2018 Calendar

The following annual events and celebrations take place in Downtown Santa Cruz. These dates are approximated, and will be confirmed by the presenting organizations as the events approach. Bookmark this page for updates, and check our full calendar for all Downtown Santa Cruz events.


5 First Friday
5-14 Culinary Mushroom Week, various restaurants
12-14 Fungus Fair, Louden Nelson Community Center
10 “8 Tens @ Eight” Short Play Festival, at Center Stage Theater


2 First Friday
11 Antique Fair
21-28 Santa Cruz Burger Week
23-25 Downtown Santa Cruz “Pre-Am” Mini Golf / Art Festival


2 First Friday
5 Downtown Santa Cruz Beer March
10-11 Santa Cruz Music Festival
11 Antique Fair
30, 31, April 1 Sidewalk Sales


6 First Friday
8 Antique Fair
15 Downtown Santa Cruz Children’s Day
19 Dancing in the Streets
19-28 National Dance Week Santa Cruz
22 Earth Day
27, 28, 29 Sidewalk Sales
29 – May 5 National Small Business Week


6 Downtown Santa Cruz Fashion Show
13 Downtown Santa Cruz Spring Wine Walk – A Special Mother’s Day Edition
13 Antique Fair
20 Downtown Santa Cruz #SundayFunday
25, 26, 27, 28 Sidewalk Sales (Memorial Day Weekend)


9 Japanese Cultural Fair, Santa Cruz Mission Plaza Park
10 Antique Fair
Santa Cruz Pride Parade and Festival
June 29, 30 , July 1  Sidewalk Sales


8 Antique Fair
27, 28, 29 Sidewalk Sales
29 – August 12 Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium


12 Antique Fair
Kids Week Downtown
Church Street Fair
Soif Waiter Race (Bastille Day), Walnut Ave.
31, Sept. 1, 2, 3 Sidewalk Sales
25-26 Tequila and Taco Festival, San Lorenzo Park


1, 2, 3, Sidewalk Sales (Labor Day weekend)
9 Antique Fair
FashionART Santa Cruz, at the Civic Auditorium
7-9 Santa Cruz Greek Festival, at Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church
12-15 Santa Cruz Follies, at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
22 Mole & Mariachi Festival, at the Santa Cruz Mission State Park
28, 29, 30 Sidewalk Sales


14 Antique Fair
4-7 Santa Cruz Comedy Festival
GLOW: A Festival of Fire & Light, at the MAH and Abbott Square
Santa Cruz Restaurant Week
26, 27, 28 Sidewalk Sales
31 Family Trick-or-Treating 2pm-5pm


11 Antique Fair
11 Downtown Santa Cruz Fall Wine Walk
13 Downtown Santa Cruz Beautification Day
23 Holiday Movie
23, 24, 25 Sidewalk Sales
24 Small Business Saturday


1 Downtown Santa Cruz Holiday Parade
9 Antique Fair
8 Downtown “Santa Cruise” Scavenger Crawl
The Nutcracker, at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium


Every second Sunday, Antique Fair, on Lincoln Street
Wednesdays, Downtown Farmers Market
February-October the Santa Cruz Derby Girls, at the Civic Auditorium
March-November Downtown Santa Cruz Sidewalk Sales
October-May Santa Cruz Symphony, at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
November-April the Santa Cruz Warriors, at Kaiser Permanente Arena


2019 Calendar Dates – Downtown Santa Cruz




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