This Weekend in Santa Cruz: Jan. 29th – 31st, 2016


If you are feeling thirsty this weekend, take your pick between the refined—Patrón Reposado Tequila Tasting Party—and the twisted—The Twisted Tasting: A Dark Carnival of Craft Beers & Ciders.

You will also have a chance to help de-weed Natural Bridges, memorialize David Bowie, and take part in a major tech event at UCSC.

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


The Golden Dragon Acrobats: Cirque Ziva131

When: 1/29 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Rio Theatre
Cost: $30 Gen, $47 Gold Circle

You don’t have to go to Las Vegas to see some amazing feats of Cirque dancing and acrobats, thanks to the traveling Cirque Ziva team.

This traditional Chinese group performs centuries-old techniques, but they will feel like something you have never seen before.

Get more info here.

David Bowie Tribute Night

When: 1/29 at 9:00 pm
Where: The Crepe Place
Cost: $10

The Man Who Sold the World is no longer with us, but both longtime fans and those who are hearing his music for the first time can still feel his impact on art and pop culture. Featured acts paying tribute to this icon of creativity include Eve of Eden, Pieces, and Fake Echo.

Get more info here.

Hack UCSC 2016

When: 1/29 – 1/31 at 1:00 pm
Where: University of California Santa Cruz
Cost: Students: $25, (Non-Students): $40

Looking to get a foothold into the local and Bay Area tech scenes, or to spread your knowledge, ideas, and influence? This third annual “hackathon” brings together students, entrepreneurs, and representatives from some of the leading names in tech to create a weekend of fun and innovation.

Get more info here.

Also on Friday

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Patrón Reposado Tequila Tasting Party

12510349_10153816884997086_4678569424248970839_nWhen: 1/30 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Where: Chaminade Resort & Spa
Cost: $45

Chaminade Resort and Spa offers luxury to locals and visitors alike, so it makes sense that they are teaming up with one of the most respected tequila brands on the market to launch their own hand-selected label. Be among the first to taste Patrón Reposado.

Get more info here.

Twisted Tasting – A Dark Carnival of Craft Beers & Ciderstwisted-tasting-forweb

When: 1/30 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
Cost: $85

Brewers from Santa Cruz County and beyond will bring their strangest special brews to this celebration of all things twisted and delicious. Local eateries like El Salchichero, Kickin Chicken and Nut Kreations will be supplying plenty of tasty foods as well.

Get more info here.

Restoration Day

When: 1/30 from 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Where: Natural Bridges State Beach
Cost: Free

Natural Bridges State Park is home to a wide array of beautiful plants, but a few non-native plants need to be weeded out in order to promote general wildlife health. Lend a hand in this important effort, but call ahead in case of rain.

Get more info here.

Sutter Babies Art Days

When: Saturdays 1/30 – 2/20 1:00 pm to 2:30pm & 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm
Where: Tannery Arts Center
Cost: Free

If your child (age 20 or younger) was born at Sutter Maternity Center, bring them to Sutter Babies Art Days, a chance for kids to create beautiful art and even get it permanently displayed at Sutter. The event will feature different age-appropriate art classes.

Get more info here.

SambaDá, Jade, Acquire A Cappella: Youth Resource Bank Annual Cabaret

When: 1/30 at 7:00 pm
Where: Kuumbwa Jazz
Cost: $50/Reserved Seating $25/General Admission

There are a lot of local kids who need assistance affording everything from shoes to mental health care services. Help give them the support they need and enjoy some samba, folk music, and a cappella performances at the Kuumbwa this Saturday.

Get more info here.

Santa Cruz Challenge


The Santa Cruz Challenge kicks off today and it’s not too late to register! This 12-week health and fitness program has something for everyone—fitness classes ranging from cycling to Zumba, a health lecture series, and even specialty classes like sneaker fitting and farmers market tours.

Get more info here.

Hack UCSC 2016

See Description Under Friday Section

Also on Saturday

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Bridal Expo

When: 1/31 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Where: Cocoanut Grove
Cost: $8

Summer wedding season will be here before we know it — are you prepared for your special day? Get all the planning and event tools you need at the Bridal Expo, which will feature photographers, florists, dresses and more.

Get more info here.

Dangerous Neighbors Sketch Comedy with Special Guest Sherri Rose

When: 1/31 at 8:00 pm
Where: Broadway Playhouse
Cost: $15

Billed as “Santa Cruz’s longest reigning sketch comedy group,” Dangerous Neighbor’s comedy touches on politics, social media and the inanities of daily life. Special guest Sherri Rose will perform “How Not to Die,” a multi-character show that explores the sometimes extensive lengths we go to in order to feel safe.

Get more info here.

The 2015-16 Distinguished Artists Concert and Lecture Series – Pianist Claire Huangci

When: 1/31 at 4:00 pm
Where: Peace United Church
Cost: General Admission $27 online/$5 more at the door
Senior $22 online/$5 more at the door
Student $17 online/$5 more at the door

Claire Huangci once performed for President Bill Clinton at the age of ten, and her career has been on the upswing ever since. First-time Distinguished Artists Concert and Lecture Series attendees will receive free attendance, when accompanied by a paying patron.

Get more info here.

Hack UCSC 2016

See Description Under Friday Section

Also on Sunday

Featured Upcoming Event

Are you excited for the season home opener of the Santa Cruz Derby Girls on February 20? Well, next weekend you can get a double dose of Derby at two awesome events.

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What: Pub Crawl
Where: Downtown Santa Cruz
When: Friday, February 5 at 6:00 pm

Get more info here.

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What: San Lorenzo River Cleanup with Save Our Shores
Where: The levee at Water St.
When: Saturday, February 6 from 10:00 am to 12:00 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.