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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.

Considered one of the greatest masterpieces of comedy

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

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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.

The MAH puts on a serious party.

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

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Every Wednesday morning 10-11am
Wednesday, Feb 10, 2016 Wednesday, Feb 03, 2016 at 1520 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz map

Join Bookshop Santa Cruz for Wednesday morning story time! Free and appropriate for toddlers to preschool aged children, plus their adult people.

Story time is a great time for reading, and finding new books friends. It’s a cost free activity!

Tips arrive just before 10 to get settled wear comfortable clothing

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hosted by Design By Cosmic and The Abbey during February'sFirst Friday!
Friday, Feb 05, 2016 at 115 Cooper St, Santa Cruz map

Spend sometime with the baristas artists on February 5 at a First Friday Latte Art Throwdown.

Part of First Friday Festivities in downtown Santa Cruz.

Tips add this to your First Friday plan

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hosted by Design By Cosmic and The Abbey!
Friday, Feb 05, 2016 at 115 Cooper St, Santa Cruz map

Spend sometime with the baristas artists on February 5 at a First Friday Latte Art Throwdown.

Part of First Friday Festivities in downtown Santa Cruz.

Tips add this to your First Friday plan

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At the Poet & Patriot
Friday, Dec 04, 2015 at 320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz map

A great little Irish Pub tucked alongside an alleyway and a parking lot in Downtown Santa Cruz ... with a solid selection of on tap IPAs, stouts and porters. Dart boards in the back, board games all around, friendly crew, sweet vibe.

Solid Irish bar in downtown Santa Cruz with awesome comedy + beer on tap.

Tips no cover charge open mic signups at 8

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At the Del Mar Theatre
Wednesday, Dec 02, 2015 at 1124 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz map

While the New Tech Meetups happen every month, the December edition is always the best! Boasting a bigger venue, networking tables, more people and a killer lineup of speakers … this evening will also include New Year predictions from 10 local luminaries.

Hanging out with entrepreneurs + dinner + beer & wine sounds like a good time!

Tips sell out warning - buy your ticket soon beer & wine will be available sold separately doors open at 6pm

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Exclusively at The Del Mar
Saturday, Nov 21, 2015 Friday, Nov 20, 2015 at The Del Mar 1124 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz map

Centuries after war has devastated the earth, Princess Nausicaä leads the people of the Valley of the Wind. Feuding clans fight with planes and tanks as well as swords in a world that is both primitive and futuristic. In addition to her people's conflicts with other factions, Nausicaa must also contend with the insects of the jungle including the Ohmu, a race of giant, intelligent bugs that poisons the surrounding atmosphere - and is spreading rapidly.

Midnight movies are so fun + there aren’t many chances to see one of these films on a big screen.

Tips buy your ticket before showtime plan on grabbing snacks at the gourmet concession stand

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Presented by Downtown
Sunday, Nov 15, 2015 at The Food Lounge 1001 Center Street #1, Santa Cruz map

Taste the best of the Santa Cruz Mountains right here in the heart of the Central Coast as we present the Downtown Santa Cruz Wine Walk. Enjoy tastings from the best of our local wineries while strolling through some of your favorite Downtown shops. Check in at the Food Lounge for your pass and your glass, and a map of the pouring locations, then enjoy an afternoon of tasting and discovering.

A lovely way to spend a Fall afternoon outside, with a date

Tips Sell out warning - purchase tickets soon

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Hosting the Bakersfield Jam
Friday, Nov 13, 2015 at Kaiser Permanente Arena 140 Front St, Santa Cruz map

Bakersfield Jam & Santa Cruz Warriors will tip off at 7pm at the Kaiser Permanente Arena in Downtown Santa Cruz.

It’s our hometown team’s opening night. If you love basketball, you’ll want to be there!

