This Weekend in Santa Cruz: March 11th – 13th, 2016


Another potentially wet weekend ahead, but not to worry…indoor sporting events, live music, and dance parties will shelter you from the storm.

For the more adventurous, check out the biking and hiking events happening this weekend in Santa Cruz.

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



Light UP The Night Bike Ride

When: 3/11 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History
Cost: Free

Promote night biking safety and get the chance to score some free swag at Light UP The Night, a community ride open to bicyclists of all ages and skill levels. Prizes will be available for the brightest bike, brightest rider, and most creative costume. The ride will happen at 7 PM rain or shine, but head to the MAH for some pre-ride indoor activities.

Get more info here.

Photo: Richard Masoner/Cyclelicious

Flor De Caña + De’Anza


When: 3/11 at 9:00 pm
Where: Moe’s Alley
Cost: $9 advance, $12 at the door

Latin dance party at Moe’s! Trust us, you won’t want to miss Santa Cruz group Flor De Caña and their high energy blend of Caribbean and Latin American sound. De’Anza and her take  on Latin alternative music will make it a night to remember.

Get more info here.

YoniVerse Monologues


When: 3/11 at 8:00 pm
Where: 418 Project
Cost: $20

Anyone who appreciates the frank, poetic, feminist point of view found onstage at The Vagina Monologues will likely enjoy YoniVerse, a collection of true stories told from a feminine perspective. Expect to cry, laugh, and think through this one.

Get more info here.

Also on Friday

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Secret Film Festival


When: 3/12 from 11:59 pm to 3/13 noon
Where: Del Mar Theatre
Cost: $25

Go ahead and drink that espresso after dinner…you’ll be up from midnight til noon watching movies, only we can’t tell you which ones. That’s the secret part of the 11th Annual Secret Film Festival. PJ’s and pillow-friendly event.

Empowering Girls – A Benefit Concert for Girls Inc. of the Central Coast

When: 3/12 at 7:30 pm
Where: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
Cost: $25/Advance

Girls Inc. motivates and inspires young girls to make smart choices and pursue higher education. You can support these goals while also taking in live bluegrass and American music from Laurie Lewis, Tom Rozum, and Bean Creek.

Get more info here.

Santa Cruz Warriors v. Los Angeles D-Fenders

When: 3/12 at 7:00 pm
Where: Kaiser Permanente Arena
Cost: $20 – $48

Lakers development team the D-Fenders currently have nine more season wins than the Warriors, but our beloved boys in blue and gold have a chance to turn things around this Saturday night.

All Fan Giveaway: #WarriorsGround Rally Towel!

Get more info here.

Santa Cruz Derby Girls Boardwalk Bombshells v. BADG Oakland Outlaws


When: 3/12 at 6:30 pm
Where: Civic Auditorium
Cost: $10.00 – $32.00

The Bombshells are ready for their bout against the the Oakland Outlaws…get in on the action and cheer on your hometown heroes!

For more excitement, follow the Santa Cruz Derby Girls as they take over our Instagram account on Thursday, March 10!

Get more info here.

Also on Saturday

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LGBTQ Trailblazers Reception

When: 3/13 from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Where: Museum of Art History, 705 Front St., Santa Cruz
Cost: $48-$55

Big strides are being made for the LGBTQ community, and there is still a long way to go. Show your appreciation for local trailblazers young and old at this reception, which will honor those who have played a key role in the progress on both a local and national level.

Get more info here.

Los Primos of Santa Cruz Sunday Matinee


When: 3/13 at 2:00 pm
Where: Don Quixote’s International Music Hall
Cost: $10 advanced and at the door

Cousins Paul and Ray grew up in a very musical family, and now team up with their friend Carly to share those gifts with the world. The trio’s mix of traditional romantic and dance songs of México will make you want to be a part of the family at this family-friendly matinee show.

Get more info here.

Santa Cruz Warriors v. Delaware 87ers

When: 3/13 at 6:00 pm
Where: Kaiser Permanente Arena
Cost: $17 – $40

The 87ers’ 17 and 22 season record closely mirrors the Warriors’ 15 and 25. See which of these closely matched teams can eek out a win this Sunday night.

First 1,500 Fan Giveaway: Jersey Drawstring Backpack!

Get more info here.

Berry Creek Falls Hike from Big Basin HQ

When: 3/13 at 9:30 am
Where: Big Basin Park Headquarters
Cost: Free

Explore the depths and peaks of Big Basin on a seven hour, 11 mile hike this Sunday. Be sure to bring water, a sack lunch, layers, and enough determination to make it through the sometimes rigorous trail- it will be worth it, especially after some rain!

You can check out the most recent photos of Berry Creek Falls here.

Get more info here.

Also on Sunday

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Want to know who’s serving corned beef and cabbage, Irish soda bread, and green beer? Looking to take in traditional Irish music and dancing?

Check out the venues below to start planning your St. Patrick’s Day celebration in Santa Cruz!

Sunday, March 13
Bonny Doon Winery Tasting Room

Thursday, March 17:
Rosie McCann’s
Poet N Patriot
Gayle’s Bakery & Rosticceria 
Malone’s Grille in Scotts Valley
Joe’s Bar in Boulder Creek
Davenport Roadhouse
Don Quixote’s in Felton
MJA Vineyards

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About Blair Stenvick

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