There is so much going on this weekend it's insane. If you're usually a homebody, do yourself a favor and get out! This weekend is the time to do it, and even if you can't decide between 80's rock band on the water or a street fair with the kids, you can count on some good people watching for a fallback plan.
How cool is Santa Cruz this weekend? Check it out...
FRIDAY, JULY 20:
Concert: Great White
Where/When: Live concert at the boardwalk. Two shows: 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
What: 1980's rock band! This dangerous excitement-invoking 5 piece band cranks out the gritty blues, and is best known for their hit "Once Bitten, Twice Shy." They have been together for 30 years. Read more about the band on the official Great White webpage.
Hands on Art: 3rd Friday July: Street Art Night
Where/When: Abbott Square from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. (If you don't know where Abbott Square is yet, you really should. Cooper Street, behind Lulu's Octogon.)
What: Hands on street art! Knitting, origami, and live painting workshops. Try it yourself or watch a handful of master artists in action. Among them, expect to see the extremely talented Krusch Rhoades in action. More info on the Street Art Night HERE.
Price: $5 general, $3 for students.
SATURDAY, JULY 21:
Day on the Beach
Where/When: Cowell's Beach. Saturday, from 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.
What: Shared Adventures puts on it's 20th Annual beach party for over 250 disabled athletes and their family and friends. There will be outrigger canoeing, scuba diving, live music and much more! For more info click HERE!
Saturday Art Market in Abbott Square
Where/When: Abbott Square. 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.
What: Local artists like Roberta Woods sell their art in the tranquil space of Abbott Square, just off Cooper Street in downtown Santa Cruz. It's a great way to talk to the artists, buy local gifts, and enjoy the fresh outdoor air. For more information, Sponsored by the Museum of Art and History.
Navigating Altered States of Consciousness Talk
Where/When: Pacific Cultural Center. 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
What: Introductory talk for the workshop which takes place on Sunday from 1 p.m. - 7 p.m. The talk and workshop, put together by science writer David Jay Brown and Meriana Dinkova, will explore more advanced psychological techniques for navigating the shamanic landscape, healing past traumas through self-metaprogramming, and optimizing the spiritual treasures that can be gained from a fruitful psychedelic journey or shamanic experience. For more information, and to sign up, click HERE.
Price: $10 in advance. $15 - $20 sliding scale at the door.
Disc Golf Course Grand Opening Celebration
Where/When: San Lorenzo Park
What: A celebration of the new Disc Golf course, complete with free lessons, contests and demonstrations. Read more about the course
Where/When: The Catalyst. 7 p.m.
What: Santa Cruz born, raised and influenced. That means laid back surf, party, skate and play music. A mix of reggae and punk rock sure to light up your night. Don't miss this show!
Price: $20 adv/$25 door.
Teen Battle of the Bands!
Where/When: Santa Cruz City Parking Lot beside the Downtown Branch Library. 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
What: The 4th Annual Santa Cruz Public Library Teen Battle Of The Bands! Help support the future of our music scene in Santa Cruz by coming out to this family-friendly concert. More info HERE!
SUNDAY, JULY 22:
Wharf to Wharf
Where/When: Santa Cruz Wharf, 8:30 a.m.
What: The 40th annual Wharf to Wharf race! 15,000 athletes and non-athletes gel together in one giant cloud of sweating bodies and smiling faces. Count on dozens of live bands, performers, and antics for this 10k run along the ocean, ending in Capitola Village for even more festivities. It's like the beach party of all road races. More info HERE!
Price: Bibs are already sold out, but it's free to join in the roadside festivities!
Antonelli Pond Birthday Celebration!
Where/When: At the Pond, of course. 2361 Delaware Avenue. 12 p.m. - 2 p.m.
What: The Land Trust of Santa Cruz is throwing a picnic for the 30th Anniversary of Antonelli Pond. Bring your own lunch and listen to history of the pond as well as the honoring of Byrne Forest Caretaker, Jeff Helmer, for 25 years of work on Land Trust lands. There will be Gizdich Ranch pie, Martinelli’s sparkling cider, and Driscoll’s berries!
Navigating Altered States of Consciousness Workshop
Where/When: Pacific Cultural Center. 1 p.m. - 7 p.m.
What: Put on by renowned psychedelic author, David Jay Brown, and Meriana Dinkova, the workshop will explore more advanced psychological techniques for navigating the shamanic landscape, healing past traumas through self-metaprogramming, and optimizing the spiritual treasures that can be gained from a fruitful psychedelic journey or shamanic experience. For more information, and to sign up, click HERE.
Price: $100 in advance (before the evening of the 21st). $125 at the door.