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Santa Cruz Festivals & Events

Santa Cruz, California Annual Events and Festivals

Looking for a great event or festival? We got you covered!

Here is our mini-bucket list of some of the top events and festivals in Santa Cruz! So let the good times roll and find your next BIG experience from our list of some of the most popular annual events and festivals in Half Moon Bay.

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Santa Cruz is much more than just a summer vacation destination.  With its year-round events, indoor and outdoor activities, and tourist destinations there are many ways to keep yourself entertained throughout the year.

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Ongoing Over Multiple Months

Santa Cruz Farmer’s Market

Corner of Cedar & Lincoln streets, Downtown  (831) 454-0566
Every Wednesday local farmers and vendors offer fresh and organic products

Tours of the Monarch Grove

Natural Bridges State Beach, Santa Cruz, CA
Weekends from mid-October through January at 11:00a.m. and 2:00p.m.
Meet at the visitor center for a guided tour of the monarch grove.  Monarch migration is variable, to find out the current population, or to arrange a tour for groups of 10 or more, call (831) 423-4609.

 

January

Santa Cruz Fungus Fair – January 8-10, 2016

Louden Nelson Center, Santa Cruz  (831) 420-6115

Wonderful event that features mushroom exhibits and cooking demonstrations. Bring mushrooms for identification.

Santa Cruz Bridal Expo – January 31, 2016   11:00 am to 4:00 pm

Cocoanut Grove, Santa Cruz (831) 423-2053

Check out the area’s best photographers, florists, caterers, bakers, wedding and reception venues, entertainment, and other important services. Enjoy bridal fashion shows in the Sun Room, door prizes, and a valuable Grand Prize drawing!

February

Santa Cruz Baroque Festival 

UCSC Music Center Recital Hall, 1156 High St. Santa Cruz (831) 457-9693

Santa Cruz Clam Chowder Cook Off – Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016

Beach Boardwalk, Santa Cruz  (831) 423-5590

Area Chefs compete to become the ultimate chowder king!

 

March

Hummingbird Day – March 5&6, 2016

1156 High Street, University of California Santa Cruz   (831) 427-2998

Arboretum at UCSC – Annual Hummingbird celebration that features their feeding, mating, and nesting behaviors in the gardens.

Kayak Surf Festival – March 18-20, 2016

Steamer Lane at Lighthouse Point, Santa Cruz (831) 458-3648

This is the largest kayak surfing competition.

Cowells Classic – March 19-20, 2016

Steamer Lane at Lighthouse Point, Santa Cruz (831) 458-3648

This is a friendly “without the intense competition” surfing competition.

SCPF Paddleboard Race – March 19-20, 2016

Cowells Beach, Santa Cruz (831) 458-3648

One of the first paddleboard races of the year.

 

April

Capitola Village Easter Egg Hunt

Capitola Beach, Capitola  (831) 475-6522

Children (12 and under) have a wonderful opportunity to hunt for Easter eggs and visit with the Easter Bunny.

Eggstraordinary Egg Hunt 

Roaring Camp Railroads, Felton  (831) 335-4484

Children & their families are taken to Bear Mountain where candy eggs are hidden.

Santa Cruz Half Marathon & 10K

Starts at Municipal Wharf,  Santa Cruz  408-356-0518

The Santa Cruz Half Marathon consists of a 13.1-mile run/walk along scenic West Cliff Drive past breathtaking vistas of the Pacific coastline.

The Santa Cruz 10K Run/Walk consists of a 6.2-mile journey along scenic West Cliff Drive past breathtaking vistas of the Pacific coastline.

19th Annual Ducky Derby Harvey West Park,

300 Evergreen St., Santa Cruz  (831) 479-4070

Adopt a duck and help the Santa Cruz Chapter of Omega Nu meet the charitable needs of the local community.  Great prizes, food, games, live music & entertainment.

Santa Cruz Mineral and Gem Show

Civic Auditorium, Santa Cruz   (831) 688-8086

Their annual show features over 50 exhibits and approximately 20 dealers who offer rough lapidary material, equipment, gemstones, finished jewelry, books, beads, findings, minerals, and fossil specimens.

May

Capitola Kite Classic

Capitola Beach, Capitola  (831) 475-6522

Fly a kite and enjoy the beach with your friends.

Cinco de Mayo Celebration

Downtown Plaza, Main & Peck Streets, Watsonville  (831) 724-9005

Traditional Mexican foods and live entertainment are just part of this festival that takes place in downtown Watsonville.

