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!
A hillside red “Cable Car’ and a meandering path lead you down through lush gardens and waterfalls to this world-famous restaurant on the banks of Soquel Creek. Here you can enjoy creative specials and traditional offerings in an atmosphere of Old-World charm and grace. Its popular Rockroom Lounge is a separate destination for more casual fare.VISIT WEBSITE ››
Santa Cruz County showcases an array of talent through its art galleries, museums, festivals, and outdoor theater performances. Premier cultural events like Open Studios, Santa Cruz Shakespeare, the Scotts Valley Art & Wine, the Capitola Art & Wine Festival, Capitola Twilight Concerts, Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, the Santa Cruz Film Festival and others draw visitors to this vibrant, eclectic area. Discover Santa Cruz County’s countless cultural events and venues offering live music, outdoor theater and more!