Greek Festival 2013, First Friday Santa Cruz, and Team G Foundation, "Fight for the Gold" Challenge


What:  33rd Annual Greek Food & Cultural Festival

When:  Friday, 5p.m. – 10p.m. (Saturday, 11a.m. – 10p.m., and Sunday, 12p.m. – 8p.m.)

Where:  223 Church St., Santa Cruz

Why Go:  This Greek street event has won awards for it’s traditional folk dancing, entertainment, marketplace, Greek foods, spirits, jewelry, pottery, clothing and so much more.  Plus, try your luck with the raffle and win a week-long trip to Greece!

Cost:  Free



What:  Free First Friday:  Coastal Cleanup

When:  5p.m. – 9p.m.

Where:  Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History

Why Go:  This coast and ocean oriented event is a prelude to this year’s Coastal Cleanup Day on Saturday, September 21st.   Don’t miss the art activities for all ages, live music by Carolyn Sills, and speaker Geoffrey Dunn in the Solari Gallery.  You may also want to sign up at this event to help clean a creek, coastal lagoon, or favorite beach.

“Let’s try to make this a zero waste event.  Please bring your own cup or reusable canteen for beverages at CCFF,” as requested on MAH’s site. “Please also remember any other reusable utensils for your Friday out-on-the-town!”

Cost:  Free


What:  First Friday Free Day

When:  10a.m. – 5p.m.

Where:  Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History

Why Go:  Grind acorns, see live animals, uncover fossils, climb on a giant grey whale, and more! Who knew history could be this much fun?

Cost:  Free




What: Pop-Up Breakfast Series

When:  9:30a.m. – 12p.m.

Where:  Westside Santa Cruz farmer’s market

Why Go:  Enjoy sitting with others and taking dibs at a freshly prepared multi course meal brought to you by chef Kendra Baker, of the Penny Ice Creamery and the Picnic Basket. Then shop it up at the farmer’s market and take home some fresh goods to create in your own kitchen.

Cost:  $30/ticket


What: Team G Foundation "Fight for Gold" Challenge

When:  You choose the time on this 7th day of September.  (Also, this Challenge will be held the 7th day of every month through December to honor the 7 children who loose their life everyday to cancer)

Where:  Wherever you like to exercise. It could be anywhere.

Why Go:  This work out challenge is sure to make you feel great!  Not only are you exercising “- with a beginning challenge for those just starting out and an advanced challenge for the more active individual,” you are most importantly helping to raise much needed funds for pediatric cancer research.  Each challenge honors a child either currently battling cancer, a “warrior,” or it honors a child who has devastatingly lost the battle to cancer, an “angel.”

Cost:  Free

Click the link below to access pledge forms and important information.  http://teamgfoundation.org/fight-for-gold-challenge/


What:  Community Rental – Counter Cultures:  A fermentation Celebration

When:  6p.m. – 10p.m.

Where:  Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History

Why Go:  If you have a taste for fermented foods or would like to know what those foods might be, then don’t miss this event complete with homemade samples and some made by local restaurants.  Kefir, kombucha, sourkraut, cheese, tempeh, pickles, kim chi, and more will be paired up with other snacks and beverages.  Live music will be part of the festivities.

Cost:  $15 - $35 sliding scale.  This event proceeds the Santa Cruz Fruit Tree Project.




What:  Big Kahuna Triathlon

When:  7a.m. sharp

Where:  Begins at the Santa Cruz Main Beach east of the wharf and ends at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

Why Go:  This long course triathlon that includes 56 miles of biking up and down the coast, 1.2 miles of swimming, and 13.1 miles of running, benefits the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  Sign up or cheer the contestants on and join in the celebration at the finish line with a Hawaiian style awards ceremony at the main stage.  The ceremony usually begins around 2:30p.m

Cost:  $250



What:  Berry Creek Falls Hike

When:  9:30a.m. – 4p.m.

Where:  Big Basin State Park Headquarters

Why Go:  Banana Slug galore, deer, coyote, fox, many species of birds, and of course a 65 ft. water fall that’s worth hiking 11 miles to see in the course of this seven hour hike.  There’s even a metro bus that leaves from downtown Santa Cruz and will get you to park headquarters and back for $2 each way.  Pack a lunch, plenty of water and wear layers.



What:  Lavender Day Open House at COBAH

When:  11a.m. – 2p.m.

Where:  College of Botanical Healing Arts

Why Go:  Learn more about botanical healing, classes, and lavender distillation with live demonstrations and lavender infused treats.

Cost:  Free  









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