This Weekend in Santa Cruz: August 2nd – 4th, 2019

The first weekend of the month is always a treat because of First Friday and all the shops, salons and galleries around town that open their doors to display the work of our talented local art community. 

This weekend and next brings to town a world-class contemporary music festival that will not fail to impress and inspire.

And lucky for us, there are lots of ways this weekend to get out and celebrate the diversity and beauty of our awesome county, from the Church Street Fair to the Watsonville Strawberry Festival.

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

 

Friday

Super Sonic Summer Block Party 36.955650° 12.048490°

When: 8/2 from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Where: Westside Surf & Skate
Cost: $3 at the door, RSVP in advance

Celebrate summer and a great cause! This year’s block party features local brews, fabulous food, and plenty of unique items from local vendors. Did we mention there will be baby goats? The super part: a portion of proceeds will benefit Island Conservation, a science-based nonprofit that prevents extinctions by removing invasive species from islands.

Get more info here.

Y&T

When: 8/2 at 6:30 pm & 8:30 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Cost: Free

Part of the Friday Night Bands at the Beach free concert series, this show is nostalgic summertime fun. Y&T have been together since 1974, made 18 albums and their hits can still be heard on classic rock/metal stations.

Get more info here.

Cabrillo Festival

When: Concerts & events throughout the weekend
Where: Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
Cost: $0 – $65

People travel far and wide to attend Santa Cruz’ own world class contemporary music festival. Friday evening’s Notorious program features a tribute to RBG, When There are Nine. All four pieces in Friday’s program are composed by women and range in theme from the aforementioned protest song to homages to Virgil, Haydn and Egyptian relics. Saturday and Sunday’s shows are equally compelling and the festival continues into next weekend.

Get more info here.

First Friday

When: 8/2 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Multiple Locations County-wide
Cost: Free

First Friday lets you choose your own adventure and this month your options are many. Sculpture on Wheels at the MAH shows off the beautiful cars and bikes of Santa Cruz. Just down the street at the Homeless Garden Project store you can celebrate The Art of Food with appetizers, art and DIY projects. Or, head over to the one of the other hotspots around town from Felton to Pleasure Point to take in the art, music, theater, food and drinks of First Friday fame.

Get more info here.

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Saturday

Church Street Fair

When: 8/3 – 8/4 from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
Where: Church Street – outside the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
Cost: Free

In partnership with the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, the Civic Auditorium shuts down the street to cars and opens it to music, dance, arts and crafts, food and drink. Musical styles and artists from all corners of the earth will delight your ears and open your mind from peaceful Qi Gong to exhilarating Afro-Brazilian beats.

Get more info here.

Watsonville Strawberry Festival

When: 8/3 – 8/4
Where: Downtown Watsonville
Cost: Free admission

No better place to eat, drink, and be berry than the 25th Annual Watsonville Strawberry Festival. In addition to live music, pie-eating contests, and arts ’n’ crafts, you can take a walk down Strawberry Lane to try kabobs, smoothies, jams, shortcakes, funnel cakes, and other strawberry-themed treats. Be sure to check out two new events this year: the kick-off dance party on Friday and Saturday’s Strawberry Jam Fun Run.

Get more info here.

COMEDIAN JACKIE KASHIAN

When: 8/3 at 7:00 pm and 9:30 pm
Where: DNA’s Comedy Lab
Cost: $20 Adv./$25 Door

Master of the comedy craft, Jackie Kashian brings a mix of self-effacing, relatable commentary to a hilarious edge. Creator of two podcasts, The Dork Forest and The Jackie and Laurie Show, Kashian’s current album was the #1 Comedy album on iTunes and Amazon.

Get more info here.

The Waifs

When: 8/3 from 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Where: Rio Theatre
Cost: $27 Gen, $40 Gold Circle

This Australian folk band has a melodic salt of the earth sound and have been playing together for more than 25 years!

Get more info here.

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Sunday

Free Family Concert | Cabrillo Festival Orchestra Concert

When: 8/4 at 1:00 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
Cost: Free

Beginning with a tour of the orchestra, this special concert features the Brazilian composer, musician and storyteller Clarice Assad whipping her audience into soccer fever in the musical tale of one of the world’s best female footballers, Marta Vieira da Silva. Prepare to learn, be inspired and sing along in this fun, family friendly event.

Get more info here.

SUNDAY ART & MUSIC AT THE BEACH

When: 8/4 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where: Esplanade Park
Cost: Free

Browse the booths of artists and artisans along the esplanade in Capitola as you listen to the dulcet tones of Acoustic Soul.

Get more info here.

Downtown Santa Cruz Makers Market

When: 8/4 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where: Downtown Santa Cruz
Cost: Free

With over 40 local artists and makers, this market is a great opportunity to support the creators in our community and bring home a treasure. Music will be provided by August Sun.

Get more info here.

WHERE’S WALDO WRAP-UP PARTY

When: 8/4 at 2:00 pm
Where: Bookshop Santa Cruz

Maybe you have been hunting Waldos for the whole month of July, and maybe you haven’t, but in any case, you can still attend the party at Bookshop Santa Cruz! With games, activities and a raffle, Waldo enthusiasts will come together to catch one more glimpse of the elusive chameleon in the hat and striped shirt.

Get more info here.

Second Annual Beer Release Party!

When: 8/4 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Where: Hotel Paradox
Cost: Free; Register for tickets

In true Paradox spirit, expect the unexpected at the second annual beer release party, and count on it bee-ing delicious! Hotel Paradox has partnered with New Bohemian Brewing Company to bring the new Honey Hazy IPA called Bee Cool, made with honey from the hotel’s rooftop apiaries. Be among the first to taste the sweet new brew, while enjoying live music, a food station by Solaire restaurant, and more!

Get more info here.

Church Street Fair

See Description Under Saturday Section

Watsonville Strawberry Festival

See Description Under Saturday Section

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Upcoming Events You Don’t Want to Miss

FC&W Garden Railroad Open House

What: FC&W Garden Railroad Open House
Where: 419 Ocean View Ave.
When: Sunday, August 11, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Head over to Ocean View Avenue and prepare to enter a miniature world. Model trains run throughout the garden of this private home, transforming it into a maze of towns and tunnels, landscapes and train stations!

Get more info here.

Parks & Rex Pool Party

What: Parks & Rex Pool Party
Where: Simpkins Family Swim Center
When: Saturday, August 24, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Cost: $7-$17

This event is fun for the whole family, especially the most important members: the dogs! But there’s also lots of great people-food and drinks, fun water activities, raffles and prizes and even massage. For the furry ones, access to the warm water pool, a doggie day-spa and ice cream, because they deserve it!

Get more info here.

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About Meridith Cook

Meridith Cook came to Santa Cruz 18 years ago from Minnesota. She is a homeschooling mother of 3 who enjoys exploring the beauty and culture of this unique community.

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