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Boardwalk Events

Boardwalk Marketplace Pop-Up

Open Friday-Monday from 10am-5pm

Support local artists and small businesses at the NEW Boardwalk Marketplace Pop-Up!

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Reservable Ocean-view Firepits

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

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Boardwalk Bites & Brews

Beer & Food Pairings

October 14 - November 19, 2021
Thursdays & Fridays, 4pm-8pm

Enjoy top Bay Area craft beers paired with mouth-watering foods, all with an ocean view!

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Chili Cook-Off

Saturday, October 23, 2021

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

Fundraiser Drawing

Sunday, October 24, 2021

Prize drawing for Santa Cruz County's largest school fundraiser. More than 75 schools fundraise from Sept. 16 - 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 Movie on the Beach

Friday, October 29, 2021 at 6:30pm

Enjoy a screening of The Lost Boys movie on the beach in front of the arcades! 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.

Halloween at the Boardwalk

Sunday, October 31, 2021

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

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Hot Rods at the Beach

November 6, 2021

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 6-7, 2021

Looking for unique gifts? Learn about collecting sea glass and shop for beautiful jewelry and crafts from local artists. $5 admission helps support ocean conservation. Full bar & great food too!

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Boardwalk Open Air Market

Saturday, November 27, 2021 - 11am‑5pm

Support local artisans and direct sales representatives while shopping at this one-of-a-kind ocean view market at the Boardwalk!

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Upcoming Events in 2022


Clam Chowder Cook-Off

Saturday AND Sunday • February 26-27, 2022

Attention chowder lovers! Taste the best at the 41st 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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National Carousel Day

Monday, July 25, 2022

Celebrate National Carousel Day and our Looff Carousel’s 111st Anniversary. First 100 riders on the Carousel will receive a brass souvenir carousel ring. Normal ride pricing and restrictions apply.

Boardwalk Beach Blitz Christian Overnight

September 9-10, 2022

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

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Boardwalk Fall Campout

September 23-24, 2022

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

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Fall Girl Scout Overnight

September 30 - October 1, 2022

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

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Fall Scout Overnight

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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Santa Cruz Band Review

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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