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Rides Closed Sunday Sep 18, 20222 Due to Rain.

Ocean View Fire Pits

Cozy up around your own private fire pit overlooking the beautiful Monterey Bay!

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October 7-8, 2022

Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturers and Scout family and friends camp under the stars and enjoy Boardwalk fun at this epic overnight event!

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Bites & Brews
October 13 – November 19, 2022

Thursdays & Fridays in October, Thursdays-Saturdays in November from 4pm‑8pm at Brews at the Beach. Indulge in top Bay Area craft beers paired with delicious foods, while enjoying FREE entertainment.

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marching band
Saturday, October 15, 2022

Join us for an exciting musical parade as 55 Northern California high school and junior high school marching bands compete next to the iconic Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk in the ONLY band review with warm sand, cool surf, and hot rides!

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people cooking chili
Saturday, October 22, 2022

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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children on ride at Boardwalk - Win $25k, Drive for Schools

Fundraiser Drawing

Sunday, October 23, 2022

Prize drawing for Santa Cruz County's largest school fundraiser. More than 75 schools fundraise from Sept 7-Oct 17, offering the community an opportunity to win $25,000 cash and many other great prizes.

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THe Lost Boys - Free movies at the beach
Saturday, October 29, 2022

Enjoy a screening of The Lost Boys movie on the beach in front of the Colonnade! Santa Cruz and the Boardwalk are forever linked to this cult classic and there's nothing like watching it right where it was filmed with the smell of corn dogs and salt water taffy filling the air.

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Halloween at the Boardwalk
Sunday, October 30, 2022

Celebrate Halloween with trick-or-treating and spooktacular Boardwalk fun!

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Hot Rods at the Beach, Santa Cruz
Saturday, November 5, 2022

Check out hundreds of sweet hot rods, street rods, vintage, muscle, custom and classic cars in the Boardwalk Parking Lot. Free admission!

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Santa Cruz Sea Glass Ocean Art Festival
November 5-6, 2022

Looking for unique gifts? Learn about collecting sea glass and shop for beautiful jewelry and crafts from over 45 unique artists. Free raffle entry with $5 admissions. The event supports ocean conservation. Full bar & great food too!

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Boardwalk Winter Wonderland
November 24, 2022 - January 1, 2023 (select dates) 12pm-5pm

Get in the holiday spirit - Celebrate the season at the beach! Enjoy rides, games, arcades, festive decorations, photos with Santa, pedal karts, holiday treats, movies, and more!

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Holiday Train Rides at the Boardwalk
November 25 - December 26, 2022 (dates vary)

Celebrate the holiday season with a ride on a festive train!

  • Santa Cruz Holiday Lights Train
  • Santa Cruz Chanukah Train (One day only!)
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Clam Chowder Cook-Off
Saturday AND Sunday • February 25-26, 2023

Attention chowder lovers! Taste the best at the 42nd Annual Clam Chowder Cook-Off! Sample chowder from Amateur Chefs on Saturday, followed by Professional Chefs on Sunday. Both days feature Boston and Manhattan Clam Chowder, and you can help pick a winner each day. Tasting kit proceeds benefit Santa Cruz Parks & Recreation.

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March 17-18, 2023

Daisy, Brownie, Junior, Cadette, and Senior Troops camp Inside the COCOANUT GROVE and enjoy Boardwalk fun at this epic overnight event!

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Fun Run - Children jumping at Boardwalk
Saturday, March 25, 2023

Lace up your shoes and join the fun with this family-friendly race through the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk! 1K race for 12 and under, and a 5K race for ages 4 and up.

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Beach Blitz Logo with a band in background

Enjoy camping under the stars, worship on the beach, and a lot of Boardwalk fun for ALL AGES!

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September 22-23, 2023

A memorable overnight event at the Boardwalk, perfect for family, friends, youth and school groups.

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Girl Scouts smiling
October 6-7, 2023

Daisy, Brownie, Junior, Cadette, and Senior Troops camp under the stars and enjoy Boardwalk fun at this epic overnight event!

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