SANTA CRUZ EVENT CALENDAR

Events, attractions, and other things to do and see in Santa Cruz County including the cities of–

 Santa Cruz, Soquel, Aptos, Rio Del Mar, Capitola, Felton, Boulder Creek, Watsonville and all points in between.

JANUARY 11, 2015 – DECEMBER 13, 2015

DOWNTOWN SANTA CRUZ ANTIQUE STREET FAIRE

“Original” Downtown Antique Faire is back. Vendors offer an eclectic blend of antiques and unique items. Weather permitting. Year round.

Santa Cruz, CA
831.476.6940
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FEBRUARY 20, 2015 – AUGUST 07, 2015

ARTS COLLABORATIVE PRESENTS CALIFORNIA DREAMING

When you think of California, what images come to mind? Opening February 20th, five local contemporary painters explore new frontiers of expression in California Dreaming in answer to that question. This large format exhibition offers a broad perspective of the mesmerizing beauty of the central coast. Art reception on 3/12/15 at 720 Front Street, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm.

Santa Cruz County, CA
831.457.5000
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FEBRUARY 23, 2015 – OCTOBER 18, 2015

BEAR WITH US EXHIBIT – BEAR STORIES OF SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS

Though it has been more than a century since the last bear was seen in the Santa Cruz Mountains, they are far from forgotten. The museums latest exhibit, Bear With Us – Bear Stories of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Packed with historical articles, drawings and items meant to show the gargantuan size of the creatures, the exhibit is set to rehash the history of the California grizzly bears and the black bears that were once prolific to the area.

Boulder Creek, CA
831.338.8382
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MARCH 11, 2015 – OCTOBER 28, 2015

WEDNESDAY NIGHT SAILBOAT RACES

Harbor restaurants & the beach are good viewing areas to watch the sailboat races against the setting sun.

Santa Cruz, CA
831.475.6161
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APRIL 15, 2015

AN EVENING WITH GARRISON KEILLOR

Got your tickets yet? In a solo performance, the acclaimed host of “A Prairie Home Companion” brings his hilarious anecodotes about growing up in the American Midwest to the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium.

Santa Cruz, CA
831.420.5260
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APRIL 15, 2015

GILBERTO GIL: GILBERTO’S SAMBA

Gilberto Gil is one of Brazil’s national treasures. Gil was key among the leaders of the Tropicalia movement of the 1960s, fusing bossa nova, samba and salsa with rock and folk music. His career covers four decades with over fifty albums and numerous awards – including seven Grammys.

Santa Cruz, CA
831.423.7970
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APRIL 15, 2015

THE IMPORTANCE OF BALANCING HORMONES

This interactive class will discuss the complex dance between the hypothalamus, the pituitary, and our other hormones in relation to supporting the body’s need to maintain and repair itself. Dr. Shannon Wood is a naturopathic doctor, a licensed midwife and a medical educator for Natural Health International.

Santa Cruz, CA
831.426.1306
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APRIL 16, 2015

DIY WHOLESOME PANTRY – GIVE YOUR STAPLES A MAKEOVER!

Join Stephanie Horning, holistic nutritionist and Whole Foods developer, to make delicious and healthier alternatives to your favorite pantry staples. In this hands-on class, learn how to make a gluten-free nut and seed bread, to make substitutions with raw nut and seed milks and whip up a delicious herbed tahini dressing as well as a raw chocolate fudge. All recipes will be vegan and gluten-free friendly.

Santa Cruz, CA
831.426.1306
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APRIL 18, 2015

ARBORETUM SPRING PLANT SALE 2015

Arboretum and Native Plant Society spring plant sales. 10am-noon (members), 12pm-4pm (public). Colorful, drought tolerant plants.

UCSC, Santa Cruz, CA
831.427.2998
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APRIL 18, 2015

EARTH DAY SANTA CRUZ

Earth Day Santa Cruz is an exciting community event offering educational information, activities for kids including an arts and crafts booths, live music, compost workshops, electric vehicle showcase, recycled fashion show and more at this annual event. Come and enjoy this fun environmental celebration for the whole family!

Santa Cruz, CA
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APRIL 18, 2015

PASSPORT DAYS

Come celebrate the generations of farmers, vintners and families that are the roots of the Santa Cruz Mountains wine region. See website for more information and times.

Santa Cruz Mountains, CA
831.685.8463
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APRIL 18, 2015

SANTA CRUZ DERBY GIRLS: STEAMER JANES VS ORGANIC PANIC

Cheer on your Santa Cruz Derby Girls in a spirited game of retro roller derby.

Santa Cruz, CA
831.420.5260
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APRIL 18, 2015

THE WILLIS CLAN

The Willis Clan is a family of amazing musicians, dancers, athletes, writers, and artists. Living near Nashville Tennessee, they merge their Irish roots with other music and dance genres to create a unique blend of the old and new.

Santa Cruz, CA
831.423.8209
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APRIL 19, 2015

SCIENCE SUNDAY

Marine scientists bring you public lectures with photography, video, and stories of their work and lives.

Santa Cruz, CA
831.459.3800
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APRIL 21, 2015 – APRIL 26, 2015

EARTH WEEK AT THE SEYMOUR MARINE DISCOVERY CENTER!

Visit the Seymour Center for free during Earth Week when you travel to our doors by people power or public transportation.

Santa Cruz, CA
831.459.3800
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APRIL 21, 2015 – APRIL 27, 2015

OPERATION SURF

This event is held in support of the men and women whom have sacrificed so much to protect our freedom. Severely wounded active duty and veteran service members from various branches of the U.S. military who served in Afghanistan and Iraq will take part in an epic life-changing experience at beaches across the Central Coast. Through the healing power of the ocean and surfing, these wounded heroes to whom we owe so much, will overcome challenges and build a new understanding of their lifes potential.

Santa Cruz, CA
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APRIL 22, 2015

GO FOODS FOR FITNESS – BUILD RECORD STRENGTH & ENDURANCE

This class with Sandi Rechenmacher, N.C. will focus on nutrition at the key for endurance and recovery. World-class vegan athletes attribute their best times and distances to eating a diet that burns clean and quickly. An anti-inflammatory diet that is easy to digest will be discussed. Learn how and when to fuel, recover and lessen stress loads while training.

Santa Cruz, CA
831.426.1306
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APRIL 22, 2015

JANIS IAN AND TOM PAXTON

The show these two dear friends put on, with the able assistance of multi-instrumentalist extraordinaire Robin Bullock, is living proof that “the sum is greater than the parts.” In addition to singing old favorites like “Ramblin’ Boy” and “At 17”, they sing on each others songs, add harmonies and instrumentals and share the stage for what feels like far too short a time.

Santa Cruz, CA
831.423.8209
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APRIL 23, 2015 – MAY 02, 2015

NATIONAL DANCE WEEK SANTA CRUZ

Dancing in the streets, open classes & more. Dance takes over downtown! Check website for full schedule.

