October 28 @ 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

VIRTUAL EVENT: Rockin’ Pop-Up: Caves!

Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History

831.420.6115 | www.facebook.com

In honor of Halloween, we’re exploring the curious, the scary, and the strange all week during our series, Museum of the Macabre. And what’s scarier than a deep, dark cave? For the special Halloween Pop-Up, Gavin and Graham will explore the different ways that caves form.

Watch live on Facebook

About the Series: Join the Geology Gents, Gavin and Graham, for monthly conversations about rocks live on Facebook. Each month we’ll explore a different geologic topic, from Santa Cruz formations to tips for being a more effective rockhound.

Free
October 29 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until October 29, 2020

Santa Cruz MAH: Evergreen at Dusk “Cemetery History Tours”

Evergreen Cemetery

www.santacruzmah.org

Discover the shadows and secrets found within Evergreen Cemetery, one of the oldest public cemeteries in California, on a self-guided tour of the grounds.

Bring your curiosity (and maybe some flashlights) as you explore the final resting place of Santa Cruz’s early settlers. The 45-minute tour is a self-driven adventure uncovering the stories and tombstones of the people who made Santa Cruz what it is today. Designed for daring, curious, and history-loving households this tour is great for all ages!

October 29 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

SANTA CRUZ BEACH BOARDWALK: DRIVE IN MOVIES “Halloween (2018)”

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

831.423.5590 | beachboardwalk.com

Join us on Thursday, October 29, for the movie “Halloween (2018)”!

Limited advance tickets for each Boardwalk Drive-In Movie are on sale online. The remainder will be sold at the gate.

October 30 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Drive-Thru Trunk-or-Treat

Watsonville’s Civic Plaza Parking Garage

831.768.3455 | watsonvillerec.com

Drive through the Civic Plaza Parking Garage on Friday, October 30th for some Halloween Fun!

Decorate your car to be entered in our contest!

This event will be following county health department guidelines to give families an alternative to traditional trick-or-treating, which is a high-risk activity.

Free
October 30 @ 7:00 pm - October 31 @ 9:30 pm

SANTA CRUZ BEACH BOARDWALK: DRIVE IN MOVIES “Hocus Pocus”

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

831.423.5590 | beachboardwalk.com

Join us on Friday, October 30 and Saturday, October 31, for the movie “Hocus Pocus”!

Limited advance tickets for each Boardwalk Drive-In Movie are on sale online. The remainder will be sold at the gate.

October 31 @ 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Halloween at the Boardwalk

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

831.423.5590 | beachboardwalk.com

Enjoy a selection of outdoor arcade and midway games, as well as select food and shopping options. Although rides are closed, celebrate with spooky Boardwalk fun, all planned with COVID safety in mind.

November 1 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:30 pm on Sunday, repeating until December 27, 2020

City of Watsonville Nature Walks

City of Watsonville Nature Center

831.768.1622 | www.cityofwatsonville.org

Every week, the Watsonville Nature Center offers a bilingual guided tour of the Wetlands.  This Nature Center displays a diversity of wildlife habitats, including the Pajaro River, the Watsonville Sloughs and Pinto Lake. Over 200 species of waterfowl, raptors and songbirds live in and migrate through the wetlands, making it and ideal place to watch for feathered creatures, or enjoy one of the many trails winding through the area.  Join us in exploring our award winning trails through this rich wetland habitat. Meet at the Nature Center. No reservations required! Binoculars provided! Families with children welcome! Great for all ages! Bring water, sunscreen, comfortable shoes and dress for weather.

Free
November 12 @ 12:00 am - November 22 @ 11:59 pm

She Adventures Film Tour Virtual Screening

Rio Theatre

831.423.8209 | www.riotheatre.com

This collection of the most inspirational, heart-warming and entertaining films celebrating women in adventure from independent filmmakers around the globe.

The She Adventure Film Tour includes a unique selection of films of varying lengths and styles covering topics relevant to women in the outdoors who aren’t afraid to get dirty in their pursuit of adventure.