Davenport Cinco de Mayo Festival

Davenport Resource Center, 100 Church St.,  Davenport   (831) 425-8115

Mexican food, exhibits, dance and live music.

Santa Cruz Film Festival

Rio & Del Mar Theatres, Santa Cruz  (831) 459-7676

The festival features hundreds of films from around the globe

Mother’s Day Walk: Women of Big Basin

Big Basin Redwoods State Park, 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek (831) 338-3944

Day on the Farm!

Agricultural History Museum, 2601 East Lake Ave., Hwy. 152, Watsonville  (831) 724-5898

Learn about life and work on a farm through activities such as sheep-shearing, butter-churning, and hay baling.

Watsonville Fly-In & Air Show

Watsonville Airport, 100 Aviation Way, Watsonville  (831) 763-5600

Golden Age, Warbirds, Homebuilts, B-17, Aerobatics, Car Show, helicopter-Biplane Rides, fireworks and much more.

24th Annual Santa Cruz Longboard Club Invitational

Steamer Lane at Lighthouse Point, Santa Cruz  (831) 917-4371

Billed as the West Coast’s oldest competitive surfing event, it features amateur and pro surfers.

27th Annual Civil War Battles and Encampment

Roaring Camp Railroads, Felton  (831) 335-4484

Visit Union & Confederate camps, and watch the reenactments Civil War battles .

Boulder Creek Art, Wine & Music Festival

Downtown Boulder Creek   (831) 338-2578

The festival is made up of over 200 vendor booths, and features live music and international food and  local wineries booths.

16th Annual Santa Cruz Blues Festival

Aptos Village Park, Aptos  (831) 479-9814

Two days of music performed in a natural amphitheater surrounded by Oaks & Redwoods.

Vintners’ Festival

Various Santa Cruz County wineries & restaurants (831) 685-8463

The event features wine tasting, winery tours, food, music, and art exhibits.

 

June

Santa Cruz Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Pride

Pacific Ave. & San Lorenzo Park (downtown), Santa Cruz (831) 425-5422

Vintners’ Festival

Various Santa Cruz County wineries & restaurants (831) 685.8463

The event features wine tasting, winery tours, food, music, and art exhibits.

3rd Annual Capitola Rod & Custom Classic Car Show

Capitola Village, Capitola  (831) 475-6522

Enjoy a day filled with awesome cars, great music, charming shops, restaurants for every taste, and good family fun at the beach! Call the Capitola-Soquel Chamber of Commerce at (831) 475-6522 for more information.

Festival at the Cement Ship

Seacliff State Beach, Aptos  (831) 685-6444

Celebrate the unique history of the WW1 Concrete Ship Palo Alto, the natural wonders of Seacliff’s fossil beds, and the many animals that call the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary their home.   Enjoy music, fun and food.

World Ocean’s Day

end of Delaware Ave., Santa Cruz  (831) 459-3800

Celebrate our blue planet with free admission to the Center’s hall & aquarium. Come learn more – it’s your ocean!

Full Moon Madness

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, Felton  (831) 335-4598

Discover the park’s nightlife under the moon and stars.

Juneteenth Celebration

Laurel Park, Washington St. at Maple St., Santa Cruz (831) 420-6177

Juneteenth celebrates the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation.

Hats off to Dad

Roaring Camp Railroads, Felton  (831) 335-4484

Treat dad to a steam train ride and Chuckwagon BBQ.

Free Friday Night Bands

Beach Boardwalk, Santa Cruz (831) 423-5590

Every Friday night at 6:30 and 8:30 you can enjoy two free concerts that showcase stars of the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s.

Japanese Cultural Fair

Mission Plaza Park, Santa Cruz  (831) 462-4589

The fair celebrate the arts, craft, and culture of Japan.

Pro Am Beach Soccer Championships

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, 400 Beach Street, Santa Cruz  415-383-5425

A sand soccer tournament for kids and adults in Santa Cruz, California

Woodies on the Wharf

Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz  (831) 420-5273

Enjoy over 200 classic “woodies” on display at the Santa Cruz municipal wharf.

Bikes on the Bay: Soquel Vintage Motorcycle Show

Main Street, Soquel  (831) 475-6522

Vintage motorcycles roar into Soquel!

