Upcoming Events

There's always something fun happening at the Boardwalk!

Strike Out Hunger
and Bowl for FREE!

Nov. 1, 2016 - Dec. 31, 2016

Just bring in a can of food and bowl a game for FREE. All donations will be given to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Cruz County to help feed local families.
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Hot Rods at the Beach

November 5, 2016

Check out hundreds of sweet hot rods, street rods, vintage, muscle, custom and classic cars in the Boardwalk Parking Lot.
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Sea Glass and Ocean Art Festival

November 5-6, 2016

Looking for unique gifts? Learn about collecting sea glass and shop for beautiful jewelry and crafts from over 40 unique artists. Free raffle entry with $5 admission. Event supports ocean conservation. Full bar & great food too!
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Holiday Train Rides

November 18 - December 29, 2016 (dates vary)

Celebrate the Holiday Season with a ride on one of three festive trains!


Santa Cruz Holiday Lights

Santa Cruz Chanukah Train

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Boardwalk Holiday Bash

December 9, 2016

A Fun, Festive Event Perfect for Small Groups at the Boardwalk's Cocoanut Grove.

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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Coming Events in 2017

Bridal Expo at the Boardwalk's Cocoanut Grove

2017 Bridal Expo

January 29, 2017

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.
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Clam Chowder Cook-Off

Saturday AND Sunday • February 25-26, 2017

Now a 2-day event!

Attention chowder lovers! Taste the best at the 36th 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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Spring 2017
Girl Scout Overnight

March 10-11, 2017

If you're a Daisy, Brownie, Junior, Cadette or Senior - Come out and join the fun!

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Spring 2017
Boy Scout Overnight.

March 17-18, 2017

Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturers are invited to join this Boy Scout Overnight!

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Boardwalk Spring Overnight

March 24-25, 2017

Join us for our Boardwalk Spring Overnight - a fun, memorable overnight experience at the Boardwalk, perfect for youth and school groups. This special event is packed with rides, exciting group activities, arcade time, plus a sleepover in the Boardwalk's Cocoanut Grove.

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Spring Break at the Boardwalk

Spring Break at the Boardwalk

Dates TBD

Ditch the books and hit the beach!

Open daily with awesome rides and free entertainment!

Wipe Out T1D Day

Type 1 Diabetes Awareness and Fundraising

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

May 6, 2017

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

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Camp Boardwalk

SIX week-long sessions

Registration begins Spring, 2017.

Kids experience the Boardwalk like never before with this exciting summer day camp! In addition to scheduled ride times, kids ages 5-12 will learn magic tricks from the Surfing Magician, draw for fun with our Boardwalk caricaturist, compete in a sandcastle contest, roll strikes at the Boardwalk Bowl, make Marini's salt water taffy, play exciting beach games, and lots more!

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FREE Movies on the Beach

Wednesday Nights at 9:00pm

June 21- August 16, 2017

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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Public Safety Officer Appreciation Day

Public Safety Appreciation Days

August 26-27, 2017

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. 

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FREE Friday Night Bands on the Beach

FREE Friday Night Bands
on the Beach

June 23 - September 1, 2017

6:30pm and 8:30pm

Rock out to Top 40 bands from the '70s, '80s, and early '90s FREE on the Beach Bandstand!

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Boardwalk Fall Campout

September 8-9, 2017

Join us for a memorable overnight at the Boardwalk, perfect for youth and school groups. This special event is packed with exciting group activities, arcade time -- plus camping under the stars on the Boardwalk.

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Boardwalk Blitz Christian Youth Event

September 15-16, 2017

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

September 23, 2017

The ONLY USA Cheer & Dance Competition with warm sand, cool surf, and hot rides! High school, junior high, all-star, and youth sports teams compete to qualify for 2018 USA National Events.
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Fall Girl Scout Overnight

October 6-7, 2017

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

October 13-14, 2017

Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts are invited to join us for our 8th Annual Boardwalk Beach Jam!
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47th Annual
Santa Cruz Band Review

October 21, 2017

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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8th Annual Chili Cook-Off

October 28, 2017

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

Annual Car Giveaway Drawing

October 29, 2017

Santa Cruz County Schools are the biggest winners in this annual fundraiser sponsored by the Boardwalk and Capitola Auto Mall Dealer Group. You could be a winner too. Hundreds of prizes including a brand new car will be awarded.
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