Santa Cruz County
Don't Miss Out Local Resources Parent to Parent Get in Touch Get in Touch
Please wait, content is loading...
Please wait while the calendar is loaded
Submit Your Event

Annual Events


 

(0 A September 2019) acorn-fairy-1.jpgVisit our Directory for local family resources!

 

 

Sign up for our weekly newsletter. Receive calendar highlights!

 

Submit Your Event    Tell a friend about us

 

Featured Events:

There are currently no featured events.
« September 2018 »
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
 1
2345678
9101112131415
16171819202122
23242526272829
30 
Click arrows to view a different month.
Search Event Calendar
Select a date range & category
From
To

September

30 Days of Doing
Add to My Planner

click to view website

4-H
Inspire Kids to Do. We believe in empowering kids with the skills they need to succeed. In 4-H, mentors inspire kids to be True
Date: Every day (Sep 1-Sep 30)


30 Days of Doing is a chance for kids across the nation to do with purpose through hands-on learning. Through activities in agriculture, STEM, community service, healthy living and more, 30 Days of Doing will help kids gain the skills they need to be successful in life-and have fun along the way.

 

Plus, starting September 1 you could win a $10,000 scholarship for your kid - and your state 4-H program could receive $10,000 to inspire kids in the community!

 

Submit a photo that shows how your child inspires themselves or others to do with purpose for themselves, their family, their community, their country or the world. Check back September 1 for more details!


websitecreate a direct event link
Coast Nature Walks
Add to My Planner

click to view website

State Park Wilder Ranch
Explore the plants, animals, and geology of the spectacular coastal bluffs
Date: Every Sa (Sep 1-Sep 29) at 11:00am
Ages: All Admission Fees: $10 parking

Coast Nature Walks

Saturday, September 1 at 11am

Saturday, September 15 at 11am

Saturday, September 22 at 11am

Saturday, September 29 at 11am

On these two-hour natural history excursions, you will explore the plants, animals, and geology of the spectacular coastal bluffs. Meet at the Wilder Ranch Interpretive Center. Bring a snack, water, binoculars, and good walking shoes. Binoculars are available to borrow. Rain cancels. Event is free; parking is $10. Please call the park to confirm at (831) 426-0505. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 

 

 


Location: Wilder Ranch , Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831.426-0505 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Reading In the Redwoods
Add to My Planner

click to view website

Library Felton
Join our monthly book club!
Date: Every Su and Sa from 2:00pm to 4:30pm


(0 A Aug 2018) LibraryFelton_ReadingInRedwoods.jpgReading in the Redwoods book group meets monthly at the Felton Library on the fourth Wednesday at 6:15 pm.

 

Copies of the book are usually available at the Felton branch library.

For more information call 427-7708 or drop by the branch.

 

To be added to the book group email list, please call 831-427-3151.


Location: 6299 Gushee, Felton Map
Phone: 831-427-3151 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Google Science Fair
Add to My Planner

click to view website

Google
Google Science Fair is an online science competition, open to students between the ages of 13 and 18 from around the world.
Date: Every day (Sep 13-Dec 12)


Google Science Fair is an online science competition, open to students between the ages of 13 and 18 from around the world.

 

You can sign up starting September 13th 2018 by visiting googlesciencefair.com and clicking on the Start your project button. If you're not sure where to start, you can get help by taking a look at our Student resources and checking out some out some of our previous winners.

 

 

This competition is open to full-time and home-schooled students around the world, between ages of 13 and 18 (these ages are slightly different in a few countries like Israel, South Korea and Europe). See the Official Rules for more details.


You can win amazing prizes.

 

Submissions close December 12th, 2018

Global finalists announced May 2019


websitecreate a direct event link
Brainfuse - Homework Help
Add to My Planner

click to view website

Libraries
Brainfuse: Free online homework help for students of all ages.
Date: Every day


(AAA July 2015) Brainfuse_HomeworkHelpNow180.jpgFree Academic Help at All Levels.

