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Your Perfect Santa Cruz County Playlist!

By Marina Drab

We all have them: those quintessential summer songs that bring us back to childhood nights or lazy lounges on a warm day. While we’ll never skip those feel-good classics, we’re paying homage to both new and old tunes reminiscent of the ‘Good Vibrations’ that Surf City provides.

Top Spots for Dining with Live Music

By Molly Ressler

Sometimes we need a gentle reminder to slow down and enjoy the moment. Even at dinner—a meal that should be savored and drawn out over a glass (or two) of local wine—we often forget to simply settle in and relax for a spell. While wine certainly helps, the soothing strum of an acoustic guitar or the irresistible groove of an upright bass gives you the perfect excuse to linger over that last bite and stay for dessert. You can find dining with live music here in any season, but in the summer months, bands pop up across the county both inside our favorite restaurants and on outdoor patios across the county.

Free Summer Movies and Concerts 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.

Enjoy Free Summer Fun in Santa Cruz County!

Visiting Santa Cruz County is more affordable than ever. This season, there are plenty of free activities and events to enjoy that won’t cost a penny. Santa Cruz County may be known as a Nuclear-Free and Hate-Free Zone, but that’s not all that’s free! Here’s what you need to know for this spring and summer.