This Weekend in Santa Cruz: Feb. 12th – 14th, 2016

Chocolate, art, appreciation for nature, and of course love are all in the air this Valentine’s Day weekend.

Whether you plan to take a Romance in the Redwoods hike with your partner or check out The Comedy Strippers with a group of friends, Santa Cruz is offering plenty of different ways to celebrate.

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


Artisan Food Market- Valentine Style

When: 2/12 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Food Lounge

When we say the Artisan Food Market has it all, we mean it: food vendors, unique gifts for your special someone, live music, and a newly remodeled bar including local beer, wine, cider and artisan cocktails.

Get more info here.

Aloha Friday

When: 2/12 from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Pono Hawaiian Grill
Cost: No cover; $10 suggested donation

We’ve finally seen an uptick in rain here in Santa Cruz, so what better way to celebrate than with a tropical storm in the form of Island Breeze? This trio of Hawaiian-influenced musicians is always fun, relaxed, and hula dance-friendly.

Get more info here.

The Wheel Love Ride

When: 2/12 at 7:00 pm
Where: Meets at the Bike Church on Pacific Ave.
Cost: Free

Get ready for a fun and safe night on the town with cyclists of all ages and experience levels. Expect costumes, bike decorations, and dance breaks along your 7-10 mile ride through city streets.

Get more info here.

2016 Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Convocation


When: 2/12 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
Cost: Free

Santa Cruz welcomes Alicia Garza, one of the social activists behind the Black Lives Matter movement, to speak about the advancement of people of color and queer communities at the 32nd Annual UCSC MLK Convocation.

Get more info here.

 Also on Friday

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A Very Pleasure(able) Point Valentine’s


When: 2/13 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Where: 907 41st Avenue, Santa Cruz
Cost: Free

Shop local and unique at this 1-day Valentines-themed popup featuring the iconic art of Jimbo Phillips, minimalist seaglass jewelry from This Tiny Ocean, lovingly handmade handplanes from Shelter, Skate and Crossfit inspired graphics from Badass Skatemom, microbatched coffee from Iris, and handmade surfboards and surf and bike related goods from Eastside Industries, plus special guests Ashby Confections and Primrose and Lace Lingerie!

Get more info here.

Migration Festival

When: 2/13 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Where: Natural Bridges State Beach
Cost: Day-use parking fee $10

Is it time to say goodbye to the monarchs already? Celebrate the migration of butterflies, whales, birds, and many other species at this family-friendly event which offers games and crafts for kids, live music, educational booths and displays, and habitat-cake for everyone!

Get more info here.

For the Love of Chocolate

When: 2/13 from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Where: New Leaf Community Markets (Westside, Downtown, Capitola)
Cost: Free

New Leaf will offer chocolate lovers all over Santa Cruz the chance to sample the best of the best and buy a special selection for their Valentine (or secret chocolate stash).

Get more info here.

ArtSmart Family Concert: Música Colibrí – Music of Latin America with John Santos

When: 2/13 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Veteran’s Memorial Building
Cost: $10 – $15 OR use your library Discover & Go pass for free admission

Enjoy beats influenced by Mexico, Puerto Rica, Cuba, and many other Latin American countries and cultures at this family concert featuring 5-time Grammy-nominated percussionist John Santos.

Tandy Beal & Company’s ArtSmart Family Concert Series continues monthly through May and strives to offer affordable, artistic entertainment for folks of all ages.

Get more info here.

The Comic Strippers


When: 2/13 from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Where: Rio Theatre
Cost: $30

If your idea of a good time skews more toward comedy club than strip club, then you’ll love this at times risque parody of male strippers, featuring some of Canada’s most beloved improv comedy actors. Just be sure to leave the little ones at home for this show.

Get more info here.

House of Boys Art + Design Art Opening


When: 2/13 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Sawyer Land & Sea Supply
Cost: Free

Local artist Caryn Owen uses soft colors and blurred designs to create abstract art that is as intriguing as it is aesthetically pleasing. Enjoy this art opening and pre-Valentines celebration complete with complimentary Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyards wine and Pure Heart Chocolate truffles.

Get more info here.

Also on Saturday

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Downtown Santa Cruz Antique Faire

When: 2/14 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where: Downtown Farmers’ Market
Cost: Free

Make it a vintage Valentine’s Day date at the Santa Cruz Antique Faire! Learn more about the Antique Faire here. 

Get more info here.

Romance in the Redwoods

When: 2/14 at 1:00 pm
Where: Big Basin Redwoods State Park
Cost: Day-use parking fee $10

Enjoy a mellow two-hour walk through the Redwoods as you learn about the courtship and mating habits of native plant and animal species. If you want to escape the commercialism this Valentine’s Day, this is a great opportunity to do so.

Get more info here.

Also on Sunday

Featured Upcoming Event

Pints for Paddling: Outrigger Santa Cruz Fundraiser and Information


Don’t miss this great opportunity to learn more about outrigger canoe paddling from the friendly folks at Outrigger Santa Cruz. 20% of beer sales benefits the OSC club so they can continue providing fun programs for racing, fitness, recreation, and family. Mark your calendar!
Get more info here.

What: OSC Fundraiser & Info
Where: Discretion Brewing Co.
When: Monday, 2/22, from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm

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About Blair Stenvick

Blair Stenvick is a freelance writer who has lived in Santa Cruz for four years.