Parks & Recreation Events

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Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation offers a variety of entertaining events throughout the year. Contact the Recreation Event Office at or (831) 420-5273. 

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Frosty Fun Fest 
at the Louden Nelson Community Center
Friday, December 1, 5:00 - 8:00 pm

Nutcracker at the Civic Auditorium presented by Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre
Friday, December 15 at 8:00pm
Saturday, December 16 at 1:00pm and 4:30pm
Sunday, December 17 at 1:00pm and 4:30pm

Clam Chowder Cook Off TWO DAYS! - Saturday, February 24 Amateur & Sunday, February 25 Professional! Want more information? The 2018 Chowder Cook Off Guidelines cover all the details.  Register Now

Clam Chowder Registration Open for 2018

Special Events Permits
Looking for permit information for large, public events? Please visit the City Manager's Special Event Permits page.

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23rd Annual Woodies on the Wharf

 Woodies Poster 2017

The scenic and historic Santa Cruz Wharf is the perfect setting for a celebration of the surf spirit and classic surf wagons. More than 200 "Woodies," gorgeous, pre-1950s cars that feature wood bodies, line the wharf. Music, t-shirts, memorabilia and prize drawings add to the free fun. Stroll the wharf and enjoy dozens of shops and restaurants and stellar coastal views while you soak up the sun and beauty of Northern California's premier Woodie show.

Presented by the Santa Cruz Woodies, the Santa Cruz Wharf and the City of Santa Cruz. Co-sponsored by KPIG 107.5 FM, Allterra Solar, Hagerty Classic Car Insurance, Pearson Arrow Surfboards, Family Cycling Center, Floyd Smith Custom Surfboards, Community Printers and Michel Junod Surfboards. 

 Woodies on the Wharf - Santa Cruz, CA

 Woodies on the Wharf - Santa Cruz, CA


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