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.


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.

  • Jun 15: Berlin starring Terri Nunn
  • Jun 22:  The Motels
  • Jun 29:  Los Lobos
  • Jul 6:  Rose Royce
  • Jul 13:  Smash Mouth
  • Jul 20:  Los Lonely Boys
  • Jul 27:  The Fixx
  • Aug 3:  Y & T
  • Aug 10:  Blue Öyster Cult
  • Aug 17:  The English Beat
  • Aug 24:  Starship featuring Mickey Thomas
  • Aug 31:  Papa Doo Run Run


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.

Concerts are scheduled for June 6, June 13, June 20, June 27, July 4, July 11, July 18, July 25, August 1, August 8, August 15, August 22, and August 29.  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.

So mark your calendars for the following Sundays:  June 24, July 1, July 15, July 29, August 5, and August 19.  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.

  • June 20: The Lost Boys
  • June 27: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
  • July 4: No Movie – Happy Fourth of July!
  • July 11: Legally Blonde
  • July 18: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
  • July 25: Hairspray
  • August 1: Jumanji (1995)
  • August 8: Ghostbusters (1984)
  • August 15: Raiders of the Lost Ark

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.

Movies will be shown August 24, August 31, September 7, and September 14, and we’ll be sure to post the lineup as soon as it’s available!

  • Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Free Friday Night Bands on the Beach
  • Capitola Twilight Concert Series
  • Sunday Art & Music at the Beach
  • Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Free Movies on the Beach
  • Capitola Movies at the Beach