This Weekend in Santa Cruz: February 8th – 10th, 2019

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With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, we’ve rounded up events to get you ready, from crafty workshops to local makers markets.

The weekend lineup also celebrates wildlife with the annual Migration Festival and a film featuring the return of coyotes to San Francisco.

For the curious and experimental, check out a performance by Manfred Werder or partake in some twisted tasting that is out of this world!

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

Friday

TWISTED TASTING IN OUTER SPACE ~ 2019

When: 2/8 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
Cost: $91.50 (includes service charge)

In conjunction with SFBeerWeek 2019, the brewers, crafters, distillers and artisans of our local food and beer scene get one week a year to unleash all the flavors in the universe. Twisted Tasting is a unique benefit featuring rare brews that you will find nowhere else on earth. Enjoy the concoctions and raise money for the Arts Council of Santa Cruz.

Get more info here.

Once Upon a Mattress

When: 2/8 – 2/10 at 7:00 pm & 1:00 pm
Where: Loma Prieta Community Center
Cost: $12

Definitely not the story of the “Princess and the Pea” that you thought you knew! This classic fairy tale has been revisited to bring you a musical romantic comedy with many twists and turns to give this old familiar story a brand new spin.

Get more info here.

Manfred Werder: 20160 and 20170

When: 2/8 at 8:00 pm
Where: Radius Gallery
Cost: $10 students, $15 general

Swiss composer, performer, and curator Manfred Werder, along with musicians Mustafa Walker and Andrew C. Smith, will perform his recent ongoing works 20170 and 20160. These experimental compositions involve language in the form of quotations, found nouns, and other elements, as he transcribes fragments onto a 10cm by 22m scroll with a pocket typewriter. Yes, we’re curious too!

Get more info here.

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Saturday

32nd Annual Migration Festival

When: 2/9 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Where: Natural Bridges State Beach
Cost: Free; Vehicle day use parking is $10

Santa Cruz County is a temporary home to many species of creatures that make a stop along their migration throughout the year. Celebrate the whales, butterflies, birds and more that travel through briefly or make a longer stop in our area as they make their way to their next destinations. Bring the family for animal talks, games, crafts, skits, live music and educational booths.

Get more info here.

Block Printed Love Themed Cards Workshop

When: 2/9 from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Where: All Hands Workshops
Cost: $70

Have you ever wanted to make your own greeting cards but weren’t sure where or how to begin? This workshop will show you how to block print your own love-themed cards just in time for Valentine’s Day or any occasion. Take some time to relax and be creative in this fun workshop.

Get more info here.

San Francisco: Still Wild at Heart

When: 2/9 at 7:00 pm
Where: Rio Theatre
Cost: $10 – $25

This family-friendly film tells about the return of coyotes to San Francisco and other cities in America. Learn how coyotes adapt to ecosystems in the cities and how humans can coexist with them safely. Hear about the human and non-lethal methods that Marin County farmers use to protect their livestock. Guest speaker Camilla Fox, founder of Project Coyote, will give a presentation and answer questions.

Get more info here.

One Breath: A Celebration of Love and Community

When: 2/9 from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Nourish, Santa Cruz
Cost: $12

Bring just yourself or bring a partner for poetry readings, live music and storytelling all while getting to know other members of your community. Enjoy a fun night featuring Poet Laureate of Santa Cruz Danusha Laméris, poet Eric Schneider, and acoustic guitar by Armando Alcaraz, plus storytelling from Jocelyn and Victor Dubin. Chocolate samples and tea will be available.

Get more info here.

Capitola Village Sip & Stroll – SOLD OUT 

When: 2/9 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Where: Capitola Village
Cost: $22.50

This event is sold out. Sip and stroll the village while enjoying a unique shopping experience. 13 favorite businesses will host sip and stroll guests in designated areas to sample beer, wine and small appetizers. Get your tickets and wristbands in advance before it sells out!

Get more info here.

Make a Glass Valentine with Annie

When: 2/9 from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Where: Annieglass
Cost: $65

Celebrate your Valentine by decorating a heart-shaped glass hanging ornament perfect to give as a gift.  Enjoy live acoustic guitar and a complimentary glass of wine, beer or soft drink. Not for children under 12. Workshop participants receive 10% off Annieglass Firsts the day of participation.

Get more info here.

Once Upon a Mattress

See Description Under Friday Section

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Sunday

The Downtown Santa Cruz Makers Market

When: 2/10 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
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.

Valentine’s Market at the Market

When: 2/10 from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Where: Abbott Square Market
Cost: Free

Are you looking for a special gift for your Valentine? Come and check out the 2nd annual Valentine’s maker’s market and find a wide variety of gifts for that special someone, including handcrafted jewelry, metal works, and organic and sustainable products.

Get more info here.

Hive & Hum Farewell Lovefest

When: 2/10 from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Where: Hive & Hum

If you haven’t heard the sad news yet, Hive & Hum is closing their doors after 3 wonderful years in our community. As a thank you, they have invited over a dozen local makers and artists to share their beautiful work. Come hang out for sips, nibbles, and huge discounts on Hive & Hum merchandise.

Get more info here.

Galentine’s Day Sip n’ Shop

When: 2/10 from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Where: Home/Work

Home/Work is celebrating the strongest bond there is…girlfriends! Sip and shop (with or for your bestie) special guest pop-ups Tiny House Chocolate, Last Meridian, and In Situ Jewelry. Aura and channeled readings will also be available, but be sure to get a ticket before they’re gone!

Get more info here.

Carrie’s Dream Dance Showcase

When: 2/10 at 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm
Where: Aptos High School Performing Arts Center
Cost: $20 – $2

The 5th Annual Carrie’s Dream Dance Showcase carries on the dream of a beloved dance teacher to provide dance scholarships for children and young adults in need. In memory of Carrie Dianda McCoid, 8 studios/teams will take to the stage performing jazz, hip hop, lyrical, ballet, and contemporary dance numbers. There are two performances to choose from, plus live and silent auction events and a bake sale—all proceeds will benefit the Carrie’s Dream Scholarship Fund.

Get more info here.

Once Upon a Mattress

See Description Under Friday Section

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Upcoming Events You Don’t Want to Miss

Santa Cruz Derby Girls 2019 Pub Crawl!

What: Santa Cruz Derby Girls 2019 Pub Crawl!
Where: Downtown Santa Cruz
When: Friday, March 1

Kick off the 2019 Roller Derby season with the Santa Cruz Derby Girls at their annual pub crawl. Starting at Abbot Square and continuing on to El Palomar, 99 Bottles, and Pour Tap Room for an evening of drinking, dining, and arm wrestling with the Derby Girls. Then on to the Blue Lagoon to dance the night away!

Get more info here.

Mardi Gras in the Mountains

What: Mardi Gras in the Mountains
Where: Brookdale Lodge
When: Saturday, March 2

The Brookdale Lodge is back in action and hosting a dazzling Mardi Gras celebration in the Santa Cruz Mountains, New Orleans style! Cajun and traditional food, live music, beverages, dancing and plenty of beads to go around. Come dressed in your favorite Mardi Gras fashion and don’t forget your mask! Rooms are available for booking.

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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