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Clam Chowder Cook-Off
Saturday AND Sunday • February 24-25, 2024

Attention chowder lovers! Taste the best at the 43rd 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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Ride Wristbands on Hands
Select Days in 2024*

Season Pass Members! Bring a friend for free on Feb. 10 & 11, March 2 & 3, June 4, 11, 18 & 25, Oct. 26 & 27, and Nov. 29, 2024** One free All-Day Rides Wristband per Season Pass (wristband not valid on attractions). Not a Season Pass Member? Buy one online and save $10, plus bring your friend for free!

**Nov 29 is a Limited Rides Day and not all rides will be operating.

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Girl Scouts smiling
March 8-9, 2024

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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Scouts smiling
March 15-16, 2024

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

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Typhoon seaside park ride with ocean in the background
March 23 - April 14, 2024

Ditch the books and hit the beach!

Enjoy rides, the beach and a whole lot of family‑friendly fun!

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women running Fun Run
Saturday, March 23, 2024

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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Giant Dipper
SELECT DAYS IN 2024

Join us as we cheers to 100 years and over 68 million riders! This summer, you will have the chance to win special Giant Dipper 100th prizes, show off your artistic abilities, shop exclusive Giant Dipper 100th merch and ride the Giant Dipper for only $1 on select days.

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Fan Art Contest
MAY 17 - AUGUST 16, 2024

Dazzle us with your most thrilling Giant Dipper "Fan Art" to celebrate the Giant Dipper and over 68 million riders! Enter your Giant Dipper photos, paintings, or crafty creations for a chance to win Dipper swag, MyBoardwalk cards, or Ride Wristband.

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Fireworks
Saturday, May 18, 2024
9pm

Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 18 at 9pm, and ring in the 100th anniversary of the Giant Dipper with a once-in-a-lifetime fireworks show! The first 200 riders on the Giant Dipper May 18 get a commemorative 100th anniversary pin!

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MAY 29 - AUGUST 7, 2024
Wednesdays

Ride the Giant Dipper for 1 point - $1 every Wednesday. Celebrate your favorite wooden roller coaster with retro prices!

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Girl on Loof Carousel
Thursday, July 25, 2024

Celebrate National Carousel Day. First 50 riders on the Carousel will receive a brass souvenir carousel ring. Normal ride pricing and restrictions apply.

National Roller Coaster Day
Saturday, August 17, 2024

Celebrate National Roller Coaster Day by taking a spin on our National Historic Landmark, the Giant Dipper. First 100 riders on the Giant Dipper will receive a Boardwalk Souvenir Cup. Normal ride pricing and restrictions apply.

Saturday, September 7, 2024

Come celebrate the vibrant traditions of the Latino community with mariachi, folklorico dancers, and a free beach concert. Enjoy Boardwalk rides and games plus fun food and beverage specials throughout the park.

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Boardwalk PRIDE, santa cruz
Saturday, September 21, 2024

Show your PRIDE and celebrate the LGBTQ+ community with free live entertainment, giveaways and info booths. Enjoy rides and games plus fun photo ops and exclusive merchandise available throughout the park.

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PLACEHOLDER
September 27-28, 2024

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

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Girl Scouts smiling
October 4-5, 2024

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

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Scouts smiling
October 11-12, 2024

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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marching band
Saturday, October 19, 2024

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 26, 2024

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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Boardwalk Winter Wonderland
Select dates: November 28, 2024 - January 5, 2025

Get in the holiday spirit - Celebrate the season at the beach!

Enjoy rides (weather permitting), games, arcades, festive decorations, photos with Santa, holiday treats, and more!

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