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40th annual "Ramayana!"
A story of love, adventure, separation and an eventual joyous reunion, in an ancient allegory of the battle of good and evil
Every day (Jun 7-Jun 10)
Location: Mexican Heritage Theater, 1700 Alum Rock Avenue, San Jose Map

"Ramayana!" the Mount Madonna School's "sword-and-sorcery" production now in its 40th year and featuring an original rock-n-roll score and magical characters who encounter danger and love, good versus evil, duty, heroic action and sacrifice, will have performances June 7 to 10 at the Mexican Heritage Theater here, according to a press release.

 

The story of the Ramayana, as first told by the poet Valmiki, has endured for 2600 years as one of the world's most widely-read classics. The Mount Madonna production focuses on a small part of the larger Hindu epic's story and tells the story of Prince Ram, who, banished from his homeland of Ayodhya, leaves with his wife Sita and brother Lakshman to seek a new home. On their journey, they encounter an array of colorful beings, including tribal folk and gentle forest animals, giants and wizards, heroic monkeys and bears, an enchanted golden deer, a kingdom of demons led by the evil 10-headed Lord Ravana, and a wild, fire-breathing dragon.

 

(0 A May 2018) RamayanaDragon2.jpgThe show features a cast of some 200 student actors, ages 3 to 18, accompanied by a choir and adult musicians.

 

It is a story of love, adventure, separation and an eventual joyous reunion, in an ancient allegory of the battle of good and evil. The show is filled with exciting action, spectacular costuming and family humor. A rich performing arts tradition and integrated arts curriculum make MMS performances outstanding, said the release.

 

Performances:

June 7 Dress Preview  &  June 8-10 Performances

Tickets on sale May 1, 2018

 

All seats are reserved: $35-$40 adults/$25 children (18 and under).

 

Special Dress Circle includes special reception, backstage tour, VIP parking and intermission treats.

 

All tickets are available online at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3387745

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Earth Day Santa Cruz
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City of Santa Cruz
Activities for all ages, delicious food and live music!
Date: 04/21/2018 from 11:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

(A April 2016) Earth-Day-SC_Children2.jpgSanta Cruz Earth Day, a fun celebration of the environment and the San Lorenzo River for all age groups, is presented by the City of Santa Cruz, the County of Santa Cruz, Ecology Action and the Coastal Watershed Council. The festival will be held at San Lorenzo Park Benchlands behind the County Government Center. In case of rain, the event will be held in the County Government Center parking lot.

 

Earth Day  will feature over 90 educational and green retail booths, many kids' activities, an electric vehicle showcase, live music, delicious food, a beer garden and much more.

 

The Kids' Zone will feature an arts and crafts activity area, face painting and tumbling/gymnastics. A free rock climbing wall is open to all ages. Students from four local schools will display their Environmental Classroom Challenge projects with winners announced onstage at noon.

 

Main Stage Entertainment

  • Live Music from SambaDá
  • Recycled Fashion Show
  • Environmental School Challenge Awards

 

 

Kid Friendly Activities

  • Arts and Crafts
  • Gymnastics/Tumbling Area
  • Climbing Wall
  • Face Painting
  • Music with Mothersong

 

Some Other Highlight

  • Upcycled Art DIY Worshop with Chris Allen
  • Electric Vehicle Showcase- test drive a TESLA
  • Delicious Vegetarian Food
  • Beer Garden
  • Photo Booth

 


Location: San Lorenzo Park Benchlands, 137 Dakota Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Earth Day/Day of the Child
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City of Watsonville
Activities, information and food!
Date: 04/22/2018 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm


Earth Day/Day of the Child 

Join us for the Annual Watsonville Earth Day - Day of the Child on at the historic Watsonville City Plaza. Over 6 sponsors, 9 City Divisions, and 50 organizations join to offer free kids activities and information on services available to local families. This festival is such a special opportunity for the community since local kids can perform on stage and have tons of fun while learning about our town in Spanish and English! Earth Day and Day of the Child are perfect holidays to celebrate as one. Earth Day is the day we should all consider how to help protect our environment and the resources we use for the future.

 

Day of the Child is a Latin American holiday dedicated to the wonderful young children. We are "Together for a beautiful and healthy Watsonville" now and for the future. 

2018 Earth Day/Day of the Child Flyer


Location: Watsonville City Plaza, 358 Main St, Watsonville Map
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Annual Ducky Derby
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Omega Nu of Santa Cruz
Race your Duck for prizes and charity at the 27th Annual Ducky Derby
Date: 04/28/2018 from 10:30am to 3:30pm
Ages: All Ages Admission Fees: Free

(0 April 2018) DuckyDerby2018.jpgCome join the fun at the Ducky Derby and Carnival. Admission is free.

 

The ducks will race rain or shine.

 

If you adopt a duck, you will have a chance to win over 100 prize packages.

 

Fun for the whole family.

 

Adopt at duck at www.duckyderbysantacruz.org


Location: Harvey West Park, 326 Evergreen Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Summit for the Planet Earth Day Celebration
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Mount Madonna School
Join us for an amazing Learning Expo & fun-filled day!
Date: 04/28/2018 from 9:00am to 1:30pm
Ages: all Admission Fees: none

an eco-carnival and e-waste event

"The annual Summit for the Planet connects the MMS school community with local area organizations and businesses supporting the environment and teaching young people the importance of stewardship," commented MMS Head of School Mary Supriya McDonald. "The walk-a-thon is a way for our school to raise funds and awareness, and a day of play and fun for families and all the visitors who join us on the mountaintop."

