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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Santa Cruz Holiday Craft Fairs & Shopping Events 2019

‘Tis the season to shop unique, handmade, and most of all, local.

Santa Cruz businesses and organizations are making it easy with a full slate of holiday shopping fairs, makers markets, and boutiques.

Here’s a roundup of some of the best opportunities to buy some awesome gifts and help support the local economy and arts culture at the same time.

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

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: October 4th – 6th, 2019

This is one of those weekends that makes us so excited to live in Santa Cruz.

Comedy, makers market, heritage crafts, inspiring ways with nature, Latin percussion, bluegrass, brews and T-birds are just some of the great activities lined up.

Avoid traffic and start your stay-cation now. First Friday events will keep you busy celebrating the diversity, fun and history of Santa Cruz.

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

This week’s roundup is sponsored by Arts Council Santa Cruz County & the Open Studios Art Tour. Open Studios is our favorite fall activity and we’re thrilled to visit North County artist studios this weekend. Look for the free Open Studios guide around town, download the “Open Studios Art Tour” app, or just follow the green signs around town.

Click here for more information about Open Studios.

Photo: Human Shaped Animal, Artist #20.

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: September 27th – 29th, 2019

With several food festivals to choose from, it’s a great weekend to get outside and feast! From Tapas on Top to the Burrito Bash, there are many outdoor, food-oriented activities all weekend.

Some great shows to catch, from experimental to musical or theater, are Remembering James, Sondheim’s Company, or an audio/visual venture at the DNA Comedy Lab.

Enjoy our parks, farms and other natural beauty while bird watching, touring Elkhorn Slough or UCSC’s Farm.

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

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