There's always something fun happening at the Boardwalk!
FREE Friday Night Bands
on the Beach
Every Friday, June 13 - August 29, 2014
Rock out to Top 40 bands from the '70s, '80s, and early '90s FREE on the Beach Bandstand!
Two free shows each Friday!
6:30pm and 8:30pm
Free Movies on the Beach
Every Wednesday, June 25-August 13, 2014
There's nothing like watching a classic movie on the beach with the Giant Dipper twinkling overhead and the sound of gentle summer surf in the background. Bring the family and your blanket or low-back beach chair and join the fun!
Weeknight after 5pm Specials
June 16 - August 28, 2014
Mondays & Tuesdays after 5pm
Enjoy old-school prices! Rides, Pepsi, Hot Dogs, and Cotton Candy are just $1.00 each!
Wednesdays & Thursdays after 5pm
Bring a Pepsi can to exchange for unlimited rides for only $12.95+tax!
Street Drum Corps'
LOST AT SEA
July 6- August 14, 2014
Two FREE Shows Daily
Monday-Thursday: 12noon and 3pm
Sunday: 12noon and 6pm
An explosion of drums, dance, and high energy entertainment!
The Surfing Magician
July 7-August 15, 2014 • Monday-Friday
Three FREE Shows Daily
Kids of all ages will be entertained by Doug Hofkin's use of illusions, scarves, coins, playing cards and more.
Find him near the Logger's Revenge.!
Public Safety Appreciation Day
Saturday, August 23, 2014
Bring your valid identification to the Season Pass/Group Sales Office (located at Entrance 2), and receive a FREE All-Day Rides wristband! For details please email email@example.com
Camp Out For Cancer
Friday-Saturday, September 5-6, 2014
Bringing community, family and friends together in the fight against cancer!
Overnight Camping on the Boardwalk • Luminaria Ceremony • Beach Concert • Walk of Hope • Rides • Arcade Games • Dinner • And more!
Sponsored by the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk to benefit the American Cancer Society
Neptune 7s Beach Rugby Tournament
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Watch Youth, Women's, and Men's rugby teams "Get Their Ruck On!" at the only Beach Rugby Tournament in Northern California!
Co-Sponsored by Central Coast RFC and the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.
Big Kahuna Triathlon
Sunday, September 14, 2014
For serious competition or just for fun - the Big Kahuna delivers the Spirit of Aloha during this triathlon that finishes at the Boardwalk's beach bandstand with Hawaiian entertainment.
Cheer & Dance Competitions
Saturday-Sunday, September 27-28, 2014
The ONLY Northern California cheer and dance competitions on the beach! High school, junior high, all-star, and youth sports teams from throughout the state compete to qualify for the 2015 USA National Events.
Girl Scout • 7th Annual Boardwalk Beach Bash
Friday-Saturday, October 3-4, 2014
Calling all Brownie, Junior, Cadette, and Senior Girl Scout troops! Come out and join the fun!!
Saturday, October 4, 2014 - 9:00pm
Enjoy a fireworks spectacular on Main Beach to cap off the 'celebration of the century' for the Santa Cruz Wharf!
Boy Scout • 6th Annual
Boardwalk Beach Jam
Friday-Saturday, October 10-11, 2014
Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts are invited to join us for our 6th Annual Boardwalk Beach Jam!
Santa Cruz Band Review
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Join fifty-five high school and junior high bands march at The ONLY Band Review with warm sand, cool surf and hot rides!
Drive for Schools Drawing
Sunday, October 26, 2014
The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and the Capitola Auto Mall Dealer Group invite all Santa Cruz County K-12, public or private schools to participate in our annual car giveaway.
and Ocean Art Festival
Saturday-Sunday, November 8-9, 2014
The Sea Glass & Ocean Art Festival features more than forty unique artists - many of them new to the show - coming from all over the country. This year's event also includes a FREE raffle (with admission purchase on Saturday) with over forty fabulous prizes and a $1000 prize piece contest.
Holiday Lights Train
November-December Dates TBD
Ride Roaring Camp Railroad's vintage excursion cars, adorned with thousands of colorful lights through the streets of Santa Cruz. Sing along to seasonal carols while sipping hot-spiced cider, listen to musical entertainment and enjoy a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. Includes your choice of mini golf, laser tag, or arcade games.
Upcoming Events in 2015
Bridal Expo 2015
Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 10am to 4pm
Find all the information you need to plan the perfect wedding. The Bridal Expo brings together more than 100 wedding specialists and related vendors from the Monterey Bay Area. Includes bridal fashion shows, valuable door prizes, cake samples, wedding decorations, and a Grand Prize drawing! At the Boardwalk's Cocoanut Grove.
2-For-1 All-Day Rides
February 7-8 and 14-15-16, 2015
Buy one All-Day Rides Wristband at any Boardwalk ticket booth and receive a second wristband FREE! Entire party must be present at ticket booth at the time of purchase to be wristbanded.
Clam Chowder Cook-Off
Saturday, February 21, 2015
Costumed chefs compete for the title of best clam chowder during this popular fundraiser for City of Santa Cruz City Parks & Recreation.
Girl Scout • 2nd Annual
Boardwalk Spring Bash
Friday-Saturday, March 13-14, 2015
If you're a Daisy, Brownie, Junior, Cadette or Senior - Come out and join the fun!
Boy Scout • 2nd Annual
Boardwalk Spring Jam
Friday-Saturday, March 20-21, 2015
Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturers are invited to join this Boy Scout Overnight!
Family Fun Overnight
March 27-28, 2015
Kick up your family's game night to a whole new level! Join us for our Family Fun Overnight.
This special event is packed with exciting family activities, arcade time, plus a sleepover in the historic Cocoanut Grove.
Ditch the books and hit the beach, it’s time for Spring Break at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk with rides open every day!
Plus your favorite cable networks are bringing out a family-friendly party. Look for Nickelodeon's SpongeBob Square Pants and Patrick Star on the Boardwalk all week!
On Thursday and Friday the entertainment heats up with celebrity appearances, interactive games, beach competitions, live music... and it’s all free!
Battle of the Bands
FIVE bands will perform three songs each for the chance to win a $1000 cash prize and bragging rights!
Boardwalk Deaf Fest
May 9, 2015
Joining hearts, hands, family and community as we celebrate Northern California's Deaf Community.