Downtown Santa Cruz, CA
831.332.7422
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APRIL 23, 2015

TOMMY IGOE GROOVE CONSPIRACY

Widely respected jazz drummer Tommy Igoe calls his 12-piece Groove Conspiracy, “A rock band in a jazz band’s body.” Groove Conspiracy covers the gamut of genres with big band style and heavy-hitting arrangements, staking out new rhythmic territory, from funk and R&B to Cuban and Brazilian grooves.

Santa Cruz, CA
831.427.2227
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APRIL 24, 2015

INTRO TO COOKING BREAKFAST

This hands-on cooking class is beginner-friendly for those of you who would like to learn a little more about technique without worrying about catching something on fire. Come to this class for inspiring, nutritious recipes to start the day right and learn the breakfast basics. Learn how to make an omelete like a pro and whip up some sweet potato hash on the side. Full meal included if you don’t mind eating breakfast for dinner! Gluten free and vegetarian-friendly.

Santa Cruz, CA
831.426.1306
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APRIL 24, 2015

TEDXSANTACRUZ: RADICAL COLLABORATION

Do you believe in the power of ideas to change the world? Join us for this event, and prepare to be empowered by speakers who have radically collaborated across disciplines, boundaries, geographical distances, languages, ideologies, cultures, and technologies.

Santa Cruz, CA
831.423.7970
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APRIL 25, 2015 – APRIL 26, 2015

64TH ANNUAL MINERAL, GEM, FOSSIL & JEWELRY SHOW

There will be 27 dealers displaying minerals, fossils, jewelry, gems, beads, tools, books, crystals, petrified wood and rocks of all sorts. There will be special presentations on both days at 2:00 pm. Come enjoy gold panning, mineral identification, treasure wheel, food concessions just to name a few.

Santa Cruz, CA
831.459.0572
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APRIL 25, 2015

APRIL WORKSHOP: PULLED FLOWERS – MAKE SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL FOR MOM!

Do something really exciting for your mom and make a one-of-a-kind glass art flower for her in this afternoon workshop. Better yet, sign Mom up for the class and let her have some fun making her own flower! This 2-hour workshop requires no prior experience with hot glass. After a short demo, we’ll guide participants in stretching and shaping the 2,000 degree glass to create a lovely 8″-12″ colorful flower. Flowers will be cooled & ready for pick up in two days – plenty of time for .Mother’s Day.

Santa Cruz, CA
831.713.7995
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APRIL 25, 2015

GARDEN PLANTING AND WOOL DAY

Imagine yourself at Wilder Ranch in the early part of the 20th century and help plant the heirloom vegetable garden as it would have been circa 1900. Also learn from composting demonstrations, gardening information and participate in garden crafts. If good weather, arrive early (10am to noon) to see a sheep shearing demonstration and find out how wool is processed from “sheep to shawl”.

Santa Cruz, CA
831.426.0505
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APRIL 25, 2015

LITTLE BASIN 4TH ANNUAL CAMPING FESTIVAL

Join us at Little Basin for our 4th Annual “This Land is Your Land” Camping and Recreation Festival. This year’s festival will include interpretive hikes, tours, family activities, games, art, live music, outdoor classes and demonstrations, educational booths and vendors. A great day for kids and people of all ages, attend for the day, or reserve a campsite for the weekend! Come for the music and food and stay for the evening campfire. The festival is wheelchair and stroller accessible.

Boulder Creek, CA
831.338.8018
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APRIL 25, 2015 – APRIL 26, 2015

LOGJAM! SURFING CONTEST

The contest features the best surfers showing off graceful, ‘old school’-style surfing on pre-1970 surfboards that weigh over 30 pounds! Logjam! attracts contestants and viewers from all over California. Pleasure Point Park provides panoramic views of the competition and visitors can enjoy the craft and food vendors arrayed along the cliffside path. Parking permits required for Live Oak. Parking permit vendors are located at Twin Lakes Beach and at Pleasure Point Park.

Santa Cruz, CA
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APRIL 25, 2015 – APRIL 26, 2015

WILDFLOWER WEEKEND

A profusion of wildflowers on display. See them in the Nature and History Center and then discover them on your hike.

Davenport, CA
831.427.2288
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APRIL 26, 2015

25TH ANNUAL DUCKY DERBY

The event will be a fun-filled day of activities for children and adults, with exciting rubber duck races, carnival games, food, music and prizes benefiting scholarship funds and local non-profits.

Santa Cruz, CA
831.479.4070
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APRIL 26, 2015

EARTH DAY/DAY OF THE CHILD

Enjoy a free day of arts and crafts, live entertainment, relay races and interactive booths.

Watsonville, CA
831.768.3107
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APRIL 26, 2015

JAZZ ON THE WHARF

The popular Jazz on the Wharf returns to Santa Cruz. With the beautiful backdrop of the Monterey Bay, enjoy top jazz musicians outdoors and in wharf restaurants.

Santa Cruz, CA
831.420.5270
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APRIL 26, 2015

SANTA CRUZ RETRO TRIATHLON

The USA Triathlon Retro Tri Series is a youth and adult multi-sport event that combines swimming, biking, and running. The focus is on fun and participation rather than competition. This race will not be ranked. We have two distances for the Retro Triathlon. 300 Yard Swim, 3 Mile Bike Ride and a 1.2 Mile Run 500 Yard Swim, 6 Mile Bike Ride and a 2.4 Mile Run The cost to participate is $35 per individual or $50 for a relay team.

Santa Cruz, CA
831.419.0883
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APRIL 26, 2015

SUPERKID SPLASH & DASH

We are combining a fun filled afternoon of Retro Tri with the SuperKid Splash & Dash at Simpkins Swim Center. The Retro Tri is open to anyone 13 and over. Any bike, any outfit, or retro gear reminiscent of the early days of triathlon are strongly encouraged! Splash & Dash Aquathlon – a swim run format, is open to all kids ages 7 – 15.

Santa Cruz, CA
831.454.7946
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MAY 01, 2015

DAVID SEDARIS

David Sedaris returns to town for a hilarious presentation and booksigning at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium. With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, Sedaris has become one of Americas pre-eminent humor writers. The great skill with which he slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness proves that Sedaris is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today. If you’ve never seen David Sedaris live, don’t miss this opportunity!

Santa Cruz, CA
831.420.5260
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MAY 01, 2015

FIRST FRIDAY – FASHIONTEENS SANTA CRUZ

Kickoff the 2015 Summer Series the FashionTEENS Santa Cruz First Friday event at the Santa Cruz Mission.

Santa Cruz, CA
831.425.5849
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MAY 01, 2015

FIRST FRIDAY ART TOUR

Celebrate the arts each month as dozens of venues showcase Santa Cruz’s wealth of artists. For complete listing of venues, artists and special events, visit website or pick up a copy of the Good Times.

