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Spend an afternoon with the butterflies at Natural Bridges State
Tuesday, Nov 01, 2016 at Natural Bridges State Park 2531 W Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz map

Natural Bridges State Beach is a 65 acre California state park on the edge of Santa Cruz. Most known for its natural bridge across the beach, it’s also known for the eucalyptus grove that hosts thousands of migrating monarch butterflies every year.

Why?
The Monarch butterfly migration has been called one of the most spectacular natural phenomena in the world.

Tips bring binoculars parking is $10 cash works best here

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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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Friday Night Bands on the Beach
Friday, Aug 26, 2016 Friday, Aug 26, 2016 at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk 400 Beach St, Santa Cruz map
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Los Lobos will be performing live on the beach! Playing two free shows, 6:30 & 8:30pm, pick one or stay for both!

Why?
An evening on the beach enjoying live music in Santa Cruz is pretty fantastic!

Tips go early to grab a spot skip parking and take the trolley for $0.25! leave tall chairs and canopies home

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Wednesday Night's Movie on the Beach
Wednesday, Aug 17, 2016 at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk 400 Beach St, Santa Cruz map

The Goonies will be playing on the Main Beach's big screen!

Why?
A Summer evening on the beach in Santa Cruz is loads of fun for the whole family!

Tips go early to grab a spot skip parking and take the trolley for $0.25! leave tall chairs and canopies home go early & catch some rides during with Pepsi Night deal!

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Friday Night Bands on the Beach
Friday, Aug 05, 2016 Friday, Aug 05, 2016 at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk 400 Beach St, Santa Cruz map

Y & T will be performing live on the beach! Playing two free shows, 6:30 & 8:30pm, pick one or stay for both!

Why?
An evening on the beach enjoying live music in Santa Cruz is pretty fantastic!

Tips go early to grab a spot skip parking and take the trolley for $0.25! leave tall chairs and canopies home

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An evening of music and multi-media splendor
Friday, Aug 05, 2016 at Golden State Theatre 417 Alvarado St, Monterey map

When four young men were cast in the television roles of a struggling rock band inspired by The Beatles’ A Hard Day’s Night, few could have predicted the impact The Monkees would make on music and pop culture at large, an impact that still reverberates 50 years later.

Why?
It's the Monkees!

Tips make it an evening and find dinner along Alvarado st. bring the whole family - there will be music memories for everyone

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This afternoon hike + tour only happens once a month!
Thursday, Aug 04, 2016 at 100 Shaffer Road, Santa Cruz map

Take a 90-minute, behind-the-scenes hiking tour into Younger Lagoon Reserve adjacent to the Seymour Marine Discovery Center.

Why?
Few people get to tour this local treasure.

Tips Reservations are required - call the member desk between 10am and

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Wednesday Night's Movie on the Beach
Wednesday, Aug 03, 2016 at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk 400 Beach St, Santa Cruz map

The Wizard of Oz will be playing on the Main Beach's big screen!

Why?
An Summer evening on the beach in Santa Cruz is loads of fun for the whole family!

Tips go early to grab a spot skip parking and take the trolley for $0.25! leave tall chairs and canopies home go early & catch some rides during with Pepsi Night deal!

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Wednesday Night's Movie on the Beach
Wednesday, Jul 27, 2016 at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk 400 Beach St, Santa Cruz map

My Big Fat Greek Wedding will be playing on the Main Beach's big screen!

Why?
An Summer evening on the beach in Santa Cruz is loads of fun for the whole family!

Tips go early to grab a spot skip parking and take the trolley for $0.25! leave tall chairs and canopies home go early & catch some rides during with Pepsi Night deal!

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Friday Night Bands on the Beach
Friday, Jul 15, 2016 Friday, Jul 15, 2016 at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk 400 Beach St, Santa Cruz map

Santana's original lead singer Gregg Rolie will be performing live on the beach! Playing two free shows, 6:30 & 8:30pm, pick one or stay for both!

Why?
An evening on the beach enjoying live music in Santa Cruz is pretty fantastic!

