This Weekend in Santa Cruz: September 20th – 22nd, 2019

Summer is almost over and it’s time to send the season off in style! We’ve lined up events this weekend that will do just that. Choose from festivals, performances or even an annual community clean-up event to pick up trash from local shorelines before the rainy season.

Enjoy the last weekend of summer!

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



Friday

Food Truck Friday

When: 9/20 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Where: Skypark – Scotts Valley

Food Truck Friday is back for a fun night of live music, dancing and of course food trucks featuring Drunk Monkeys, Pana, Nomad Momo, El Buen Taco and Aunt LaLi’s. SVEF will be hosting their Beer Garden to raise funds for four Scotts Valley public schools!

Get more info here.

2018/2019 Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival

When: 9/20 from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Where: Rio Theatre

The Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival celebrates its 43rd year of bringing some of the world’s wildest adventures to the big screen. From the highest mountains to the most exotic places on earth, you are sure to be captivated by each of these films in the series. This film festival is packed with action sports featuring cycling, climbing, skiing, running and horseracing.

Get more info here.

Mountain Community Theater Presents: Mamma Mia!

When: Opens 9/20 and runs 5 weekends through 10/20
Where: Mountain Community Theater/Park Hall

A daughter’s journey to find the identity of her father before her wedding leads to a lively story filled with humor, love and the complicated design of human relationships. Hit music from ABBA and unforgettable dance numbers will lead you through this favorite musical.

Get more info here.

SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS SOL FESTIVAL

When: 9/20 – 9/22
Where: Roaring Camp Meadows – Felton

It’s time for this annual weekend of music and fun, mountain style! Multiple stages among the giant redwoods featuring live music from Bob Weir and the Wolf Brothers, Dispatch, Chicano Batman, Beats Antiques, Turkuaz, Billy Strings, Mike Love and many more bands. You can register to camp, ride the trains, explore the onsite vendors, enjoy local food and craft beer/wine.

Get more info here.

Monterey Bay Birding Festival

When: 9/20 – 9/22
Where: Various locations; Watsonville Civic Plaza – Festival Headquarters

Sign up for field trips, workshops, presentations or even a variety of all! It’s a weekend packed with birds with many events planned and field trips to various birding sites. It’s fall migration around the Monterey Bay and is the perfect time to meet up with other bird enthusiasts for an exciting and busy birding weekend. Popular events fill up quickly, so register soon.

Get more info here.

Doggie Date Night

When: 9/20 from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm; Move starts at 8:30 pm
Where: Anna Jean Cummings Park – Soquel (Blue Ball Park)

Bring your best furry friend down to Blue Ball Park at 6:00 pm for some play time followed by a screening of “Best in Show” (rated PG-13) at 8:30. Food trucks and beer will be on hand for the humans, and lots of entertaining playmates running amok for your dog!

Get more info here.

Also on Friday

MUSIC/DANCE

  • Jenie Thai Live @ lille æske
  • Live Music by The Puffball Collective @ Abbott Square
  • AZA @ Michael’s on Main
  • MUSTACHE HARBOR @ The Catalyst
  • SHARON ALLEN & DUSTY BOOTS WITH CAROLYN SILLS COMBO @ Kuumbwa Jazz Center
  • HOT Jazz and Swing Dancing @ Santa Cruz Food Lounge
  • Joint Chiefs @ Crow’s Nest
  • Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio @ Moe’s Alley
  • Jesse Marchant w/ Wyndham Garnett @ The Crepe Place
  • Girls and Company @ Michael’s on Main
  • THEATER/ARTS

  • TATANKA’S GLOBAL ARTISTS CELEBRATION @ Resource Center For Nonviolence
  • A MOON FOR THE MISBEGOTTEN @ The Colligan Theater
  • MORE

  • Boardwalk Fall Campout @ Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
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    Saturday

    Boardwalk Fiesta en la Playa

    When: 9/21 Check schedule for various performance times
    Where: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

    Head out to the Boardwalk for a celebration of Latino community traditions including mariachis, folklorico dancers and live music at the free beach concert. Have a fun time with family and friends on the rides or play some games. Food and beverage specials will be available.

