April 1 @ 8:30 am - December 15 @ 3:30 pm

Año Nuevo State Park: Self-Guided Hikes in Seal Viewing Area

Año Nuevo State Park

650.879.2025 | www.parks.ca.gov

Stroll over sand dunes, enjoy beautiful ocean views, and gain a unique opportunity to view Northern elephant seals on this 3-mile, 2.5-hour self-guided trail! Layered clothing, closed-toed shoes, and rain/wind gear are strongly advised. Bring water. Food, umbrellas, and strollers are not permitted inside the preserve.

No pets are allowed in the park. Free event. The vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, please call 650.879.2025.

August 17 @ 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Downtown Santa Cruz Farmers’ Market

Downtown Farmers’ Market

831.454.0566 | santacruzfarmersmarket.org

Our largest and oldest market is situated in the heart of Downtown Santa Cruz, one block off of Pacific Avenue. In addition to a substantial variety of farm products, this market offers a great selection of local artisan foodstuffs, delicious baked goods, and currently many unique, high-quality options for grab-and-go lunch and dinner. Shopping at the Wednesday market is a wonderful way to support local farms and bring home the best produce available.

August 17 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Capitola: Summer Twilight Concerts “Dirty Cello”

Esplanade Park

831.475.7300 | www.cityofcapitola.org

Bring chairs, jackets, a picnic supper, and the family to enjoy live music and the sunset! Concerts begin at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays and take place at the Esplanade bandstand.

Visit our local restaurants and pick up dinner to go and enjoy a picnic at the beach! Suggested to bring low back chairs or picnic blanket for seating.

*No dogs or alcohol in the park or on the beach.

Free
August 17 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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Wednesday Night Sailboat Races

Santa Cruz Harbor

831.475.6161 | www.santacruzharbor.org

Wednesday Night Sailboat Races begin in April and run through fall ending in October. Wednesday Night Races begin at 6:30 pm – 8 pm.

Harbor restaurants & the beach are great viewing areas to watch the sailboat races against the setting sun.

Free
August 18 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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The Crow’s Nest: Thursday Beach BBQ Parties

Crow’s Nest Restaurant

831.476.4560 | crowsnest-santacruz.com

Each Summer on Thursday evenings the Crow’s Nest offers its Summer Beach Party series with fun and funky live entertainment right on the beach. The party starts at 5:30 pm each week and goes until sunset. With live entertainment on the outdoor beach stage and Crow’s Nest’s famous BBQ and outdoor bar, beach parties are a unique and popular event. Families are welcome, and there is no admission charge! After the sun sets, the fun begins upstairs with dancing to the best of local live bands beginning at 8:30 pm with only a $5 cover charge.

 

  • August 4, 2022: Xtra Large / Big Bad Wolf
  • August 11, 2022: The Houserockers / Spun
  • August 18, 2022: Ancestree / Santa Cruda
  • August 25, 2022: Live Again / Hall Pass
  • September 1, 2022: Sambada / Sweet Voodoo
Free
August 18 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Bargetto Winery: Music in the Courtyard

Bargetto Winery

831.475.2258 | bargetto.com

Join us at Bargetto Winery’s creekside courtyard in Soquel on Thursday evenings for Live Music and Wine! There is no cover charge and wine by the glass and light snacks are available for purchase.

 

  • August 4, 2022: Beach Cowboys
  • August 11, 2022: 7th Wave
  • August 18, 2022: R&R
  • August 25, 2022: Rosebud
Free
August 18 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Santa Cruz Shakespeare: The Tempest, by William Shakespeare

Audrey Stanley Grove in DeLaveaga Park

santacruzshakespeare.org

SCS’s second Shakespeare play also begins with a shipwreck, though this is one created by design…more specifically, by the magic of Prospero’s tempest. Determined to destroy those who banished her to the island, Prospero weaves spells of illusion and enchantment with the aid of the spirit Ariel to exact her revenge. As love blossoms before her eyes, Prospero must choose between vengeance and hope. Part tale of revenge and part comedy, The Tempest is full of music, spectacle, and the magic of art.

August 19 @ 9:00 am - August 21 @ 5:30 pm

Roaring Camp Railroads: Blacksmith Hammer-In

Roaring Camp Railroads

831.335.4484 | www.roaringcamp.com

The California Blacksmith Association Presents the 5th Annual Hammer-In at Roaring Camp Railroads. Watch demonstrators push the boundaries of hot metal, bring ancient techniques to life, and share their talent and dedication to the blacksmith craft with the community.

