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Upcoming Events

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Spring Break at the Boardwalk


Spring Break at the Boardwalk

March 28 - April 12, 2015


Ditch the books and hit the beach for Spring Break at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk!


Enjoy the beach, rides, free magic shows, and come meet Scooby-Doo & Shaggy – as seen on Cartoon Network.


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Wipe Out T1D Day

Wipe Out T1D Day

Type 1 Diabetes Awareness Day at the Boardwalk

Saturday, April 25, 2015


Join us for a full day of fun, all for a good cause. Wipe Out T1D package includes Boardwak rides, Event T-shirt, Awareness Bracelet, and exclusive game time at Captain's Game Deck.


Look for T1D Awareness booths on the Boardwalk. $10 of each registration goes to JDRF for T1D research. Help Turn Type One into Type None!

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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

Free Carousel Rides

Saturday, April 4, 2015, 10am-11am

Boardwalk Season Kick-Off

Saturday, May 16, 2015, 10am-8pm

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Boardwalk Deaf Fest

Boardwalk Deaf Fest

May 9, 2015

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

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FREE Movies on the Beach!

Free Movies on the Beach

Every Wednesday, June 24-August 12, 2015

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!

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Retro Nights $1.00 Rides!

Weeknight after 5pm Specials

June 22 - September 3, 2015


Retro Nights

Mondays & Tuesdays after 5pm

Enjoy old-school prices! Rides, Pepsi, Hot Dogs, and Cotton Candy are just $1.00 each!


Pepsi Nights

Wednesdays & Thursdays after 5pm

Bring a Pepsi can to exchange for unlimited rides for only $12.95+tax!

Public Safety Officer Appreciation Day

Public Safety Appreciation Day

August 29, 2015

To show our appreciation for those who serve our communities, the Boardwalk invites all Public Safety Officers to join us for a free day of Boardwalk rides.


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 youthsales@beachboardwalk.com

FREE Friday Night Bands on the Beach

FREE Friday Night Bands
on the Beach

Every Friday, June 19 - September 4, 2015

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

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Camp Out For Cancer

2nd Annual
Camp Out For Cancer

Friday-Saturday, September 11-12, 2015

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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First Wave Events - Big Kahuna Triathlon

Big Kahuna Triathlon

Sunday, September 13, 2015

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.

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Boardwalk Blitz Christian Youth Event

Boardwalk Blitz
Christian Youth Event

Friday-Saturday, September 18-19, 2015

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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USA Boardwalk Cheer and Dance Competition

Cheer & Dance Competitions

Saturday-Sunday, September 26-27, 2015

The ONLY USA Cheer and Dance Competitions with warm sand, cool surf, and hot rides! High school, junior high, all-star, and youth sports teams from throughout the state compete to qualify for the 2016 USA National Events.

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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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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

2014 Chili Cook-Off Results

2014 Event Photo Gallery

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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Sea Glass an Ocean Art Festival

Sea Glass
and Ocean Art Festival

Date TBD

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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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 office holiday party? Turn up the fun! We're delivering holiday cheer - Boardwalk style!

Holiiday Lights Train

Santa Cruz
Holiday Lights Train

Dates TBD
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 arcade games, mini-golf or laser tag at Santa's Kingdom at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. 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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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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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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Family Fun Overnight at the Boardwalk

Family Fun Overnight

March 25-26, 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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