 

Brainfuse offers live online tutoring in elementary, middle school, high school, college, and adult education.

 

Live Tutoring: Students draw or type their question in our online classroom and receive live homework assistance from a Brainfuse-certified tutor. Our tutors don't simply give answers but help students master underlying academic concepts.

 

SkillSurfer: SkillSurfer includes an extensive library of Brainfuse-created lessons, video tutorials, and practice tests in a wide range of academic subjects, and further integrates them with live tutoring.


website Santa Cruz Countycreate a direct event link
Through the Eyes of a Farmer
Add to My Planner

click to view website

Live Earth Farm
Learn about herbal medicinals, native plants and Pickling & Jarring
Date: The last Sa of every month (Jul 30-Sep 24) from 10:30am to 1:30pm
Ages: 10 and up Admission Fees: $75 per person

Through the Eyes of a Farmer

 

Through the eyes of a farmer is our Sunday Tour series throughout summer!

 

July 29th: Herbal Medicinals Workshop: Salve making, oil infusions, seed & herb gathering!

 

August 26th: Native Plant Workshop: Learn about native plants in our area, make medicine, cloth dyes, and go home with seeds to start a flowering native garden!

 

September 30th: Pickling & Jarring what summer bounty we have for fall...

 

(0 A July 2018) LiveEarthFarm_Jessica.jpgWhat I'll provide Agua Fresca & Infusions. We will make a seasonal beverage together during your visit. We will provide everything you need to complete and take home an example of the day's project.
farm fresh and seasonal

 

Please wear closed toe shoes. We recommend a hat, sunscreen and water bottle.You will be visiting a working organic family-farm overlooking the Pajaro Valley. We grow 50 different fruits and vegetables for a CSA and farmers markets in a patchwork of cultivated and wild spaces. We have pygmy milking goats, laying hens, a pregnant Jersey cow and ponies.

 

When do you want to go?

Sun, Jul 29, 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM · $75 per personSun, Aug 26,10:30 AM - 1:30 PM · $75 per personSun, Sep 30,10:30 AM - 1:30 PM · $75 per person


Location: 1275 Green Valley Road, Watsonville Map
Phone: (831)728-2032 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
DIY Family Crafts @ Branciforte
Add to My Planner

click to view website

Library Branciforte
Date: Every Sa from 11:00am to 4:00pm


DIY Family Crafts @ Branciforte (11:00 AM-4:00 PM)
Location: Branciforte Branch
Drop in with your family and make something fun!


Location: 230 Gault Street, Santa Cruz Map
website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Tales to Tails - Central
Add to My Planner

click to view website

Library Central
Date: Every Sa from 10:00am to 11:30am
Admission Fees: Free

Tales to Tails - Downtown (10:00 AM-11:30 AM)


Trained therapy dogs will be available at the Library to be attentive, non-judgmental reading partners for children reading aloud. Children have individual 20-minute time slots to sit with a dog and read.

 

Contact pro@santacruzpl.org or 831.427.7717 to reserve a spot.


View similar upcoming events: Programs for Kids, Early Literacy, Tales to Tails


Location: 224 Church St, Santa Cruz Map
website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Evening Art Program
Add to My Planner

click to view website

State Park Henry Cowell
Activities will range from sketching and watercolor to nature journaling and more
Date: Every Sa at 1:00pm


Evening Art Program
Mondays and Tuesdays from 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Join us in the campfire center for a family friendly arts and crafts program. All ages welcome. Topic changes week to week and activities will range from sketching and watercolor to nature journaling and more! Meet at the Henry Cowell Redwoods Graham Hill Campground, located off Graham Hill Road in Scotts Valley. No experience necessary. Event is free; parking is $10. Events made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.