ACTIVITIES
  • Gold Panning
  • Kids Crafts
  • Live Music
  • Marshal and Deputy
  • with Dancing Horse, Silverado
August 19 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park: History Under the Trees

The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park

831.685.6444 | thatsmypark.org

Delve into forest history—and prehistory—with a 3-mile, 2.5-hour walk to the site of the sawmill and fossils deep inside the redwood forest. Bring water and snacks. Meet at the Porter Picnic Area about one mile past the kiosk. This is a light to moderate hike and is a free event.

 

The vehicle day-use fee is $8. For more information, call (831) 685-6444. Event made possible by California State Parks and Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks

August 19 @ 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Midtown Fridays!

1111 Soquel Ave

www.eventsantacruz.com

Come Celebrate all the vibrancy of Midtown at our Summer Block Party, happening every Friday!
Food – Artists – Live Music – Vendors
The summer series of free events will feature the talents of 25 local bands! Plus, eventgoers will enjoy a selection of local eats as well as the opportunity to check out the work of local artists and vendors. Midtown Fridays start June 3rd and run through to September 30th.

  • Aug. 5 – Fuse (Opening – John Michael sings Sinatra)
  • Aug. 12 – Pacific Roots (Opening – The Dead Kampers)
  • Aug. 19 – John Michael Van Halen Tribute Band
  • Aug. 26 – Locomotive Breath
  • Sept. 2 – The Joint Chiefs
  • Sept. 9 – Papiba & Friends
  • Sept. 16 – Anthony Arya Band
  • Sept. 23 – Sweet Voodoo
  • Sept. 30 – The Grand Finale
Free
August 19 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Four Points Scotts Valley: Friday Night Live Music

Four Points by Sheraton Santa Cruz Scotts Valley

8314381500 | www.facebook.com

Enjoy our Best of Brews and Bites at the Four Points Scotts Valley!

Watsonville Music in the Plaza Convert Series Flyer for Summer2021
August 19 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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One event on July 1, 2022 at 6:00 pm

One event on July 15, 2022 at 6:00 pm

One event on August 5, 2022 at 6:00 pm

One event on August 19, 2022 at 6:00 pm

One event on September 2, 2022 at 6:00 pm

One event on September 16, 2022 at 6:00 pm

Watsonville: Music in the Plaza

Watsonville City Plaza

831.768.3240 | www.cityofwatsonville.org

Our summer outdoor concerts are back!  Join us this summer as we welcome back Music in the Plaza to downtown Watsonville. The concert series will feature a variety of bands to help you get your groove on. Grab a bite at our downtown restaurants and join us for the music from 6pm to 8pm. This year’s concerts are brought to you by the City of Watsonville Parks and Community Services Department, the Watsonville Film Festival, and iHeart Media.

 

  • August 5, 2022: Chicano All Stars
  • August 19, 2022: Vintage Point Band
  • September 2, 2022: Banda Guerreros
  • September 16, 2022: partnership with Watsonville Film Festival
  • October 28, 2022: Dia de los Muertos Performances & Film Screening with Watsonville Film Festival
Free
August 19 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

CHAMINADE RESORT: Nashville Nights Concert Series “The Young Fables”

Chaminade Resort and Spa

831.475.5600 | www.chaminade.com

Ranch 1917 and Chaminade Resort are bringing Nashville to Santa Cruz. Get up close and personal with some of Nashville’s hottest acts.
Experience an intimate concert in a songwriter’s format while watching the sunset over Monterey Bay!

FEATURED ARTIST: The Young Fables

$30.00
August 19 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

SANTA CRUZ SHAKESPEARE: The Formula by Kathryn Chetkovich

Audrey Stanley Grove in DeLaveaga Park

santacruzshakespeare.org

This world premiere is inspired by William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In The Formula, a young neurochemist experimenting with the science of attraction brings an untested formula to his brother’s wedding–with spectacularly disastrous results. By swapping a lab-manufactured substance for Puck’s “love-in-idleness” flower, The Formula poses questions not just about love in a chemical age but also about where and how our notions of true love are born and cultivated in the first place. This whip-smart comedy will have audience members thinking about those biochemical and cultural forces that shape our deepest, truest selves and desires.

August 20 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Westside Farmers’ Market

Westside Farmers’ Market

831.454.0566 | santacruzfarmersmarket.org

The Westside Farmers’ Market is open for business! Come see us at the corner of Hwy 1 & Western Drive for a wide selection of fruits and veggies, medicinal tinctures and salves, tasty breakfast, sustainable seafood, and more! Open every Saturday from 9am to 1pm.

