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: June 21st – 23rd, 2019

Summer officially begins on Friday, and we’re going to help you kick off a great Santa Cruz weekend filled with festivals, fairs, concerts and good old fun in the sun! Check out what we have lined up for you.

Happy Summer!

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

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Santa Cruz 4th of July Events (2019 Edition)

Santa Cruz 4th of July

Bring on the pancake breakfasts, parades, old-fashioned celebrations, and of course, fireworks.

Celebrate Independence Day Santa Cruz style!

See our picks for the top 4th of July events in Santa Cruz County and enjoy a safe holiday.

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Father’s Day Weekend Events in Santa Cruz | 2019

Father's Day Santa Cruz

Photo by Jessyka Soto. Follow Jessyka @jessyka_soto

Summer in Santa Cruz has so much to offer with lots of free community events. The dining is fine whether it’s food truck fare or four-course farm-to-table.

Take in a play, dance performance or concert.

And on Sunday, honor the Dad in your life. Let him choose from an art class, an outdoor play, brew train, or one of many other options!

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

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