This Weekend in Santa Cruz: September 6th – 8th, 2019

The shops, salons and galleries will be teeming with First Friday fun, and a promising play opens at the Tannery.

If you plan your Saturday strategically you can have Mole for lunch and Greek food for dinner, and you can work it all off doing self-defense moves or dancing to a silent DJ.

On Sunday head to the downtown Maker’s Market for an objet d’art and then catch Anthony Arya and Preacher Boy perform together in Soquel.

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


Pippi Boards: Launch Party and Art Exhibition

When: 9/6 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: The Art Cave (The Old Wrigley Building)
Cost: Free

There’s a new skate shop in town, ladies! With decks and artwork for, of and by women, Pippi’s purpose is to support and encourage women and girls to claim their space at the skateparks and all over town. Live music will be provided by Echoes and Artifacts, plus enjoy beer, wine, creativity and equality!

Get more info here.

Waves & Wildlife First Friday Celebration

When: 9/6 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Where: MBNMS Exploration Center
Cost: Free

Celebrate the beauty of our ocean environment and the efforts to preserve and protect it. Bring your own mug (or purchase a reusable mug at the event) for some of Discretion Brewery’s finest beer and marvel at the images of the amateur photographer contest.

Get more info here.


When: 9/6 – 9/7 at 8:00 pm & 9/8 at 2:00 pm
Where: The Colligan Theater
Cost: $45 / $50

Friday is opening night for this romantic drama by award-winning playwright and Nobel laureate Eugene O’Neill. The Colligan Theater is a superb venue, and the Jewel Theater Company is top-notch, so you can expect to be impressed. Play runs September 4 – 29.

Get more info here.


When: 9/6 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm; 9/7 11:00 pm to 10:00 pm; 9/8 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Where: Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church
Cost: Free admission

Always a delight for the senses, the Greek Festival is about food and drink, music and dancing. Treat yourself to a gyro and some baklava and watch the costumed folk dancers and musicians perform as Greeks have done for centuries.

Get more info here.


When: 9/6 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Various locations throughout the county
Cost: Free

Every First Friday is a new and different affair, but what they all have in common is fun, friends, food, drink, and of course, art. Enjoy the fruits of our creative community at various locations throughout town while supporting the arts and small businesses that make Santa Cruz vibrant and unique.

Get more info here.

Movies on the Beach: Bernie the Dolphin

When: 9/6 from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Where: Capitola Village
Cost: Free

Bring your family, a blanket and some beach chairs, and enjoy a picnic as the sky darkens to dusk, when the movie begins. This week’s film is a cute story about kids and a dolphin; what more can you ask for? How about free popcorn from 7:00-7:30? Seating begins at 6:30, and the movie starts at 7:30.

Get more info here.

Also on Friday


  • Briana Di Mara Ensemble @ Pacific Cultural Center / Ashtanga Yoga Institute
  • KIANA LEDE @ The Catalyst
  • San Geronimo @ Moe’s Alley
  • Boom Draw @ Crow’s Nest
  • Beat Street @ Severino’s
  • Whiskey West w/ Flypaper Blues @ The Crepe Place
  • Spirit of ’76 @ Michael’s on Main

  • First Friday Ocean Open House at the Museum @ Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
  • Big Trees Exhibition @ San Lorenzo Valley Museum
  • Art for Wolf Protection: Wolves in Our Midst @ Santa Cruz Food Lounge
  • SANTA CRUZ MAH: FIRST FRIDAY @ Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History (MAH)
  • MORE

  • Cider and Food Tasting Experience @ New Leaf Community Markets
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    Seventh Annual Mole & Mariachi Festival

    When: 9/7 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
    Where: Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park
    Cost: Free Admission; $10 Tasting Kits

    You be the judge: who makes the best mole sauce? A feast for all senses, the Mole and Mariachi festival brings together several local chefs and food vendors to treat your taste buds, as well as gorgeously adorned dancers and musicians, crafts, piñatas and fun! Proceeds support programs, education and restoration at the mission.

    Get more info here.

    Summertime Self-Defense Fundraiser

    When: 9/7 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
    Where: Elkhorn Slough Brewing Company
    Cost: $35

    Raising funds for Pajaro Valley Shelter Services, this community event includes two hours of self-defense instruction, a raffle with cool prizes, food trucks and yummy local craft brews. You will learn some vital skills while working up an appetite for the delectables and be helping women and children in need.

    Get more info here.

    Circumference Festival

    When: 9/7 from 2:00 pm to 9:00 pm
    Where: Tannery Arts Center
    Cost: $20

    A mixture of entertainment, arts collaboration and networking, digital media showcasing and discovery, feasting, dancing, shopping and more, the Circumference Festival is the first of its kind. Proceeds support K-12 Arts Education and the Tannery, naturally home to this artistic jubilee with over 15 acts performing, beer from Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing, local food trucks and so much more.

    Get more info here.

    International Ocean Film Tour

    When: 9/7 from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
    Where: Rio Theatre
    Cost: $18

    If it’s brought to you by Patagonia, you know it’s going to be good. This is the ultimate film tour for ocean-lovers worldwide, and it’s making a stop in Santa Cruz to support the non-profit MTNS2SEA, which brings outdoor education to underserved kids.

