This Weekend in Santa Cruz: March 4th – 6th, 2016

santa cruz weekend events, march 4-6, 2016

Photo courtesy of @jlwxthomas

Hummingbirds, salamanders, and The Beatles…oh my! This weekend takes family-oriented fun to a new level.

Rain is expected, so be sure to check with venues holding outdoor events.

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


San Lorenzo Valley High School Presents: “Crazy for You”

When: 3/4 – 3/5 at 7:00 pm, 3/6 at 2:00 pm
Where: San Lorenzo Valley High School Performing Arts Center
Cost: $15 general, $12 students and seniors

A big-time 1930s NYC banker is sent to foreclose a small-town Nevada theater, but he ends up falling for the proprietor’s daughter and sets out on a mission to save the venue.  If you like Gershwin tunes and lively dancing, this one’s for you.

Get more info here.

Making Waves: Art and Science Evening

When: 3/4 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Where: Monterey Bay Sanctuary Exploration Center
Cost: Free

If you want to expose your kids to science, art, and our local environment, this is a great opportunity to do so.  Making Waves will include woodblock printing, surf movies and a bar.

Get more info here.

Rumi on Stage

When: 3/4 – 3/5 at 8:00 pm, 3/6 at 2:00 pm
Where: Center Stage Theater
Cost: $20

Rumi lived in the 1300s, but he has been the most widely read poet in America in the last few decades. See his words and wisdom come to life in this theatrical event, which will include singing, dancing, acting, puppets, and more.

Get more info here.

Also on Friday

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Hummingbird Days

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When: 3/5 – 3/6 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Where: UCSC Arboretum
Cost: $10 Public, $5 Members, Free: UCSC students & children under 17

Experience hummingbirds like never before at the UCSC Arboretum, where participants can observe the courtship process, learn more about how hummingbirds live, and enjoy their beautiful song.

Get more info here.

DIYine: A Celebration of Homebrewing

When: 3/5 from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History
Cost: $20-$50 in advance, minimum $25 at the door

For the folks at the Santa Cruz Fruit Tree Project, homebrewing is about a lot more than beer. Everything from pear cider to loquat amoretto will be on tap at this extensive showcase featuring homemade concoctions made with surplus fruit from the backyard harvest program. Proceeds will benefit the Santa Cruz Fruit Tree Project.

Get more info here.

Salamander Saturday

Salamander Saturday 2016

When: 3/5 from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Where: Rancho del Oso Nature & History Center
Cost: Free

Just a short and beautiful drive up Highway 1 and you can join the folks at Rancho del Oso for live salamander viewing, family-friendly activities & crafts, a lecture by Herpetologist Amy Patten, and a ranger-led salamander hike.

Get more info here.

John Craigie with Sam Chase

When: 3/5 at 7:30 pm
Where: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
Cost: General Admission $25.00 (advance) Gold Circle $32.00 (advance)

John Cragie and Sam Chase are both frequently touring folk musicians whose song topics range from modern love to social commentary. The two will transcend on the Kuumbwa this Saturday night before hitting the road again.

Get more info here.

San Lorenzo Valley High School Presents: “Crazy for You”

See Description Under Friday Section

Rumi on Stage

See Description Under Friday Section

Also on Saturday

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The Hidden Gems Film Club


When: 3/6 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Public Library – Downtwon Branch
Cost: Free

The Hidden Gems shows foreign films, documentaries, and the occasional box office hit you might have missed. This weekend’s double feature includes two Spanish language films with English subtitles, “Lonche” and “Sleep Dealer.” Bring your own lunch and settle into a great afternoon and discussion after the movies.

Get more info here.

Santa Cruz Symphony Family Concert: Beethoven and the Beatles


When: 3/6 at 2:00 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
Cost: $8 – $12

The Fab Four and The Master will collide in a humorous and exciting style at the Civic Auditorium this Sunday.  If you have a student musician, make sure they bring their instrument, as they will be asked to join in on a 35 second excerpt of “Ode to Joy.”

Get more info here.

Family Barn Dance


When: 3/6 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Where: The Discovery Learning Center of Santa Cruz
Cost: $5 – $20 sliding scale donation per family

A traditional barn dance, minus the barn, will get the whole family up and stomping their feet. No experience necessary, just follow the dance caller’s simple instructions and enjoy lively folk tunes from the Hey!Makers.

Get more info here.

San Lorenzo Valley High School Presents: “Crazy for You”

See Description Under Friday Section

Rumi on Stage

See Description Under Friday Section

Hummingbird Days

See Description Under Saturday Section

Also on Sunday

Featured Upcoming Event


Mark your calendar…you’re in for an exciting night with the Santa Cruz Derby Girls, as usual!

Get more info here.

What: Boardwalk Bombshells vs. Oakland Outlaws
Where: Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
When: Saturday, March 12

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About Blair Stenvick

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

  • Diana Susoy says:

    The link above that you have for the
    Peery Park Habitat Restoration Project @ Peery Park
    does not work.

    Just so you are aware for the future.

    Love this list!!!

    • admin says:

      Hi Diana,

      Thank you for letting us know about that link. It appears that website is having a technical issue. I would advise contacting the City of Capitola if you would like more information.

      So glad you love this list. Have a great weekend!

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