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Best things to do in Santa Cruz today

  1. at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk 400 Beach St , Santa Cruz map
  2. at Kuumbwa Jazz 320-2 Cedar Street, Santa Cruz map

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Hosted by California State Parks
Saturday, Jan 23 @ 1:00pm at 130 School St., Santa Cruz map

Saturday afternoons at the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park are demonstration days. Stop by the Neary-Rodriguez Adobe on Saturday January 23rd for a demonstration on the building methods that were used to build the mission in late 1700s. The demonstrations last an hour and are interactive and include live demonstrations.

Hero rudolf boat at the holiday boat parade in santa cruz
This year’s theme is Moonlit Starry Night
Saturday, Dec 05 @ 5:30pm at 135 5th Ave, Santa Cruz map

Boats dressed and decorated as jellyfish, tropical islands complete with swaying palm trees, outrigger canoes with hula dancers, Rudolf (!) and a standup paddle boarding Santa .. this is how Santa Cruz does a Holiday parade!

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At the Poet & Patriot
Friday, Dec 04 @ 8:30pm 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.

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At the Del Mar Theatre
Wednesday, Dec 02 @ 6:00pm 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.

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Midnight Movie at the Del Mar
Saturday, Nov 28 @ 7:30pm at 1205 Soquel Ave , Santa Cruz map

Along the Northern California coast, the Pacific Ocean creates a rich environment that silhouettes the sea and landscape. The wild coast of Big Sur forms a beautiful topography from the redwoods to the sea, and the marine fog creates a unique habitat for flora and fauna to flourish. Home to some of the tallest trees in the world, the land transitions to a marine sanctuary where whales, otters and seals thrive. Just onshore, bobcats demonstrate a behavior of flying through the air to catch unsuspecting gulls, a scene that has never been filmed before. Mountain lions, black bears, endangered spotted owls, and rare California condors nesting inside a redwood tree make their homes in the redwood forest.

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Experience the magic!
Saturday, Nov 28 @ 4:30pm at 6500 Soquel Dr, Aptos map

Join the festivities and kickoff your family's holiday traditions with the delightful Nutcracker Ballet this season. Gorgeous dancing, beautiful costumes and entertainment the whole family will enjoy! International Academy of Dance presents the full-length ballet at Cabrillo's new state of the art Crocker Theater.

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At the Cabrillo College Crocker Theatre
Monday, Nov 23 @ 7:30pm at 6500 Soquel Dr, Aptos map

Ray Brown, former Jazz trumpet player and/or arranger for Stan Kenton and Count Basie, brings his Great Big Band, to the Cabrillo College Crocker Theatre. The band’s book, creatively written by Ray, gives literally all the players ample time to solo. Standing room only audiences from the Monterey Jazz Festival to the Stanford Jazz Festival to the Kuumbwa Jazz Center to the Lake Tahoe Music Festival are evidence of the band’s popularity.

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Exclusively at The Del Mar
Saturday, Nov 21 @ 11:59pm at 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.

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With a total of nine shows, catch one during it’s world premiere run November 7-21, 2015
Saturday, Nov 21 @ 7:30pm at 6500 Soquel Dr, Aptos map

Presented by Cabrillo TheatreArts, fall in love again with It’s a Wonderful Life at the world premiere of Kaufman and Perri’s modern-day rendition of the beloved Christmas classic. Re-imagined for a new generation of theatre-goers, with 18 original gospel, reggae, rock, ballad and show tune song and dance numbers, the musical is sure to delight the entire family.

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With Richard Stockton
Saturday, Nov 21 @ 7:30pm at 1205 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz map

Planet Cruz is touching down at the Rio Theatre Saturday, November 21. Featuring the finest progressive stand-ups in the country, this comedy/variety show is bringing comedy sketches about the state of Santa Cruz all to the beat of the Planetoid Band.

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Presented by Modern Collective Dance Company
Saturday, Nov 21 @ 2:00pm at 301 center st, Santa Cruz map

Made possible by Aerial Arts Santa Cruz, Aeriology Residency!

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Saturday, Nov 21 @ 12:00pm at 307 Church st, Santa Cruz map

Learn how to best prepare your family and property for heavy rains. The event will include a family-friendly sandbag workshop where citizens will be instructed on how to make their own sandbags.

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Don’t forget to order your turkey!
Friday, Nov 20 @ 12:00am

November is flying by at warp speed, which means a very important date & deadline is approaching. It’s time to order your turkey! The actual date varies, as much as the cost. But I’m going to set the date for this Friday, but there’s a good chance many sizes and types will be sold out by then. So hop to it!

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Presented in partnership with Event Santa Cruz
Thursday, Nov 19 @ 7:00pm at 1001 Center St, Santa Cruz map

Celebrating the launch of The Santa Cruz Beer Trail, join the mini-beer festival this Thursday night! Featuring a night of tastings from our region's top craft breweries, sip and sample craft beer from all your favorite breweries and explore new ones too!

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Featuring Dave Schramm
Sunday, Nov 15 @ 8:00pm at 1205 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz map

The trio of Ira Kaplan, Georgia Hubley and James McNew now return as a quartet, reuniting with former member Dave Schramm on electric guitar as they revisit the original concept of their beloved Fakebook on its 25th anniversary. This unprecedented live set-up — Ira on acoustic guitar, Georgia up-front on a small kit, and James on upright bass — marks the first occasion of this particular Yo La Tengo incarnation touring together.

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Presented by Downtown
Sunday, Nov 15 @ 3:00pm at 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.

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Presented by Liquid Improv!
Saturday, Nov 14 @ 8:00pm at 526 Broadway, Santa Cruz map

What can you say about a night at the improv? It'll for sure be fun, adventurous, loud, and full of laughter. So much side splitting, knee-slapping laughter...you'll want to wear comfortable clothes.