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: March 1st – 3rd, 2019


The first day of March gets the weekend off to a festive start with a little help from the Mommas of HOT Jazz Swing.

Our picks for families include the annual amphibian celebration, Salamander Saturday, and the inaugural Imaginarium!.

The 21+ crowd can pub crawl with the Derby Girls or hit the mountains for Mardi Gras.

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

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: February 22nd – 24th, 2019

This weekend, Santa Cruz celebrates symphony, theater, film, and chowdah!

The event lineup features two days of clam chowder tasting, a four-day adrenaline-packed film festival, and a wide variety of musical, theatrical, and dance performances to choose from.

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

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: February 15th – 17th, 2019

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It’s looking like a cold, wet weekend…perfect for enjoying the great indoors.

But you don’t have to stay cooped up at home. There’s a local brewery anniversary to celebrate, the final weekend of a highly-recommended play, and Friendship Day activities to keep you warm and dry.

Don’t miss a chance to rock out with a local celebrity, or you can get into the Valentines mood with a night at the opera.

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

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