With a wide range of free events taking place year-around, there’s always something to celebrate in Santa Cruz County every weekend. Choose an art and wine festival, a beer or music festival, a summer concert or movie on the beach, or an art and culture event like First Friday or Open Studios Art Tour. Enjoy a timeless event like Woodies on the Wharf, Fourth of July Fireworks, or Thomas the Tank Engine. Want to play? Run the Wharf to Wharf or go to a birding festival. Check out all the fun on tap!
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
831.423.5590 | beachboardwalk.com
Join us on Saturday, January 30th for the movie “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”!
Limited advance tickets for each Boardwalk Drive-In Movie are on sale online. The remainder will be sold at the gate.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.