This Weekend in Santa Cruz: April 14th – 16th, 2017

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The Easter bunny makes several appearances this weekend, from the beach in Capitola to the trees in Felton, at Roaring Camp Railroad.

Beyond egg hunts and Easter brunch, there’s always wine and this weekend is a great one for oenophiles to purchase a passport to the Santa Cruz Mountains wine region.

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

Santa Cruz Easter 2017

Easter Events

Just want to see the Easter events happening this weekend? You can find them all here, in our 2017 Santa Cruz Easter Guide.


A Special Evening of Comedy

Comedy_show_April_14_2017_largeWhen: 4/14 from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Where: Pure Pleasure
Cost: $25 in advance/$30 walk-in

Six stand up comedians, one goal: to keep you laughing all night long. Performers include Liz Stone, Emma Haney, Ta’ Vi, Emily Catalano, headliner, Ronn Vigh, and host Aviva Siegel. Enjoy complimentary beverages and a chance to check out this venue, a mother-daughter owned pleasure shop.

Get more info here.

Night Market

food loungeWhen: 4/14 from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Food Lounge

Second Fridays of the month bring the Night Market to the Santa Cruz Food Lounge, the perfect venue to gather with friends and unwind from the week. Craft cocktails, live music, and a variety of local food pop-up vendors = Happy Friday!

Get more info here.

Also on Friday

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11th Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Kennolyn Camps

When: Saturday, April 15 from 10:00 am – 2:30 pm
Where: Kennolyn Camps
Cost: Free

Hundreds of families will descend on Kennolyn Camps’ property to take part in one of the area’s largest hunts. Due to large crowds, there are now two hunts: 10:00-11:30am and 1:00-2:30pm.  After your kids have found all the eggs they can carry, stick around for a complementary tour of the campgrounds.

Get more info here.

Santa Cruz Mountains April 2017 Passport Day


When: 4/15 from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Where: Participating Santa Cruz Mountains Wineries
Cost: $65

Once a quarter, local oenophiles get the opportunity to sample the best that our vintners have to offer with Passport Days. One flat fee gets you tastings at dozens of different area wineries, including ones that are generally not open to the public.

Get more info here.

Eggstraordinary Egg Hunt


When: April 15 & 16 at 11:00 am, 12:30 pm & 2:00 pm
Where: Roaring Camp Railroad, Felton, Ca
Cost: $29 for adults, $22 for children

Take the Eggspress steam train through the redwoods up to the top of Bear Mountain.  Once at the top of Bear Mountain the kids will enjoy searching for chocolate eggs at the Eggstraordinary Easter egg hunt.  Kids should bring their own Easter egg baskets.

Get more info here.

Also on Saturday

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Easter Carnival & Egg Hunt

When: Sunday, April 16 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Where: Garfield Park Community Church
Cost: Free admission

Following the 11AM Easter Service, this Easter carnival will feature food trucks, games, bounce houses, a petting zoo, live music and, of course, an Easter egg hunt—bring your own basket! Proceeds will go toward Project:Pollinate, and all families are welcome.

Get more info here.

Drop-In Craft: Paper Poppies

When: 4/16 from 1:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park
Cost: Free

Pop by for poppies! The whole family can make a paper bouquet to celebrate spring. This drop-in craft time is free and the perfect activity to round out an afternoon at the Mission. Pack a picnic, take a self-guided tour of the mission, and enjoy the views of downtown and the ocean. You can even bring Fido on a leash!

Get more info here.

Eggstraordinary Egg Hunt

See description under Saturday section.

Also on Sunday

Featured Upcoming Event

santa cruz mini maker faire

What: Santa Cruz Mini Maker Faire
Where: Gateway School
When: Saturday, April 29th from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Cost: Day of tickets $4 – $16. Early bird & advanced ticket prices available.

Prepare to experience the greatest show & tell in Santa Cruz County at this family-friendly showcase of local creativity, innovation, and fun! Jam-packed with hands-on, interactive experiences, live music, performance art, food trucks, and more. Check out our photos from last year’s Mini Maker Faire here.

Get more info here.

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About Christine Candelaria

Christine Candelaria is a local mom of four who enjoys sharing her Santa Cruz adventures. You can follow her #santacruzlife on Instagram at @theaumsmama.