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:
Watch a classic movie on the beach with the world-famous Giant Dipper coaster lights twinkling overhead. Bring the family and your blanket or low-back chair, relax and enjoy the free show. Seating is first-come, first-served.
Location: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Celebrate the arts each month as dozens of venues showcase Santa Cruz's wealth of artists. For complete listing of venues, artists and special events, visit website or pick up a copy of the Good Times.
Location: Various locations
Saturday is Craft Beer Heaven - over 85 craft beers on tap, mouth watering food, bocce ball and live entertainment. Sunday bring the family, blankets and chairs for the hamburger and hops music festival. Best hamburgers, gourmet & fusion sliders, craft beer and an amazing live entertainment lineup. Kids 12 and under are FREE. There is NO beer sampling on Sunday but beer and food available for purchase.
Location: Aptos Village Park, 100 Aptos Creek Road
This quintessential summertime street fair reflects the best of the arts in Santa Cruz with free live music and dance performances, local art and food vendors, wine tasting, and fun children's activities. The Church Street Fair is held in front of the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium for two full days of fun each August!
Location: Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium