This Weekend in Santa Cruz: July 15th – 17th, 2016


Photo courtesy of @hendrypieter

Whether you’re a Shakespeare fan, a wine lover or fancy yourself a scavenger hunt expert, this weekend has got a little something for everyone. There are festivals, music and exercise in the sunshine to be had. Get out and have some fun!

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


Santana Original Lead Singer Gregg Rolie

When: 7/15 at 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Cost: Free

Santana co-founder and original lead singer, Greg Rolie, will perform with his band Santana classics like “Black Magic Woman”, “Evil Ways” and “Oye Como Va” at The Boardwalk’s free Bands on the Beach series. Choose to come to the first or second show or both.

Get more info here.

Santa Cruz Shakespeare presents: A Midsummer Night’s Dream


When: 7/15 at 8:00 pm, 7/16 at 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm
Where: The Grove at DeLaveaga Park
Cost: $16 – $40

What a great way to spend a summer evening, watching Shakespeare’s whimsical comedy set perfectly with The Grove at DeLaveaga Park as a backdrop.

Get more info here.

3rd Friday: Race Through Time


When: 7/15 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History
Cost: $25 per team, $20 per team with a MAH member

Santa Cruz will become a playground of fun! Choose to create a team that travels by foot or bike then set out to solve clues, earning points and learning local history along the way. Bonus points are earned for participation in surprise challenges and for the best-dressed team. Prizes are based on points. Beer and snacks served back at the MAH at the finish. May the best team win and may all have a ton of fun!

Get more info here.

Also on Friday

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Boomeria Organ Extravaganza!

When: 7/16 at 1:00 pm
Where: Boomeria
Cost: $50; admission is free for children 14 and under when accompanied by parent or guardian

Beloved high school physics and chemistry teacher, “The Boom,” restored and built upon the Boomeria pipe organ with his students. A labor of love, over the years it became an impressive 2500 pipe instrument. Set up in the forest of Bonny Doon, you can listen to and even crawl through the organ itself. Beer, wine, soda and snacks will be available.

Get more info here.

Passport Weekend


When: 7/16 from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Where: Participating Santa Cruz Mountains Wineries
Cost: $55

Here’s your chance to visit a selection of 50+ Santa Cruz wineries, some of them not normally open to the public. It’s a special time that occurs only four times a year. Your purchased passport grants you a unique experience at each winery. Call wineries ahead of time to check hours.

Get more info here.

Wacky Carnival Fun


When: 7/16 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Where: Louden Nelson Community Center
Cost: Free

July is Parks and Recreation month and to help celebrate, Laurel Park will transform into a carnival. There will be fun for the whole family with game booths, face painting and a gigantic blow up slide.

Get more info here.

Bargetto Winery 28th Annual Art & Wine Festival


When: 7/16 – 7/17 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where: Bargetto Winery
Cost: $10.00 Festival Glass

Bargetto Winery’s beautiful grounds become an art and wine fest this weekend. Buy a keepsake festival glass for $10 and taste to your heart’s content. Live music and lots of local art on hand. Food available for purchase.

Get more info here.

Santa Cruz Derby Girls Boardwalk Bombshells vs BADG Team Gold


When: 7/16 from 5:45 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Civic Auditorium
Cost: $10 – $32

The Derby Girls’ all-star team, the Boardwalk Bombshells take on Bay Area Derby’s Team Gold for what’s sure to be a thrilling battle. The Bombshells are undefeated on their home turf. Will their winning streak continue or will Team Gold bust that streak?

Get more info here.

Jump Jam at New Polo Grounds Bike Jumps

When: 7/16 from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Where: Polo Grounds
Cost: Free

Bring the family and marvel at riders as they take on impressive jumps at the newly rebuilt dirt course at the Polo Grounds. A variety of food will be available by local sponsors and a ribbon cutting ceremony is set for 3pm.

Get more info here.

Santa Cruz Shakespeare presents: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

See Description Under Friday Section

Also on Saturday

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Paws in the Park

When: 7/17 at 10:00 am
Where: San Lorenzo Park
Cost: Free

Parade with your pup along the San Lorenzo River! Partnered with the Coastal Watershed Council and joined by local dog group, Woof Pack Santa Cruz, these walks take place the 3rd Sunday of every month throughout the summer. Enjoy the beauty of the river while getting some exercise for you and your furry friend.

Get more info here.

Art & Music at the Beach 2016


When: 7/17 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where: Esplanade Park
Cost: Free

Capitola’s beachside Esplanade Park transforms into a vendor artist’s fair today and multiple Sundays throughout the summer. This Sunday, Samba Cruz aims to have you swaying or all out Samba-ing. It’s a fun and relaxing atmosphere by the water.

Get more info here.

Watsonville Obon Festival


When: 7/17 from 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Where: Watsonville Buddhist Temple YBA

This annual tradition commemorating our ancestors will be filled with colorful dancing, lots of food, kid activities, and Watsonville Taiko drumming. This is one of several fun and informative events held at the Watsonville Buddhist Temple throughout the year.

Get more info here.

Bargetto Winery 28th Annual Art & Wine Festival

See Description Under Saturday Section

Also on Sunday

Featured Upcoming Event

content_annie-versary_plate A celebration of 20 years in Watsonvile and 33 years in business, the Annieglass annie-versary will feature glass-making demos, factory tours, live music, and dance entertainment. Enjoy specialty foods, wine, beer, and cider along with a raffle—ticket sales benefit Digital NEST which provides equal access to technology to youth in poor and under-served communities.

Get more info here.

What: Annieglass Annie-versary
Where: Annieglass in Watsonville
When: 7/30 from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Cost: Free admission

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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.