This Weekend in Santa Cruz: March 25th – 27th, 2016


This weekend brings Easter Sunday and the first full weekend of spring, meaning it’s time to get your brunch and egg hunting on!

Plus, don’t miss other local celebrations…from a Sweet 16 to a welcome back party for bees.

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

 We’ve sprinkled a few Easter celebrations below, but hop on over to our 2016 Easter Event Guide and see our full list of brunches, egg hunts, and more happening in and around Santa Cruz County!



Spring Bunny Photo Booth

When: Friday, 3/25 through Sunday, 3/27 from 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Where: New Leaf (Friday: Westside, Saturday: Capitola, Sunday: Downtown)
Cost: Free

The Easter Bunny will be setting up shop at various New Leaf locations over the weekend. Stop by your local New Leaf to snap photos with the Easter Bunny.

Get more info here.

Ventana Surfboards & Supplies Pop-Up Sale

When: 3/25 – 3/27 from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm
Where: 1543 Pacific Avenue

Stock up on surf gear, kitchen supplies, and more at this not-so-secret pop-up sales event with proceeds benefitting Save Our Shores. The folks from Humble Sea Brewery will be on hand to unveil their new Ventana Spruce Beer on Saturday.

Get more info here.

Painted Mandolin: Joe Craven, Matt Hartle, Larry Graff, Roger Sideman

When: 3/25 at 8:00 pm
Where: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
Cost: $17/Advance $20/Door

Dead Heads and fine music aficionados alike will appreciate this acoustic journey through Jerry Garcia’s entire musical career, from Jug Band to Garcia/Grisman. Musicians from Spirit of 76, the China Cats, and the Banana Slug String Band will participate.

Get more info here.

The Lost Boys featuring James Durbin

When: 3/25 at 9:00 pm
Where: The Crow’s Nest
Cost: $7

Santa Cruz’s very own Idol will team up with Lake County natives The Lost Boys to deliver a night of 100 percent rock n’ roll.  At just seven bucks, this show is a steal.

Get more info here.

Also on Friday

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Capitola Branch Library’s 16th Birthday Party!


When: 3/26 from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Public LIbrary – Capitola Branch
Cost: Free

Capitola has a new library to look forward to, but in the meantime, show your appreciation for the existing branch by coming out for its Sweet Sixteen. Attendees can view a 3D printing demonstration, check out plans for the new library, enjoy live music and an appearance from the Book Bunny, and much more. Birthday cake provided by Gayle’s!

Get more info here.

Balinese Dance: I Gede Oka Artha Negara

When: 3/26 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Where: Scotts Valley Library
Cost: Free

Looking to expand your horizons and do something active this weekend? If so, you might want to check out this authentic Balinese dance demonstration, which will include live music and basic instruction.

Get more info here.

Eggstraordinary Easter Egg Hunt

When: 3/26 and 3/27 various times
Where: Roaring Camp Railroads
Cost: $27 Adult, $20 Child

Step your typical Easter egg hunt up a notch by turning it into an adventure on wheels. First, you and your little ones can enjoy a scenic train ride through the Redwoods, before embarking on an epic chocolate egg hunt at the top of Bear Mountain.

Get more info here.

Lyle Lovett & Robert Earl Keen

When: 3/26 – 3/27 at 8:00 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
Cost: $54 – $95

These two legendary singer-songwriters also happen to be close friends, and are teaming up for an intimate night of lovely music and storytelling. Second show added – see Sunday, March 27!

Get more info here.

Welcome Home Our Bees


When: 3/26 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Museum Of Natural History
Cost: Free with museum admission

Just in time for spring, the Museum of Natural History’s bee hive exhibit has been restored and is opening this weekend. Learn more about this important creature, and take part in family friendly crafts and activities.

Get more info here.

 Also on Saturday

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Santa Cruz Warriors vs Austin Spurs

When: 3/27 at 6:00 pm
Where: Kaiser Permanente Arena
Cost: $17 – $40

Will the Warriors prevail in causing the Spurs to spin right out of their boots, or will Austin prove that you really can’t mess with Texas? Snag tickets to this Easter Sunday basketball game to find out.

All fans receive a prize-filled Easter egg…will you receive a special golden one?

Get more info here.

Easter Sunday Brunch

When: 3/27 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Where: Chaminade Resort & Spa
Cost: $61.95 Adults, $18.95 Children 6-12, Under 6 dine for free

What better way to celebrate the joy of Easter and the beginning of Spring than with a brunch at Chaminade’s lovely grounds? Be sure to make a reservation, as this will likely be a popular event.

Get more info here.

Eggstraordinary Easter Egg Hunt

See Description Under Saturday Section

Lyle Lovett & Robert Earl Keen

See Description Under Saturday Section

Also on Sunday

Featured Upcoming Event


Mark your calendar for this family-friendly event showcasing local student marine debris art and featuring a lecture by environmental artist Lee Lee. Complimentary food and beverages will be served so be sure to RSVP.

Get more info here.

What: Sanctuary Speaker Series
Where: Sanctuary Exploration Center
When: Friday, April 1 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm

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About Blair Stenvick

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