Santa Cruz, CA
831.332.7422
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MAY 01, 2015

NUBO SPRING FEST CELEBRATION

Join us at the Roaring Camp ‘Beerhall’ (Bret Harte Hall) on May Day for a spring beer release party. We’ll be tapping a few fresh beers along with serving a feast of meats and old world style fixings, as well as enjoying some festive music and other entertainment. Bring the family and start the weekend with a celebration. Tickets are $50 for adults and $18 for kids under 21. Adult entry includes an exclusive NuBo beer hall stein, your first two pints of beer, dinner, entertainment and parking.

Felton, CA
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MAY 02, 2015

26TH ANNUAL CINCO DE MAYO FESTIVAL

This anniversary not only celebrates Mexican culture, but celebrates the diverse community of Davenport. Celebrate this grand occasion with great food, live music, dancing and activities for kids!

Davenport, CA
831.425.8115
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MAY 02, 2015

AMERICAN TREASURES

A kaleidoscope of American music, from the earliest colonial dance and sacred music styles, old timey fiddling and shape note psalmody to rollicking and sophisticated selections from the 18th century. We close with the world premiere of a visionary new microtonal American work commissioned for Lux Musica and the Baroque Festival by San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music, Robert Strizich’s Mirrored. A meet-the-artists reception for subscribers and donors follows.

Santa Cruz, CA
831.457.9693
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MAY 02, 2015

FIRST SATURDAY ARBORETUM TOURS

Come see what’s in bloom in the gardens this month. Free tour with paid entrance fee! Meet at Norrie’s at 11am. Admission $5 per person, 6-17 years $2, under 6 years old – free.

Santa Cruz, CA
831.427.2998
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MAY 02, 2015

TANDY BEAL AND COMPANY PRESENTS THE FIRST SATURDAY FAMILY CONCERT SERIES – THE MAGIC CARPET: WORLD DANCE

A World Dance Showcase featuring Corazon en Flor (Ballet Folklorico from Mexico), John and Nancy Lingemann (Tango from Argentina), Corazon de Americas (Folkloric Dance from Bolivia), Luh Anderawati (folk and court dance from Bali, Indonesia), Shakti Bhakti (Odissi dance from Orissa, India). Experience this dazzling world of dance and music and you don’t even need a visa!

Santa Cruz, CA
831.479.6154
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MAY 03, 2015

DOWNTOWN SANTA CRUZ WINE WALK

Taste the best of the Santa Cruz Mountains right here in the heart of the Central Coast as we present the Downtown Santa Cruz Wine Walk. Enjoy tastings from the best of our local wineries while strolling through some of your favorite Downtown shops. Check in at Abbott Square for your pass and your glass, and a map of the pouring locations, then enjoy an afternoon of tasting and discovering. This walking event will be from 3-6 pm, so plan ahead for a dinner or movie to follow!

Santa Cruz, CA
831.332.7422
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MAY 03, 2015

POTTERY & GLASS SECONDS SALE

Over 55 professional potters, glass artists, jewelers and other craftspeople sell seconds and overstock at bargain prices!

Aptos, CA
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MAY 05, 2015

COMMUNITY DAY

1st Tuesday of every month. Free admission to the Arboretum.

Santa Cruz, CA
831.427.2998
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MAY 09, 2015

ART DAY – EVERY PICTURE TELLS A STORY

Come one, come all to Wilder Ranch State Park and be inspred by the historic buildings, farm animals, scenery or nature. Express your visual impression of Wilder artistically: use brush, crayons, or pastels…sketch, paint, or take a photograph. Bring your own art supplies or make a donation for park-provided art supplies. Docents and artists will be stationed around the park to provide materials and, if need be, tips and encouragement to participants.

Santa Cruz, CA
831.426.0505
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MAY 09, 2015

DAY ON THE FARM!

This is our biggest 2nd Saturday event of the year- this is one you do not want to miss! We will have interactive activities that would be found in a day on the farm. This month only, we do ask for a $2 donation from all attendees to support the Agricultural History Project Center & Museum. Some examples include: Pumping water, grinding wheat, milking cows, making rope, making cornhusk dolls, walking on stilts, hoops, making pies, loading hay, blacksmithing or learning to drive a tractor.

Watsonville, CA
831.724.5898
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MAY 09, 2015

35TH ANNUAL HUMAN RACE WALKATHON & FUN RUN

The 5 mile course goes from 2300 Delaware Ave. to Swanton Road and down to West Cliff Drive. The beautiful walk goes along West Cliff Drive to the Light House Park and ends back to 2300 Delaware where a BBQ lunch awaits you.

Santa Cruz, CA
831.427.5075
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MAY 09, 2015 – MAY 10, 2015

SANTA CRUZ SYMPHONY CONCERT: “SACRED & PROFANE”

The dramatic conclusion to the Symphony’s 2014/15 season features the Cabrillo Chorus and vocal soloists from the Metropolitan Opera in a concert performing Carl Orff’s epic masterpiece, Carmina Burana. Get tickets in advance before this sells out!

Santa Cruz, CA
831.420.5260
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MAY 10, 2015

MOTHERS’ DAY BRUNCH BENEFIT

Our boutique farm in Scotts Valley will be transformed into the ultimate farm-to-table dining location. Imagine Mom relaxing under the oaks, fancy beverage in hand, as the enormously talented chefs from Companion Bakeshop present her with one delicious course after another. Guests will be given a tour of the grounds from the picturesque cottage on the creek to the thriving natural process farm where many of the ingredients for the mornings meal are growing. This event sells out fast, tickets are limited.

Scotts Valley, CA
831.316.0878
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MAY 10, 2015

MOTHER’S DAY WALK: WOMEN OF BIG BASIN

Celebrate Mother’s Day in the park by honoring the spirited women who lived in, worked in and fought for the Basin throughout its history. Living history reenactments bring you back in time where you will meet pioneer homemaker Alice Maddock; Josephine McCrackin, the “Savior of the Redwoods” and Harriet “Petey” Weaver, the first female ranger.

Boulder Creek, CA
831.338.8883
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MAY 10, 2015

SEYMOUR CENTER’S MOTHER’S DAY

Celebrate Mother’s Day at the Seymour Center and learn about amazing ocean moms. Create a Mother’s Day craft and more!

Santa Cruz, CA
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MAY 15, 2015 – MAY 17, 2015

EAT LIKE A GREEK FOOD FAIR

The annual Greek Food Fair will be in our church’s courtyard. Join us for traditional Greek foods, desserts and spirits, and of course live bouzouki music and dancing!

Santa Cruz, CA
831.429.6500
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MAY 16, 2015

FACE OF THE DIGITAL FUTURE

An afternoon of photography, food, wine and music by Cuatro con 3.

Watsonville, CA
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MAY 16, 2015

THE TRAMP AND THE ROUGHRIDER

A living history presentation that brings to life the extraordinary encounter between President Theodore Roosevelt and naturalist John Muir that led to the protection of 200 million acres of forest wilderness. Stars Lee Stetson as John Muir and Alan Sutterfield as President Roosevelt. General seating. Donation to Mountain Parks Foundation is requested.

Boulder Creek, CA
831.335.3174
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MAY 16, 2015

SANTA CRUZ BEACH BOARDWALK SEASON KICKOFF!

Enjoy special entertainment as the Boardwalk kicks off the 2015 season!

Santa Cruz, CA
831.423.5590
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MAY 17, 2015

SCIENCE SUNDAY

Marine scientists bring you public lectures with photography, video, and stories of their work and lives.

Santa Cruz, CA
831.459.3800
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MAY 17, 2015

SURFERS PATH MARATHON AND CAPITOLA HALF MARATHON

Marathons are set on scenic coastline of Santa Cruz County overlooking the majestic Monterey Bay. The miles will melt away as you travel the surfer’s path.

Santa Cruz, CA
831.251.9283
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MAY 19, 2015

AN EVENING WITH JOHN WATERS – SPECIAL EVENT BY BOOKSHOP SANTA CRUZ

Bookshop Santa Cruz welcomes the one-and-only John Waters, who will discuss his book, Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America (now in paperback). Laced with subversive humor and warm intelligence, Carsick is an unforgettable vacation with a wickedly funny companion – and a celebration of Americas weird, astonishing, and generous citizenry.

Santa Cruz, CA
831.469.3220
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MAY 23, 2015 – MAY 24, 2015

31ST ANNUAL SANTA CRUZ LONGBOARD CLUB INVITATIONAL

West Coast’s oldest, longest-running competitive surfing event, featuring amateur + pro surfers.

Santa Cruz, CA
831.423.3909
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MAY 23, 2015 – MAY 25, 2015

34TH ANNUAL CIVIL WAR BATTLES AND ENCAMPMENT

Visit encampments of Union & Confederate soldiers. See battles at one of the West’s longest-running Civil War reenactments.

Felton, CA
831.335.4484
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MAY 23, 2015 – MAY 24, 2015

SANTA CRUZ AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL

An unprecedented celebration of music and natural splendor! The Santa Cruz American Music Festival is set in the ultimate music-lover’s setting: a gorgeous natural Redwood amphitheater with intimate staging and world-class concert sound. Dont miss this opportunity to see top acts such as Bonnie Raitt, Big & Rich, JJ Grey & Mofro, Los Lonely Boys, Ryan Bingham and more. We hope you will join us as we pay tribute to some of the finest musical talents around.

Aptos, CA
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MAY 24, 2015

MUSIC IN THE GARDEN

This year our garden party will feature diverse music in an extraordinary estate garden, along with a selection of gourmet snacks, drinks and wine. The music groups and soloists from different ethnic traditions will compliment the natural splendor of the surroundings. This popular social event is a fundraiser and proceeds benefit the continued operation of the Baroque Festival’s annual concert session.

Santa Cruz, CA
831.457.9693
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MAY 30, 2015

MUSIC @ THE MISSION

Enjoy Music @ the Mission with the Mylo Jenkins, a Santa Cruz-based Americana band. Picnic with the family during the concert.

Santa Cruz, CA
831.425.5849
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MAY 30, 2015

MONTEREY BAY YOUTH OUTDOOR DAY

Monterey Bay Youth Outdoor Day is a nonprofit organization that helps families get outdoors and get active.

Watsonville, CA
831.840.5547
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JUNE 02, 2015

COMMUNITY DAY

1st Tuesday of every month. Free admission to the Arboretum.

Santa Cruz, CA
831.427.2998
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JUNE 04, 2015

30TH ANNIVERSARY CULMINATION CONCERT – ANTONIO POMPA-BALDI, PIANIST

The final concert of our 30th Anniversary Season features one of the best concert pianists in the world, Antonio Pompa-Baldi, playing over an hour of Chopins most popular music: all 12 Etudes of Opus 10, some of which are so popular they have lodged themselves in popular music, movies and television shows; the virtuosic Sonata No. 2, popularly known as – The Funeral March – completed in 1839, shortly before Chopins death.

Santa Cruz, CA
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JUNE 04, 2015 – JUNE 07, 2015

SANTA CRUZ GOYA WINDSURFING FESTIVAL

Top professional windsurfers from all over the world will come to Santa Cruz to compete in this event.

Davenport, CA
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JUNE 05, 2015

FIRST FRIDAY – PIVOT FASHION

Experience PIVOT Fashion at this Summer Series/First Friday event at the Santa Cruz Mission.

Santa Cruz, CA
831.425.5849
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JUNE 05, 2015

FIRST FRIDAY ART TOUR

Celebrate the arts each month as dozens of venues showcase Santa Cruz’s wealth of artists. For complete listing of venues, artists and special events, visit website or pick up a copy of the Good Times.

Santa Cruz, CA
831.332.7422
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JUNE 06, 2015 – JUNE 07, 2015

10TH ANNUAL CAPITOLA ROD & CUSTOM CLASSIC CAR SHOW

Be prepared for an amazing weekend of rods, customs, classics and American muscle gleaming in the California sun at the beach in the heart of Capitola Village. This is a truly unique event! Come and enjoy the outstanding cars in a festival atmosphere where you can also enjoy seaside dining, the many quaint shops and one of the best beaches in California. Fun, family friendly and admission FREE.

Capitola, CA
831.462.3197
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JUNE 06, 2015

FIRST SATURDAY ARBORETUM TOURS

Come see what’s in bloom in the gardens this month. Free tour with paid entrance fee! Meet at Norrie’s at 11am. Admission $5 per person, 6-17 years $2, under 6 years old – free.

Santa Cruz, CA
831.427.2998
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JUNE 06, 2015

POP-UP BREAKFAST AT THE WESTSIDE FARMER’S MARKET

In the leisurely, bright space of the Westside Market, guests gather to sit down at a long table among friends and enjoy a fresh, multi-course meal. At each event admired local chefs serve up sensational mixes of simple cuisine made with seasonal ingredients from the very farms that sell at the market . This event will be featuring Chef Kendra Baker of the Picnic Basket, Penny Ice Creamery and Assembly. Please bring your own plate and silverware!

Santa Cruz, CA
831.454.0566
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JUNE 06, 2015

SANTA CRUZ SYMPHONY BENEFIT CONCERT

Join the Santa Cruz Symphony in a special benefit concert to benfit the Symphony’s music and education programs.

Santa Cruz, CA
831.420.5260
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JUNE 06, 2015 – JUNE 07, 2015

WORLD OCEAN DAYS

Visit the Seymour Marine Discovery Center – take a tour, make an ocean-themed craft, touch a shark and celebrate our blue planet!

Santa Cruz, CA
831.459.3800
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JUNE 10, 2015

CAPITOLA SUMMER TWILIGHT CONCERTS

Bring chairs, jackets, a picnic supper and the family to enjoy live music and the sunset. Concerts generally offered late June to late August. Call for dates. (Wednesdays)

Capitola, CA
831.475.7300
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JUNE 13, 2015

DAIRY FARMING

Join us every 2nd Saturday on the Farm for free family activities. Each month we select a new theme to highlight historical agriculture with games, activities, and demonstrations that relate. We often have guest appearances from farm animals like llamas, draft horses, sheep, goats, chickens, rabbits, and more! You are sure to find something fun and entertaining for the whole family. Check our website and Facebook page for more details.