August 20 @ 10:00 am - August 21 @ 6:00 pm

SCOTTS VALLEY: Art, Wine and Beer Festival

Skypark

831.438.3251 | www.svartfestival.com

Scotts Valley Art Wine and Beer Festival is back in a new venue for 2022 in the beautiful park setting of SkyPark in Scotts Valley. The premier summer festival in the Santa Cruz Mountains there is something fun for everyone! With over 100 artists, live music, kid zone, food trucks, Cops ‘n Rodders Car Show on Saturday, Dog Day on Sunday, beer, wine, and more! Don’t miss this summer favorite in Scotts Valley!

August 20 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park: History Under the Trees

The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park

831.685.6444 | thatsmypark.org

Delve into forest history—and prehistory—with a 3-mile, 2.5-hour walk to the site of the sawmill and fossils deep inside the redwood forest. Bring water and snacks. Meet at the Porter Picnic Area about one mile past the kiosk. This is a light to moderate hike and is a free event.

 

The vehicle day-use fee is $8. For more information, call (831) 685-6444. Event made possible by California State Parks and Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks

August 20 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Nicholson Vineyards: Food Truck Saturdays

Nicholson Vineyards

831.724.7071 | www.nicholsonvineyards.com

Our Summer Series is here! Check out the fun lineup of local food vendors every Saturday through August 27th.

*Reservations are strongly recommended. Please note the start time for food & music when booking your reservation. 

  • August 6, 2022: Good Dogs SC
  • August 13, 2022: Areperia 831
  • August 20, 2022: Dos Hermanos Pupuseria
  • August 27, 2022: Epoch Eats
August 20 @ 11:00 am - 1:30 pm

Wilder Ranch State Park: Guided Coastal Nature Walk

Wilder Ranch State Park

831.423.9703 | thatsmypark.org

On this 2.5-mile, 2-hour family-friendly walk, we’ll explore the plants, animals, and geology of our coastal bluffs. Bring water, a hat, closed-toe shoes, layered clothing, and binoculars if available. Pre-registration required at www.santacruzstateparks.as.me. Meet next to the park map in the main parking lot.

Rain cancels. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10.

August 20 @ 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Watsonville: Wine, Beer, and Art Walk

Downtown Watsonville

831 768-3240 | www.eventbrite.com

The Wine, Beer and Art Walk is a great way for locals and tourists to experience Historic Downtown while enjoying great wine, craft beers and delicious food and artwork.

August 20 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Wilder Ranch State Park: Historic Ranch Ground Tour

Wilder Ranch State Park

831.423.9703 | thatsmypark.org

Discover what life was like a century ago on this innovative dairy ranch. This hour-long tour includes the 1896 water-powered machine shop, horse barn, uniquely constructed 1860s cow barn, 1858 farmhouse, and 1897 Queen Anne Victorian home. Pre-registration required at www.santacruzstateparks.as.me

August 20 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Seacliff State Beach: Guided History Walk

Seacliff State Beach

831.685.6500 | thatsmypark.org

Join a State Park docent on this one-mile hour-long stroll to the Aptos Creek Bridge and back to get the lowdown on Rafael Castro, Claus Spreckels, the development of Aptos, Seacliff Park, the “Madman of Seacliff”, and the story of the Concrete Ship.

This walking tour meets at the shaded picnic tables next to the visitor center. Pre-registration required at www.santacruzstateparks.as.me.

Meet at the shaded picnic tables next to the visitor center. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 685-6444.

August 20 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

SANTA CRUZ SHAKESPEARE: The Formula by Kathryn Chetkovich

Audrey Stanley Grove in DeLaveaga Park

santacruzshakespeare.org

This world premiere is inspired by William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In The Formula, a young neurochemist experimenting with the science of attraction brings an untested formula to his brother’s wedding–with spectacularly disastrous results. By swapping a lab-manufactured substance for Puck’s “love-in-idleness” flower, The Formula poses questions not just about love in a chemical age but also about where and how our notions of true love are born and cultivated in the first place. This whip-smart comedy will have audience members thinking about those biochemical and cultural forces that shape our deepest, truest selves and desires.

August 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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One event on August 26, 2022 at 7:00 pm

One event on August 28, 2022 at 7:00 pm

Santa Cruz Shakespeare: Twelfth Night, by William Shakespeare

Audrey Stanley Grove in DeLaveaga Park

santacruzshakespeare.org

Twelfth Night introduces us to Viola who is shipwrecked physically, and then introduces her to a cast of characters who are shipwrecked emotionally. Stuck in old ideas of love and grief that have grown so stale as to become something else entirely, the world of Illyria is shocked from Winter into Springtime by the passions of young Viola who disguises herself as a man in order to survive. Called by the late Harold Bloom “the greatest of all Shakespeare’s pure comedies,” this production will be directed by Paul Mullins, one of SCS’s associate artists and the director of The Agitators, Pride and Prejudice, Love’s Labours Lost, The 39 Steps, and Hamlet.

