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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Sunday Art & Music at the Beach in Capitola

Capitola Art & Music at the Beach

Summer in Capitola means it’s time to party on the Esplanade.

Come out to the Capitola Village this summer for the Sunday Art & Music at the Beach series, presented by the Capitola Art & Cultural Commission.

For six Sunday’s this summer the Esplanade plays host to local artists, and live music.

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Locals Go Loco for Santa Cruz First Friday

First Friday Santa CruzEach month, thousands of enthusiastic art-goers flock to downtown Santa Cruz to check out the art, music, wine, and food at First Friday.

Founded in 2003, the event started as a small guided art tour to help promote local artists.

Since then, however, it has exploded into a city-wide block party and social event that has completely transformed the local arts scene and revitalized the community.

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Capitola Rod & Custom Classic Car Show

Capitola Car Show

Photo Credit: Paul & Terry Gregory

Remember the good old days when you would roll up to the drive-in restaurant and order a burger from the carhop in your ’57 Chevy?

Me neither.

Lucky for us, this weekend we can get a glimpse of days gone by at the 8th annual Capitola Rod and Custom Classic Car Show in the Capitola Village.

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