This Weekend in Santa Cruz: July 19th – 21st, 2019

Life is good in Santa Cruz. Whether you’re going for free activities or a splurge, educational, spiritual and entertaining, you’ve got plenty of choices.

On the entertaining side, there are a slew of concerts on Friday. And if you are in an intellectual mood, go for a free Shakespearean actors’ discussion.

On Saturday you can shop, learn and celebrate the moon landing! If you time your day right, you can do it all! Or, just relax with some goats.

Sunday brings more chances to learn about our local science and culture scene, which is rich indeed!

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



Food Truck Summer Series

When: 7/19 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Downtown Santa Cruz
Cost: Free Admission

Enjoy a night out with your friends and neighbors playing, eating and dancing in the streets of downtown Santa Cruz. As the name implies, Food Truck Fridays offers a variety of delicious vendors along with live music and fun and games.

Get more info here.

Tiny Winery Concerts Presents Jesse Daniel

When: 7/19 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Armitage Wines at Heart O’ the Mountain estate
Cost: $28

For a rare chance to hang out at the beautiful Armitage Winery, located on the Alfred Hitchcock estate and rarely open to the public, come to this first in a concert series. Have a glass of Armitage’s famous Pinot and listen to the soulful stylings of rising country music star Jesse Daniel, who grew up in Ben Lomond. Proceeds support Quail Hollow Integrative Arts program.

Get more info here.

The Rocket Man Show – Elton John Musical Tribute

When: 7/19 at 7:30 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
Cost: $44.50 – $65.50

Most of us won’t get to see the real Elton John live, but here is the next best thing. John’s hand-picked body double from the Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour will recreate the music, energy and antics while wearing actual costumes Elton John wore in ‘73 and ‘84. This tribute show goes far beyond the usual!

Get more info here.

Free Friday Night Bands on the Beach: Pablo Cruise

When: 7/19 at 6:30 pm & 8:30 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Cost: Free

Stepping in for Taylor Dayne, Pablo Cruise and band have been touring, making hit songs and appearing on tv since 1975. With fun, recognizable hits, this band puts on a fun, energetic show!

Get more info here.

Santa Cruz Shakespeare ACTORS CONNECT

When: 7/19 from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Where: The Nickelodeon
Cost: Free

Are you into Santa Cruz Shakespeare? Here is a chance to hear an overview of featured works, and participate in a Q&A with some of this season’s amazingly talented actors.

Get more info here.

Also on Friday




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The Pillowcase Project

When: 7/20 from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Where: Felton branch Library
Cost: Free

Bring your kids ages 6-11 to learn about disaster preparedness and what to put into their own little pillowcase kit. Participants will get a pillowcase to decorate and a list of what to keep in it to be prepared for an emergency.

Get more info here.

Reach for the Stars Movie Screening: Apollo 11

When: 7/20 from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm
Where: Downtown branch library
Cost: Free

Relive the race to put a man on the moon on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing. The documentary Apollo 11 uses only archival footage to tell the story of the space mission. After the movie, stay for an informal discussion.

Get more info here.

Chalk It Up!

When: 7/20 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Where: Pleasure Point County Park
Cost: Free

Calling all citizen artists! Come decorate the pavement with some sidewalk chalk art. Chalk, coffee and goodies will be provided, and you bring the community and creativity.

Get more info here.

A Trip to the Moon: A free open house at the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History

When: 7/20 from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Cost: FREE

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing with local geologists, astronomers, historians and more. Meet the local high school rocketry team that won a design award in Washington, D.C.! With art activities, games, a photo booth and a no-host bar, this is a fun, educational event for all ages.

Get more info here.

Goat Yoga

When: 7/20 from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Where: Land of Medicine Buddha
Cost: $50, $65 includes lunch

You’ve heard of Goat Yoga, and now you can check it off your bucket list. Maybe you’ll be hooked! Land of Medicine Buddha is offering up their enchanting space for the public to explore. Take a walk in the redwoods, swim in the heated pool, and simply live in the present. Stay for an organic, vegetarian, locally-sourced lunch.

Get more info here.


When: 7/20 – 7/21 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where: Bargetto Winery
Cost: Free

It’s always fun to browse the hand-made treasures and artwork of our talented artist community. Purchase a festival glass and enjoy a tasting of Bargetto’s finest wines. Wood-fired pizza from Sleight of Hand Pizza will be available for purchase.

Get more info here.

Also on Saturday





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Science Sunday—Nest Watchers: Citizen Scientists Reveal New Information about Peregrine Falcons

When: 7/21 from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Where: Seymour Marine Discovery Center
Cost: Science Sunday is free with admission, and always free for members.

Citizen Scientists have helped track the Peregrine Falcon population since these specialized raptors were taken off the endangered species list in 1999. Learn more about how a research group works with volunteers to investigate and protect these beautiful birds of prey.

Get more info here.


When: 7/21 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Where: Quail Hollow Ranch County Park
Cost: $2

This unique park encompasses 15 diverse habitats and has a long, rich history. Take a docent-led tour of the ranch house and learn about four of the families who made their living here, from the Watermelon King to the Lane family of Sunset magazine fame.

Get more info here.


See Description Under Saturday Section

Also on Sunday




Upcoming Events You Don’t Want to Miss


Where: 142 River Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
When: Saturday, July 27 11:00 am- 3:00 pm (sale on till 6:00 pm)

One of our great locally owned art stores is throwing a party and inviting the public to make some art. Try one of many art media being demo’d at the Parking Lot Make and Take. Get your face painted, or have a caricature drawn, and enter the raffle while you stock up on art supplies at the sale.

Get more info here.

Strawberry Festival Kick-OFF Party

What: Strawberry Festival Kick-OFF Party
Where: Downtown Watsonville, Watsonville
When: Friday, August 2, from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm

The Strawberry Festival turns 25 this year! Help kick it off in style with live music, games, food trucks and a beer garden. Carnival rides are just $2 Friday night only!

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.