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Summertime Performing Arts

Summertime Performing Arts


World-class performers & artists are gracing Santa Cruz this summer! Don't miss out on the talent-filled entertainment!



Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music


July 31 - August 13, 2016
The 2016 Cabrillo Festival season will mark Maestra Marin Alsop’s 25th anniversary and her final season as Music Director/Conductor. Celebrate Marin’s remarkable tenure and, with the trademark spirit of adventurousness, see the groundwork for an exciting new era ahead!

Early May: Subscriber and Advance Ticket Sales via Mail Order process begins. Tickets go on sale to the public June 15, 2016.




Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
307 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA
DATE: July 31 - August 13, 2016
TIME: See website for times and more information.





Santa Cruz Shakespeare 2016 Summer Festival



July 12 - August 28, 2016
The 2016 season, the first in the company’s new outdoor venue in DeLaveaga Park, starts with Shakespeare’s magical comedy in the woods, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Terri McMahon, opening on July 15; followed by Shakespeare’s dark family tragedy, Hamlet, opening July 29 with direction by Paul Mullins, director of the SSC’s Henry V in 2013. Plus, Santa Cruz Shakespeare continues the tradition of showcasing the season’s intern acting company with a Fringe production of the time-traveling, gender-bending comedy Orlando, by Sarah Ruhl and based on the novel by Virginia Woolf, with three performances only starting August 17. Tickets go on sale May 16, 2016 with a Santa Cruz Shakespeare Member pre-sale starting May 2, and can be purchased online at




DeLaveaga Park
Santa Cruz, CA
DATE: July 12 - August 28, 2016
TIME: See website for schedule