Check their website for admission and parking fees, change of address, last minute cancellations and etc.
  1. First Fridays Santa Cruz
  2. Venue: location changes weekly
  3. Address: to be announced
  4. Date(s): first Friday of each month
  5. Frequency: Monthly
  6. website: firstfridaysantacruz.com (website)

First Friday Art Tour was created by Santa Cruz Institute of Contemporary Arts. This event is about celebrating art by showing artwork from local artists. Art exhibits are held in places such as Tannery Art Center, Village Yoga, Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, and Santa Cruz County Bank. The location changes every month so check their website.

  1. Science Sunday
  2. Venue: Seymore Marine Discovery Center
  3. Address: 100 Shaffer Rd, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
  4. Date(s): third Sunday each month except for Dec.
  5. Frequency: Monthly
  6. website: seymourcenter.ucsc.edu (website)

The headline of their website is "Come explore your ocean." That is the theme of this monthly event. This one hour lecture starts at 1pm. There will be presentation/lectures from marine scientist. Target audience for lecture is age 10 and up. Check their site for admission fees.

  1. Mama's Night Out
  2. Venue: Santa Cruz Boardwalk
  3. Address: 400 Beach St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
  4. Date(s): June 3, 2017
  5. Frequency: periodically
  6. website: unravelpediatriccancer.org/mno/ (website)

This event is called Mama's Night Out - To Unravel Pediatric Cancer. Purpose is to bring awareness and raising funds for a good cause. There will be good food, drinks and dancing among your female friends. This event is held in various cities at different schedules. The Santa Cruz event will be held at The Boardwalks's Cocoaut Grove between 6-11pm. Tickets are sold at the event.

  1. "Meow Luau" Kitten and Cat Adoption
  2. Venue: Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter
  3. Address: 2200 7th Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062
  4. Date(s): June 10, 2017
  5. Frequency: Yearly
  6. website: scanimalshelter.org (website)

During this event, adoptions are only $50 per kitten or cat. This fee includes spay/neuter, microchip, and vaccinations. This event is a partnership between Heading Home Animal Rescue and SCCAS. In addition to adoptions, there will be featured events including Michelle Kiba's Ukulele Academy and Hula Dancers, presentations on cat training, teaching cat tricks and cat wellness. There will be refreshments, raffle prizes and bake sale.

  1. Santa Cruz Film Festival
  2. Venue: Five locations listed below
  3. Address: Santa Cruz, CA
  4. Date(s): October 11-15, 2017
  5. Frequency: Yearly
  6. website: santacruzfilmfestival.org (website)

This film festival first opened up in 2001. Along with international filmmakers, the leaders of this event makes a point to include local talent and play their independent films. The five venues are The Tannery Arts Center, Colligan Theater, Radius Gallery and Tannery World Dance Cultural Center. Check the website for their address and current schedule.

  1. Monarch Butterfly Tour
  2. Venue: Natural Bridges State Beach
  3. Address: 2531 West Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, Ca. 95060
  4. Date(s): January 1, 2017
  5. Frequency: Annual
  6. website: parks.ca.gov (website)

In addition to Natural Bridges State Beach, there are 20+ other state parks participating in First Day Hike. This is a temporary home for thousands of Monarch Butterflies. Per the California Park government website, butterflies arrive mid-October and leave around mid-February. If you miss the First Day Hike, you are welcome to visit whenever the park is open. If you wish to arrange a field trip for your school, then click here to complete an online form.

  1. Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music
  2. Address: 307 Church St, Santa Cruz, Ca. 950620
  3. Date(s): Jully 30-Aug 12, 2017
  4. Frequency: Annual
  5. website: cabrillomusic.org (website)

This music festival has been running for 55 years, which is decidated to new music for the orchestra. Reported by San Jose Mercury News as "Summer mecca for musicians and a premier musical destination for audiences."

  1. Hot Rods At The Beach Santa Cruz
  2. Address: 400 Beach St, Santa Cruz 95060
  3. Date(s): November 4, 2017
  4. Frequency: Annual
  5. website: hotrodsatthebeach.com/ (website)

The event's title says it all. There shall be classics, muscle, street rods, hot rods, vintages and cusotm cards. It will be held at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. It should be located at Boardwalk parking lots. According to the schedule on their website, the event includes pancake breakfast, police dog demostration along with awesome hot rods to admire.

  1. Gourmet Grazing On The Green -Food, Wine & Beer Festival
  2. Address: Aptos Village Park
  3. Date(s): to be announced in 2017
  4. Frequency: One time event or yearly
  5. website: sccbg.org/gourmetgrazingonthegreen (website)

As the title suggest, there will be music, wine and tons of food to eat. Admission isn't free. Visitors are urged to park at Cabrillo College as they have provided shuttle to the park. Visit their website for 2017 schedule. Last year's event was held on Sept. 24, 2016.