Location: Graham Hill Rd, Scotts Valley Map
website Scotts Valley create a direct event link
Add to My Planner

click to view website

State Park Pigeon Point Light Station
Date: Every Su, Fri and Sa at 10:00am
Ages: All

The Pigeon Point Lighthouse is currently under repair, but that doesn't mean that the First Order Fresnel Lens can't shine! The Fresnel lens, the original lighthouse beacon, will light up once again from its temporary home in the Visitor Center. As dusk settles, the 24 beams of light provide a dramatic glimpse of how the lighthouse once guided ships passing by this rocky coastline. Bring a flashlight and join us for a unique experience. For more information, call the park at (650) 879-2120 or go online to www.Parks.CA.gov/PigeonPoint. Event is free. Events made possible by Coastside State Parks Association and California State Parks.

* Please note the lighthouse will NOT be lit. The original lighthouse beacon, the First Order Fresnel lens, will be lit but in its temporary location inside the Visitor Center. The lighthouse is being repaired and is currently not accessible to the public.


Location: 210 Pigeon Point Road, Pescadero Map
Phone: 650-879-2120 •website Pescadero create a direct event link
Life on the Ranch Day - The Early Days on a Dairy Farm
Add to My Planner

click to view website

State Park Wilder Ranch
Experience the Victorian era!
Date: Every Su and Sa
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Weekends from 11:00am-3:00pm, tours of the ranch houses at 1:00pm

Life on the Ranch Day - The Early Days on a Dairy Farm
Saturday, August 11 from 11am to 3pm

 

Wilder Ranch State Park invites you to experience old-time activities from its rancho, dairy farm, and cowboy rodeo days. Hands-on activities and living history presentations may include butter churning, ice cream making, roping skills, and demonstrations in the ranch buildings. Come for a picnic on the lawn and follow it up with a game of tug of war, sack races, hoops, stilts, and Wilder Ranch's famous old-fashioned bubbles! This event is appropriate for all ages. Event is free; parking is $10. Please call the park to confirm at (831) 426-0505. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 


Location: 1401 Old Coast Road, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 426-0505 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Oktoberfest at the Tyrolean Inn
Add to My Planner

click to view website

The Tyrolean Inn Restaurant
Celebrate Oktoberfest at The Tyrolean Inn Restaurant with Dancing, Children's Activities, Bavarian Cuisine, and of course, beer!
Date: Every day (Sep 29-Sep 30)
Admission Fees: $6 over age 12 covers the bands

(Site Photos) TyroleanDancinggirls.jpgOktoberfest at The Tyrolean Inn, September 29-30

Sat: 2-10pm, Sunday: 2-9pm

 

Tyrolean Man's "Rules"

 

* Come to Oktoberfest!
* Have fun!
* Do the Chicken Dance!
* Polka with your Sweetie!
* Dance with the Children!
* Hoist a stein of beer!
* Enjoy Bavarian cooking!
* Wear lederhosen, dirndls, jeans or swirly skirts!

 

Come and join us for a special Oktoberfest Menu and, of course, beer and Bavarian Pretzels. Contests include beer stein holding and a pretzel count. Admission is only six dollars with children under twelve free. Three bands will be providing traditional and contemporary Oktoberfest music. We also provide entertainment for the kids.


Location: 9600 Hwy 9, Ben Lomond Map
Phone: 831.336.5188 •website Ben Lomond create a direct event link
Ranch History Tours
Add to My Planner

click to view website

State Park Wilder Ranch
History comes alive at Wilder Ranch State Park on the weekends
Date: Every Su and Sa at 1:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: $10 parking

(0 Oct 2017) Wilder_Baking2.jpg

Ranch History Tours

Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm

Monday, September 3 at 1pm

Discover what life was like a century ago on this innovative dairy ranch. This hour-long tour includes the 1897 Victorian home, 1859 Gothic Revival farmhouse, 1896 water-powered machine shop, barns and other historic buildings. Event is free; parking is $10. Please call the park to confirm at (831) 426-0505. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 


Location: Wilder Ranch , Hwy 1, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831.426-0505 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
The Great Glass Pumpkin Patch
Add to My Planner

click to view website

Great Glass Pumpkin Patch
Glass pumpkins and autumnal fruits and vegetables, glass-blowing demonstrations...
Date: Every day (Sep 29-Sep 30)
Ages: Children are welcome! Admission Fees: Free

The Annual Great Glass Pumpkin Patch® 

Sale: September 29 & 30

 

Live Glassblowing Saturday and Sunday! Our participating artists will be wowing the crowds with live glassblowing demonstrations all weekend. You'll have a chance to see your favorite artists blow pumpkins right before your eyes. So come enjoy some hot molten glass every half hour between 11am and 4pm Saturday and Sunday. 