    Get more info here.

    Domou Africa

    When: 9/21 at 8:00 pm (Doors open 7:00 pm)
    Where: Louden Nelson Community Center

    Local master dancer and choreographer Oumou Faye, master drummer Mbor Faye and a group of world-class West African dancers and musicians bring you an incredible evening of dance and drumming in a breathtaking performance you won’t want to miss! Advance tickets available. Doors open at 7 pm.
     

    Get more info here.

    Annual Coastal Cleanup with Save our Shores

    When: 9/21 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
    Where: Local beaches, rivers and inland areas. Choose from over 65 locations.

    It’s time for the annual California Coastal Cleanup Day and you can make a difference along our local shorelines! Pick one of the many beaches from the list and register. Bring a bucket, grabber, gloves and a reusable water container and help clean up our local beaches and waterways. Download the app to help collect data on the trash you find. Sign up for your favorite location today!
     

    Get more info here.

    Pivot: The Art of Fashion

    When: 9/21 Doors open 6:00 pm for VIP; 7:00 pm for General
    Where: Rio Theatre

    Fashion performance comes to life at the Rio! A full evening of fashion awaits you with many surprises in store. Featuring Lisa Agliano, IB Bayo, Ellen Brook, Ruby Roxanne Designs, Lisa Ford, Lynn Guenther, Charlotte Kruk, Mariclare McKnight, The Great Morgani, and Rose Sellery and more.
     

    Get more info here.

    BAY SHORE LYRIC OPERA PRESENTS VERDI’S FALSTAFF

    When: 9/21 & 9/22
    Where: Esplanade Park – Capitola (Saturday); Santa Cruz Vets Hall (Sunday)

    This operatic comedy is full of humor and feeling with compiled scenes from Shakespeare, especially from The Merry Wives of Windsor. The story is centered around character Sir John Falstaff. Considered by Verdi’s critics to be one the greatest comedic operas. Please note: Saturday’s show is free and Sunday’s show is ticketed and performed at a different location as noted above.

    Get more info here.

    SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS SOL FESTIVAL

    See Description Under Friday Section

    Mountain Community Theater Presents: Mamma Mia!

    See Description Under Friday Section

    Monterey Bay Birding Festival

    See Description Under Friday Section

    Also on Saturday

    MUSIC/DANCE

  • David Tyler Fox @ lille æske
  • Live Music by Michael Feinberg @ Abbott Square
  • SPUN @ Crow’s Nest
  • BLACKALICIOUS – 20 Year Anniversary Tour + Special Guests Alwa Gordon & DJ Kikkoman @ Moe’s Alley
  • The Artisanals w/ TBD @ The Crepe Place
  • Petty Theft @ Michael’s on Main
  • THE LOUISIANA PICNIC & DANCE @ Michael’s on Main
  • THEATER/ARTS

  • A MOON FOR THE MISBEGOTTEN @ The Colligan Theater
  • MAKE/CRAFT

  • Make a Ceramic Salt & Pepper Shakers Workshop -Annieglass @ Annieglass Incorporated
  • Pine Needle Basket Making Workshop @ Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
  • OUTDOORS

  • Pine Needle Basket Making Workshopa @ Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
  • Stargazing at Pigeon Point @ Pigeon Point Light Station State Historic Park
  • Ranch Tours @ Wilder Ranch State Park
  • Old Cove Landing Trail @ Wilder Ranch State Park
  • Old-Growth Redwood Tour @ Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
  • Building Methods at the Mission @ Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park
  • Sisstr Surf Sessions @ Cowell’s Beach
  • MORE