November 12 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

VIRTUAL EVENT: Morgan Parker – Morton Marcus Poetry Reading

UCSC The Humanities Institute

ucsc.zoom.us

Please join us for the 11th annual Morton Marcus Poetry Reading, featuring honored guest Morgan Parker. Poet Gary Young will host the program, and the evening will include an announcement of the winner of the Morton Marcus Poetry Contest (recipient receives a $1,000 prize).

 

This community event is presented by The Humanities Institute and co-sponsored by:

Bookshop Santa Cruz
Cabrillo College English Department
Cowell College
Living Writers Series
Ow Family Properties
Poetry Santa Cruz
Porter Hitchcock Modern Poetry Fund
Porter College
Santa Cruz Writes
Special Collections & Archives

If you have disability-related needs, please contact us at thi@ucsc.edu or call 831-459-1274 by November 5th, 2020.

November 13 @ 6:00 pm - November 15 @ 6:00 pm

Watsonville Municipal Airport: Second Saturday Historical Aircraft Display

Watsonville Municipal Airport

831.768.3575 | www.cityofwatsonville.org

Watsonville Municipal Airport hosts a Historical Aircraft Display every second Saturday. Admission is free and everyone is welcome to show (qualified aircraft) and admire these historical aircraft.

November 15 @ 7:00 am - November 16 @ 5:30 pm

California King Tides

Various locations in Santa Cruz County

831.425.1234 | www.santacruz.org

“King Tides” are high tides that occur when the gravitational pull of the sun and the moon are in alignment. When these tides happen at the same time as stormy weather, water levels can rise even higher. California King Tides are coming to Santa Cruz County! King Tides mean the highest tides of the year, but also the lowest, most dramatic negative tides. These extreme low tides pose prime conditions for tide pooling, miles of beach walking, and extended beach exploration. Photo Credit: Rachel Endsley.

Free
November 15 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 10:00 am on day Third of the month, repeating until December 31, 2020

The Downtown Santa Cruz Makers Market

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

831-246-0926 | www.scmmakersmarket.com

We’re BACK and on a new block!

Please note our NEW LOCATION! The 1100 block of Pacific Ave. between Cathcart and Lincoln Streets…think New Leaf, Snap Taco, Kianti’s, Nick the Greek…that’s where we are!

Support local makers and artists and shop with 40+ Santa Cruz County artists and crafters! AND don’t forget to stop in and visit the downtown merchants and all of the amazing restaurants.

Remember to social distance as you shop & wear your mask 🙂 If you’re not feeling well, please stay home. There will be hand sanitizing stations at the market and signs to remind you about all these things!

Free
November 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

VIRTUAL EVENT: Bookshop Santa Cruz “Best Books of the Year”

Bookshop Santa Cruz

831-423-0900 | www.crowdcast.io

Choosing our “best” books of the year is always a challenge, but talking about them is anything but. Grab a beverage and join us from the comfort of home as our booksellers reveal which books made the cut—and made their mark on us this year.

November 21 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Passport Celebration Days

Various Wineries Santa Cruz County

831.685.8463 | www.scmwa.com

Four times a year, on the third Saturday of January, April, July and November, the wine growing community of the Santa Cruz Mountains comes together to celebrate the generations of farmers, vintners and families that are the roots of this unique mountainous region. The possibilities are as varied as the wineries themselves and promise a fun, unforgettable experience. With your Santa Cruz Mountain Wine Passport (available in physical form or on the Santa Cruz Mountain mobile App) you can visit participating wineries 365 days per year during winery hours of operation as well as on Passport Celebration Days. Passport holders are welcomed into more than 40+ participating wineries throughout the Santa Cruz Mountains, to redeem a tasting flight. Passports are valid for one year from the date of purchase and entitle the bearer to one tasting at each participating winery. Passport must be presented at each winery visited. If purchasing a physical passport online please allow two weeks for processing & delivery. You can also purchase passports at participating wineries, please call ahead to make sure they have some in stock.

November 21 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Agricultural History Project: Harvest Dinner

Agricultural History Project Center and Museum

831.724.5898 | aghistoryproject.org

Horsing Around With History

 

Take-out dinner prepared by Monterey Bay Caterers.

Free
December 5 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Lighted Boat Parade

Santa Cruz Harbor

831.475.6161 | www.santacruzharbor.org

Features decorated boats parading throughout Santa Cruz Harbor, rain or shine. This festival is family friendly and perfect for all ages!

