Spend Your Summer in Santa Cruz

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Spend Your Summer in Santa Cruz

Start your summer the right way with a visit to Santa Cruz. Grab your sunglasses, backpack and walking shoes and explore the amazing events the coastal mountains of California have to offer. From the Japanese Cultural Fair and 25th Annual Woodies on the Wharf, to the Redwood Mountain Faire, there’s something happening for everyone!


Japanese Cultural Fair  

Embrace Japanese culture on June 8 at the 33rd Annual Japanese Cultural Fair. The Fair takes place at Mission Plaza from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Participate in rich Japanese traditions through crafts, performances and authentic food. Expect matcha ice cream from Marianne’s, sushi from Sushi Market Sprouts and bento box lunches from the Japanese American Citizens League. Check out the full list of food vendors here. After you find some good eats, take a seat and watch a variety of amazing live performances. Traditional Minyou, folk song and dance, Kyogen and bamboo flutes will all take the stage. For a full list of performers, here’s the 2019 fair schedule.


25th Annual Woodies on the Wharf      

The 25th Annual Woodies on the Wharf returns to Santa Cruz once again this summer! From June 21-23, wood-bodied cars from near and far flock to Northern California for one of the area’s largest car shows. Take a look at (and take pictures of) over 200 cars on display and enjoy live music, tasty treats, prize drawings and special demonstrations. On Friday, June 21 at 8:30 a.m. be part of Pleasure Point Paddle Out and Get Bendy Yoga. Watch all the woodies parade off the wharf at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, then stake your spot at the Ocean Pacific Lodge for the WOW tailgate dinner.


Stay at Nearby Hotel Solares      

Regardless of the event you attend, you won’t get the full Santa Cruz experience unless you stay a night or two! And if you’re bringing furry friends along, we recommend booking your stay at the nearby, dog-friendly Hotel Solares. Located right near many Santa Cruz attractions, Hotel Solares’ bright décor and welcoming amenities are perfect for all visitors.


Redwood Mountain Faire   

The Santa Cruz mountains are alive with the sound of music this June at Redwood Mountain Faire. The 10th annual Redwood Mountain Faire will take place at the popular Roaring Camp from June 1-2. From 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. each day, visitors can dance the day away with music provided by 22 different bands. Headliner The Brothers Comatose will bring their Americana sound with splashes of bluegrass, country and rock ’n’ roll. The Main Squeeze, Big Sam’s Funky Nation and Dustbowl Revival, to name a few, will also be performing. In addition to live performances, crafts vendors will also be set up throughout the camp. Baizaar and Disco Lemonade are just two of the fest’s 43 craft vendors. Tickets to Redwood Mountain Faire are $25 for adults, $20 for teens (13-17) and seniors (65+) and kids 12 and under are free.


Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center

Calling all artists! Come and visit the Santa Cruz Mountain Art Center this June and sign up for one of their DIY art classes. Choose from ceramics, painting and drawing sessions. With classes for all skillsets, this is a great place to spark or continue your passion for art. To schedule a class, take a look at the center’s calendar of classes and events. Tour through their Earth, Water, Air & Fire Exhibit, based on the four elements that created the universe. Stability from the Earth, flow from the water, motion from the air and light from fire. The Santa Cruz Mountain Art Center is open Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.


Stay at Nearby Brookdale Lodge

Fully enjoy the music and art of the mountains with a weekend stay at the nearby Brookdale Lodge. This newly renovated property is the epitome of a tranquil stay, situated in the mountains and complete with spacious rooms and forest views.


Don’t miss out on all the fun this June and book your stay in Santa Cruz!



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. 831.458.966

Brookdale Lodge
Retreat to the mountains just above Santa Cruz and unwind at this newly renovated property. 11570 Hwy 9, Brookdale, CA 95007. 831.609.6010