 

(AA Summit) SummitBlast_RunningBuddies.jpgHosted by Mount Madonna School, 491 Summit Road, Mount Madonna. Registration and information at SummitforthePlanet.org

 

(Schedule subject to change)

9:30 - 10:00am: Registration
Students Perform

Students Perform
9:45 am: Walkers Stretch

10:00 am: Walk-a-thon begins

10:30-11:00: Walkers Return

11:05 pm: Songs by the MMS student choirs

11:15 pm: Award Ceremony and Sponsor Recognition

11:30 pm: Carnival Opens!
Trash Fashion Show

Trash Fashion Show
11:35 pm: Solar Car Race

12:00 pm: Trash Fashion Show

12:20 pm: Entertainment
(Live music, dancers, and more)

1:30 pm: Event Concludes


Location: 491 Summit Road, Mount Madonna Map
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Touch a Truck!
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Scotts Valley Educational Foundation
Interactive event where boys and girls of all ages can come and explore trucks and vehicles of all shapes and sizes
Date: 04/29/2018 from 10:30am to 3:00pm


(0 April 2017) TouchATruck_digger.jpgExperience Touch-A-Truck Santa Cruz

Spend the day exploring vehicles of all kinds from dump trucks and diggers to fire trucks and city buses, while also enjoying a variety of Santa Cruz's best food trucks, a well-stocked beverage garden, a Kid Zone where kids can build, climb, jump and create, and listening to one of Santa Cruz's best bands.

 

Touch-A-Truck is fun for kids and families to explore big trucks of all kinds, including emergency, construction, agriculture, transportation, and other unique vehicles. If you have additional suggestions that would be of interest to kids, let us know.

 

A bunch of cool, giant trucks will be together in a large field for the kids to explore. They can sit in the driver's seat and honk the horn. These events have become a big draw throughout California and we are the first to host one in Santa Cruz County in a safe and friendly park environment.

 

More than 25 vehicles will be parked on the old airport field adjacent to Skypark from 10:30 am-3 pm.


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Do It Ourselves Fest
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Camp Krem
Music festival to raise funds for Camp Krem programs
Date: Every day (Apr 27-Apr 29)


 

This April DIO is turning six years old - seeing this community of artists, do'ers, and givers grow and change continues to inspire us.

We are so grateful to be able to work with an expanding community, bringing DIO Fest to life each year and contributing to Camping Unlimited, Camp Krem and their music enrichment program as part of that mission.

(0 April 2018) DoItOurselves.jpgWe're excited about what the future holds, and we hope you'll join us. 

 

The festival grounds are located about 15 miles north of Santa Cruz, nestled near the summit of a redwood-forested mountainside. Beyond the music and art, you'll find a swimming pool, several hiking trails, a running creek through lower campgrounds, and panoramic views of the Santa Cruz Mountains.

 

We're proud to be a family friendly event, with children 12 and under getting free admission.

 

From the artists who contribute their art and expression, to the self-less intentions of our volunteers, to the tireless souls who make Camp Krem what it is each and every day, we're all beyond grateful to have each other. We're more ecstatic than ever to see where it all leads. DIO not only creates beauty for all who attend, it also leaves a lasting impact on Camp Krem throughout the year - they're always excited to see the DIO crew return every April!

 

Come and join us at Do-It-Ourselves Fest sometime, and see what Camp Krem is all about for yourself!


Location: 102 Brook Ln, Boulder Creek Map
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Santa Cruz Mini Maker Faire
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Gateway School and Cabrillo College
Come enjoy hands-on, interactive experiences and be inspired by creative makers who live and work in our community.
Date: 05/05/2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: All Ages Admission Fees: Free for children 3 and under, $2 for children 4-12 years old, $8 for adults

The Third Annual Santa Cruz Mini Maker Faire is a family-friendly event that celebrates the inventiveness here in the Santa Cruz community. The Mini Maker Faire allows creators and tinkerers to showcase their work to the community, while the public comes to enjoy hands-on, interactive experiences and connect with like-minded people. Attend and you'll be inspired and educated by the amazing and creative makers who live and work in our community.


Location: Cabrillo College VAPA Center, 6500 Soquel Dr., Aptos, CA Map
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Paso Robles Olive Festival
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Paso Robles Main St Association
Olive Inspired Fun
Date: 05/05/2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: all

Join us for the 10th Annual Paso Robles Olive Festival
Bring the family for a day of Olive Inspired Fun!

 

The 15th Annual Olive Festival is a much-anticipated celebration of the olive industry that will take place at the Downtown City Park. The Festival will open at 10 am with the blessing of the Festival by a father of St. Rose Catholic Church. Before the festival opens a cooking competition, that is open to ANYONE, will begin at 9:30 am. The Festival will feature a head-to-head chef-cook off where the winner of last year's competition will compete to defend his title.


Throughout the day professional chefs will perform cooking demonstrations while vendors offer free samples of their products and seminars about olives. Other entertainment includes music, wine tasting, a Culinary Row, special children's entertainment located near the playground and so much more!

 

The 15th Annual Paso Robles Olive Festival will take place Saturday, May 5th from 10 am - 5 pm. The Festival is free and open to the public with wine tasting tickets at $15.00 per person. Entry forms for the Cooking contest are available online.

 

Any questions call the Paso Robles Main Street Association at (805) 238- 4103.

 

Free Olive Oil and Olive product sampling
Producers from all over California
Culinary Row serving great food
Wine Tasting
Open Olive Dish Cooking Contest
Free Olive Oil Ice Cream


Location: Olive Festival, Downtown Park, Paso Robles
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May Faire Celebration and Open House - Orchard School
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Orchard School
May Faire Celebration and Open House at Orchard School
Date: 05/05/2018 from 11:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: all Admission Fees: Free

Come celebrate the magic of Spring with us! Enjoy our lovely garden and farm animals.

