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Best things to do in Santa Cruz today

  1. at The Catalyst 1011 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz map
  2. at Kuumbwa Jazz 320-2 Cedar Street , Santa Cruz map

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Eric Burdon and The Animals will be performing live on the beach! Playing two free shows, 6:30 & 8:30pm, pick one or stay for both!

Why?
An evening on the beach enjoying live music in Santa Cruz is pretty fantastic!

Tips go early to grab a spot skip parking and take the trolley for $0.25! leave tall chairs and canopies home

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Friday, Jul 21, 2017 at Kuumbwa Jazz 320-2 Cedar Street, Santa Cruz map

The John Jorgenson Quintet creates a unique musical experience that equally enthralls the most discerning and the casual music fan. The ensemble was originally formed in 2004 for the release of “Franco-American Swing”.

Tips Doors open at 7:00pm Tickets $25-$30

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Thursday, Jul 20, 2017 at The Catalyst 1011 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz map

NICOLAS JAAR

Tips $25 IN ADVANCE / $30 AT THE DOOR Doors open at 8:00pm This event is 21 and over

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BRUCE FORMAN PRESENTS A SPECIAL DOUBLE-BILL: THE RED GUITAR &
Thursday, Jul 20, 2017 at Kuumbwa Jazz 320-2 Cedar Street , Santa Cruz map

Always quick to take on new projects, guitar ace Bruce Forman wears many hats: performer, composer, producer, and educator. His dedication never falters. From his early career as a member of Richie Cole's Alto Madness, his seventeen albums as a bandleader, to performing on the soundtracks for three Clint Eastwood movies (Million Dollar Baby, Flags of Our Fathers and Hereafter), to leading Cow Bop, a 2014 Western Swing Hall of Fame inductee, Forman is up to the challenge. In his one-man stage play The Red Guitar, Forman showcases his theatrical side to dramatize the trials and tribulations of the artistic life. The Junkyard Duo is Forman and musical cohort Jake Reed exploring eclectic approaches and styles of improvisation and instrumentation.

Tips Doors open at 6:00pm Tickets $25-$30

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DEEP PEACE CONCERT WITH PAUL TEMPLE’S RADIANCE MATRIX
Wednesday, Jul 19, 2017 at Kuumbwa Jazz 320-2 Cedar Street, Santa Cruz map

As featured on Radiance Mixes with voice of Deva Premal.

Tips Doors open at 7:00pm Tickets $18

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Seven days of burger love
Wednesday, Jul 19, 2017

Some of our top picks for best burger in Santa Cruz are on this list, so prepare to get your burger on!

Why?
Because burgers.

Tips All burgers are either $7 or $10 No pass necessary

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Tuesday, Jul 18, 2017 at The Catalyst 1011 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz map

REEL BIG FISH - THE BEER RUN FESTIVAL FEAT. THE EXPENDABLES with The Queers, Tunnel Vision

Why?
Because Ska!

Tips $28 IN ADVANCE / $30 AT THE DOOR Doors open at 5:00pm This event is 21 and over

Open year ‘round from 9am-1pm Saturday mornings.
Saturday, Nov 26, 2016 Saturday, Nov 19, 2016 Saturday, Nov 12, 2016 Saturday, Nov 05, 2016 at 2300 Delaware, Santa Cruz map

Saturday mornings are best spent with a relaxed pace to stroll, breath and enjoy great coffee, live music and good eats.

Why?
The food you buy at the farmers market is the freshest & tastiest

Tips bring your market bags cash works best at this market the saturday market is temporarily moved to 2300 Delaware

Hosted by Wargin Wines
Sunday, Nov 06, 2016 Saturday, Nov 05, 2016 at Wargin Wines 11 Hangar Way, Watsonville map

The Watsonville Wine & Food Festival is on this Saturday, from 12pm to 4pm.

Why?
Try wines before you buy

Tips buy tickets in advance and save $10 must be 21+ food will be available

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Experience ocean art from the dozens of participating artists.
Sunday, Nov 06, 2016 Saturday, Nov 05, 2016 at 400 Beach St, Santa Cruz map

The 7th annual sea glass and ocean art festival will be held upstairs in the Cocoanut Grove.

Why?
Perfect timing to do some holiday shopping & support ocean

Tips go hungry - a full bar + food will be open a paid lot and metered

Live in the Atrium
Sunday, Nov 06, 2016 at The Catalyst 1011 Pacific , Santa Cruz map

Celebrating 25+ groundbreaking years, FISHBONE has been trailblazing their way through the history of American Ska, Funk, Punk, Rock Fusion and (so-called) Black Rock since starting their professional career in Los Angeles' burgeoning, Alternative Rock music scene of the mid-1980s. Their sound has often been imitated but never duplicated.

