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: August 30th – September 1st, 2019

Does Labor Day weekend really mark the end of summer? Here’s a little Santa Cruz secret…the best is yet to come!

We’ve lined up events to kick off the beginning of a fantastic secret summer season in Santa Cruz County!  Watch a train robbery, fiddle around at a festival of fiddles or even attend a local wine country tour and so much more.

Happy weekend!

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

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: August 23rd – 25th, 2019

School is starting, but the weekend’s events offer the right medicine to cure the back to school blues. 

Kick back in the great outdoors for a movie, or dance the night away, you’ve got lots of fun choices on Friday.

Make your mark painting a mural, become an expert dahlia grower, or learn about animal rescues, and still have time to taste tequila or see the Derby double header!

Sunday brings a magic/comedy show and a rockin’ community fundraiser.

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

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: August 16th – 18th, 2019

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This weekend you can celebrate Pride and the Aloha spirit, attend a two-day art, wine & beer festival (kid and dog-friendly!), and savor summer with two lovely garden events—a makers market pop up and an evening of paella.

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

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