This Weekend in Santa Cruz: Wharf to Wharf Race, Derby Doubleheader & Thomas the Train

Another summer weekend in Santa Cruz, and as usual, there’s no shortage of events to take part in.

It’s too late to enter the Wharf to Wharf Race, but that doesn’t mean you can’t head down to the race to watch.  Speaking of watching, Derby fans are going to be watching, and cheering, this Sunday as the Santa Cruz Derby Girls play a matinee double header at the Kaiser Permanente Arena.

Here are our top picks for this weekend:

Santa Cruz Events: July 26-28

Berlin, Featuring Terri Nunn

When: Friday, 7/26

Berlin, of “Take My Breath Away” fame, comes to the Boardwalk this weekend to make children of the 80’s feel old and nostalgic.

Admission is free.  Learn more about the Santa Cruz Boardwalk concerts.

Day Out with Thomas

When: Friday, 7/26 – Sunday, 7/28 (and again next weekend)

Roaring Camp Railroads puts on this family event Friday through Sunday.  Bring the whole family out for a fun day in the redwoods to ride the iconic Thomas and Friends train.

Wharf to Wharf Race

When: Sunday, 7/28

The 41st annual Wharf to Wharf Race takes place this Sunday.  The race starts at the Santa Cruz municipal wharf and ends at the Capitola wharf.  Get more info at the official W2W site.

Santa Cruz Derby Girls

When: Sunday, 7/28

Derby bouts are usually a Saturday night affair, but this weekend you can come watch the Derby Girls in a Sunday matinee double header.  Get tickets here.

Other Events This Weekend

Capitola Art and Music at the Beach

Tannery Cabaret

Seussical the Musical

Shakespeare Santa Cruz

About Ethan Oates

Ethan Oates fell in love with Santa Cruz while visiting as a child. He has lived in Santa Cruz since the mid '90's, and is happiest when spending time with his family.