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:
Visit encampments of Union & Confederate soldiers. See battles at one of the West's longest-running Civil War reenactments.
Location: Roaring Camp Railroads, 5401 Graham Hill Road
West Coast's oldest, longest-running competitive surfing event, featuring amateur + pro surfers.
Location: Steamer Lane at Lighthouse Point
The Santa Cruz American Music Festival is set in the ultimate music-lover's setting: a gorgeous natural Redwood amphitheater with top acts such as Bonnie Raitt, Big & Rich, JJ Grey & Mofro, Los Lonely Boys, Ryan Bingham and more.
Location: Aptos Village Park, 100 Aptos Creek Road
The Covered Bridge Festival is held at the Felton Covered Bridge Park every year right after the parade and features live music and great food and a beer garden serving beer and local wine. Booths promoting local artists, non-profit organizations, jump houses, and festival games for the kids, are all part of the fun.
Location: Hwy. 9, and Covered Bridge Park
This year our garden party will feature diverse music in an extraordinary estate garden, along with a selection of gourmet snacks, drinks and wine. The proceeds benefit the continued operation of the Baroque Festival's annual concert session.
Location: Directions provided to ticket holders