This Weekend in Santa Cruz: November 15th – 17th, 2019

The nights are dark and the shorter days are chilly. It’s definitely a good weekend for a show and you’ll have your pick from lots of great options.

Of course, some of us love to grab a sweater and head outdoors and there are options for the hardy ones too, like ice skating, a lighthouse party, or maybe some artisan holiday shopping.Whatever your flavor, our town has fun in store for you!

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

Friday

Buscando a Marla | Looking For Marla

When: 11/15 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: MAH – Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History

Celebrate the release of a beautiful and enlightening new children’s book with a MAH-style party. Learn from our gender expansive community, get hip on pronoun usage, and glean some scientific background knowledge on sea animal parenting techniques. The Drag Queen Story Hour includes live performances by local artists.

Get more info here.

The Outsiders

When: 11/14 – 11/24 
Where: Henry J. Mello Center for the Performing Arts

Watsonville High School has put a new twist on this classic tale of the haves versus the have-nots. Rival gang members from the Greasers and the Socs are girls in this new telling of the always relevant and moving story about family, friendship, privilege and survival.

Get more info here.

Autumn Aire: An Acrobatic Affair of Circus & Thanks

When: 11/15 at 7:00 pm and 11/17 at 4:00 pm
Where: Radical Movement Factory, Wrigley Building

The Radical Movement Factory along with Ringmaster and showman David Poznanter are bringing a big city  level circus show to our little town. In addition to snacks and beverages, the audience will be treated to aerial feats, dance, entertainment and zany commentary. This joyful revelry is the perfect way to celebrate fall with friends and family.

Get more info here.

Me And My Girl

When: 11/13 – 12/8 
Where: Colligan Theater

Our local gem, the Jewel Theater Company, has yet another treat in store. This time, a Tony Award-winning Broadway musical. Set in 1930’s England and stocked with memorable songs, this fresh and witty comedy is a great way to forget your troubles and enjoy an evening of fine theater.

Get more info here.

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Saturday

Winter Artisan Fair

When: 11/16 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Where: Westlake Elementary

Indulge in a little stress-free shopping and do some good for local artists and craftspeople, as you raise money for Westlake Elementary. This annual artisan fair is a great place to score unique gifts while you sip your coffee and snack on baked goods while browsing the amazingly talented vendors.

Get more info here.

La Selva Beach Holiday Fair

When: 11/16 from 10:00 am to 4:00 am
Where: La Selva Beach Clubhouse

If your homemade holiday is going to be made by someone else this year, that’s ok! La Selva Beach Holiday Fair has over 50 arts and crafts vendors with everything imaginable, bargain books from the library, a bake sale and local food trucks.

Get more info here.

Santa Cruz Zine Fest 2019

When: 11/16 from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Where: Resource Center For Nonviolence

Explore the power of the written word and how you can make change in the world by expressing yourself. Zine enthusiasts of all ages and backgrounds come together to teach, create and discuss the radical world of zines. A vegetarian food truck will be on hand to fuel the creativity.

Get more info here.

BOARDWALK HOLIDAY ICE

When: 11/16 – 1/5 
Where: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

If you’re feeling nostalgic for winter, this is opening weekend for the Boardwalk’s ice skating rink, which lasts through January 5. You can rent skates for an hour, or make a day of it with the Boardwalk combo. To add to the festive air, there is a magical snowfall every hour, festive food, arts and crafts, old favorite holiday movies and more. Reservations are recommended for skating.

Get more info here.

147th Anniversary Celebration of the Pigeon Point Light House

When: 11/16 from 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Where: Pigeon Point Light Station State Historic Park

This austere landmark has been standing sentry for 147 years and it deserves a party! Explore, learn and listen to music while you munch on food truck fare. A maritime author will discuss some history and craft activities will engage the younger crowd. The original Fresnel lens will be lit from 5:00 – 7:00 in its current location in the fog signal building.

Get more info here.