 

July

Free Friday Night Bands

Beach Boardwalk, Santa Cruz (831) 423-5590

Every Friday night at 6:30 and 8:30 you can enjoy two free concerts that showcase stars of the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s.

World Disc Games—July 7 – 13, 2016

UCSC, 1156 High Street, Santa Cruz  (831) 462-5293

10K Firecracker Race & Kids 1K—July 4, 2016

Harvey West Park, Santa Cruz  (831) 439-7049

The Firecracker course start and ends at Harvey West Park with the tough climb in the middle, then a downhill finish.

4th of July Fireworks Celebration

Scotts Valley Community Center & Skypark, Scotts Valley  (831) 438-3251

’50s Family July 4th Fest!

Roaring Camp Railroads, Felton  (831) 335-4484

Aptos 4th of July Celebration

Soquel Dr. & State Park Dr.,  Aptos Village  (831) 688-1467

Old-Fashioned Independence Day

Wilder Ranch State Park, Hwy. 1, Santa Cruz (831) 426-0505

Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition: A Magic Web – The Tropical Forest of Barro Colorado Island

Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, 1305 East Cliff,  Santa Cruz  (831) 420-6115

Shakespeare Santa Cruz – Summer Festival

Theatre Arts Mainstage & Festival Grove, UCSC, Santa Cruz (831) 459-2121

Art on the Wharf

Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz  (831) 420-5273

44th Annual Wharf to Wharf Race – July 24, 2016

Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz  (831) 475-2196A scenic six-mile race with forty live bands.

Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music—July 31 to Aug. 13, 2016

147 South River Street, Suite 232, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 426-6966

Considered one of the most distinguished festivals of new symphonic music in the United States.

18th Annual Santa Cruz Mountains Challenge Bicycle Ride—July 30, 2016

Starts at Scotts Valley High School, 555 Glenwood Dr., Scotts Valley (831) 460-1818

Features three challenging rides: 100 mi., 100K, and 50K.  $40 reg fee. 6:30 am – 5:30 pm

 

August

Free Friday Night Bands

Beach Boardwalk, Santa Cruz (831) 423-5590

Every Friday night at 6:30 and 8:30 you can enjoy two free concerts that showcase stars of the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s.

“Cops ‘n Rodders” Classic Car Show & Cruise—Aug. 20, 2016

Siltanen Park, Scotts Valley  (831) 440-5663

Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music—July 31 to Aug. 13, 2016

147 South River Street, Suite 232, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 426-6966

Considered one of the most distinguished festivals of new symphonic music in the United States.

22nd Annual Watsonville Strawberry Festival – Aug. 6 & 7, 2016

Ramsey Park, Watsonville  (831) 566-1230

Strawberries take center stage at this celebration.  Enjoy delights, foods, arts, crafts, and fun.

Shakespeare Santa Cruz 2016 Season

UCSC, Santa Cruz (831) 459-2159

This year’s season features Shakespeare’s glorious comedy As You Like It, his most sublime tragedy King Lear and Shaw’s Pygmalion.

 

Santa Cruz City Amateur Golf Championship Aug. 13 & 14, 2016

DeLaveaga Golf Course, 401 Upper Park Rd., Santa Cruz  (831) 423-7214

Summer Gathering of Mountain Men

Roaring Camp Railroads, Felton  (831) 335-4484

Musical Saw Festival

Roaring Camp Railroads, Felton  (831) 335-4484

Scotts Valley Festival of Art and Wine

Skypark, 361 Kings Village Rd., Scotts Valley  (831) 438-1010

Work from more than 80 local artists are accompanied by food, wine, music. Free admission!

Aloha Races and Polynesian Festival

Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz (831) 420-5273

Races 9am, Festival 11am-5pm.

Race Thru The Redwoods – 8:10 – 10:30 a.m.

Downtown Felton (831) 335-4323

10K Race and Kids’ 1-Mile from downtown Felton through beautiful Henry Cowell State Park.

 

 

September

Capitola Begonia Festival -Sept. 2 – 5, 2016

Capitola Village, Capitola (831) 476-3566

This annual event includes a nautical parade, sand sculptures, fishing derby and much more.

Big Kahuna Triathlon – Sept. 11, 2016

Main Beach, Santa Cruz  877-366-7223

The Big Kahuna delivers the Spirit of Aloha for both serious competition or just for fun.

Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition: A Magic Web – The Tropical Forest of Barro Colorado Island

Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, 1305 East Cliff,  Santa Cruz  (831) 420-6115

35th Annual Greek Culture and Food Festival – Sept. 9, 10 & 11, 2016

Church St., between Cedar & Center, Downtown Santa Cruz (831) 429-6500

The 35th Annual Greek Culture & Food Festival Features traditional Greek foods and pastries, and live Greek music & dancing.

26th Annual Capitola Art & Wine Festival – Sept. 10 & 11, 2016

Capitola Village, Capitola (831) 475-6522

Art, wine, food and music.

Santa Cruz County Fair—Sept 14-18, 2016

County Fairgrounds (2601 East Lake Ave., off Hwy. 152) Watsonville (831) 724-5671

Six days of fun in the sun! Fair activities include a large carnival.

The 53rd Anniversary Santa Cruz Follies!—Sept 14-17, 2016

Civic Auditorium, Santa Cruz (831) 423-6640

Great family entertainment! This musical revue showcases a large cast of performers.

Mission Adobe Day – Noon – 4 p.m.

Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park, Santa Cruz (831) 425-5849

The living history activities include adobe brick making and tortilla making. Tour of mission.

Ohlone Day—Sept 10, 2016

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, Felton  (831) 335-7077

Learn about the Ohlone Indians culture, dance, dress, and food.

Monterey Bay Birding Festival—Sept. 23-25, 2016

Pajaro Valley  (831) 763-5600

Live Music and Dance, Art and Culure

Big Basin Founder’s Day and Redwood Jubilee – Sept. 24, 2016

Big Basin Redwoods State Park, 21600 Big Basin Way, North of Boulder Creek  (831) 338-8883

Celebrate where the movement to “SAVE THE TREES!” all began.  The event features lively melodrama, music, historic hikes and games for kids.

Thunderbirds on the Wharf – Sept 30, 2017

Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz  (831) 685-4718

T-birds line the Wharf at this annual Classic Thunderbird invitational.

 

October

Open Studios Art Tour – First three weekends in Oct. 2017

Various locations, Countywide (831) 475-9600

Meet local artists in their studios. Purchase of calendar required for admission.

Pacific Rim Film Festival

Various theatres in Santa Cruz County

This annual Festival hosts international films.  Admission is free except a benefit event on the last day.

Big Trees Scottish Gathering & Highland Games – Oct. 1, 2016

Historic Roaring Camp Railroad, Felton, California
Celebration of Celtic culture! Music & dance.

Welcome Back Monarchs Day – Oct. 8, 2017  10am – 4pm.

Natural Bridges State Park, Santa Cruz (831) 423-4609

Discover why these amazing butterflies call Santa Cruz their home.  Activities include: arts, crafts, games, and music.

Annual Monte Foundation Fireworks Extravaganza! – Oct. 8, 2017 at 8:00 PM

Seacliff State Beach, Aptos (831) 685-3317

A great family event that features many game and food booths, live entertainment and a fireworks display.

O’Neill Cold Water Classic – Contest off for 2016

Steamer Lane, Santa Cruz  (831) 475-4151
Classic surfer competition

Harvest Faire & Steam Festival—Sept. 30 – Oct. 1, 2017

Roaring Camp, Felton, CA

Step into the incredible world of steam power at the Harvest Faire & Steam Festival presented by Kinetic Steam Works and Roaring Camp Railroads. Welcome Fall with heritage children’s activities like scarecrow making, pumpkin patch picking, candle making and gold panning. Behold steam-powered line shafts, player pianos, letter presses, printing presses and more!  For tickets and information, call 831-335-4484.

Thomas and Percy’s Halloween Party™

Roaring Camp, Felton, CA

October 14 – 15, 21 – 22 & 28 – 29—Dress up for Halloween with favorites Thomas™ and Percy™, for a 20 minute train ride, entertainment, and fun filled activities for the entire family.

Giant Pumpkin Contest—Oct. 9, 2017

Half Moon Bay—The gathering of titanic pumpkins will take place at the Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-off!  Nearly 100 participants will enter their massive pumpkins in hopes of capturing the coveted title and a share of $30,000 in prize money.

Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival—Oct 14 & 15, 2017

Main Street, Half Moon Bay, CA

45 miles north of Santa Cruz is the wildly popular Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival.  Admission is free.

Spooky or Not Spooky?

Saturday, October 14 at 11:30 am
AND Saturday, October 28 at 11:30 am

A Big Basin special walk for Halloween! The walk in the forest focuses on the weird and wonderful.

