Summer is winding down quickly, though those of us live here know that September and October hold plenty of great stuff in store too. Celebrate the penultimate weekend of August by checking out any of these events:
Run by the Sea: About 200 people will run a 12k race along the ocean Sunday, from Wilder Ranch State Park and beyond. The run is aimed at raising awareness and money for the Coastal Rail Trail, which is slated for construction in the next few years.
Field Feast: The fifth annual Field Feast and Fundraiser at Pie Ranch begins Saturday at 3 p.m. and will celebrate the farm’s 150th anniversary. Google chefs will be creating a multicourse meal with wine pairings. The party, which costs $200 per person, also features a farm tour and a wine reception with music, appetizers and an auction.
The Groggs: This Santa Cruz hometown band plays an “amalgam of vintage rock in the tradition of their wide-ranging influences but tend to favor the early garage-punk spirit of bands such as The Seeds, The Stooges, Them, The Standells, Hasil Adkins and a healthy dose of late ’70s street sensibilities.” Catch them tonight at the Crepe Place at 9 p.m.
Eddie Money: Two tickets to paradise! Eddie Money returns for another year to play tonight’s Bands at the Boardwalk series, with free concerts at 6:30 p.m. and again at 8:30 p.m. Take me home tonight!
Following the Ninth: The Rio on Saturday hosts a screening of “Following the Ninth,” a documentary exploring Ludwig van Beethoven’s composition “Ode to Joy,” also known as his 9th Symphony. The film will be screened at 7 p.m. and will be followed by a question and answer session. Tickets are $11.
Wine Auction: Roaring Camp Railroad on Sunday will host Vins des Montagnes, a special wine auction presented by the Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association from 2 to 5 p.m. Dozens of wineries will be pouring selections and a number of local restaurants will be serving up small plates. Items up for auction include rare wines, sporting tickets, private winemakers’ dinners and more. Tickets are $55.
The Gift Economy: Speaker, teacher and author Charles Eisenstein will speak about the history and future of the concept of the Gift Economy along with representatives from local organizations Think Local First, TimeBank, First Friday and Slow Food. The talk is free and will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Museum of Art and History in downtown Santa Cruz.
Testicle Festival: The annual Testicle Festival returns to Estrada Deer Camp in Watsonville Saturday at 3 p.m. Come join the Santa Cruz County Farm Bureau’s young farmers and ranchers committee for some rocky mountain oysters and a full chicken dinner for $40 per person.
Pop Up Museum: The Museum of Art and History hosts another of it’s pop up museum events Saturday, this time at the Santa Cruz Mountain Art Center, 9341 Mill St. in Ben Lomond. This time the event is titled Lost and Found, and folks are invited to share objects they’ve found around town. From 1 to 5 p.m., this free event will be held outside the Mountain Art Center. Bring old photos, beach finds, thrifted treasures and more to “share your finder’s eye” with others.
March on Washington Anniversary: The Santa Cruz branch of the NAACP hosts a march in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington Saturday. The march begins at noon at the Louden Nelson Community Center and then will head to the Town Clock, where a number of speakers will talk.
Brewery Tour: We have some great breweries here, as others outside the region are quickly noticing. This weekend seems like a great time to go visit some of them, no?
Edible Gardens Tour: Slow Food Santa Cruz holds their second annual Edible Gardens tour Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a post-tour mixer at Sante Adairius Rustic Ales in Capitola.
Roller Derby: Watch our own Boardwalk Bombshells of the Santa Cruz Derby Girls play in the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association Division 2 playoffs today at 1 p.m. at Surf City Billiards, 931 Pacific Ave. The event is taking place in Kalamazoo, Michigan but SCB is hosting a live stream with special drinks and snacks.
Cave Train: Has it been awhile since you took a ride on the Cave Train Adventure? Why not take the trip again this weekend? Even better, Monday and Tuesday nights are dollar nights at the Boardwalk with all rides just $1.
Bellydancing Brunch: Enjoy some delicious breakfast crepes and a Bloody Mary in the garden of the Crepe Place Saturday while watching some exotic bellydancers. The performance starts at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, reservations are suggested.
Shakespeare Santa Cruz: The 2013 season continues this weekend with performances of “Henry V” and “The Taming of the Shrew” Friday through Saturday.