This Weekend in Santa Cruz: October 7th – 9th, 2016


This weekend celebrates our community, from Choose Santa Cruz on Friday night to Open Streets on Sunday.

The surfing community gets a 2-day film festival AND a 2-day surf board show.

Plus, another fireworks display…how lucky are we?! Speaking of colorful sky shows, the monarchs are back and you’re invited to the party.

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


Santa Cruz Surf Film Festival


When: 10/7 – 10/8 from 6:00 pm to 10:30 pm
Where: Rio Theatre
Cost: $16

In a town known for its surf culture, you’re sure to appreciate this collection of short films showcasing surfing around the world. Fantastic footage with beautiful locations, personal tales and daring, athletic feats await!

Get more info here.

Choose Santa Cruz Pop up Market @ Cosmic Design


When: 10/7 from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Where: Cosmic Studio, Downtown Santa Cruz
Cost: Free

If you choose Santa Cruz, you’ll want to choose this Pop-up Market to kick off your Friday night. This event celebrates life in Santa Cruz and features products and services from local businesses, including Hive and Hum, Childish, and Agency. You’ll also get first dibs on the Choose Santa Cruz coloring book featuring classic Santa Cruz sights.

Get more info here.

Louden Nelson Center MURAL Celebration & Public Art Walking tour!


When: 10/7 from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Where: Laurel Park
Cost: Free

Celebrate the renovation of a spectacular mural at the Louden Nelson Center. Scheduled speakers include the mural artist and local mural muses as well as the mayor who’ll tell you a bit about the center’s history. Free refreshments on hand. Following the speakers’ series, you’re sure to enjoy a stroll around downtown to gander at the myriad of public art.

Get more info here.

Garden Railroad Open House


When: 10/7 from 3:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Where: Fern Creek and Western Garden Railroad: 419 Ocean View Ave.
Cost: Free

All aboard! Don’t miss this unique opportunity to view working model trains in a garden setting filled with scale plants and structures. There will be snacks and beverages for people to enjoy while watching the trains.

Get more info here.

Also on Friday

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The Boardroom International Surfboard Show


When: 10/8 – 10/9 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Where: Kaiser Permanente Arena
Cost: $10 in advance / $15 at the door / Kids 10 & under FREE

Kaiser Permanente Arena will be chock-full of surf gear and surfing community. Come down and gawk at the latest accessories, craftsmanship and technology. Besides exhibits, there will be demos, seminars and deals to be had.

Get more info here.

22nd Annual Lobster Feed – SOLD OUT

When: 10/8 from 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Where: Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
Cost: General Ticket:$75, VIP Ticket:$100

Lobster in the redwoods? Why not! A ticket to the the 22nd Annual Lobster Feed Fundraiser will get you a 1.5 lb. fresh Maine lobster along with corn-on-the-cob, garlic bread, salad, dessert and coffee. Can you say yum for a good cause? Highway One supplies bluegrass tunes ambiance. Sounds like a good night to us!

Get more info here.

Open Studios Art Tour Weekend Two


When: 10/8 – 10/9 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where: Various locations
Cost: Free

Open Studios is an invitation into the creative workspaces of local artists throughout the county. Plot your own self-guided tour or simply follow the green signs around town. This weekend showcases North county artists. If you missed South County artists last weekend, stay tuned for Encore Weekend October 15th & 16th.

Get more info here.

Hard Core Cider Tour: Santa Cruz


When: 10/8 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Where: San Lorenzo Park
Cost: GENERAL ADMISSION, Online: $40, At The Door: $50 / G.A. GROUP RATE (4+) Online: $30/person At The Door: $40/person / Designated Driver $10.00

Hard cider lovers, head on down to San Lorenzo Park for an afternoon of unlimited craft cider sampling. Food trucks, live music, and jumbo lawn games complete this cider celebration. As part of their commitment to reinvesting in the local community, The Hard Core Cider Tour will be raising funds for Life Lab.

Get more info here.

Thomas and Percy’s Halloween Party

When: 10/8 – 10/9
Where: Roaring Camp Railroads
Cost: $24

Straight from the Island of Sodor, Thomas the Tank Engine and his buddy Percy are hosting a Halloween party that includes a 20-minute train ride, storytelling and video viewing, temporary tattoos, arts and crafts, a pumpkin patch, and the opportunity to meet Sir Topham Hatt!

Get more info here.

Santa Cruz Surf Film Festival

See Description Under Friday Section

Also on Saturday

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Open Streets Santa Cruz


When: 10/9 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Where: West Cliff Drive from Lighthouse Field to Natural Bridges State Park
Cost: Free

What a treat! Two miles of scenic West Cliff Drive becomes purely pedestrian for the first part of the day. Bring the kids and ride bikes, skateboards or scooters. Bring toys. Have a picnic. Dogs on leash welcome. Enjoy!

Get more info here.

Corralitos Open Farm Tours MarketPlace


When: 10/9 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Where: Alladin Nursery & Gift Shop
Cost: Free

Come celebrate local farm-based community with fresh artisan food, local wines and live music. Food preservation demos will teach you how to make sauerkraut and pickle veggies. Feeling crafty? Bring a shirt to make a screen print. There will also be a hand-blown pumpkin patch to peruse.

Get more info here.

Welcome Back Monarchs Day!


When: 10/9 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Where: Natural Bridges State Beach
Cost: Free Admission. Day-use parking is $10

Every year at this time, the Monarch butterflies return to Natural Bridges State Park. You will also start to see the bright, beautiful creatures all over town. This event celebrates their arrival with arts and crafts, kids’ games, live music, pumpkin ice cream and lots of info about the butterflies.

Get more info here.

Monte Foundation 22nd Anniversary Fireworks Extravaganza

When: 10/9 at 8:00 pm (approx.)
Where: Capitola Village
Cost: Free Admission

Get ready for another weekend fireworks show, this time in Capitola Village. Bring your beach chairs and warm layers and pack your snacks and bevies. Plop your spot on the beach, bluffs or wharf and enjoy the colorful sky show.

Get more info here.

The Boardroom International Surfboard Show

See Description Under Saturday Section

Open Studios Art Tour Weekend Two

See Description Under Saturday Section

Also on Sunday

Featured Upcoming Event


What: Evening on the Rooftop to benefit Salud y Cariño
Where: Community Foundation of Santa Cruz, Aptos
When: Saturday, October 15, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Enjoy live music, dinner catered by Ella’s at the Airport and The Salad Shoppe, and a silent auction with great items from local businesses. Your support goes toward funding Salud y Cariño, a free after school group for middle school girls in Live Oak.

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.