Santa Cruz Events

Santa Cruz County has great events all year long, and we'll keep you up to date on the best events, right here.


Santa Cruz knows how to celebrate holidays, as is evidenced by the massive influx of visitors with each major holiday. HIghlights include 4th of July in Santa Cruz, Halloween, and the Christmas holidays.

Recurring Events

Santa Cruz is home to some great recurring events. The First Friday of each month is an art lover's dream, while bargain hunters love the Santa Cruz Antique Faire, held the first Sunday of each month.
During the summer months you can enjoy weekly outdoor events like the Wednesday night Movies on the Beach, Thursday night Beach Parties at the Crow's Nest, Friday Night Bands on the Beach, Sunday Art & Music in Capitola, and many more.

Annual Events

Over the years Santa Cruz, Capitola, and the surrounding communities have developed some amazing annual events. Summer is the unofficial event season, but you can find great events year round.
Favorites include Woodies on the Wharf, the Capitola Rod & Custom Classic Car Show, the Wharf to Wharf Race, the newly added Pleasure Point Street Fair, Begonia Festival, Capitola Art & Wine Festival, Restaurant Week, the Santa Cruz County Fair, the Santa Cruz Open Studios Art Tour, Santa Cruz Film Festival, the Santa Cruz Greek Festival, and Santa Cruz TEDx. And that's just the tip of the iceberg.
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Memorial Day Weekend Events 2019

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Memorial Day Weekend is here and Santa Cruz is remembering with the Felton Remembers Parade, Civil War reenactments, and a ceremony at Evergreen Cemetery.

This 3-day weekend also brings a major surfing competition at Steamer Lane, a few shopping events, and we even have a new circus coming to town.

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

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: May 17th – 19th, 2019

This May weekend is jam-packed with exciting anniversary celebrations, fabulous cultural performances and even a bit of fundraising for some terrific local causes!

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

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: May 10th – 12th, 2019

There are many great ways to honor and indulge moms this weekend in Santa Cruz.

Mother Nature provides a great backdrop with outdoor activities from a living history hike celebrating women to birding at Natural Bridges and the UCSC Arboretum.

Or, spend some quality time with mom shopping, strolling and sipping at two perfectly timed wine walks in Downtown Santa Cruz and Watsonville.

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

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