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Free Summer Concerts and Movies

Free Summer Concerts and Movies at the Beach


Enjoy toe tapping music and box office hits this summer when Santa Cruz and Capitola host free concerts and movies the whole family can enjoy. Bring a picnic, low-back chairs, beach towels, and jackets for beachside entertainment at Main Beach fronting the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and at Esplanade Park in Capitola Village. Smoking, dogs, and alcohol are not permitted at either location.


Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Free Friday Night Bands on the Beach

Famous headliners from the 70s to today rock the sound waves for two free shows on Friday night at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk’s concert stage on the sand.Shows are at 6:30pm and 8:30pm. Note that blankets are limited to one beach towel size per person.

  • Jun 16: Eddie Money
  • Jun 23: Bad Company w/ former lead singer Brian Howe
  • Jun 30: Great White
  • Jul 7: Quiet Riot
  • Jul 14: Blue Öyster Cult
  • Jul 21: Eric Burdon And The Animals
  • Jul 28: Los Lobos
  • Aug 4: Y & T
  • Aug 11: Pablo Cruise
  • Aug 18: Gin Blossoms
  • Aug 25: To Be Announced by 6/18
  • Sept 1: Papa Doo Run Run "(Santa Cruz) Beach Party"


Capitola Twilight Concert Series

Popular local bands rouse fun-loving crowds in Capitola Village on Wednesday nights from 6-8pm at Esplanade Park.The free Twilight Concert Series features everything from classic rock to jazz to dance hits and Latin fusion. Enjoy the performance from your own low-back chair on the beach or grab an outside table at one of the Village restaurants.

  • June 7: Mambo Tropical
  • June 14: Todd Morgan & The Emblems
  • June 21: Big City Revue
  • June 28: Tsunami
  • July 5: The Shanks
  • July 12: Joint Chiefs
  • July 19: Extra Large
  • July 26: Mark Russo & The Classy Cats
  • August 2: Johnny Mahalo & The Wild Coconuts
  • August 9: Sage
  • August 16: Robin Anderson Big Band
  • August 23: Delta Wires
  • August 30: Digbeats

Sunday Art & Music at the Beach

Live music, art, and a beautiful setting are neatly packaged for a leisurely summer afternoon in Capitola Village. The Sunday Art & Music at the Beach series features local artists from 11am to 5pm and free live music on the Esplanade Park stage from 2-4pm.

  • June 25: Ron Kaplan (Jazz)
  • July 2: Simple Creation (Reggae, Roots & Dub)
  • July 16: Singing Wood Marimba (World Music)
  • July 30: Samba Cruz (Brazilian)
  • August 6: Speak Easy 3 (Swing)
  • August 20: Kuzunga (World Music)

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Free Movies on the Beach

Wednesday is free movie night at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk all summer. The family-friendly show starts at 9pm and is projected onto a large screen on the beach. Bundle up. Summer nights can be cool in Santa Cruz.

  • June 21: The Lost Boys (30th Anniversary)
  • June 28: Back to the Future
  • July 5: Grease
  • July 12: Gremlins
  • July 19: Clueless
  • July 26: Shrek
  • August 2: Ghostbusters (1984)
  • August 9: The Little Rascals
  • August 16: The Princess Bride

Capitola Movies at the Beach

Capitola wraps up summer with a few Fridays of free family movies outside at Esplanade Park. The show starts at 7:30pm or dusk. Bring low-back chairs, blankets, and an appetite for free popcorn.

  • August 25: Finding Dory
  • September 2: Mary Poppins
  • September 8: Chasing Mavericks
  • September 15: Moana