 

 

Free
December 11 @ 6:00 pm - December 13 @ 4:00 pm

Watsonville Municipal Airport: Second Saturday Historical Aircraft Display

Watsonville Municipal Airport

831.768.3575 | www.cityofwatsonville.org

Watsonville Municipal Airport hosts a Historical Aircraft Display every second Saturday. Admission is free and everyone is welcome to show (qualified aircraft) and admire these historical aircraft.

December 12 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Life on the Ranch: Holiday Traditions

Wilder Ranch State Park

831.423.9703 | www.parks.ca.gov

Celebrate the warmth of the holiday season with crafts, games, music, and merriment from the early 20th century. We’ll busy your hands with holiday wreath-making, invite you to join in an old-fashioned sing-along around the player piano, and provide you with materials to make Victorian and Mexican holiday crafts. Come play games like dreidel, take a draft-horse carriage ride, decorate the tree, and create ornaments to bring home to your own tree.

December 12 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Agricultural History Project: Christmas on the Farm

Agricultural History Project Center and Museum

831.724.5898 | aghistoryproject.org

Every month we produce a 2nd Saturday on the Farm, a family event that focuses on a particular area of agriculture. Visitors can participate in the regular activities of the Ag History Project plus others related to the day’s special focus. We have created some unique interactive educational activities to help you have fun learning about past agricultural practices. What we like to call our “usual” activities include: Wooden cow milking – we have life-size wooden cows with rubber teats that help you learn how to milk a cow. Kid-driven tractor – we retrofitted a John Deere tractor so that anyone can learn to drive it. You sit in the seat and control the steering wheel while a trained volunteer stands on a platform to your right to controls the speed. We even have space for a parent or friend to stand to your left and enjoy the ride. Tractor Simulator – we have a stationary tractor that you can drive down a crop row. The computer screen in front of you displays how well you are handling the tractor. Puppet Theater – each month we have a new show playing. Facilities are handicapped accessible.

Free
December 13 @ 7:00 am - December 15 @ 5:30 pm

California King Tides

Various locations in Santa Cruz County

831.425.1234 | www.santacruz.org

“King Tides” are high tides that occur when the gravitational pull of the sun and the moon are in alignment. When these tides happen at the same time as stormy weather, water levels can rise even higher. California King Tides are coming to Santa Cruz County! King Tides mean the highest tides of the year, but also the lowest, most dramatic negative tides. These extreme low tides pose prime conditions for tide pooling, miles of beach walking, and extended beach exploration. Photo Credit: Rachel Endsley.

Free
December 13 @ 12:00 pm - 5:30 pm

VIRTUAL EVENT: Sunday Seaside Crafts

Seymour Marine Discovery Center

831.459.3800 | seymourcenter.ucsc.edu

Follow along with this DIY at-home experiment to explore the effects of ocean acidification on shelled sea creatures. Watch to learn about the research at UC Santa Cruz that investigates this problem and the things we can change in our daily lives to minimize our carbon footprints—then try the experiment out for yourself!

January 11, 2021 @ 7:00 am - January 12, 2021 @ 5:30 pm

California King Tides

Various locations in Santa Cruz County

831.425.1234 | www.santacruz.org

“King Tides” are high tides that occur when the gravitational pull of the sun and the moon are in alignment. When these tides happen at the same time as stormy weather, water levels can rise even higher. California King Tides are coming to Santa Cruz County! King Tides mean the highest tides of the year, but also the lowest, most dramatic negative tides. These extreme low tides pose prime conditions for tide pooling, miles of beach walking, and extended beach exploration.

Free
May 15, 2021 @ 12:00 am - May 16, 2021 @ 12:00 am

Goat Hill Fair: Unique Antique and Artisan Fair

Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds

831.724.5671 | www.goathillfair.com

Goat Hill boasts over 80 dealers on the scenic grounds of the Santa Cruz Fairgrounds. Our fabulous vendors represent all things we love…vintage treasures, antiques, clever up-cycled junk, artisan food, all in a beautiful venue. Guests will find exceptional and unique vintage treasures. The dazzling displays of items and collectibles by the vendors that love to sell them, will make a fun and memorable outing!

