This Weekend in Santa Cruz: June 1st – 3rd, 2018

santa cruz events: june 1, 2018

Photo Credit: Arts Council Santa Cruz County

It’s true. Summer is here and festival season has begun in Santa Cruz!

Head Downtown for the Ebb & Flow River Arts Festival and Santa Cruz Pride Parade and Festival, or celebrate in the redwoods at the Redwood Mountain Faire and Bonny Doon Art, Wine & Brew Festival.

To top it off, we’ve got Open Streets Watsonville, the symphony with a movie-themed twist, a spring carnival, and a few other fun surprises.

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


Ebb & Flow River Arts Festival

Ebb & Flow Festival 2018

When: 6/1 – 6/2
Where: Santa Cruz Riverwalk
Cost: Free

Celebrate the San Lorenzo River at Ebb & Flow 2018, a free two-day festival for all ages June 1 & 2! Friday festivities include live music, dance and art making in Abbott Square, a night procession with the Post Street Rhythm Peddlers to the river, and a dance party at the river, complete with a DJ, fire dancers and the Samba Stilt Circus. The event continues on Saturday with a river march, followed by an afternoon celebration at the Tannery.

Get more info here.

DeLaveaga 25th Annual Spring Carnival

When: 6/1 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Where: DeLaveaga Elementary School
Cost: Free admission

DeLaveaga Elementary School invites the whole community to celebrate spring at their annual carnival fundraiser. Bring the family to enjoy carnival games, karaoke, a bounce house, an art auction and raffle, live entertainment, and more. Also, be sure to come hungry and feast on tacos, burritos, tamales, pozole, corn on the cob, BBQ, pizza, and other carnival treats.

Get more info here.

2018 Santa Cruz County Artist of the Year – Profile Performance

When: 6/1 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Cabrillo College, Crocker Theater
Cost: Free – One ticket per person will be issued from the box office the night of, on a first-come, first-served basis.

This is a unique opportunity to enjoy the work of this year’s Santa Cruz County Artist of the Year, Cheryl Anderson. Her Profile Performance concert will feature members of Cabrillo Symphonic Chorus, Cabrillo Chorale, Cantiamo!, Cabrillo Youth Choruses, Il Dolce Suono, and Peace Chancel Choir. Tickets will be issued the night of the performance only, starting at 6:00 p.m. when the box-office opens.

Get more info here.

3-course Thai Tasting Menu

When: 6/1 from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Where: Tannery Arts Center
Cost: $35 for regular or vegetarian menu

Kick off your weekend with a three-course Thai feast. Chef Lalita Kaewsawang has created a tempting menu that is gluten-free and dairy-free, with vegan and vegetarian options. Don’t miss your chance to experience a unique dining adventure and authentic Thai cuisine. There are only ten seats per slot, so reserve your spot soon!

Get more info here.

Also on Friday




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The Movie Music of John Williams

When: 6/2 from 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
Cost: $29 – $85 (Student, Family Pack, and Group discounts available)

Talk about fun for the entire family! The Santa Cruz Symphony performs the iconic film music of Oscar-winning composer John Williams, featuring classics from Star Wars, Harry Potter, Catch Me If You Can, E.T., Jurassic Park, and Raiders of the Lost Ark. Pre-concert entertainment includes a street party with food from Ate3One, live music by Rose & The Honeysuckers, a costume contest, and appearances by Storm Troopers, wizards, and more!

Get more info here.

Bonny Doon Art, Wine & Brew Festival

When: 6/2 from 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Where: Bonny Doon Equestrian Park
Cost: Advanced $49.00 + fee; Day of $69.00 +fee

They don’t call it “the best party in the Santa Cruz Mountains” for nothing. Enjoy wine and craft brew tastings in the redwoods with great live music from local favorite Extra Large. Adding to the fun is a live auction with local auctioneer-extraordinaire John West. Participate in a wine pull, shop local artisan vendors, and feast on local food truck eats…all for a good cause—proceeds from this event benefit Bonny Doon Elementary School.

Get more info here.

Redwood Mountain Faire

When: 6/2 – 6/3 
Where: Roaring Camp
Cost: $20 – $45

Two days, two stages…twenty-two bands! Besides great music acts like The Coffis Brothers and the Mountain Men, this weekend-long faire features locally made food and drinks, arts & crafts, and a kid zone. Kids 12 and under are free!

Get more info here.

Gold Standard Barbershop Chorus Cabaret

When: 6/2 at 7:00 pm
Where: Felton Community Hall
Cost: Children 12 and under $10, Adults $20

You won’t have to sing for you supper, but the Gold Standard Chorus, along with local barbershop quartets, will sing while you indulge in a fabulous dessert buffet. A capella and apple pie, anyone? Don’t miss this annual cabaret that is sure to include some musical surprises.

Get more info here.

Also on Saturday





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Open Streets Watsonville

When: 6/3 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Where: Watsonville City Plaza

Open Streets returns to downtown Watsonville! All walkers, joggers, bikers, skaters, and anyone who wants to enjoy a beautiful, car-free Sunday are welcome. There will be free activities, performances, raffles, and community outreach booths.

Get more info here.

Santa Cruz Pride Parade and Festival

When: 6/3 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Where: Pacific Avenue and Cooper Street
Cost: Free admission; Suggested donation $5

Over the years, Santa Cruz Pride has grown from a small gathering to a whole downtown celebration. Whether you’re a member of the LGBTQ community or a proud ally, don’t miss the fun this Sunday which includes a parade down Pacific Ave. and festival where the Wednesday Farmers Market meets.

Get more info here.

Building Habitat in Seabright

When: 6/3 from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Cost: $5 General | Free for Museum Members

Following a brief presentation at the museum, join a walking tour in the Seabright neighborhood led by Bill Henry, Director of Groundswell Coastal Ecology. Along the way, visit three project sites where habitats are being restored with California native plants: Seabright Beach, Pilkington Creek, and the Museum’s new Coastal Prairie demonstration garden.

Get more info here.

Introduction to Modern Calligraphy with Brush Pens

When: 6/3 from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Where: The Craftsmen Collective 4600 Soquel Drive Soquel
Cost: $50

Spend a relaxing Sunday afternoon learning something new and nurturing your creativity at The Craftsmen Collective. Learn how to use brush pens to create beautiful letters and words. Rest assured, you don’t have to have good handwriting to be skillful at modern calligraphy. Take home custom practice materials as well as two brush pens.

Get more info here.

Redwood Mountain Faire

See Description Under Saturday Section

Also on Sunday





Upcoming Events You Don’t Want to Miss

24th Annual Woodies on the Wharf

What: Woodies on the Wharf
Where: Santa Cruz Wharf
When: June 23 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Stroll the historic Santa Cruz Wharf and feast your eyes on over 200 classic, wood-bodied surf wagons, many in perfect condition. Enjoy music, Polynesian dance, raffle prize drawings, and more. Be sure to stay for the parade of Woodies as they leave the Wharf promptly at 3:30 pm.

Get more info here.

Jay Race

What: 2018 Jay Race
Where: Capitola Beach
When: June 16 from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm

This annual ocean paddleboard race is held in memory of Santa Cruz Waterman Jay Moriarity. The 2018 Jay Race will be held on Jay’s 40th birthday, June 16. Paddle the 2-mile or 12-mile course, and bring the kids to participate in the free “mini Jay” race. Proceeds support the Capitola Junior Lifeguard program, Ocean of Hope, and Angel Warriors For Kids.

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.