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

this-weekend-in-34Start this holiday weekend off honoring our Veterans with a variety of commemorative events around town.

Then, from sports to the arts to local natural history, this weekend has it all. Catch the opening night D-league Warriors game, be inspired at the Telluride Mountainfilm Festival, and go on an insect-education scavenger hunt.

Don’t forget wine tasting Sunday afternoon around Downtown Santa Cruz and a book fair for young adults. Enjoy!

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


7th Annual Veterans Day Dinner


When: 11/11 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Scopazzi’s Restaurant & Lounge
Cost: $45 General, $35 Veterans and Active Military Duty Personnel, $50 at the door.

Celebrate and honor our veterans in this special event hosted by the San Lorenzo Valley Museum and historic Scopazzi’s restaurant in Boulder Creek. Veterans are encouraged to wear their uniform and/or medals and bring military memorabilia to share. It will be an evening of delicious food, music, sharing stories and memories, and paying tribute.

Get more info here.

Community Rental: Holistic Veterans’ Community Healing Project


When: 11/11 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where:Santa Cruz MAH
Cost: Donation

Holistic Veterans strives to “heal veterans of all countries and all wars.” This event brings the Santa Cruz community together to discuss, participate and learn about different natural treatments and holistic modalities. Come open minded for an enlightening opportunity to learn new ways to create a healthier lifestyle for you and your loved ones.

Get more info here.

Food Truck Friday Tribute to Local Veterans


When: 11/11 from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Where: Skypark in Scotts Valley
Cost: Free

Its Food Truck Friday! Try something new this week and spend your Friday evening outside in the fresh and energizing November air with an assortment of delicious food to choose from. There will also be a beer and wine garden, live music, and a special tribute to local veterans.This fantastic event in Scotts Valley is sure to be fun for the whole family.

Get more info here.

Also on Friday

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Telluride Mountainfilm on Tour Santa Cruz


When: 11/12 from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Where: Rio Theatre
Cost: $18

Telluride Mountainfilm tours the world presenting nonfiction stories about environmental, cultural, political and social justice issues that matter. Their mission is to use the power of film to educate and inspire audiences to create a better world. They visit Santa Cruz this Saturday presenting ten short films about nature, adventure, courage, determination, overcoming fear and so much more. Behold the story of a 90-year-old ice skater,  find out what it takes to be a surfer in Iceland, and experience the struggle of the first Bangladeshi woman to scale the Seven Summits. It’s sure to be a wild cinematic ride.

Get more info here.

Santa Cruz Warriors vs. Los Angeles D-Fenders

When: 11/12 at 10:00 pm
Where: Kaiser Permanente Arena
Cost: $15 – $160

It’s that time of year again… basketball season! This Saturday is opening night for our Santa Cruz Warriors. These games are affordable, fun and family-friendly. The Kaiser Arena is relatively small so every seat is a good seat to witness the slam dunks, fouls, passes and entertaining performances and contests at the halftime break. Grab some Prosecco and popcorn and settle court side for an evening of sports and entertainment.

Get more info here.

Cross Pollination: The Art and Science of Santa Cruz Insects


When: 11/12 – 11/13 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Closes at 3pm on Sunday 
Where: UCSC Hay Barn
Cost: Free Admission

The UCSC Museum of Natural History Collections will be presenting an open house at the UCSC Cowell Hay Barn, at the base of campus. This educational and engaging, kid-friendly event includes an insect-education scavenger hunt for kids and adults, as well as specimen of birds, fungi, plants, mammals. The artwork of Maryjo Koch and the Randall Morgan Plant-Pollinator Collection will also be on display. Bring friends and family to this free and unique event to learn about our fascinating, local natural history.

Get more info here.

Goat Hill Fair


When: November 12-13; Saturday 10-4pm, Sunday 10-3pm
Where: Santa Cruz Fairgrounds
Cost: $5

After attending Goat Hill last year, all we can say is wow! This unique antique and artisan fair features over 100 vendors showcasing vintage treasures, up-cycled junk, antiques, collectibles, and artisan food. It’s fun, nostalgic, and tons of DIY inspiration. Plus, you’re sure to cross a few folks off your shopping list.

Get more info here.

Also on Saturday

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Jeff Sanford’s Cartoon Jazz Septet with silent Cartoon Films


When: 11/13 at 2:00 pm
Where: Don Quixote’s
Cost: $15 adv./$15 door seated <21 w/parent

Talk about having it all, this performance incorporates live music, film, comedy, magic and history all in one! Jeff Sanford’s high energy jazz septet has won fans around the Bay Area for its catchy music from famous cartoons such as Looney Toons, and renditions of classics by Raymond Scott, Jelly Roll Morton and Duke Ellington. The music will be accompanied by comedy and magic by Robert Strong and silent films presented by film historian Paul Etcheverry. A performance that literally has something for everyone, fun for kids and appreciated by adults.

Get more info here.

Downtown Santa Cruz WINE WALK


When: 11/13 from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Where: Downtown Santa Cruz
Cost: $5 – $35

Take a stroll through Downtown Santa Cruz  while sipping a variety of delicious, local wine along the way for this special fall event. Get your pass, a glass, and a map to the all of the pouring locations and set out on your tasting adventure. Spend the afternoon tasting the best wines from the Santa Cruz Mountains and around the Central Coast as you meander through the shops and restaurants downtown. There will be a lot of great wine to choose from so pace yourself and enjoy!

Get more info here.

Santa Cruz Book Fair for Kids and Teens


When: 11/13 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Public Library
Cost: Free

Got any young book lovers? If so, then this is the perfect event for them. In association with the Santa Cruz Public Library is the first annual Santa Cruz book fair specifically for kids and teens. Books for sale include young adult and middle grade, as well as picture books for the younger ones.  There will also be author readings from eight local authors throughout the day, free refreshments, a raffle, and an opportunity to learn more about the young writers program.

Get more info here.

Cross Pollination: The Art and Science of Santa Cruz Insects

See Description Under Saturday Section

Goat Hill Fair

See Description Under Saturday Section

Also on Sunday

Featured Upcoming Event


Think Local First Fall Harvest Mixer

What: Harvest Business Mixer
Where: KSCO/KOMY Studios & Party Plaza
When: Thursday, November 17 from 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm

November 17 is officially Think Local First Day! Share this news and celebration with your friends in the local business community to connect over great food, beer, wine, live music, and dancing.

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.