The weekend is upon us and this east coast girl is starting to get into the holiday spirit thanks to the low temperatures we’ve been having. This gives me an excuse to go searching for the perfect hot toddy recipe (anyone have any suggestions?) In the meantime, there are plenty of great-sounding things to do this weekend, including antiques-searching, George Bailey and breakdancing. Let’s take a look, shall we?
The Mother Hips: Bay Area’s beloved live band returns to the Catalyst tonight with opener Keller Williams. Tickets are $25 at the door.
Dishwalla: Apparently the boys behind the one-time hit “Counting Blue Cars” are still around, and they’ll hit the Catalyst Saturday with opener Jack Rabbit Stew. Who knew?
Patterson Hood: The leader of alt-country band Drive-By Truckers is playing a solo set Saturday at the one and only Don Quixote’s in Felton.
Kaki King: Iconoclastic musician Kaki King takes the stage at the Rio Theater Sunday with openers Jerome Holloway and Marty O’Reilly.
Downtown Holiday Parade: Bring a cup of coffee and the kids downtown Saturday for the annual holiday parade, which kicks off at 10 a.m. at Pacific and Laurel and continues north.
STARS and Supernova Gala: The Museum of Art and History will be closed Saturday as it prepares to host that evening’s Masquerade-themed Stars gala to benefit the MAH. Stars is the museum’s largest fundraising event and features music, a Supernova dance party, an auction and much more.
It’s a Wonderful Life: Shakespeare Santa Cruz holds what’s likely to be its last ever performance this weekend with “It’s a Wonderful Life”: A live radio play. The show ends Sunday.
Dance-Off: Oooh, as a major fan of breakdance classics like “Breakin’” and “Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo,” the promise of an urban dance battle makes me especially excited. The Tannery Arts Center plays host to just such a thing on Saturday from 3 to 8 p.m. with cash prizes. Get Down 2 will feature popping, a kid boogie popping workshop, and much more.
Walnut Avenue Women’s Center 80th anniversary: This local institution is celebrating its 80th anniversary with an all-out Roaring 20s themed party at the Center Street Grill Saturday, featuring music, cocktails, an auction and more. Tickets are $50.
Lighted Boat Parade: This is probably my favorite local holiday event. The Santa Cruz Yacht Club holds this lovely and free event for a 28th year Saturday. The parade begins at 5:30 p.m. rain or shine.
Ride the Holiday Trains: There are two different ones to choose from this year. Toot toot!
First Friday: It’s Friday Friday, again! And there are tons of cool-s0unding things to see, including breakdancing performances by the Lost Boyz outside O’Neill’s on Pacific Avenue, free admission to the Museum of Art and History, a new Local Santa Cruz display at Santa Cruz Core and a special pop-up museum at Claraty Arts in Seabright.
Holiday shopping!: There’s a slew of various gift sales and events planned for this weekend so you can get your local holiday shopping groove on. Here’s a sampling:
- Downtown Antiques Faire: While not explicitly holiday-related, this monthly event held downtown could be a great place to pick up some unique gifts for your loved ones…or yourself. It takes place Sunday on Lincoln Street between Pacific and Cedar.
- Winter Art Market: The Tannery is hosting a winter art market this weekend with live music, dance performances, art and other activities. Dozens of artists will be showing their work, much of which will be for sale. There will also be children’s activities, ornament making, caroling and demos. Best of all, admission is free. The market/event runs 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday and from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
- Artisans Holiday Sale: The 6th annual Artisans Holiday Sale returns to the Center Street Grill in downtown Santa Cruz on Saturday from 10 a.m. t0 4 p.m. Dozens of vendors will show off their wares, including wearables, edibles and much more. Everything will be priced $25 and under. Admission is free.
- Sun Drop Market and Winter Festival: Local artists and makers will hold a gift sale and yard sale Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. at the corner of Seventh Avenue and Capitola Road. Come on down to shop and have a cup of coffee!
- Seacliff State Beach Holiday Sale: Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks is hosting a holiday sale at it’s Seacliff Park Store through Dec. 8. Proceeds benefit local state parks and beaches, and the store carries nature-inspired items like local history books, educational toys and more.
- Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History Holiday Sale: Seabright’s own natural history museum is hosting a sale this Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at its store, which includes jewelry, toys, books and more. The museum is located at 1305 E. Cliff Dr. in Santa Cruz.
- St. John’s Holiday Craft Fair: St. John’s Episcopal Church holds its 13th annual holiday craft fair on Dec. 8 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the church, located at 125 Canterbury Drive in Aptos.