Largest Glass Pumpkin Patch in Northern California; Sale to Benefit Arts Nonprofits

 

(0 Sept 2017) Pumpkins_Glass.jpgThe Great Glass Pumpkin Patch at the Palo Alto Art Center will celebrate its 22nd consecutive year as the largest glass pumpkin patch of its kind in Northern California  with a huge selection of colorful pumpkins and gourds, glass-blowing demonstrations, and more.

During the free family-friendly autumn celebration, visitors are invited to wander through an outdoor installation of more than 10,000 unique glass pumpkins. The glass  will be available for purchase at the Palo Alto Art Center.

"This year's Great Glass Pumpkin Patch promises to be a great experience for longtime collectors and families," said Damon Gustafson, Executive Director of the Bay Area Glass Institute (BAGI). "Our participating artists will be wowing the crowds with live glassblowing demonstrations all weekend. Members of the public will have a chance to see their favorite artists blow pumpkins right before their eyes.

This is the only sale of glass pumpkins that supports the presenting local arts and nonprofit organizations: the Bay Area Glass Institute; Palo Alto Art Center; and Palo Alto Art Center Foundation, as well as participating artists.


Location: Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto Map
Phone: 650.329.2366 •website Palo Altocreate a direct event link
Arboretum Tour of What's in bloom
Add to My Planner

click to view website

Arboretum
Free guided tour with paid admission, $3
Date: Every Sa

Special Instructions: $5 for Adults and $2 for Children (6 to 17 years old), and free under 6

Join staff & docents on a tour of what's in bloom.

Free Guided Tour, 1st Saturday, every month, Free with your Arboretum admission. 

 

Admission to the Arboretum

  • The UC Santa Cruz Arboretum is open from 9:00 to 5:00 every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. A visit is worthwhile any time of the year.
  • $5 for Adults and $2 for Children (6 to 17 years old), and free under 6.
  • Free to those going only to shop at Norrie's.
  • Free to UCSC students
  • Free to Friends of the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum members and Arboretum volunteers
  • Free to members of gardens participating in the American Horticulture Society (AHS) Reciprocal Admissions Program
  • Free on first Tuesday of each month, Community Day.
  • Docent-lead tours can be arranged by advance request. The $10 per person cost includes admission to the Arboretum.

 


Location: 1156 High St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831.427.2998 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Drawing for Absolute Beginners
Add to My Planner

click to view website

Lenz Arts
That's right - sketching for absolute beginners!
Date: 09/29/2018 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm


(0 A September 2018) Sketch_Rose.jpgThe easy-going and encouraging Rob Court, local drawing coach from The Scribbles Institute, will be conducting a hands-on introductory drawing class for people who are scared of drawing. He'll cover how to hold a pencil, drawing from observation, and basic composition. This is a session for rank beginners!

 

Class space is limited so registration is required. The class is free but there is $5 deposit which will be refunded in the form of a store credit when you arrive for the class. ("No-show = no dough!") Students are required to have a 9×12 sketch pad and 2B, 4B and 8B drawing pencils. Students may buy a sketch pad at 30% off for the class!