Be Natural Youth Halloween Rock Concert—Oct. 14, 2017

Don Quixote’s in Felton from 1:00 – 4:30PM

This is their biggest concert fundraiser in the Fall! BIG RAFFLE PRIZES! Great food, drinks 7 friends!! All TEN youth rock bands are performing!

Heritage Harvest Festival—Oct 21, 2016  at 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Wilder Ranch State Park, Santa Cruz   (831) 426-0505

Enjoy live music, wagon rides, draft horse demonstrations,  harvest and decorate pumpkins.

The Missing Arm of William Waddell—Oct. 21, 2017 at 6:30 PM

Big Basin Redwoods State Park       (831) 338-8860

A 1/2 mile guided walk through a forest decorated in the spirit of Halloween. Walks leave every 20 minutes, from 7 pm. FREE

Floating Pumpkin Patch– Oct 22, 2017

979 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95062    (831) 454-7901 

In addition to pumpkins, they’ve got plenty of other fun activities planned for the day, including games, prizes, music, popcorn, and pumpkin decorating, and the waterslide will be open!

Scotts Valley Haunted House—Oct. 26, 27 & 28, 2017

Scotts Valley High School
555 Glenwood Drive, Scotts Valley, CA     (831) 439-9555

It’s scary so no kids under 10 years old

88 Keys Halloween-Oct 27, 2017

6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos, CA 95003    (831) 479-6100

Join 88 Keys Piano Club and Friends in a spooktacular Halloween Show.

 

Marine Masquerade—Oct, 27, 2017

Seymour Center, Long Marine Lab, Santa Cruz (831) 459-3800

Fun for the whole family.  Enjoy storytelling, nighttime whale skeleton tours, crafts, and scavenger hunt.

Spooky or Not Spooky?

Saturday, October 14 at 11:30 am
AND Saturday, October 28 at 11:30 am

A Big Basin special walk for Halloween! The walk in the forest focuses on the weird and wonderful.

 

Halloween Parade—Oct. 29, 2017

Capitola Village, Capitola (831) 475-6522

The annual Halloween Parade features ghosts and goblins. Enjoy Trick or Treat bags after parade.

Children’s Halloween Downtown—???

Pacific Ave. & Lincoln St., downtown, Santa Cruz (831) 429-8433

Merchant Trick-or-Treat and other Halloween activities from Laurel to Water St.  Note: Not sure if this is taking place this year!

Halloween on the Santa Cruz Wharf—Oct. 31 at 4:00 to 6:00 PM

21 Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz, California 95060

Little witches, goblins, ghosts, superheroes and their parents can enjoy trick-o-treating on the beautiful Santa Cruz Wharf. Stroll the Wharf and visit your favorite businesses for sweet surprises.

 

Click here to see more Halloween inspired activities in Santa Cruz 

 

November

Free Family Festival: Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead – Nov. 5, 2016

Museum of Art & History, 705 Front St. (831) 429-1964

All ages will enjoy enjoy music and art activities.  Admission is free.

Hot Rods at the Beach Car Show – Nov. 7th

Over 500 classic & street rod cars will be on display. Also featured: raffles, food, music, and more. All proceeds are donated to the Santa Cruz Police Officers Association. 

Santa Cruz Christmas Tree Farm Locations  Late Nov & Dec.

Multiple locations for pick and cut Christmas farms are listed.

Getting your family’s Christmas tree can become a cherished family memory and the beginning of a new family tradition!

Santa Cruz Community Tree Lighting – To be announced

Corner of Pacific Ave. & Water Streets., Downtown, Santa Cruz (831) 429.8443

A community event that features Santa, Victorian carriage rides, tree lighting, holiday caroling, and food drive fro the needy.

Surfin’ Santa – Nov. 28, 2015 12:00 to 3:00pm.

Capitola Village, Capitola (831) 475-6522

Santa & his reindeer surf into Capitola Beach!

Santa Cruz Community Tree Lighting – To be announced

Corner of Pacific Ave. & Water Sts., Downtown, Santa Cruz (831) 429.8443

A community event that features Santa, Victorian carriage rides, tree lighting, holiday caroling, and food drive fro the needy.

Santa Cruz Holiday Lights Train – Nov. 27 – 28 & Dec. 5 – 6, 12 – 13, 18 – 23

Vintage excursion cars, adorned with thousands of colorful lights, roll through the streets of Santa Cruz as passengers lend their voices to holiday carols, sip hot spiced cider and listen to musical entertainment while Santa visits the little ones, or the young at heart!

