April 1 @ 8:30 am - December 15 @ 3:30 pm

Año Nuevo State Park: Self-Guided Hikes in Seal Viewing Area

Año Nuevo State Park

650.879.2025 | www.parks.ca.gov

Stroll over sand dunes, enjoy beautiful ocean views, and gain a unique opportunity to view Northern elephant seals on this 3-mile, 2.5-hour self-guided trail! Layered clothing, closed-toed shoes, and rain/wind gear are strongly advised. Bring water. Food, umbrellas, and strollers are not permitted inside the preserve.

No pets are allowed in the park. Free event. The vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, please call 650.879.2025.

June 29 @ 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Downtown Santa Cruz Farmers’ Market

Downtown Farmers’ Market

831.454.0566 | santacruzfarmersmarket.org

Our largest and oldest market is situated in the heart of Downtown Santa Cruz, one block off of Pacific Avenue. In addition to a substantial variety of farm products, this market offers a great selection of local artisan foodstuffs, delicious baked goods, and currently many unique, high-quality options for grab-and-go lunch and dinner. Shopping at the Wednesday market is a wonderful way to support local farms and bring home the best produce available.

June 29 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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Wednesday Night Sailboat Races

Santa Cruz Harbor

831.475.6161 | www.santacruzharbor.org

Wednesday Night Sailboat Races begin in April and run through fall ending in October. Wednesday Night Races begin at 6:30 pm – 8 pm.

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

Free
June 30 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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The Crow’s Nest: Thursday Beach BBQ Parties

Crow’s Nest Restaurant

831.476.4560 | crowsnest-santacruz.com

Each Summer on Thursday evenings the Crow’s Nest offers its Summer Beach Party series with fun and funky live entertainment right on the beach. The party starts at 5:30 pm each week and goes until sunset. With live entertainment on the outdoor beach stage and Crow’s Nest’s famous BBQ and outdoor bar, beach parties are a unique and popular event. Families are welcome, and there is no admission charge! After the sun sets, the fun begins upstairs with dancing to the best of local live bands beginning at 8:30 pm with only a $5 cover charge.

 

  • June 23, 2022: The Lost Boys / Rusty Rock N’ Roll
  • June 30, 2022: Matt Masih & the Messengers / The Bassment
  • July 7, 2022: The Cruzers / Sasha’s Money
  • July 14, 2022: Sambada / Izzy & The Haze
  • July 21, 2022: The Leftovers / Skypark
  • July 28, 2022: Harry & The Hitman / The Joint Cheifs
  • August 4, 2022: Xtra Large / Big Bad Wolf
  • August 11, 2022: The Houserockers / Spun
  • August 18, 2022: Ancestree / Santa Cruda
  • August 25, 2022: Live Again / Hall Pass
  • September 1, 2022: Sambada / Sweet Voodoo
Free
June 30 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

CHAMINADE RESORT & SPA: Vine to View Dinner Series “Antinori Italian Wine”

Chaminade Resort and Spa

831.475.5600 | www.chaminade.com

This season’s Vine to View Dinner Series is better than ever! Join us on our patio from 6 pm – 9 pm for a four-course dinner prepared by Executive Chef Avram Samuels and his culinary team. Enjoy locally sourced ingredients perfectly paired in an idyllic setting overlooking Santa Cruz and Monterey Bay featuring Antinori Italian Wine Dinner.

$212.00
June 30 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Bargetto Winery: Music in the Courtyard

Bargetto Winery

831.475.2258 | bargetto.com

Join us at Bargetto Winery’s creekside courtyard in Soquel on Thursday evenings for Live Music and Wine! There is no cover charge and wine by the glass and light snacks are available for purchase.