(A May 2016) OrchardMayfaire.jpgActivities include

Waterslide
Maypole Dance at 1:30
Book Sale
Music
Flower Wreath Making
Face Painting
Local Artisans
Crafts
Games

.. and more!

Bring your towel and swimsuit.

Tickets for delicious home made food & drinks will be available for purchase, or you may bring your own picnic.

Admission is FREE. Activities & food priced separately.

Tour our beautiful 14-acre campus (11:00 am - 1:30 pm), meet our extraordinary faculty, and play for the day!

Just 10 miles south of downtown Santa Cruz.

Interested vendors? Please contact:

nicole.ignoffo@yahoo.com


Location: 2288 Trout Gulch Rd, Aptos Map
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Senderos Fiesta
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Senderos
Oaxacan food, music and dance to mark the beginning of the traditional Vive Oaxaca Guelaguetza festivities
Date: 05/12/2018 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: FREE

(0 April 2018) SenderosGirls.jpgSenderos invites you to join the free Cooper Street Fiesta from 5-7pm with Oaxacan food, music and dance to mark the beginning of the traditional Vive Oaxaca Guelaguetza festivities.

 

The Senderos community of musicians and dancers will arrive in a convite/procession at Cooper Street, downtown Santa Cruz at 5pm.

 

Colorful folkloric dancing by Senderos' Centeotl Danza y Baile who will be accompanied by Senderos' Ensamble Musical and visiting student musicians from Centro de Integración Social (CIS #8), Zoogocho, Oaxaca, renowned for their traditional Banda de Viento music. Put on your dancing shoes!


This event is co-sponsored by Santa Cruz City Arts and Santa Cruz Museum of History & Art.


Location: Cooper Street & Pacific Ave, Cooper Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Annual Bike Fest
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Bicycle Trip
Come together to celebrate riding and having fun on two wheels in Santa Cruz
Date: 05/12/2018 from 11:00am to 3:00pm


(0 Ads May 2018) BicycleTrip_BikeFest.jpgOnce a year Bicycle Trip hosts all cyclists for a bash at the shop on Soquel Ave. Our party is the finale for Ecology Action's Bike Week Santa Cruz. It's a time when young and old, roadies and mountain bikers, recreational riders and racer-types come together to celebrate riding and having fun on two wheels in Santa Cruz.

Indulge in good eats, get your mind blown by our multiple bike stunt shows, demo your dream eBike, road bike or MTB, browse the neat cycles and bits in our vendor village, partake in numerous kids activities and reap the rich bounty of our famous, free raffle and prize wheel!

 

This year, Bike Fest boasts a demo bike extravaganza, with factory fleets from Giant, Norco, Gazelle and Faraday!


Location: 1001 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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International Migratory Bird Day
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State Park Natural Bridges
Activities include guided bird walks, birding by ear tutorials, educational booths, workshops, native landscape designs, and kid
Date: 05/12/2018 from 10:00am to 3:00pm


International Migratory Bird Day
Saturday, May 12 from 10am to 3pm
Guided Bird Walks on the hour starting at 8am

On Saturday, May 12, California State Parks and the Santa Cruz Bird Club invite you to fly, walk, bike, or drive to the first International Migratory Bird Day at Natural Bridges State Beach. Celebrate the amazing journey of flying future mothers and their mates as they migrate across the country. Activities include guided bird walks, birding by ear tutorials, educational booths, workshops, native landscape designs, and kid's crafts and activities.

 

Event is free; day use fee for vehicles is $10. For more information, please call (831) 423-4609. Event made possible by Santa Cruz Bird Club, Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks, and California State Parks.


Location: 2531 West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Map
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Family Movie Nights
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Santa Cruz County Parks
A series of free Family Movie Nights with free food from local restaurants
Date: 05/17/2018 at 6:30pm
Ages: all Admission Fees: free
Special Instructions: Festivities will begin at 6:30pm and the movie will begin at 8pm or dusk.

(0 A May 2018) Soquel_freemovienight.jpgA series of free Family Movie Nights will start May 17 at 4740 Soquel Drive at the plaza of the Heart of Soquel Park with the movie "Coco."

 

Sponsors are the Santa Cruz County Department of Parks, Open Space and Cultural Resources, Dignity Health Medical Foundation and Dominican Hospital.

 

The movie nights will take place every Thursday throughout the summer and local restaurants will provide free refreshments. Local sponsors donating food include El Chipotle, Cafe Roma, Sawasdee and Star of Siam.

 

May 17, "Coco," the movie schedule is:

June 21, "The Goonies,"

July 19, "Despicable Me 3,"

Aug. 23, "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,"

Sept. 20, "Wonder" and

Oct. 18, "Black Panther."

 

Low chairs, blankets and jackets recommended. No alcohol is allowed. Inclement weather will cancel a movie night. Free parking will be available in local public lots.

 

Interested sponsors should contact Angela Chesnut at angela.chesnut@santacruzcounty.us.


