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August 29, 2017

Fall Festival Series 2017

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The secret's out! The fall season boasts some of the best weather of the year in Santa Cruz County, plus it's stacked with amazing events, fewer crowds, and sweet hotel deals! Visit Santa Cruz is celebrating fall by giving away mini vacations and tons of tickets to some of the season's best events. Follow us on Facebook to enter the Fall Festival Fridays' weekly mini-Santa Cruz vacation contests with hotel stays and more, and our Instagram for event ticket giveaways throughout the season!

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August 16, 2017

Discover Abbott Square, Downtown’s Buzzworthy New Destination

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The latest buzz in Santa Cruz is Abbott Square, a dynamic plaza and marketplace that’s enlivened already buzzing downtown with six new restaurants, two bars, plenty of al fresco courtyard seating, and a lineup of free performances and public art. The $5 million endeavor is five years in the making, and a joint project of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History (MAH) and developer John McEnery IV who created a similar community marketplace in San Jose.

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July 18, 2017

6 Outrageously Scenic Picnic Spots

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Combine a warm climate with limitless scenery and a bounty of artisan breads, cheeses, and wine, and you have the recipe for a perfect picnic. With 29 miles of beaches, Santa Cruz has no shortage of scenic locales to spread out on your favorite picnic blanket. But for added comfort and larger gatherings, you’ll want picturesque spots with designated picnic areas equipped with tables and possibly BBQ grills. Here, we’ve listed a few of our favorites and organized them by setting so you can plan your dream picnic!

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July 06, 2017

8 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Santa Cruz History

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Burly lumberjacks, Hawaiian princes, and a protester who wore a dress made from hot dogs are just some of the fascinating characters that fill Santa Cruz’s rich history. Below, we've listed a few of our favorite historical stories as well as the spots to experience them firsthand. Yep, we love getting lost in Wikipedia too, but local history is best explored in person thanks to the following museums and cultural institutions.

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July 05, 2017

Hello July! My Weekend In Santa Cruz

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Nothing says 4th of July quite like a 4 day weekend! Okay, so not everyone had a four-day, but in Santa Cruz County, July 4th festivities had quite a run! Check out a few of the best beginnings to July and some of our favorite Independence Day celebrations from around the county! And when you're around town, be sure to use #VisitSantaCruz and #MyWeekendInSantaCruz so we can see what you're up to!

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