This Weekend in Santa Cruz: August 9th – 11th, 2019

Summer vacation is quickly waning, but you can make the most of it with lots of special events to choose from.

Full Moon madness at Henry Cowells is always a thrill, but you can also catch an amazing Broadway variety show, a concert at the beach or sample local cuisine and music at the Food Lounge.

Saturday and Sunday’s offerings are just as varied; you can be outside or inside, learning, listening to music or watching art take place before your eyes.

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



Friday

Full Moon Madness

When: 8/9 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
Cost: Free

By the light of a silvery moon… is a dreamy and exciting way to experience Henry Cowell Redwoods. The evening includes guided night hikes, kids crafts and an Astronomy talk. The Santa Cruz Astronomy Club hauls out the big ‘scopes for gazing (and howling) at the moon and stars.

Get more info here.

A Night Among the Stars

When: 8/9 at 8:00 pm
Where: Aptos High School Performing Arts Center
Cost: $50

Another kind of star shines on the stage. For one night only, you can catch some of the brightest Broadway talent performing live in Aptos. This is your chance to experience your favorite Broadway tunes right here at home.

Get more info here.

Living Colour

When: 8/9 at 6:30 pm & 8:30 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Cost: Free

Living Color will be playing two shows for the Boardwalk Free Concert series this week. This band is best known for their big hit, “Cult of Personality”, but their blend of funk, rock and hip hop promises a fun evening.

Get more info here.

Foodies Event: Delicious Vegan Spanish Tapas

When: 8/9 from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Food Lounge
Cost: $6

The Food Lounge is a kitchen incubator where local chefs “pop up” serving their most delectable creations. This month Chef Ellie concocts an array of mouth watering tapas, which happen to be vegan. Craft cocktails available along with live music by Ryan Price from 6-8 round out the ambiance.

Get more info here.

Cabrillo Festival

When: Concerts & events throughout the weekend Thursday – Sunday
Where: Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
Cost: $0 – $65

This world-class festival features some of the best living composers and performers and it’s closing weekend. Don’t miss out on FREE open rehearsals, a FREE student staff concert, and closing tribute dedicated to and featuring great American composer Wynton Marsalis.

Get more info here.

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Saturday

42nd Annual Musical Saw Festival

When: 8/10 – 8/11 from 2 :00 pm Saturday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Sunday
Where: Roaring Camp Railroads, 5401 Graham Hill Road, Felton, CA
Cost: Free admission

Although this festival appropriately kicks off downtown by the Scribner Statue in front of the Bookshop, to get the full effect of this old-timey musical tradition, head down to Roaring Camp. The open jam at the statue begins at 2:00 pm on Saturday, with a potluck and more jamming at Roaring Camp in the evening. An all-day concert and contest will take place Sunday, culminating in the crowning of the best Sawplayer of 2019!

Get more info here.

Carmina Escobar: Feast of Beams, Keepers of Light

When: 8/10 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Where: Lighthouse Point / Surfing Museum
Cost: Free

Carmina Escobar, local artist in residence, weaves together strands of music, dance, street performance, community organizations and more to form an interactive public art event. Celebrating the lighthouse as a symbol of our connectedness, processionals and performances will converge in the evening for a new work by Escobar.

Get more info here.

Open House at the Castro Adobe: Evenings on the Rancho

When: 8/10 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Castro Adobe State Historic Park
Cost: Free

The historic Castro Adobe is thankfully being restored, but this means that you can only see it during special events, and experiencing the house at nighttime is a rare treat. Step back in time and imagine life in this gorgeous adobe home on a fine summer’s night in 1848. Please carpool, if possible.

Get more info here.

Power of Flower Music & Cannabis Festival

When: 8/10 from 12:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Where: Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds
Cost: $30 in Advance, $40 the Day of the Event

A first of its kind, this multi-genre music festival aims to bring together bands, businesses and the public to support small local cannabis producers in a safe and fun festival. 100% of proceeds are donated to community development programs, and to those affected by the Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting.

Get more info here.

Cabrillo Festival

See Description Under Friday Section.

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Sunday

Pancake Breakfast

When: 8/11 from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm
Where: SCO – 222 Market Street, Santa Cruz, CA
Cost: $8.00/Adult – $4.00 Children under 10.

SCO stands for Senior Citizen Opportunities; they provide support to local seniors in the form of classes, activities, social opportunities and every second Sunday of the month (except September) they serve up a delicious, low-cost hot breakfast. Members of the community are invited to partake in the pancakes, which helps support this worthy non-profit. Don’t forget to visit “Grannie’s Attic” thrift store; maybe you’ll find a treasure!

Get more info here.

Garden Railroad Open House

When: 8/11 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Where: 419 Ocean View Ave. Santa Cruz
Cost: No Tickets Required!

Head over to Ocean View Avenue and prepare to enter a miniature world. Model trains run throughout the garden of this private home, transforming it into a maze of towns and tunnels, landscapes, and train stations!

Get more info here.

Younger Lagoon Reserve Tour

When: 8/11 from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Where: Seymour Marine Discovery Center
Cost: Free

Reservations are recommended for this free 90-minute tour of one of our unique marine habitats. Learn about how scientists work to study and protect these special places.

Get more info here.

SUNDAY ART & MUSIC AT THE BEACH

When: 8/11 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where: Esplanade Park
Cost: Free

It’s always fun to browse the arts and crafts of local vendors with talented local musicians serenading you by the beach!

Get more info here.

42nd Annual Musical Saw Festival

See Description Under Saturday Section

Cabrillo Festival

See Description Under Friday Section.

Also on Sunday

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OUTDOORS

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Upcoming Events You Don’t Want to Miss

Monterey Bay Dahlia Society Annual Show

When: August 24 & 25
Where: Museum of Art and History
Cost: Free

The MAH will be all dressed up in dahlias for this special exhibit and celebration of the diverse and colorful flower. Enjoy the beauty of over 1000 blooms as you browse, take photos and learn from the experts.

7th Annual Mole and Mariachi Festival

When: September 7, 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park
Cost: Free admission; Mole tasting kits will be available for purchase.

A feast for all senses, the Mole and Mariachi festival brings together several local chefs and food vendors to treat your taste buds, as well as gorgeously adorned dancers and musicians, crafts, piñatas and fun! Proceeds support programs, education and restoration at the mission.

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About Meridith Cook

Meridith Cook came to Santa Cruz 18 years ago from Minnesota. She is a freelance writer and mother of 3 who enjoys exploring the beauty and culture of this unique community. Visit her website at www.melbacomms.com.

  • Molly Tierney says:

    Hi Meridith!

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