Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk - Events at the Beach!
Boardwalk Fright Flicks
Chili Cook-Off
drive for schools fundraiser

Upcoming Events

There's always something fun happening at the Boardwalk!

Boardwalk Fright Flicks

Wednesdays, October 9‑30, 2019

Wednesdays at 8pm

Bring your friends for a night of fun and frights! Enjoy your favorite scary movies in the Boardwalk's historic Cocoanut Grove ballroom with a cocktail in your hand.
(21 and over)

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10th Annual Chili Cook-Off

October 26, 2019

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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Drive For Schools

October 27, 2019

The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Subaru of Santa Cruz and Toyota of Santa Cruz invites local Santa Cruz County Schools to participate in our annual car giveaway fundraiser.

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Hot Rods at the Beach

November 2, 2019

Check out hundreds of sweet hot rods, street rods, vintage, muscle, custom and classic cars in the Boardwalk Parking Lot. Free admission!

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Santa Cruz Sea Glass & Ocean Art Festival

November 2-3, 2019

Looking for unique gifts? Learn about collecting sea glass and shop for beautiful jewelry and crafts from over 45 unique artists. Free raffle entry with $5 admissions. The event supports ocean conservation. Full bar & great food too!

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Boardwalk Holiday Ice

November 16, 2019 - January 5, 2020

Start a new holiday tradition! Gather your family and friends and celebrate Santa Cruz style with ice skating at the beach! See the new Main Entrance Plaza transformed into a winter wonderland with ice skating, rides, games, festive foods and more!

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Holiday Train Rides

November 29 - December 23, 2019 (dates vary)

Celebrate the holiday season with a ride on a festive train!

• Santa Cruz Holiday Lights Train
• Santa Cruz Chanukah Train (One day only!)

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Boardwalk Holiday Bash

December 6, 2019

A Fun, Festive Event Perfect for Small Groups at the Boardwalk's Cocoanut Grove.

Tired of the same old holiday party? Turn up the fun!
We're delivering holiday cheer, Boardwalk style with free arcade play, photo booths, caricaturists, airbrush tattoos, DJ entertainment, dinner buffet, sweet Boardwalk treats and much more!

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Coming Events in 2020

2020 Bridal Expo

Sunday, January 26, 2020

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 cake samples, wedding decorations, valuable door prizes, and a Grand Prize drawing! At the Boardwalk's Cocoanut Grove.

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Clam Chowder Cook-Off

Saturday AND Sunday • February 22-23, 2020

Attention chowder lovers! Taste the best at the 39th Annual Clam Chowder Cook-Off! Sample chowder from Amateur Chefs on Saturday, followed by Professional Chefs on Sunday. Both days feature Boston and Manhattan Clam Chowder, and you can help pick a winner each day. Tasting kit proceeds benefit Santa Cruz Parks & Recreation.

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Spring Girl Scout Overnight

March 6-7, 2020

If you're a Daisy, Brownie, Junior, Cadette or Senior - Come out and join the fun!

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Spring Scout Overnight

March 13-14, 2020

Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturers and Scout family and friends are invited to experience this exciting overnight event!

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Spring Break at the Boardwalk

Date TBD

Ditch the books and hit the beach!
Open daily with awesome rides and free entertainment!

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Boardwalk Fun Run

April 5, 2020

Lace up your shoes and join the fun with this family-friendly 1k and 5k race through the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk!

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Wipe Out T1D Day

April 25, 2020

Help Turn Type One into Type None!
Come out and enjoy a fun-filled day while supporting a good cause! The event package includes a $10 donation to JDRF, unlimited rides all day long, an event T-shirt, arcades, midway games, attractions and more!
Sponsored by the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk to benefit JDRF.

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Boardwalk Deaf Fest

May 30, 2020

Join Northern California's Deaf Community for a fun day of rides, entertainment, and networking!

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FREE Movies on the Beach

June 17 - August 12, 2020

Wednesday Nights at 9:00pm

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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FREE Friday Night Bands on the Beach

June 12 - August 28, 2020

6:30pm and 8:30pm

Rock out to Top 40 bands from the '70s, '80s, and early '90s FREE on the Beach Bandstand!

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Boardwalk Beach Blitz Overnight

September 11-12, 2020

A Christian youth overnight event that brings junior high and high school ministries together for worship, fellowship, and fun.

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Boardwalk Fall Campout

September 18-19, 2020

Join us for a memorable overnight at the Boardwalk, perfect for youth and school groups. This special event is packed with exciting group activities, arcade time -- plus camping under the stars on the Boardwalk.

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Boardwalk Bites & Brews

Saturday, September 26, 2020


The Bay Area's best craft beers paired with everyone's favorite Boardwalk foods!
(21 and over)

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Fall Girl Scout Overnight

October 2-3, 2020

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

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Fall Scout Overnight

October 8-9, 2020

Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturers and Scout family and friends are invited to experience this exciting overnight event!

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Santa Cruz Band Review

October 17, 2020

Join fifty-five high school and junior high bands at the ONLY marching band competition with warm sand, cool surf and hot rides!

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