Weekend Event Roundup for June 27th – 29th, 2014

santa cruz weekend events, 6/27, 2014

Bands on the beach and the Hop N’ Barley Beer and BBQ Festival highlight this weekend’s events.

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

Free Friday Night Bands on the Beach: Blind Melon

When: Friday, 6/27 at 6:30 pm & 8:30 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
How Much: Free

All I can say is that my life is pretty plain
I like watchin’ the puddles gather rain
And all I can do is just pour some tea for two
and speak my point of view
But it’s not sane, It’s not sane

If you were a teenager in the ’90s then you no doubt remember those lyrics, along with the bee girl in Blind Melon’s video for the song, No Rain.  Take an alternative fueled trip back in time with Blind Melon at this Friday night’s free concert on the beach.

Get more info here.

Downtown Sidewalk Sales

When: Friday, 6/27 through Sunday, 6/29, from 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Where: Downtown
How Much: Free

Downtown Santa Cruz hosts sidewalk sales the last weekend of each month.  It’s the perfect shopping environment for those who want to take advantage of the great summer weather.

Get more info here.

Cruz Fest in the Redwoods

When: Saturday, 6/28 from 3:30 pm – Midnight
Where: Camp Cruz, 2015 Eureka Canyon Rd. Watsonville
How Much: $10-$30

Cruz Fest is a benefit concert featuring music from B-Side Players from San Diego, locals reggae group Ancestree and “dub-hop” by Boostive will be playing for the adults. Afternoon entertainment for the kids headlined by Bubble Master, Tom Noddy.  Proceeds go towards scholarships to Growing up Wild’s summer program, Boys in the Woodz.

Get more info here.

3rd All Star Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Tournament

When: Saturday, 6/28 through Sunday, 6/29
Where: Kaiser Permanente Arena
How Much: Adults: $10, Kids: $5, Seniors & Kids under 5: Free

The All Star Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Tournament is a two day tournament at the Kaiser Permanente Arena.  All belt levels are welcome to compete, and competitor ages range from kids through seniors.

Get more info here.

Hop N’ Barley Beer and BBQ Festival

When: Saturday, 6/28 & Sunday, 6/29, at 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Where: Skypark
How Much: $25-$80, free admission for non-tasters

60 breweries, BBQ, and live music on two stages are the highlights of this two day festival at Skypark in Scotts Valley.

Get more info here.

Pro-Am Beach Soccer “World Cup” Tournament

When: Saturday, 6/28 through Sunday, 6/29, at 9:30 am
Where: Santa Cruz Beach

Celebrate the World Cup with beach soccer and the Pro-Am Beach Soccer “World Cup” Tournament.  Games take place on Main Beach, in front of the Boardwalk.

Get more info here.

Bikes on the Bay: Capitola Vintage Motorcycle Show

When: Sunday, 6/29 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Where: Capitola Mall Parking Lot
How Much: Free

Hundreds of motorcycles will be on display in the Capitola Mall parking lot this Sunday, from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.  Shop for a bike to purchase, get parts for your bike restoration project, or just enjoy the bikes on display.

Get more info here.

Sunday Art & Music at the Beach

When: Sunday, 6/29 from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Where: Esplanade Park
How Much: Free

Come down to the Capitola Village esplanade this Sunday for the Sunday Art & Music at the Beach series.  Artists will have their work on display from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm, and you can listen to live music from Laurent Fourgo at 2:00 pm & 4:00 pm.

Get more info here.

C.S.I. – Creekside Investigation!

When: Saturday, 6/28 at 2:00 pm
Where: Rancho del Oso – Big Basin Redwoods State Park
How Much: Included in admission

Put your detective hat on (and some sunscreen) for this family friendly creek-side investigation at Waddell Creek.  Meet at Ranger Station, then hike to Waddell Creek, all the while searching to solve the aquatic mysteries of Waddell Creek.  You will use nets and other tools to find the tiny creatures in the water.

Get more info here.

Sunday Beach Cleanups

There are three beach cleanups this Sunday:

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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.