Watsonville, CA
831.724.5898
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JUNE 13, 2015

SAN LORENZO RIVER 10K, HALF MARATHON, 30K, MARATHON, 50K TRAIL RUNS

Run through 300 foot tall, 1500 year-old Coastal Redwoods, lush stream canyons, open meadows, pine and oak forests, and high dry chaparral-covered ridges.

Santa Cruz, CA
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JUNE 14, 2015

SUNDAY ART & MUSIC

Art & Music at the Beach is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a Sunday afternoon in Capitola Village. Local artists display their work and live music is featured on the Esplanade Stage overlooking Capitola Beach and Monterey Bay.

Capitola Village, CA
831.475.7300
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JUNE 17, 2015

CAPITOLA SUMMER TWILIGHT CONCERTS

Bring chairs, jackets, a picnic supper and the family to enjoy live music and the sunset. Concerts generally offered late June to late August. Call for dates. (Wednesdays)

Capitola, CA
831.475.7300
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JUNE 19, 2015

FREE FRIDAY NIGHT BANDS ON THE BEACH – EDDIE MONEY

Two free live concerts on the Boardwalk’s Beach Bandstand every Friday night (June 19 – September 4) with top bands of the 80s and 90s! Shows start at 6:30pm and 8:30pm.

Santa Cruz, CA
831.423.5590
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JUNE 20, 2015

6TH ANNUAL GERBERA FESTIVAL

The Monterey Bay Greenhouse Growers Open House presents the Kitayama Brothers 2015 Gerbera Festival. The sixth annual event is a benefit for Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks.

Watsonville, CA
831.274.4008
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JUNE 21, 2015

MEN OF BIG BASIN FATHER’S DAY WALK

Celebrate Father’s Day in the park by honoring some of the remarkable men in Big Basin park’s history.

Boulder Creek, CA
831.338.8860
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JUNE 21, 2015

SCIENCE SUNDAY

Marine scientists bring you public lectures with photography, video and stories of their work and lives—-special Father’s Day edition!

Santa Cruz, CA
831.459.3800
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JUNE 21, 2015

SEYMOUR CENTER’S FATHER’S DAY

Celebrate dad by bringing him to the Seymour Center. Learn about amazing marine parents, create a Father’s Day craft, take a tour, and more!

Santa Cruz, CA
831.459.3800
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JUNE 24, 2015

FREE MOVIES ON THE BEACH – THE LOST BOYS

Watch a classic movie on the beach with the world-famous Giant Dipper coaster lights twinkling overhead. Bring the family and your blanket or low-back chair, relax and enjoy the free show. Seating is first-come, first-served.

Santa Cruz, CA
831.423.5590
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JUNE 24, 2015

CAPITOLA SUMMER TWILIGHT CONCERTS

Bring chairs, jackets, a picnic supper and the family to enjoy live music and the sunset. Concerts generally offered late June to late August. Call for dates. (Wednesdays)

Capitola, CA
831.475.7300
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JUNE 26, 2015

FREE FRIDAY NIGHT BANDS ON THE BEACH – THE EDGAR WINTER BAND

Two free live concerts on the Boardwalk’s Beach Bandstand every Friday night (June 19 – September 4) with top bands of the 80s and 90s! Shows start at 6:30pm and 8:30pm.

Santa Cruz, CA
831.423.5590
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JUNE 27, 2015

21ST ANNUAL WOODIES ON THE WHARF

The scenic and historic Santa Cruz Wharf is the perfect setting for a celebration of the surf spirit and classic surf wagons.

Santa Cruz, CA
831.420.5270
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JUNE 27, 2015

3RD ANNUAL PLEASURE POINT STREET FAIR

Celebrate the Summer Solstice in Santa Cruz County’s best kept secret – Pleasure Point! Free admission to Street Fair with food, vendors, local artists, live music, beer garden and skate competition.

Santa Cruz, CA
831.479.9098
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JUNE 27, 2015 – JUNE 28, 2015

HOP N’ BARLEY BEER AND BBQ FESTIVAL

There will be 60 breweries & 10 BBQers serving the best beer and BBQ around. There is also vegetarian food, fresh caught oysters, local wine available by the glass and two live music stages.

Scotts Valley, CA
831.438.3251
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JUNE 28, 2015

SUNDAY ART & MUSIC

Art & Music at the Beach is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a Sunday afternoon in Capitola Village. Local artists display their work and live music is featured on the Esplanade Stage overlooking Capitola Beach and Monterey Bay.

Capitola Village, CA
831.475.7300
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JUNE 30, 2015 – AUGUST 30, 2015

SANTA CRUZ SHAKESPEARE 2015 SUMMER FESTIVAL

Professional, thought-provoking & passionate theater (Much Ado About Nothing, The Liar, Macbeth and Fringe Show: The Rover) in the Sinsheimer-Stanley Festival Glen in the Santa Cruz redwoods, one of the most beautiful theater venues in the nation.

Santa Cruz, CA
831.459.2159
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JULY 01, 2015

FREE MOVIES ON THE BEACH – THE BREAKFAST CLUB

Watch a classic movie on the beach with the world-famous Giant Dipper coaster lights twinkling overhead. Bring the family and your blanket or low-back chair, relax and enjoy the free show. Seating is first-come, first-served.

Santa Cruz, CA
831.423.5590
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JULY 01, 2015

CAPITOLA SUMMER TWILIGHT CONCERTS

Bring chairs, jackets, a picnic supper and the family to enjoy live music and the sunset. Concerts generally offered late June to late August. Call for dates. (Wednesdays)

Capitola, CA
831.475.7300
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JULY 03, 2015

FREE FRIDAY NIGHT BANDS ON THE BEACH – THE SUN KINGS

Two free live concerts on the Boardwalk’s Beach Bandstand every Friday night (June 19 – September 4) with top bands of the 80s and 90s! Shows start at 6:30pm and 8:30pm.

Santa Cruz, CA
831.423.5590
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JULY 03, 2015

FIRST FRIDAY ART TOUR

Celebrate the arts each month as dozens of venues showcase Santa Cruz’s wealth of artists. For complete listing of venues, artists and special events, visit website or pick up a copy of the Good Times.

Santa Cruz, CA
831.332.7422
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JULY 04, 2015

4TH OF JULY FAMILY FUN EVENTS

Bring out the entire family and friends for a fun-filled day of games, live music and an all-American barbecue.

Felton, CA
831.335.4484
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JULY 04, 2015

BOULDER CREEK JULY 4TH PARADE

This classic Fourth of July parade, set in downtown Boulder Creek, attracts upwards of 10,000 attendees each year. If you are a mountain dweller this is one you wont want to miss.

Boulder Creek, CA
831.338.4144
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JULY 04, 2015

APTOS 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION

“World’s Shortest Parade.” Pancake breakfast 7:30am, parade at 10am, live music, games, arts & crafts 11am-4pm.

