This Weekend in Santa Cruz: January 13th – 15th, 2017


You won’t have to go far to forage for mushrooms after the recent rains. The 3-day Fungus Fair returns this weekend to Louden Nelson bringing fungus fun for the whole family.

Local youth perform at the Rio, the Warriors play two home games, and a local literary re-inauguration takes place.

Throw in some comedy, dancing, and beer making 101 and you’ve got the makings for a great weekend. Enjoy!

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


Chitty Chitty Bang Bang The Musical


When: 1/13 – 1/14 at 7:30 pm
Where: Rio Theatre
Cost: $18 Gen, $25 Gold Circle

Get ready to fly, swim and drive with the whimsical car and cast of characters in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang The Musical. The well-loved family movie transforms to the stage and promises to take you on an adventure! Bring the whole family to support great entertainment by local performers of All About Theatre.

Get more info here.

Santa Cruz Warriors vs. Salt Lake City Stars

When: 1/13 at 7:00 pm
Where: Kaiser Permanente Arena
Cost: $20 – $68

Come on down to see our Warriors go up against the Salt Lake City Stars. Win or lose, it’s always a fun evening complete with crowd motivating games and giveaways and food and drink for sale.

Get more info here.

43rd Annual Santa Cruz Fungus Fair


When: 1/13 – 1/15 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where: Louden Nelson Center
Cost: Friday admission – $5, Saturday / Sunday admission – $10, Students & Seniors (60+) – $5,
Kids under 12 – free

A fan of fungus? If you haven’t yet participated in this annual Santa Cruz tradition, you’re missing out. Santa Cruz is home to hundreds of mushroom species and this weekend-long event has an extensive recreation of their habitat where you can see, touch and learn all about native fungi. The event also has cooking demonstrations, speakers, a kid’s room, mushroom delicacies for sale and more.

Get more info here.

Scientist Turned Comedian Tim Lee

When: 1/13 at 8:00 pm
Where: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
Cost: Students $9, General $23, Reserved $33

Some of the best comedians have brilliant minds. Tim Lee, a PhD scientist who retired his lab coat for a microphone promises to have you laughing and maybe even learning a little something this fun-filled evening.

Get more info here.

Also on Friday

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Start with Yourself – Reach Your Goals in 2017


When: 1/14 from 9:00 am to 10:30 am
Where: Santa Cruz County Veteran’s Memorial Building
Cost: Free

If you didn’t hit the ground running with New Year’s resolutions on January 1st, don’t worry. This workshop might be just the motivation you need to define your goals and set mindful intentions for the year. Through guided reflection, meditation, and movement, you’ll leave with a plan of action for 2017.

Get more info here.

Santa Cruz Warriors vs. Salt Lake City Stars

When: 1/14 at 7:00 pm
Where: Kaiser Permanente Arena
Cost: $20 – $68

The Warriors and Salt Lake City Stars return again to battle it out. Come support your home team and show them what we got.

Get more info here.



When: 1/14 from 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Where: Moe’s Alley
Cost: $15 Advance, $20 Day of Show

Sambadá performs a pre-Carnaval celebration tonight that is bound to have everyone dancing. It’s impossible not to with their creative blend of salsa, cumbia, funk and reggae and big band array of musical talents. Sambadá is sure to raise your heartbeat if not your spirits.

Get more info here.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang The Musical

See Description Under Friday Section

43rd Annual Santa Cruz Fungus Fair – Wild Mushroom Foraging

See Description Under Friday Section

Also on Saturday

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Writers Resist Santa Cruz


When: 1/15 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Where: Santa Cruz County Veteran’s Memorial Building
Cost: $10 – $50

Poetry Santa Cruz and Bookshop Santa Cruz team up to bring us an array of local writers who take turns reading from their own works or sharing from political and activist writings to evoke our images of democracy. This literary event commemorates part of an international day of readings to celebrate free speech and expression and how they can invoke change.

Get more info here.

NEW TO BREW – Beginner Brewer Class

When: 1/15 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Mountain Brewery
Cost: $60 ticket includes breakfast, lunch, tasting, and SCMB Logo Mug!

Do you love beer and its myriad of tastes? Join fellow beer lovers at Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing where you’ll learn the kinds of ingredients that go into making the frothy treat, make a 5-gallon batch, and savor a beer tasting. This event also includes a tour of the facilities, breakfast, lunch and a SCMB mug. Time and money sure to be well spent!

Get more info here.

43rd Annual Santa Cruz Fungus Fair – Wild Mushroom Foraging

See Description Under Friday Section

Also on Sunday

Featured Upcoming Event


What: Event Santa Cruz – Hairdressers On Fire
Where: Hive & Hum
When: 1/26/2017 from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Check out a talented panel of local hairstylists at Event Santa Cruz’s January event. They’ll not only cut participants’ hair before your eyes but speak about themselves, why they do what they do, as they transform the locks. Musical guest Ziggy Tarr performs. Beer and food vendors on hand.

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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.