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Things to do in Santa Cruz

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Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
400 Beach St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Santa Cruz Mystery Spot
465 Mystery Spot Rd., off Branciforte Dr., Santa Cruz, CA

Pacific Garden Mall
Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA

Santa Cruz Surfing Museum
West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz CA

Roaring Camp Railroad
Felton, California

Santa Cruz City Museum of Natural History
1305 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz CA

Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park
Mission Plaza, Santa Cruz, CA

Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History
705 Front Street, Santa Cruz, CA

University of California at Santa Cruz
1156 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA

Things to do in Santa Cruz – Save the Date!

Living the Santa Cruz Lifestyle

JANUARY EVENTS SANTA CRUZ

January 13-15 Annual Santa Cruz Fungus Fair
Mushrooms for cooking and shrooms to avoid. You can enjoy cooking demonstration classes or bring in your own mushrooms to be identified.

Fungus Fair
Come to Santa Cruz and visit the kingdom of Fungi! Learn about the hundreds of beautiful and fascinating species of local fungi on display in a re-created woodland habitat. A unique Santa Cruz tradition, the Santa Cruz Fungus Fair features a special room full of hands-on activities for the kids, including a fungus exploration area, clay mushroom building, face paints, and more!The 38th Annual Santa Cruz Fungus Fair will be held at the Louden Nelson Community Center. Sponsored by the Fungus Federation of Santa Cruz, the fair draws more than 2,000 visitors each year. 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Cost: $10.00 general, $5.00 students & seniors, Kids under 12 Free
Location:
Louden Nelson Community Center
301 Center Street
Santa Cruz, California 95060

The 38th annual Fungus Fair kicks off with a NEW added Friday night dinner with Chef Bob Wynn and Winemaker Jeff Emery. Info at www.SCFungusFair.org or 684-2275. Mushroom exhibits, Fun(gus) Kids Activities, Raffle, Food Booths, Vendors and Mushroom Identification.

Mid-January The Nexties
It’s an innovative awards gala honoring the work of 20 and 30-somethings. Great food and wine! More info santacruznext.org.

FEBRUARY EVENTS SANTA CRUZ

February 20 Clam Chowder Cook Off
It’s a Santa Cruz institution that’s not to be missed! Great chefs compete for the big cook-off prize. 10am hosted by the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. More info beach boardwalk.com

Attention Chowder Chefs — enter now!
Date:2/25/2012 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Cost:Teams: Individuals $50.00; Professional $75.00 Tasters: $9.00
Location:
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
400 Beach St
Santa Cruz, California 95060
ATTENTION CHOWDER CHEFS! Dig out your favorite Boston and/or Manhattan clam chowder recipes for the 31st Annual Clam Chowder Cook Off, Saturday, February 25 at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. The two divisions are Professional and Individual. Winners will have a chance to win round-trip tickets courtesy of Continental Airlines and cash prizes. Trophies are awarded to first place winners in each division as well as for “Most Original” and “Most Tasted.” Entry forms are available in the Parks and Recreation Office, 323 Church Street and online.  Entry fees include two T-shirts per team if registered by Thursday, January 19. Visit www.santacruzparksandrec.com. Call 831-420-5273.Entry fees: Individuals $50.00; Professional (Restaurants, Caterers, Food Service) $75.00

MAY EVENTS SANTA CRUZ

Santa Cruz Film Festival
May provides film and music venues and educational discussions at theaters in Santa Cruz. Call 831.459.7676 or visit www.santacruzfilmfestival.com

Santa Cruz Longboard Invitational
One of the oldest surfing competitions on the Pacific Coast is open to professional surfers and amateurs of all age groups. May 28-29 at the famous Steamer Lane and Lighthouse Point in Santa Cruz. Visit www.santacruzlongboardunion.com for more information.

Civil War Battles and Encampment
May  at the Roaring Camp and Big Trees Railroad, Union and Confederate soldiers simulate a battle and camp life for you. Roaring Camp, Graham Hill Road, Felton. 831.335.4484 or visit www.roaringcamp.com

Boulder Creek Art, Wine, and Music Festival
May  local wineries present their finest wines amdist the redwoods and artist galleries. Downtown Boulder Creek, 831.338.3000 or visit www.bcba.net

Santa Cruz Blues Festival
May park at the Cabrillo College campus and shuttle to a topname venue of blues and rock music acts at the Aptos Village Park, Soquel Drive, Aptos. 831.479.9814 or visit www.santacruzbluesfestival.com

Watsonville Fly-In and Air Show
May  you can attend the largest 3-day aviation event in Northern California. They usually have fireworks in the evening and lots of booths to browse through. Watsonville Aireport, Watsonville. 831.763.5600 or visit www.watsonvilleflyin.org

 

JUNE EVENTS SANTA CRUZ ~ MONTEREY

Vinters Festival
The first two weekends in June, local winemakers offer tours with wine tasting that includes their special releases and barrel tasting. You’ll find art, music and food as part of the fun. Visit the various local wineries in Santa Cruz County, 831.479.9463 or visit www.scmwa.com

Japanese Cultural Fair
June  produces a small fair with authentic foods, dance and music from the Japanese culture. Mission Plaza Park, Santa Cruz. 831.239.7251 or visit www.jcfsc.org

Woodies on the Wharf
If you love woodie automobiles, every fourth saturday in June, you can get your fix of these amazingly restored cars. Woodie cars are a local icon for the Santa Cruz area, world renown for its quality surfing at Steamer Lane. More than 100 woodie cars will be yours to view at the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf. 831.420.5273 or visit www.santacruzwoodies.com

It’s Dad’s Day at Roar Camp Railroad
June 19 allows a few lucky dads to ride in the cab of the Bear Mountain Steam Engine Locomotive. It’s Father’s Day with barbeque, a train ride and a commemorative engineer’s cap. Roaring Camp, Graham Hill Road, Felton. 831.335.4484 or visit www.roaringcamp.com

1907 Nights at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Starting June and through August, the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk offers rides for 65 cents each Monday and Tuesday night after 5pm. 831.423.5590 or visit www.beachboardwalk.com

Check back with us, as we will be adding more events to this page soon!