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: January 11th – 13th, 2019

This weekend in Santa Cruz: Jan. 11-13, 2019

It’s raining, it’s sporing…it’s perfect weather to enjoy the 3-day Fungus Fair this weekend!

It’s also a good time to visit California’s oldest state park and learn how the tallest redwoods are measured.

Variety is the spice of life on the music scene. From a harp festival to heavy metal mariachi, aka Metalachi, we’d say there’s something for everyone.

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

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: January 4th – 6th, 2019

january 4-6, 2019 events in santa cruz

It’s hard to believe, but 2019 is here and the holidays are officially behind us.

Kick off the new year with First Friday, a popular annual festival and our favorite new way to shop local in Downtown Santa Cruz. This is also the last weekend to catch the Toy Trains at the MAH, a must-see for kids and train enthusiasts.

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

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8 Family Friendly Things to do in Santa Cruz During New Year’s Weekend

monarchs at Natural Bridges

Happy Holidays!

Our roundup of events is lighter than usual this weekend, as we all recover from Christmas and get ready for New Year’s.

If you’re entertaining out of town guests, see our top picks for things to do this weekend, plus a day-by-day guide of music, nature walks, and more:

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