Virtual Roundup

Virtual Events in Santa Cruz

Our usual weekend roundup is now a weekly roundup of virtual events, many ongoing, that you can tune into from the comfort of your own living room.

We’ve gathered something for everyone during the Shelter in Place ordinance and beyond. These online workouts, art classes, dance parties, workshops, concerts, and educational talks are hosted by local small businesses, artists, trainers, and more.

Please submit virtual events and ideas below so we can continue to share ways to socialize and support each other while social distancing. Take care, Santa Cruz!

Queer History Webinar: Santa Cruz Music Composer, Lou Harrison

When: Thursday, May 28, from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Watch: Zoom

Join the weekly Diversity Center webinar series celebrating the recently launched virtual exhibition, Queer Santa Cruz. This week, get to know the history of Lou Harrison, a queer music composer who amplified Santa Cruz culture around the country. 

Get more info here.

Zoom Forward! Jonathan Franzen & John Moir

When: Friday, May 29, at 5:00 pm
Watch: Zoom

Zoom in for a special online event with award-winning authors Jonathan Franzen (FreedomThe Corrections) and John Moir (Return of the Condor), hosted by poet, fiction writer, and essayist Jory Post. This event is part of the Zoom Forward Reading Series, presented by phren-ZThe Hive Poetry Collective, and Bookshop Santa Cruz to showcase writers, keep our cultural spirits high, and support Bookshop Santa Cruz.

Get more info here.

Adrea Castiano Facebook Live – Save Our Music

When: Friday, May 29, from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Watch: Facebook Live

For the month of May Event Santa Cruz has launched the campaign – Save Our Music to help support local musicians. Tune in and enjoy this Friday’s musician, Adrea Castiano.

Get more info here.

Diversity Center Friday Night Dance Party!

When: Friday, May 29, at 8:00 pm
Watch: Zoom

Join the LGBTQ community + allies for a Friday night virtual dance party to all your favorite anthems! It’s a safe space to dress up, shake your thing, and work it! All are welcome.

Get more info here.

NorCal Bats with Corky Quirk

When: Saturday, May 30, from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Watch: Zoom

Santa Cruz Public Libraries kicks off the Summer Reading Program with a live interactive program featuring NorCal Bats, an organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and release of bats throughout Northern California. Live bats will be presented along with a slide show geared to dispel myths and prejudices against bats that can lead to the destruction of their roosts and colonies.

Get more info here.

Santa Cruz Baroque Festival presents Northern World: Swedish Folk & Baroque

When: Saturday, May 30, at 7:30 pm
Watch: Twitch TV, Facebook, and Youtube

Get your NYCKELHARPA Fix! Swedish virtuoso Olov Johansson with Lars Johannesson, Baroque flute, Barry Phillips, Cello and Linda Burman-Hall harpsichord. A Nyckelharpa is a traditional Swedish musical instrument.

Get more info here.

Rockin’ Pop-Up with the Geology Gents

When: Wednesday, June 3, at 3:00 pm
Watch: Facebook Live

Join the Geology Gents, Gavin and Graham, for weekly conversations about rocks live on Facebook. Each week they’ll explore a different geologic topic, from Santa Cruz formations to tips for being a more effective rockhound. Submit your questions and feel free to include pictures of rocks you’d like identified!

Get more info here.

Ongoing Events

Shared Adventures – A Variety of Events for Those with Different Abilities

Shared Adventures is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving quality of life for those with disabilities. The variety of virtual activities they are offering is impressive! Check out their calendar for times and links to Story Time, Art Class, Bingo, Trivia, Dance, Yoga, Crafts, and more.

Get more info here.

Noon in the Park

When: Weekdays at 12:00 pm
Watch: Facebook Live

Enjoy story time, yoga, and music with special guests, like Kate and Aaron from Live Like Coco, Joanna of Coastal Music Therapy Services, David of Freedom Elementary, and Yvette from the Art Factory. Don’t worry if you miss the livestream. Recorded versions are available on Facebook.

Get more info here.

Virtual Sloth: Storytelling for Adults

When: Ongoing Thursdays at 8:00 pm
Watch: Facebook Live

Storytellers from all walks of life share stories revolving around a weekly theme. This week’s theme is ‘In the Strangest of Places’. Appropriate for ages 16+. Event is free, but tips/donations gratefully accepted.

Get more info here.

Ballet Folklorico (Virtual Program)

When: Ongoing Fridays at 6:00 pm
Watch: Facebook Live

Graciela Vega will be offering a virtual Ballet Folklorico class every Friday for ages 5+. Videos will be posted to the Watsonville Library YouTube page – links to come soon.

Get more info here.

Virtual Stand Up Headliners at DNA’s Comedy Lab Online

When: Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00 pm
Watch: Zoom

We need laughter now more than ever. Good thing DNA’s Comedy Lab has a virtual stage to bring comedians live from their home to yours. Keep calm and laugh on!