  • Seminario de Triple P: Cómo criar hijos resistentes @ Nueva Vista Recursos Comunitarios, 711 E. Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz
  • Tacos with Chuy! @ Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing
  • Boardwalk Fall Campout @ Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
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    Sunday

    Cars and Coffee for a Cause

    When: 9/22 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am
    Where: Cruise Coffee – Scotts Valley

    The Santa Cruz Mustang Club, along with Scotts Valley Peace Officers Association, are hosting this fun community event to support the BirchBark Foundation. Any donation will get 20% off food and drinks at Cruise Coffee. All cars are welcome to enter the small car show. Watch the SVPD cornhole competition and meet the SVPD canine companions, too!

    Get more info here.

    Midtown Last Day of Summer Event

    When: 9/22 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
    Where: Midtown Santa Cruz

    It’s the last day of summer and a day to celebrate! Pop-ups, food and drinks as well as family-friendly activities, sales and events throughout the day. Take a stroll down Soquel Ave. from Pine Street to Seabright and help usher out the season in style.

    Get more info here.

    SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS SOL FESTIVAL

    See Description Under Friday Section

    Mountain Community Theater Presents: Mamma Mia!

    See Description Under Friday Section

    Monterey Bay Birding Festival

    See Description Under Friday Section

    BAY SHORE LYRIC OPERA PRESENTS VERDI’S FALSTAFF

    See Description Under Saturday Section. Note: Sunday’s show is at a different venue and tickets must be purchased.

    Also on Sunday

    MUSIC/DANCE

  • LILACS. with Wyatt Smith, Wistappear (LA), and Jesse Stout (Seattle) at The Crepe Place @ The Crepe Place
  • Elie and Enah in the Afternoon @ Crow’s Nest
  • Lydia Pense & Cold Blood @ Moe’s Alley
  • Lilacs w/ Wyatt Smith, Wistappear and Jesse Stout @ The Crepe Place
  • Open Bluegrass Jam @ The Crepe Place
  • Mersiv & Mr. Bill @ The Catalyst
  • Grateful Sunday Concert Series @ Michael’s on Main
  • THEATER/ARTS

  • A MOON FOR THE MISBEGOTTEN @ The Colligan Theater
  • MAKE/CRAFT

  • Acrylic Pour Painting @ Art of Santa Cruz
  • OUTDOORS

  • Ranch Tours @ Wilder Ranch State Park
  • Redwoods and Climate Change @ Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
  • MORE

  • SC Triathlon @ Depot Park (Transition Area)
  • SC Democratic Picnic @ 40 Thieves (DeLaveaga Park)
  • Seminario de Triple P: Cómo criar hijos resistentes @ Nueva Vista Recursos Comunitarios, 711 E. Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz
  • Upcoming Events You Don’t Want to Miss

    Día De Los Muertos Festival & 5k/3k Run

    When: Sunday, Oct 27 at 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
    Where: El Rosal Bakery, 21513 E. Cliff Dr. Santa Cruz

    Enter or watch the race that starts at 9:00 am, then stay to celebrate Dia De Los Muertos with sugar skull decorating, food, dance performances, mariachi, art exhibits, bounce houses, farmers’ market and more! Pre-register for the 5k/3k races online.

    Kidrageous Golden Carnival

    When: Sunday, September 29th, 12pm to 4pm
    Where: Watsonville Plaza

    The 20th Annual Kidrageous Golden Carnival at the Watsonville City Plaza is packed with fun for your entire family! Featuring performances by Watsonville Taiko Drummers, Doug the Surfing Magician, Watsonville Community Band, as well as, dance, costumed characters, arts and crafts, bounce houses, family activities, entertainment and much more.

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    About Valerie Lemke

    Valerie Lemke is a transplant from the Bay Area to Santa Cruz County over 25 years ago, and hasn't looked back since. She is a local freelance writer and photographer who loves writing about and photographing one of the most beautiful regions in the world, the Central Coast.

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