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: September 20th – 22nd, 2019

Summer is almost over and it’s time to send the season off in style! We’ve lined up events this weekend that will do just that. Choose from festivals, performances or even an annual community clean-up event to pick up trash from local shorelines before the rainy season.

Enjoy the last weekend of summer!

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

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: September 13th – 15th, 2019

The county Fair starts this week and continues through the weekend, along with several events that you will not find anywhere else.

Ohlone Day celebrates, educates and is FUN! For art and sipping, the Capitola Art and Wine Festival is the place to be.

Our talented seniors are putting on a show, and this is your last chance to watch a movie on the beach in Capitola.

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

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: September 6th – 8th, 2019

The shops, salons and galleries will be teeming with First Friday fun, and a promising play opens at the Tannery.

If you plan your Saturday strategically you can have Mole for lunch and Greek food for dinner, and you can work it all off doing self-defense moves or dancing to a silent DJ.

On Sunday head to the downtown Maker’s Market for an objet d’art and then catch Anthony Arya and Preacher Boy perform together in Soquel.

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

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