 

  • June 9, 2022: Paperback Ryders
  • June 16, 2022: Santa Cruda Live
  • June 23, 2022: B Movie Kings
  • June 30, 2022: Ripatti & Rose
Free
June 30 @ 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm

SANTA CRUZ BEACH BOARDWALK: Live Music on the Colonnade “The Deadlines”

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

831.423.5590 | beachboardwalk.com

Enjoy free live music on Thursdays throughout the summer at the Beach Boardwalk’s Colonnade Stage; located beach-side of Neptune’s Kingdom. Rock out to Bay Area bands while you enjoy a variety of Boardwalk treats. Colonnade Deck picnic table seating is very limited and first-come-first-served. There will be a dance area in front of the stage. Concerts are from 8:30pm – 10pm every Thursday from June 16 – August 11, 2022.

Free
July 1 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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First Friday Santa Cruz

Various locations in Santa Cruz County

831.425.1234 | firstfridaysantacruz.com

FIRST FRIDAY ART TOUR ✨
Every First Friday Evening from 5pm-9pm at various locations in Santa Cruz County.

Plan your First Friday night and visit participating venues in Downtown, the Tannery Arts Center, Midtown, Westside, Eastside, Felton, and Ben Lomond!
Get out and support the arts!

Find the full listing of participating artists and venues + all of the details on our website, firstfridaysantacruz.com

Popular First Friday Destinations Include:

Curated Pop-Up Gallery
Botanic & Luxe
The MAH
The Tannery Arts Center Galleries and Studios
Radius Gallery
Santa Cruz Art League
Treehouse Dispensary
Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center

*More details about all of the upcoming First Friday events can be found on our website, firstfridaysantacruz.com

Ready…ENGAGE!

First Friday is a free event and is perfect for enthusiastic Art Goers or those just looking to have a fun and enjoyable evening checking out the art scene is Santa Cruz. We are pleased to provide this opportunity and promote this event for the many talented Santa Cruz Artists exhibiting their work.

Free
July 1 @ 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Midtown Fridays!

1111 Soquel Ave

www.eventsantacruz.com

Come Celebrate all the vibrancy of Midtown at our Summer Block Party, happening every Friday!
Food – Artists – Live Music – Vendors
The summer series of free events will feature the talents of 25 local bands! Plus, event goers will enjoy a selection of local eats as well as the opportunity to check out the work of local artists and vendors. Midtown Fridays start June 3rd and run through to September 30th.

  • June 10 – The Beach Cowboys (Opening – Summer Band)
  • June 17 – The Joint Chiefs
  • June 24 – Ancestree
  • July 1 – Dylan Rose Band (Opening – Cement Ship)
  • July 8 – Dub Souljah
  • July 15 – Superblume (Opening – Tatiana and the Treetop Band)
  • July 29 – Otilia Donaire (Opening – Geoff Weers, Lead singer of The Expendables)
  • Aug. 5 – Fuse (Opening – John Michael sings Sinatra)
  • Aug. 12 – Pacific Roots (Opening – The Dead Kampers)
  • Aug. 19 – John Michael Van Halen Tribute Band
  • Aug. 26 – Locomotive Breath
  • Sept. 2 – The Joint Chiefs
  • Sept. 9 – Papiba & Friends
  • Sept. 16 – Anthony Arya Band
  • Sept. 23 – Sweet Voodoo
  • Sept. 30 – The Grand Finale
Free
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July 1 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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One event on August 5, 2022 at 6:00 pm

One event on August 19, 2022 at 6:00 pm

One event on September 2, 2022 at 6:00 pm

One event on September 16, 2022 at 6:00 pm

Watsonville: Music in the Plaza

Watsonville City Plaza

831.768.3240 | www.cityofwatsonville.org

Our summer outdoor concerts are back!  Join us this summer as we welcome back Music in the Plaza to downtown Watsonville. The concert series will feature a variety of bands to help you get your groove on. Grab a bite at our downtown restaurants and join us for the music from 6pm to 8pm. This year’s concerts are brought to you by the City of Watsonville Parks and Community Services Department, the Watsonville Film Festival, and iHeart Media.

