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: April 19th – 21st, 2019

It’s Easter weekend and there are many ways to celebrate the renewal of spring.

You can create something with your own two hands at Santa Cruz’s newest creative space, or you can enjoy and support our amazing young performers and veterans.

On Earth Day, you can find out how to revitalize our beautiful planet. For the youngest ones, there are two great opportunities to hunt for sweets!

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

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: April 12th – 14th, 2019

Its Beach

Kick off the weekend with food trucks, fashion, and music for country, classical, and pop fans. Then get ready for some family-friendly fun on Saturday, including an out-of-town wildflower and earth day celebration.

If you’re looking for egg hunts and the Easter Bunny, be sure to check out our 2019 Easter Events Guide to see what’s hoppin’ this weekend and next.

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

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Santa Cruz Easter Events 2019

Santa Cruz Easter Events

The Easter bunny will be making the rounds from the mountains to the beach and in between, hopping from egg hunts to brunches to photo opportunities with little ones.

So hop to it, make those brunch reservations, and grab those baskets! Some festivities start as early as the weekend before Easter so be sure to note specific event dates.

Here’s our roundup of the top Easter events in and around Santa Cruz this year.

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