Location: Heart of Soquel Park, 4740 Soquel Drive, Soquel Map
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Maker Faire
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Maker Faire
Immerse yourself in Maker culture with over 800 exhibits, 6+ stages, big art and spectacle, hands-on making and learning- all sh
Date: Every day (May 18-May 20)
Admission Fees: $2 - $16

Experience the world-renowned CELEBRATION OF INVENTION, CREATIVITY & CURIOSITY

Immerse yourself in Maker culture with over 800 exhibits, 6+ stages, big art and spectacle, hands-on making and learning- all showcasing the creative and experimental folks who make, play, tinker and hack in areas like:

+ Robotics
+ Future of Food
+ Cosplay
+ STEM & STEAM
+ Craft
+ Science
+ Electronics
+ Tools and Materials
+ Crazy things you've never seen
+ Much much more!

Dates & Hours

- Friday, May 18, 2018: 1 pm - 5 pm; Special Preview Day "FRIDAY@MakerFaire"
- Saturday, May 19, 2018: 10 am - 7 pm
- Sunday, May 20, 2018: 10 am - 6 pm

NEW Ticket Options for 2018: All Access, VIP and Patron tickets!

ALL ACCESS: A four day weekend of full-on Maker Faire! Valid for entry at the Thursday night Maker Faire edition of After Dark@Exploratorium, Friday@Maker Faire and Saturday & Sunday.

VIP ALL ACCESS: Everything "All Access" PLUS
- VIP lounge with Complimentary Beverages
- 3-day event parking

PATRON ALL ACCESS: Everything "All Access" PLUS
- 3-day event VIP parking and Priority Gate Entrance
- Entry into both Patron & VIP lounges, with Complimentary Beverages
- Maker Networking Dinner with entertainment Friday evening
- Limited Edition Maker Faire Swag
- Underwrites the participation of selected Makers

Discounts
View Maker Faire's discounts here. A variety of discounts off the full retail price including a Group/School Discount of 15% off for groups of 15+; Military Discount of $10 off all tickets; and the Sunday Family Pass (5 tickets for $125.00), to name a few. For Group Discounts on ALL ACCESS and VIP ticket levels, please email us at tickets@makerfaire.com.


Location: San Mateo County Event Center, 1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo Map
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Tide Pool Tours
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State Park Natural Bridges
Explore our spectacular tidepools on this 1.5 hour guided tour.
Date: Every Su and Sa (May 5-May 20)

Special Instructions: See specific days & times

Tidepool Tours

Saturday, May 5 at 11:30am

Sunday, May 6 at 11:30am

Sunday, May 13 at 2pm

Saturday, May 19 at 11:30am

Sunday, May 20 at 11:30am

Explore our spectacular tidepools on this 1.5 hour guided tour. Meet at the Natural Bridges State Beach Visitor Center. Bring layered clothing and good walking shoes. Event is free; day use fee for vehicles is $10. For more information, please call (831) 423-4609 ext. 8. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.


Location: 2531 West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Map
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Vive Oaxaca Guelaguetza
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Senderos
Dance, music, food, crafts, and community to celebrate the wonderful traditions of Oaxaca, Mexico
Date: 05/20/2018 from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Admission Fees: $10.00; free for children 5 and unde

(0 April 2018) OaxacanCulturalFestival.jpgOn Sunday May 20 - Vive Oaxaca Guelaguetza brings together dance, music, food, crafts, and community to celebrate the wonderful traditions of Oaxaca, Mexico.
​The ​13th annual ​festival will be held in a​ ​NEW LOCATION AT SAN LORENZO PARK, near downtown Santa Cruz from 9:00am-5:00pm.

 

F​eaturing fabulous music by Banda del Centro de Integration Social #8, Zoogocho, Oaxaca​ ​and colorful dance by Centeotl Danza y Baile. The formal performances will begin with a parade at 11:00am.


The marketplace will be open all day selling Oaxacan food and beverage specialties such as mole, tlayudas, tejate, as well as crafts and souvenirs. Admission is $10.00; free for children 5 and under. Bring blankets and lawn chairs (no seating provided) and be transported to the sights and sounds of Oaxaca!


The Guelaguetza is the major fundraising event for Senderos, an all-volunteer nonprofit in Santa Cruz providing free dance and music classes, tutoring and scholarships for Latino youth.
For more information, call (831) 854-7750 or website: SCSenderos.org


This local festival is like the traditional fiestas celebrated each summer in Oaxaca, Mexico. The word Guelaguetza is derived from the Oaxacan indigenous Zapotec language and signifies "a commitment of sharing and cooperation." Guelaguetza is a celebration that honors the gods for sufficient rainfall and a bountiful harvest.

 

Sponsors include: Santa Cruz City Schools, Arts Council Santa Cruz County, Community Foundation Santa Cruz County, California Arts Council, Alliance for California Traditional Arts, Santa Cruz City Arts, the Mexican Consulate of San Jose, Santa Cruz County Office of Education, Ow Family Properties, and many local businesses and individuals.


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Felton Covered Bridge Festival
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Felton Business Assoc
A day of fun! Entertainment, food, parade, music, kids activities craft vendors
Date: 05/26/2018
Admission Fees: free

A MEMORIAL DAY TRADITION IN FELTON

 

The Felton Remembers Parade & Covered Bridge Festival

The Felton Remembers Parade is an annual parade held on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, to honor the lives of the brave men and women who died while serving in our country's armed forces. The parade also pays tribute to surviving veterans and families of fallen soldiers.

 

The Covered Bridge Festival is in its 29th year! The festival has been held on memorial day weekend every year since 1989. The original purpose of the festival was to raise funds for to repair the Felton Covered Bridge. Now that the bridge has been restored, funds raised from the festival are used to put on other community events in the town of Felton, including the Felton Remembers Parade, the annual Tree Lighting ceremony, etc.