Tips go early to grab a spot skip parking and take the trolley for $0.25! leave tall chairs and canopies home

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Whiz through this daring urban scavenger hunt on foot or bicycle.
Friday, Jul 15, 2016 at MAH 705 Front Street, Santa Cruz map

Race through sunny Santa Cruz streets with friends and competitors. Emerge victorious on the tails of your local nerdom and swift walking or cycling skills.

Why?
This is some serious fun + a MAH memberships are at stake.

Tips You'll want your trustiest friends to join you for this one Wear comfortable clothes bring layers - weather can change Beer & snacks will be served after the race

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At the Golden State Theatre in Monterey
Wednesday, Jul 13, 2016 at Golden State Theatre 417 Alvarado St, Monterey map

From the Colorado to the Ganges, journey down two of the world's greatest rivers with Pete McBride.

Why?
Only place to catch this movie on the big screen, and Monterey isn't that far!

Tips make it an evening and find dinner along Alvarado st.

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Stop by for living history demonstrations most Saturdays atthe Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park.
Saturday, Apr 23, 2016 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 April 23rd for a cooking demonstration and experience cooking styles used by the people who lived and worked here over 200 years ago. There will be a presentation of Ohlone and Spanish cuisine including hot rock cooking, tortilla frying on a Comal and baking in our Horno. You can even sample the creations and make your own tortilla.

Why?
Great afternoon of living history and it’s free!

Tips bring your water bottle be prepared for changing weather

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At Wilder Ranch State Park in Santa Cruz
Saturday, Apr 16, 2016 at 1401 Coast Road, Santa Cruz map

Celebrate spring and help us plant the organic heirloom vegetable garden at Wilder Ranch State Park. The garden helps bring the c.1900 dairy ranch atmosphere to life. Children can plant and bring home their own heirloom bean in a paper pot, and everyone can enjoy living history demonstrations, sheep shearing, spinning and more.

Why?
Live demos of sheep shearing and living history can be a really fun day for the whole family.

Tips Bring a pair of gardening gloves and sun hat Snacks and drinks will be available Tools and seedlings will be provided Bring cash or check for $10 parking fee

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Stop by for living history demonstrations most Saturdays atthe Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park.
Monday, Apr 11, 2016 at 130 School St., Santa Cruz map

Ever wonder what it was like for Native Americans living in Santa Cruz 200+ years ago? The Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park is home to a the only surviving original adobe mission building, a dormitory for Indian residents. Restored to its original appearance and open to the public!

Why?
Great adventure of living history and it’s free!

Tips bring your water bottle be prepared for changing weather stop by the guide shop to ask questions and pick up a souvenir

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At Roaring Camp in Felton
Saturday, Apr 09, 2016 at 5401 Graham Hill Road, Felton map

Kids can’t get enough of these tiny trains, broccoli size trees and little red cabooses. Watch your child’s face light up as they play engineer chugging through the Redwoods, around railroad bends and over the Santa Cruz Mountains to the Boardwalk with the miniature scale of the Central Coast spread out before them.

Why?
Children will get a chance to play engineer of a tiny train before they climb aboard a real train! Choo Choo

Tips Pack a sun hat and layers. Snacks and water will help fuel your afternoon.

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At the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Monday, Apr 04, 2016 at 400 Beach St, Santa Cruz map

Ready for a round of golf? Mini style of course.

Why?
Serious fun for all ages! Plus you need something to do with the kiddos during spring break!

Tips bring a friend or five! family friendly

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Hike a trail, take a guided tour, and browse the gift shop.
Friday, Apr 01, 2016 at 465 Mystery Spot Rd, Santa Cruz map

The Mystery Spot is a gravitational anomaly located in the redwood forests just outside of Santa Cruz, California.

Why?
A great place to spend a few hours with the whole family, or a date!

Tips Buy tickets online before you arrive Wear comfortable clothes & walking shoes Take a hike through the redwoods before or after your tour Don't go on a full or empty stomach

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