This Weekend in Santa Cruz: October 14th – 16th, 2016


This weekend celebrates the flourishing fall season and Santa Cruz arts, from a rooftop balcony autumn affair to a free choreographed dance show in an unlikely place. And don’t forget it’s the final Encore Weekend for the Open Studios Art Tour.

Live performances abound! Stand up comedy at the Rio, aerial arts, and a CD release party for a local singing legend.

Plus, celebrate the fall harvest 1800’s style at the Wilder Ranch Heritage Harvest Festival complete with harvest time activities and pumpkin ice cream.

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


Paint Night and Fundraiser


When: 10/14 from 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Where: Aerial Arts Santa Cruz Studio
Cost: $25 – $60

Explore your creative side by learning how to paint amongst a  group of Santa Cruz business entrepreneurs as part of the Women’s Network Alliance Fundraiser. Bring the whole family for appetizers, drinks, aerial performances and raffles prizes. Funds raised go to local charity, Siena House, which provides support for pregnant women in need.

Get more info here.

Looking Left Dance Performance presented by Motion Pacific Dance

When: 10/14 – 10/15 at 7:00 pm
Where: City of Santa Cruz – City Hall
Cost: Free

This unique dance event focuses on site specific performances in unlikely places over two days. Outstanding local choreographers will present their art in and around the grounds of Santa Cruz’s historic City Hall, making for an unexpected and thrilling experience. Featured youth companies include Motion Pacific Teen Co, Artists in Motion, the Kirby Dance Company, and Tannery World Dance & Cultural Center’s Teen Company.

Get more info here.

Also on Friday

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An Autumn Affair: Evening on the Rooftop to Benefit Salud y Carino


When: 10/15 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Where: Community Foundation Santa Cruz County
Cost: $50/per person or $350/table of 8

Enjoy live music, dinner catered by Ella’s at the Airport and The Salad Shoppe, and a silent auction with great items from local businesses. Your support goes toward funding Salud y Cariño, a free after school group for middle school girls in Live Oak.

Get more info here.

Rummage Sale by Omega Nu

When: 10/15 from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm / 10/16 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
Cost: Free Admission

Who doesn’t love a good deal?! The Omega Nu Rummage sale is your chance to find amazing bargains on clothes, shoes, jewelry furniture and more! There’s always some treasures to find here, and perhaps inspiration for this year’s Halloween costume? Proceeds help support local charities, so you can spend with a clear conscious.

Get more info here.

The Market Santa Cruz


When: 10/15 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Where: Garfield Park Community Church
Cost: Free entry

Third Saturdays of the month just got more fun. A new monthly community market makes its debut this weekend at Garfield Park Community Church aka the Circle Church. Cruise on over to the Westside for gourmet eats by Saucy’s Food Truck and G’s Tacos, live music, and upscale goods by local artists and entrepreneurs.

Get more info here.

Heritage Harvest Festival

When: 10/15 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Where: Wilder Ranch State Park
Cost: Free

It wouldn’t quite be fall without a Harvest Festival. Bring the whole family to tour the Wilder Ranch grounds and participate in nineteenth century harvest-time activities. Expect all other standard harvest festival goodies as well, including pumpkin and apple flavored treats, tractors, draft horses, live music, and crafts. A fun event sure to get you in the autumn mood.

Get more info here.

Open Studios Art Tour Encore Weekend


When: 10/15 – 10/16 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where: Various locations
Cost: Free

If you missed the first two weeks of the Open Studios Art Tour, now is the time to catch up. Plan your own self-guided tour or follow the green signs around town and explore creativity throughout all of Santa Cruz County. The final weekend of Open Studios Art tour includes both North and South County so start plotting your plan of attack now because there’s a lot of amazing Santa Cruz art to discover.

Get more info here.

We Are Californian Grown Warehouse Sale


When: 10/15 11:00 am to sunset
Where: 111 Dubois St.
Cost: Free entry

The Californian apparel company based out of Santa Cruz is having a warehouse sale featuring new hats, hoodys, and shirts. Shop to live music from Coast Tribe and Santa Cruz Cypher Sessions, and enjoy food from El Sachichero served by Left Coast Sausage Worx and beer from Santa Cruz Ale Works. All food and beer donations benefit the Santa Cruz Boys and Girls Club.

Get more info here.

Looking Left Dance Performance presented by Motion Pacific Dance

See Description Under Friday Section

Also on Saturday

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Ian Harris “ExtraOrdinary” TV Taping!


When: 10/16 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Where: Rio Theatre
Cost: $12

Local comedian Ian Harris has appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Comedy Central and his own TV special “Critical & Thinking.” He returns to Santa Cruz to tape his second television special “ExtraOrdinary,” at the Rio Theatre as part of the Santa Cruz Comedy Festival. All profits from ticket sales are donated to Camp Quest West Kids Summer Camp.

Get more info here.

Joe Ferrara’s Life Songs & Life Stories


When: 10/16 at 5:00 pm
Where: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
Cost: $10

Joe Ferrara is a well known name around the Santa Cruz music scene. He has been performing at local venues for 40 years and plays regular gigs at Shadowbrook and has even performed the National Anthem at least once a year since 1983 at San Francisco Giants games. This event celebrates his 40th anniversary in entertainment and is a release party for his new CD, Colors of the Wind.  If you haven’t seen Joe perform live yet, then now is the time to experience his robust voice and beautiful guitar playing.

Get more info here.

Rummage Sale by Omega Nu

See Description Under Saturday Section

Open Studios Art Tour Encore Weekend

See Description Under Saturday Section

Also on Sunday

Featured Upcoming Event

What: Community Meetings
Where: 10 library branches
When: October 19 – November 10, 2016

Following the approval of Measure S and as part of their strategic planning process, each of Santa Cruz Public Libraries’ ten physical branches is hosting a roundtable conversation to gain input from the community. Whether you use your local library or not, you’re invited to share your thoughts at any of the meetings happening October 19 – November 10.

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.