This Weekend in Santa Cruz: Feb. 5th – 7th, 2016


Photo courtesy of @qen.ny

Whether you like heart art or latte art, Russian vocalists or Baroque instrumentals, chocolate and wine or seafood and beer, this weekend has something for you in Santa Cruz County.

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


Faces of the Sea Odyssey


When: 2/5 from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Food Lounge
Cost: Free

O’Neill Sea Odessy seeks to preserve marine life through educational experiences, and all you have to do to contribute to the cause is eat some tasty food and drink some local craft beer and wine. Eats will be provided by Ocean2table, while Humble Sea Brewery and Ser Winery will be pouring their finest selections.

Get more info here.

Konevets Quartet Concert

When: 2/5 from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Where: Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church

Hear the songs of Mother Russia, ranging from revered Church music to classic pre-Soviet folk tunes, at the beautiful Prophet Elias. The male vocalists of the Konevets Quartet hail all the way St. Peterburg, Russia.

Get more info here.

Fallen Angels by Noel Coward


When: 2/5 – 2/6 at 8:00 pm and 2/7 at 2:00 pm
Where: The Colligan Theater at the Tannery Arts Center
Cost: $32 / $38

What happens when two happily married best friends get back in touch with a charming and unpredictable Frenchman who once owned both of their hearts? You’ll have to see this play, put on by Jewel Theatre Company, to find out.

Get more info here.

Latte Art Throwdown, hosted by Cosmic

When: 2/5 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Cosmic Studio
Cost: Free; $5 buy-in to compete

Whether you are a prominent barista in the local coffee scene or just an ameteur home latte maker, you will certainly get a nice kick out of this latte art competition. All you need is espresso, steamed milk, and a little creativity.

Get more info here.

Hearts for the Arts Reception

When: 2/5 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Where: Artisans Gallery

Have you picked up a Valentine’s Day gift for your special someone yet? If you want to get them something as unique as your relationship, you might want to pick up a heart-inspired piece at this local art show. Proceeds will benefit local arts education programs. Exhibit and silent auction run through February 14.

Get more info here.

Also on Friday

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River Cleanup w/ The Santa Cruz Derby Girls


When: 2/6 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Where: San Lorenzo River at Josephine St.

Our community has recently seen some big improvements along the San Lorenzo River, and you can help ensure it stays beautiful and healthy by participating in this river cleanup.  And of course, getting to hang out with some Derby Girls off the rink isn’t a bad perk.

Get more info here.

Santa Cruz Baroque Festival: Concert 1

When: 2/6 at 7:30 pm
Where: UCSC Music Center Recital Hall
Cost: $5 – $30

The Baroque period was a time of great artistic and scientific achievement, and you can experience both simultaneously at this multimedia concert. While local musicians play key pieces from the era, you can gaze at stunning pictures of outer space.

Get more info here.

2 for 1 All-Day Rides at the Boardwalk

When: 2/6 – 2/7
Where: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Cost: $33.95 + tax

It’s a pretty simple concept: you and a friend can get two all-day ride wristbands for the price of one, meaning you can enjoy the Sea Swings, Giant Dipper, Double Shot and more without stretching your budget too thin.

Get more info here.

Bay of Life: a Celebration of California’s Central Coast

When: 2/6 from 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Where: Rio Theatre
Cost: $23

Photographer Frans Lanting has captured ecosystems all over the world, but perhaps none are more breathtaking this his iconic shots of his home turf, the Monterey Bay. Take in lively photographs of sea otters, elephant seals, and more in this retrospective multimedia show.

Get more info here.

Mardi Gras on Main Street Gala


When: 2/6 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Bargetto Winery
Cost: $75 early or $85 at door

Mardi Gras falls on a Tuesday, but you can celebrate early this weekend with Unchained, a local nonprofit that specializes in animal therapy programs. Enjoy local wines from Bargetto, as well as live music, a silent auction, and more.

Get more info here.

Fallen Angels by Noel Coward

See Description Under Friday Section

 Also on Saturday

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Free First Sunday Sound Meditation

When: 2/7 from 10:30 am to 11:45 am
Where: Mountain Spirit
Cost: Free

With all the noise of the presidential election and just getting through the slog of daily life, everyone could probably benefit from a little relaxation and peacefulness. Take the time to quiet your mind at this free meditation session, led by author Bruce Manaka.

Get more info here.

Super Bowl Fun Run 2016


When: 2/7 from 7:30 am to 10:30 am
Where: Back Entrance Natural Bridges

Superbowl Sunday: a day when millions of Americans celebrate athleticism by sitting on couches, eating unhealthy food, and staring at the television.  If you want to buck the trend, take part in this fun run, so that you can enjoy the game without any guilt.

Get more info here.

Fallen Angels by Noel Coward

See Description Under Friday Section

 2 for 1 All-Day Rides at the Boardwalk

See Description Under Saturday Section

Also on Sunday

Calling All Santa Cruz Little Free Libraries!


All around Santa Cruz mini libraries are popping up and making free book exchanges possible in our community.

Share your neighborhood’s mini library by posting your photo to Instagram using #santacruzLFL or by emailing Please include a cross street location with your photo.

To see the collection of local Little Free Libraries so far on Instagram, click here.

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About Blair Stenvick

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

  • Retta says:

    Until I found this I thhugot I’d have to spend the day inside.

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