This Weekend in Santa Cruz: September 13th – 15th, 2019

The county Fair starts this week and continues through the weekend, along with several events that you will not find anywhere else.

Ohlone Day celebrates, educates and is FUN! For art and sipping, the Capitola Art and Wine Festival is the place to be.

Our talented seniors are putting on a show, and this is your last chance to watch a movie on the beach in Capitola.

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



Wednesday – Sunday

Santa Cruz County Fair

When: 9/11 – 9/15
Where: Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds
Cost: Adults $14, Kids $7, Seniors $10; Parking $10

The Fair begins! Santa Cruz County has so much to celebrate and much of the bounty is on display at the County Fair. Browse the award-winning artwork of local residents, see the crafts, collections and creations of your friends and neighbors. Ride the rides, watch the turkey stampede, pig races, or catch a show. Treat yourself to the once-a-year foods that you can only get there.

Get more info.

Friday

Each Beach: Art Show & Benefit for Save Our Shores by Erika Perloff

When: 9/13 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Hotel Paradox
Cost: Free

Even an unbiased observer would agree that our coastline is some of the most beautiful scenery on earth, and plein air artist Erika Perloff set a goal to capture each beach from Santa Cruz Main Beach all the way to Pigeon Point. Paintings are for sale as a fundraiser for Save Our Shores, to support conservation for future generations to enjoy.

Get more info here.

Catherine Provenzano: “Pitch Correction Software and Vocal Ecology”

When: 9/13 at 6:00 pm
Where: Design by Cosmic, 115 Cooper St., Santa Cruz
Cost: Free – RSVP

Explore how the music production landscape has been altered by the advent of products like “auto-tune,” with ethnographically based research into music history. Also featuring soprano voice artist Micaela Tobin, this talk will probe into gender, race, stardom and technology.

Get more info here.

Santa Cruz Follies Presents “Fascinatin’ Rhythms”

When: 9/11 – 9/14 at 1:00 pm & 9/13 at 7:30 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
Cost: General $22.00; Children 10 & under $5.00

Enjoy the best music and dance routines from Broadway and Hollywood, all performed in one amazing variety show by local talent in the senior set. This annual fundraiser supports the wonderful folks at Senior Citizens Opportunities who provide classes, activities and other help to Santa Cruz elders.

Get more info here.

Bird Fun Fest

When: 9/13 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Where: The MAH
Cost: Free

It’s all about our fine feathered friends at the MAH this Friday. Bird experts will be on hand to answer questions while you create your own bird mask. You can also learn to draw birds and play bird games. Birds of a feather will flock together at the end of night, as attendees parade around Abbott Square.

Get more info here.

Movies on the Beach: Ralph Breaks the Internet

When: 9/13 Seating begins 6:30; Movie begins 7:30 pm
Where: Esplanade Park near Capitola Beach
Cost: Free

Autumn is approaching, but you still have one more chance to make the most of a summer night by catching a movie outside. The last in the series features Wreck-It Ralph and pals. Bring your picnic dinner or get some takeout in Capitola for one last nighttime flick by the beach.

Get more info here.

Santa Cruz County Fair

See Description Under Wednesday section

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Saturday

Ohlone Day

When: 9/14 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where: Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
Cost: Free; Vehicle day-use parking $10

This annual event is a celebration and demonstration of the first nation people who lived in this area. Ohlone people will perform traditional songs, stories, dances as well as sharing basket-weaving techniques, tools and language. Attendees can learn how to use an atlatl and cook acorn mush with hot rocks. This is a family treat not to be missed.

Get more info here.

River Health Day

When: 9/14 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Riverwalk
Cost: Free

Join the Coastal Watershed Council’s efforts to keep our river clean and healthy. Plant and care for native seedlings, weed out the invasive guys and spruce up the ecosystem with cool people. Gloves, tools and light refreshments will be provided.

Get more info here.

Art of Communication Festival

When: 9/14 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where: Peace United Church
Cost: Sliding scale tuition: $60-$120 or $30-60 for a half-day

Here is a chance to dive in to NVC, also known as Compassionate Communication. With a variety of teachers and workshops available, attendees can choose from the buffet of topics, all with the aim of deeper understanding and connection with oneself and others.

Get more info here.

37TH ANNUAL CAPITOLA ART & WINE FESTIVAL

When: 9/14 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm & 9/15 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where: Capitola Village
Cost: Free Admission

Spend a lovely September day perusing artwork and artisan crafts, and sampling wine by the sea. A full line up of stage performances by local singers, dancers and other performers add to the creative fun.

Get more info here.

Santa Cruz Follies Presents “Fascinatin’ Rhythms”

See Description Under Friday Section

Santa Cruz County Fair

See Description Under Wednesday section

Also on Saturday

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Sunday

Spotlight On The Symphony – Souvenir De Florence

When: 9/15 at 2:00 pm
Where: Cabrillo Samper Recital Hall
Cost: $49 (plus service fees)

This series features a small group of strings performing Tchaikovsky’s gorgeous sextet Souvenir de Florence. Opening the concert will be Maestro Daniel Stewart playing Telemann’s Viola Concerto, one of the first pieces written for this soulful instrument.

Get more info here.

Santa Cruz County Fair

See Description Under Wednesday section

37TH ANNUAL CAPITOLA ART & WINE FESTIVAL

See Description Under Saturday Section

Also on Sunday

MUSIC/DANCE

THEATER/ARTS

OUTDOORS

MORE

Upcoming Events You Don’t Want to Miss

Santa Cruz Mountains Harvest Festival

What: Santa Cruz Mountains Harvest Festival
Where: Downtown Boulder Creek
When: Saturday, September 28, from 11:00 am to 6:45 pm

Boulder Creek is throwing an autumn party with food trucks, wine, beer and cider, live music, arts and crafts and fun activities. Proceeds go back into the community through local nonprofits and organizations.

Get more info here.

Capitola’s 2nd Annual Beach Festival

What: Capitola Beach Festival
Where: Capitola Village
When: September 28 & 29

Rowboat races, a 3-mile fun run, sand-sculpture contest, horseshoe tournament, fishing derby, chalk art event…and that’s just the beginning! This is old-fashioned community fun at its rarest and best. Don’t miss the Esplanade concert and lighted nautical parade!

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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