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: February 7th – 9th, 2020

February First Friday is here to kick off the weekend by celebrating arts, artists, live music, and free admission to some pretty cool places.

The Migration Festival, 2nd Saturday on the Farm, and grand opening of a new skate park are perfect for families with young kids.

And don’t forget, this weekend the King Tides return so plan to visit your favorite tide pools during negative low tide!

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

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: January 30th – February 2nd, 2020

It’s a big weekend for team spirit. The Santa Cruz Warriors are in town for two home games, so let’s show them some love!

You can help clean up the Beach Flats neighborhood or plant a tree at Struve Slough.

There are some distinctive concerts as well as opportunities to make and see art.

Super Bowl Sunday is a great day to run a race, find out if you have what it takes to be a Derby Girl or just eat, drink and cheer.

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

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: January 24th – 26th, 2020

This weekend there are several movie events to choose from, including a free family movie night, a silent western filmed in Capitola a hundred years ago, and an inspiring women’s adventure film tour.

The Santa Cruz Warriors have home court advantage (twice), a live comedy special recording is happening at DNA’s Comedy Lab, and the annual bridal expo returns to the Cocoanut Grove.

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

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