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

It’s Easter weekend and there are many ways to celebrate the renewal of spring.

You can create something with your own two hands at Santa Cruz’s newest creative space, or you can enjoy and support our amazing young performers and veterans.

On Earth Day, you can find out how to revitalize our beautiful planet. For the youngest ones, there are two great opportunities to hunt for sweets!

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

 

Want to hop right to the Easter events?
You’ll find them all here, in our annual Guide to Santa Cruz Easter Events.

Santa Cruz Easter Events

Friday

All Hands Grand Opening

When: 4/19 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Where: All Hands Workshops

Join the celebration as Santa Cruz’s craft/maker space makes it official! Mayor Martine Watkins will cut the ribbon at 5:30 while guests munch on cookies from the Big Bite Bakeshop. One lucky crafter will win a year’s worth of workshops at this newest creative space. Stick around for the block printing class at 6 pm, or sign up for future classes such as natural egg dying or shibori.

Get more info here.

Anthony Arya – Blues Night at Food Lounge

When: 4/19 from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Where: Food Lounge
Cost: Food and Drink for purchase

Catch local phenom Anthony Arya while you can, this time singing the blues. This is the last in Anthony’s series at the Food Lounge. After appearing on The Voice and releasing an album, Anthony’s latest accomplishment is winning a prestigious NEXTies award.

Get more info here.

Guys & Dolls Presented by Scotts Valley HS Theatre

When: 4/18 – 4/20 & 4/26 – 4/28
Where: Scotts Valley High School
Cost: $15 General, $12 Students and Seniors

This award winning crime comedy is a 1950’s classic not to be missed. Talented students from Scotts Valley High School will perform in this fun, family-friendly musical production from another era.

Get more info here.

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Saturday

Noche Oaxaqueña

When: 4/20 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Where: Harvey West Scout House
Cost: Food for purchase

Enjoy and celebrate the colors, flavors and sounds of Oaxacan culture with traditional food and beverages, and live music. Feast on famous Oaxacan treats with mole sauce and wash it all down with chocolate con leche, cafe con olla, or jamaica! Proceeds go to Senderos, a community organization that provides free after-school and weekend activities to local Latinx kids promoting cultural enrichment and connection, bi-lingual literacy, pride and new skills.

Get more info here.

Santa Cruz Earth Day 2019

When: 4/20 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Where: San Lorenzo Park
Cost: Free

There’s tons of fun, food and laughter to be found at Earth Day Santa Cruz. Enjoy the music of SambaDá while you watch the recycled fashion show, peruse the electric vehicle showcase and enjoy delicious vegetarian food and a beer. Lots of great kids activities as well. Remind yourself of how to take positive action for sustainability at various vendor and information booths.

Get more info here.

420 Rolling Laughter Comedy Revue

When: 4/20 at 7:30 pm
Where: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
Cost: $25 in advance, $30 at the door

They say laughter is the best medicine and you can get a full dose with the comedic trio of Will Durst, Dan St. Paul and Richard Stockton. They will deliver the goods so you can just sit back and prepare to giggle, chuckle and roar with laughter. You’ll feel better!

Get more info here.

1st Annual Veteran Chili Cook Off

When: 4/20 at 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Where: VFW Freedom Post 1716
Cost: $10 Pre-sale; $12 Door

Presented by Vets 4 Vets, 15 chili teams will compete for your taste buds’ approval at this fundraiser. Have fun while helping out those who served and are now in need.

Get more info here.

CAPITOLA VILLAGE EASTER EGG HUNT

When: 4/20 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Where: Capitola Beach, in front of the Capitola Venetian Hotel
Cost: Free

The Easter Bunny has hidden some candy-filled eggs in the sand in Capitola, and kids 12 and under are invited to find them! The Easter Bunny will stick around for photo-ops. Parents are asked to enforce a 3-egg limit so there is plenty for everyone.

Get more info here.

ROARING CAMP RAILROADS: EGGSTRAORDINARY EASTER EGG HUNT

When: 4/20 – 4/21 at 2:00 pm (earlier times sold out)
Where: Roaring Camp Railroads
Cost: $23 & $32

That busy Bunny will take the magic to Roaring Camp as well on Saturday. Families can take a train ride up Bear Mountain, where kids can participate in a hunt for chocolate eggs! This event is BYOB (bring your own basket).

Get more info here.

BSLO presents Verdi’s Aida

When: 4/20 at 7:30 pm
Where: Veteran’s Memorial Building
Cost: $15 – $37

Presented by Bay Shore Lyric Opera, a non-profit dedicated to delivering high-quality opera to communities like ours, Verdi’s Aida will feature top-notch musicians with full orchestra, staging and costumes. This is your chance to see the glorious epic up close with talented and professional opera singers, and without spending a fortune.

Get more info here.

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Sunday

ROARING CAMP RAILROADS: EGGSTRAORDINARY EASTER EGG HUNT

See Description Under Saturday Section

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Upcoming Events You Don’t Want to Miss

Art Expo Santa Cruz

What: Art Expo Santa Cruz
Where: The Old Wrigley Building
When: Saturday, May 18 from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Gathering for the first time, over 50 local and regional artists and galleries will connect with the community. This outdoor event will include food vendors and guest wineries. Advance tickets are only $5.

Get more info here.

SCDG vs Central Coast Roller Derby and Bay Area Derby

What: SCDG vs Central Coast Roller Derby and Bay Area Derby
Where: Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
When: Saturday, May 4 at 4:00 PM

The always thrilling Santa Cruz Derby Girls will be hosting a double-header on the most Jedi day of the year. You can mark your calendar, but you won’t forget the date!

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.

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