This Weekend in Santa Cruz: April 22nd – 24th, 2016


Earth Day festivities continue this weekend along with celebrations of surf, aloha shirts, jazz on the wharf, and wine.

And in true Santa Cruz form, you’ll find cultural events centered around the themes of social, environmental, economic, and global justice.

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


Earth Week at Seymour


When: 4/19 – 4/24 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where: Seymour Marine Discovery Center
Cost: Free

During Earth Week anyone who arrives to the Seymour Center via public transportation, bike or foot receives free admission. Learn about marine life, coastal geology, and how scientific research works to conserve the world’s oceans. Take a tour of the marine mammal research overlook, explore the touch pools if you’re feeling brave, and don’t miss Ms. Blue, the whale!

Get more info here.

SurfAid Cup Benefit Night

When: 4/22 from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Where: Surftech Santa Cruz 
Cost: $25

Drink, dine and enjoy live music for a good cause! This benefit event is the preliminary celebration for the SurfAid Cup, a  fundraising surf competition taking place Saturday morning at Pleasure Point. The organization works to bring health aid to Indonesian island communities. Along with food, drink and tunes, there will also be a raffle, and presentation by SurfAid Founder, Dr. Dave Jenkins.

Get more info here.

May Day Labor Film Festival


When: 4/21 – 5/1, times vary
Where: Locations throughout the county
Cost: Voluntary Donation 

As part of the 2016 Reel Work May Day Labor Film Festival, two films will be presented this weekend revolving around the theme of civil and labor rights for working people. Reel Work’s goal is to increase community awareness of the history of the labor movement, and the role of work in people’s lives through independent, documentary film.

Get more info here.

Also on Friday

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Book Reading and Discussion: The Aloha Shirt: Spirit of the Islands with author Dale Hope

When: 4/23 at 7:30 pm
Where: Patagonia Santa Cruz
Cost: Free

Can’t find the perfect scenario to wear that favorite Hawaiian shirt of yours? Problem solved. This event is all about that island style. Each season Patagonia selects a unique print for the Limited Edition Patahola Shirt and Dress. Join the Patagonia Outlet in celebrating the 30th anniversary release of the Patahola shirt. Dale Hope, second generation Hawaiian shirt-maker and author of The Aloha Shirt: Spirit of the Islands will be reading from his book, and discussing the colorful history of the iconic clothing.

Get more info here.

The Big Stick Logjam!

When: 4/23 – 4/24 All Day
Where: Pleasure Point
Cost: Free for spectators; See website for registration info.

The Big Stick Surfing Association, a family-oriented social surf club, partners with SurfAid for the 16th annual Logjam! This surf coalition attracts top surfers and surf clubs from all of California. If you aren’t surfing, settle in at 32nd and East Cliff to watch the exciting competition. This is a “classic, old school long-board surf contest,” so expect to see pre-1970 vintage surfboards with no cords, reminiscent of the early years of California surfing. 

Get more info here.

UCSC Bioneers Conference


When: 4/23 – 4/24 at 9:00 am
Where: University of California Santa Cruz 
Cost: Free and open to the public

This two-day event takes place on the beautiful UCSC Campus and is for anyone interested in social and environmental justice, and motivated to make a difference in their community. The educational event features over 30 workshops and plenaries dealing with climate change activism, body positivity, and more! There will also be delicious food, music, and a chance to network with visionary local activists and scholars.

Get more info here.

Peace Corps Special Event: Earth Day Gardening

When: 4/23 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Homeless Garden Project
Cost: Free 

Ever been interested in joining the Peace Corps? This is your chance to learn about Peace Corps Volunteer experiences while helping out with the Homeless Garden Project for Earth Day. Bring your gardening gloves for a day of gardening at the beautiful Homeless Garden Project Farm near Natural Bridges. All the while, learn and discuss what it’s like to travel and volunteer abroad with the Peace Corps. 

Get more info here.