 

----Demo Parking----
When gracing us with your presence at one of our Saturday events, unless you have a difficult time walking, please park in the lawyers' office lot across the street from Lenz Arts on N. Pacific Ave, or in the William Kelly Business Plaza lot diagonal across the intersection from Lenz Arts on River St. Both businesses are closed on the weekends and this frees up space in our lot for customers who are not attending the demo.

https://www.facebook.com/events/678402982531936/

 


Location: North Pacific, Santa Cruz Map
website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Family Arts & Crafts- Garfield Park
Add to My Planner

click to view website

Library Garfield
Date: Every Sa from 11:00am to 1:00pm
Ages: 3-6

Get crafty! A Do-It-Yourself craft will be ready and waiting for families, independent-minded kids and teens! Children 8 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.


Location: 705 Woodrow Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831-427-7709 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
West Side Farmers Markets
Add to My Planner

click to view website

Santa Cruz Farmers Markets
A moveable feast of fresh, locally grown produce, free-range eggs, grass-fed meats and poultry, baked goods, music and good comp
Date: Every Sa from 9:00am to 1:00pm
Ages: All

The Westside Farmers' Market takes place every week, year round at the corner of Hwy 1 and Western Drive, situated on the northern edge of Santa Cruz's greenbelt. This market serves the communities of the west-end of Santa Cruz including Bonny Doon, the North Coast and the UCSC Campus. It is just a hop, skip and a jump from Downtown.


Foodies Unite

Going into its eleventh year this market is proud to have been named best market by the Santa Cruz Metro's, "Peoples Poll" multiple times. The market showcases a great selection of 100% certified organic produce, artisan foods, wine, body products, tinctures, sustainable seafood, pasture raised meats, flowers and eggs along with cook-to-order cuisine, live local music and full espresso bar operated by up-and-coming Santa Cruz-based roaster 11th Hour Coffee.

With easy access and an abundance of free parking, this market makes for a convenient and celebratory Saturday morning outing.

 

2019 Pop-Up Breakfast Series - Ticket Sales Announced

The 2019 Pop-Up Breakfast Series is coming our way! Once again the Westside Farmers' Market will host three of these farm-to-table, ticketed events. With a great chef line up and a solid reputation, these pop-ups will sell out. Stay in touch by signing up for our newsletter to get your first pick at tickets when they go on sale. Learn more about the events HERE.

 

Market Match

Market Match offers farmers' market customers a dollar for dollar match up to $10 on their CalFresh (food stamp) cards at the Felton market.  If a customer swipes their CalFresh card for $7, they get $7 of Market Match for free, swipe $10, you get $10. The goal of this project is to encourage CalFresh (EBT/SNAP) recipients to take advantage of fresh, locally-grown fruits and vegetables. SCCFM will be offering the Market Match program for the 2019 season. By offering an incentive that lowers the price of fresh produce, we are helping shoppers stretch their food dollars while keeping their families healthy. Locate the information booth and the market manager to redeem EBT coins and to take advantage of the Market Match incentive.


Location: Mission St. Ext. and Western Dr., Santa Cruz Map
website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Little Rangers Portola
Add to My Planner

click to view website

State Park Portola Redwoods
Explore Portola Redwoods State Park
Date: Every Su and Sa at 10:00am


Little Rangers

Saturdays and Sundays at 10am

All 3 to 6 year olds and their families are invited to learn, play, and laugh together at this 30 minute program. Activities, songs, stories, and silliness will help our youngest visitors find a connection to the redwood forest and all of its inhabitants. Adult supervision is required and participation is encouraged. Meet at the visitor center. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 291-8273. Event made possible by Portola and Castle Rock Foundation and California State Parks.


Location: 9000 Portola State Park Rd, La Honda Map
Phone: (650) 948-9098 •websitecreate a direct event link
Founders Day Special Events
Add to My Planner

click to view website

State Park Big Basin
Honor the Visionaries, Valued Workers and Visitors that shaped the character of Big Basin over the past 109years.
Date: 09/29/2018 from 9:00am to 8:00pm
Ages: Able to do 3.5 mile hike

Big Basin Founders' Day and Redwood Jubilee

Saturday September 29 from 9am to 8pm

Celebrate our wild heritage with a melodrama, historic hikes and games for kids as we honor the visionaries, valued workers and visitors that have shaped the character of Big Basin over the past 100+ years. Revel in the beauty of the majestic old growth redwoods that inspired the movement to Save the Trees!

