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 8th – 10th, 2019

Natural Bridges

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, we’ve rounded up events to get you ready, from crafty workshops to local makers markets.

The weekend lineup also celebrates wildlife with the annual Migration Festival and a film featuring the return of coyotes to San Francisco.

For the curious and experimental, check out a performance by Manfred Werder or partake in some twisted tasting that is out of this world!

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

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: February 1st – 3rd, 2019

26th ave beach

It’s First Friday, so head out to the plethora of locations across town and in Watsonville that open their venues to art, wine and craft beer, and food. There’s lots of live music and theater around town: catch the multi-award-wining play Red Velvet. You can make a craft, learn, explore and move all weekend long! At the end of all, just sit back and watch the football game with friends and fans. See our picks for the top events each day this weekend:

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: January 25th – 27th, 2019

Lighthouse Sunsest

There are lots of ways to enjoy some local flavors this weekend without spending a dime! From the free rehearsal of the Santa Cruz Symphony, a stewardship and history event at Lighthouse Point, then on to an art exhibit reception, you can do it all for free.

If you’ve got some spending money, there are many worthy events to support like live theater, adventuring women, and our own sensational symphony.

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

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