The weekend is nearly upon us! I don’t know about you, dear readers, but the past few days finally started to really feel like fall to me. I’m still not completely used to these Santa Cruz autumns — not as much leaf-changing as I’m accustomed too — but the slight chill in the air this week is at least starting to make me crave pumpkin-flavored things. I digress. Want to know what’s going on around town this weekend? Check it out:
Midnight movies: The Del Mar’s midnight movie this week is the classic “Beetlejuice,” which will screen both Friday and Saturday. The Secret Film Festival’s recently launched late-night series will be screening “Bad Milo” with Ken Marino at 11:15 p.m. both nights.
Harvest Faire and Steam Festival: Kinetic Steam Workers and Roaring Camp Railroads host the harvest faire and steam festival this Saturday and Sunday with “heritage” kids’ activities such as scarecrow making, pumpkin picking and candle making. The festival is free and visitors will also het to check out player pianos, letterpresses, printing presses and more. Saturday night at 6 p.m., El Radio Fantastique will head up the harvest moon dance, joined by the North Pacific String Band and Shovelman.
Santa Cruz Super Enduro: Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz are hosting a weekend-long event filled with racing, riding and family-friendly activities at the Soquel Demonstration State Forest. The spectator-friendly Enduro race kicks off at 8:30 a.m. Saturday and other activities include an outdoor screening of the films “Not Bad” and “Arrival,” bike demos, fun rides, trail work and music by local faves, Coffee Zombie Collective.
Santa Cruz Open Streets: Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. marks the second Santa Cruz Open Streets event. West Cliff Drive will be closed from Lighthouse Field to Natural Bridges State Park to allow residents to bike, walk and play in a safe, fun and car-free environment. There will be free activities like hula hooping and Zumba lessons, live music, food trucks and more.
Antiques Fair: The monthly downtown antiques fair will be held Sunday, with dozens of vendors expected to set up shop on Lincoln Street to hawk their vintage wares from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Just Cream and Purple Haze: Don Quixote’s hosts a night of tributes Friday, this time with a pair celebrating the works of Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix, respectively. Show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10.
Monarch Day: Sunday is Welcome Back Monarchs Day at Natural Bridges State Park. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., there will be live music by the Mystic Troubadours, Marty O’Reilly and the Old Soul Orchestra, and the 5M’s Band; kids’ arts and crafts, kids’ games, a monarch parade and much more.
Historic Aircraft Display: The Watsonville Municipal Airport will be hosting a Historical Aircraft Display Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.
Free Day at the MAH: Friday is free admission day at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, thanks to the Santa Cruz Sentinel and Winchester Auto. Be sure to check out the exhibit “Santa Cruz is in the Heart.”
Santa Cruz is in the Heart Book Launch: Speaking of which…author Geoffrey Dunn will be joined Friday at the museum by Sentinel arts guru Wallace Baine for a discussion of Dunn’s work and a launch of his new book, “Santa Cruz is in the Heart Vol. II.” The book will be available for purchase and signing starting at 5 p.m. The talk begins at 7 p.m.
Moon Viewing Party: Props Restaurant and Lounge at the Watsonville Municipal Airport hosts Orion Telescopes and Binoculars for a family-friendly moon viewing party Friday night. See the link for further details.
Sugar Skull Workshop: The Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History on Saturday hosts a family-friendly sugar skull workshop in celebration of Day of the Dead. Two workshops will be offered – one at 1 p.m. and a second at 3 p.m. Admission is $10 for the general public and $5 for MAH members.
An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein: Mountain Community Theater is producing a new show that features 10 short plays inspired by Shel Silverstein, who is often associated with his children’s book and was lesser known for his adult works. The show begins Friday night at 8 p.m. at the Broadway Playhouse and will also run Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m., as well as next weekend. Tickets are $20 for the performance, which takes place at the Broadway Playhouse, 526 Broadway, Santa Cruz.
Oktoberfest: Be Natural Music presents its family-friendly Oktoberfest and benefit concert Saturday outside the Palm Deli in Aptos from 3 to 6 p.m. Seven local youth bands will perform, and there will also be raffles, homebrewed root beer, craft beers and sausages. The event will benefit Grind Out Hunger and the Be Natural Music Scholarship Program, which provides financial assistance to kids in the music program.
Community Writing Workshop: The Inside Out Writing Project will hold a free community writing workshop in San Lorenzo Park Sunday at 5 p.m.
Boston Marathon Benefit Show: The Crepe Place hosts a show to benefit the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing Saturday at 9 p.m. Performances include Hey Buddy, Bryan McPherson, Russ Rankin and the Painters. Tickets are $8.
California Honeydrops: This Oakland-based ensemble plays New Orleans-style jazz and always puts on a good show. They’ll be joined at Moe’s Alley Saturday by special guest Howell Devine. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door.
Hank III: Grandson of Hank Williams and son of Hank Williams Jr., Hank III is known for his live performances. He’s coming to the Catalyst this Saturday, with doors at 7 p.m. Tickets are $21 in advance.
Joe Pug: Alt-folk singer and songwriter from Chicago Joe Pug will stop at Don Quixote’s Sunday as part of his fall tour. Tickets are $12, show starts at 9 p.m.