 

Timeline Tree Self-Guided Walk: Changing Times among the Ageless Giants

9am to 5pm

Come walk along a downed 100-foot redwood tree and read about the stories of change in the forest where time appears to stop. The timeline describes events in words and pictures of Big Basin over the last century...and more. Some were grand occasions, others mundane details...together, the stops along this path tell a fascinating story of the oldest state park in California. The timeline is along the Redwood Loop Trail, across from Park Headquarters.

 

Redwood Loop Walk

11am and 2pm

How do these grand redwoods grow to be so old? So tall? How are they important to humans? Join us for this fun and informative guided half-mile stroll through a magnificent old-growth redwood forest. Meet the famous Mother Tree, the Father of the Forest and the incredible Chimney Tree on this 90-minute walk. Stroller and wheelchair accessible. Meet at Park Headquarters.

 

Big Basin Melodrama!

1pm

Celebrate Big Basin's history! Watch a strolling play into the past on this easy, family friendly redwood loop trail and meet colorful characters from Big Basin's past. Listen to the stories of a pioneering homesteader, an early conservationist, the first female ranger at Big Basin and more! This walk is a half-mile, 1.5-hour and is wheelchair and stroller friendly. Meet at Park Headquarters.

 

Events are free; day-use parking fee is $10.  For more information, please call (831) 338-8883. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 

 


Location: Highway 236, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: (831) 338-8883 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Aptos Farmers Market
Add to My Planner

click to view website

Aptos Farmers Market
An upbeat and relaxed market with music, many special events to be enjoyed. Market is open year round, rain or shine.
Date: Every Sa from 8:00am to 12:00pm


Aptos Farmers Market at Cabrillo College,

Voted America's Favorite Farmers Market in California


In 2011, 2012, and 2013 our farmers markets were voted "America's Favorite Farmers Market in California." Additionally, Coastal Living Magazine named the Aptos Farmers Market one of "The Coast's Best Farmers Markets."


Market customers appreciate the bountiful selection of top quality produce and specialty foods as well as the opportunity to connect with the farmers and vendors who produce it. Ninety vendors, of which most are certified organic or use sustainable farming methods, offer pastured grass fed meats and poultry, sustainable fish, oysters, handcrafted cheeses, locally produced olive oil, fresh pasta and gourmet sauces, organic juices, handmade sauerkraut, Corralitos smoked sausages and bacon, artisan breads and baked goods, organic honey, mushrooms, sprouts and microgreens, farm fresh eggs, flowers, potted plants, seedlings, herbs, and an unsurpassed selection of certified California grown fruits, vegetables and nuts.

 

Additional Market Attractions
Professional sharpening services are available for knives and gardening tools year round.

 

Market Newsletter and Recipes Blog
Subscribe to free monthly e-newsletter for market updates, featured monthly produce, and upcoming special events. Visit our market's award winning companion website www.edibleparadise.com for delicious seasonal recipes.

 

Market Information

Season: Open year-round, rain or shine
Day and Hours: Open Saturdays, 8 am until 12 pm
Location:  Cabrillo College, 6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos, CA 95003
Parking: Lots of free parking, easy access
Map:   Driving directions »
Vendors:  Aptos Farmers and Vendors List »


Location: Cabrillo Parking Lots, 6500 Soquel Dr, Aptos Map
website Aptos create a direct event link
Do It Yourself Craft
Add to My Planner

click to view website

Library La Selva Beach
Date: Every Sa from 1:30pm to 4:30pm
Ages: 3-6

(1:30 PM-4:30 PM)


Join the fun on Saturdays between 1:30 pm and 4:30 pm.


Phone: 831-661-4771 •website La Selva Beachcreate a direct event link
View my Parent Planner

local sponsors
• Look for these same great services in other cities under ParentClick •