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Upcoming Events

There's always something fun happening at the Boardwalk!

FREE Friday Night Bands on the Beach

June 14 - August 30, 2019

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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FREE Daily Entertainment

June 17 - August 16, 2019

Noon-6pm

Engaging performers invite you to be part of the show! World-class magicians, acrobats, jugglers, and comedians—all performing FREE at two stages inside the park.

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FREE Movies on the Beach

June 19 - August 14, 2019

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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Retro Nights

June 17 - August 13, 2019

Mondays & Tuesdays after 5pm

Enjoy $1.50 rides, plus old-school prices throughout the park.

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Coca-Cola Nights

June 19 - August 15, 2019

Wednesdays & Thursdays after 5pm

Get unlimited rides for $14.95 plus tax when you bring in a Coca-Cola product.
Not valid July 4.

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Unlimited Attractions

June 17 - August 15, 2019

Mondays to Thursdays after 5pm

Enjoy unlimited access to Laser Tag, Laser Maze, Miniature Golf, Climb 'N Conquer, and Fright Walk for only $10.95 plus tax. Sorry, bowling not included.
Not valid July 4.

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Nathan's Hot Dogs

Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Competition Qualifier

June 26, 2019

8:30pm

Come early for the movie on the beach and watch competitors eat as many hot dogs as possible in 10-minutes.

Top male and top female finishers will be invited to compete at the ESPN-televised finals at the original Nathan's Famous in Coney Island on July 4th.

National Roller Coaster Day

August 16, 2019

Come celebrate with us! We're giving the first 100 riders on the Giant Dipper a Boardwalk Souvenir Cup filled with a 32oz soft drink and unlimited .99 cent refills. Giant Dipper opens at 11am, normal ticket and height restrictions apply. Limit one cup per rider.
Don't forget to enter the Giant Dipper 95th Anniversary Contest by August 16th for a chance to win awesome prizes!

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Boardwalk Beach Blitz Overnight

September 13-14, 2019

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 20-21, 2019

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 Fiesta en la Playa

September 21, 2019

Come celebrate the vibrant traditions of the Latino community with mariachis, folklorico dancers, and a free beach concert. Enjoy Boardwalk rides and games plus fun food and beverage specials throughout the park.

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Boardwalk Bites & Brews

Saturday, September 28, 2019

11am-5pm

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 4-5, 2019

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

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Fall Scout Overnight

October 11-12, 2019

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 19, 2019

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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9th 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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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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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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