This Weekend in Santa Cruz: April 5th – 7th, 2019

April showers still bring fantastic events this weekend.

Head to a museum or two for First Friday festivities. Learn all about miniature bonsai trees, or watch some miniature trains chugging through the Santa Cruz Mountains.

And enjoy a couple of firsts in Santa Cruzthe inaugural VegFest and the Boardwalk Fun Run.

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

 

Friday

First Friday at the Museum

When: 4/5 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Cost: Free

The Museum of Natural History will host their annual exhibit bringing together science and art. The Art of Nature exhibit displays a wide variety of media and subjects that highlights the work of over 30 local artists. Bring the family to explore the museum, watch live demos with scientific illustrators, and enjoy refreshments.

Get more info here.

April Free First Friday: ‘We’re Still Here’ Opening

When: 4/5 from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History
Cost: Free

Don’t miss opening night of the newest exhibition at the MAH. “We’re Still Here” brings awareness of the social isolation of seniors. A local group of community seniors, advocates, and artists created this exhibit of artwork and action cards that highlights the impact of social isolation of those over 60. You can also drop in to make a postcard for a local senior.

Get more info here.

The Radical Zine Reading and Art Show Night

When: 4/5 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Where: Resource Center for Nonviolence
Cost: Free

Celebrate the release of the latest issue of The Radical Zine, “Fight Poverty, not the Poor”. Contributors of this issue will discuss their work and what inspired them. Also, check out the live music, open mic, local artist exhibits, and an opportunity to connect with your fellow community members.

Get more info here.

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Saturday

Santa Cruz Bonsai Kai 31st Annual Exhibit

When: 4/6 – 4/7 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where: The Museum of Art & History
Cost: $5 General, Free for Members and Children Under 5

Everything you wanted to know about Bonsai and more! See demonstrations from Bonsai Masters to learn the techniques of creating these artistic and beautiful trees. Enjoy performances by Watsonville Taiko (Saturday) and The Nori Project (Sunday), as well as Sumi-e Japanese ink paintings and origami demonstrations. We highly recommend buying raffle tickets for this one!

Get more info here.

Santa Cruz VegFest

When: 4/6 from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm
Where: Cocoanut Grove
Cost: Free

Want to know more about living a plant-based, cruelty-free and environmentally-friendly lifestyle? VegFest will feature local restaurants, food exhibitors and samples for your enjoyment, as well as presentations and discussions. Come and see what’s new in the world of beauty and fashion with cruelty-free and sustainable products, too.

Get more info here.

Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre In Concert 2019

When: 4/6 – 4/7 at 2:00 pm
Where: Cabrillo Crocker Theater
Cost: $10.40 to $20

Step out for an afternoon of ballet as Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre presents Thornton Wilder’s Our Town. This performance brings a mix of neoclassical and contemporary music and dance to the Cabrillo Crocker stage. Choreographed by Robert Kelly and Ron Cunningham.

Get more info here.

Roaring Camp: Model Railroad Exhibit

When: 4/6 – 4/7 at 9:00 am
Where: Roaring Camp Railroads

Bring the family for a fun day of trains! Model trains will be on display as well as a railroad track with a scale model of the Central Coast. Play engineer as the model trains chug over the Santa Cruz Mountains through the redwoods to the Boardwalk. After having fun with the minature trains, you can go outside to see or ride the big trains of Roaring Camp!

Get more info here.

April in Santa Cruz Festival

When: 4/6 at 7:30 pm
Where: Music Center Recital Hall
Cost: FREE and open to the public; Parking $5

UCSC Department of Music presents this contemporary music festival which features an entire month of weekend performances. The first event features the work of Professor Karlton Hester with Quantum Elders Hip-Bop Ballet. This performance will showcase global-African dance, spoken word, wind, string and percussion instruments, turntable, beat box and digital artwork.

Get more info here.

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Sunday

Boardwalk Fun Run

When: 4/7 from 6:30 am to 11:00 am
Where: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Cost: $25 and $45

Gather the kids, put on your running shoes and head to the Boardwalk for something new and different! Choose from a 1K race for kids 12 and under, or a 5K race for ages 4 and up. After the races, have some fun on the rides and at the arcade, or head for some relaxation at the beach.

Get more info here.

Downtown Maker’s Market

When: 4/7 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where: Pacific Avenue
Cost: Free

The Santa Cruz Mountain Maker’s Market is a gathering of 40 local artists, plus a free concert featuring Apple City Slough Band. Stroll and shop local along the downtown streets– treasure hunting is good exercise!

Get more info here.

Santa Cruz Bonsai Kai 31st Annual Exhibit

See Description Under Saturday Section

Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre In Concert 2019

See Description Under Saturday Section

Roaring Camp: Model Railroad Exhibit

See Description Under Saturday Section

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Upcoming Events You Don’t Want to Miss

Run.Sweat.Love 5K-1K Fest

What: Run.Sweat.Love 5K-1K Fest
Where: Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds
When: Saturday, April 13

This fun family race benefits the Mini Mermaid Running Club and the Young Tritons Running club for kids. Get your running shoes on and support these young athletes! Stay after the race for music, art displays, food vendors, and family activities. Runners, walkers and strollers are all welcome to this accessible event.

Get more info here.

Garden Planting and Wool Day

What: Garden Planting and Wool Day
Where: Wilder Ranch State Park
When: Saturday, April 27

Spring is in the air and it’s time to plant the garden and shear the sheep at Wilder Ranch! Learn how wool is made and see the demonstration of “sheep to shawl”. You can also help plant the heirloom garden just as they would have in 1900. Farm and garden craft activities and games for the whole family.

Get more info here.

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About Valerie Lemke

Valerie Lemke is a transplant from the Bay Area to Santa Cruz County over 25 years ago, and hasn't looked back since. She is a local freelance writer and photographer who loves writing about and photographing one of the most beautiful regions in the world, the Central Coast.

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