This Weekend in Santa Cruz: February 7th – 9th, 2020

February First Friday is here to kick off the weekend by celebrating arts, artists, live music, and free admission to some pretty cool places.

The Migration Festival, 2nd Saturday on the Farm, and grand opening of a new skate park are perfect for families with young kids.

And don’t forget, this weekend the King Tides return so plan to visit your favorite tide pools during negative low tide!

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


First Friday Santa Cruz

When: 2/7 at 5:00 pm
Where: Various locations throughout the county

First Friday is a monthly choose your own adventure art tour throughout Santa Cruz County. If you’re Downtown, don’t miss the MAH’s current exhibitions exploring the local mountain biking and tattoo scenes. You’ll also love Hearts for the Arts, a silent auction fundraiser at Artisans & Agency. On the Westside Stockwell Cellars is one of several places to view art and enjoy live music and a food truck. Or, head to the mountains and stroll the historic streets of Boulder Creek!

Get more info here.

Mushrooms: Keys to the Kingdom Fungi

When: 2/7 Normal hours + special event from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History

Fungi featured in all their glory is the theme of First Friday at the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, as well as its newest exhibit, Mushrooms: Keys to the Kingdom of Fungi. Enjoy free admission all day and a special evening mushroom pop-up with the Fungus Federation of Santa Cruz, an ID station, and the opportunity to meet lichen expert Ken Kellman.

Get more info here.

Also on Friday




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33rd Annual Migration Festival

When: 2/8 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Where: Natural Bridges State Beach

Celebrate the migration of our beloved monarchs as well as whales, birds, and many other species at this family-friendly event. There are a ton of games and crafts for kids to enjoy, educational booths and displays, and live music from the nature-loving 5M’s Band. Pack a picnic or purchase one there, and save room for habitat cake!

Get more info here.

Community Mountain Bike Ride

When: 2/8 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Where: The MAH

The Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History rocks a new exhibition this month, Trailblazers: The Creative History of Mountainbiking in Santa Cruz. And in true MAH style, the community is invited to participate in several out-of-the-museum events, including this group ride with mountain biking legend Jacquie Phelan. All levels are welcome, so grab your biking BFF or meet a new riding buddy and hit the trail.

Get more info here.

Science Saturday: Dive into Deep Sea Exploration!

When: 2/8 from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm
Where: Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center

Got some younguns with a passion for all things STEAM? Sign them up to design and build their own underwater remote operated vehicle or ROV for short. Then plunge their creations into the Deep Sea Tank to test its skills and complete challenges. This course is open to all ages six and up.

Get more info here.

Galentine’s Pop-Ups at Home/Work

When: 2/8 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
Where: Home/Work 1100 Soquel Ave.

Head to Midtown to celebrate the strongest bond there is…girlfriends! One of several Galentine’s events in Midtown, Home/Work is hosting two pop-ups: Stop by to sip mini Bloody Mary’s featuring Counter Cultures Kitchen hot sauce, and check out Dandy Roots apothecary and candles made without plastic packaging. Then continue the fun at nearby shops hosting giveaways, live music, champagne, donuts, and more!

Get more info here.


When: 2/8 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Where: Agricultural History Project Center and Museum

Help plant spring flowers, decorate a sugar cookie, and make a Valentine at the very family-friendly 2nd Saturday on the Farm. There is lots of good old-fashioned fun to be had like wooden cow milking, a kid-driven tractor, model railroad exhibit, and a puppet show and photo op to go with this month’s theme: Hearts & Flowers.

Get more info here.


When: 2/8 from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Where: Capitola Village

With 20 breweries and wineries participating, and an array of shops and venues in Capitola offering specials to entice the sipping, strolling folks, this is a great way to slow the pace down a bit and enjoy the flavor of Capitola village. Sample the wares and appreciate the uniqueness of this seaside town.

Get more info here.

Seacliff Skate Park Grand Opening

When: 2/8 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Where: Seacliff Village Park

Hot on the trail of the county’s newest playground, Leo’s Haven at Chanticleer Park, we have a brand new skate park! Roll through Seacliff Skate Park, located on McGregor and Canterbury Dr. next to the Sno-White Drive-In, for ribbon cutting festivities, pro skate demos, open skate sessions, and music by local favorite, Cement Ship. Plus, food and drinks provided by Aptos St. BBQ and FitAid.

Get more info here.

Also on Saturday






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Open House at the Castro Adobe: Romance on the Rancho

When: 2/9 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Where: Castro Adobe State Historic Park

Open House events at the Castro Adobe give you a sneak peek into our future State Historic Park, while taking you back in time to the Mexican Rancho Period of California history. Enjoy Mexican hot chocolate while exploring the history, romance, and charm of the adobe and its surrounding gardens and orchard.

Get more info here.

Also on Sunday




Upcoming Events You Don’t Want to Miss

Try Junior Derby for a Day

What: Try Junior Derby for a Day
Where: SCDG Practice Facility, Scotts Valley
When: Saturday, February 22, from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Rad opportunity alert for kids ages 7-17! The Santa Cruz Derby Groms are providing everything you need to try derby for a day, including skates, safety equipment, and basic skating instruction. Ask questions, watch a derby demo, and plan for a fun and unique experience.

Get more info here.

Salamander Saturday

What: Salamander Saturday
Where: Rancho del Oso Nature & History Center
When: Saturday, March 7, from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

A Santa Cruz Life favorite, Salamander Saturday is filled with crafts and activities for the kids, live amphibians to observe, a presentation on “Salamanders of the Santa Cruz Mountains”, and a short hike to find the rockstar critters of the day. You might even meet a serenading salamander playing guitar.

Get more info here.

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About Christine Candelaria

Christine Candelaria is a local mom of four who enjoys sharing her Santa Cruz adventures. You can follow her #santacruzlife on Instagram at @theaumsmama.