This Weekend in Santa Cruz: November 4th – 6th, 2016


First Friday infuses a heaping dose of art into this weekend’s events, from a new mural unveiling to painting plein air in Capitola.

Festivities for sea glass lovers, hot rod enthusiasts, and opera fans give you plenty of reasons to get out and enjoy yourself or try something new. Enjoy!

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


Faces of Food What?! + Ser Ventana Surfboard Syrah Wine Release Party


When: 11/4 from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Food Lounge
Cost: Free

This jam-packed First Friday event benefits the Food What?! youth empowerment and food justice program. The evening features a wine release party for the new Ventana Surfboard Syrah, and the Faces of Food What?! photography exhibit. There will also be live music, raffle prizes, and a silent auction.

Get more info here.

First Friday: Dive into Monterey Canyon!

When: 11/4 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Where: Sanctuary Exploration Center, 35 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA
Cost: FREE

The Sanctuary Exploration Center kicks off First Friday with the unveiling of a brand new mural, The Monterey Canyon. Muralist Bruce Harmon’s depiction of the “Grand Caynon” underwater shows us what a wonder we have in our own backyard. Enjoy refreshments, local marine art, and free underwater robotics building.

Get more info here.

Cruzio’s Annual Open House Extravaganza 6.0!


When: 11/4 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Cruzio in Downtown Santa Cruz
Cost: Free

6.0 for the 6th year Cruzio has held its well-known, well-attended open house. The co-working space opens its doors for First Friday with music, art, free drinks and networking. Meet your neighbors, community and more-than-likely, lots of entrepreneurs.

Get more info here.

Art in the Arboretum Opening Reception


When: 11/4 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Where: UCSC Arboretum
Cost: Free admission; Workshops $20 members, $25 non-members

Gather your friends and get those creative juices flowing in an early afternoon workshop of metal construction and welding. Stay for the opening reception of Art in the Arboreturm: Color at 4pm and meander throughout the gardens to explore pops of color and works of sculpted art. Plus, you just may see the famous white hummingbird that has graced the Arboretum with its presence.

Get more info here.

Also on Friday

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8th Annual Santa Cruz Sea Glass & Ocean Art Festival


When: 11/5 – 11/6 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where: Cocoanut Grove Ballroom at the Boardwalk
Cost: $5

Calling all sea glass lovers and early holiday shoppers! This weekend-long festival features over 40 unique artists showcasing beautiful jewelry and crafts. Enjoy the new Collectors Corner and Ocean Conservation Exhibits, along with food, drink (full bar), and raffle prizes.

Get more info here.

Fly Fishing Casting Clinic

When: 11/5 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Where: San Lorenzo Park
Cost: FREE

Another creative way to connect with the San Lorenzo River, this event teaches you how to cast a fly fishing reel. It’s not easy. There’s an art to it, and when you’ve mastered it, it’s quite beautiful. Fly fishing experts will be on hand to teach you how to cast, how to tie your fly and to tell you about gear and native steelhead trout. Bring the whole family!

Get more info here.

The Barber of Seville


When: 11/5 at 7:30 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
Cost: $27 – $75

The Santa Cruz Symphony presents its first concert-opera, The Barber of Seville, a comedic masterpiece featuring a cast of principal artists from the San Francisco Opera and New York Metropolitan Opera. Non si parla Italiano? No worries, there are English supertitles.

Get more info here.

Hot Rods at the Beach


When: 11/5 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Cost: Free

The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk parking lot will be filled with gleaming, colorful hot rods Saturday. Come check out what’s under the hood to make these speed demons go. This annual event is put on by the non-profit Santa Cruz Police Officers Association and is entirely volunteer run. All proceeds from hot rod registrations go toward scholarships for high school students aiming toward a career in the automotive industry.

Get more info here.

Día de los Muertos Community Festival


When: 11/5 from 1:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Where: Museum of Art and History
Cost: Free

Come celebrate the Day of the Dead! Paint your face, adorn your hair with tissue paper flowers and get ready to join the procession from Abbott Square to Evergreen Cemetery where there will be alters, music, dancing, beverages and Mexican food as well as a screening of the animated film, The Book of Life.

Get more info here.

Capitola Plein Air


When: 11/5 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm and 11/6 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Where: Various Locations
Cost: Free

Grab a map Saturday and set out to discover up to 40 professional artists working away all around Capitola, brush to canvas, capturing the character and the beauty of the city. Sunday, head over to New Brighton Middle School Performing Arts Center to see all the art from the day before for sale and under one roof. Artwork will be judged and sales will benefit art education. Sunday’s location will have live music and hands-on activities for everyone.

Get more info here.

Also on Saturday

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Watsonville Taiko’s Annual Holiday Boutique & Raffle


When: 11/6 from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Where: Kizuka Hall in Watsonville
Cost: Free

Support Watsonville Taiko and get a jump start on your holiday shopping! This family-friendly boutique features something for everyoneunique and creative holiday gifts from arts & crafts to theme baskets to gift certificates, and more. Try your luck at numerous raffle prizes, including the grand prize, an original, handmade Japanese Motif Quilt. Enjoy baked goods and snacks for purchase while you shop.

Get more info here.

The Barber of Seville – an Opera in Concert

When: 11/6 at 2:00 pm
Where: Henry J Mello Center
Cost: $27 – $75

See Saturday’s description except tonight’s performance will be held at the Henry J Mello Center.

Get more info here.

Poetic Justice Project presents BLYTHE

When: 11/6 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Where: Resource Center For Nonviolence
Cost: $15

Poetic Justice performs this award-winning play crafted 25 years ago by a prison inmate. The organization is dedicated to advancing social justice by opening its arms to talented people with tough pasts. The formerly incarcerated actors uphold Poetic Justice’s mission, focusing work on original theatre that highlights crime, punishment and redemption.

Get more info here.

8th Annual Santa Cruz Sea Glass & Ocean Art Festival

See Description Under Saturday Section

Capitola Plein Air

See Description Under Saturday Section

Also on Sunday

Featured Upcoming Event

What: 4th Annual Santa Cruz Stache Dash
Where: Swift Street Courtyard
When: Saturday, November 26 at Noon

Gentlemen, prepare your mustaches! November starts No Grow November – a great excuse to get lazy on the shave and see what ya got. Compete with your friends! In all seriousness, it’s for a great cause. Showing your stache helps raise awareness for men’s health issues like prostate cancer. There is a 5K walk/run with a finish line metal, a beer token from Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing, and a commemorative t-shirt. All are welcome to register, regardless of gender.

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.