Summer’s last big bang is here!
Well, OK, not really – those of us who live here know the best weather is in September and October -but symbolically, Labor Day Weekend is the end of summer.
So why not celebrate in style? Let’s take a look at what’s happening on this lovely three-day weekend.
Santa Cruz is in the Heart: Local historian/writer/filmmaker Geoffrey Dunn’s narratives provide the foundation for a new exhibit that explores histories of the people and places that make up Santa Cruz. The exhibit runs through November but an official opening will be held Saturday at the Museum of Art and History.
Fleahab: A benefit for Fleahab, a sober living environment founded by local surf legend Darryl “Flea” Virostko, will be held Saturday from 2 to 8 p.m. at 2171 Sunny Acres Drive in Santa Cruz. The theme is luau and the festivities will include Hawaiian food, auctions, kids’ activities and music. Kinds 13 and under are free, adults are $50.
Papa Doo Run Run: You guys, it’s the last of the summer bands on the boardwalk series tonight. Papa Doo Run Run closes things off with free shows at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m.
Broken English: Broken English brings their Caribbean fusion sounds to Moe’s Alley tonight, performing two sets for a salsa and Latin dance party that’s sure to have your booty shaking. Doors at 8 p.m., tickets are $10.
Air Show and Fly-in: This weekend is also the annual Watsonville Air Show and Fly-in from today through Sunday. Go check out some gorgeous planes, see some great tricks and enjoy food, music and more. I went a couple of years ago and was both amazed and horrified by the automatic do-it-yourself pizza vending machine…oh, and the planes were cool too.
Vinyl Sale: Verve Coffee and KZSC Radio present a summer music sale Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Verve’s Seabright location, 104 Bronson St. Check out tons of LPs, 45s, CDs and more from MetaVinyl, Streetlight Records, BlueBeat Music and more.
Starlight Train Ride: Roaring Camp Railroad presents an evening train trip departing from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Saturday at 5:30 p.m. that will bring passengers to Roaring Camp for a steak dinner, music and dancing. The train then returns to the boardwalk at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $49.
Shakespeare Santa Cruz: This weekend marks your final chance to see Shakespeare Santa Cruz ever. UC Santa Cruz recently announced this season marks the final curtain call for the series. You can still catch performances of “Henry V” and “The Taming of the Shrew” Friday through Saturday.
Capitola Begonia Festival: The annual celebration of this beautiful flower returns to the Village this weekend for its 61st year. Tonight starts off with a dance party from 4 to 9 p.m. and tomorrow’s festivities include the viewing of float construction, food, music, art and of course the sandcastle/sculpture contest. Sunday will be the annual nautical parade when the decorated floats will well, float, down the water. Full schedule here.