August 21 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Downtown Santa Cruz: Makers Market

Downtown Santa Cruz: Pacific Ave. between Cathcart St & Lincoln St

831.246.0926 | scmmakersmarket.com

EVERY THIRD SUNDAY! Come on out for some fresh air and crafty goodness! 10am-5pm on Pacific Ave at Lincoln St in Downtown Santa Cruz.

This market hosts a wide range of locally handmade goods! You can find some of your favorite Santa Cruz makers here AND brand new makers…the variety of work at the market is AMAZING!

Located on the 1100 block of Pacific Ave. between Cathcart and Lincoln Streets near New Leaf and alongside so many amazing downtown restaurants.

Friendly leashed pups are welcome!

Free
August 21 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Corralitos Farm & Garden Market

Corralitos Cultural Center

831.254.2669 | corralitoscultural.org

The Farm & Garden Market is a small, friendly, open-air market made up of local farmers and gardeners who grow within about a five-mile radius of Corralitos.

The market is open to all of our friends and neighbors who grow anything from a garden to a good backyard fruit tree.

August 21 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Nicholson Vineyards: Music Sundays

Nicholson Vineyards

831.724.7071 | www.nicholsonvineyards.com

Our Summer Series is here! Check out the fun lineup of local musicians’ vendors every Sunday through August 28th.

*Reservations are strongly recommended. Please note the start time for food & music when booking your reservation. 

  • August 7, 2022: Breeze
  • August 14, 2022: Michelle Lambert
  • August 21, 2022: Wolfeye
  • August 28, 2022: Michael Gaither and His New Best Friends
August 21 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History: 117th Birthday Bash!

Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History

831.420.6115 | www.santacruzmuseum.org

Celebrate Santa Cruz’s first museum on its 117th birthday! Join the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History for a festive day of fun activities, games, and treats connecting you with nature and science in honor of the Museum’s long history serving Santa Cruz, and its exciting future.
Free admission to the Museum all day, with outdoor festivities 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sunday, August 21, 2022
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: Outside the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History

Free
August 21 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Wilder Ranch State Park: Historic Ranch Ground Tour

Wilder Ranch State Park

831.423.9703 | thatsmypark.org

Discover what life was like a century ago on this innovative dairy ranch. This hour-long tour includes the 1896 water-powered machine shop, horse barn, uniquely constructed 1860s cow barn, 1858 farmhouse, and 1897 Queen Anne Victorian home. Pre-registration required at www.santacruzstateparks.as.me

August 21 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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One event on August 27, 2022 at 2:00 pm

SANTA CRUZ SHAKESPEARE: TWELFTH NIGHT, BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

Audrey Stanley Grove in DeLaveaga Park

santacruzshakespeare.org

Twelfth Night introduces us to Viola who is shipwrecked physically, and then introduces her to a cast of characters who are shipwrecked emotionally. Stuck in old ideas of love and grief that have grown so stale as to become something else entirely, the world of Illyria is shocked from Winter into Springtime by the passions of young Viola who disguises herself as a man in order to survive. Called by the late Harold Bloom “the greatest of all Shakespeare’s pure comedies,” this production will be directed by Paul Mullins, one of SCS’s associate artists and the director of The Agitators, Pride and Prejudice, Love’s Labours Lost, The 39 Steps, and Hamlet.

August 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Santa Cruz Shakespeare: The Tempest, by William Shakespeare

Audrey Stanley Grove in DeLaveaga Park

santacruzshakespeare.org

SCS’s second Shakespeare play also begins with a shipwreck, though this is one created by design…more specifically, by the magic of Prospero’s tempest. Determined to destroy those who banished her to the island, Prospero weaves spells of illusion and enchantment with the aid of the spirit Ariel to exact her revenge. As love blossoms before her eyes, Prospero must choose between vengeance and hope. Part tale of revenge and part comedy, The Tempest is full of music, spectacle, and the magic of art.

August 24 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Abbott Square: Paint Night, Milky Way!

Abbott Square

(831) 429-1964 | www.eventbrite.com

Follow along with local artist Ana, of Follow the Sun to create your own milky way inspired masterpiece!

In just two hours, you will be guided, step by step, in creating our painting of the day. Great for complete beginners and seasoned creatives alike. You have the freedom to add your personal touch – tweak the colors & composition, or just follow along with the instruction! We will learn and practice various painting techniques as we go, with plenty of room for creativity. One-on-one help is always available & all supplies are included – 16″x20″ canvas, paint, brushes, and aprons.

$35