    Get more info here.

    SF Mime Troupe “Treasure Island”

    When: 9/7 – 9/8 at 3:00 pm
    Where: San Lorenzo Park
    Cost: Free (donations requested)

    Don’t be fooled by the name. This Tony Award-winning mime troupe is all about live musical comedy and political satire that is hilariously relevant. Music starts at 2:30 and the play follows at 3:00.

    Get more info here.

    Bonny Doon Fire and Rescue Taco Social

    When: 9/7 from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm
    Where: Martin Road Fire Station
    Cost: Children Under 5 Free, Kids 5-10 $5, Adults $15

    Come out to support the all-volunteer fire fighters in Bonny Doon. In addition to rice & beans, tacos, etc., there will be a bake sale, t-shirts for sale and disaster preparedness booths.

    Get more info here.


    When: 9/7 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
    Where: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
    Cost: Free

    Hear some of your favorite local musicians playing to help a great cause. Joe Ferrara of Atlantic Fantasyworld fame, Patti Maxine and several others will sing their hearts out. Cancer resources and information will be available, as well as lots of support and love.

    Get more info here.


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    See Description Under Friday Section

    Also on Saturday


  • Heavy Traffic @ Michael’s On Main
  • Live Music by Persephone @ Abbott Square
  • Elie and Enah in the Afternoon @ Crow’s Nest
  • Halfway Noble w/ Tyler Larson @ The Crepe Place
  • KATCHAFIRE + EarthKry @ Moe’s Alley
  • Room 9 @ Severino’s
  • Patio Acoustics with Bobby Love @ Severino’s
  • The Shelters @ The Catalyst
  • Heavy Traffic @ Michael’s on Main
  • ROARING CAMP: JUG BAND FESTIVAL @ Roaring Camp Railroads

  • Every Saturday Art and Music @ 11th hour coffee
  • Big Trees Exhibition @ San Lorenzo Valley Museum

  • Adult Arts & Crafts Workshop: Quilling @ Scotts Valley Branch Library

  • Old Cove Landing Trail @ Wilder Ranch State Park
  • MORE

  • Growing a Health Community fundraiser & 40TH Anniversary celebration @ The Little Bee Barn
  • UCSC ARBORETUM TOURS @ UC Santa Cruz Arboretum
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    Anthony Arya & Preacher Boy

    When: 9/8 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
    Where: Michael’s on Main
    Cost: $10

    Local teen legend Anthony Arya teams up with Preacher Boy, the gritty, steel slide guitar master. Sparks will fly when this duo takes the stage.

    Get more info here.

    Downtown Maker’s Market

    When: 9/8 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
    Where: Downtown Santa Cruz
    Cost: Free admission

    With over 40 local craft vendors and live music performed by Cement Ship, this market is a fun way to support artists and enrich your life with beautiful things.

    Get more info here.


    See Description Under Friday Section


    See Description Under Friday Section

    SF Mime Troupe “Treasure Island”

    See Description Under Saturday Section

    Also on Sunday


  • Carie & the SoulShakers @ Wharf House Restaurant
  • JUNIOR BROWN + Hank & Ella With The Fine Country Band @ Moe’s Alley
  • Open Bluegrass Jam @ The Crepe Place
  • Elie and Enah in the Afternoon @ Crow’s Nest
  • Patio Acoustics with Matt Masih @ Severino’s

  • Big Trees Exhibition @ San Lorenzo Valley Museum

  • Younger Lagoon Reserve Tours @ Seymour Marine Discovery Center
  • MORE

  • LOW-COST SELF-DEFENSE SEMINAR @ Oakstrong Martial Arts 738 Chestnut Street, Santa Cruz
  • Imagine! An event to support CASA and children and youth in foster care @ Seascape Beach Resort
  • Pie for the People – Santa Cruz @ Homeless Garden Project Farm
  • Pinot Noir & Chardonnay Harvest Dinner @ Deer Park Ranch
  • DOWNTOWN SANTA CRUZ ANTIQUE STREET FAIRE @ Lincoln Street between Cedar and Center
  • San Francisco Comedy Competition @ Crow’s Nest
  • Upcoming Events You Don’t Want to Miss

    Ohlone Day

    When: September 14 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
    Where: Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
    Cost: Free (Parking fee $10)

    This annual event is a celebration and demonstration of the first nation people who lived in this area. Ohlone people will perform traditional songs, stories, dances as well as sharing basket-weaving techniques, tools and language. Attendees can learn how to use an atlatl and cook acorn mush with hot rocks. This is a family treat not to be missed.

    Celebrating 30 years of Mothersong

    When: Saturday, September 14, 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
    Where: Pacific Cultural Center
    Cost: Kids under 12 Free, Adults $10

    Building a better world through life-affirming song and dance, Joya Winwood has endowed us with her gifts of creativity, music and love for 30 years. It is time to celebrate! Bring your babies, or come alone, and belt out the love at the top of your lungs!

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