Get Out! Metal Demonstrations, Free Concert on the Beach, and a Wine & Food Faire!

What are you doing this weekend in Santa Cruz? Here are some ideas.

There is a lot going on in Santa Cruz this weekend, from a cool three-day metal exhibition at the Museum of Art and History to the opening of a new Habitat for Humanity "ReStore" and a Food and Wine Faire fundraiser for the Second Harvest Food Bank. Here are the details:


Free Friday Night Concert Series: The FIXX

Where/When: At the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

What: The FIXX wrote the hits "One Thing Leads to Another" and "Red Skies" and remain everyday favorites on alternative radio stations across the country. One of the Boardwalk Concert Series' best bands!

Price: Free!

Cherry Poppin Daddies!

Where/When: Friday night at the Catalyst Club in Santa Cruz. Doors open at 8:30 p.m., music starts at 9 p.m.

What: Riding the wave of their latest album "Skaboy JFK," the Cherry Poppin' Daddies celebrate their 20th year in the music business. They are best known for their 1998 multi-platinum hit "Zoot Suit Riot" and their latest album reflects all of the varieties of Ska. This show should certainly get your hips shaking and skankin'!

Price: $19/advance and $23/door. This is a 21 and up show!

Experience Metal

Where/When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, August 17 - 19, from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

What: This three day event showcases an array of different techniques, methods and forms for working with metal. There will be demonstrations gallore, from blacksmithing to junk metal art to wire art and welding. For more information and to see which metal artists will be demonstrating, visit the event listing on the Museum of Art and History webpage.

Price: $5 general/$3 student.


ReStore Grand Opening

Where/When: Ribbon Cutting at 10 a.m., 719 Swift Street, Santa Cruz.

What: Habitat for Humanity Santa Cruz County opens ReStore, a home-improvement re-sale store on the Westside of Santa Cruz. The store will encourage homeowners to start remodeling projects that recycle their reusable home building materials by donating them to Habitat's ReStore. The ribbon cutting happens at 10 a.m., and the store will be open until 5 p.m.

Price: Free

Sustain: Seasonal Dinners in Unique Settings

Where/When: Saturday, August 18 at the Homeless Garden Project's farm at 0 Shaffer Road. 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.

What: Guest chef Lucio Fanni of Caffe Lucio will be cooking up a storm and serving a family style 3-course farm dinner on the beautiful and rustic Homeless Garden Project's farm. There will be wine pairings, a guest speaker, Jessy Beckett who will give a talk "How Soils Builds Community" and musical guest performers the one and only North Pacific String Band.

Price: $55. To purchase tickets and read more, click HERE.

Sunset at Surf City: A Wine & Food Faire and Fundraiser for Second Harvest Food Bank

Where/When: Saturday, August 18 at 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Equinox Champagne, 427 Swift Street, Santa Cruz.

What: The Surf City Vintners are hosting a benefit for the Second Harvest Food Bank to fund 9,600 meals for children in Santa Cruz County. This event is a dinner market, an urban picnic and a community banquet featuring local food vendors, wineries of the Surf City Vintners and live music by the Cabrillo Jazz All Stars. For more information, visit: http://www.surfcityvintners.com/

Price: Cost of food and wine purchased.


Live Oak Farmers Market!

Where/When: In the East Cliff Plaza on East Cliff Drive, between 7th and 17th Avenues. From 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

What: Only the best farmers market in the county (many believe), this market is nice and intimate with live music, fresh produce and lovely delicacies coming from local farmers and vendors. Just a stone's throw from the beach.

Price: Free

Did we leave out an important event this weekend? Tell us in the comments!


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