Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Free Events

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We think you’ll agree with us when we say that sometimes the worst part about vacationing is spending lots of money on events or activities. Visit the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk this summer and get the whole California experience without spending a fortune! Learn more about the Boardwalk’s free summer events below.


Free movies     

Starting June 20, visitors can catch free movies every Wednesday night at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Admission is free and movies begin playing at 9 p.m. Visitors can bring their own blanket or low back chair, and enjoy snacks from the large variety of Boardwalk vendors. Movies include Legally Blonde (July 11), Hairspray (July 25), Ghostbusters (Aug 8) and more. For the full movie schedule, visit the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk official website.


Free Friday Night Bands  

Head to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk any Friday between June 15 and August 31, for their Free Friday Night Bands event! Each Friday features a different band or artist, performing at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. On June 15, the electronic dance rock band Berlin starring Terri Nunn will perform many of their hits including “No More Words” and “Take My Breath Away.” Other performances include Los Lobos, Smash Mouth and Y&T. The complete lineup can be found on the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk official website.


More About the Boardwalk

Open since 1907, the Santa Cruz Boardwalk is recognized as the best seaside park in the world. With the Boardwalk’s vibrant atmosphere, thrilling rides and National Historic Landmarks, it’s no surprise that it’s so popular! Here you’ll find food like deep-fried artichokes and chocolate covered bacon, along with indoor arcades, laser tag, mini golf and more. Admission is free and ride tickets can be purchased at an affordable price. Boardwalk hours vary throughout May, however the park will generally be open from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. starting in June.


Stay at Hotel Solares

Looking for a beautiful hotel near the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk? Then spend a night or two at Hotel Solares! Here are some reasons why you should choose Hotel Solares:

  • You don’t have to leave your furry friends at home because Hotel Solares is a pet-friendly hotel
  • It’s located minutes away from the Boardwalk and downtown Santa Cruz
  • There’s an ultra-relaxing pool & spa

Enjoy the best of Santa Cruz without draining your bank account! The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is an excellent place to find free events throughout the entire summer. And as you plan your trip, don’t forget to book a stay at Hotel Solares!



Hotel Solares
Characterized by its bright yellow and blue hues, this pet-friendly hotel offers the best of Santa Cruz, located within walking distance of the iconic Boardwalk and downtown scene. 600 Riverside Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95060. 831.458.9660