  1. Wharf to Wharf Race
  2. Address: Start line located on Beach St. near the Santa Cruz Wharf, and ends in Capitola Village near the Capitola Wharf.
  3. Date(s): July 23, 2017
  4. Frequency: Annual
  5. website: wharftowharf.com/ (website)

This run is six miles long. There will be gift bags and t-shirts at the end of the race for finishers, but items are in limited supply. Winner gets $4,000 cash prices. Second and third place gets $3,000 and $2,000 respectively.

  1. The Missing Arm of William Waddell
  2. Venue: Big Basin State Park
  3. Address: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek, CA 95006
  4. Date(s): to be announced in 2017
  5. Frequency: Annual
  6. website: parks.ca.gov (website)

This events is scheduled to start 6:30pm, so the website advise visitors to bring flashlights. This events lets you experience the haunted tale of mill owner's enounter with a grilly bear. This includes spooky and silly half-mile guilded walk through the redwoods. The trail is stroller and wheelchair accessible. Parking is $10. Last year's event was held on Oct. 22, 2016.

  1. Holidays on the Ranch
  2. Venue: Wilder Ranch State Park
  3. Address: 1401 Coast Rd, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
  4. Date(s): to be announced in 2017
  5. Frequency: Annual
  6. website: parks.ca.gov (website)

If you can't wait 8 days until Christmas, then you can consider holiday theme event. It starts with costumes, music, games, wreath-making from the 20th Century. Let's not forget draft-horse carriage ride on the grounds of this park. Last year's event was held on Dec. 17, 2016.

  1. Life on the Ranch: Family Living History Day
  2. Venue: Wilder Ranch State Park
  3. Address: 1401 Coast Rd, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
  4. Date(s): September 12, 2017
  5. Frequency: Annual
  6. website: parks.ca.gov (website)

Forget about the flux capacitor. This event will bring you back in time. There will be deomostrations on old techniques such as butter churning, cooking, rope skills - anything that was done on the racnh before power tools was invented. This event is held from 11am to 3pm. Parking is $10. Last year's event was held on Nov. 12, 2016.

  1. SCPD Citizen's Police Academy
  2. Venue: Santa Cruz Police Dept.
  3. Address: details provided after you sign up
  4. Date(s): Jan. 24, 2017 (10 weeks)
  5. Frequency: Periodical
  6. website: cityofsantacruz.com (website)

This year marks 20 years of the Citizen's Police Academy (CPA) program. This program provides local residents a rare look inside the police department. Guests that sign up can learn investigative police work, observe K-9 demostrations, learn about firearms, engage with Superior Court Judge or Probation Officer. If you wish to visit the Police Dept blogspot and learn more about this program, then click here. For additoinal information about signing up, please contact Officer Leo Gomez at 831-420-5952 or lgomez@cityofsantacruz.com

  1. Santa Cruz Earth Day
  2. Venue: San Lorenzo Park
  3. Address: 137 Dakota Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
  4. Date(s): April 22, 2017
  5. Frequency: Yearly
  6. website: scearthday.org (website)

This annual event will host live music and great food and drinks. Plus kids activities to help kids learn about Earth Day. The following are scheduled to attend: Green Seed Arts, March for Elephants, Santa Cruz Group of the Sierra Club, Bee Happy Today, Electric Vehicle Showcase, Monterey Bay Master Gardeners and many more. Click here for a schedule of this event.

  1. Sustain Supper
  2. Venue: Homeless Garden Project Farm
  3. Address: Shaffer Road at Delaware Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
  4. Date(s): to be announced in 2017
  5. Frequency: Periodically
  6. website: homelessgardenproject.org (website)

The fundraiser is called Sustain Supper - A Benefit for the Homeless Garden Project. This organization provides job tranining, tools to learn horticultural and retail skills. The fundraiser is offering 4-course meal prepared by four chefs. This also includes talks with keynote speakers in the field of farming... It appears this event was held in June and October of 2016. Click here for additional details of last year's event.

  1. Trivia Night
  2. Venue: Woodstock Pizza
  3. Address: 710 Front St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
  4. Date(s): February 25-26, 2017
  5. Frequency: Weekly
  6. website: woodstockscruz.com (website)

Per their website, Woodstock Pizza hosts Trivia Night on Thursdays. The sign-ups begins at 8:30pm. Gather some of your friends; team size is 4-6 people. Eat some pizza and celebrate being a geek.

  1. 36th Annual Clam Chowder Cook-Off
  2. Venue: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
  3. Address: 400 Beach St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
  4. Date(s): February 25-26, 2017
  5. Frequency: Annual
  6. website: beachboardwalk.com (website)

Do you claim to be a good chef? This is your chance to showcase your cooking skills during this clam chowder cook-off. Or just come over to sample clam chowder prepared by local amateurs. The website states amateur chefs shall compete on Saturday while the pros will do the same on Sunday. Visit their website for details about team registration and/or the $10 tasting kits.