This Weekend in Santa Cruz: February 1st – 3rd, 2019

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It’s First Friday, so head out to the plethora of locations across town and in Watsonville that open their venues to art, wine and craft beer, and food. There’s lots of live music and theater around town: catch the multi-award-wining play Red Velvet. You can make a craft, learn, explore and move all weekend long! At the end of all, just sit back and watch the football game with friends and fans. See our picks for the top events each day this weekend:


Winter Is For Everyone

When: 2/1 from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm Where: Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park Cost: Free What could be better than sipping a cup of Mexican hot chocolate while sitting around a campfire and getting lost in a good story? Enjoy all of these, in good company too, at our local historic mission park! Get more info here.

Red Velvet

When: 2/1 – 2/3 from 8:00 pm on Friday, 2:00 and 8:00 pm on Saturday and 2:00 pm on Sunday Where: The Colligan Theater Cost: $45/$50 The Jewel Theater brings professional actors to the stage in Santa Cruz with a timely production of Red Velvet, a play exploring racial divisions brought to light when an African American actor must take the place of England’s most famous leading man in Shakespeare’s Othello. Get more info here.

Hearts for the Arts 2019

When: 2/1 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm Where: Artisans & Agency Cost: Free Do you heart art? Come to the First Friday Reception at Artisan’s Gallery to bid on Valentine-themed works available by silent auction. Proceeds benefit Santa Cruz Art Council’s Arts Education program, which brings art and culture to over 17,000 students across the county. The silent Auction runs through Feb. 13. Get more info here.

First Friday

When: 2/1 at 5:00 pm Where: Multiple Locations County-wide Cost: Free With events in galleries, salons, shops and restaurants throughout Santa Cruz and Watsonville, First Friday serves up the options. If you find yourself on the Westside, check out Stockwell Cellars for wine, mixed media photography and food from Ate3One food truck. You can stay on the Westside and visit other galleries, or move on to Midtown, Downtown or Watsonville for more art, interactive experiences, performances, food and drink. Get more info here.

Also on Friday





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“Land of the Jaguars: Wild Wetlands of South America,” A New Presentation by Frans Lanting and Chris Eckstrom

When: 2/2 at 3:00 pm & 7:00 pm Where: Rio Theatre, 1205 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062 Cost: Seymour Center Members $20 | General Admission $25 | Gold Circle $45 Saturday, February 2, 2019 3 PM and 7 PM Acclaimed wildlife photographer Frans Lanting and partner Chris Eckstrom bring an up close look at the jaguars of Brazil’s Pantanal and the miraculously successful restoration efforts in Argentina’s Ibera wetlands, which were exploited to the point of devastation. Conservationists Doug and Kris Tomkins’ efforts to rehabilitate the grandeur of this unique animal kingdom are documented by Lanting and Eckstrom as they share stories, photos and videos of their latest jungle adventure. Proceeds benefit marine science education and conservation programs. Get more info here.

ArtSmart Family First Saturdays: Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir

When: 2/2 at 11:00 am Where: Santa Cruz Memorial Veterans Hall Cost: Adult $15, Child $10 Bringing world rhythms and culture to Santa Cruzans, the latest ArtSmart Family First concert features renown singer/dancer/percussionist/storyteller Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir. This Grammy-nominated ensemble inspires with African American roots music and history told through song and dance. Get more info here.

Santa Cruz Tattoo Expo

When: 2/2 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm Where: Kaiser Permanente Arena Cost: Converging at the Kaiser Permanente Arena are 100 tattoo artists from all over the country ready to ink some art on you! Get more info here.

Ice Cream for Breakfast Day

When: 2/2 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm Where: Penny Ice Creamery (Downtown Santa Cruz) Do your patriotic duty and celebrate Ice Cream for Breakfast Day! In recognition of this important global movement, the Penny Ice Creamery (downtown location) will open up at 9:00 am serving up scoops for your most important meal of the day. Get more info here.

Red Velvet

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Also on Saturday






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SCM Makers Market Presents The Downtown Santa Cruz Makers Market –RESCHEDULED

When: 2/3 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm – RESCHEDULED DUE TO RAIN; NEW DATE 2/10 Where: Downtown Santa Cruz Cost: Free The Santa Cruz Mountain Maker’s Market is a gathering of  40 local artists with free concerts all day long. Stroll and shop local along the downtown streets– treasure hunting is good exercise! Get more info here.

Super Bowl Fun Run

When: 2/3 from 7:00 am to 11:00 pm Where: Back entrance of Natural Bridge State Park Cost: $40/$50, Child $5  The Superbowl starts at 3:00 pm, so you have plenty of time to run a 10K and still enjoy the day! The Santa Cruz Track Club presents the Superbowl Run, a 10K, 3K and 1K for kids, along gorgeous West Cliff Drive. Get more info here.

Super Bowl Party at Bruno’s Bar and Grill

When: 2/3 from 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm Where: 230 Mount Hermon Rd., #G Scotts Valley, CA 95066 Cost: Free; RSVP For good, old-fashioned Superbowl fun, head to Bruno’s Bar and Grill. They’ll be serving up food and drink specials with games and prizes– it’s the perfect spot to watch the game. Get more info here.

Red Velvet

See Description Under Friday Section

Also on Sunday






Upcoming Events You Don’t Want to Miss


What: SPRING BREAK CAMP Where: Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History When: April 1 – 5, 2019 Enrollment opens Friday for area Kindergarten and 1st graders’ Young Explorers Spring Break Camp. For five days, the kids will build a strong connection with nature as they interact with our natural environment through exploration, science and art projects and games at the Museum of Natural History and outside. Get more info here.

Registration for Summer 2019 Backpacking Trips

santa cruz backpacking tours 2019 What: Registration for Summer 2019 Backpacking Trips Where: California State Park When: June 20 through Sunday June 23, 2019 Online registration also begins February 1 for California State Parks Backpacking trips. With two Naturalists leading each trip, backpackers will learn about the natural and cultural history of our beautiful and bio-diverse wild places. Trips include Skyline to Sea, Butano and Castle Rock State Parks. Get more info here.

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About Meridith Cook

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