 

  • July 1, 2022: Tribute to Selena with Alexxa Sings and Grupo Impacto 5
  • July 15, 2022: Banda Zyrys
  • August 5, 2022: Chicano All Stars
  • August 19, 2022: Vintage Point Band
  • September 2, 2022: Banda Guerreros
  • September 16, 2022: partnership with Watsonville Film Festival
  • October 28, 2022: Dia de los Muertos Performances & Film Screening with Watsonville Film Festival
Free
July 1 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

SANTA CRUZ BEACH BOARDWALK: Movies at the Beach “Sing 2”

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

831.423.5590 | beachboardwalk.com

There’s nothing like watching your favorite movies right on the beach with the smell of kettle corn, corn dogs, and saltwater taffy filling the air! The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is welcoming back Movies on the Beach in front of the Colonnade near Neptune’s Kingdom. Bring the family and your blanket or low-back chair. Movies at the Beach are on Fridays beginning at 9pm from June 17 – August 12, 2022, with an additional bonus date on October 29, 2022.

Free
July 2 @ 8:00 am - July 4 @ 5:00 pm

ROARING CAMP RAILROADS: 4th of July Weekend

Roaring Camp Railroads

831.335.4484 | www.roaringcamp.com

This Fourth of July, take either the Redwood Forest Steam Train or the Santa Cruz Beach Train. Join us in the Town of Roaring Camp for family-friendly activities, live music and a good ol’ American BBQ.

ACTIVITIES

  • Live Music
  • Tug of War
  • Three-Legged Race
  • Balloon Toss
  • Corn Hole
  • Kids Club Activities
  • Chuckwagon BBQ
July 2 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Westside Farmers’ Market

Westside Farmers’ Market

831.454.0566 | santacruzfarmersmarket.org

The Westside Farmers’ Market is open for business! Come see us at the corner of Hwy 1 & Western Drive for a wide selection of fruits and veggies, medicinal tinctures and salves, tasty breakfast, sustainable seafood, and more! Open every Saturday from 9am to 1pm.

July 2 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park: Old Growth Redwood Tour

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park

831.335.7077 | thatsmypark.org

Are there different kinds of redwoods? How do coastal redwoods grow to become the tallest organisms on earth? Why are there so few old growth trees left? Learn the answer to these questions and more every Saturday when you take a walk through the wondrous old-growth forest with a knowledgeable and enthusiastic docent.

Tour Times:

  • 11:00 am
  • 2:00 pm

 

Meet at the visitor center. Free event. The vehicle day-use fee is $10.

July 2 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Nicholson Vineyards: Food Truck Saturdays

Nicholson Vineyards

831.724.7071 | www.nicholsonvineyards.com

Our Summer Series is here! Check out the fun lineup of local food vendors every Saturday through August 27th.

*Reservations are strongly recommended. Please note the start time for food & music when booking your reservation. 

 

  • July 3, 2022: Good Dogs SC
  • July 9, 2022: Areperia 831
  • July 16, 2022: Mattia Pizza
  • July 23, 2022: Dos Hermanos Pupuseria
  • July 30, 2022: My Mom’s Mole
  • August 6, 2022: Good Dogs SC
  • August 13, 2022: Areperia 831
  • August 20, 2022: Dos Hermanos Pupuseria
  • August 27, 2022: Epoch Eats
July 2 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Wilder Ranch State Park: Historic Ranch Ground Tour

Wilder Ranch State Park

831.423.9703 | thatsmypark.org

Discover what life was like a century ago on this innovative dairy ranch. This hour-long tour includes the 1896 water-powered machine shop, horse barn, uniquely constructed 1860s cow barn, 1858 farmhouse, and 1897 Queen Anne Victorian home. Pre-registration required at www.santacruzstateparks.as.me

July 3 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Corralitos Farm & Garden Market

Corralitos Cultural Center

831.254.2669 | corralitoscultural.org

The Farm & Garden Market is a small, friendly, open-air market made up of local farmers and gardeners who grow within about a five-mile radius of Corralitos.

The market is open to all of our friends and neighbors who grow anything from a garden to a good backyard fruit tree.

July 3 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Westside Marketplace

University Business Park (The Old Wrigley Building)

scmmakersmarket.com

The Westside Marketplace — every First Sunday at The Wrigley!

