About Stephanie Michelet

Stephanie is a local maker and creative workshop leader. Find out what you can #makeinsantacruz by following along on Instagram at @smichelet

This Weekend in Santa Cruz: October 18th – 20th, 2019

If you have not had a chance to attend a fall harvest festival or Open Studios, then this weekend is for you.

This month’s 30th anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake brings nature walks and talks at the Forest of Nisene Marks.

And the Santa Cruz Wharf kicks off a 13-day countdown to Halloween.

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


This week’s roundup is sponsored by Arts Council Santa Cruz County & the Open Studios Art Tour. This is the final weekend of Open Studios this year and artists from the entire county will be participating. Look for the free Open Studios guide around town, download the “Open Studios Art Tour” app, or just follow the green signs around town.

Click here for more information about Open Studios.

Photo: Kelsey Cerdas Artist #32

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: October 4th – 6th, 2019

This is one of those weekends that makes us so excited to live in Santa Cruz.

Comedy, makers market, heritage crafts, inspiring ways with nature, Latin percussion, bluegrass, brews and T-birds are just some of the great activities lined up.

Avoid traffic and start your stay-cation now. First Friday events will keep you busy celebrating the diversity, fun and history of Santa Cruz.

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


This week’s roundup is sponsored by Arts Council Santa Cruz County & the Open Studios Art Tour. Open Studios is our favorite fall activity and we’re thrilled to visit North County artist studios this weekend. Look for the free Open Studios guide around town, download the “Open Studios Art Tour” app, or just follow the green signs around town.

Click here for more information about Open Studios.

Photo: Human Shaped Animal, Artist #20.

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The Best Places to Get Your Craft on in Santa Cruz

santa cruz craft store workshopsWhy DIY alone with YouTube when you can DIWO (Do it with others) in a sweet local shop in Santa Cruz?

Live workshops take your craft curiosity to a new level and right now there are more opportunities than ever to have an awesome creative experience. Plus, you get to hang out in cool spaces with local artists and other craft enthusiasts.

Craft workshops have many advantages. We connect, gather and get to ask questions to an expert maker in real time.

Workshops are an opportunity to test out a new craft without investing a lot of time or money. We learn faster when someone shows us in person and there is something beautiful about gathering and learning together.

Classes are typically single session intensives with supplies provided or available for purchase. The one-day format allows you to immerse yourself in a craft and come home with a cool project to show off or give as a personalized gift.

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