This Weekend in Santa Cruz: February 14th – 16th, 2020

The lovers holiday is here. Never fear! Whether you are a skeptic or a hopeless romantic, there are activities for all; from counting elephant seals to singing love songs.

A dinner date with a toddler is memorable, or maybe you are the reggae festival type. What the heck? Get married! This and more on Friday.

We love local artists, so get out there and share the love at a show, lecture, or art market on Saturday and Sunday.

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

Friday

Love Song Sing Along

When: 2/14 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Resource Center for Nonviolence

If you are looking for ways to show your love for community, connection and humanity, come join a like-minded gathering and belt out love songs. Not only will you achieve warm, fuzzy feelings, but you will learn about local vocal groups and their upcoming events, in case you crave more.

Get more info here.

Valentine’s Day Extravaganza

When: 2/14 from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm
Where: The MAH

Leave it to the MAH to throw the most creative party for Valentine’s Day fun. With two for one admission, you can take a handful of paper hearts and 💜 the artwork you like as you browse the galleries. Stop by the crafts area to make a card. And if you happen to be a couple in love, get married! Speed weddings will be taking place from 1:00- 7:00 pm with a dance party, open to all, from 5:00- 7:00 pm.

Get more info here.

Elephant Seal Weekend Celebration

When: 2/14 – 2/16 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where: Seymour Marine Discovery Center

If you love marine science, send an elephant seal a Valentine by helping to study and protect them. The delightful Seymour Center will have Valentine’s themed arts and crafts, along with special exhibitions highlighting the elephant seal. You can even become a citizen scientist and help researchers! The Sunday lecture series features Dr. Roxanne Beltran and Sarah Wood speaking about being a scientist and more about the fascinating elephant seal.

Get more info here.

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella

When: 2/14 – 2/16 
Where: Cabrillo College Crocker Theater

A quintessential family friendly love story, this classic musical comes to the Santa Cruz stage featuring local youth and a live orchestra. A production of CYT Santa Cruz, this sweet fairy tale receives high quality treatment and features local talent.

Get more info here.

Valentine’s Dinner Date w/Your Little One

When: 2/14 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Children’s Museum of Discovery

Be sure to get dressed up for this festive occasion, but you might want to bring a bib, so as not to get spaghetti stains on your best suit. At this special dinner for little ones and their adults, there will be a special toast, a yummy dinner and some fun crafts to celebrate love.

Get more info here.

SANTA CRUZ REGGAE MUSIC FESTIVAL NO. 2 WITH THE MOVEMENT

When: 2/14 at 6:00 pm; Doors open 5:00 pm
Where: The Catalyst

Peace and unity, which you will find in abundance at the Catalyst this Friday, is just another expression of the Valentine’s Day spirit. The Movement, joined by Josh Heinrichs and five other bands, will get you in the groove and feeling the love.

Get more info here.

ALL ABOUT THEATRE PRESENTS: IN THE HEIGHTS

When: 2/13 – 2/15 
Where: Louden Nelson Community Center

In this All About Theater production of Lin Manuel Miranda’s musical, Santa Cruz teens show off their amazing talents. This Tony-award winning play is set in the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York, a Latino district on the verge of change. A live orchestra, including musicians from Flor de Caña, accompanies this great story and the talented local cast.

Get more info here.

Also on Friday

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Saturday

Family Opera: Massenet’s Cinderella

When: 2/15 at 11:00 am & 1:00 pm
Where: UCSC Music Center Recital Hall

Do children like opera? Only if they go to one! The Music Department at UCSC in partnership with El Sistema Music Education, brings this family-friendly adaptation of Massenet’s Cinderella to life in a 45 minute English language version. With a talented cast that includes a chorus of mice from Watsonville’s Radcliffe Elementary, this free show ($5 suggested donation for adults) is sure to earn some new opera fans.

Get more info here.

Becoming Nobody

When: 2/15 from 7:00 pm to 10:30 pm
Where: Rio Theatre

A celebration of the life of a great teacher, this screening of the Ram Das movie is a fundraiser for his ashram in Taos, New Mexico. With speakers, sound meditation and a Kirtan, this is sure to be an enlightening evening.

Get more info here.

Elephant Seal Weekend Celebration

See Description Under Friday Section

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella

See Description Under Friday Section

ALL ABOUT THEATRE PRESENTS: IN THE HEIGHTS

See Description Under Friday Section

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Sunday

Downtown Santa Cruz Makers Market

When: 2/16 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where: Pacific Ave. between Water & Locust St.

Always a crafty paradise, the Downtown Maker’s Market is an inspiring and fun way to spend a Sunday. All the usual shops and restaurants are open downtown so you can stop for food, grab a coffee and stroll to the live music and artistic atmosphere.

Get more info here.

White Album Ensemble Unplugged

When: 2/16 at 8:00 pm
Where: Kuumbwa Jazz Center

This acoustic concert will feature Beatles’ love songs from the last seven albums. The Kuumbwa is an amazing venue, with wine and beer, food, great seating and an intimate setting with great sound. Along with the six members of the Ensemble, guests Tammi Brown and Alysha Antonio will grace the stage.

Get more info here.

Elephant Seal Weekend Celebration

See Description Under Friday Section

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella

See Description Under Friday Section

White Album Ensemble Unplugged – Saturday

See Description Under Saturday Section

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Upcoming Events You Don’t Want to Miss

Top Dog Film Festival

What: Top Dog Film Festival
Where: Rio Theatre
When: Friday, March 13, from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm

Calling all Dog People. You know who you are. Clear your calendar on March 13 for the Top Dog Film Festival, a celebration of the bond between humans and canines. For over two hours, watch a montage of carefully curated films that will inspire, entertain and teach all things dog.

Get more info here.

Hummingbird Day

What: Hummingbird Day
Where: UCSC Arboretum
When: Saturday, March 21

The UCSC Arboretum has many qualities, according to local hummingbirds, who choose to live there in vast numbers. This is lucky for us; we can see them eat, fight, court, build nests and fly around. Hummingbird Day is a chance to explore the Arboretum with a docent, and learn about the plants that support these fast flyers and maybe see a few of them in action.

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 freelance writer and mother of 3 who enjoys exploring the beauty and culture of this unique community. Visit her website at www.melbacomms.com.

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