Events with Parks and Recreation


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Friday, December 5, 2014
11:00 am
Santa Cruz Wharf
The Santa Cruz Wharf officially opened in December 5, 1914, and thrived as a hub of the Santa Cruz fishing industry. One hundred years later, the Santa Cruz Wharf serves as a bustling center of recreation, including fishing, plus dining and shopping. To commemorate 100 years of the Santa Cruz Wharf’s history, culture and glorious setting, join us for special ceremonies on the Wharf stage with honored guests and Santa Cruz citizens. The Santa Cruz Wharf is our gateway to the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and a testament to Santa Cruz's spirit of ingenuity, perseverance and optimism. Celebrate the milestone and toast the Santa Cruz Wharf's future at this free event. Co-sponsored by the Santa Cruz Sentinel. Visit, call 831-420-5277 or email. Cost: FREE!

For information and sponsorship opportunities about these and other 100th Anniversary events, please call the Wharf 100 Committee at 831-420-5277. To donate, visit

Dig out your favorite Boston and/or Manhattan clam chowder recipes for the 34th Annual Clam Chowder Cook-Off, Saturday, February 21, 2015 at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. The two divisions are Individual and Professional. Winners will have a chance to win round-trip tickets courtesy of United Airlines and cash prizes. Trophies are awarded to first place winners in each division as well as for “Most Original” and “Most Tasted.” Entry forms will be available online 2015 Entry Form and at the Parks and Recreation Office, 323 Church St. Check out the  to get idea of competition. Deadline will be January 16, 2015 and includes two T-shirts per team and two Unlimited Ride Passes to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Call 831-420-5277 or email.

Entry fees:
Individuals $50.00
Professional (Restaurants, Caterers, Food Service) $75.00

Saturday, February 21, 2015
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Teams of chowder chefs come from all over the West Coast to compete for the prestigious award of “Best Clam Chowder.” Whip up your favorite recipe for red or white chowder or just come and sample the delicious variety of chowder and fun at the Boardwalk. Check Cost: Tasting kits $9.00.


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