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

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This weekend brings art exhibits galore with First Friday events around town.

Also happening this weekend, learn the unique and ancient art of bonsai, experience the Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre accompanied by a live quartet, and get a head start on Easter celebrations.

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. Here are a few ideas to get started:

Art Twistory: The Temples at Burning Man


When: 4/7 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Louden Nelson Community Center
Cost: $10 donation appreciated, $5 students and seniors.

This presentation of photos depicts and examines the annual week-long gathering that is Burning Man. If you’ve never gotten a chance to see it for yourself, this is a great opportunity to catch a glimpse into the event that has been described as an art festival, circus, social experiment, rave, camp-out and so much more. The photographs of Lori VanMeter bring you behind the scenes of the traditions and meaning of Burning Man and the annual creation and destruction of its temples.

Get more info here.

Also on Friday

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Easter on the Farm


When: Saturday, April 8 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Where: Agricultural History Project Center and Museum
Cost: Free

Celebrate the beginning of spring on the farm! Age-based egg hunts will be held every hour starting at 11:15 am and that is just the beginning. Enjoy hat and basket making, hayrides, a puppet show in the new puppet theater, tractor driving, mural painting, and more!

Get more info here.

Capitola Mall Bunny Bash


When: Saturday, April 8 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Where: Capitola Mall
Cost: Free

Hop on over to the mall for a fun-for-the-whole-family celebration. Activities include face painting, balloon twisters, a marionette show, crafts, games, and more. Free Easter buckets while supplies last so be sure to get there early.

Get more info here.

Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre In Concert


When: 4/8 at 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm
Where: Cabrillo Crocker Theater
Cost: $13 to $25

Experience something different this weekend with the Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre. There will be a diverse mixed collection of performances including the “Paquita,” a classic dance with Spanish flair and Peasant Pas de Deux from the romantic “Giselle.” Plus, never before seen choreography by award-winning Robert Kelley performed to a live string quartet! There will also be some performances by the Junior and Petite Company dancers. Pirouette over for an evening of fine art and entertainment right here in our own community.

Get more info here.

Santa Cruz Bonsai Kai 29th Annual Exhibit

When: 4/8 – 4/9 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where: MAH
Cost: $5

Have you ever wanted to learn bonsai, a unique art form that dates back 3000 years? Now is your chance! The Santa Cruz Bonsai Kai is a local club devoted to promoting bonsai and they will be exhibiting trees over the weekend. The highlight will be on 2pm each day when bonsai masters demonstrate the techniques of creating an artistic tree. There will even be a chance for you to purchase a bonsai of your own. Other activities include taiko and martial arts performances, as well as Sumi-e Japanese ink painting and origami crane demonstrations.

Get more info here.

Snowy Plover Mud Stompin’

When: 4/8 from 9:30 am to 12 noon
Where: Elkhorn Slough
Cost: Free, but registration required

Walk along the salt ponds of the Moss Landing Wildlife Area to view and help protect the threatened Western snowy plovers as they begin nesting. Spread nesting materials and help create well camouflaged and safe pockets for eggs and new born chicks. Arrive early in the morning ready to trek through muddy sand and bring your binoculars to spot some magnificent wildlife.

Get more info here.

The Art of Nature Exhibit


When: 4/8 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Cost: $0-$4
Open April 8th – June 18th

Art and science combine to showcase nature at the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History. Celebrate the artists who bring natural science to life through art in the annual Art of Nature exhibit. There will be a variety of media used to highlight subjects such as insects, plants, birds, mammals, landscapes and microorganisms. There will even be an illustration station for you to try drawing some insects and mammals of your own. A great chance to learn something new and test out some new skills.

Get more info here.

Also on Saturday

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NEW WORK : Bianco / Hazels / Hiers / Niven

When: April 9 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Where: Radius Gallery (at Tannery Arts Center)
Cost: Free

Join the artists featured in Radius Gallery’s newest exhibition, New Work, as they lead conversation about their pieces. Featured artists include: Sarah Bianco (paintings on wood with acrylic, oil, and graphite), Ann Hazels (clay and metal), Peter Hiers (sculptures in rubber), and Margaret Niven (drawings on paper).

Get more info here.

Santa Cruz Bonsai Kai 29th Annual Exhibit

See Description Under Friday Section

Also on Sunday

Featured Upcoming Event


What: Spring Concert – “For the Beauty of the Earth”
Where: Calvary Episcopal Church
When: April 22 at 8:00 pm and April 23 at 4:00 pm

Cost: In advance—$12 General/Senior, $5 Student; Door—$15 General, $12 Senior, $5 Student

In the spirit of Earth Day, join Ariose Singers, Santa Cruz’s highly regarded chamber choir, for a concert celebrating the wonder and tribulations of life on our planet. Under the direction of new artistic director, Camille Couture, the concert program features Aaron Copland’s The Lark as well as Frostiana, Randall Thompson’s setting of seven Robert Frost poems.

Get more info here.

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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.