This Weekend in Santa Cruz: March 29th – 31st, 2019

This is a weekend of stories, with three film festivals, a new play at the Colligan Theater, three world premier local compositions, and so much more.

You will have some opportunities to make your own stories at DIYine and the Beer March, but whatever you decide to do, you have plenty of fun choices to get out there and enjoy a unique adventure in Santa Cruz!

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


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Friday

7th Annual Watsonville Film Festival

Watsonville Film Festival

When: 3/28 – 3/31
Where: Gene Hoularis & Waldo Rodriguez Youth Center
Cost: $80.00 All access pass / $10-$15 for individual screenings

Kicking off on Thursday and continuing through Sunday, the Watsonville Film Festival presents more than 20 films along with conversations with Industry insiders, and Q & A’s and film discussions about these varied, engrossing and relevant stories. This festival is a unique opportunity to witness and celebrate the art of storytelling, cinema and community. #StoriesMatter

Get more info here.

Santa Cruz Paddlefest

When: 3/28 – 3/31
Where: Steamer Lane

Paddle Fest is a four day competition for Surf Kayaks, Waveskis and SUPs. Main events take place at Steamer Lane where spectators will be able to view the dynamic maneuvers of each class of wave-rider and cheer on the paddlers in the 5K and 10K races.

Get more info here.

Breaking the Code

When: runs through 4/14
Where: Colligan Theater at the Tannery Arts Center
Cost: $45 / $50

For some excellent live theater, head to the Tannery’s Colligan Theater for Jewel Theater Company’s newest production, “Breaking the Code”, which tells the story of Alan Turing, prodigal codebreaker during WWII later imprisoned for homosexuality. Previews and Talkbacks will take place Wednesday and Thursday, with the opening performance on Friday evening.

Get more info here.

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Saturday

SUP Film Fest

SUP Film Festival

When: 3/30 from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Where: The Rio Theatre
Cost: $20 adults $12 kids under 13

If news and current events have you feeling anxious, there is an antidote! The 2019 SUP Film Fest shines with stories full of beauty, hope, conservation and the indomitable human spirit. Organized by Paddle4Good, a non profit that strives to empower underserved populations through aquatic adventures like Stand Up Paddleboarding, these award-winning films remind us of all of the goodness in the world.

Get more info here.

DIYine: A Celebration of Homebrewing

DIYine 2019

When: 3/30 from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Where: MAH
Cost: $20-$50

Santa Cruz Bike Church is raising funds on Saturday night with a celebration of home brewing. Attendees can sample homemade fruit wines (plum port, anyone?), meads, beers and soft drinks such as kefir, kombucha and Breath of Fire Ginger Ale. The event also includes hors d’oeuvres and live music.

Get more info here.

Night of the Living Composer III

Night of the Living Composer

When: 3/30 at 7:30 pm
Where: Cabrillo Samper Recital Hall
Cost: $12 – $37

The Santa Cruz art scene includes a wealth of local composers, a fact that will be showcased at New Music Works’ Night of the Living Composers. The evening includes three world premier pieces amongst other sonic treasures.

Get more info here.

Santa Cruz Jewish Film Festival

santa cruz jewish film festival

When: 3/30 – 4/4
Where: Various venues
Cost: Donor contributions start at $18

The Santa Cruz Jewish Film Festival starts with a reception and raffle Saturday evening, followed by five days of film screenings exploring Jewish identity and highlighting cross cultural understanding and respect.

Get more info here.

Downtown Santa Cruz Beer March

Santa Cruz downtown beer march

When: 3/30 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Where: Start at the Downtown Santa Cruz Info Kiosk
Cost: $30 / $35

We are lucky enough to have a plethora of delicious craft breweries in Santa Cruz, but it’s rare that you get a chance to sample so many of them side by side. The Downtown Santa Cruz Beer March sets you up with a souvenir glass and a passport as you march to each participating venue for a tasting and a toast!

Get more info here.

7th Annual Watsonville Film Festival

See Description Under Friday Section

Santa Cruz Paddlefest

See Description Under Friday Section

Breaking the Code

See Description Under Friday Section

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Sunday

Music Musings & Mayhem

When: 3/31 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Art League
Cost: $15 in advance, $20 at the door

Santa Cruz Art League reminds you to enjoy the fun side of life and art with an evening of sculpture, music and musings. Wine and snacks will be served. For mature audiences only.

Get more info here.

Sanctuary Exploration Center 2019 Docent Training

When: 3/31 at 10:00 am
Where: Sanctuary Exploration Center
Cost: Free

Here’s your chance to share your love for the ocean and wildlife with the public. Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary is offering docent training at the Sanctuary Exploration Center.

Docents attend educational field trips, support special events, assist with school field trips, and guided tours.

Learn more about becoming a Docent by attending an Informational Meeting this Sunday at the Sanctuary Exploration Center.

The 2019 Docent Training Program will be held from April 10th – May 15th on Wednesdays from 6 PM – 9 PM at the Sanctuary Exploration Center.

For more information and to apply, please contact the SEC Volunteer Coordinator at brijonnay.madrigal@noaa.gov or call (831) 425-4182.

Anthony Arya & Emily Hough

When: 3/31 at 2:00 pm
Where: Michael’s on Main
Cost: $10 adv./$10 door seated

Talented youth, original tunes, a love story…all the makings of an unforgettable Sunday afternoon at Michael’s on Main. Come out for an all-ages show featuring Anthony Arya as he shares the stage with fellow singer-songwriter and competitor on Season 15 of The Voice, Emily Hough.

Get more info here.

7th Annual Watsonville Film Festival

See Description Under Friday Section

Santa Cruz Paddlefest

See Description Under Friday Section

Breaking the Code

See Description Under Friday Section

Also on Sunday

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THEATER/ARTS

OUTDOORS

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Upcoming Events You Don’t Want to Miss

20th Annual Soupline

soupline

What: 20th Annual Soupline
Where: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk’s Cocoanut Grove
When: Thu, April 18 from 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Now in its 20th year, Soupline is a fundraiser for the Homeless Services Center. More than 30 restaurants present gourmet soups served by local celebrities, along with salads, artisan breads, desserts and a no-host bar. Proceeds support HSC’s efforts to help families and individuals in our county to find permanent homes.

Get more info here.

The Art of Nature

santa cruz museum of natural history

What: First Friday: The Art of Nature
Where: Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
When: April 5, 5-7 pm & May 3, 5-7 pm

The Museum of Natural History will host their annual exhibit bringing together science and art. Local artists of varied media will display their nature-themed artwork through April, with two First Friday demonstrations.

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 homeschooling mother of 3 who enjoys exploring the beauty and culture of this unique community.

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