This Weekend in Santa Cruz: February 16th – 18th, 2018

Main Beach from Santa Cruz Wharf

The month of romance lingers on with a concert that celebrates music and the night sky, as well as a performance that poses a very interesting question. If you find yourself in need of some health and lifestyle changes, world renowned alternative health guru Deepak Chopra is coming to town to discuss that very topic.

Maybe you want to shake things up this weekend and attend an event to taste some unique flavor-twisted adult beverages or catch a national touring burlesque performance. There are also opportunities to help out in the community in a variety of ways.

Whatever you decide to do, we hope you have a great Santa Cruz weekend!

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



When: 2/16 at 7:00 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm)
Where: Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
Cost: $34.95

Bookshop Santa Cruz presents a special evening with new age health guru Deepak Chopra at the Civic Auditorium. He will discuss his new book about achieving ideal health and the power that rests with our own lifestyle choices. Tickets include admission and a copy of The Healing Self.

Get more info here.

What is Erotic? 2018

When: 2/16 – 2/17 from 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Where: The 418 Project
Cost: $20-$140

What Is Erotic? at The 418 Project is a collection of live performances, each with their own interpretation on the topic of, “What is Erotic?” This annual performance, now in its second decade, brings together performers with with diverse backgrounds and skills. Each performer receives months of WIE mentorship and coaching as they prepare to bring their personal performances to the stage. Performance styles are without limitation; you can expect song, dance, spoken word, performance art, burlesque, and more.

Get more info here.

Also on Friday

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Starry Night Concert

When: 2/17 from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Christ Lutheran Church
Cost: $20 general, $15 student (plus service fee)

A candlelit concert with a theme of moonlight and starry skies awaits you as Soprano Danielle Crook and pianist Leah Zumberge bring you a special evening of poetry set to classical music. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Jacob’s Heart Children’s Cancer Support Services.

Get more info here.

Caravan of GLAM

When: 2/17 at 4:00 pm and 8:00 pm
Where: Rio Theatre
Cost: $10 Gen, $30 Gold Circle

This national New Age Caberet tour has arrived in Santa Cruz for a show you won’t soon forget! Performances of cirque, drag, acrobatics, comedy, singing and more brought to you in two shows, one for all ages followed by a show for 18+.

Get more info here.

Twisted Tasting

When: 2/17 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
Cost: $90.50 (includes service charge)

Get ready for a night of crazy flavor blending that is sure to provide an unforgettable taste experience. Break out the 70s nightclub attire for an evening of local crafted drink creations and fun surprises!

Get more info here.

Team Coco Fun Run/Walk and Information Meeting

When: 2/17 from 8:00 am to 10:00 am
Where: Homeless Garden Project Farm
Cost: Free

Gather at Coco’s Memorial Lavender garden for a run/walk and then join in on breakfast and coffee at the Homeless Garden Project. Learn about Team Coco and how you can be part of this mission in Coco’s honor!

Get more info here.

East Cliff Brewing Co 2nd Anniversary Party

When: 2/17 from 12:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Where: East Cliff Brewing Co

East Cliff Brewing Co is celebrating its second year with an all-day party. Come on out for food trucks (Drunk Monkeys, Gordo Gustavo’s BBQ, and Bruxo), live music (The New Shockwaves, Coffee Zombie Collective, and Wasabi featuring Tami Brown), beer releases, and a rotating featured beer each hour. Join the party!

Get more info here.

Exploring the San Lorenzo River – The River through Time

When: 2/17 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Where: San Lorenzo River: Junction Park, Boulder Creek
Cost: Free; Pre-registration is required

A great opportunity to learn more about our San Lorenzo River Watershed in this ongoing series held on most Saturdays through April. Expert birders, wildlife specialists and fisheries biologists will lead the educational walks along the river. This week’s event will explore the upper watershed.

Get more info here.

What is Erotic? 2018

See Description Under Friday Section

Also on Saturday

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“Conserving Plants on a Changing Planet”: Arboretum & Botanic Garden Ray Collett Rare and Extraordinary Plants Lecture Series

When: 2/18 at 5:00 pm
Where: UCSC Arboretum Hort II Building
Cost: Free event & free parking

Evan P. Meyer presents this lecture about a variety of threats facing wild organisms today and what is presently being done to preserve biodiversity for future generations. Donations are welcome.

Get more info here.

Family Volunteer Day – Beach Clean Up

When: 2/18 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am
Where: Cowell Beach
Cost: Free

Join Save Our Shores, Dream Inn, and the Delaveaga Parent Teacher Club at this Family Volunteer Day at Cowell Beach. Clean up supplies are provided. While you are there, grab a cup of coffee or hot chocolate and enter a raffle, too. Reusable water bottles and cups encouraged!

Get more info here.

Eat for a Cause – Walnut Avenue Family & Women’s Center

When: 2/18 from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing
Cost: Free, donations welcome

The Walnut Avenue Family & Women’s Center offers support, advocacy and education to families in our community who are facing difficult challenges. Support the cause and enjoy some authentic Indian food and live music, too! Karma Khana, a non-profit pop-up restaurant featuring Indian inspired cuisine, is donating 100% of the proceeds to the Women’s Center.

Get more info here.

Also on Sunday

Featured Upcoming Event

What: The 2018 NEXTies
Where: Rio Theatre
When: Friday, March 23 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM 

Cost: Early bird tickets – $20 Regular price – $25 The week of – $30

Mark your calendars on March 23rd for the big event! It’s that time of year for the NEXTies award presentation which celebrates the brightest and most innovative doers in a variety of industries within our community. Enjoy food and drink and an evening of outstanding inspiration! For tickets and a list of this year’s honorees, click 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.