Tips box office opens 2 hours before tip-off doors open 1 hour before tip-off all bags must be smaller than 14″ x 14″ x 6″ in size Cameras with lenses less than 3 “ in length are permitted & flash is not allowed

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Dubbed "the first ever punk rock theater show," you won't
Saturday, Nov 07, 2015 at 1011 Pacific Ave , Santa Cruz map

Catch this hilarious interactive spoof of the 1991 classic film Point Break. Get robbed by the ex-presidents, weather the 50 year storm, chow down a meatball sandwich, witness skydives, experience big wave riding and extreme car chases all LIVE on stage!

It will be a crazy fun show ... and ridiculous!

Tips Buy your ticket early!

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Come celebrate their 49th Birthday!
Saturday, Nov 07, 2015 at BookShop Santa Cruz 1520 pacific ave, Santa Cruz map

BookShop Santa Cruz is celebrating their 49th birthday with a party, live music, cake, and a store wide 20% off sale on most everything in the store!

Shop between 9am-11pm on Saturday and get 20% off most everything in the store.

Tips stop by Friday night at 7:30 for live music and a cake full of birthday candles

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5th Annual Open House Extravaganza
Friday, Nov 06, 2015 at 877 Cedar St, Santa Cruz map

Cruzio has been part of the local Santa Cruz scene since 1989, with CruzioWorks launching its own journey in 2011 in the refurbished Sentinel building.

Because our local entrepreneur community is full of the funnest people in town!

Tips Santa Cruz Mountain Brewery will be pouring free draft beverages bring cash for taco truck and Aunt Laili’s ice cream & espresso

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Presented by TechRaising
Thursday, Nov 05, 2015 at 101 Cooper St, Santa Cruz map

From a decade of product design for fast-paced tech startups to starting a Santa Cruz based craft brewery, Frank has learned a thing or two about how to do this. He will talk of the thrills, benefits and perils of transparently sharing your company’s story and building a customer base before the government even allows you to sell your product.

This promises to be a fun evening of networking, craft beer and pizza.

Tips RSVP via

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Presented by Kuumbwa Jazz
Wednesday, Nov 04, 2015 at Kuumbwa Jazz 320-2 Cedar Street, Santa Cruz map

Sometimes referred to as the “Leonard Cohen of Brazil,” Faraco's compositions employ a variety of rhythmic styles rooted in the unlimited breadth of Brazil's musical culture, the South American sonic pastiche of African, European, and indigenous traditions. The early influences on his songwriting, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Joao Gilberto and Vinicius de Moraes, still reverberate strongly through his current musical compositions. Cajuiero, his seventh and most recent recording, captures Faraco at an inventive peak in his continual artistic evolution.

½ price night for students

Tips doors open & dinner begins at 6:00 pm

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Santa Cruz Symphony Presents: Inventing America
Saturday, Oct 10, 2015 at 307 Church St, Santa Cruz map

The Santa Cruz Symphony is set to open their 58th season on October 10th in downtown Santa Cruz. This season’s schedule features new horizons in music, from the innovative beginnings of Mahler’s first symphony and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue to the visionary apotheoses of Dvorak’s New World and Beethoven’s 9th Symphonies.

Try something new! Grab a group of friends, dress up, and

Tips buy your tickets in advance online

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A venue based music festival in downtown Santa Cruz
Saturday, Oct 10, 2015

October 10, the Santa Cruz Music Festival in full force for it’s third year, taking over the historic downtown area, linking together more than ten downtown Santa Cruz venues for a thirteen hour musical marathon.

“It’s like Coachella in Downtown Santa Cruz!” -Santa Cruz Info Kiosk

Tips venues are first come first serve. Wristbands don’t guarantee admission

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Join BookShop Santa Cruz for an evening of recipe sampling, book
Thursday, Oct 08, 2015 at 1520 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz map

Welcome the fantastic Heidi Swanson at a meet-and-greet party celebrating her newest cookbook, Near and Far.

This is an exclusive chance to meet Heidi Swanson, sample a few of the recipes

Tips purchase your book during the event and get it signed