Aptos Village, CA
831.688.1467
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JULY 04, 2015

FIRST SATURDAY ARBORETUM TOURS

Come see what’s in bloom in the gardens this month. Free tour with paid entrance fee! Meet at Norrie’s at 11am. Admission $5 per person, 6-17 years $2, under 6 years old – free.

Santa Cruz, CA
831.427.2998
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JULY 04, 2015

OLD-FASHIONED INDEPENDENCE DAY

Visit Wilder Ranch’s historic cultural preserve and take a step in time 100 years ago as you participate in an early 1900s-style Independence Day celebration including a noon family parade, games, children’s crafts area, live big-band music, living history demonstrations, historic speeches and flag-raising. Food and drink available for sale, or bring a picnic lunch.

Santa Cruz, CA
831.426.0505
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JULY 04, 2015

SCOTTS VALLEY 4TH OF JULY PARADE & FIREWORKS!

Come celebrate July 4th in Scotts Valley! Parade, outrageous BBQ, music, games, petting zoo & much more! The Fireworks show in Scotts Valley is the only sanctioned fireworks show in Santa Cruz County. Advance tickets $6, at the door $8 (4 and under free). Activities and food are not included in price of admission.

Scotts Valley, CA
831.438.3251
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JULY 05, 2015

SUNDAY ART & MUSIC

Art & Music at the Beach is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a Sunday afternoon in Capitola Village. Local artists display their work and live music is featured on the Esplanade Stage overlooking Capitola Beach and Monterey Bay.

Capitola Village, CA
831.475.7300
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JULY 07, 2015

COMMUNITY DAY

1st Tuesday of every month. Free admission to the Arboretum.

Santa Cruz, CA
831.427.2998
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JULY 08, 2015

FREE MOVIES ON THE BEACH – PEE WEE’S BIG ADVENTURE

Watch a classic movie on the beach with the world-famous Giant Dipper coaster lights twinkling overhead. Bring the family and your blanket or low-back chair, relax and enjoy the free show. Seating is first-come, first-served.

Santa Cruz, CA
831.423.5590
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JULY 08, 2015

CAPITOLA SUMMER TWILIGHT CONCERTS

Bring chairs, jackets, a picnic supper and the family to enjoy live music and the sunset. Concerts generally offered late June to late August. Call for dates. (Wednesdays)

Capitola, CA
831.475.7300
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JULY 10, 2015

FREE FRIDAY NIGHT BANDS ON THE BEACH – MACY GRAY

Two free live concerts on the Boardwalk’s Beach Bandstand every Friday night (June 19 – September 4) with top bands of the 80s and 90s! Shows start at 6:30pm and 8:30pm.

Santa Cruz, CA
831.423.5590
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JULY 11, 2015

GAMES & GRILLIN’

Join us every 2nd Saturday on the Farm for free family activities. Each month we select a new theme to highlight historical agriculture with games, activities, and demonstrations that relate. We often have guest appearances from farm animals like llamas, draft horses, sheep, goats, chickens, rabbits, and more! You are sure to find something fun and entertaining for the whole family. Check our website and Facebook page for more details.

Watsonville, CA
831.724.5898
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JULY 11, 2015 – JULY 12, 2015

SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAIN SOL FESTIVAL

Two-day music festival with Yonder Mountain String Band, Brett Dennen – Keith Greeninger, Keller Williams Grateful Grass (with Michael Kang & Keith Moseley), Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers, Tim Flannery & Lunatic Fringe and Melvin Seals & Spirit of 76. Beer and wine garden, food and merchandise booths.

Felton, CA
831.335.4484
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JULY 11, 2015

BOOMERIA EXTRAVAGANZA

The grounds of Boomeria are full of surprises, including a wonderful pipe organ inside the Chapel Royal. Visitors have the opportunity to explore the organs insides. Enjoy a unique afternoon with hours of organ music, snacks and wine. Tour the castle, dungeons and see a guillotine demonstration – surrounded by the Bonny Doon area forest.

Santa Cruz, CA
831.457.9693
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JULY 12, 2015

DIP AND DASH AQUATHLON #1

With a choice of a short swim or a long swim at Cowell Beach, athletes will also have 4-mile run up West Cliff Drive before returning to the beach at the finish. This is the first of three Dip and Dash Aquathlons. Fees for the races vary and are subject to change.

Santa Cruz, CA
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JULY 15, 2015

FREE MOVIES ON THE BEACH – DUMB AND DUMBER

Watch a classic movie on the beach with the world-famous Giant Dipper coaster lights twinkling overhead. Bring the family and your blanket or low-back chair, relax and enjoy the free show. Seating is first-come, first-served.

Santa Cruz, CA
831.423.5590
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JULY 15, 2015

CAPITOLA SUMMER TWILIGHT CONCERTS

Bring chairs, jackets, a picnic supper and the family to enjoy live music and the sunset. Concerts generally offered late June to late August. Call for dates. (Wednesdays)

Capitola, CA
831.475.7300
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JULY 17, 2015

FREE FRIDAY NIGHT BANDS ON THE BEACH – BERLIN (FEATURING TERRI NUNN)

Two free live concerts on the Boardwalk’s Beach Bandstand every Friday night (June 19 – September 4) with top bands of the 80s and 90s! Shows start at 6:30pm and 8:30pm.

Santa Cruz, CA
831.423.5590
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JULY 18, 2015

MOVIES @ THE MISSION – SOUL SURFER

Come and enjoy outdoor screening of movies – tonight’s feature is “Soul Surfer”.

Santa Cruz, CA
831.425.5849
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JULY 18, 2015

POP-UP BREAKFAST SERIES AT THE SCOTTS VALLEY FARMER’S MARKET

In the leisurely, bright space of the farmers’ market, sit down at a long table among friends and enjoy a wholesome, fresh, multi-course meal. Please bring your own plate and silverware!

Scotts Valley, CA
831.454.0566
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JULY 18, 2015

PASSPORT DAYS

Come celebrate the generations of farmers, vintners and families that are the roots of the Santa Cruz Mountains wine region. See website for more information and times.

Santa Cruz Mountains, CA
831.685.8463
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JULY 18, 2015 – JULY 19, 2015

TEQUILA & TACO MUSIC FESTIVAL

Saturday, tequila takes center stage with a variety of top shelf tequila and Mezcal sampling, live music all day along with gourmet street tacos. Sunday is Margarita Sunday Funday in downtown Santa Cruz. Bring the family and enjoy a sunny summer afternoon, sipping on an assortment of margaritas, eating delicious tacos, all while enjoying a great music lineup!

Santa Cruz, CA
805.628.9588
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JULY 19, 2015

SCIENCE SUNDAY

Marine scientists bring you public lectures with photography, video, and stories of their work and lives.

Santa Cruz, CA
831.459.3800
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JULY 19, 2015

SUNDAY ART & MUSIC

Art & Music at the Beach is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a Sunday afternoon in Capitola Village. Local artists display their work and live music is featured on the Esplanade Stage overlooking Capitola Beach and Monterey Bay.