 

The Parade

Expect to see: Fire Engines, Marching Bands, Horses, Military Veterans, Antique Autos, Military Vehicles, maybe a Tank (A Tank??)  Or perhaps you'd rather be in the parade.. It's great fun! Click here to learn more

 

The Festival

The festival features Live Music, A variety of Food, Arts&Crafts Vendors, Children's Activities, and much more. Follow the links below to find out more!

 

(0 April 2017) FeltonFestival_KidsBubble.jpgKids Activities

The Covered Bridge Festival is a kid-friendly event. There will be plenty of activities to keep the entire family entertained!  Giant Balloons! Face Painting  Bounce House  Arts & Crafts

 

Music

We have a great musical lineup for the 2017 Covered Bridge Festival! Music will start at 11 and continue throughout the day. There will be hay bales to sit on, and plenty of open space to dance or spread out a blanket and enjoy the show.

 

Food at the Festival

We have a great lineup of food vendors for the 2017 festival. We tried to provide a variety of choices, including some vegan and vegetarian options.

Saucyez -Sauceyz is a popular local food truck. Their passion with food runs deep; They focus on low and slow smoked meats, awesome burgers, amazing fried dishes, killer tacos, and delicious salad wraps. They create a high quality meal using locally sourced whenever possible.

Efis DUTCH-INDO -Efi's (pronounced Afee's) is Dutch-Indo cuisine w/ a contemporary twist.

Outlaw -A local Felton vendor, offering Philly Cheese Steaks and other delectable treats

Steve's Shave Ice - A Covered Bridge Festival Tradition! What summer festival would be complete without shave ice!

 

History of the Bridge

Construction was completed on The Felton Covered Bridge in September of 1892. For roughly 40 years, the bridge served as the main crossing of the San Lorenzo River, carrying horses, bicycles, and automobiles to and from Scotts Valley and beyond. In 1937, construction began on a new concrete bridge, which made the covered bridge obsolete. Thanks to the efforts of many dedicated individuals, the bridge has been preserved ever since. 


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California Roots Music & Arts Festival
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California Roots Festival
Three stages on expanded festival grounds with music from around the world, delicious food and unique craft vendors...
Date: Every day (May 25-May 27)
Admission Fees: 12 and under are free
Special Instructions: Children Welcome!

(0 April 2018) CA_Roots.jpgThe California Roots Music & Arts Festival is a 3-day celebration held over Memorial Day weekend at the Monterey County Fairgrounds. The Annual California Roots Music & Arts Festival will feature three stages on expanded festival grounds with music from around the world, delicious food and unique craft vendors, as well as a dynamic live art experience.


Children are welcome. Kids ages 12 and under are free. Strollers and/or wagons for carrying kids are encouraged.


The California Roots Music & Arts Festival is a 3-day celebration held over Memorial Day weekend at the beautiful Monterey County Fairgrounds.

 

The Annual California Roots Festival is dedicated to creating a unforgettable festival experience with an emphasis on sustainability and earth-friendly practices including a zero waste plan, water fill stations and a rideshare program.

 

We take great pride in producing the highest quality musical and art experience as well as sharing one of the most beautiful places in the world, Monterey, California!


Location: Monterey County Fairgrounds, 2004 Fairground Rd, Monterey Map
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Artichoke Festival
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Castroville Artichoke Festival
Artichokes fried, sauteed, grilled, marinated, pickled, fresh, and creamed in soup and much more!
Date: Every day (Jun 2-Jun 3)
Admission Fees: $5-$60

The Artichoke Festival is a commemoration of all things artichoke. The event has artichoke cooking demos, tours of artichoke farms, artichoke-themed art and souvenirs (and a contest to make art out of actual artichokes!), an artichoke parade, artichokes (and other vegetables) for sale at the farmers' market, a race through the artichoke fields, a classic car show, a wine exposition, and of course artichokes prepared in every way imaginable.

 

A tradition for over half a century, the Artichoke Festival takes place every June. Open from 10am to 6pm on Saturday and 10am to 5pm on Sunday, the Artichoke Festival features foods and events all centered around one of Monterey County's favorite thistle.

 

Artichoke Festival Parade & Car Show

The Castroville Artichoke Festival Parade marches through the streets of Castroville and officially kicks off the festivities. The entries are fighting for top prize, and the competition is fierce! Large floats, performing entertainment acts such as marching bands and baton corps, cheerleaders, classic cars, equestrians and more will all participate in the Castroville Artichoke Festival Parade.

 

Live Music

The Artichoke Festival hosts live acts including performances from great bands. There's something for everyone with everything from rock & roll, country, swing, to mariachi.

 

Other Events

Throughout the weekend, check out the various children's activities including games, face painting and live shows. Sample award-winning wines from throughout the state. Admire three-dimensional sculptures built from fruits and vegetables in the Agro Art competition. Learn the many ways you can prepare artichokes at cooking demonstrations throughout the festival. A farmers' market, arts and crafts vendors and food stands selling artichokes prepared in every way assure you won't go home hungry or empty-handed.

 

Tickets and Schedule

Tickets are $12 for adults and $7 for children at the gate. See the official Artichoke Festival site for detailed schedule and ticketing information.


Location: Monterey County Fairgrounds, 2004 Fairground Rd, Monterey Map
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Redwood Mountain Faire
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Valley Women's Club
Dance the day away to live music with your friends and family while enjoying tasty locally made food, cold beer, cider, and wine
Date: Every day (Jun 2-Jun 3) at 11:00am
Ages: All Admission Fees: $5 - $45
Special Instructions: Parking: $5

(0 January 2018) RedwoodMountainFaireDancers.jpgJoin us for a weekend-long, family-friendly music festival with over 20 bands and arts & crafts. This festival benefits local nonprofit organizations. The Faire features live music on two stages, kids' area, locally made food, beer, cider and wine in an open field surrounded by redwoods in the beautiful Santa Cruz Mountains. Kids 12 and under FREE!

