There's always something fun happening at the Boardwalk!
Marini's 100th Anniversary
Celebrate 100 Sweet Years of everyone's favorite candy store with a season full of extra sweet events!
March 28-October 25, 2015
Boy Scout • 7th Annual
Boardwalk Beach Jam
Friday-Saturday, October 9-10, 2015
Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts are invited to join us for our 7th Annual Boardwalk Beach Jam!
Golden State Warriors
NBA Championship Trophy
Sunday, October 11, 2015; 1 pm - 3 pm
Celebrate Bay Area basketball history with a unique selfie! The Golden State Warriors are bringing their 2015 NBA Championship Trophy to the Boardwalk along with the Santa Cruz Warrior's first NBA D-League Trophy. Free, on the Boardwalk near the Beach Bandstand.
Santa Cruz Band Review
Saturday, October 17, 2015
Join fifty-five high school and junior high bands at the ONLY marching band competition with warm sand, cool surf and hot rides!
6th Annual Chili Cook-Off
Saturday, October 24, 2015
Bring your appetite and join the fun as both professional and amateur chefs work their culinary magic and compete for the title of Best Chili
Drive for Schools Drawing
Sunday, October 25, 2015
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.
Super Bowl 50 Tour:
Champions of the Bay
Saturday-Sunday, November 7-8, 2015
Noon to 5:00 pm
Celebrate the San Francisco Bay Area's place in Super Bowl history - the Bay Area's 8 Lombardi Trophies are coming to the Boardwalk!
Exhibit includes trophies and photo montages from San Francisco 49ers' and Oakland Raiders' championship wins, the Chevron STEM Zone, and NFL Play 60 Everywhere, an experience encouraging youth to be active 60 minutes every day.
Plus autograph sessions with current and former NFL players, and other kid-friendly activities.
and Ocean Art Festival
Saturday-Sunday, November 7-8, 2015
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.
Hot Rods at the Beach
Saturday, November 7, 2015
Check out hundreds of sweet-looking hot rods, street rods, vintage, muscle, custom, and classic cars in the Boardwalk Parking Lot.
An Evening with
Chris Robinson Brotherhood
Sunday, December 6, 2015
Chris Robinson Brotherhood (CRB) is an American blues rock band, touring in support of their latest release, Phosphorescent Harvest. Praised by Rolling Stone as "... quirky, trippy, soulful and downright magnetic," it's the band's third full-length album. See them live in Santa Cruz at the historic Boardwalk's Cocoanut Grove.
Boardwalk Holiday Bash
A Fun, Festive Event Perfect for Small Groups At the Boardwalk's Cocoanut Grove
December 11, 2015
Tired of the same old holiday party? Turn up the fun!
We're delivering holiday cheer, Boardwalk style with free arcade play, photo booths, caricaturists, airbrush tattoos, DJ entertainment, dinner buffet, sweet Boardwalk treats and much more!
Holiday Lights Train
November 27 - 28 and
December 5 - 6, 12 - 13, 18 - 23
Departs from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Vintage excursion cars, adorned with thousands of colorful lights, roll through the streets of Santa Cruz as passengers lend their voices to holiday carols, sip hot spiced cider and listen to musical entertainment while Santa visits the little ones, or the young at heart!
Continue the merriment with your choice of Boardwalk arcade games, mini-golf or laser tag inside Santa's Kingdom. Bring the whole family for festive fun!
Upcoming Events in 2016
2016 Bridal Expo
Sunday, January 31, 2016 - 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 6-7 and 13-14-15, 2016
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 20, 2016
Costumed chefs compete for the title of best clam chowder during this popular fundraiser for City of Santa Cruz Parks & Recreation.
Santa Cruz Polar Plunge
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Main Beach
Saturday, February 27, 2016
Help raise money for Special Olympics Northern California - take a winter plunge in Monterey Bay. Wear a costume, bring your club, team or family... it's a polar party on the beach in front of the Boardwalk!
Boy Scout • 3rd Annual
Boardwalk Spring Jam
Friday-Saturday, March 4-5, 2016
Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturers are invited to join this Boy Scout Overnight!
Girl Scout • 3rd Annual
Boardwalk Spring Bash
Friday-Saturday, March 11-12, 2016
If you're a Daisy, Brownie, Junior, Cadette or Senior - Come out and join the fun!
Family Fun Overnight
March 18-19, 2016
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.
Spring Break at the Boardwalk
Spring 2016 (date TBA)
Ditch the books and hit the beach for Spring Break at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk!
Wipe Out T1D Day
Type 1 Diabetes Awareness and Fundraising
Spring 2016. Date TBD.
Help Turn Type One into Type None!
Wipe Out T1D package includes Boardwalk rides, Event T-shirt, Awareness Bracelet, and exclusive game time. Look for T1D Awareness booths on the Boardwalk. A portion of each registration goes to JDRF for T1D research.
Sponsored by the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk to benefit JDRF
Boardwalk Deaf Fest
Saturday, May 7, 2016
Joining hearts, hands, family and community as we celebrate Northern California's Deaf Community.
Registration for Camp Boardwalk opens Spring 2016
Camp Boardwalk is an exciting new summer day camp inviting kids ages 6 – 14 to experience the world-famous Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk like never before!
FREE Friday Night Bands
on the Beach
Every Friday Night
June 17 - September 2, 2016
Rock out to Top 40 bands from the '70s, '80s, and early '90s FREE on the Beach Bandstand!
Two free shows each Friday!
6:30 pm and 8:30 pm
FREE Movies on the Beach
Wednesday Nights at 9:00pm
June 22- August 10, 2016 - Admission FREE!
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!
Movie Schedule Coming Spring 2016.
August 27-28, 2016
To show our appreciation for those who serve our communities, Public Safety Officers and active or retired military are invited to join us for two free days of Boardwalk rides with discounts for family members. Bring your valid ID to the Season Pass/Group Sales Office to receive your FREE All-Day Rides wristband and family discount.
For details please email email@example.com
Camp Out For Cancer
Friday-Saturday, September 9-10, 2016
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
Kidrageous at the Boardwalk
Sunday, September 18, 2016
Live, Laugh, Celebrate, Believe and join us for a special event to benefit Jacob's Heart.
Enjoy kid-friendly event activities on the beach, food, rides, games, attractions and more!
Cheer & Dance Competitions
Saturday-Sunday, September 24-25, 2016
The ONLY USA Cheer & Dance Competitions with warm sand, cool surf, and hot rides! High school, junior high, all-star, and youth sports teams compete to qualify for 2017 USA National Events.
Girl Scout • 9th Annual Boardwalk Beach Bash
September 30 - October 1, 2016
Calling all Brownie, Junior, Cadette, and Senior Girl Scout troops! Come out and join the fun!!