This Weekend in Santa Cruz: August 12th – 14th, 2016

This Weekend in-13 Photo courtesy of @caben76

Summer may be winding down and much of our population may be gearing to go back to school but that doesn’t mean the weekend fun stops.

This weekend we’ve got another great band at The Boardwalk to look forward to along with a comedy show, beer festival, some Shakespeare in the park, cultural events and more.

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



When: 8/12 at 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Cost: Free

Whether you remember the time when it was hit or know it from “Dazed and Confused,” who doesn’t love Foghat’s “Slow Ride?” Foghat will perform this along with their other chart topping songs like “Fool For The City,” “I’ll Be Standing By” and “I Just Wanna Make Love To You” at The Boardwalk’s free summer concert series. Choose to come to the first or second show or both.

Get more info here.

Desi Comedy Fest


When: 8/12 at 8:00 pm
Where: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
Cost: $30 beginning August 1; $35 at the door

The largest South Asian comedy festival in America brings 12 comedians from many countries to perform their hilarious bits at Kuumbwa Jazz. Get ready to laugh!

Get more info here.

SING ME HOME, Jewish Stories with Music


When: 8/12 – 8/13 at 7:30 pm
Where: Felix Kulpa Gallery
Cost: Suggested Donation $15 – $20 per seat

Erica Lann-Clark and Asaf Ophir met through storytelling and have worked tirelessly for over a year to put together this performance woven with Jewish stories and music. Reviewers have said the show will have you laughing and reflecting. It’s sure to be an enjoyable evening.

Get more info here.

The Legend of Bonny Anne


When: 8/11 – 8/14 at 7:00 pm
Where: Vine Hill Elementary Amphitheater
Cost: Free Admission

If tales of pirates and tumultuous times of the past get your heart beating, you won’t want to miss this free outdoor performance about the most famous female pirate in history.

Get more info here.

Also on Friday

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Futurebirds: A Benefit for the Soberanes Fire Relief Fund


When: 8/13 from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Where: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
Cost: $15

Given our proximity, we have all been affected in one way or another by the tragic wild fires in Big Sur. Here’s an opportunity to help the Soberanes Fire Relief Fund and take in a Futurebirds show that was originally set to happen in Big Sur. The show must go on and it will this Saturday at Kuumbwa…get your tix!

Get more info here.

Evening at the Adobe Open House

When: 8/13 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Castro Adobe State Historic Park, Watsonville
Cost: Free

Step back in time to 1900 Mexican California as you explore this restored multi-family historic home. Visitors can prepare handmade tortillas in the cocina, enjoy music in the garden, and tour Santa Cruz County’s second state historic park.

Get more info here.

The Beggar Kings

When: 8/13 from 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Where: Rio Theatre
Cost: $20 Gen. $30 Gold Circle

Ready to rock the roof at El Rio, the Beggar Kings, a large-piece band featuring a horns section and special guests will perform a mixture of top blues, funk and rock acts. These band mates have played with some of the greats, including the Doobie Brothers. We’re sure you won’t be able to stay in your seat for this.

Get more info here.

Santa Cruz Shakespeare presents: Hamlet


When: 8/13 – 8/14 at 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm
Where: The Grove at DeLaveaga Park
Cost: $16 – $52

Enjoy a summer afternoon or evening as the Grove at DeLaveaga Park transforms into the world of Hamlet. Santa Cruz Shakespeare adds a new spin to this tale of tragedy and death—Hamlet is a woman.

Get more info here.

Researchers Anonymous Field Trip: East Morrissey neighborhood


When: 8/13 from 10:00 am to 11:30 pm
Where: The Corner of Surburbia Ave and Suburbia Court
Cost: Free

Local resident Dan Model will take you meandering through East Morrissey, explaining the neighborhood’s history, its people, its evolvement and its place in our community.

Get more info here.

4th Annual Santa Cruz Socialites “Give Back Bash”

When: 8/13 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Where: Tannery Arts Center
Cost: $10 donation

In support of some local non-profits providing vital services to the community, Santa Cruz Socialites and Cosmo Chic SC have planned a fantastic lineup of activities and entertainment. Enjoy art for the kiddos, live music and performances, and a DJ dance party as you fuel up on yummy treats and drinks from The Art Bar, Happy Italian Ice Cart, and sparQle Cloud.

Get more info here.

SING ME HOME, Jewish Stories with Music

See Description Under Friday Section

The Legend of Bonny Anne

See Description Under Friday Section

Also on Saturday

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Brunch Benefit for Teen Kitchen Project


When: 8/14 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Where: 8061 Aptos Street in Aptos
Cost: Adults $25, Kids $10

There’s regular Sunday Brunch and then there’s Sunday Brunch that benefits our local youth and those in need of meal support. Choose your entree and enjoy baked goods at the table, coffee, tea, or juice. BONUS: this location is within walking distance of the California Beer Festival if you plan to attend.

Get more info here.

California Beer Festival- Last Day!

When: 8/14 from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm
Where: Aptos Village Park
Cost: $10, Kids 12 and under are FREE

Come for the music lineup alone—Blues covers and tributes to Huey Lewis and Prince—then stay for the craft beer and great food. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets, relax and enjoy the last day of the California Beer Festival.

Get more info here.

The Legend of Bonny Anne

See Description Under Friday Section

Santa Cruz Shakespeare presents: Hamlet

See Description Under Saturday Section

Also on Sunday

Featured Upcoming Event

Mole & Mariachi Festival 2016

What: 4th Annual Mole & Mariachi Festival
Where: Mission State Historic Park
When: September 10 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm

Spicy chocolate sauce and lively dance music make for a great Saturday outing. Sample authentic mole and vote for your favorite. Enjoy live music, activities for kids, and craft vendors at this family-friendly annual event.

Get more info here.

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About Keri Robinson

Keri Robinson has grown up coming to Santa Cruz and is proud to have made it her permanent residence as of 2011. She is a writer and blogger, active within the community. When not adventuring with her dog, kayaking, climbing or running she can be found at a local coffee shop, chronicling her adventures. Check out Keri's personal site to see more of her work.