About Valerie Lemke

Valerie Lemke is a transplant from the Bay Area to Santa Cruz County over 25 years ago, and hasn't looked back since. She is a local freelance writer and photographer who loves writing about and photographing one of the most beautiful regions in the world, the Central Coast.

This Weekend in Santa Cruz: July 12th – 14th, 2019

This weekend in Santa Cruz: July 12-14, 2019

Enjoy family-friendly fun throughout the county all weekend long, with events from Ben Lomond and Scotts Valley to Capitola Village and Watsonville.

Headliners include Foghat at the Boardwalk, the Hop N’ Barley Festival, and Art & Music at the Beach.

Also worth checking out are Wacky Water Day, a free outdoor movie night, a people’s choice music concert, and the awesome combo of food trucks and swing dancing.

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

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: June 28th – 30th, 2019

This weekend starts and ends with free live music on the beach, with a little something for everyone in between.

And is there a better way to end Pride Month’s festivities than with a Derby Girl Double Header on Saturday? See you there!

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



This week’s roundup is sponsored by the Santa Cruz Derby Girls. Head to the civic this Saturday for the most entertaining sporting event in town. Get more info here or purchase tickets here (Discount code: SCLife19) 


Friday

Beehive, The 60s Musical

When: 6/27 – 7/14 at 7:30 pm &  Sundays at 2:00 pm
Where: Cabrillo Crocker Theater
Cost: $21 to $46

This musical performance showcases the perspective of six young women who all came of age in the 1960s. Times were changing and women in this country faced many challenges. Hit songs of the time such as My Boyfriend’s Back, Proud Mary, Natural Woman and more will help highlight the many changes of the decade.

Get more info here.

Everclear

When: 6/28 at 6:30 pm & 8:30 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Cost: Free

The summer Free Friday Night Bands on the Beach concert series continues this week with alternative rock band Everclear. Head out to the Boardwalk for two live performances and sing along to their smash hits such as Santa Monica, I Will Buy You a New Life, Father of Mine and more!

Get more info here.

The Radical Zine Reading and Art Show Night

When: 6/28 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Where: Resource Center for Nonviolence
Cost: Free; donations welcome

The Resource Center for Nonviolence will be hosting a reading and art show to launch their third issue of the Radical Zine titled All Walls will Crumble. The evening includes readings from contributors, musical performances, and an open mic session. Support local talent at the art table with displays of art, zines, and prints for sale.

Get more info here.

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Saturday

SANTA CRUZ DERBY GIRLS: PRIDE MONTH DOUBLE-HEADER

When: 6/29 at 4:30 pm & 6:45 pm (Doors open 4:00 pm)
Where: Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
Cost: $11 – $30 (Use Promo Code SCLife19 to save 10%)

Bring your family and friends and celebrate PRIDE Month with a Derby Girls double-header! The Santa Cruz Derby Girls teams will be hosting the West Coast Derby Knockouts from Ventura. Have fun with rainbow facepainting and a photo booth. Wear your rainbow colors and head out for an evening of Derby Girls action!

Get more info here or purchase tickets here Discount code: SCLife19 (discount not valid on game day so grab those tickets now!)   

Hard Core Cider Tour: Santa Cruz ’19

When: 6/29 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Where: San Lorenzo Park
Cost: $30 – $50

The Hard Core Cider Tour is back for its 5th year and you’re invited! Sip some of the best craft hard ciders while listening to live music, enjoying food from local food trucks, and even trying out some jumbo lawn games. Bottles of cider will be available for purchase to take home, too.

Get more info here.

A Decade of Dance, Drum and Dissent

When: 6/29  2:00 pm & 8:00 pm
Where: Colligan Theater at the Tannery Arts Center
Cost: $15 – $65

Duniya Dance and Drum Company performs a wide range of their contemporary repertoire at this unique musical event. Bhagra, Bollywood, Dancehall, Afro-Pop, West African dance, spoken-word and more will be featured. Explore history and present-day activism through these moving performances.

Get more info here.

Midtown Summer Fun

When: 6/29 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where: Midtown – Soquel, from Pine through Seabright

Summer fun in Midtown this Saturday! Join Home/Work as they celebrate their 4th anniversary. Many surrounding shops will be participating in the festivities down Soquel Ave. from Pine St. to Seabright. Take in some trunk shows, food trucks, tea and chocolate tastings, and loads of summer sales.

Get more info here.

Beehive, The 60s Musical

See Description Under Friday Section

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Sunday

CAPITOLA SUNDAY ART AND MUSIC AT THE BEACH

When: 6/30 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where: Esplanade Park
Cost: Free

Sundays were made for art, music, and the beach. Make your way to Capitola Village for all three! Enjoy the high-energy dance and polyrhythmic trance sounds of Singing Wood Marimba from the Esplanade Stage while you view and shop artwork by local artists.

Get more info here.

Beehive, The 60s Musical

See Description Under Friday Section

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Upcoming Events You Don’t Want to Miss

Family Fun Day!

What: Family Fun Day
Where: Harvey West Park
When: 7/27 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Gather the family and head on down to Harvey West for some free summertime fun! Good times are guaranteed with activities such as swimming, obstacle courses, oversized board games, cornhole, kickball and more. Hosted by Santa Cruz County Parks Dept, City of Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation, City of Watsonville and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Santa Cruz County.

Get more info here.

Church Street Fair

What: Church Street Fair
Where: Outside the Civic Auditorium
When: 8/3 & 8/4 11:00 am to 7:00 pm

Immerse yourself into Santa Cruz culture with a street fair of music, dance, art, food and wine. The performances feature many traditions from around the world as well as Cabrillo Festival’s Free Family Concert with a Tour of the Orchestra.  Browse the artwork on display from regional artisans as well as free activities for the entire family

Get more info here.

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: June 21st – 23rd, 2019


Summer officially begins on Friday, and we’re going to help you kick off a great Santa Cruz weekend filled with festivals, fairs, concerts and good old fun in the sun! Check out what we have lined up for you.

Happy Summer!

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

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