Party Benefit will welcome a wide range of talented musicians, along with Hula and Polynesian dancers, to the stage. Tasty treats will be provided by Chef Jozeph from India Joze.

Get more info here.

2016 Santa Cruz Pride Parade & Festival

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When: 6/5 at 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Where: Downtown Santa Cruz
Cost: Free

Over the years, Santa Cruz Pride has grown from a small gathering to a whole downtown celebration.  Whether you’re a member of the LGBTQ community or a proud ally, you’re welcome to join in the fun this Sunday which includes a parade down Pacific Ave. and festival where the Wednesday Farmers Market meets.

Get more info here.

A Touch of Africa in Santa Cruz

See Description Under Friday Section

Santa Cruz Film Festival

See Description Under Friday Section

Redwood Mountain Faire

See Description Under Saturday Section

11th Annual Capitola Rod & Custom Classic Car Show

See Description Under Saturday Section

Also on Sunday

Featured Upcoming Event

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Celebrate the life of Santa Cruz waterman Jay Moriarty and paddle in his honor at the 15th Annual Jay Race, a paddle board race and benefit for Santa Cruz County Junior Lifeguards, Ocean of Hope, and Ride-A-Wave.

Get more info here.

What: Jay Moriarity Memorial Paddleboard Race
Where: Capitola-by-the-Sea
When: Saturday, June 18 at 7:00 am


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About Ethan Oates

Ethan Oates fell in love with Santa Cruz while visiting as a child. He has lived in Santa Cruz since the mid ’90’s, and is happiest when spending time with his family.

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