There's always something fun happening at the Boardwalk!
Strike Out Hunger
November 1 through December 31, 2014
Just bring in a can of food and bowl a game for FREE. All donations will be given to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Cruz County to help feed local families.
Holiday Lights Train
November 28, 29
December 6, 7, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 22, & 23
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!
December 1 - December 31, 2014
Buy $20 in Arcade Play - Get an EXTRA $20 in Arcade Play FREE!*
Discount not good with any other offer.
*When you purchase $20 on a MyBoardwalk Rechargeable Card, you will receive an additional $20 in bonus arcade play on that card.
Boardwalk Holiday Bash
A Fun, Festive Event Perfect for Small Groups At the Boardwalk's Cocoanut Grove
Friday, December 12, 2014 6:00pm to 11:00pm
Tired of the same old office holiday party? Turn up the fun! We're delivering holiday cheer - Boardwalk style!
Thursday, December 18, 2014
Departs from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Create a new holiday tradition with family and friends as you experience the lights, stories and traditions of Chanukah in a whole new way! On the 3rd night of Chanukah, watch the menorah lighting, listen to storytelling of the Chanukah miracle, play dreidel and enjoy kosher refreshments provided by Chabad by the Sea. Enjoy a ride on Roaring Camp Railroad's vintage excursion cars adorned with thousands of shining lights and Chaunkah decorations as it rolls through the streets of Santa Cruz. Includes your choice of mini golf, laser tag, or arcade games.
New Year's Eve
with the Alison Sharino Band
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
7:00pm to 1:00am
Enjoy an evening of great food and dancing to The Alison Sharino Band. Live DJ during dinner, complimentary glass of champagne or sparkling cider, party favors and hats, balloon drop and countdown clock at midnight!
Upcoming Events in 2015
Bridal Expo 2015
Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 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 7-8 and 14-15-16, 2015
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 21, 2015
Costumed chefs compete for the title of best clam chowder during this popular fundraiser for City of Santa Cruz City Parks & Recreation.
Girl Scout • 2nd Annual
Boardwalk Spring Bash
Friday-Saturday, March 13-14, 2015
If you're a Daisy, Brownie, Junior, Cadette or Senior - Come out and join the fun!
HIT World Cup Series
Saturday-Sunday, March 14-15, 2015
A two-day international competition, hosted by HIT Cheer & Dance.
Boy Scout • 2nd Annual
Boardwalk Spring Jam
Friday-Saturday, March 20-21, 2015
Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturers are invited to join this Boy Scout Overnight!
Family Fun Overnight
March 27-28, 2015
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.
Ditch the books and hit the beach, it’s time for Spring Break at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk with rides open every day!
Plus your favorite cable networks are bringing out a family-friendly party. Look for Nickelodeon's SpongeBob Square Pants and Patrick Star on the Boardwalk all week!
On Thursday and Friday the entertainment heats up with celebrity appearances, interactive games, beach competitions, live music... and it’s all free!
Battle of the Bands
FIVE bands will perform three songs each for the chance to win a $1000 cash prize and bragging rights!
Boardwalk Deaf Fest
May 9, 2015
Joining hearts, hands, family and community as we celebrate Northern California's Deaf Community.
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!
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
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
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
Big Kahuna Triathlon
Sunday, September 13, 2015
For serious competition or just for fun - the Big Kahuna delivers the Spirit of Aloha during this triathlon that finishes at the Boardwalk's beach bandstand with Hawaiian entertainment.
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!!
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.