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April 26, 2019

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.

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SANTA CRUZ BEACH BOARDWALK FREE FRIDAY NIGHT BANDS ON THE BEACH

Famous headliners from the 70s to today rock the sound waves for two free shows on Friday night at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk’s concert stage on the sand. Shows are at 6:30pm and 8:30pm. Note that blankets are limited to one beach towel size per person. www.beachboardwalk.com

  • Jun 14: The English Beat
  • Jun 21:  Smash Mouth
  • Jun 28:  Everclear
  • Jul 5:  Pride & Joy
  • Jul 12:  Foghat
  • Jul 19:  Taylor Dayne
  • Jul 26:  Bad Company former lead singer Brian Howe
  • Aug 2:  Y & T
  • Aug 9:  Living Colour
  • Aug 16:  10,000 Maniacs
  • Aug 23:  Journey former lead singer Steve Augeri
  • Aug 30:  Papa Doo Run Run
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CAPITOLA TWILIGHT CONCERT SERIES

Popular local bands rouse fun-loving crowds in Capitola Village on Wednesday nights from 6-8pm at Esplanade Park. The free Twilight Concert Series features everything from classic rock to jazz to dance hits and Latin fusion. Enjoy the performance from your own low-back chair on the beach or grab an outside table at one of the Village restaurants. www.cityofcapitola.org

Concerts are scheduled for June 5, June 12, June 19, June 26, July 3, July 10, July 17, July 24, July 31, August 7, August 14, August 21, and August 28.  Bands to be announced soon!

SUNDAY ART & MUSIC AT THE BEACH

Live music, art, and a beautiful setting are neatly packaged for a leisurely summer afternoon in Capitola Village. The Sunday Art & Music at the Beach series features local artists from 11am to 5pm and free live music on the Esplanade Park stage from 2-4pm. www.cityofcapitola.org

So mark your calendars for the following Sundays:  June 30, July 7, July 14, July 21, August 4, and August 11.  Artists to be announced soon!

SANTA CRUZ BEACH BOARDWALK FREE MOVIES ON THE BEACH

Wednesday is free movie night at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk all summer. The family-friendly show starts at 9pm and is projected onto a large screen on the beach. Bundle up. Summer nights can be cool in Santa Cruz. www.beachboardwalk.com

  • June 19: The Lost Boys
  • June 26: School of Rock
  • July 3: The Sandlot
  • July 10: Jurassic Park
  • July 17: Book of Life
  • July 24: The Outsiders
  • July 31: The Wedding Singer
  • August 7: Bumblebee (2018)
  • August 14: The Goonies

CAPITOLA MOVIES AT THE BEACH

Capitola wraps up summer with a few Fridays of free family movies outside at Esplanade Park. The show starts at 7:30pm or dusk. Bring low-back chairs, blankets, and an appetite for free popcorn. www.cityofcapitola.org

Movies will be shown August 23, August 30, September 6, and September 13, and we’ll be sure to post the lineup as soon as it’s available!