Capitola Village, CA
831.475.7300
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JULY 22, 2015

FREE MOVIES ON THE BEACH – THE PRINCESS BRIDE

Watch a classic movie on the beach with the world-famous Giant Dipper coaster lights twinkling overhead. Bring the family and your blanket or low-back chair, relax and enjoy the free show. Seating is first-come, first-served.

Santa Cruz, CA
831.423.5590
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JULY 22, 2015

CAPITOLA SUMMER TWILIGHT CONCERTS

Bring chairs, jackets, a picnic supper and the family to enjoy live music and the sunset. Concerts generally offered late June to late August. Call for dates. (Wednesdays)

Capitola, CA
831.475.7300
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JULY 24, 2015

FREE FRIDAY NIGHT BANDS ON THE BEACH – SOUL ASYLUM

Two free live concerts on the Boardwalk’s Beach Bandstand every Friday night (June 19 – September 4) with top bands of the 80s and 90s! Shows start at 6:30pm and 8:30pm.

Santa Cruz, CA
831.423.5590
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JULY 24, 2015 – AUGUST 02, 2015

A DAY OUT WITH THOMAS THE TANK ENGINE!

Join Thomas the Tank Engine as he travels along the scenic San Lorenzo River. Ticket includes activities and entertainment for the entire family. Reservations required.

Felton, CA
831.335.4484
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JULY 24, 2015 – JULY 25, 2015

TALES OF THE BASIN – A STORYTELLING WEEKEND EVENT

The storytelling tradition comes to life with the ancient redwood forest as a backdrop. Events throughout the weekend include Big Basin Nature Tails for children of all ages, guided walks that spin a yarn along the trail and a Storyteller Showcase in the historic Campfire Center.

Boulder Creek, CA
831.338.8860
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JULY 26, 2015

43RD ANNUAL WHARF TO WHARF RACE

The annual 6-mile, scenic, seaside run from Santa Cruz to Capitola-by-the-Sea is widely acclaimed “The best little road race in California”. The Wharf to Wharf is the biggest summer event of its kind on the West Coast. It receives broad print and electronic media attention, is highlighted in all running industry publications as one of the top races in America, is broadcast live on radio and aired on local cable television throughout each year. Registration is limited to 15,000 runners! The race route is lined with fans, bands and all kinds of great fun! Come to Santa Cruz and cheer them on!

Santa Cruz, CA
831.475.2196
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JULY 29, 2015

FREE MOVIES ON THE BEACH – JUMANJI

Watch a classic movie on the beach with the world-famous Giant Dipper coaster lights twinkling overhead. Bring the family and your blanket or low-back chair, relax and enjoy the free show. Seating is first-come, first-served.

Santa Cruz, CA
831.423.5590
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JULY 29, 2015

CAPITOLA SUMMER TWILIGHT CONCERTS

Bring chairs, jackets, a picnic supper and the family to enjoy live music and the sunset. Concerts generally offered late June to late August. Call for dates. (Wednesdays)

Capitola, CA
831.475.7300
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JULY 31, 2015

FREE FRIDAY NIGHT BANDS ON THE BEACH – WANG CHUNG

Two free live concerts on the Boardwalk’s Beach Bandstand every Friday night (June 19 – September 4) with top bands of the 80s and 90s! Shows start at 6:30pm and 8:30pm.

Santa Cruz, CA
831.423.5590
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AUGUST 01, 2015 – AUGUST 02, 2015

21ST ANNUAL WATSONVILLE STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL AT MONTEREY BAY

This multi-faceted celebration will serve up a menu of strawberry delights, non-stop entertainment, gooey contests & more.

Watsonville, CA
831.768.3240
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AUGUST 01, 2015

FIRST SATURDAY ARBORETUM TOURS

Come see what’s in bloom in the gardens this month. Free tour with paid entrance fee! Meet at Norrie’s at 11am. Admission $5 per person, 6-17 years $2, under 6 years old – free.

Santa Cruz, CA
831.427.2998
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AUGUST 02, 2015 – AUGUST 16, 2015

CABRILLO FESTIVAL OF CONTEMPORARY MUSIC

“North America’s most celebrated festival of new orchestral music” (San Jose Mercury News) presents its 53rd season with most composers in residence, world-class guest artists, and conductor Marin Alsop. Most rehearsals are free and open to the public, with concerts at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium and Mission San Juan Bautista.

Santa Cruz, CA
831.426.6966
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AUGUST 02, 2015

SANTA CRUZ TRAIL RUN

Giant redwoods dominate the landscape in our Santa Cruz trail run. Aside from twisting single track that opens up to expansive roads and paths, you will enjoy the ocean breezes pouring in from the Santa Cruz coast. The race will offer everything from river crossings to high ridges with aid stations every 5-6 miles for refueling before tackling the next beautiful, albeit strenuous, section.

Felton, CA
703.317.7473
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AUGUST 02, 2015

SUNDAY ART & MUSIC

Art & Music at the Beach is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a Sunday afternoon in Capitola Village. Local artists display their work and live music is featured on the Esplanade Stage overlooking Capitola Beach and Monterey Bay.

Capitola Village, CA
831.475.7300
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AUGUST 04, 2015

COMMUNITY DAY

1st Tuesday of every month. Free admission to the Arboretum.

Santa Cruz, CA
831.427.2998
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AUGUST 05, 2015

FREE MOVIES ON THE BEACH – FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF

Watch a classic movie on the beach with the world-famous Giant Dipper coaster lights twinkling overhead. Bring the family and your blanket or low-back chair, relax and enjoy the free show. Seating is first-come, first-served.

Santa Cruz, CA
831.423.5590
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AUGUST 05, 2015

CAPITOLA SUMMER TWILIGHT CONCERTS

Bring chairs, jackets, a picnic supper and the family to enjoy live music and the sunset. Concerts generally offered late June to late August. Call for dates. (Wednesdays)

Capitola, CA
831.475.7300
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AUGUST 07, 2015

FREE FRIDAY NIGHT BANDS ON THE BEACH – Y & T

Two free live concerts on the Boardwalk’s Beach Bandstand every Friday night (June 19 – September 4) with top bands of the 80s and 90s! Shows start at 6:30pm and 8:30pm.

Santa Cruz, CA
831.423.5590
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AUGUST 07, 2015

FIRST FRIDAY ART TOUR

Celebrate the arts each month as dozens of venues showcase Santa Cruz’s wealth of artists. For complete listing of venues, artists and special events, visit website or pick up a copy of the Good Times.

Santa Cruz, CA
831.332.7422
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AUGUST 08, 2015

2ND SATURDAY ON THE FARM – FREE FAMILY ACTIVITIES

Join us every 2nd Saturday on the Farm for free family activities. Each month we select a new theme to highlight historical agriculture with games, activities, and demonstrations that relate. We often have guest appearances from farm animals like llamas, draft horses, sheep, goats, chickens, rabbits, and more! You are sure to find something fun and entertaining for the whole family. Check our website and Facebook page for more details.

