Santa Cruz County’s creative flair is expressed through music, art, history, and performances. Art hotspots like Abbott Square Market in Downtown Santa Cruz, the Santa Cruz Museum of Art, Pajaro Valley Arts Council, Santa Cruz Art League, Capitola Historical Museum, Santa Cruz Mountain Arts Center, are great places to start. Visit the Tannery Arts Center, where artists live and work, and meet painters, sculptors, jewelry makers, photographers and other creatives.
Each month, businesses and points of interest display the work of local artists during the First Friday Art Tour.
Create a succulent garden, leather wallet, decorative plate and more during hands-on workshops at Annieglass Studios in Watsonville. These Craft Bar experiences are led by acclaimed artist and owner Ann Morhauser.
Take a self-guided tour of Evergreen Cemetery, or visit Mission Santa Cruz, and learn about local history. Rancho San Andres Castro Adobe State Historic Property sits on the homelands of the Awaswas speaking Aptos tribe. Heritage Tourism is alive at these sacred places.
Summertime performances under the stars by Santa Cruz Shakespeare, Cabrillo College’s Festival of Contemporary Music, and outdoor movies and concerts round out the season. See below for places to experience Arts and Culture in Santa Cruz County!
One of the greatest joys in exploring a new place is stumbling upon a beautiful piece of public art. Local murals, sculptures, and mosaics showcase the artistic and cultural flavor of the area and inspire you to discover more.READ MORE >>
Santa Cruz is home to a vibrant community of artists, creators, and makers who open up their private studio spaces to the public once a year to share the beauty of their artistic endeavors.READ MORE >>
Located in the beautiful Corralitos foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains, Nicholson Vineyards Winery offers a relaxed atmosphere to enjoy hand crafted wines in a perfect California landscape! Join us for wine tasting on our lawn overlooking our estate vineyards and olive groves. With a concentration on small lot production of estate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, as well as other noted varietals, we produce wines that represent the terroir of the California Central Coast. Photo credit: Jamie Hall Photography.VISIT WEBSITE ››