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Parks and Recreation Events

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Summer Activity Fun Fair - Friday, April 6, 5:00 - 6:00 pm

Parks and Recreation Summer Online Registration - Saturday, April 14

Contact the Recreation Event Office at or (831) 420-5273

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

Clam Chowder Cook Off 2018 logo
Clam Chowder Cook-Off - Saturday, February 24 Amateur & Sunday, February 25 Professional

Thank you for another spectacular Clam Chowder Cook-Off! 


Day 1 - Saturday, February 24

Amateur Teams

Clamilicious - Amateur winner

Best Amateur Boston

1st Place - Clamalicious "Clams of Anarchy" - Roben Webb, Rio Linda
2nd Place - Spud Brothers - Tim Dellgard, Idaho
3rd Place - Thyme After Thyme - Robert Ballard

Amateur Manhattan winner - Dragonmama's

Best Amateur Manhattan

1st Place - Dragonmama's Portuguese Red - Michele Hartmangruber, Fremont
2nd Place - Clam Halen - Brad Bishop, Hollister
3rd Place - Church Chowder - Dorothy Morgan, San Jose

Best Theming Amateur Team

1st Place - Clam Rock - Christopher Hirz
2nd Place - Jolly Trading Company - Miles Jolly
3rd Place - Clam-Ba-Laya - Robert Ramey

Most Tasted Amateur Team

1st Place - 4 Men & a Clam - Wayne Locke, Scotts Valley
2nd Place - Rosie's Clam and Get It - Robert Dixon, Soquel
3rd Place - Silence of the Clams - Brian Edwards, Campbell

People's Choice Amateur Boston

Clamalicious "Clams of Anarchy" - Roben Webb, Rio Linda

People's Choice Amateur Manhattan

Wine with Swine "Jack's Rasta Clam Chowder" - Mark Brown, Fremont

Day 2 - Sunday, February 25

Professional Teams

Best Professional Boston

1st Place - Loulou's - Gigi Davis, Monterey
2nd Place - Rosie McCann's - Cervando Maya, Santa Cruz
3rd Place - Eastside Eatery - Derek Rupp, Santa Cruz

Midgley's - Best Professional Manhattan

Best Professional Manhattan

1st Place - Midgley's Public House - Michael Midgley, Stockton
2nd Place - Eastside Eatery - Derek Rupp, Santa Cruz
3rd Place - Joe's Santa Cruz - Jim Hammana, Santa Cruz

Best Theming Professional Team

1st Place - Cucina Bambini - Shelley Ballard, San Jose
2nd Place - Food Lab @ Pacific Elementary - Emelia Miguel, Davenport
3rd Place - Mackenzies Bar & Grill, Alan Vonderwerth, Santa Cruz

Most Tasted Professional Team

1st Place - Ideal Bar & Grill - Santa Cruz
2nd Place - Rebels Without a Kitchen - Jose Landeros, Santa Cruz
3rd Place - Dominican Oaks - Matt Mettalia, Santa Cruz

People's Choice - Professional Boston JVs BBQ

People's Choice Professional Boston

JV's BBQ - John Gerardo Viray, San Jose

People's Choice Professional Manhattan

Redwood Sluggers (UCSC) - Josh Martin, Santa Cruz

Photos of the event posted on Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Facebook page


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Surf Statue 25th Anniversary

Join us Saturday May 27 - 12:00 pm

  • Date: 05/27/2017 (all day)

surf statue 

12:00 pm - Welcome and History of the Surf Statue

12:30 pm - Toast

12:45 pm - Paddle Out

The City and the Santa Cruz Surfing Club Preservation Society will honor the rich and powerful history of surfing in Santa Cruz by inviting the community to an event to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Surf Statue. Learn about the history of the Surf Statue and meet the passionate community members who made its installation possible. Refreshments provided. 

Santa Cruz has enjoyed creatively dressing the Surf Statue over the past 25 years. Have a fun photo of the Surf Statue? Email to! Photos will be on display at the event. 

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