May 25, 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm

Rio Theatre: Brian Culbertson

Rio Theatre

831.423.8209 | www.riotheatre.com

Over the course of crafting a 20-album catalogue and more than 30 Billboard No. 1 singles as a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer, Brian Culbertson on record or live in concert, is an eclectic, entertaining and engaging artist at the peak of his power.

June 12, 2021 @ 9:00 am - June 13, 2021 @ 3:00 pm

15th Annual Capitola Rod & Custom Classic Car Show

Capitola Village

831.425.1234 | www.capitolacarshow.com

Save the dates! The 15th Annual Capitola Rod & Custom Classic Car Show will be held the 2nd weekend in June! Watch these classic beauties cruise the coastline on Saturday morning from the Santa Cruz Boardwalk to Capitola starting at 8:30 am. Enjoy a weekend filled with awesome cars, great music, charming shops, restaurants for every taste, and family fun at the beach!

Free
August 8, 2021 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Tri Santa Cruz

Depot Park

831.420.5270 | https://www.trisignup.com/Race/CA/SantaCruz/TriSantaCruz

Come play at of one of the most fun and scenic events on the west coast. This race has a sprint and international (Olympic) distance triathlon, with relays and Aquabike categories for both races. Clydesdale and Athena registration categories are available. There is a special, non-competitive Family & Friends wave for people who are new to triathlon or just want to race with family and friends regardless of age or gender. Sheltered swim and flat bike and run course make this a perfect place for your first race or a PR. Voted one of the best late season triathlons in the country. The bike ride is a totally closed course and both the bike and run courses follow the coastline to create one of the most scenic races around!

The sprint distance course at Tri Santa Cruz is a designated USAT Paratriathlon friendly course. In 2018 it was host to the USAT Paratriathlon Nationals prior to the Olympic Games. This year we are proud to host the USAT Western Regional Paratriathlon Championship.

September 18, 2021 @ 11:00 am - September 19, 2021 @ 7:00 pm

Santa Cruz Mountains SOL Festival

Roaring Camp Railroads

831.335.4484 | www.santacruzmountainsol.com

Three annual day music festival in the beautiful Santa Cruz Mountains at Roaring Camp Meadows. A weekend of great music, community, craft beer & wine, camping and  art. Beach Train Shuttle also available. 2020 Artists: We are stoked to announce the first round of artists appearing at Sol Fest 2020 and welcome back our pals Michael Franti and Spearhead and The California Honeydrops along with first time Sol People; The Devil Makes Three, Rising Appalachia Music and Jerry’s Middle Finger. More to be announced! Get on the Sol Train! There will be a round trip train shuttle. Imagine, no driving, no parking fees and no traffic! Grab your friends and loved one’s and get on board. Complete your festival experience with a moon lit train ride back to Santa Cruz! The SOL Train will depart the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk around 11:15 am. (Train will arrive at the venue at about 12:15) and the return departure from Felton will be about 20 minutes after the last act. The SOL Train will arrive up to 20 minutes past the time of the opening artists. If seeing the first act from the beginning is important to you. Please find another way to the festival.  The train ticket is for the round trip train service from Santa Cruz to Felton and return. One way tickets are not for sale. This is a non refundable ticket. Please arrive to the boardwalk at least 15 minutes prior to the departure. Roaring Camp and SOL Festival are not responsible if you miss the train. Seats are limited. They’ll only be one train up and one train back. Advance train tickets are required. A separately purchased Festival ticket is required for entry into the venue. Children under 10 are free with paid adult. Discounted youth tickets will be available for ages 11-17, when purchased with an adult ticket.

November 6, 2021 @ 10:00 am - November 7, 2021 @ 5:00 pm

Santa Cruz Sea Glass & Ocean Art Festival

Cocoanut Grove

831.423.5590 | www.facebook.com

The Santa Cruz Sea Glass & Ocean Art Festival features genuine sea glass and artist-made creations while benefiting our local marine environment. The festival features over 40 artists, a chance to win an amazing gift basket 4 times each day, easy parking and a full bar and food are available for purchase.