Near beach, shops & quaint Capitola/Soquel Village
Mission-style resort overlooking the Monterey Bay.
New Hotel Close to UC Santa Cruz breathtaking view
Steps to the beach, in heart of Capitola Village
Santa Cruz is well-known as California's favorite beachside destination. So when locals host friends and family for visits during summertime, the holiday season or just for a long weekend, the Santa Cruz County Conference and Visitors Council has a way to help! A free Visiting Friends and Relatives Kit, (VFR) is packed with information for your guests on all there is to see and do in town.
Residents of Santa Cruz County are welcome to stop by the year-round visitor center at 303 Water Street, Suite 100 in Santa Cruz for this free kit. Complete with an Official Santa Cruz County Traveler's Guide, shopping directories, a Birding and Wildlife Watching guide, brochures and other goodies, this valuable resource is an ideal way to open a visitor's eyes to the many things to do in the area. Read more...
As most locals know, Santa Cruz offers an abundance of fun, family-friendly activities all add up to a great time to get out and enjoy our county. There are a host of fun-filled events happening every weekend so get the family out and enjoy! Here are our favorites for this week:
Join Thomas the Tank Engine as he travels along the scenic San Lorenzo River. Ticket includes activities and entertainment for the entire family. Reservations required.
Location: Roaring Camp Railroads
A strenuous bicycle ride on mountain roads followed by a two-hour sunset cruise in Monterey Bay? Yes! The 18th Annual Santa Cruz Mountains Challenge offers four routes of 45, 75, 101 and 135 miles starting from the campus of the University of California at Santa Cruz (UCSC). Known for combing redwood forests and ocean views with great food and friendly volunteers, this year's event has added post-ride relaxation on The Chardonnay, a 70-foot sailboat. Go to www.santacruzcycling.org for details.
Celebrating 20 years in Watsonville and 33 years in business! Open House to benefit Digital NEST - Tours, demonstrations, food trucks, wine, craft beer, hip hop dancers, music, raffle and silent auction. Observe glass-making demos by Annieglass staff and Suba Neon. Admission is FREE. Tickets for food & drink sold at event. Give back by buying raffle tickets to win Annieglass! Ticket sales benefit the local non-profit Digital NEST.
"North America's most celebrated festival of new orchestral music" (San Jose Mercury News) presents its 54th season, celebrating Maestra Marin Alsop's 25th and final season with the Festival. Featuring world-class guest artists, composers in residence, a free family concert and many open rehearsals and talks. All events are help at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium.
Location: Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
Music at Skypark is a free concert series held annually on the final Sunday afternoon in July, August and September. The location is on the lawn at Skypark in Scotts Valley. Top regional bands perform. Proceeds from local business sponsors and onsite vendor sales of food and drinks support the music program in local public schools.