 

TICKET PRICING

Adults: $25 per day (door $29). Two-day Pass $45.
Teens (13 - 17): $20 each (door $24). Two-day Pass $35.
Seniors (65+): $20 each (door $24). Two-day Pass $35.
Kids 12 and under FREE with parent or legal guardian.
Parking $5

 

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Location: Roaring Camp Railroads, Hwy 9, Felton Map
Phone: 831/ 335-4484 •website Felton create a direct event link
Japanese Cultural Fair
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Japanese Cultural Fair
Explore traditional and contemporary Japanese culture
Date: 06/09/2018 from 11:00am to 6:00pm
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: None
Special Instructions: Japanese Theme

Japanese Cultural Fair celebrates its annual fair.

 

Mission Plaza overflows with the celebration of Japanese music, traditional dance, food and crafts at this popular annual festival. Powerful drummers, the San Francisco Taiko Dojo, thrill the audience, along with storytellers, martial arts demonstrations and healing arts vendors. Sushi, noodles and green tea ice cream are always favorites.

 

Free shuttle service between County Building parking lot and Mission Plaza. Two shuttle buses are running every 15 minutes and their stops are: County Building(Ocean & Water St.), Civic Auditorium (Church St.), Mission Plaza Park


Location: Mission Plaza Park, 103 Emmett St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 462-4589 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Last Day of School Party
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Library Boulder Creek
Last Day of School Party with root beer floats, bubbles, paper airplanes and more
Date: 06/14/2018 from 12:30pm to 2:30pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

(0 A May 2018) Library_rootbeer-float.jpgJoin us for the Last Day of School Party activities:

12:00-2:30 free root beer floats;

12:30-4:00 paper airplane making and bubble fun;

3:00-4:30 DIY crafts;

3:30-5:00 LEGO Club!

Plus- life-sized model of R2D2 from Star Wars!

Bring your camera and get a selfie with R2D2!


Location: 13390 West Park Avenue, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Juneteenth Celebration
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City of Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation
Come acknowledge the Emancipation Proclamation on June 16th
Date: 06/16/2018 from 12:00pm to 5:00pm
Ages: all Admission Fees: free

(0 A May 2018) Juneteenth2018.jpgCome acknowledge the Emancipation Proclamation on June 16th at Laurel Park behind the Louden Nelson Community Center.

This year's performers include:
* Rich Tycoon's All Original Showcase
*Joint Chiefs - Funk & Soul
* Gregory Speed - Spoken Word
* Lee Earl - The Everyday Dude
* Michelle Miracle - Classical Soloist
* MC Brett Taylor
* Live DJ Mai Girl
* Fitness session with Trenise Pot
* Santa Cruz County Clerk of Elections Gail Pellerin

Enjoy delicious soul food, arts & crafts, basketball skills contest and the annual sack race!

Basketball Skills Contest - Harbor High basketball coach, Lee Earl along with Parks and Recreation staff will lead kids 10 and under for fun basketball skill-oriented games. Prizes will be provided by the Santa Cruz Warriors!

  • 3-Point Shoot Out
  • Skills Challenge
  • Shot Competition

Sign up at the Louden Nelson Community Center at 301 Center Street or for more information call 831-420-6177.

 
Background on Juneteenth - On June 19th, 1865, Union soldiers led by Major General Gordon Granger landed in Galveston, Texas with the news the Civil War had ended and enslaved were now free. 150 years later, we celebrate this remarkable event at Juneteenth celebrations across the country. A long-held tradition among African Americans, Juneteenth is a fun and special day for anyone who believes in freedom and equality for all people.


Location: Louden Nelson Community Center, 301 Center Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 420-6177 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Woodies on the Wharf
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City of Santa Cruz
More than 200 stylish, pre-1952 wood-bodied cars. Plus music, woodie goodies, prize drawings and a parade!
Date: 06/23/2018 from 10:00am to 4:00pm


(0 April 2018) woodies.jpgEras can often be define by their popular cars. What would the 2000s be without the Hummer, the 80s without sports cars, the 60s without VW Vans?  This is the time of year when Santa Cruzans honor the iconic cars of the pre-60s decades. That's right, it's time for another Woodies on the Wharf event.


Saturday, June 23rd, 10:00 am to 3:30 pm - 24th Annual Woodies on the Wharf

Woodies start rolling onto the Wharf early Saturday morning and are greeted by SCWC members with registration packets and welcoming goodie bags. NO PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Activities throughout the day include music; merchandise sales; raffles for 100's of prizes including beach bikes and surfboards (90 percent of raffle proceeds go to worthy charities); not to mention wandering the wharf, checking out all the woodies; and visiting the Wharf merchants and restaurants! One of the big hits of the day is the surfboard shaping demonstration by famed Hall of Fame shaper Floyd Smith of Gordon & Smith Surfboards; so, be sure to drop by Floyd's shaping bay to watch him work his magic! This year, as a special treat, come to the raffle area at around noon to enjoy a Hula Show presented by Mehana Thomas' Hula Troop Kuhai Halau O Mehana Pa ‘Olapa Kahiko.

Dog owners should be aware that dogs are not permitted on the wharf.

