Santa Cruz Weekend Events: Jan. 9th – 11th, 2015

santa cruz weekend events, jan. 9-11, 2015

Hackers have a chance to shine this weekend at UCSC’s overnight hackathon, local music lovers have a chance to see James Durbin perform at the Catalyst, and it’s time for every fungus lover’s favorite annual festival.

Read on to see the rest of our picks for the best events in Santa Cruz this weekend.

James Durbin

When: Friday, 1/09 at 8:00 pm
Where: The Catalyst Club
How Much: $17-$50

American Idol runner up, and Santa Cruz native, James Durbin will return to his hometown stage this Friday night.  The metal rock lover will be playing songs off his recent album Celebrate, as well as from his debut album Memories of a Beautiful Disaster.

Get more info here.

Community Free Day at the Seymour Center

When: Friday, 1/09 from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Where: Seymour Marine Discovery Center at Long Marine Laboratory
How Much: Free

If you and your kids love all things underwater, then the the perfect affordable family outing for you is the Seymour Center Community Free Day, where you can interact with tide-pools, skeletons, wildlife and more.

Get more info here.

8 Tens at Eight Play Festival

When: Begins Friday, 1/09 & runs through Sunday, 2/8
Where: Santa Cruz County Actors’ Theatre
How Much: $22-$25

Some scientists say the average human attention span is about ten minutes, so this collection of ten minute one act plays should keep the audience engaged all night.  If you want to experience some theatrical variety, this is the perfect event for you.

Get more info here.

Downtown Antique Fair

When: Sunday, 1/11 from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Where: Downtown Santa Cruz
How Much: Free

During the second Sunday of every month, Lincoln Street transforms into an outdoor market where shoppers can find anything and everything antique.  Come to browse, but be warned: it’s almost impossible to pass through without finding something you want to buy… or ten things.

Get more info here.

Wizard of Oz (2 showtimes)

When: Sunday, 1/11 at 2:00 pm & 7:00 pm
Where: Regal Santa Cruz 9
How Much: $12.50

This rare chance to see a classic musical film on the big screen won’t come around very often, so take the opportunity to bring your kids and show them that there is more to life than Frozen.

Get more info here.

Coffis Brothers & The Mountain Men

When: Friday, 1/09 & Saturday, 1/10 at 8:00 pm
Where: Don Quixote’s International Music Hall
How Much: $10

If you like classic rock n roll with a Santa Cruz twang, the Coffis Brothers & The Mountain Men are putting on a show that will be right up your alley.  See if you can hear influences from the Beatles, Tom Petty, and Neil Young.

Openers include Taylor Rae (Friday) and The McCoy Tyler Band (Saturday).

Get more info here.

SCMAC Winter Saturday Camp for kids

When: Saturday, 1/10 from 10:00 am – 2:30 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center
How Much: $60-$65

This one day workshop is a great way to nourish your kid’s creative side.  If you can’t afford the fee, there are sliding scales and scholarships available.

Get more info here.

Take Aways: Art To Go! Opening Reception

When: Sunday, 1/11 from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Where: Pajaro Valley Arts Council
How Much: Free

This fundraiser for the Pajaro Valley Art Council is a prime opportunity to add a gem to your art collection, regardless of your budget or style.  Some well known artists will be selling smaller pieces at ranging prices, and there will also be a raffle drawing.  The show runs from Jan. 7 – Feb. 15.

Get more info here.

Fungus Fair

When: Friday, 1/9 from 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Saturday, 1/10 & Sunday, 1/11 from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Where: Louden Nelson Community Center
How Much: $5-$10

Fungi is a whole species that exists in plain sight and yet often doesn’t get much attention.  Come learn about fungi in an interactive way that the Fungus Fair’s website promises will “put the fun back in fungi.”

Get more info here.

Hack UCSC 2015

When: Friday, 1/09 at 1:00 pm through Sunday, 1/11 at 9:00 pm
Where: Crown Merrill Cultural Center
How Much: $20-$100

UCSC students and mentors from the tech community are invited to participate in UCSC’s annual overnight hackathon, where teams will work together to build and design apps and programs for different categories of innovation.  The event will feature members of the local and wider tech community, so this is a great chance to network and stretch your own limits.

Get more info here.

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About Blair Stenvick

Blair Stenvick is a freelance writer who has lived in Santa Cruz for four years.