This Weekend in Santa Cruz: January 30th – February 2nd, 2020

It’s a big weekend for team spirit. The Santa Cruz Warriors are in town for two home games, so let’s show them some love!

You can help clean up the Beach Flats neighborhood or plant a tree at Struve Slough.

There are some distinctive concerts as well as opportunities to make and see art.

Super Bowl Sunday is a great day to run a race, find out if you have what it takes to be a Derby Girl or just eat, drink and cheer.

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


Ales for Tails

When: 1/30 from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing

On the last Thursday of the month, loveable adoptable dogs show up at Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing, and cool folks come out to drink organic beer, raise money, and maybe even adopt a furry friend. $1 of every pint purchased all day will go to the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter.

Get more info here.

Tattoo the World Film Screening

When: 1/30 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History (The MAH)

In addition to its current exhibition, Santa Cruz Tattoo’d, the MAH is hosting a screening of Emiko Omori’s Tattoo the World which documents the life journey and artistry of Ed Hardy. Dive deep into the tattoo world with stories, live demos, local artists, and maybe even a chance for you to get inked at the MAH.

Get more info here.



When: 1/31 at 7:00 pm
Where: Kaiser Permanente Arena

Our very own towering team of basketball glory is having a great season this year, due in no small part to the enthusiastic fans who cheer them on. Friday night’s game is all about giving back. Players will wear charitable jerseys for auction to raise money for Second Harvest Food Bank.

Get more info here.

Also on Friday




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In a Medieval Garden

When: 2/1 from 7:30 pm to 9:30 am
Where: Holy Cross Church

Classical Music lovers flock to this distinguished festival, but this concert, which focuses on the earliest compositions, will delight any listener. This intimate recital takes the audience on a tour of the medieval music garden. Featuring five singers, medieval harp and bells, the music is both sacred and poetic. A pre-concert talk will begin 45 minutes before the show for aficionados who want to learn before they listen!

Get more info here.

Adult Arts & Crafts Workshop

When: 2/1 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Where: Scotts Valley branch library

If you are yearning to sketch the scenery around you but you’re too intimidated to put pen to paper, this is the workshop for you. Learn to use your intuition, not “ability,” to draw travel sketches wherever you may be. Each month, the Scotts Valley library brings in artists to teach their craft to the community, so get in touch with your creative side! Registration is required.

Get more info here.

Coventry & Kaluza

When: 2/1 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Veterans Memorial Building

Coventry & Kaluza know how to put on a good show for the littles and grownups alike. These two award-winning circus comedians incorporate juggling, acrobatics, music, laughs, and the most impressive hula hooping feats we’ve ever seen. Mark your calendar for some family fun!

Get more info here.

Nat Lefkoff, Ben Greenberg, and Hannah Connolly at The Abbey

When: 2/1 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: The Abbey – 350 Mission St, Santa Cruz, California 95060

The Abbey is the perfect venue to take in this blend of Americana singer/songwriters, with its artistic decor and delicious menu. Grab a bowl of soul and a spot on a comfy couch and take in the acoustic poetry of these three talented young musicians.

Get more info here.

Beach Flats Neighborhood Cleanup

When: 2/1 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Where: Beach Flats Park, 133 Leibrandt Avenue

The Coastal Watershed Council is getting to together with the public works department and residents and neighbors of the Beach Flats area to beautify the streets, pick up trash and have some fun together strengthening our community.

Get more info here.

Art Reception for “Extraordinary Ordinary: Cardboard Reimagined”

When: 2/1 from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Where: Cabrillo College Gallery

All that cardboard sitting in your recycle can is just waiting to be transformed into something amazing and beautiful. If you don’t believe me, just head on down to the Gallery at Cabrillo and see for yourself how everyday materials can be made into art.

Get more info here.


When: 2/1 at 7:00 pm
Where: Kaiser Permanente Arena

Not only is it Filipino Heritage Night, but the Warriors will be playing against the top rated team in their conference, the Memphis Hustle. Your team needs you to cheer them on! Plus, the first 1500 fans will get a Golden State Warriors nesting doll!

Get more info here.

World Wetlands Day 2020

When: 2/1 from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm
Where: Upper Struve Slough Trailhead

If you are an avid environmentalist, here is a chance for you to do something to make a real difference. Help plant trees for the first hour and then celebrate with other eco-friends with food and music and plenty of fun.

Get more info here.

Also on Saturday





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When: 2/2 at 7:30 am
Where: Santa Cruz Track Club

Even though it’s Super Bowl Sunday, you don’t have to be a couch potato! This race, brought to you by the Santa Cruz Track Club, goes along West Cliff Drive, so runners can breathe in the fresh salty air and feast their eyes on our gorgeous coastline.

Get more info here.

Santa Cruz’s Biggest 7-Layer Dip Party!

When: 2/2 from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing

Can you name all seven layers? Well, don’t worry about it, just eat! In homage to the quintessential Super Bowl snack, Santa Cruz Mountain Brewery is throwing a party. Purchase a beverage and you will be rewarded with a scoop of dip, a basket of chips and a good time watching the game.

Get more info here.

Santa Cruz Derby Girls Winter Boot Camp Starts

When: 2/2 at 1:00 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Derby Girls

Whether you are a hard core Derby demon or just Derby-curious, this bootcamp series will give you the chance you’ve been waiting for to test your mettle. The series starts on February 2 and takes place Sundays and Thursdays for six weeks, up until tryouts in March. Learn the basics and hone your badass skills!

Get more info here.

Also on Sunday




Upcoming Events You Don’t Want to Miss

36th Annual Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Convocation

When: Monday, February 10, at 7:00 PM
Where: Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium

Keep the spirit of MLK alive by hearing and supporting the leaders of today’s civil rights movement. Fostering justice, equality, freedom and opportunity for all, this annual event hopes to build bridges in our community. This year’s speaker is black liberation leader Charlene Carruthers, who will share her unique experience and approach to organizing people for the benefit of all humanity.

8th Annual Watsonville Film Festival

When: March 12 -15
Where: Watsonville location TBA

Movies tell so many stories. They shine a light on important issues, show us the beauty and sadness of life, entertain us and teach us. This film festival does all that, with a focus on issues pertinent to the community of Watsonville. With a mission to inspire people, empower youth and invigorate the arts, this series of films, discussions and events keeps the stories alive.

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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