 

3:30 p.m. - The Parade off the Wharf

One of the highlights of the day is the Woodie Parade off the Wharf which begins promptly at 3:30 p.m. If you drove your woodie, please make sure to check your registration packets for parade instructions, and to follow the directions of the folks in orange vests so that you can help make this an enjoyable and hassle-free parade for everyone


Phone: 831-420-5273 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
California Rodeo Salinas
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California Rodeo
2018 California Rodeo... Cowgirl and Cowboy Up!
Date: Every day (Jul 19-Jul 22)
Ages: All Admission Fees: $7-$65

(Special Event Images / Graphics) CaliforniaRodeoPoster2014.jpgKnown for its week-long cavalcade of events, California Rodeo "Big Week" is the largest community event held in Salinas. Parades, barbecues, cowboy poetry, fireworks, concerts, a carnival, and much more.

 

Big Week offers something for every member of the family, and a chance for the entire community to participate in the California Rodeo.

 

The Rodeo itself is designed to operate like a two-ring circus, each Rodeo performance features events that occur in the arena and on the track simultaneously. While the classic event of saddle bronc riding bucks out in the arena, a horse race speeds by on the track.

 

Each year, the Salinas Rodeo ranks in the top 20 of nearly 800 North American rodeos sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. For four action-packed days, more the 50,000 spectators pass through our gates to see the country's top professional rodeo athletes compete.

 

Saddle Bronc Riding ~ Bareback Riding ~ Bull Riding ~ Tie-Down Roping ~ Steer Wrestling ~ Team Roping ~ Barrel Racing ~ Bull Fighting


Location: Salinas Sports Complex, 1034 Main Street , Salinas Map
Phone: (831)775-3100 •website Salinas create a direct event link
Carmel Bach Festival
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Carmel Bach Festival
Two favorites, but check the entire calendar
Date: Every day (Jul 14-Jul 28)


The Carmel Bach Festival presents two of its most popular chamber concerts at Monterey's San Carlos Cathedral on Thursdays, July 19 and 26, at 5:00. 

The program features Bach Festival orchestra members in Trio Sonatas by Vivaldi and Bach, principal trumpet Robert Farley performing two Baroque trumpet sonatas, and principal keyboardist Andrew Arthur as organ soloist in a concerto by Handel.

San Carlos Cathedral is said to be the most historically significant building in Monterey. It's the oldest building in the city, and the oldest continuously operating church in the state. It's the earliest  California building designed by an architect, and, in 1849, became the state's first cathedral. Extensive conservation and restoration projects in recent years brought the Cathedral back to its original glory.

 

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The Gilroy Garlic Festival
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Gilroy Garlic Festival
"Ultimate Summer Food Fair"; three d9ys of incredible food, beverages, arts & crafts, live entertainment and
Date: Every day (Jul 27-Jul 29)
Ages: All Admission Fees: 7473 Monterey St
Special Instructions: Santa Teresa Blvd & Club Dr

Come to the  Gilroy Garlic Festival for great garlicky food, live entertainment, cooking competitions, and lots of fun for the whole family!

 

The heart of the Garlic Festival is Gourmet Alley, the gigantic outdoor kitchen where the world-famous "Pyro Chefs" put on a spectacular flame-up show while preparing garlic-laced calamari and scampi in huge iron skillets. Other Festival favorites include pepper steak sandwiches, pasta con pesto, fried calamari, and sausage sandwiches, as well as Gilroy garlic fries and garlic bread. And don't forget the only-in-Gilroy garlic ice cream!

 

You'll also find live entertainment on three stages, cooking contests and demonstrations, arts & crafts, wine tasting, and a fun Children's Area too.

 

 

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Location: Christmas Hill Park, 7050 Miller Ave, Gilroy Map
Phone: 408-846-6886 •website Hollister create a direct event link
Scottish Games & Celtic Festival
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Scottish Society of the Monterey Peninsula
Pipe bands, Drum Major and Solo and Pipe Band competitions, Highland Dancing, Irish Step Dancing, Sheepdog Herding and...
Date: Every day (Aug 4-Aug 5) from 9:00am to 6:00pm


This very popular Celtic celebration brings the music, dance, food and athletic events of Scotland and Ireland to Monterey County. 

 

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This very popular Celtic celebration brings the music, dance, food and athletic events of Scotland and Ireland to Monterey County.

The Festival features fun activities for the whole family, including wonderful games for the wee ones. Travel to Scotland, Ireland and England without leaving the Monterey Peninsula at this unique annual event.

The Monterey Scottish Games & Celtic Festival offers a variety of live Celtic entertainment with the thrilling sights and sounds of the massed pipe bands on parade featuring hundreds of pipers and drummers, including many award-winning California-based pipe bands. The event includes talented Highland, Country and other types of costumed dancers, special entertainers, athletes, dozens of clans, two very popular whisky tasting seminars, delicious Celtic food, beautiful jewelry and crafts, fun and interactive children's games with prizes, sheepdog and duck herding and much more.  This fun event for all ages is a celebration full of demonstrations, performances and musical entertainment related to many fascinating aspects of Scottish and Gaelic culture.

 

The Children's Glen hosts a number of activities for the little ones. Children of all ages can participate in downsized, mini athletic events (such as caber toss, pillow over the bar and braemar stone putt.) There are also a number of Celtic craft projects and the ever-popular Celtic Quest: hunting for various sites throughout the Festival and returning for a prize.

 

Living History A historical re-enactment portraying life in 16th century Scotland. Performers will entertain and educate you though the medium of living history.