Tips Doors open at 8:30

Saturday, Nov 05, 2016 at Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium 307 Church St, Santa Cruz map

Join the Santa Cruz Symphony for a rousing rendition of The Barber of Seville in concert, with a cast of soloists from the stages of the New York Metropolitan Opera and San Francisco Opera.

Why?
Considered one of the greatest masterpieces of comedy

Tips Can't make it to Santa Cruz show - catch the show in Watsonville instead!

Spend an afternoon with the butterflies at Natural Bridges State
Tuesday, Nov 01, 2016 at Natural Bridges State Park 2531 W Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz map

Natural Bridges State Beach is a 65 acre California state park on the edge of Santa Cruz. Most known for its natural bridge across the beach, it’s also known for the eucalyptus grove that hosts thousands of migrating monarch butterflies every year.

Why?
The Monarch butterfly migration has been called one of the most spectacular natural phenomena in the world.

Tips bring binoculars parking is $10 cash works best here

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A festival of Fire & Light
Saturday, Oct 22, 2016 at MAH 705 Front Street, Santa Cruz map • 8214291964

Explore an open street filled with fire dancing and art. Get up close to flaming cannonades, sculptures and music in the Abbott Square plaza. Get hands-on in the electrified museum with interactive digital art, projections, and LED sculptures.

Why?
The MAH puts on a serious party.

Tips cash only at the door do not bring strollers or pets

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Bring your appetite and join the fun!
Saturday, Oct 22, 2016 at 400 Beach St, Santa Cruz map

The 7th annual Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Chili cook-off is Saturday, October 22.

Why?
killer chili will be made & enjoyed in all forms -- including vegan, vegetarian, spicy, mild, beanless, and meaty varieties.

Tips tasting kits go on sale at 10 & sell out early bring water food & drink vendors at the Boardwalk will be open

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Hosted at The Rio Theatre
Saturday, Oct 22, 2016 at The Rio Theatre 1205 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz map • (831) 423-8209

Mountainfilm on Tour brings inspiration and education about important issues to audiences around the world. The tour will soon visit Santa Cruz at the Rio Theatre on November 12 with documentary films that will explore the themes connected to Telluride Mountainfilm’s mission to use the power of film, art and ideas to inspire audiences to create a better world.

Why?
America's longest-running film festival, every film aims to inspire!

Tips buy tickets in advance

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Season pass holders can bring a friend for free this Saturday!
Saturday, Oct 22, 2016 at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk 400 Beach St , Santa Cruz map • (831) 423-5590

Boardwalk Season Pass Holders -- This Saturday is your special day! Grab and friend and head to the Boardwalk for a day of rides! Bring your valid Boardwalk Season Pass to any ticket booth, and get a free all-day wristband for your friend!

Why?
Bring a friend for free & ride all the rides, all day

Tips wear comfortable shoes dress in layers plan on spending the day

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Come early, grab a seat and cheer for your hometown favorites!
Saturday, Oct 15, 2016 at corner of 2nd st and riverside, Santa Cruz map

The 46th annual Santa Cruz marching band review is scheduled for Saturday, October 15 from 9am to 2pm.

Why?
Santa Cruz High Marching Band will be marching at 9:45! This is a judged competition, each band will be decked out in full parade regalia!

Tips bring your own chair (or sit on the curb) bring water and sunscreen boardwalk rides will be open from 11 to 7 buy some swag to support the Santa Cruz High Marching Band!

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There's a burger for everyone in Surf City

Don't look now, but there is a formidable burger culture growing alongside the craft breweries and coffee roasters in Santa Cruz—with quality produce and local grass-fed beef readily available, top-flight burgers all over town. Whether you're looking for something on-the-cheap, a burger in a donut bun or something without any meat at all, you can kill any burger craving in Santa Cruz.

Santa Cruz Restaurant Week: October 12-19, 2016
Wednesday, Oct 12, 2016 at Linwood's at the Chaminade Resort 1 Chaminade Lane, Santa Cruz map • (831) 475-5600

Celebrate Santa Cruz Restaurant Week! Dine at Linwood’s at Chaminade Resort. Design a three-course prix fixe meal for $35. Dinner service starts at 5:00pm daily.

Why?
Linwood's features locally grown organic ingredients

Tips Dinner service from 5pm to closing daily Choose one option from each course $35 for a three-course meal (not including beverages/tax/gratuity)

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