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: August 9th – 11th, 2019

Summer vacation is quickly waning, but you can make the most of it with lots of special events to choose from.

Full Moon madness at Henry Cowells is always a thrill, but you can also catch an amazing Broadway variety show, a concert at the beach or sample local cuisine and music at the Food Lounge.

Saturday and Sunday’s offerings are just as varied; you can be outside or inside, learning, listening to music or watching art take place before your eyes.

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

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: August 2nd – 4th, 2019

The first weekend of the month is always a treat because of First Friday and all the shops, salons and galleries around town that open their doors to display the work of our talented local art community. 

This weekend and next brings to town a world-class contemporary music festival that will not fail to impress and inspire.

And lucky for us, there are lots of ways this weekend to get out and celebrate the diversity and beauty of our awesome county, from the Church Street Fair to the Watsonville Strawberry Festival.

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

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: July 26th – 28th, 2019

This weekend brings crowd favorites like Friday Night Bands on the Beach, Music at Skypark, and even the Wharf to Wharf.

But, did you know Capitola is hosting its first food truck event, Lenz Arts is celebrating 51 years, and you can watch the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra rehearse for free?

Check out the lineup and add a new favorite for yourself, your kids, and even your dog.

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

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