This Weekend in Santa Cruz: February 21st – 23rd, 2020

Family friendly happenings this weekend include a free screening of Mary Poppins Returns, a library grand opening, and storytelling around a campfire.

Enjoy the local arts and craft scene at the Community Art Market and 42nd Annual Quilt Show.

For outdoor enthusiasts, there’s a surf competition at the Lane and the BANFF Centre Mountain Film Festival.

And don’t forget to fuel up on clam chowder at the Boardwalk!

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

Friday

Free Family Movie Night – Mary Poppins Returns

When: 2/21 at 6:00 pm
Where: Capitola Community Center – 4400 Jade St. Capitola

Starting the weekend with a free family movie night is practically perfect in every way, especially when the movie is Mary Poppins Returns! Come early for free popcorn, pizza, and a space for your blankets, pillows, and low back chairs. Feel free to bring your own food and drink, too, but leave alcoholic beverages at home.

Get more info here.

Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour – Santa Cruz

When: 2/20 – 2/23 from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Where: Rio Theatre

The adrenaline rush starts Thursday when this 4-day film festival kicks off at the Rio. Featured films explore insane slopes, remote cultures, and extreme mountain sports. This year there are two programs featuring a different lineup of films on Thursday/Saturday and Friday/Sunday. Proceeds go to benefit the UCSC Wilderness Orientation Scholarship Fund.

Get more info here.

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Saturday

Community Art Market

When: 2/22 from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Where: The MAH

Photography, woodburning, printmaking, jewelry, and pottery are among the unique treasures you’ll find at the community art market in Abbott Square. It’s all about supporting and engaging with local artists and crafters. This month’s theme, Interactive, gives you the chance to watch artists craft, draw, paint, sculpt, and more right the spot.

Get more info here.

Felton Branch Library Grand Opening Celebration

When: 2/22 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where: NEW Felton Branch Library located at 6121 Gushee Street, Felton, CA

Hip hip hooray for the grand opening of the new Felton Branch Library! The celebration will include a ribbon cutting ceremony, speeches, and a day filled with crafts, demos, refreshments, music, and of course, storytime. Come check out this beautiful new public space in the San Lorenzo Valley.

Get more info here.

Pajaro Valley Quilt Association’s 42nd Annual Quilt Show

When: 2/22 – 2/23 
Where: Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds

Soak up the art, history, and tradition of quilt making and see what the Pajaro Valley Quilting Association is all about! This 2-day quilt show features over 300 quilts on display, a fashion show of wearable arts, live auction, member demos, a flea market, and more. This year’s featured speaker is award-winning artist Meri Henriques Vahl.

Get more info here.

Santa Cruz Clam Chowder

When: 2/22 – 2/23
Where: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

Calling all chowder lovers, grab your tasting kit and get to work! You now have two days to sample Boston and Manhattan chowders and vote for your favorites. The great Clam Chowder Cook-Off features amateur chefs on Saturday and the professionals compete on Sunday. 100% of proceeds from tasting kit sales go to supporting Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation.

Get more info here.

SANTA CRUZ WARRIORS VS. STOCKTON KINGS

When: 2/22 at 7:00 pm
Where: Kaiser Permanente Arena

Come cheer on the Warriors against the Stockton Kings on the 6th Annual Pajama Night! Fans are encouraged to support Project Pajama and donate a new pair of pjs to help a child in need. Don’t miss your chance to wear your pajamas out and not get any double takes, plus the first 1,000 fans in attendance will receive a SCW nightlight.

Get more info here.

Storytelling Night: “Trickster Tales from Around the World”

When: 2/22 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park

Gather ‘round the campfire for an evening of storytelling fun with Jim Cockrell and friends. Sip hot cocoa with a side of adventure, mystery, and comedy as you listen to trickster tales from around the world.

Get more info here.

Santa Cruz Scholastic Surf League (SC SSL) High School and Middle School Surf Contests

When: 2/22 – 2/23 
Where: Steamer Lane

Is there a more scenic sport for spectators than surfing? Steamer Lane is a natural amphitheater and you don’t have to buy a ticket to watch all the action. Let’s hope for great ocean conditions as middle and high schoolers from Santa Cruz to Half Moon Bay compete in short board, long board, and bodyboard divisions.

Get more info here.

Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour – Santa Cruz

See Description Under Friday Section

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Sunday

Corralitos Comedy Night with Richard Stockton

When: 2/23 at 5:30 pm
Where: Corralitos Cultural Center

End your weekend with the best medicine and ab workout around…laughter! Richard Stockton teams up with fellow comedians DNA and Jim Joseph for a night of standup comedy, storytelling, games, prizes, and food. Plus musical guest, the soulful Scott Kail and more.

Get more info here.

Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour – Santa Cruz

See Description Under Friday Section

Pajaro Valley Quilt Association’s 42nd Annual Quilt Show

See Description Under Saturday Section

Santa Cruz Clam Chowder

See Description Under Saturday Section

Santa Cruz Scholastic Surf League (SC SSL) High School and Middle School Surf Contests

See Description Under Saturday Section

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Upcoming Events You Don’t Want to Miss

The 2020 NEXTies Awards

What: The 2020 NEXTies Awards
Where: Hotel Paradox
When: Friday, March 20, from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm

This year marks The NEXTies 11th year honoring those in Santa Cruz County who inspire our community. We’re talking entrepreneurs, non-profits, musicians, athletes, foodies, mentors, and more. Come to Hotel Paradox and get to know these do-gooders. See you on the red carpet!

Get more info here.

Santa Cruz County Business Expo

What: Santa Cruz County Business Expo
Where: Cocoanut Grove
When: Wednesday, March 11, from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Santa Cruzans, here’s your chance to learn about the 100+ businesses and nonprofits in our community. Spend the afternoon at the Cocoanut Grove enjoying the views, sampling free local food, discovering products and services, taking fun photobooth pics, and networking at the largest business event of the year.

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.

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