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Boardwalk Blitz Christian Youth Event

Boardwalk Blitz
Christian Youth Event

Friday-Saturday, September 19-20, 2014

Youth groups and families are invited to join us for a dynamic event with worship and fellowship.

For more information email Kim at youthsales@beachboardwalk.com

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USA Boardwalk Cheer and Dance Competition

Cheer & Dance Competitions

Saturday-Sunday, September 27-28, 2014

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 2015 USA National Events.

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Girl Scout Boardwalk Beach Bash

Girl Scout • 7th Annual Boardwalk Beach Bash

Friday-Saturday, October 3-4, 2014

Calling all Brownie, Junior, Cadette, and Senior Girl Scout troops! Come out and join the fun!!

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Wharf Centennial Fireworks

Wharf Centennial
Fireworks Spectacular

Saturday, October 4, 2014 - 9:00pm

Enjoy a fireworks spectacular on Main Beach to cap off the 'celebration of the century' for the Santa Cruz Wharf!

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Boy Scout Boardwalk Beach Jam

Boy Scout • 6th Annual
Boardwalk Beach Jam

Friday-Saturday, October 10-11, 2014

Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts are invited to join us for our 6th Annual Boardwalk Beach Jam!

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HIT Cheer and Dance

HIT The Beach

Sunday, October 12, 2014

An open qualifying competition for THE ONE Cheer & Dance Finals and 2015 HIT World Cup Series Championships, hosted by HIT Cheer & Dance.

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Santa Cruz Band Review

44th Annual
Santa Cruz Band Review

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Join fifty-five high school and junior high bands march at The ONLY Band Review with warm sand, cool surf and hot rides!

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Free Summer Beach Bandstand Entertainment

5th Annual Chili Cook-Off

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Bring your appetite and join the fun as both professional and amateur chefs work their culinary magic and compete for the title of Best Chili

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2013 Event Photo Gallery

Drive For Schools

Drive for Schools Drawing

Sunday, October 26, 2014

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.

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Sea Glass an Ocean Art Festival

Sea Glass
and Ocean Art Festival

Saturday-Sunday, November 8-9, 2014

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. This year's event also includes a FREE raffle (with admission purchase on Saturday) with over forty fabulous prizes and a $1000 prize piece contest.

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Holiiday Lights Train

Santa Cruz
Holiday Lights Train

November-December Dates TBD

Ride Roaring Camp Railroad's vintage excursion cars, adorned with thousands of colorful lights through the streets of Santa Cruz. Sing along to seasonal carols while sipping hot-spiced cider, listen to musical entertainment and enjoy a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. Includes your choice of mini golf, laser tag, or arcade games.

Upcoming Events in 2015

Bridal Expo at the Boardwalk's Cocoanut Grove

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.

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2 for 1 Days at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

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

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.

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Girl Scout Boardwalk Beach Bash

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!


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HIT Cheer and Dance

HIT World Cup Series

Saturday-Sunday, March 14-15, 2015

A two-day international competition, hosted by HIT Cheer & Dance.

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Boy Scout Boardwalk Beach Jam

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!


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Family Fun Overnight at the Boardwalk

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.

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Spring Break Powered by xfinity

Spring Break
Powered by Xfinity

Date TBD

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!

Spring Break Powered by xfinity

Spring Break
Battle of the Bands

Date TBD

FIVE bands will perform three songs each for the chance to win a $1000 cash prize and bragging rights!

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Boardwalk Deaf Fest

Boardwalk Deaf Fest

May 9, 2015

Joining hearts, hands, family and community as we celebrate Northern California's Deaf Community.

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FREE Movies on the Beach!

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!

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Retro Nights $1.00 Rides!

Weeknight after 5pm Specials

June 22 - September 3, 2015


Retro Nights

Mondays & Tuesdays after 5pm

Enjoy old-school prices! Rides, Pepsi, Hot Dogs, and Cotton Candy are just $1.00 each!


Pepsi Nights

Wednesdays & Thursdays after 5pm

Bring a Pepsi can to exchange for unlimited rides for only $12.95+tax!

Public Safety Officer Appreciation Day

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 youthsales@beachboardwalk.com

FREE Friday Night Bands on the Beach

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

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Camp Out For Cancer

2nd Annual
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

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First Wave Events - Big Kahuna Triathlon

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.

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