Top Things to Do in Capitola Village and Santa Cruz this Summer!

Capitola Village and Santa Cruz boast a number of fun events to do every Summer! And the best part is that they are FREE! Make your plans to go to the beach for one (or all) of the following events:

Twilight Concerts on Wednesday Nights in Capitola Village

Free Admission! Every Wednesday between 6-8pm, head on down to Esplanade Park for an exciting outdoor concert! Pack a picnic and enjoy the tunes on the sand or find a spot on the dance floor to jam to your favorite bands. Concerts go from June 5th to August 28th. Click here to check out the list of bands performing!

Sunday Art & Music at the Beach in Capitola Village

Stroll through the tents displaying and selling locally crafted art from 11am – 5pm and enjoy Live Music from 2-4pm every Sunday from June 30th to August 11th (except July 28th).


Movies on the Beach in Capitola Village on Friday Nights

Head on down to the Esplanade Park Bandstand to watch a family-friendly movie! Bring a chair, some snacks, and blankets to snuggle up and enjoy a fun movie! Movies are on Friday nights between August 23rd and September 13th. Movies start at dusk.


Friday Night Bands on the Beach at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

Cruise on over to the Boardwalk on Friday nights from June 14th to August 30th for 2 Free Concerts each Friday at 6:30pm and 8:30pm. Click here for the list of bands on the beach!


Wednesday Night Free Movies on the Beach at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

Bring your beach chairs, blankets, snacks and friends to the beach in front of the rollercoaster at the Boardwalk and plop down in the sand for a Free family-fun movie! Click Here to check out the list of movies playing this Summer.


Thursday Night Beach Parties at the Crow’s Nest in the Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor

Each Summer on Thursday evenings, the Crow’s Nest in Santa Cruz offers its Summer Beach Party series with fun and funky live entertainment on the beach, delicious BBQ, and an outdoor bar. The party starts at 5:30pm and goes until sunset. The parties go from May 30th to August 29th.

Wednesday Night Sailboat Races at the Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor

Wednesdays are special during daylight savings time months, as Santa Cruz sailors take to the sea in a festive parade of boats and sails. Enjoy this colorful event from your waterfront table at Crow’s Nest, at no extra charge! Sailboat Races Wednesdays, April through October from 5:30 pm