Featuring LOCAL art, handmade & vintage shopping + Food Trucks & pop-ups, and LIVE MUSIC…all outdoors at the Old Wrigley Parking Lot, 2801 Mission Street, Santa Cruz.

FREE admission!
FREE & easy parking!
Friendly leashed pups are welcome!
11-4

Presented by your friends at Food Trucks A Go Go & Santa Cruz Mountains Makers Market.

For more info, foodtrucksagogo.com & scmmakersmarket.com

We’ll see you there!

July 3 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Nicholson Vineyards: Music Sundays

Nicholson Vineyards

831.724.7071 | www.nicholsonvineyards.com

Our Summer Series is here! Check out the fun lineup of local musicians’ vendors every Sunday through August 28th.

*Reservations are strongly recommended. Please note the start time for food & music when booking your reservation. 

  • July 3, 2022: Tom Jacobs
  • July 10, 2022: Sam Kellerman
  • July 17, 2022: Tom Jacobs
  • July 24, 2022: Sam Kellerman
  • July 31, 2022: Breeze
  • August 7, 2022: Breeze
  • August 14, 2022: Michelle Lambert
  • August 21, 2022: Wolfeye
  • August 28, 2022: Michael Gaither and His New Best Friends
July 3 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Wilder Ranch State Park: Historic Ranch Ground Tour

Wilder Ranch State Park

831.423.9703 | thatsmypark.org

Discover what life was like a century ago on this innovative dairy ranch. This hour-long tour includes the 1896 water-powered machine shop, horse barn, uniquely constructed 1860s cow barn, 1858 farmhouse, and 1897 Queen Anne Victorian home. Pre-registration required at www.santacruzstateparks.as.me

July 3 @ 2:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Scotts Valley: Fourth of July

Skypark

831.438.3251 | scottsvalleychamber.com

Join for the Scotts Valley 4th of July Parade and Flyover!

  • Parade & Flyover | 3 PM | Scotts Valley Dr.
  • Live Music, Food Trucks, Games, Kid-Zone | 4 PM | SkyPark
  • Fireworks Show | 9:15 PM | SkyPark
July 4 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Fourth of July: “World’s Shortest Parade”

Aptos Village

aptoschamber.com

Welcome to the world’s shortest parade this July Fourth!

The parade begins at 10 a.m. at the corner of Soquel Drive and State Park Drive and will continue to Trout Gulch Road.

Looking to be a participant? You can sign up here.

July 4 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Spirit of Watsonville 4th of July Parade

St. Patrick’s Church

831.768.3010 | cityofwatsonville.org

The Spirit of Watsonville 4th of July parade proceeds down Main St. from St. Patrick’s Church to First Street. Thousands of spectators line the route five to six people deep. Those wanting a front row seat, place their chairs along the route early in the morning of the parade date.

Free
July 6 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Capitola: Summer Twilight Concerts “Mike Hammar & The Nails”

Esplanade Park

831.475.7300 | www.cityofcapitola.org

Bring chairs, jackets, a picnic supper, and the family to enjoy live music and the sunset! Concerts begin at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays and take place at the Esplanade bandstand.

Visit our local restaurants and pick up dinner to go and enjoy a picnic at the beach! Suggested to bring low back chairs or picnic blanket for seating.

*No dogs or alcohol in the park or on the beach.

Free
July 7 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Bargetto Winery: Music in the Courtyard

Bargetto Winery

831.475.2258 | bargetto.com

Join us at Bargetto Winery’s creekside courtyard in Soquel on Thursday evenings for Live Music and Wine! There is no cover charge and wine by the glass and light snacks are available for purchase.

 

  • July 7, 2022: Ryan Price Duo
  • July 14, 2022: Joint Chiefs Trio
  • July 2, 20221: The D’Oh Bros
  • July 28, 2022: Alex Lucero
Free
July 7 @ 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm

SANTA CRUZ BEACH BOARDWALK: Live Music on the Colonnade “Man in Black”

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

831.423.5590 | beachboardwalk.com

Enjoy free live music on Thursdays throughout the summer at the Beach Boardwalk’s Colonnade Stage; located beach-side of Neptune’s Kingdom. Rock out to Bay Area bands while you enjoy a variety of Boardwalk treats. Colonnade Deck picnic table seating is very limited and first-come-first-served. There will be a dance area in front of the stage. Concerts are from 8:30pm – 10pm every Thursday from June 16 – August 11, 2022.

