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: November 8th – 10th, 2019

The time has changed and it’s dark early, but there are plenty of reasons to get out and play this weekend!

Whether you are gearing up for the holidays or just want to chill, there are tons of options for every mood.  Take time to relax and catch some of the great musical performances on Friday or the Mountainfilm festival on Saturday.
Holiday shopping is starting sweet and slow with wine walks and fairs.
Feeling sporty?  Cheer for the Warriors, watch some surfing, or learn to fly fish are among the many ways to find yourself outside.
See our picks for the top events each day this weekend:








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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: November 1st – 3rd, 2019

Make the most of the golden autumn days and dark nights this weekend.

It’ll be a festive First Friday. Celebrate Día de Los Muertos Friday night in Watsonville, or Saturday in Santa Cruz. 

Nature inspires a Plein Air painting contest and trail photography awards.

There’s a chili cook-off in Felton and a hot rod show at the Boardwalk, but if that isn’t your thing, you might enjoy a healing art exhibit. Always something for everyone!

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

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: October 25th – 27th, 2019

Capitola Halloween

There’s no escaping Halloween events this weekend in Santa Cruz (insert evil laugh)!

Whether you attend a parade, concert, Derby game, 5k run, or chili cook-off, there’s bound to be some spooky spirits and costumes aplenty.

Enjoy a jam-packed weekend celebrating one of Santa Cruz’s favorite holidays of the year.

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

This week’s Roundup is sponsored by the Santa Cruz Derby Girls. Come cheer on the Santa Cruz Derby Girls at their last home game of the season. It’s a Halloween themed double-header and dressing up is strongly encouraged! With food trucks, full concessions and beer and wine, this is one you won’t want to miss.

Click here for tickets. Use code SCLife19 at checkout for 10% off (discount not valid on game day so grab those tickets today!)

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