This Weekend in Santa Cruz: August 26th – 28th, 2016

There’s much to do and enjoy this last weekend of August, or Fog-ust, as many of us have dubbed it.

Music outdoors? We’ve got that—at the beach, in the park, and even in the swimming pool.

Grand openings are always fun and West Marine’s promises to deliver each day this weekend.

We’ve also highlighted opportunities to help the environment, support local farmers, check out a play on social justice, and get your holistic health on. Have a good one!

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

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Los Lobos

When: 8/26 at 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Cost: Free

Los Lobos will be rockin’ the Boardwalk with their mixture of Tex-Mex, blues, country, folk, R&B and traditional Spanish and Mexican music, including their hit, La Bamba. Choose to come to the first or second show or both and bailar!

Get more info here.

West Marine Santa Cruz Grand Opening Festival


When: 8/26 – 8/28 from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
Where: West Marine Santa Cruz, 17th Ave.

West Marine, a long-standing staple among the Santa Cruz boating community, kicks off the grand opening of its remodeled waterlife store Friday eve. Friday includes a live band, food truck and drinks. Saturday and Sunday will each have a full day’s schedule of demos and seminars including autograph signings by many who’ve made a name for themselves in the watersports world. Ticket costs go to support local non-profits.

Get more info here.

Movies at the Beach (Grease – Sing Along)

When: 8/26 at 7:30 pm or dusk
Where: Esplanade Park Bandstand
Cost: Free

We go together, like rama lamma lamma ka dinga da dinga dong. Oh yes, we all know and love this catchy song and the many others from the soundtrack of the iconic movie Grease. Come watch the movie and sing along outside at the Capitola Esplanade. So fun!

Get more info here.

Pajaro River Paddle Cleanup

When: 8/26 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Where: 500 Clearwater Lane
Cost: Free

Bring your board or your kayak and join forces with Save Our Shores in an effort to clean up the Pajaro River from trash before it has a chance to head out to sea. Cleanup materials and a shuttle service will be provided. Get some exercise, hang out with like-minded peeps and do yourself a good deed. Sounds like the perfect day to us!

Get more info here.

Also on Friday

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Tequila & Taco Music Festival


When: 8/27 – 8/28 from 11:00 am to 5:30 pm
Where: San Lorenzo Park
Cost: Premiere Two Day Pass $60, Saturday Tequila Experience $40, General Admission $10 (Saturday and Sunday), Kids 12 and Under are Free

This weekend, San Lorenzo Park turns into one heck of a fiesta. Saturday includes a huge variety of top-shelf tequila tasting. Sunday it’s all about the margaritas. Both days include music, art vendors, gourmet tacos, craft beer, and other beverages. Come enjoy a good time outdoors!

Get more info here.

Poetic Justice Project’s TIME WILL TELL

When: 8/27 at 7:00 pm (one performance only)
Where: Resource Center For Nonviolence
Cost: $15

This powerful play, created and directed by author of the memoir Julliard to Jail, Leah Joki, tells the story of personal transformation following actors’ lives from incarceration to reentry.

Get more info here.

Corralitos Open Farm Tours Fundraiser Dinner

When: 8/27 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Live Oak Grange Hall
Cost: $30 – $40 donation

Come enjoy a delicious meal prepared with locally farmed foods while listening to Mojo Navigators’ bluegrass tunes. Thomas Farms’ Jerry Thomas will give a presentation on the organic food movement in Santa Cruz County. There will be a silent auction featuring items donated by participating farms. Proceeds from the dinner go to the Corralitos Open Farm Tours to help keep tours free for all.

Get more info here.

11th Annual Holistic Health and Wellness Fair on Lincoln Street

When: 8/27 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where: Lincoln Street
Cost: Free

Lincoln Street downtown transforms to a wealth of health and holistic wellbeing as speakers and practitioners aim to educate attendees on caring for your mind, body and soul. On-hand will be a variety of locally produced products and health foods as well as product samples and live music.

Get more info here.

West Marine Santa Cruz Grand Opening Festival

See Description Under Friday Section

Also on Saturday

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Parks & Rex


When: 8/28 from 12:00 nn to 4:00 pm
Where: Simpkins Family Swim Center
Cost (Event Day): $17/adults, $7/anyone under age 21; Kids under 3 and dogs/Free

Simpkins Family Swim Center invites families including our furry family members for the 2nd Annual pool party benefiting Santa Cruz County youth recreation programs and the animal shelter. There will be lots of fun activities including stand-up paddleboarding, Walk-on-Water Balls, Wibit, inner tubing, games and a climbing wall. The D.J. on hand will kick up tunes and there will also a photo area, doggie day-spa, raffle and more.

Get more info here.

Free Music in Skypark – Extra Large


When: 8/28 from 2:30 pm to 6:00 pm
Where: Skypark
Cost: Free

Free music in Skypark continues Sunday as local band fav, Extra Large heads up the stage playing their danceable mixture of funk, blues and reggae. The Joint Chief open up. Local businesses will offer food and other concessions for sale and there will be entertainment for kids. Proceeds help to benefit music programs in local public schools.

Get more info here.

West Marine Santa Cruz Grand Opening Festival

See Description Under Friday Section

Tequila & Taco Music Festival

See Description Under Saturday Section

Also on Sunday

Featured Upcoming Event


What: Capitola Begonia Festival
Where: Capitola Village
When: September 2 – 5, 2016

Plan your Labor Day weekend around numerous free, fun, and family-friendly events held throughout Capitola Village. Highlights include a sand sculpture contest, movie night at the beach, and the nautical begonia blossom parade floating down Soquel Creek.

Get more info here.

For more upcoming events, see our Annual Events Calendar.

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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.