This Weekend in Santa Cruz: March 13th – 15th, 2020

Every week we encourage you to get out and explore the best events in town.

This weekend is a bit different…

We are disappointed that fun events, such as the Santa Cruz Derby Girls home opener, have been cancelled or postponed. However, we’re supportive of local event organizers who are acting in a responsible manner by postponing large gatherings at this time.

We anticipate additional cancellations, so please call or check websites if you are planning on going out this weekend. 

Due to the heightened concern over COVID-19, and recommendations to limit public gatherings, we are planning on taking a brief hiatus over the next couple weeks.  We’ll be back to share local events when the time is right. 

Check with the county health department for advice on going out in public here

Please take care, Santa Cruzans!

 

Friday

CANCELLED – 8th Annual Watsonville Film Festival

When: 3/12 – 3/15
Where: Multiple Event Locations
 
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.
 
 
POSTPONED – “Kristina Wong for Public Office” Performance

When: 3/13 from 7:00 pm to 8:20 pm
Where: Stevenson Event Center, Stevenson College, UCSC

If you are fed up with political showmanship, this is the one-woman play for you! Kristina Wong, a real-life elected representative, examines the absurdity and hypocrisy of American political campaigning and confronts some uncomfortable and hopeful questions about how democracy functions…and how it doesn’t.

Get more info here.

Top Dog Film Festival

When: 3/13 from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Where: Rio Theatre

Calling all Dog People. You know who you are. Clear your calendar for the Top Dog Film Festival, a celebration of the bond between humans and canines. For over two hours, watch a montage of carefully curated films that will inspire, entertain and teach all things dog.

Get more info here.

One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, by Dale Wasserman from the novel by Ken Kesey

When: 3/13 – 3/15 at 8:00 pm & 2:00 pm
Where: Mountain Community Theater/Park Hall

Local theater is a great antidote to oppressive norms, and nestled in beautiful Ben Lomond is a theatrical gem with a new production. Another timely examination of the cost of “fitting in” to society’s rigid codes and what it takes to break free, this play will provide some comedy relief, but with a sobering take-home message.

Get more info here.

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Saturday

POSTPONED – SANTA CRUZ DERBY GIRLS: BOARDWALK BOMBSHELLS VS BAD ALL-STARS

When: 3/14 at 5:45 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium

Roller Derby may seem like a pretty rough sport, but it also has a sweet side, at least on Pi Day. The season opener just happens to fall on the one day of the year when we all get to nerd out and indulge in flaky desserts. The rough and tumble Santa Cruz Bombshells go head to head with rivals Bay Area Derby in this first bout of the season, with a math and pie themed halftime activity.

Get more info here.

POSTPONED – Meet the MAH: Community Open House

When: 3/14 from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Where: The MAH

This event has been postponed.

Get more info here.

The Lost Boys feat. James Durbin

When: 3/14 at 8:30 pm
Where: Michaels on Main

Front man James Durbin won all our hearts on American Idol, and together with his band, the Lost Boys, they work hard to win your applause. This classic rock cover band never fails to rock the house.

Get more info here.

Pi-Day Pye & Pi-nt

When: 3/14 from 3:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Where: East Cliff Brewing Company

Teaming up to bring you perfect flavor combinations, Rogue Pye and East Cliff Brewing Company have the solution for those who crave savory foods but still want to celebrate Pi Day. Specials include a pye, mash, gravy, mushy peas and a pint for $15. Cheers!

Get more info here.

One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, by Dale Wasserman from the novel by Ken Kesey

See Description Under Friday Section

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Sunday

Downtown Santa Cruz Makers Market

When: 3/15 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where: Pacific Ave.

A fun way to enjoy downtown Santa Cruz, this little market features clever makers and imaginative artists selling their wares as you stroll along. With live music from 12:00- 3:00 pm, and more than 40 vendors, you can take in the fresh air and sunshine and pick up a new decoration for your home or garden, a piece of jewelry, a handmade soap or an eco-friendly food container made by a local artisan.

Get more info here.

KPIG’S Please Stand By

When: 3/15 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Where: Michaels on Main

One thing that really makes Santa Cruz special is our legendary, one-of-a-kind, homegrown radio station! Celebrating 1200 (yes that’s one thousand plus two hundred!) Please Stand By shows, you can be present at this historic moment and share in the good humor and talent.

Get more info here.

One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, by Dale Wasserman from the novel by Ken Kesey

See Description Under Friday Section

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Upcoming Events You Don’t Want to Miss

Downtown Santa Cruz Kids’ Day

What: Downtown Santa Cruz Kids’ Day
Where: Downtown Santa Cruz
When: Saturday, March 21, from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

This event has been cancelled. Check the link below for information on a Virtual Kids Day. For one day only, downtown Santa Cruz is cordoned off as a great big fun zone for kids. Martial Arts and yoga demonstrations, concerts from B Natural Music and others, All About Theater performances and more will be happening all day. Participating stores offer sidewalk activities and kids are encouraged to be creative and have fun at the arts and crafts booths lining the street.

Get more info here.

Santa Cruz Bonsai Kai 32nd Annual Exhibit

What: 2020 Bonsai Show
Where: Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History
When: Saturday & Sunday, April 18 – 19, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Stroll though three floors of beautiful living art and learn more about the history, philosophy and science behind this ancient art form. This two-day festival will feature special musical and dance performances, workshops and conversations with Bonsai Masters as well as many fine examples of these poetic plants.

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 www.melbacomms.com.

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