Mark your calendar For these can't miss local events
From concerts to cultural events, Santa Cruz is alive with activities celebrating everything from art and fashion to food and film. Here are a few rad events worth adding to your social calendar.
West Cliff Outdoor Market
Mar 09, 2024 | All Day
Come down to the Santa Cruz Light House Parking lot & Surfers Lot. Enjoy unique artisans, music, specialty food and food trucks.
Santa Cruz Earth Day
Apr 20, 2024 | All Day
Earth Day Santa Cruz will be happening April 20, 2024
Earth Day Santa Cruz is an annual event bringing our community together to promote environmental stewardship, healthy living, and sustainability.
Roaring Camp Rail Road - Memorial Day Weekend
May 27, 2024 | All Day
This Memorial Day Weekend Day, take either the Redwood Forest Steam Train or the Santa Cruz Beach Train. Join us in the Town of Roaring Camp for family-friendly activities and live music.
Redwood Mountain Faire
Jun 01, 2024 | All Day
Dance the day away to live music with your friends and family while enjoying tasty locally made food, cold beer, cider, and wine in an open field surrounded by redwoods in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Its guaranteed to be great weather
Santa Cruz Triathlon
Sep 22, 2024 | All Day
One of the best races on the central coast
Woodies on the Wharf
Jun 20, 2024 | 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Celebrate the Santa Cruz lifestyle and classic surf wagons at Woodies on the Wharf.
Come see the more than 200 “Woodies”, gorgeous, pre-1950s cars that feature wood bodies, line the Santa Cruz Wharf. Stroll the Wharf and enjoy dozens of shops and restaurants and stellar coastal views while you soak up the sun and beauty of Northern California’s premier “Woodie” show. At 3:30pm, be sure to take part in the Woodies Send-Off Parade!
Clam Chowder Cook-off
Feb 24, 2024 | All Day
Attention chowder lovers! Taste the best at the 43rd Annual Clam Chowder Cook-Off! Sample chowder from Amateur Chefs on Saturday, followed by Professional Chefs on Sunday. Both days feature Boston and Manhattan Clam Chowder, and you can help pick a winner each day. Tasting kit proceeds benefit Santa Cruz Parks & Recreation.
Dream Inn Presents "Women in Wine" a celebration of wine making excellence
Mar 27, 2024 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
We are thrilled to invite you to Dream Inn on Wednesday, March 27th for a special wine dinner in celebration of International Women’s Month
Surfer's Path Half Marathon
Apr 14, 2024 | All Day
The Surfers Path Half Marathon consists of a 13.1 mile run from Santa Cruz to Capitola and back. The event starts at the legendary Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and travels east along the coast. The route takes runners past the Santa Cruz Harbor, Moran Lake and Pleasure Point as it makes its way to the City of Capitola. Following a loop through Capitola Village, runners will retrace their steps back along the coastline, continue past the Boardwalk, and make a left turn after the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf to the finish on Cowell’s Beach.
Rainforest Weekends @ Roaring Camp Railroad
Weekly on Saturday and Sunday | 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Learn about California's own Coastal Redwood Forest, aboard a 100 year old steam strain. Along your journey, hear fascinating information about the coastal redwoods and their ecosystems from docent specialists.