Category Archives: Arts & Culture

Watsonville Strawberry Festival at Monterey Bay

Don’t miss the 22nd Annual Strawberry Festival happening the weekend of August 6-7 in Historic Downtown Watsonville! This yearly event serves up a menu of strawberry delights, non-stop entertainment, gooey contests, arts & crafts, delicious dishes and much more. Fun for the whole family and admission is free! EVENT LOCATION & DETAILS: Historic Downtown Watsonville, CA…

More than a dozen ways to celebrate with mom in Santa Cruz County

We all know taking care of mom is important… and with Mother’s Day just around the corner (it is THIS Sunday, May 8) you hopefully have your plans nailed down. But if you don’t, no need to panic – we’ve compiled an amazing list of ways you can treat mom to the very best. Whether…

Win a Trip to Santa Cruz!

What comes to mind on your Santa Cruz dream vacation? How about experiencing the redwoods from 150 feet in air on a canopy tour. Or maybe you’ve been dreaming of seeing those whales everyone has been talking about. Whether you’re the adventurous type or would rather be sipping some fine Santa Cruz Mountain wine, Visit Santa Cruz County…

Secretly Awesome Santa Cruz

Like most destination cities, Santa Cruz enjoys its well-known touristed spots as well as its hidden gems. From concealed gardens to a killer swimming hole, these “secret” spots are those special places usually only revealed by a well-informed friend. We’ve collected a few of our favorites below. Seek them out and you’ll soon be the…

Watsonville Itinerary

If you’ve never exited the highway, you might mistake the historic town of Watsonville for one big brussels sprouts field. But hidden amidst leafy, green expanses are killer food finds, cool historic sites and some of the best beaches in the county. And yep: a few charming farms as well. Here’s your itinerary for a…

Music Appreciation: Jazz, Symphony & More!

Music lovers rejoice! There’s a whole lot of music and music appreciation going on in Santa Cruz County over the next week or so; check out these great events! Santa Cruz Symphony Concert: “Mahler’s 1st” January 23, 2016 – January 24, 2016 This concert features Gustav Mahler’s towering First Symphony, a beloved and inspiring landmark and…

A Guide to the Tannery Arts Center

For years Santa Cruz has been missing a central hub for the arts – a place near downtown for artists to live, work, and share their creative process and its results with the public. The Tannery Arts Center has been actively working to create that hub since opening 100 affordable live-work units for artists in 2009…

Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music & Santa Cruz Shakespeare

World-class performers & artists are gracing Santa Cruz right now! Don’t miss out on the talent-filled entertainment! Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music (Ends August 16) “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…

Top 5 Places for Public Art

Santa Cruz County enjoys a fab collection of art thanks to its many independent artists and local institutions like the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History (MAH). But you needn’t step foot in a studio or museum to view great art works. Public art dots Santa Cruz’s scenic landscape with pieces that speak to…

Evergreen Cemetery

Do you know about Santa Cruz’s pioneer cemetery, Evergreen? The Gold Rush era treasure is a stone’s throw from the free samples at Costco, yet it’s possible you’ve zipped past it on Highway 1 without realizing one of California’s most enthralling historic sites was hidden in plain view. Tucked into a forested hillside adjacent to…

Category Archives: Arts & Culture

Watsonville Strawberry Festival at Monterey Bay

Don’t miss the 22nd Annual Strawberry Festival happening the weekend of August 6-7 in Historic Downtown Watsonville! This yearly event serves up a menu of strawberry delights, non-stop entertainment, gooey contests, arts & crafts, delicious dishes and much more. Fun for the whole family and admission is free! EVENT LOCATION & DETAILS: Historic Downtown Watsonville, CA…

More than a dozen ways to celebrate with mom in Santa Cruz County

We all know taking care of mom is important… and with Mother’s Day just around the corner (it is THIS Sunday, May 8) you hopefully have your plans nailed down. But if you don’t, no need to panic – we’ve compiled an amazing list of ways you can treat mom to the very best. Whether…

Win a Trip to Santa Cruz!

What comes to mind on your Santa Cruz dream vacation? How about experiencing the redwoods from 150 feet in air on a canopy tour. Or maybe you’ve been dreaming of seeing those whales everyone has been talking about. Whether you’re the adventurous type or would rather be sipping some fine Santa Cruz Mountain wine, Visit Santa Cruz County…

Secretly Awesome Santa Cruz

Like most destination cities, Santa Cruz enjoys its well-known touristed spots as well as its hidden gems. From concealed gardens to a killer swimming hole, these “secret” spots are those special places usually only revealed by a well-informed friend. We’ve collected a few of our favorites below. Seek them out and you’ll soon be the…

Watsonville Itinerary

If you’ve never exited the highway, you might mistake the historic town of Watsonville for one big brussels sprouts field. But hidden amidst leafy, green expanses are killer food finds, cool historic sites and some of the best beaches in the county. And yep: a few charming farms as well. Here’s your itinerary for a…

Music Appreciation: Jazz, Symphony & More!

Music lovers rejoice! There’s a whole lot of music and music appreciation going on in Santa Cruz County over the next week or so; check out these great events! Santa Cruz Symphony Concert: “Mahler’s 1st” January 23, 2016 – January 24, 2016 This concert features Gustav Mahler’s towering First Symphony, a beloved and inspiring landmark and…

A Guide to the Tannery Arts Center

For years Santa Cruz has been missing a central hub for the arts – a place near downtown for artists to live, work, and share their creative process and its results with the public. The Tannery Arts Center has been actively working to create that hub since opening 100 affordable live-work units for artists in 2009…

Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music & Santa Cruz Shakespeare

World-class performers & artists are gracing Santa Cruz right now! Don’t miss out on the talent-filled entertainment! Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music (Ends August 16) “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…

Top 5 Places for Public Art

Santa Cruz County enjoys a fab collection of art thanks to its many independent artists and local institutions like the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History (MAH). But you needn’t step foot in a studio or museum to view great art works. Public art dots Santa Cruz’s scenic landscape with pieces that speak to…

Evergreen Cemetery

Do you know about Santa Cruz’s pioneer cemetery, Evergreen? The Gold Rush era treasure is a stone’s throw from the free samples at Costco, yet it’s possible you’ve zipped past it on Highway 1 without realizing one of California’s most enthralling historic sites was hidden in plain view. Tucked into a forested hillside adjacent to…