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 7th – 9th, 2019

School’s out for summer and this weekend is packed with free community events for all.

First Friday festivities are in full swing at two local museums and beyond, including a street festival right outside the MAH.

Get outdoors Saturday at the Japanese Cultural Fair, Gerbera Festival, or Capitola Rods and Custom Classic Car Show.

Savor Sunday with a good book, or better yet, head to San Lorenzo Park and sign up for reading all summer long.

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

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: May 31st – June 2nd, 2019

There are many ways to enjoy what is uniquely and quintessentially Santa Cruz this weekend.

Head Downtown for Santa Cruz Pride or celebrate in the redwoods at the Redwood Mountain Faire and Bonny Doon Art, Wine & Brew Festival.

To top it off, we’ve got Open Streets Watsonville, a spring carnival, and the big centennial celebration of our own landmark Cement Ship!

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

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Memorial Day Weekend Events 2019

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Memorial Day Weekend is here and Santa Cruz is remembering with the Felton Remembers Parade, Civil War reenactments, and a ceremony at Evergreen Cemetery.

This 3-day weekend also brings a major surfing competition at Steamer Lane, a few shopping events, and we even have a new circus coming to town.

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

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