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: December 20th – 22nd, 2019

School’s out for winter break this weekend and there are plenty of holiday happenings for the whole family.

From toy trains to Santa visits, Nutcracker performances to pop-up holiday markets, traditional holiday events take center stage.

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

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: December 13th – 15th, 2019

Holiday magic is alive in Santa Cruz this weekend with no shortage of festive fun. Take in a Nutcracker ballet, ride a horse-drawn carriage Downtown, catch a free showing of the movie Elf, and shop local artisan craft fairs.

Want a break from the holiday madness? Look no further than a Star Wars-themed Warriors game, science-themed standup comedy, and professional wrestling at the Civic.

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

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Get Festive! Your Guide to the Best 2019 Santa Cruz Holiday Events

2019 Santa Cruz Holiday Events

December is full of cheer in Santa Cruz with unique celebrations, beloved traditions, and a few new events this year that may become your holiday faves.

Celebrate the holidays in Santa Cruz with tree lightings, train rides, parades by land and sea, Nutcracker ballets, and opportunities to see Santa.

Be sure to check back often, as new holiday events are added throughout the season.

Here’s a roundup of some of the best opportunities to celebrate the holidays in Santa Cruz!

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