Santa Cruz Gem and Mineral Society Holiday Gift Show

When: 11/16 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where: Live Oak Grange

Prepare to be dazzled at The Santa Cruz Mineral and Gem Society holiday sale, where members will be displaying and selling their treasures, including rocks, minerals, fossils, gems, jewelry, lapidary arts, and more.

Get more info here.

Shop to Benefit the Santa Cruz SPCA

When: 11/16 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Where: Midtown shops: Home/Work, Midtown Surf Shop, Amoureuse Lingerie, Maggie’s Place and Tipsy Gypsy Boutique

First of all, you had us at cuddle booth (featuring adoptable pups!). Head to Midtown for a fun shopping event for a great cause—Midtown shops are donating a percentage of sales this Saturday to help the Santa Cruz SPCA move into a brand new, state of the art shelter.

Get more info here.

The Outsiders

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Autumn Aire: An Acrobatic Affair of Circus & Thanks

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Uniting Art and Science to Ignite Inquiry

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Me And My Girl

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Sunday

Youth Symphony Fall Concert

When: 11/17 from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Where: UC Santa Cruz Music Dept. Recital Hall

With a world premier piece by a young local composer, along with harmonious selections from Copeland and others, our youth symphony performers always deliver an impressive performance. This year’s featured soloist is 16-year-old concerto competition winner Hunter Bauman on flute. Homemade baked goods will be available for purchase and help support youth music.

Get more info here.

Science Sunday—Floating on the Edge: Physiology, Ecology, and Recovery of Southern Sea Otters

When: 11/17 from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Where: Seymour Marine Discovery Center

Here in Santa Cruz we are fortunate to host the cutest sea mammals in existence, the lovable furry otters. The Seymour Center’s monthly lecture series is focusing on these threatened animals with a talk by USF Professor Nicole Thometz.

Get more info here.

A Tribute to Bonnie Raitt: A Benefit for Arts Council Santa Cruz County’s Mariposa Art 7 Music In Schools Program

When: 11/17 at 7:00 pm
Where: Kuumbwa Jazz Center

Enjoy an evening of bluesy folksy rock performed by local talent inspired by Grammy-award winning Harvard-dropout Bonnie Raitt. Proceeds from this evening of fine music go to support the Arts Council of Santa Cruz, to help support music programs in our schools.

Get more info here.

SANTA CRUZ WARRIORS VS. SALT LAKE CITY STARS

When: 11/17 at 5:00 pm
Where: Kaiser Permanente Arena

Our G-league team brings all the fun and excitement of a regular NBA game at a fraction of the ticket price. Always thrilling to watch up close, the Santa Cruz Warriors have the home court advantage, so come out and cheer on the home team!

Get more info here.

The Outsiders

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Autumn Aire: An Acrobatic Affair of Circus & Thanks

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Me And My Girl

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BOARDWALK HOLIDAY ICE

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Upcoming Events You Don’t Want to Miss

City of Watsonville Holiday in the Plaza

When: Sunday, November 24, from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Where: Watsonville City Plaza

Hop on the the children’s holiday train, gather ‘round for the holiday tree lighting, and meet Santa! No winter wonderland is complete without snow, so gear up for a fun afternoon of snow play. Admission to the snow area is free, but ’tis the season to donate non-perishable food items or a small monetary donation to Second Harvest Food Bank which benefits children and families in Watsonville.

Senderos December in Mexico Showcase: Fiesta Mexicanas

When: Friday & Saturday, December 6 – 7, at 7:00 pm
Where: Harbor High Theater

Take in dinner and a show at Harbor High. Senderos presents its winter dance performance, Fiestas Mexicanas, featuring Centeotl Danza y Baile dance troupe and Ensamble Musical youth band. Arrive early (5:30 pm) to enjoy delicious homemade Mexican food. This fundraiser helps support Senderos, an all-volunteer nonprofit that provides free after school dance and music classes, tutoring, and scholarships for Latino youth.

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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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