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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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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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at Gilda's on the Wharf
Thursday, Jul 14, 2016 at Gilda's Restaurant 37 Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz map • 8314232010

The other night, I was out on the wharf for an evening walk. I passed a family that looked like they must've just left a restaurant—full bellies, and all of the kids shirts were speckled with tomato sauce. Then I passed a couple sitting on a bench, watching the sun set. She had a tiny smudge of sauce on her cheek. Hmmm.. it must be spaghetti night somewhere.

Why?
Sometimes you are really hungry, sometimes spaghetti is a must. Gilda's is your kinds of place on Thursday nights!

Tips bring a friend or five! family friendly choose the meat sauce and skip the meat ball! change up your sauce with each serving.

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at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk’s Casino Arcade
Friday, Apr 01, 2016 at 400 Beach St, Santa Cruz map

It might look like just another Star Wars game … but you won’t want to pass this one by. Actually, this game is the star attraction of this adventure today. Get your Star Wars loving self over to the Boardwalk’s Casino Arcade to find this game!

Why?
The ultimate arcade game for Star Wars fans — Lasers, Tie Fighters, At Ats, oh my!

Tips bring a friend play more than once

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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.

Why?
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