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: February 28th – March 1st, 2020

Every four years we get an extra day, and that day falls this weekend! Make the most of your leap year weekend watching the Warriors leap and dunk. 

Have some laughs and help send minority students from Santa Cruz High on a college visit by attending a benefit stand-up comedy show.

As always there is plenty of great live music of all kinds and many opportunities to learn about our diverse community.

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: February 21st – 23rd, 2020

Family friendly happenings this weekend include a free screening of Mary Poppins Returns, a library grand opening, and storytelling around a campfire.

Enjoy the local arts and craft scene at the Community Art Market and 42nd Annual Quilt Show.

For outdoor enthusiasts, there’s a surf competition at the Lane and the BANFF Centre Mountain Film Festival.

And don’t forget to fuel up on clam chowder at the Boardwalk!

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

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: February 14th – 16th, 2020

The lovers holiday is here. Never fear! Whether you are a skeptic or a hopeless romantic, there are activities for all; from counting elephant seals to singing love songs.

A dinner date with a toddler is memorable, or maybe you are the reggae festival type. What the heck? Get married! This and more on Friday.

We love local artists, so get out there and share the love at a show, lecture, or art market on Saturday and Sunday.

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

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