Upcoming Events

There's always something fun happening at the Boardwalk!

UCSC Alumni Weekend
Keynote Address

April 28, 2017


Come for an inspiring evening with Alumni Weekend keynote speaker Carmen Perez, a criminal justice reform activist and national co-chair of the Women’s March on Washington.

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at the Boardwalk Bowl

May 1 - May 31, 2017

It's a party every day during Mayhem at the Boardwalk Bowl. We've got Wild Weekdays and Wacky Weekends plus KDON hosts Radio-Active Atomic Bowling on Sunday and Thursday nights and moms bowl free on Mother's Day. Special events and great discounts on food, drinks, and bowling every day in May.

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Boardwalk Hiring Fair

Hiring Fair

May 6-7, 2017 • 8am to 1pm

The Boardwalk is now hiring for all types of positions and we're making it easier than ever to get hired! Location: 605 Beach Street in Santa Cruz, across from the Boardwalk. Apply and interview, and you'll receive 5 free boardwalk rides plus free parking! Hiring for ages 16+.

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Todd Snider Concert

May 11, 2017


(((folkYEAH!))) presents Todd Snider featuring Great American Taxi at the Boardwalk's Cocoanut Grove. Enjoy the combination of Americana, alt-country, and folk musical styles in a beautiful historic location. 21+ event.

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Boardwalk Deaf Fest

May 20, 2017

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

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Mama’s Night Out

June 3, 2017


Grab your girlfriends (not just mamas) and enjoy a fabulous night out while raising money and awareness for pediatric cancer!

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Santa Cruz Beach Soccer Championships

June 3-4, 2017

The Santa Cruz Beach Soccer Championships is the premier annual sand soccer tournament and is a perfect choice for soccer fans in search of an unforgettable tournament vacation.

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Pro-Am Beach Soccer

June 10-11, 2017

Come to the Boardwalk to play at the 13th Annual Santa Cruz Open—the biggest beach soccer tournament in Northern California!

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America Scores Beach Soccer

June 17-18, 2017

Youth and adult beach soccer teams will compete against each other in the Beach Soccer Blast tournament at Main Beach by the Boardwalk. Proceeds from this fun tournament help to ensure that more than 1,000 kids at inner-city public schools have access to high quality after-school soccer and educational enrichment programs provided by America Scores Bay Area.

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FREE Friday Night Bands on the Beach

FREE Friday Night Bands
on the Beach

June 16 - 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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FREE Daily Entertainment

June 19-August 18, 2017


Engaging performers invite you to be a part of the show! World-class magicians, acrobats, jugglers, and comedians -- all performing FREE at two stages inside the park.

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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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Retro Nights

June 19-August 22, 2017

Come down for Retro Nights on Mondays and Tuesdays after 5pm for $1.50 rides, plus old-school prices throughout the park. Not valid July 3rd or 4th.

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Pepsi Nights

June 21-August 24, 2017

Join us for Pepsi Nights on Wednesdays and Thursdays after 5pm and get unlimited rides for $14.95 plus tax when you bring in a Pepsi product. Don't forget to stay for our FREE Wednesday Night Movies on the Beach!

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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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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.
For more information email  youthsales@beachboardwalk.com
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Boardwalk Fall Campout

September 22-23, 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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Cheer & Dance Competition

September 30, 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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Hot Rods at the Beach

November 4, 2017

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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Boardwalk Holiday Bash

December 8, 2017

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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Holiday Train Rides at the Boardwalk

Holiday Train Rides

November - December - Dates TBD

Celebrate the Holiday Season with a ride on a festive train!

Strike Out Hunger
and Bowl for FREE!

Nov. 1, 2017 - Dec. 31, 2017

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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Coming Events in 2018

Bridal Expo at the Boardwalk's Cocoanut Grove

2018 Bridal Expo

January 27, 2018

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 24-25, 2018

Attention chowder lovers! Taste the best at the 37th 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 2018
Girl Scout Overnight

March 9-10, 2018

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

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Spring 2018
Boy Scout Overnight.

March 16-17, 2018

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

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Boardwalk Spring Overnight

March 23-24, 2018

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

Date TBA

Ditch the books and hit the beach!

Open daily with awesome rides and free entertainment!

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