Watsonville, CA
831.724.5898
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AUGUST 08, 2015 – AUGUST 09, 2015

CALIFORNIA BEER FESTIVAL SANTA CRUZ

Saturday is Craft Beer Heaven – over 85 craft beers on tap, mouth watering food, bocce ball and live entertainment. Sunday bring the family, blankets and chairs for the hamburger and hops music festival. Best hamburgers, gourmet & fusion sliders, craft beer and an amazing live entertainment lineup. Kids 12 and under are FREE. There is NO beer sampling on Sunday but beer and food available for purchase.

Aptos, CA
805.628.9588
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AUGUST 08, 2015 – AUGUST 09, 2015

CHURCH STREET FAIR

This quintessential summertime street fair reflects the best of the arts in Santa Cruz with free live music and dance performances, local art and food vendors, wine tasting, and fun children’s activities. The Church Street Fair is held in front of the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium for two full days of fun each August!

Santa Cruz, CA
831.426.6966
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AUGUST 08, 2015

LIFE ON THE RANCH: FAMILY LIVING HISTORY DAY

Wilder Ranch State Park invites you to experience old-time activities from its rancho, dairy farm and cowboy rodeo days. Hands-on activities and living history presentations vary each month and may include: butter churning, ice cream making, branding, cooking, roping skills, wagon rides and demonstrations in the ranch buildings. Come for a picnic on the lawn and follow it up with a game of tug of war, sack races, hoops, stilts and Wilder Ranch’s famous old-fashioned bubbles!

Santa Cruz, CA
831.426.0505
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AUGUST 08, 2015 – AUGUST 09, 2015

SCOTTS VALLEY ART & WINE FESTIVAL

Relax in the park & enjoy the fine art of over 100 local artists accompanied by food, wine, beer and music. Kid’s art tent. Fun for all!

Scotts Valley, CA
831.438.1010
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AUGUST 09, 2015

TRI SANTA CRUZ AND DIP & DASH #2

One of the most fun events of the year here in Santa Cruz. A sprint or Olympic distance triathlon coupled with a sprint or Olympic distance Aquathlon. Good for all levels of athletes and also family friendly.

Santa Cruz, CA
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AUGUST 12, 2015

FREE MOVIES ON THE BEACH – BACK TO THE FUTURE, PART II

Watch a classic movie on the beach with the world-famous Giant Dipper coaster lights twinkling overhead. Bring the family and your blanket or low-back chair, relax and enjoy the free show. Seating is first-come, first-served.

Santa Cruz, CA
831.423.5590
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AUGUST 12, 2015

CAPITOLA SUMMER TWILIGHT CONCERTS

Bring chairs, jackets, a picnic supper and the family to enjoy live music and the sunset. Concerts generally offered late June to late August. Call for dates. (Wednesdays)

Capitola, CA
831.475.7300
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AUGUST 14, 2015

FREE FRIDAY NIGHT BANDS ON THE BEACH – EVERCLEAR

Two free live concerts on the Boardwalk’s Beach Bandstand every Friday night (June 19 – September 4) with top bands of the 80s and 90s! Shows start at 6:30pm and 8:30pm.

Santa Cruz, CA
831.423.5590
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AUGUST 15, 2015

GRIZZLY BEAR FESTIVAL AT RANCHO DEL OSO NATURE AND HISTORY CENTER

Come to Rancho del Oso for a day of commemorating the once-abundant predator that roamed this “Ranch of the Bear”. Discover what they ate, how they lived and what made this area famous for its grizzle population. Throughout the day there will be crafts and activities for all ages. Come visit the Nature and History Center to hear stories about this powerful animal!

Santa Cruz, CA
831.427.2288
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AUGUST 16, 2015

SCIENCE SUNDAY

Marine scientists bring you public lectures with photography, video, and stories of their work and lives.

Santa Cruz, CA
831.459.3800
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AUGUST 16, 2015

SUNDAY ART & MUSIC

Art & Music at the Beach is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a Sunday afternoon in Capitola Village. Local artists display their work and live music is featured on the Esplanade Stage overlooking Capitola Beach and Monterey Bay.

Capitola Village, CA
831.475.7300
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AUGUST 19, 2015

CAPITOLA SUMMER TWILIGHT CONCERTS

Bring chairs, jackets, a picnic supper and the family to enjoy live music and the sunset. Concerts generally offered late June to late August. Call for dates. (Wednesdays)

Capitola, CA
831.475.7300
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AUGUST 21, 2015

FREE FRIDAY NIGHT BANDS ON THE BEACH – BLUE OYSTER CULT

Two free live concerts on the Boardwalk’s Beach Bandstand every Friday night (June 19 – September 4) with top bands of the 80s and 90s! Shows start at 6:30pm and 8:30pm.

Santa Cruz, CA
831.423.5590
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AUGUST 22, 2015

MOVIES @ THE MISSION – THE GNOME-MOBILE

Watch The Gnome-Mobile under the stars at the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park. This 1967 Disney movie was filmed, in part, at Big Basin.

Santa Cruz, CA
831.425.5849
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AUGUST 22, 2015

POP-UP BREAKFAST AT THE WESTSIDE FARMER’S MARKET

In the leisurely, bright space of the Westside Market, guests gather to sit down at a long table among friends and enjoy a fresh, multi-course meal. At each event admired local chefs serve up sensational mixes of simple cuisine made with seasonal ingredients from the very farms that sell at the market . This event will be featuring Chef Mark Denham of Soif Restaurant and Wine Bar. Please bring your own plate and silverware!

Santa Cruz, CA
831.454.0566
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AUGUST 23, 2015

23RD ANNUAL ALOHA RACES AND POLYNESIAN FESTIVAL

Join us for the Aloha Races and Polynesian Festival. We’ll celebrate the history of our Polynesian connection since the Three Hawaiian Princes first rode the waves at the mouth of the San Lorenzo River in 1885.

Santa Cruz, CA
831.420.5270
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AUGUST 26, 2015

CAPITOLA SUMMER TWILIGHT CONCERTS

Bring chairs, jackets, a picnic supper and the family to enjoy live music and the sunset. Concerts generally offered late June to late August. Call for dates. (Wednesdays)

Capitola, CA
831.475.7300
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AUGUST 28, 2015

FREE FRIDAY NIGHT BANDS ON THE BEACH – SMASH MOUTH

Two free live concerts on the Boardwalk’s Beach Bandstand every Friday night (June 19 – September 4) with top bands of the 80s and 90s! Shows start at 6:30pm and 8:30pm.

Santa Cruz, CA
831.423.5590
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AUGUST 28, 2015

MOVIES AT THE BEACH

Free movies shown on a large screen on the Capitola Beach. Call for exact dates.

Capitola Village, CA
831.475.7300
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AUGUST 30, 2015

DIP AND DASH AQUATHLON #3

Awards will be given to athletes who took part in two or more of the Dip and Dash series. Registration is closed online, but in-person registration at 7am on race day will be allowed.

Santa Cruz, CA
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