This Weekend in Santa Cruz: January 24th – 26th, 2020

This weekend there are several movie events to choose from, including a free family movie night, a silent western filmed in Capitola a hundred years ago, and an inspiring women’s adventure film tour.

The Santa Cruz Warriors have home court advantage (twice), a live comedy special recording is happening at DNA’s Comedy Lab, and the annual bridal expo returns to the Cocoanut Grove.

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

 

Friday

Free Family Movie Night – Moana

When: 1/24 from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Where: Capitola Community Center – 4400 Jade Street, Capitola

Movie night at the Capitola Community Center makes easing into the weekend easy. Enjoy a free screening of Moana as well as free popcorn and candy. Feel free to bring your own food and drink (no alcohol please) and your coziest blankets, pillows, and low back chairs.

Get more info here.

The Other Place

When: 1/24 – 1/26
Where: The Colligan Theater at The Tannery Arts Center

If you’re in the mood for mystery, suspense, and drama, catch The Other Place opening weekend at the Colligan Theater (Tannery). The play tells the story of a brilliant research scientist who suffers from the dementia she studies. Play runs through February 16.

Get more info here.

SANTA CRUZ WARRIORS VS. WISCONSIN HERD

When: 1/24 at 7:00 pm
Where: Kaiser Permanente Arena

The first of two home games kicks off tonight, with the Santa Cruz Warriors facing off against Wisconsin Herd. After falling to Oklahoma City last week, it’s time to cheer the Warriors on to home team victory. Be one of the first 1,500 fans in attendance to receive a D’Angelo Russell bobblehead.

Get more info here.

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Saturday

FREE EVENT: Family Literacy Fun Day

When: 1/25 from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Public Libraries, Downtown Branch

Did you know January is Positive Parenting Awareness Month? Visit the Downtown library for Family Literacy Fun Day and enjoy a host of kid-friendly activities from arts and crafts to story time with the librarians. The Triple P – Positive Parenting Program will be on site with information, as well as other local services for children and families. Prizes for participating!

Get more info here.

Women’s Adventure Film Tour

When: 1/25 from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Where: Rio Theatre

This festival of short films celebrates big adventures by inspiring women—global athletes, mothers, business women, cliff divers, long distance hikers, and many more. While not rated, each film is suitable for the entire family. This film tour benefits Naretoi, a non-profit supporting girls’ education, women’s empowerment, local economic efforts, and cultural exchange in Maasailand, Kenya.

Get more info here.

DNA’S COMEDY LAB: PHIL JOHNSON’S LIVE COMEDY SPECIAL FILMING

When: 1/25 at 7:00 pm & 9:30 PM
Where: DNA’s Comedy Lab

Don’t miss your chance to have your laugh immortalized on film forever. Join comedian Phil Johnson at our very own DNA’s Comedy Lab for an action-packed live comedy special recording. Each show runs 90 minutes and is appropriate for ages 16+.

Get more info here.

The Other Place

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Sunday

“The Testing Block” Centennial Showing

When: 1/26 from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Where: Capitola Community Center – 4400 Jade Street, Capitola

Calling all local history aficionados. Don’t miss this special centennial showing of the movie, The Testing Block, shot in Capitola in 1920. This silent western, starring William S. Hart and Eva Novak, will be introduced by Curator Frank Perry. Enjoy refreshments, a display of theater memorabilia, and the backdrop of Capitola 100 years ago.

Get more info here.

SANTA CRUZ WARRIORS VS. SOUTH BAY LAKERS

When: 1/26 at 5:00 pm
Where: Kaiser Permanente Arena

Close out the weekend cheering on the Santa Cruz Warriors as they take on the South Bay Lakers. Enjoy a night of cultural performances and entertainment in celebration of Latinx Heritage Night. The first 1,000 fans will receive a Latinx Heritage NIght rally towel.

Get more info here.

2020 Bridal Expo

When: 1/26 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Where: Cocoanut Grove

This is the premiere event of the year for anyone planning a wedding. You’ll find many of the best venues, local photographers, florists, caterers, bakers, and more to plan your special day. Plus, a chance to win fabulous door prizes and a grand prize giveaway!

Get more info here.

Salamander Safari

When: 1/26 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Where: Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park

A wet redwood forest provides the perfect ecosystem for salamanders, and magical hiking conditions to get to know our amphibian friends better. On this 2-mile ranger-led excursion to Eagle Creek, you’ll learn about salamander life cycles, behaviors, adaptations, and the current threats facing them. Bring water, wear hiking shoes, and meet at the visitor center to start your journey.

Get more info here.

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Upcoming Events You Don’t Want to Miss

Ales for Tails

What: Ales for Tails
Where: Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing
When: Thursday, January 30, from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm

On the last Thursday of the month, loveable adoptable dogs show up at Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing, and cool folks come out to drink organic beer, raise money, and maybe even adopt a furry friend. $1 of every pint purchased all day will go to the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter.

Get more info here.

Coventry & Kaluza!

What: Coventry & Kaluza Circus Show
Where: Santa Cruz Veterans Memorial Building
When: Saturday, February 1, from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm

Coventry & Kaluza know how to put on a good show for the littles and grownups alike. These two award-winning circus comedians incorporate juggling, acrobatics, music, laughs, and the most impressive hula hooping feats we’ve ever seen. Mark your calendar for some family fun!

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.

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