Santa Cruz Festivals & Events:
Thunderbirds on the Santa Cruz Wharf! Sept. 29, 2018 at 9am to 3pm.
Featuring the classic 1955-1957, the 1958-1965 vintage and the retro, 2002-2005 Thunderbirds.
Open Studios Art Tour – First 3 weeks in Oct. 2017
Welcome Back Monarchs Day – Oct. 14, 2017 11am – 4pm.
Annual Monte Foundation Fireworks Extravaganza! – Oct. 7, 2017
Santa Cruz Pumpkin Patches—Oct. 2018
MORE Santa Cruz Halloween Celebrations—Oct. 2018
Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival—Oct. 13 & 14, 2018
Main Street, Half Moon Bay, CA
For more event information, click on our Festivals & Events page for Santa Cruz.
Top Santa Cruz Attractions:
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Fun for all ages.
Santa Cruz Campgrounds
Ocean views or Redwoods? Over 27 campgrounds and RV Parks
Santa Cruz Fishing
Fall is fishing and crabbing season in Santa Cruz!
Santa Cruz Surfing
With 11 world-class surf breaks such as Steamer Lane and Pleasure Point, it is easy to understand why the greatest surfers in the world call Santa Cruz home!
Whale Watching – Whale Watching December through May
For more information on local attractions, click on the Attractions or Recreational Activities.
The Region’s Fall Advisories:
Rush hour traffic can be extremely challenging – especially along Mission Street and Highway 1 between Santa Cruz and Capitols. It’s a good idea to plan ahead and arrive early and leave late. Go to www.caltrans.com
to learn about road conditions.
Yes, it’s still water, water, water! California is undergoing an extreme drought. If you are planning a lake vacation be sure to check about water levels. That rafting trip, fishing, or skiing can be impacted.
EXTREME fire danger. The drought has created a very dangerous combination of dry vegetation and no moisture in the air to help contain any fire. Please use extreme caution during your trip.