This Weekend in Santa Cruz: April 26-28, 2019

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This weekend brings a surf contest, outdoor shopping events, and a chance to enjoy some delicious sudsy beverages while supporting a great cause.

Families can enjoy duck races, a book fair and two children’s festivals.

Take your pick, you can’t go wrong! See our picks for the top events each day this weekend:


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Friday

Mamma Mia!

When: April 26 – May 5, Friday and Saturday 7:00 pm, Sunday 2:00 pm
Where: San Lorenzo Valley High School Performing Arts Center
Cost: $12 – $18

With an irresistible score and romantic plot line, Mamma Mia makes for great entertainment, especially when it’s all performed by the talented students at SLV High School.

Get more info here.

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Saturday

Mineral, Gem, Fossil and Jewelry Show

When: 4/27 & 4/28 from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
Cost: $6.00 . Free for children under 12.

Here is your chance to stock up on beads and supplies or finished jewelry, healing crystals, fossils and gems! Take a walk through the 68th annual Santa Cruz Gem and Mineral show and you will enjoy seeing the geologic treasures of the earth, with many items for sale and children’s activities such as gold panning.

Get more info here.

The Devil’s Road: A Baja Adventure (WORLD PREMIERE)

When: 4/27 at 5:30 pm
Where: Rio Theatre
Cost: $12 advance, $15 at the door

Walk the red carpet in your finest duds at the world premier of this adventure-filled romp retracing the steps of two naturalists who explored Baja over 100 years ago. You will be inspired by the beauty, diversity and culture of Baja as the modern adventurers explore the changes time and human activity have wrought on the landscape. Cast and crew will be on hand for a Q&A after the screening. Refreshments will be available for purchase as well as a raffle with cool prizes.

Get more info here.

Soquel Village Sip & Stroll Wine Walk

When: 4/27 at 1:00 pm
Where: Soquel Village
Cost: $35 advance, $40 day of

Cute little downtown Soquel has many hidden gems which you can explore as you sample some of our area’s fine wines. With your wristband, commemorative glass and event map, you will have access to 11 tasting stations also serving small bites. ATE3ONE food truck will also be selling delectables if you work up a bigger appetite.

Get more info here.

29th Annual Ducky Derby

When: 4/27 from 10:30 am – 3:30 pm
Where: Harvey West Park
Cost: Free admission

A quintessential Santa Cruz family fun day, the 29th annual Ducky Derby is a fundraiser for many local charities and student scholarships. In addition to the rubber duck races being held throughout the day, there are carnival games, great food, live music and entertainment and sweet prizes for the lucky ducks!

Get more info here.

Logjam! 2019

When: 4/27 7:00 am – 5:00 pm, and after party & 4/28 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Where: Pleasure Point

A throwback contest, LogJam! features pre-1970 surfboards weighing 20 lbs or more, single fins and no leashes. With categories including men, women, children, tandem and paddleboard, everyone can get involved. Food vendors, educational materials and merchandise will be available, and there is a great raffle with proceeds going to many worthy causes, local and worldwide.

Get more info here.

Ales for Whales

When: 4/27 at 2:00 pm
Where: Humble Sea Brewing Co.
Cost: $12

Humble Sea Brewery is throwing an awesome party with delicious brews, live music, silent auction, sustainable pep-talks, surf gear and apparel, and all proceeds go to scholarships for low-income marine biology and conservation students.

Get more info here.

Dia de los Niños

When: 4/27 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Where: Branciforte Small Schools Campus
Cost: Free admission

Celebrate and indulge the children in your life with a fun festival; jumpy houses, face painting, carnival games, cake walk…the works! And, there’s a rummage sale out front for the bargain hunters. Yummy food will be available and all proceeds go right back to local schools.

Get more info here.

Life on the Ranch: Gardening and Wool Day

When: 4/27 from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Where: Wilder Ranch State Park
Cost: Free admission. $10 Parking.

Step back in time at Wilder Ranch. Visitors can help plant the garden as it would have been in 1910– organic and GMO free! Children can plant a bean in a paper pot and bring it home to their own garden. More living history demos abound with sheep dogs and sheep shearing and wool spinning. Snacks, drinks, tools and seedlings provided.

Get more info here.

Moss Landing Marine Laboratories Open House

When: 4/27 – 4/28 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where: Moss Landing Marine Laboratories
Cost: Free

This family-friendly favorite is worth the short drive out of town. For two days, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories opens its doors to the public, offering fun and educational behind-the-scenes tours, talks, and activities. What better way to learn about ocean science than with interactive attractions like fish printing, an invertebrate touch tank, and the famous annual puppet show?

Get more info here.

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Sunday

Santa Cruz Book Fair For Kids Of All Ages

When: 4/28 from 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Where: Downtown Santa Cruz Library
Cost: Free

Eight local authors will gather at the library’s main branch to read, sign and talk about their books to an audience of kids of all ages. Their books range from picture books to young adult, fiction and non-fiction and will available for sale. A portion of the proceeds will go to support the Friends of the Library.

Get more info here.

Felton SCM Makers Market

When: 4/28 from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Where: Mountain Community Resources Parking Lot
Cost: Free

Browse the handcrafted goods of over 40 local artists and makers as you listen to the musical stylings of Body Language, Whiskey West and Nomad. Food truck snacks will be available and beer from Steel Bonnet Brewing Company.

Get more info here.

City of Watsonville: Earth Day / Day of the Child

When: 4/28 from noon – 4:00 pm
Where: Watsonville Downtown City Plaza

Here is another great opportunity to celebrate children and the earth we live on. Downtown Watsonville hosts the perfect festival with games, prizes and activities dedicated to children and planet.

Get more info here.

Mineral, Gem, Fossil and Jewelry Show

See event description under Saturday section.

Moss Landing Marine Laboratories Open House

See event description under Saturday section.

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Upcoming Events You Don’t Want to Miss

Vive Oaxaca Guelaguetza

When: May 19 from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Where: San Lorenzo Park
Cost: $10, Age 5 and under Free

All the colors, flavors, sights and sounds of Oaxaca will come together in Santa Cruz for this beautiful, festive celebration of Oaxacan culture and people.

Bring a blanket or a lawn chair and enjoy the music, dancing, food and drinks brought to you by Senderos, a local non-profit supporting Latino youth and culture. Vive Oaxaca!

Star Wars Day: May the 4th Be With You

When: May the 4th
Where: Downtown Santa Cruz Library
Cost: Free

If the force is strong in you, head to the library to outsmart Stormtroopers and Mandalorian bounty hunters as you explore STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) programming offered through our libraries.

After you defeat the bad guys from the Golden Gate Garrison, head over to Atlantis Fantasyworld for Free Comic Book Day!

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About Meridith Cook

Meridith Cook came to Santa Cruz 18 years ago from Minnesota. She is a homeschooling mother of 3 who enjoys exploring the beauty and culture of this unique community.

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