Memorial Day Weekend Events 2019

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Memorial Day Weekend is here and Santa Cruz is remembering with the Felton Remembers Parade, Civil War reenactments, and a ceremony at Evergreen Cemetery.

This 3-day weekend also brings a major surfing competition at Steamer Lane, a few shopping events, and we even have a new circus coming to town.

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

 

Friday

Friends of SCPL BIG Spring Book Sale

When: 5/24 from 4 pm to 8 pm & 5/25 from 10 am to 3 pm
Where: Civic Auditorium
Cost: Most books: $1-$3. $5/bag or $10/3 bags

With over 10,000 gently used books, The Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries annual BIG Spring Book Sale has something for everyone. Stock up on comfort reads, explore new genres, or pick up an audio book for your daily commute. Insider Tip: the famous $5/Bag or $10/3 Bags deal takes place on Saturday from 3 – 6 pm.

Get more info here.

MCT’s Rapture, Blister, Burn

When: Runs through June 9
Where: Mountain Community Theater/Park Hall
Cost: $15 – $20 + service fee

What does it mean to be a woman in this millennium? Is the grass always greener on the other side? Prepare for thought-provoking laughs as Rapture, Blister, Burn explores feminist perspectives through the ages, with a focus on two characters who chose opposite paths: a professional career woman versus stay-at-home mom. 

Get more info here.

Venardo Circus

When: 5/24 – 6/9
Where: San Lorenzo Park
Cost: $15 – $45

Aerial, acrobatic, and magical thrills await those who enter the famous red and white striped circus tent. Bring the family for this musical production that features a cast of critically-acclaimed human performers (Hint: no animals).

Get more info here.

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Saturday

Rockin’ Pop-Up at the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History

When: 5/25 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Museum Of Natural History
Cost: Free with Admission

Rock-talk days are held once a month at the Museum of Natural History and are led by a team of UCSC PhD students known as the “Geology Gents.” Swing by this Saturday to learn how our ocean’s currents and circulation impact local wildlife.

Get more info here.

35th Annual Santa Cruz Longboard Club Invitational

When: 5/25 & 5/26
Where: Steamer Lane

Considered “the best longboard contest in the US,” this invitational attracts 200 surfers from all over and provides for some riveting entertainment for spectators. You can even enter a raffle for a chance to win a one of a kind longboard of your own.

Get more info here.

38th Annual Civil War Battles and Encampment

When: 5/25 – 5/27
Where: Roaring Camp Railroads
Cost: $28 – $37. Infants under 2 ride for free

Bring the kids to Roaring Camp for a unique history lesson. This weekend’s Civil War reenactment is bound to get every kid in attendance engaged in a crucial part of America’s past. You’ll be able to see how soldiers lived, slept, ate, and fought back in the 1800s.

Get more info here.

Felton Remembers Parade and Covered Bridge Festival

When: 5/25 from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
Where: Covered Bridge Park

Come for the parade, stay for the festival! This is an annual Felton community tradition you don’t want to miss. The event starts with a parade along Hwy 9, honoring those who have died while serving our country, as well as surviving veterans and families of fallen soldiers. Following the parade, gather at Covered Bridge Park for a family-friendly festival where you can enjoy live music, a variety of food vendors, and fun activities for kids.

Get more info here.

Friends of SCPL BIG Spring Book Sale

See Description Under Friday Section

MCT’s Rapture, Blister, Burn

See Description Under Friday Section

Venardo Circus

See Description Under Friday Section

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Sunday

Memorial Day Wagon Rides at Wilder Ranch

When: 5/26 & 5/27 from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Where: Wilder Ranch State Park

Update: Wagon rides cancelled 5/26 due to weather forecast. Wagon rides on 5/27 still scheduled. Yeehaw! Head to Wilder for a wagon ride and meet the new team of Belgians, Margaret and Millie.

MCT’s Rapture, Blister, Burn

See Description Under Friday Section

Venardo Circus

See Description Under Friday Section

38th Annual Civil War Battles and Encampment

See Description Under Saturday Section

Also on Sunday

MUSIC/DANCE

SHOPPING

OUTDOORS

Monday

Memorial Day Remembrance

Memorial Day Santa Cruz

When: 5/27 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Where: Evergreen Cemetery
Cost: Free

Join the MAH along with local military and veterans to honor those who have served our country. In addition to musical and spoken tributes, there will be a Pop Up Museum and the public is encouraged to contribute objects, photos, or memorabilia of their loved ones who have served or are serving our country’s armed forces.

Get more info here.

Memorial Day Wagon Rides at Wilder Ranch

See Description under Sunday section.

Upcoming Events You Don’t Want to Miss

Japanese Cultural Fair

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When: Saturday, June 8
Where: Mission Plaza
Cost: Free

Celebrate our neighbors across the Pacific and the Japanese community in Santa Cruz! Enjoy booming Taiko drum performances and traditional crafts, dancing, and food. Additional workshops and demonstrations will be held nearby at Aikido of Santa Cruz and The Zen Center. 

Friday Night Bands on the Beach

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Photo Credit: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

When: Friday Nights from Jun. 14 – Aug. 30
Where: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Cost: Free

Here comes summer! We’re less than a month away from the first free Friday Night Bands on the Beach at the Boardwalk.

This year’s lineup includes some of the regulars that we’ve come to expect, like Smashmouth and Papa Doo Run Run, along with newcomers like the 10,000 Maniacs.

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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.

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