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Evenings on the Colonnade
June 17 – August 8, 2024
9pm-10:30pm

Come for the rides and stay for the entertainment with Evenings on the Colonnade! Where you can listen to live music with delicious food & drink in your hand, be amazed by Magicians & acrobats, and show off your best dance moves with a DJ dance party at the Plaza stage.

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Mornings in the Plaza
June 17 – August 9, 2024
9am-11am

Play half-priced arcade games, devour irresistible breakfast specials, and show off your best dance moves with Splash at the Pirate Ship stage. Finish off your morning by cheering on the Guest of the Day as they officially open the rides for even more fun!

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Free Movies on the Beach with beach in background
June 14 - August 9, 2024
Friday Nights at 9pm

Experience ultimate movie nights right on the beach! Watch your favorite movies while munching on mouthwatering Boardwalk treats, from kettle corn and saltwater taffy to corn dogs and turkey legs.

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Summer Discount Nights
June 17 - August 8, 2024
Mondays - Thursdays, after 6pm

Come ride in the evenings and save, all summer long! Purchase a "Summer Discount Night" wristband and get Unlimited Rides after 6pm for only $24.95.

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Giant Dipper Rollercoaster
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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National Carousel Day
Thursday, July 25, 2024

Celebrate National Carousel Day. First 100 riders on the Carousel will receive a brass souvenir carousel ring. Normal ride pricing and restrictions apply.

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 Wristbands.

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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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Fall Campout
September 27-28, 2024

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

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

Fundraiser Drawing

Sunday, October 27, 2024

Prize drawing for Santa Cruz County's largest school fundraiser. Almost 80 schools fundraise from Sept. 10 - Oct. 20, offering the community an opportunity to win $25,000 cash and many other great prizes.

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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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Clam Chowder Cook-Off
February 22-23, 2025

Attention chowder lovers! Taste the best at the 44th 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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Girl Scout Overnight
March 14-15, 2025

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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Scout Overnight
March 21-22, 2025

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
2025 Date: TBD

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 29, 2025

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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