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: July 19th – 21st, 2019

Life is good in Santa Cruz. Whether you’re going for free activities or a splurge, educational, spiritual and entertaining, you’ve got plenty of choices.

On the entertaining side, there are a slew of concerts on Friday. And if you are in an intellectual mood, go for a free Shakespearean actors’ discussion.

On Saturday you can shop, learn and celebrate the moon landing! If you time your day right, you can do it all! Or, just relax with some goats.

Sunday brings more chances to learn about our local science and culture scene, which is rich indeed!

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

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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: July 5th – 7th, 2019

You don’t have to spend a dime to have a full-schedule of fun this holiday weekend. We are lucky to have a plethora of free events from movies and concerts to playtime and art!

And if you are bursting with talent yourself, you’ll have the opportunity to show it off to your friends and neighbors at Big Basin’s Talent Show.

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

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