This Weekend in Santa Cruz: March 1st – 3rd, 2019

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The first day of March gets the weekend off to a festive start with a little help from the Mommas of HOT Jazz Swing.

Our picks for families include the annual amphibian celebration, Salamander Saturday, and the inaugural Imaginarium!.

The 21+ crowd can pub crawl with the Derby Girls or hit the mountains for Mardi Gras.

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

Friday

First Friday Santa Cruz

When: 3/1 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Various location in Santa Cruz County
Cost: Free

Check out a show at the Nook featuring skateboards designed, produced, and marketed by students at Costanoa Continuation School. Enjoy wine and live music at Stockwell Cellars while browsing the art of local photographer and artist Bryan Garrison, including prints on repurposed wood. Sip chocolate at Mutari and take in the latest work of local artist Gwendolyn Pogrowski, showcasing abstracts, geometrics, and canvas manipulations. These are just the beginning of your First Friday art tour!

Get more info here.

Mommas of HOT Jazz/First Friday tribute to Int’l Women’s Month

When: 3/1 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Food Lounge
Cost: Suggested donation is $5-$10 to support the band

Food lounge is gonna be hoppin’ on First Friday! Kick off your weekend and International Woman’s Month with Mommas of HOT Jazz Swing, featuring Jen Karno, Stella D’Oro, Jeannie Liu, and Lydia Joy, along with pianist extraordinaire Kylan DeGhetaldi. Dress to impress 1920s-style and come ready to party.

Get more info here.

Santa Cruz Derby Girls 2019 Pub Crawl!

When: 3/1 from 6:00 pm to 11:55 pm
Where: Downtown Santa Cruz

Kick off the 2019 Roller Derby season with the Santa Cruz Derby Girls at their annual pub crawl. Starting at Abbot Square and continuing on to El Palomar, 99 Bottles, and Pour Tap Room for an evening of drinking, dining, and arm wrestling with the Derby Girls. Then on to the Blue Lagoon to dance the night away! Please RSVP.

Get more info here.

Santa Cruz Warriors vs. Memphis Hustle

When: 3/1 at 7:00 pm 
Where: Kaiser Permanente Arena
Cost: $27.00 +

The Santa Cruz Warriors hit the court Friday night against the Memphis Hustle, NBA G League affiliate of the Memphis Grizzlies. Not only is it Charitable Jersey Night—a chance to bid on your favorite player’s game-worn jersey—the first 1,000 fans to arrive will get a pair of sunglasses, courtesy of California Giant Berry Farms. Come cheer for your Warriors!

Get more info here.

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Saturday

Mardi Gras in the Mountains

When: 3/2 at 7:00 pm 
Where: Brookdale Lodge
Cost: $20 Online, $27 Door

The Brookdale Lodge is back in action and hosting a dazzling Mardi Gras celebration in the Santa Cruz Mountains, New Orleans-style! Enjoy Cajun food by ate3one, a Shanti Shack Beer Booth, live music by Olde blue, and plenty of beads to go around. Come dressed in your favorite Mardi Gras fashion and don’t forget your mask!

Get more info here.

Santa Cruz Orchid Society Show and Sale 2019

When: from 3/2 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and 3/3 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Where: Cabrillo College Horticulture Center
Cost: Free

Santa Cruz has a fungus federation, bonsai meetup, and dahlia society, but this weekend is dedicated to orchid enthusiasts. The Santa Cruz Orchid Society is hosting a show and sale at Cabrillo College, co-sponsored by the Cabrillo Horticulture Department.  Check out orchid vendors, member sales, demonstrations, and a display of beautiful blooms that will be judged by American Orchid Society judges.

Get more info here.

Salamander Saturday

When: 3/2 from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Where: Rancho del Oso – Big Basin Redwoods State Park
Cost: Free

Talk about family-friendly! Salamander Saturday is filled with crafts and activities for the kids, live amphibians to observe, a presentation on “Salamanders of the Santa Cruz Mountains”, a short hike to find the rockstar critters of the day, and perhaps a serenading salamander playing guitar. File this event under #santacruzlife favorite!

Get more info here.

Imaginarium!

When: 3/2 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Where: Capitola Mall courtyard
Cost: Free

Escape the rain at this free, family-friendly Imaginarium event, in celebration of The Puppetry Institute’s 2-year anniversary at the Capitola Mall. Join TPI and Santa Cruz Children’s Museum of Discovery for an afternoon of puppet crafts, costume characters, Dr. Mecurio’s dragons, a puppet story time, photo op room for cosplayers, and more.

Get more info here.

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Sunday

The Downtown Santa Cruz Makers Market

When: 3/3 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where: Pacific Ave between Locust & Water
Cost: Free

The monthly Downtown Makers Market returns this Sunday. We attended the first installment of this new recurring event in November and were impressed with the quality and variety of products we saw. This month’s event features 40 local artists and crafters and includes a free concert by Moshe Vilozny, Blue Summit, and Lauren Wahl & Simply Put.

Get more info here.

Mardi Gras in the Mountains

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Upcoming Events You Don’t Want to Miss

Humble Sea 2nd Anniversary Party

What: 2nd Anniversary Party
Where: Humble Sea Brewing Co.
When: Friday and Saturday, March 15 & 16

We like how Humble Sea does things…a 2-year anniversary calls for 2 days of celebrating. Friday night will be an intimate gathering featuring acoustic performances by The Coffis Brothers and The Rainbow Girls, Bruxo Food Truck’s paella, and exclusive anniversary beer. Saturday’s full day experience includes everything from radical beer releases to a goat petting zoo, with live music and amazing food vendors in between. Be sure to get your tickets!

Get more info here.

Bellies, Birth & Babies

What: Bellies, Birth & Babies
Where: Pacific Cultural Center
When: Saturday, March 23 at 2:00 pm

This is a wonderful opportunity for new and expectant parents to learn about some of the amazing community resources Santa Cruz County has to offer. There will be a pop-up marketplace, hands-on demos, workshops, free mini massages, prizes, and more.

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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