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Upcoming Events

There's always something fun happening at the Boardwalk!

9th Annual Chili Cook-Off

October 27, 2018

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 28, 2018

The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Subaru of Santa Cruz and Toyota of Santa Cruz invites local Santa Cruz County Schools to participate in our 14th annual car giveaway fundraiser.

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Hot Rods at the Beach

November 3, 2018

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 3-4, 2018

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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Strike Out Hunger and Bowl for FREE!

Nov. 1, 2018 - Dec. 31, 2018

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.

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Boardwalk Holiday Ice

November 17, 2018- January 6, 2019

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 23 - December 23, 2018 (dates vary)

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

  • Santa Cruz Holiday Lights Train
  • Santa Cruz Chanukah Train (December 3 only!)

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Boardwalk Holiday Bash

December 7, 2018

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 2019

2019 Bridal Expo

Sunday, January 27, 2019

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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Clam Chowder Cook-Off

Saturday AND Sunday • February 23-24, 2019

Attention chowder lovers! Taste the best at the 38th 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 8-9, 2019

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

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Spring Boy Scout Overnight

March 15-16, 2019

Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturers are invited to join our Boy Scout Overnights!

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All Scouts Overnight

March 22-23, 2019

Join other Girls Scouts and Boy Scouts for a fun-filled overnight at the Boardwalk.

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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 Deaf Fest

May 11, 2019

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 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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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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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 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 Boy Scout Overnight

October 11-12, 2019

Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts are invited to join us for our annual Boardwalk Beach Jam!

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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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