This Weekend in Santa Cruz: January 20th – 22nd, 2017

This We-2What does this weekend bring besides rain? Plenty of mostly indoor options and one very large outdoor event on Saturday—Women’s March Santa Cruz County.

Be safe, stay dry, and have a wonderful weekend.

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


An Evening with Roxane Gay


When: 1/20 at 7:00 pm
Where: Veterans Memorial Building
Cost: Ticket packages are $27.19, and include one copy of Difficult Women and two tickets to the event

Roxane Gay, the author of best-selling essay collection Bad Feminist is back with her newest book Difficult Women, a collection of short stories of women from all walks of life. From an upperclass suburb to a women’s fight club, she takes a poignant look at what it means to be a woman in a modern world. Come for what is sure to be an inspiring and empowering discussion with the award-winning author, and bring you book to get signed!

Get more info here.

3rd Friday: Power Hour Of Fun


When: 1/20 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: MAH
Cost: $10 General, $5 MAH Members

Yes you read that right, a whole hour devoted specifically to fun only. You may want to chuckle but this is serious stuff. The fun changes by the minute, literally. Get there early to warm-up and grab a drink at the bar, then let the games begin! For an hour straight you follow prompts from the facilitator that change every minute and include hide-and-go-seek, meditating, and arm wrestling with strangers. It’s sure to be a tiring but completely joyful evening filled with tons of giggles.

Get more info here.

Also on Friday

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Women’s March Santa Cruz County


When: 1/21 from 1:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Where: Santa Cruz City Hall – Pacific Avenue – Louden Nelson Community Center

The Women’s March Santa Cruz County coincides and is an extension of the Women’s March on Washington, DC. Participants (women, men, and children welcome) will gather at Santa Cruz City Hall for a sendoff that includes taiko drumming, speakers, and live music.

The march down Pacific Avenue will end at Louden Nelson where a lineup of speakers and musicians will convene for the protection of women’s rights, immigration rights, LGBTQ rights, and human rights.

Get more info here.

Passport Celebration Days


When: 1/21 from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Where: Various Wineries
Cost: $65

Passport Celebration Days are back again! On the third Saturday of January, April, July and November passport holders get access into more than 50 wineries throughout the Santa Cruz Mountains, even ones that are generally closed to the public. Once you purchase a passport, they’re valid for two years and each winery you visit gives you a commemorative stamp so you will have proof that you know more about wine than your friends. Start re-watching Somm and Somm:Into the Bottle on Netflix now in preparation for tasting note identification.

Get more info here.

Beginnings at Our Adobe

When: 1/21 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Where: Castro Adobe State Historic Park
Cost: Free Admission

Experience life as one of the first Spanish families living in California. Castro Adobe, the first State Historic Park in South County, will be open to the public for you and your family to explore and learn about the history of the early Castro family. Gather round with a cup of hot chocolate and listen to pioneering stories of both the Castros and the park itself.

Get more info here.

Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz Super Swap


When: 1/21 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Where: Verve Coffee Roasters – Bronson St.
Cost: $5 table space – $200 industry booth space – $5 Nubo beers – Verve Coffee

Got extra bikes parts that you would like to sell? This Super Swap located at Verve Coffee Roasters in Seabright, is your chance to sell some of those bike parts next to some big name bike companies like  Santa Cruz Bicycles, FOX, Ibis Cycles and more. Perhaps you want to come and just check out the sweet merch! There will be fresh Verve coffee of course, and beer from NuBo so you san sip, browse and stay awhile. All proceeds go to MBoSC Trail Fund.

Get more info here.

Also on Saturday

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Ladysmith Black Mambazo


When: 1/22 from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Rio Theatre
Cost: $35.00 Gen, $55.00 Gold Circle

Ladysmith Black Mambazo is a world renowned a capella vocal group from South Africa. They’ve been spreading their South African culture and music for several decades around the globe and have won countless singing competitions and awards, including a couple of Grammys. Hearing their uplifting music live offers a unique cultural experience that is sure to leave a smile on your face.

Get more info here.

Where the Wild Things Are – 1st Year Anniversary Celebration

When: 1/22 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Where: Elkhorn Slough Brewing Co.
Cost: $45

Celebrate Elkhorn Slough Brewing Company’s first year anniversary! Delicious food from Ate3One will be paired with some amazing wild ales. If you haven’t visited the brewery yet, its a great warehouse space with some outdoor seating as well. They’ve got a good selection of beer too from American IPAs to sours, and a friendly staff that is happy to recommend a good pint. Come join them in their awesome celebration!

Get more info here.

Also on Sunday

Featured Upcoming Event


What: Celebrate World Wetlands Day
Where: Upper Struve Slough in Watsonville
When: February 4 at 10:00 am

Celebrate World Wetlands Day in the Wetlands of Watsonville. Festivities include planting work (tools provided), free kids activities, and guided birding and nature walks. Free food and music to follow!

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.