Homegrown @ The Hayloft


When: 4/23 at 7:00 pm
Where: Odd Fellows Hall
Cost: $10 presale/ $15 door

Rock out to The Coffis Brothers and Sugar by the Pound this Saturday night at the newly renovated Odd Fellows Hall in historic Boulder Creek. Proceeds from this event will help support local non-profit BCRPD Foundation and Laurel Hillerson-Spear, a local resident who was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer.

Get more info here.

Earth Week

See Description Under Friday Section

Also on Saturday

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Earth Day/Day of the Child


When: 4/24 from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Where: Ramsay Park Soccer Field in Watsonville
Cost: Free

Come out and celebrate youth and the environment at Ramsay Park! There will be 50 organizations and community services joining together at the event, each with booths offering info about local resources and fun activities for kids and families. There will also be a number of local children and teen musical and dance acts to enjoy on the main stage, food, raffle prizes, and a bounce house!

Get more info here.

BBQ and Steam Train Rides at Swanton Pacific Railroad

When: 4/24 from 10:30 am to 4:00 pm
Where: Swanton Pacific Ranch & Railroad in Davenport
Cost: $15 youth; $25 adult

This event is SOLD OUT! (The next railroad/bbq/music/ranch event is October 9 – look for the reservation form mid-September) Ride the same steam locomotive that ran 100 years ago at the San Fransisco fairgrounds! The Swanton Pacific Steam Railroad is quite the experience. It’s as if you are traveling back in time as you ride on this old train while enjoying views of Davenport, a BBQ lunch, music, ranch activities and more.

Get more info here.

3rd Annual Sip & Nibble Celebration and Silent Auction


When: 4/24 from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Where: Bargetto Winery
Cost: $15 advance/$20 door

Enter to win a trip to Disneyland and other fantastic prizes at the 3rd Annual Sip & Nibble Silent Auction. After you place your bids, taste local wine paired with delicious snacks and listen to live soulful Americana music from the Crooked Branches Band. This 21 and over event will be held on the lovely outdoor patio at Bargetto Winery. Proceeds benefit Santa Cruz Parent Education Nursery School, a non-profit parent participation preschool serving the Santa Cruz community for over forty  years.   

Get more info here.

Jazz on the Wharf


When: 4/24 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf
Cost: Free

What’s better than listening to jazz with an ocean view on a beautiful Santa Cruz day? Not much! Stroll along the wharf, dine, shop and enjoy the views with live jazz as your soundtrack. Top jazz musicians will be performing  everything from smooth jazz to swing along the wharf and inside select restaurants.

Get more info here.

Hangover Sundays at Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing! NOW SERVING BRUNCH!!


When: 4/24 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing

Nothing like a little hair of the dog to remedy the pain that comes the morning after an evening of drinking. Cure that hangover with a chavela or beermosa at Hangover Sundays at Santa Cruz Mountain Brewery. And as nutritious as a chavela may be alone, brunch is now also being served! You really can have it all. 

Get more info here.

The Big Stick Logjam!

See Description Under Saturday Section

UCSC Bioneeres Conference

See Description Under Saturday Section

Earth Week

See Description Under Friday Section

Also on Sunday

Featured Upcoming Event


What’s more family friendly than racing 12,000 rubber ducks down a slip ‘n’ slide? You kind of have to see it to believe it. Carnival games, prizes, food, and entertainment will round out the day at Omega Nu’s 26th Annual Ducky Derby.

Get more info here.

What: Omega Nu’s Annual Ducky Derby
Where: Harvey West Park Friendship Gardens
When: Saturday, April 30, from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm

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About Leslie Chavez

Leslie Chavez moved to Santa Cruz to study literature at UCSC some years ago and loved it so much she decided to stay! She now works in travel and tourism and enjoys writing about the things that make Santa Cruz so great! You can find her running along West Cliff, hiking in the redwoods or exploring the newest restaurant or happening around town. Follow her adventures here.