December

 

Santa Cruz Christmas Tree Farm Locations  Late Nov & Dec.

Multiple locations for pick and cut Christmas farms are listed.
Getting your family’s Christmas tree can become a cherished family memory and the beginning of a new family tradition!

Santa Cruz Holiday Lights Train – Nov. 27 – 28 & Dec. 5 – 6, 12 – 13, 18 – 23

Vintage excursion cars, adorned with thousands of colorful lights, roll through the streets of Santa Cruz as passengers lend their voices to holiday carols, sip hot spiced cider and listen to musical entertainment while Santa visits the little ones, or the young at heart!

Lighted Boat Parade Dec 5, 2015

Santa Cruz Harbor, Santa Cruz (831) 475-6161

Decorated boats parade through Santa Cruz Harbor. This is a fun event for the whole family.

Downtown Santa Cruz Holiday Parade Dec 5, 2015

Pacific Ave., Downtown, Santa Cruz (831) 429-8433

Marching bands, floats, horses, classic cars, and Santa parade down Pacific Ave.

Snow Night – Downtown Santa Cruz

Corner of Pacific Ave. & Cooper St., Downtown Santa Cruz (831) 429-8433

Children 12 & under can experience a “White Christmas” in this snow play area!  Food donation required.

Holidays on the Ranch – Dec. 12, 2015 11:00 to 3:00pm

Wilder Ranch State Park

Two miles north on Hwy. 1, Santa Cruz, CA (831) 426.0505

Experience the winter holidays as Santa Cruzeans did in the early 20th century with traditional games, crafts, and music.

Jingle Shells Art & Book Dec 13, 2015

Seymour Marine Discovery Center, Santa Cruz (831) 459-3800

Their annual holiday celebration features ocean- and nature-inspired gifts by local artists and crafts people. In addition, there are plenty of children’s crafts, musical performances, and holidays decorated exhibit hall. The festivities conclude with the lighting of their outdoor blue whale skeleton.

The Nutcracker Dec 18, 19 & 20, 2015

Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre
2800 South Rodeo Gulch Road, Suite C, Soquel, CA 95073  (831) 477-1606

Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre boasts a fully professional orchestra for its annual “The Nutcracker” as well as a Music Director.

 

 

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Events

Santa Cruz Festivals & Events:

Thunderbirds on the Santa Cruz Wharf! Sept. 30, 2017 at 9am to 3pm.

Featuring the classic 1955-1957, the 1958-1965 vintage and the retro, 2002-2005 Thunderbirds.

Open Studios Art Tour – First 3 weeks in Oct. 2017

Welcome Back Monarchs Day – Oct. 8, 2017 11am – 4pm.

Annual Monte Foundation Fireworks Extravaganza! – Oct. 8, 2017

Santa Cruz Pumpkin Patches—Oct. 2017

MORE Santa Cruz Halloween Celebrations—Oct. 2017

Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival—Oct. 14 & 15, 2017

Main Street, Half Moon Bay, CA

 

 

For more event information, click on our Festivals & Events page for Santa Cruz.

 

Attractions

Top Santa Cruz Attractions:

 

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

Fun for all ages.

Santa Cruz Campgrounds

Ocean views or Redwoods? Over 27 campgrounds and RV Parks

Santa Cruz Fishing 

Fall is fishing and crabbing season in Santa Cruz!

Santa Cruz Surfing

With 11 world-class surf breaks such as Steamer Lane and Pleasure Point, it is easy to understand why the greatest surfers in the world call Santa Cruz home!

Whale Watching – Whale Watching December through May

 

For more information on local attractions, click on the Attractions or Recreational Activities.

 

 

Advisories

The Region’s Fall Advisories:

Traffic Conditions. Rush hour traffic can be extremely challenging – especially along Mission Street and Highway 1 between Santa Cruz and Capitols. It’s a good idea to plan ahead and arrive early and leave late. Go to www.caltrans.com to learn about road conditions.

Yes, it’s still water, water, water! California is undergoing an extreme drought. If you are planning a lake vacation be sure to check about water levels. That rafting trip, fishing, or skiing can be impacted.

EXTREME fire danger. The drought has created a very dangerous combination of dry vegetation and no moisture in the air to help contain any fire. Please use extreme caution during your trip.