This Weekend in Santa Cruz: October 4th – 6th, 2019

This is one of those weekends that makes us so excited to live in Santa Cruz.

Comedy, makers market, heritage crafts, inspiring ways with nature, Latin percussion, bluegrass, brews and T-birds are just some of the great activities lined up.

Avoid traffic and start your stay-cation now. First Friday events will keep you busy celebrating the diversity, fun and history of Santa Cruz.

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


This week’s roundup is sponsored by Arts Council Santa Cruz County & the Open Studios Art Tour. Open Studios is our favorite fall activity and we’re thrilled to visit North County artist studios this weekend. Look for the free Open Studios guide around town, download the “Open Studios Art Tour” app, or just follow the green signs around town.

Click here for more information about Open Studios.

Photo: Human Shaped Animal, Artist #20.

Friday

First Friday: Natural History of Natural Disasters

When: 10/4 –Enjoy free admission throughout the day, with special events 5-7 p.m.
Where: Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History

Commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Loma Prieta Earthquake and drop by for a free First-Friday exhibit with local natural disaster experts. Enjoy free refreshments while you ask all your questions about earthquakes, sea level rise, wildfires and emergency response.

Get more info here.

October First Friday: Loma Prieta Anniversary

When: 10/4 from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm
Where: The MAH

Check out a massive piñata style mural, get creative at the drop-in craft station, explore the exhibitions and be sure to visit the History Gallery for a new exhibit commemorating the Loma Prieta Earthquake.

Get more info here.

FIRST FRIDAY ART TOUR

When: 10/4 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Various locations

Discover new artists at one of the many open galleries, shops or dispensaries or become an artist yourself at DrawFest. Click the link below and explore the possibilities.

Get more info here.

Fantastic Fungi

When: 10/4 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Rio Theatre

Immerse yourself in the magical world of mycelium.  Stunning cinematography will captivate you during this exploration of the fungi kingdom. Stay after the film for a conversation with the director and other special guests.

Get more info here.

The 6th Annual Santa Cruz Comedy Festival

When: 10/4 – 10/6 
Where: Various locations

Everyone could always use a good laugh and the Santa Cruz Comedy Festival is gonna make it easy for you. New venues, fun free events and comedy deep dives all weekend long.

Get more info here.

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Saturday

Open Studios

Open Studios Website

When: Saturday & Sunday from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Where: Artist Studios throughout North County

Our favorite annual fall event returns this weekend with the first week of Open Studios 2019!

Arts Council Santa Cruz County will begin their annual free self-guided art tour this weekend with open studios located throughout North Santa Cruz County. See what our local talented artists have on display this year.

Download the app or pick up a guide at select locations for a fall weekend of local art!

Get more info here.

Piggie Pie: The Musical Play

When: 10/5 from 10:30 am to 11:00 am
Where: Aptos Branch Library

A hungry witch needs some piglets for her piggy pie, and they need you to cheer them on to safety. Perfect children’s theatre experience to build some Halloween excitement for Pre-K to 2nd graders.

Get more info here.

Ka-Hon Latin Percussion Ensemble: First Saturdays Family Concert Series

When: 10/5 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Veterans Memorial Building

Join Grammy award-winning Ka-Hon on an adventure in Latin percussion! Music, songs and global rhythms from Peru, Mexico, Cuba, Spain and Venezuela kick off the 2019-2020 First Saturday Family Concert Series.

Get more info here.

Brewgrass Festival

When: 10/5 from 11:30 am to 7:30 pm
Where: Roaring Camp Railroads

Listening to bluegrass, drinking fresh local beer and noshing on whatever you please from one of our many talented food truck artists on a lovely autumn day. Sounds pretty good, right?

Get more info here.

ROARING CAMP: STEAM & HARVEST FESTIVAL

When: 10/5 -10/6
Where: Roaring Camp Railroads

Embrace some heritage craft fun for everyone. Stuff a scarecrow (yours to keep!), make a candle, pick pumpkins and pan for gold like they did in the olden days. Plus, some impressive steam and belt-powered equipment will be on display at this free event.

Get more info here.

T-Birds on the Wharf

When: 10/5 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf

It’s your chance to marvel at classic, vintage and retro T-birds (and find out what those classifications mean) at the annual Thunderbirds on the Santa Cruz Wharf. Keep an eye out around town too, because club members will be driving in from all over California and Nevada for this unique event.

Get more info here.

The 6th Annual Santa Cruz Comedy Festival

See Description Under Friday Section

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Sunday

Downtown Santa Cruz Makers Market

When: 10/6 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where: Pacific Ave. between Water & Locust Streets

Hooray the holidays are coming up fast. Head downtown to the Makers Market to #supportthelocals and buy special gifts made right here in Santa Cruz County. There will be a free concert and over 40 amazing, hardworking, talented artists.

Get more info here.

Squid-Fest West

When: 10/6 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Where: Resource Center For Nonviolence

Beautiful music and community building join together in a benefit concert and silent auction to support KSQD Community Radio.

Get more info here.

Pottery and Glass Seconds Sale

When: 10/6 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Where: Cabrillo College

Find that perfect, rare, likely one-of-a-kind piece for a great price at the pottery and glass seconds sale! Over 50 professional potters, jewelry makers, glass artists, and craftspeople from all over the central coast will be there with their beautiful wares.

Get more info here.

Open Studios

See Description Under Saturday Section

The 6th Annual Santa Cruz Comedy Festival

See Description Under Friday Section

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Upcoming Events You Don’t Want to Miss

Wilder Ranch Heritage Harvest Festival

When: Saturday, October 19, from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Where: Wilder Ranch State Park

The fall harvest season is upon us and Wilder Ranch is getting in the spirit with a day of living history and harvest-time activities. Bring the family to enjoy blacksmith and machine shop demonstrations, children’s crafts and games, old time music and square dancing, hand-cranked ice cream, apple tasting, and wagon rides.

Water Harvest Festival

When: Sunday, October 20th, from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Where: Anna Jean Cummings Park (Blue Ball Park)

Soquel Creek Water District is celebrating the season with an educational, water-themed day of fun for the family. The Water Harvest Festival features interactive hands-on activities, bounce houses, face painting, and must-see performances by ZunZun and Earthcapades.

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About Stephanie Michelet

Stephanie is a local maker and creative workshop leader. Find out what you can #makeinsantacruz by following along on Instagram at @smichelet

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