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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Mother’s Day 2019 in Santa Cruz

Bill Lewis Santa Cruz Sand: Mother's Day

Photo and sand sculpture by Santa Cruz Sand

Bountiful brunches are just the beginning of things to do for Mother’s Day in Santa Cruz, which falls on Sunday, May 12.

From shopping to the great outdoors, we’ve rounded up the best ways to spend some quality time with Mom throughout Mother’s Day weekend.

So make those brunch reservations and start planning to spoil, indulge, and celebrate mom — she deserves it.
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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: May 3rd – 5th, 2019

The first weekend in May kicks off with a full agenda that will keep you entertained from start to finish.

Choose a walk among the wildflowers, hear amazing fish stories or even take a musical trip through time.

From Bluegrass, to Mustangs to our favorite Derby Girls, you’re guaranteed another great Santa Cruz weekend!

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


This week’s roundup is sponsored by Play it Forward Santa Cruz — key word: PLAY! Don’t miss this family-friendly event from Santa Cruz Public Libraries and the City of Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation. From hands-on activities and games to live music, food trucks, and a beer & wine garden, come hungry, thirsty, and ready to play!

Click here for more information about Play it Forward.

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: April 26-28, 2019

west cliff flowers

This weekend brings a surf contest, outdoor shopping events, and a chance to enjoy some delicious sudsy beverages while supporting a great cause.

Families can enjoy duck races, a book fair and two children’s festivals.

Take your pick, you can’t go wrong! See our picks for the top events each day this weekend:

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