Get more info here.

Santa Cruz State Parks Livestreams

Livestreams from our local state parks are fun, educational, and interactive. If you can’t attend live, you can always watch the recorded version on Facebook. Be sure to like each park’s Facebook page to receive a notification when they go live.

Big Basin Redwoods State Park

Castle Rock State Park

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park

Natural Bridges State Beach

Wilder Ranch State Park

ART

Follow the Sun Art

When: Friday, May 29, at 5:00 pm
Watch: Facebook Live

Getting creative is a great way to destress. Tune in for step-by-step live videos as Anastasiya Bachmanova of Follow the Sun Art guides you to paint some new art for your walls. Donations are greatly appreciated. All ages are welcome to participate!

Get more info here.

Paint Along Videos with Yeshe Jackson

Cut the boredom of quarantine with paint along videos by Yeshe Jackson. We had the pleasure of taking one of his Paint & Pint classes at East Cliff Brewery and can attest to his great teaching style and fun subjects. So far he has recorded tutorials for painting an octopus, sea turtle, star fish, and a mountain sunset.

Get more info here.

SHOP

Santa Cruz Virtual Makers’ Market

Now, more than ever, is the time to support small businesses and artists. Santa Cruz Mountains Makers’ Market has found a way to do just that by creating an online marketplace of local artists who have online shops. Browse individual websites and purchase directly from artists. Be sure to check frequently for new additions to the lineup of artists and makers.

Get more info here.

ParkStore Online

The ParkStore Online has reopened with a variety of items that help bring the great outdoors inside. Shop puzzles, seeds, coloring and activity books, field guides, science kits, educational toys, and more. You’ll also find the usual array of books, apparel, souvenirs, and household goods that reflect the natural and cultural history of our local State Parks and Beaches. Shopping at the ParkStore Online directly supports local state parks and beaches, and helps Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks achieve its mission of ensuring that our parks will thrive and be available to all. Plus, funds from the ParkStore Online stay local.

Get more info here.

READ

Santa Cruz Public Libraries Summer Reading Program

The Santa Cruz Public Libraries’ (SCPL) Summer Reading Program, IMAGINE YOUR STORY, begins June 1st and runs through July 31st. The entire program has gone virtual but features many of the same perks as always, such as reading rewards, raffle prizes, and events (online).

Get more info here.

BE ACTIVE

City of Santa Cruz Virtual Recreation

Visit the City of Santa Cruz’s Virtual Recreation website for fun activities for seniors (Gentle Yoga, Line Dancing, Boomer Qi Gong and more), plus indoor/outdoor ideas, challenges, and resources for all ages. 

Get more info here.

Rocky’s Fitness Center

Rocky’s Fitness Center on Portola Dr. has been offering the public a free, stay-at-home workout class daily since Day 1 of Shelter in Place. They also include kids, senior, and classes for Spanish speakers throughout the week. Follow these live workouts on Facebook, or subscribe to their Youtube channel.

Virtual WU TANG YOGA

When: Ongoing Wednesdays at 12:00 pm and 6:30 pm
Watch: Zoom

And now for something different and totally badass, yoga to hip hop music with readings from the Tao of Wu. This class is free but donations are greatly appreciated. Be sure to check out other virtual offerings from Estrella Collective including Buti Yoga, Bellydance, and Twerk.

Get more info here.

CrossFit West Santa Cruz

Daniel J is keeping locals active with kindness, positivity, and live stream workouts. In addition to posting daily workouts on Instagram every morning at 8am, there is a daily kids workout at 10am. 

Get more info here.

Weekly Yoga with Patagonia

When: Sundays at 11:30 am
Watch: Zoom

Join Patagonia Santa Cruz online for an all-levels Vinyasa Flow class taught by Elizabeth Howard. Classes are free & open to everyone!

Get more info here.

Torkc Fitness

When: Daily
Watch: Instagram and Facebook

Torkc is offering free daily workouts that require little to no equipment. The workouts can be adjusted to individuals fitness levels. They upload them to Instagram and Facebook accounts so people can watch them and do the workouts around their schedule. Check them out!

Get more info here.

Salsa Suelta in Place

When: Every Thursday until July 30
Watch: Zoom

For all dance-deprived dancers! Join this free Salsa Suelta dance session for all advanced beginners and up (should know the basic Salsa steps and turns). Suelta = released, i.e dancing without a partner. So, it’s a chance to practice footwork and rhythms even if you don’t live with a dance partner. The dance patterns may include Cuban styles such as Mambo, ChaChaCha, Afro-Cuban Rumba, and what many refer to as “Cuban Salsa”.

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.

  • Julie Duda says:

    Incredible ! Thank you everyone who put this together !! All of this helps tremendously !! 💜💕

  • Lindsay says:

    Great event list! Was hoping you might post a list of all local restaurants doing takeout/delivery, hours, and menu links? Eat local!

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