There's always something fun happening at the Boardwalk!
Marini's 100th Anniversary
Celebrate 100 Sweet Years of everyone's favorite candy store with a season full of extra sweet events!
March 28-October 25, 2015
Free Carousel Rides
Saturday, April 4, 2015, 10am-11am
Boardwalk Season Kick-Off
Saturday, May 16, 2015, 10am-8pm
at the Boardwalk Bowl
May 1 - May 31, 2015
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.
Santa Cruz Beach Soccer Championships
May 30-31, 2015 and June 13-14, 2015
An exciting beach competition with plenty of action. Amateur and professional teams compete on Santa Cruz Main Beach.
Pro-Am Beach Soccer's
11th Annual Santa Cruz Open
June 6-7, 2015
More than 100 youth, amateur, and professional beach soccer teams play on beautiful Main Beach, right in front of the Boardwalk.
June 15 - August 14, 2015
An exciting new summer day camp for kids ages 6 - 14. Learn magic tricks from the Surfing Magician, draw for fun with our Boardwalk caricaturist, build a sandcastle, go bowling, make salt water taffy, play beach games and get in some ride time!
FREE Friday Night Bands
on the Beach
Every Friday, June 19 - September 4, 2015
Rock out to Top 40 bands from the '70s, '80s, and early '90s FREE on the Beach Bandstand!
Two free shows each Friday!
6:30pm and 8:30pm
Beach Soccer Blast
June 20-21, 2015
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.
Free Movies on the Beach
Every Wednesday, June 24-August 12, 2015
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!
Circus of Nations
Monday, July 6 - Thursday, August 13
Sunday through Thursday
with shows at Noon, 3 pm and 6 pm
Travel the globe with this showcase of the world’s best acrobatics. Three free 30-minute shows on the Beach Bandstand every Sunday through Thursday.
Includes a mind-boggling Chinese contortionist, a light-hearted Canadian clown, African Acrobats, the intense Russian Slack Line, a German Wheel, and an urban American Rolla Bolla.
Weeknight after 5pm Specials
June 22 - September 3, 2015
Mondays & Tuesdays after 5pm
Enjoy old-school prices! Rides, Pepsi, Hot Dogs, and Cotton Candy are just $1.00 each!
Wednesdays & Thursdays after 5pm
Bring a Pepsi can to exchange for unlimited rides for only $12.95+tax!
Public Safety Appreciation Day
August 29, 2015
To show our appreciation for those who serve our communities, the Boardwalk invites all Public Safety Officers to join us for a free day of Boardwalk rides.
Bring your valid identification to the Season Pass/Group Sales Office (located at Entrance 2), and receive a FREE All-Day Rides wristband! For details please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Camp Out For Cancer
Friday-Saturday, September 11-12, 2015
Bringing community, family and friends together in the fight against cancer!
Overnight Camping on the Boardwalk • Luminaria Ceremony • Beach Concert • Walk of Hope • Rides • Arcade Games • Dinner • And more!
Sponsored by the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk to benefit the American Cancer Society
IRONMAN 70.3 Santa Cruz
Sunday, September 13, 2015
Formerly known as the Big Kahuna Triathlon, IRONMAN 70.3 Santa Cruz builds on the legacy of one of California's oldest races. Watch racers cross the finish line in front of the Boardwalk. Visit the Lifestyle Expo on the Boardwalk's Aloha Terrace.
Cheer & Dance Competitions
Saturday-Sunday, September 26-27, 2015
The ONLY USA Cheer and Dance Competitions with warm sand, cool surf, and hot rides! High school, junior high, all-star, and youth sports teams from throughout the state compete to qualify for the 2016 USA National Events.
Girl Scout • 8th Annual Boardwalk Beach Bash
Friday-Saturday, October 2-3, 2015
Calling all Brownie, Junior, Cadette, and Senior Girl Scout troops! Come out and join the fun!!
21st Annual Central Coast Hair Design & Beauty Expo
Sunday, October 4, 2015 10am - 6pm
Give your career a lift and enjoy a fun weekend in Santa Cruz. Watch demonstrations, try out new products, and get inspired. You'll find new ideas for hair design, precision cutting, cosmetics, jewelry, skin care and much more.
Open to Salon Professionals Only
Boy Scout • 7th Annual
Boardwalk Beach Jam
Friday-Saturday, October 9-10, 2015
Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts are invited to join us for our 7th Annual Boardwalk Beach Jam!
Santa Cruz Band Review
Saturday, October 17, 2015
Join fifty-five high school and junior high bands at the ONLY marching band competition with warm sand, cool surf and hot rides!
Drive for Schools Drawing
Sunday, October 25, 2015
The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and the Capitola Auto Mall Dealer Group invite all Santa Cruz County K-12, public or private schools to participate in our annual car giveaway.
and Ocean Art Festival
The Sea Glass & Ocean Art Festival features more than forty unique artists - many of them new to the show - coming from all over the country.
Hot Rods at the Beach
Saturday, November 7, 2015
Check out hundreds of sweet-looking hot rods, street rods, vintage, muscle, custom, and classic cars in the Boardwalk Parking Lot.
Boardwalk Holiday Bash
A Fun, Festive Event Perfect for Small Groups At the Boardwalk's Cocoanut Grove
December 11, 2015
Tired of the same old office holiday party? Turn up the fun! We're delivering holiday cheer - Boardwalk style!
Holiday Lights Train
Departs from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Vintage excursion cars, adorned with thousands of colorful lights, roll through the streets of Santa Cruz as passengers lend their voices to holiday carols, sip hot spiced cider and listen to musical entertainment while Santa visits the little ones, or the young at heart! Continue the merriment with your choice of arcade games, mini-golf or laser tag at Santa's Kingdom at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Bring the whole family for festive fun. Happy Holidays!
Upcoming Events in 2016
2016 Bridal Expo
Sunday, January 31, 2016 - 10am to 4pm
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.
2-For-1 All-Day Rides
February 6-7 and 13-14-15, 2016
Buy one All-Day Rides Wristband at any Boardwalk ticket booth and receive a second wristband FREE! Entire party must be present at ticket booth at the time of purchase to be wristbanded.
Clam Chowder Cook-Off
Saturday, February 20, 2016
Costumed chefs compete for the title of best clam chowder during this popular fundraiser for City of Santa Cruz Parks & Recreation.
Santa Cruz Polar Plunge
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Main Beach
Saturday, February 27, 2016
Help raise money for Special Olympics Northern California - take a winter plunge in Monterey Bay. Wear a costume, bring your club, team or family... it's a polar party on the beach in front of the Boardwalk!
Girl Scout • 3rd Annual
Boardwalk Spring Bash
Friday-Saturday, March 11-12, 2016
If you're a Daisy, Brownie, Junior, Cadette or Senior - Come out and join the fun!
Boy Scout • 3rd Annual
Boardwalk Spring Jam
Friday-Saturday, March 4-5, 2016
Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturers are invited to join this Boy Scout Overnight!
Family Fun Overnight
March 25-26, 2016
Kick up your family's game night to a whole new level! Join us for our Family Fun Overnight.
This special event is packed with exciting family activities, arcade time, plus a sleepover in the historic Cocoanut Grove.
Spring Break at the Boardwalk
Spring 2016 (date TBA)
Ditch the books and hit the beach for Spring Break at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk!
Wipe Out T1D Day
Type 1 Diabetes Awareness and Fundraising
Spring 2016. 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
Boardwalk Deaf Fest
Saturday, May 7, 2016
Joining hearts, hands, family and community as we celebrate Northern California's Deaf Community.