Santa Cruz is well-known as California's favorite beachside destination. So when locals host friends and family for visits during summertime, the holiday season or just for a long weekend, the Santa Cruz County Conference and Visitors Council has a way to help! A free Visiting Friends and Relatives Kit, (VFR) is packed with information for your guests on all there is to see and do in town.
Residents of Santa Cruz County are welcome to stop by the year-round visitor center at 303 Water Street, Suite 100 in Santa Cruz for this free kit. Complete with an Official Santa Cruz County Traveler's Guide, shopping directories, a Birding and Wildlife Watching guide, brochures and other goodies, this valuable resource is an ideal way to open a visitor's eyes to the many things to do in the area. Read more...
As most locals know, Santa Cruz offers an abundance of fun, family-friendly activities all add up to a great time to get out and enjoy our county. There are a host of fun-filled events happening every weekend so get the family out and enjoy! Here are our favorites for this week:
"Original" Downtown Antique Faire is back on 2nd Sundays of the month. Vendors offer an eclectic blend of antiques and unique items. Weather permitting. Year round.
Location: Lincoln Street (between Pacific & Cedar)
Two free live concerts on the Boardwalk's Beach Bandstand every Friday night (June 19 - September 4) with top bands of the 80s and 90s! Shows start at 6:30pm and 8:30pm.
Location: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, 400 Beach Street
This event is perforce for experiencing Henry Cowell in a whole new way...at night! The astronomy based events are perfect for the whole family. We will have live music, kids' crafts and hikes throughout the night. We will also have a special astronomer guest speaker who will talk about their research. Finally, at the end of the evening, the Santa Cruz Astronomy Club will bring their telescopes out for stargazing.
Location: Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
Benefitting the Second Harvest Food Bank, "Candid Camera's 8 Decades of Smiles! With Peter Funt," has pleased audiences nationwide. Peter's stage comedy is blended with a behind-the-scenes peek at clips and quips from the show's funniest scenes. As a special treat for the Santa Cruz audience, six sequences from Santa Cruz County will be included.
Location: Rio Theatre