All Photos Courtesy of Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
While hot new rides and frozen treats fill summer days at the Santa Cruz Boardwalk, the fun doesn’t stop when the sun goes down. Evening movies and concerts enliven Main Beach with free performances by bands such as Los Lobos and Quiet Riot, and outdoor screenings of classic movies including Grease and Ghostbusters. Plus, this year marks the 30th anniversary of The Lost Boys, the classic teen vamp flick filmed in Santa Cruz, and we’re celebrating with a special screening, free movie location map, and an Instagram contest (thru June 14th).
FREE MOVIES ON THE BEACH
Watch classic films each Wednesday night at 9pm from June 21-August 16
Every summer, The Boardwalk transforms Main Beach into an open-air movie theater with lively screenings of cult classics and family favorites. With sand between your toes, you’ll enjoy films such as Clueless and Shrek against a dazzling backdrop of spinning Boardwalk lights and the Monterey Bay.
This year, the series kicks off June 21st with a 30th anniversary screening of The Lost Boys, the 1980s vampire flick that inspired Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and features a young Kiefer Sutherland alongside the two Coreys (Corey Feldman and the late Corey Haim). The film was shot on location in Santa Cruz, and now fans can relive their teen-vamp fantasies with our new movie map that guides you to numerous film locations all over town.
In addition to The Lost Boys, you can also go back in time with Michael J. Fox and sing-along with John Travolta and Olivia Newton John. Check out the other scheduled films listed below. Showtime starts each Wednesday night at 9pm from June 21-August 16. Gather some friends, spread out on a blanket, and enjoy a balmy evening on the beach!
● 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
FREE FRIDAY NIGHT BANDS
Enjoy two performances each Friday from June 16 - September 1
Familiar tunes from the the '70s, '80s, and '90s fill the Boardwalk every Friday evening throughout the summer. Each year, the Boardwalk assembles a line-up of classic bands to electrify summer crowds on a full-size bandstand set directly on Main Beach. Gen Xers can rekindle their old cassette days and show millennials how to dance the La Bamba with Los Lobos or bang their head with Quiet Riot. Plus, just like Eddie Money, you’ll have two tickets to paradise with a pair of concerts offered each Friday at 6:30 & 8:30pm. And, don’t fear the cheaper, since every performance by bands such as Blue Öyster Cult is free! So tease your hair, cut the sleeves off your favorite band shirt, and join the fun!.
● 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 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"
Free movies and concerts are just some of the fun you’ll find at the Boardwalk this summer. Be sure to check out our guide to new rides, attractions, special summertime discounts.