Free
July 8 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

SANTA CRUZ BEACH BOARDWALK: Movies at the Beach “Little Shop of Horrors”

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

831.423.5590 | beachboardwalk.com

There’s nothing like watching your favorite movies right on the beach with the smell of kettle corn, corn dogs, and saltwater taffy filling the air! The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is welcoming back Movies on the Beach in front of the Colonnade near Neptune’s Kingdom. Bring the family and your blanket or low-back chair. Movies at the Beach are on Fridays beginning at 9pm from June 17 – August 12, 2022, with an additional bonus date on October 29, 2022.

Free
July 9 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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One event on July 9, 2022 at 10:00 am

One event on August 13, 2022 at 10:00 am

One event on September 10, 2022 at 10:00 am

One event on October 8, 2022 at 10:00 am

West Cliff: Outdoor Market

Lighthouse Point

831.420.5270 | brotherspromotions.com

Come enjoy our outdoor market with unique artisans and food trucks while taking in the spectacular view of the ocean. This one-of-a-kind market will be held in two parking lots along West Cliff Drive in Santa Cruz. This is always a popular spot for locals and tourists, as it overlooks the famous Steamer Lane surf spot. The market will feature hand-crafted gifts, and admission is FREE!

We will also be giving away free tokens every hour to random shoppers. The tokens can be used towards any vendor of your choice. So come down and get your free gift!

Free
July 9 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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One event on August 13, 2022 at 11:00 am

One event on October 8, 2022 at 11:00 am

One event on November 12, 2022 at 11:00 am

One event on December 10, 2022 at 11:00 am

Agricultural History Project: 2nd Saturday on the Farm

Agricultural History Project Center and Museum

831.724.5898 | aghistoryproject.org

2nd Saturday on the Farm, a family event that focuses on a particular area of agriculture. Visitors can participate in the regular activities of the Ag History Project plus others related to the day’s special focus. We host over 2,500 visitors each year at 2nd Saturday on the Farm.

Free
July 10 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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One event on July 10, 2022 at 11:00 am

One event on July 31, 2022 at 11:00 am

One event on August 14, 2022 at 11:00 am

Capitola: Sunday Art at the Beach

Esplanade Park

831.475.7300 | www.cityofcapitola.org

Enjoy an afternoon in Capitola at the Sunday Art at the Beach event this summer at Esplanade Park overlooking the Monterey Bay. Browse quality artwork including painting, photography, sculpture, jewelry, and mixed media from local artists. This family-friendly event is free and open to the public.

July 13 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Capitola: Summer Twilight Concerts “The Joint Chiefs Band”

Esplanade Park

831.475.7300 | www.cityofcapitola.org

Bring chairs, jackets, a picnic supper, and the family to enjoy live music and the sunset! Concerts begin at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays and take place at the Esplanade bandstand.

Visit our local restaurants and pick up dinner to go and enjoy a picnic at the beach! Suggested to bring low back chairs or picnic blanket for seating.

*No dogs or alcohol in the park or on the beach.

Free
July 14 @ 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm

SANTA CRUZ BEACH BOARDWALK: Live Music on the Colonnade “Brass Magic”

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

831.423.5590 | beachboardwalk.com

Enjoy free live music on Thursdays throughout the summer at the Beach Boardwalk’s Colonnade Stage; located beach-side of Neptune’s Kingdom. Rock out to Bay Area bands while you enjoy a variety of Boardwalk treats. Colonnade Deck picnic table seating is very limited and first-come-first-served. There will be a dance area in front of the stage. Concerts are from 8:30pm – 10pm every Thursday from June 16 – August 11, 2022.

Free