This Weekend in Santa Cruz: Derby Girls, Polynesian Festival, and More

Event CalendarSummer’s almost winding down, but that doesn’t mean there’s a lack of things to do in town. Here are some of our top picks for this weekend.

Santa Cruz Derby Girls

When: Saturday, 8/17

Saturday night brings another Derby Girls match to Kaiser Permanente Arena, where the Harbor Hellcats will face off against Fresno’s Atomic Assault.  Last year the Hellcats beat Fresno by just one point, so this one’s sure to be a nailbiter.

21st Annual Aloha Celebrity Races and Polynesian Festival

When: Sunday, 8/18

This Sunday morning, the Santa Cruz Wharf area will be filled with novice outriggers, in three different races designed for people who have never canoed before.  Win or lose, participants and spectators can enjoy the Polynesian cultural festival happening afterwards.

Santa Cruz Music Night at the MAH

When: Friday, 8/16

With a list of acts too long to name crammed into three hours of entertainment, Santa Cruz Music Night really shouldn’t be missed.  Not only does this outdoor event feature a ton of great and diverse music, but many musicians will also be teaching hands-on lessons.  Bring a banjo or a ukelele of your own and rock out at the MAH.

Freestyle Players Association World Championships

When: 8/15-8/18

Ultimate isn’t the only sport you can play with a frisbee.  There’s also Freestyle, a more performance-based sport that showcases everything one can do with a disc.  UC Santa Cruz will once again host the world championships this weekend. Admission is free and parking is ample — just watch out for stray frisbees!

Boardwalk Bands on the Beach: Fohgat

When: Friday 8/16

“Slow ride/Take it easy.”  Chance are a tune popped into your head when you read those words.  Foghat, the band behind the tune, will be giving a free concert on the Boardwalk this Friday. Come see what other songs this platinum-status band can play.

Capitola Art and Music at the Beach

When: Sunday 8/18

Jazz performer Ron Kaplan will be rounding out Capitola’s Art and Music series for this year.  Taking place at Esplanade Park, which overlooks Capitola Beach and the Monterey Bay, the festival is a great place to check out local artwork and jewelry while taking in some great music.

Other Events Happening This Weekend:

Shakespeare Santa Cruz

Cabrillo Summer Musicals

About Blair Stenvick

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