Everybody’s working for the weekend: Events for Oct. 18-20, 2013

October 18, 2013

Where did this week go? It’s Friday already!

Got plans? Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered.

  • GLOW: Glow, the Festival of Light, returns to the Museum of Art and History tonight and tomorrow with a full slate of fire dancing, fire spinning, aerial arts and more.
  • Heritage Harvest Festival: Wilder Ranch State Park on Saturday plays host to its annual heritage harvest festival, which will include an apple tasting, hosted by the California Rare Fruit Growers. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission to the festival is free, the tasting is $5 per person and parking is $10 for the day.
  • Sensations: Greg Loicano of the Mother Hips is joined by members of Tea Leaf Green and Alo in his side project, the Sensations. The band performs at the Crepe Place tonight, Friday, Oct. 18. Show starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance.
  • San Lorenzo River Walk:  In conjunction with the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History exhibit “Santa Cruz is in the Heart,” Margaret Leonard, founder of Slow Adventures, will lead a free walk along the San Lorenzo River Saturday. Meet at the MAH at 10 a.m.
  • John Medeski: John Medeski, of Medeski Martin & Wood fame performs a solo set on piano at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center tonight. Dinner and doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance.
  • Sean Hayes: San Francisco-based singer-songwriter Hayes will be joined by the Blank Tapes Saturday at Don Quixote’s for  a 9 p.m show. Tickets are $20 in advance.
  • Pacific Rim Festival: This weekend marks the 25th annual Pacific Rim Festival, hosted by the Rio Theater. A full slew of films will be screened from Friday through early next week, representing selections from all over the world, including films from Tibet, Samoa and North Korea. The festival is admission-free.
  • Sing-Along Sound of Music: MC Ben Jammin hosts a sing-along to a showing of the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein movie musical “The Sound of Music” Saturday at the Rio Theater. Audience members are encouraged to come in costume, and prizes will be given for the best Julie Andrews look-alike and for other characters. Show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10.
  • Marching Band Review: The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk hosts the 43rd annual marching band review Saturday, bringing middle and high school marching bands from all over the state together for one day.
  • Wine Harvest Dinner: The Sesnon House at Cabrillo College hosts the annual Wine Harvest Dinner tonight from 6 to 9 p.m. The event, put on by the Santa Cruz Mountain Winegrowers Association, includes a wine reception and a three-course dinner prepared by the Culinary Arts Department at Cabrillo College. All ticket proceeds benefit the culinary program. Tickets are $55 per person.
  • Oktoberfest: The Chaminade Resort and Spa hosts an Oktoberfest celebration Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m., featuring sausages, food and beers from local venues including Seabright Brewery, Santa Cruz Aleworks, Discretion Brewing, West End & Tap Kitchen, and Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing.
  • National Homebrewing Challenge: Discretion Brewery plays host Saturday to the seventh annual National Organic Homebrewing Challenge sponsored by Seven Bridges.

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