This Weekend in Santa Cruz: Feb. 19th – 21st, 2016


Cooler temperatures and even some rain this week will surely get you in the mood for some clam chowder at Saturday’s 35th Annual Clam Chowder Cook Off and Festival.

For those interested in events with a cause, you can sip wine for Second Harvest, enjoy a piano concert supporting our county’s outstanding music students, or attend a film festival benefitting UCSC’s Wilderness Orientation Scholarship Fund.

Throw in a Santa Cruz Warriors home game, Derby Girls season opener, and a youth surf contest and consider your weekend planned.

See our picks for the top things to do in Santa Cruz each day this weekend:


Santa Cruz Warriors vs. Rio Grande Valley Vipers

When: 2/19 at 7:00 pm
Where: Kaiser Permanente Arena
Cost: $22 – $40

Come cheer on your Santa Cruz Warriors as they take on the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, hailing from Hidalgo, Texas.

Get more info here.

Joe Ferrara

When: 2/19 from 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Where: Shadowbrook Restaurant

Santa Cruz local (and Atlantis Fantasyworld owner) Joe Ferrara’s deep voice gives a soulful take on many classics, including Unchained Melody, If I Were a Rich Man, and over 500 other folk and pop hits. Enjoy some of Shadowbrook’s finest cuisine while Ferrara sets the ambiance.

Get more info here.

3rd Friday: Lightning Talks on Mystery


When: 2/19 from 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History
Cost: $5 General, $3 Students & Seniors, FREE for MAH Members & children under 4

Santa Cruz is home to many mysterious things, including mushrooms, the Santa Cruz Ghost Hunters, and, of course, the Mystery Spot. Delve into the folklore and science behind all these things and much more at the MAH’s 3rd Friday exhibit.

Get more info here.

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour 1449054134777

When: 2/19 – 2/21 from 7:00 pm 10:00 pm
Where: Rio Theatre
Cost: $18

Explore your wild side at the Banff Mountain Film Festival, which features flicks about insane slopes, isolated mountain cultures and extreme mountain sports. Proceeds go to benefit the UCSC Wilderness Orientation Scholarship Fund.

Get more info here.

Also on Friday

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Santa Cruz Derby Girls Season Home Opener


When: 2/20 Doors open at 4:00 PM
Where: Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
Cost: $16 – $32

After a long winter, the Santa Cruz Derby Girls are finally lacing up their skates and getting back on the rink. This season opener is a double header, with the junior Groms up first and the Steamer Janes and Organic Panic facing off for the main event.

Get more info here.

35th Annual Clam Chowder Cook Off & Festival

When: 2/20 Purchase tasting kits at 10:00 am; Public tasting starts at 1:00 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Cost: Tasting kits $10 each

Amateur and professional chefs from all over Northern California will be hitting the Boardwalk this Saturday with one common goal: making the best clam chowder you’ve ever eaten! Each tasting kit comes with six tastings and 100% of Tasting Kit sales benefit Santa Cruz Parks & Recreation.

Get more info here.

Romance on the Rancho Open House

When: 2/20 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Where: Castro Adobe State Historic Park
Cost: Free

Enjoy Mexican hot chocolate, hand-pressed tortillas, and a glimpse into pre‐Gold Rush California life. This event promises to be historical, romantic, and very charming.

Get more info here.

Bicicletas Por La Paz

When: 2/20 at 9:00 PM
Where: The Crepe Place
Cost: $8

This collective of artists, environmentalists and cyclists is biking down to Colombia, where their goal is to create a safe space for displaced individuals to live and access healing arts. You can catch them perform and donate to a great cause at the Crepe Place this Saturday night.

Get more info here.

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

See Description Under Friday Section

Also on Saturday

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Celebrate Piano Ensemble! in Concert

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When: 2/21 at 2:00 pm
Where: UCSC Music Center Recital Hall
Cost: Suggested donation of $10

Some of the area’s finest professional musicians, as well as teachers and students from Cabrillo College, will come together to perform piano music ranging from Bach to Led Zeppelin at this eclectic, uplifting concert.

Get more info here.

Sip for Second Harvest


When: 2/21 from 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Where: Seascape Beach Resort
Cost: 1-guest past $25; 2-guest pass $40

This event is a wonderful opportunity for you and a friend to sample ten different local wines, enjoy appetizers and a raffle, and support Second Harvest, a local food bank that provides food for nearly a quarter million people each month.

Get more info here.

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour!

See Description Under Friday Section

Also on Sunday

Featured Upcoming Event

You may think you want to watch the Oscars in sweatpants at home, but really, you want to break out your best black tie attire and head to the Assembly for a red carpet-worthy viewing party!


What: Academy Awards Viewing Soirée
Where: Assembly
When: Sunday, 2/28 at 5:00 pm

Get more info here.

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About Blair Stenvick

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