This Weekend in Santa Cruz: January 25th – 27th, 2019

Lighthouse Sunsest

There are lots of ways to enjoy some local flavors this weekend without spending a dime! From the free rehearsal of the Santa Cruz Symphony, a stewardship and history event at Lighthouse Point, then on to an art exhibit reception, you can do it all for free.

If you’ve got some spending money, there are many worthy events to support like live theater, adventuring women, and our own sensational symphony.

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


Free Open Rehearsal of the Santa Cruz Symphony

When: 1/25 from 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium

Santa Cruz is lucky enough to have its own symphony, but this weekend’s concert features a world premiere homage to the beauty of the winged inhabitants of the coastal redwood region, entitled, “Bonny Doon”, by Emmy-award winning local composer John Wineglass. In addition to Wineglass’ sonic flying dream, you can hear Klein International Competition grand prize winning cellist Jeremy Tai Klein perform Tchaikovsy’s Variations on a Rococo Theme. Mozart’s Symphony No. 40, always beloved, will complete the program.

You can see the concert dress rehearsal free on Friday night (donations happily accepted). But if you prefer to support the symphony, you can purchase tickets for Saturday night’s concert in Santa Cruz, or on Sunday in Watsonville.

Get more info here.

All About Theatre Presents Honk!

Honk Musical

When: 1/25 at 7:00 pm – 1/26 at 7:00 pm & 2:00 pm
Where: Louden Nelson Community Center
Cost: $13 – Students & Seniors (over 62), $16 – General Admission, $20 – Reserved Seating

All About Theater present’s the musical comedy about tolerance and acceptance, Honk!. Performed by local young talent, All About Theater shows are always a good bet for a night of family fun.

Get more info here.

Also on Friday





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Laura Hecox Day

Laura Hecox Day

When: 1/26 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Where: Lighthouse Point
Cost: Free

Lightkeeper at the original lighthouse on Westcliff from 1883 to 1916, Laura Hecox collected seashells, rocks and minerals, Indian basketry and other artifacts, which later formed the basis of the collection of the Museum of Natural History.

Here’s how you can celebrate the life and contribution of this citizen scientist: from 9:00-11:00 am lend a hand in the community cleanup of Lighthouse Field. Stop in anytime from 9:00- 2:00 pm at the Mobile Museum featuring items from the museum’s collection and more about Laura Hecox, the Lighthouse and the museum. And from 10:00- noon, you can learn more about the geology of Westcliff from the “geology gents” Gavin and Graham.

Get more info here.

Women’s Adventure Film Tour

When: 1/26 at 7:00 pm, doors open at 6:00 pm
Where: Rio Theatre
Cost: $18

Be awed, pyched and empowered watching these 8 films about women reaching for their highest potential as they surf, rock climb, ski and otherwise adventure for thrills and fulfillment. Films are selected for a family audience and every ticket sold will support the Changing Tides Foundation, educating others about the conscientious adventure of caring for the planet, and empowering women.

Get more info here.


When: 1/26 from 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
Cost: $15 – $85

See description under Friday section.

Get more info here.

Amahl and the Night Visitors

When: 1/26 at 11:00 am & 1:00 pm
Where: UCSC Music Center Recital Hall
Cost: Suggested donation $10 for adults (free for children).
Parking $5

This one act opera sings the story of the Three Kings, who stop by the home of the disabled yet imaginative Amahl and his impoverished mother on their way to visit the Christ child. Performed by UCSC opera students and instrumentalists, this sweet story is the perfect way to close out the month of January.

Get more info here.

All About Theatre Presents Honk!

See Description Under Friday Section

Also on Saturday




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Open House at the Castro Adobe: Beginnings at the Adobe

When: 1/27 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Where: Castro Adobe State Historic Park
Cost: Free

The Castro Adobe is still a park-in-the-making, and thus, opportunities to enjoy this old homestead are still rare. Join us for a warm cup of chocolate from the cocina as you learn about the Castro family and the pioneering days when they lived in this adobe home. Please carpool as parking is limited and this is an active construction site.

Get more info here.

Book Launch: Dan Haifley’s 40 Years of Saving Our Shores

Dan Haifley

When: 1/27 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Where: The MAH
Cost: Free

With our pristine coastline under constant threat from oil drillers and refiners, developers and polluters, Save Our Shores formed to fight for the preservation and conservation of our beautiful ocean backyard.

Founding director of SOS, and current director of O’Neill Sea Odyssey, Dan Haifley, will talk about the history of SOS and be on hand to sign copies of his new book, Forty Years of Saving Our Shores.

Get more info here.


Bridal Expo

When: 1/27 at 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Where: Cocoanut Grove
Cost: $8, $5 in advance

All the goods and services you’ll need to plan the wedding of your dreams. Come check out the area’s best photographers, florists, musicians, caterers, bakers, makeup artists, event venues and more. Buy your tickets in advance and be automatically entered to win a romantic getaway!

Get more info here.

Take Aways: Art To Go!

When: 1/27 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Where: Pajaro Valley Arts
Cost: Free Admission

If you enjoy browsing through the masterpieces of more than seventy talented local artists, then you are invited to the opening reception for Pajaro Valley Art’s spring exhibition. Take Aways, Art to Go! is a broad ranging fundraiser where everybody wins: buyers of all budget-sizes can take home an original, artists earn a commission and more art gets put upon the walls!

Get more info here.

Santa Cruz Warriors vs. South Bay Lakers

When: 1/27 at 5:00 pm
Where: Kaiser Permanente Stadium
Cost: From $29

Celebrate Lantinx Heritage Night with the Santa Cruz Warriors as they take on the South Bay Lakers. Limited edition “Los Warriors” apparel will be available for purchase.

Get more info here.

Also on Sunday





Upcoming Events You Don’t Want to Miss

Clam Chowder Cook-Off

What: Clam Chowder Cook-Off
Where: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
When: February 23 & 24

Clams, beware! The great Clam Chowder Cook Off features amateur chefs on Saturday and the professionals compete on Sunday. Purchase a tasting kit for $10 and help pick a winner! Each tasting kit comes with 6 taste tickets (valid either day), a spoon, cup and People’s Choice Ballot. 100% of proceeds from tasting kits go to supporting Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation.

Get more info here.

Twisted Tasting

What: Twisted Tasting
Where: Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
When: Friday, February 8 from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

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.

Winter is for Everyone

What: Winter is for Everyone
Where: Santa Cruz Mission SHP
When: Friday, February 1 from 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM 

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.

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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