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Santa Cruz Labor Day Weekend Events

Santa Cruz EventsLabor Day weekend marks the final performance in the Shakespeare Santa Cruz summer season.  This comes days after the announcement that Shakespeare Santa Cruz will close its doors after this year’s Holiday production.

This weekend also has plenty of other great events, including the always popular Capitola Begonia Festival.  Here are our picks for the long weekend:

Grateful Dead Tribute Band at Don Quixote’s

When: Friday 8/30

Santa Cruz has a deep connection to the iconic band the Grateful Dead.  This Friday, Bay area band Stu Allen & Mars Hotel will perform the Dead’s seminal work at Don Quixote’s in Felton.  The show is 21 and up only, and you can buy tickets in advance or at the door for fifteen dollars.

Friday Night Bands on the Beach

When: Friday 8/30

Former Disney Land in-house band and Beach Boys touring companion Papa Doo Run Run will perform in the final Bands on the Beach of the season.  As always, the concert is totally free — just show up to the Boardwalk and savor the last tunes of summer.

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: Aug. 23 – Aug. 25, 2013

Santa Cruz Edible Gardens TourFrom music and movies to green-thumbed gourmet, the different events and activities happening this weekend in the Santa Cruz area are bountiful.

Here’s a roundup of some of the best ones:

Bands on the Beach: Eddie Money

When: Friday 8/23

The Boardwalk has been offering tickets to paradise all summer with its free concert series, so it’s only fitting that Eddie Money will be filling this season’s second-to-last slot.  As always, these events can get pretty busy, so try to use alternative transportation if possible

8th Annual Wellness Fair

When: Saturday 8/24

Every year the local College of the Botanical Healing Arts puts on a Wellness Fair in the heart of downtown.  The events includes alternative medicine guest speakers, free samples of health foods and products, and hands-on demonstrations.  Lather on some hemp sunscreen and go join in the fun.

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: Derby Girls, Polynesian Festival, and More

Event CalendarSummer’s almost winding down, but that doesn’t mean there’s a lack of things to do in town. Here are some of our top picks for this weekend.

Santa Cruz Derby Girls

When: Saturday, 8/17

Saturday night brings another Derby Girls match to Kaiser Permanente Arena, where the Harbor Hellcats will face off against Fresno’s Atomic Assault.  Last year the Hellcats beat Fresno by just one point, so this one’s sure to be a nailbiter.

21st Annual Aloha Celebrity Races and Polynesian Festival

When: Sunday, 8/18

This Sunday morning, the Santa Cruz Wharf area will be filled with novice outriggers, in three different races designed for people who have never canoed before.  Win or lose, participants and spectators can enjoy the Polynesian cultural festival happening afterwards.

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