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: March 22nd – 24th, 2019

The first weekend of spring has arrived!

Family-friendly events take center stage, including a day-long kids festival, a youth rock show, and a showcase of summer activities.

Other highlights include a red carpet awards show at The Rio and a polar plunge at Rio Del Mar Beach.

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

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: March 15th – 17th, 2019

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Heads up Santa Cruz, sunshine is back once again!

With a break in the rain and the sun setting an hour later, it’s the perfect time to come out of hibernation and see what’s going on in Santa Cruz County this weekend!

On Sunday, don’t forget to  wear your green attire as you head out for all the St. Paddy’s Day events we have on tap for you.

Happy weekend, Santa Cruz!

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: March 8th – 10th, 2019

What does it mean to you to make the most of your weekend?

Do you want to get outside and see some wildlife or learn about our local history and ecosystem? Or would you rather make something with your hands?

How about catching some live music or comedy? You can do it all this weekend in Santa Cruz!

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

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