 

Sheep Dogs Watch as these intelligent and highly skilled dogs gently herd sheep and ducks, under their handlers every command. Introduced to livestock as puppies so they "imprint" on the animals these animals are always able to get their ducks in a row! Don't miss this demonstration of instinct combined with careful training and

 

Tickets: Advance discount presale Monterey Scottish Festival tickets are on sale at www.montereyscotgames.com.


Location: Monterey County Fair & Event Cen, 2004 Fairground Rd, Monterey Map
Phone: (831) 682-2022 •website Monterey create a direct event link
Potluck & Dance
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Pie Ranch
Pie Ranch Community Work Day, potluck dinner, and rollicking barn dance in the roadside barn
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month from 6:00pm to 10:00pm


(0 April 2018) PieRanchDance.jpgBARN DANCE

 

6:00pm / Potluck Dinner followed by music and dancing (7:00 pm)
Reservations and information

The potluck brings a few dozen people out, each with a dish they’ve brought to share.

Cost for the dance is $15–20 per person on a sliding scale; everyone contributes what they can! PLEASE NOTE THAT AN RSVP IS RECOMMENDED but not required and is helpful for our own planning purposes. Nobody will be turned away.

The 7pm Dance lasts 3 hours and features the County Line Pickers (Jim Davies, bass; Joni Davies, guitar; Hide Kawatsur, mandolin; Ken Clarkson, banjo; Luke Abbott and Nancy Vail, fiddle) with caller Andy Wilson to lead the do-si-dos and more!

To encourage a friendly family atmosphere and encourage safe driving on Hwy 1, the potluck and barn dance are alcohol-free events. Please register using the "Sign Up" button at the top of this page and note that we can only accommodate groups of 10 or less. Our office is closed on Saturday and Sunday so the latest RSVP we can accept is the Friday before the barndance, by 3pm.


Location: 2080 Cabrillo Highway, Pescadero Map
Phone: (650) 879-0995 •website Davenport create a direct event link
Scotts Valley Art, Wine & BeerFestival
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Chamber of Commerce Scotts Valley
Come enjoy fine art, wine & beer tasting, great food, and live entertainment in an open park setting
Date: Every day (Aug 18-Aug 19) from 10:00am to 6:00pm


The Scotts Valley Chamber of Commerce and Scotts Valley Arts Commission invite you to attend the Annual Scotts Valley Art and Wine Festival. Come enjoy fine art, wine & beer tasting, great food, and live entertainment in an open park setting at Skypark.

 

Voted as Scotts Valley's favorite Community Event the Scotts Valley Art and Wine Festival has grown bigger and even better this year. Over 100 artists from around California and surrounding areas will be displaying their juried art. There will be a variety of painting, photography, ceramics, jewelry, glass art, sculpture, etching, digital works, textile art and much, much more. The artistic displays will include an array of functional and fine art to suit every taste and style.

 

The festival also features some of the area's most prestigious wineries and award-winning microbreweries pouring their best. Wineries last year included Bargetto Winery, Chaucer's Cellars, Heart O' The Mountain, Bruzzone Family Vineyards, Hallcrest Vineyards, Poetic Cellars, Dancing Creek Winery, Odonata Wines, Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard, Wargin Wines, 37th Parallel Winery, MJA Vineyards, and Mica Cellars. Be sure to bring your ID to enjoy the tasting fun.

 

Complementing your wine and beer tasting experience will be the great food in the Fabulous Food Court. The BBQ pit will be filled with the aroma of hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill. Add to that Pizza, Stuffed Artichokes, Tacos, Kettle Corn, Fruit Smoothie drinks, coffee drinks, pretzels, Frozen Fruit treats, and YUMMY - the Food Court awaits you!

 

There is also fun for the kids. This year the Scotts Valley Art & Wine Festival will feature a "Kids Korner" where a Local Artist will guide children through their very own art project. Along with the art project there will be a booth to have their faces painted by local artist Melissa Garcia. It will be great fun for all. Of course there will be Live music to entertain you. The entertainment stage features a variety of entertainment. There is sure to be a style you will enjoy.


Location: 361 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley Map
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Tequila & Taco Music Festival
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Tequila & Taco Music Festival
Family Day on Sunday vating delicious tacos, all while enjoying a great music lineup
Date: Every day (Aug 25-Aug 26) from 11:00am to 6:00pm
Admission Fees: $10- $60
Special Instructions: Children under 12 free

(0 February 2018) TacosTequilaMusicFestival2018.jpgAnnual Tequila & Taco Music Festival is back in Downtown Santa Cruz at beautiful San Lorenzo Park!

Join us for TWO days of fun in the sun! Saturday will showcase top-shelf Tequilas sampling, while you indulge on gourmet tacos! Enjoy Live Music, Margaritas, Craft Beer and Art Vendors in a picturesque park setting.

Sunday Funday is Mas Margaritas! Bring the family and enjoy a sunny summer afternoon, sipping on an assortment of Margaritas, eating delicious tacos, all while enjoying a great music lineup! There is no Tequila Sampling on Sunday.

All ticket holders both days will have access to Food Vendors, Craft Beer, Margarita Booths, and Live Music.


Tequila Sampling: 11:00 am-3:00 pm SATURDAY ONLY
All other alcohol sales will end at 5:00 pm
Live Music until 5:30 pm.
NO Tequila Sampling on Sunday.

Top-Shelf Tequila Sampling Gourmet Street Tacos Craft Beer Arts & Craft Vendors Live Music All Day Award Winning Margaritas

Premiere Two Day Pass $60
Saturday Tequila Experience $40
General Admission $10 (Saturday and Sunday)

Kids 12 and Under are Free


Location: San Lorenzo Park, 701 Ocean St, Santa Cruz Map
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