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Upcoming Events

There's always something fun happening at the Boardwalk!

Wipe Out T1D Day

Marini's 100th Anniversary

Celebrate 100 Sweet Years of everyone's favorite candy store with a season full of extra sweet events!

Marini's SWEETstakes

March 28-October 25, 2015

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Girl Scout Boardwalk Beach Bash

Girl Scout • 8th Annual Boardwalk Beach Bash

Friday-Saturday, October 2-3, 2015

Calling all Brownie, Junior, Cadette, and Senior Girl Scout troops! Come out and join the fun!!

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Boy Scout Boardwalk Beach Jam

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!

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Warriors NBA Championship Trophy

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

45th Annual
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!

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Free Summer Beach Bandstand Entertainment

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

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Drive For Schools

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.

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Super Bowl 50 Tour Champions of the Bay

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.

Free admission!

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Sea Glass an Ocean Art Festival

Sea Glass
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.

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Hot Rods at the Beach

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.

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Chris Robinson Brotherhood

(((folkYEAH!))) Presents

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.

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Boardwalk Holiday Bash

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!

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Holiiday Lights Train

Santa Cruz
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!
Happy Holidays!

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Upcoming Events in 2016

Bridal Expo at the Boardwalk's Cocoanut Grove

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 Days at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

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

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.

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Special Olympics Polar Plunge

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!

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Boy Scout Boardwalk Beach Jam

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!


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Girl Scout Boardwalk Beach Bash

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!


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Family Fun Overnight at the Boardwalk

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.

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Spring Break at the Boardwalk


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

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

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Boardwalk Deaf Fest

Boardwalk Deaf Fest

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Joining hearts, hands, family and community as we celebrate Northern California's Deaf Community.

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Boardwalk Deaf Fest

Camp Boardwalk

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!


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FREE Friday Night Bands on the Beach

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

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FREE Movies on the Beach!

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.

Public Safety Officer Appreciation Day

Public Safety
Appreciation Days

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 youthsales@beachboardwalk.com

Camp Out For Cancer

2nd Annual
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

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Boardwalk Blitz Christian Youth Event

Boardwalk Blitz
Christian Youth Event

Friday-Saturday, September 16-17, 2016

Youth groups and families are invited to join us for a dynamic event with worship and fellowship.

For more information email Kim at youthsales@beachboardwalk.com

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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!

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USA Boardwalk Cheer and Dance Competition

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.

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Hair Design Beauty Expo

22nd Annual Central Coast Hair Design & Beauty Expo

Sunday, October 2, 2016 10am - 6 pm

Give your career a lift and enjoy a fun weekend in Santa Cruz. Watch demonstrations, try out new products, and get inspired. You'll find new ideas for hair design, precision cutting, cosmetics, jewelry, skin care and much more.

Open to Salon Professionals Only

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