Hanging on the beach, drinking (one of the few times it's allowed) and listening to music after work on Thursdays at the is a Santa Cruz tradition.
It marks the real first day of summer.
The Summer Beach Party runs from tonight to Aug. 30 from 5:30 p.m. to sunset. Families are welcome and admission is free.
Tonight's season opener is local band Extra Large, one of the most popular cover and dance bands in Santa Cruz. Next week Sambada plays and the week after, Ribsy's Nickel.