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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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: January 17th – 19th, 2020

Santa Cruz is bountiful, full of artists and performers, activists and experts. The land produces food and wine. The ocean provides waves for surfing and sealife abounds.

Enjoy this bounty– with great theater performances, live music, wine tasting, and scintillating conversations about equality, conservation, health and justice.

If you have the ability to pay it forward, several local environmental and community organizations have projects for volunteers on Martin Luther King Day. See below for more details.

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

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: January 10th – 12th, 2020

For a fresh start to 2020, the creative geniuses of Santa Cruz bring you a diverse array of activities. From the famous Fungus Fair to a world-class surf competition, this weekend shows off our best angles!

The 8 Tens @ 8 play festival opens, as well as many opportunities to hear live music, from heavy metal to harp.

As always you can explore the beautiful little places that make our town so appealing to the flora and fauna who call it home.

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

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: January 3rd – 5th, 2020

This weekend brings the first First Friday of 2020, and offers a farewell to a fun new annual tradition at the Boardwalk.

You’ll also find outdoor activities, a scavenger hunt and seaside crafting for the kiddos.

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

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