Could the weather be any more gorgeous? You should probably get yourself to the beach this weekend.
However, you can’t spend all day, every day there (well, maybe you can,) so here’s some other ideas to fill your fun time.
Fermentation Festival: The Santa Cruz Fruit Tree Project hosts this celebration of all things fermented Saturday at the Museum of Art and History from 6 to 10 p.m.
Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks: Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks performs at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center tonight with shows at 7 and 9 p.m. The earlier show is sold out, according to the website, but there are still tickets for the later show. Tickets are $25 at the door.
Blonde Redhead: Noise rock trio Blonde Redhead performs at the Rio Theatre tonight. Doors at 7:30 p.m.
Songfest: The fifth annual Songfest for Prostate Cancer Awareness will be held Saturday in honor of National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. Local musician Joe Ferrara will emcee and perform, along with local women’s chorus Zambra, the All in Good Times Ukulele Orchestra, folk sings Steve Kritzer, Bill Bortin and Jim Stevens, and others. The free event takes place from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center in downtown Santa Cruz. Donations will be accepted at the door or online at scprostate.org.
First Friday: Another First Friday is upon us! As always, events will be held at venues throughout downtown, as well as the Tannery, the Swift Street Complex and more. Go check out the Museum of Art and History for free, see some great photographs by the Sentinel’s Shmuel Thaler at the Art Loft, sip wine at Odonata Winery while checking out some gorgeous paintings, and much more. A full list of events is online.
Ping Pong and Popsicles: The Young Writers Program, part of Santa Cruz Writes, will host its second annual ping pong and popsicles party Saturday at the Tannery from 2 to 4:30 p.m. The free event is open to the public as a way of introducing the community to the program.
Greek Fest: Opa! The 33rd annual Greek music and food festival returns to downtown Santa Cruz this weekend, kicking off tonight with plenty of spanokopita, souvlaki, live music and probably some ouzo if you’re lucky.
Antiques Faire: The monthly downtown antiques faire will fill up Lincoln Street Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with plenty of LPs, collectables, vintage clothes, rare books and much more for your perusal. Best of all, the browsing is free…though I dare ya to leave empty-handed.
Thrive Music Festival: An electronic dance music festival takes place in San Lorenzo Park this Saturday from noon to 7 p.m., featuring performances by Rudebrat, the Dancetonauts and more. As a bonus, the fest’s goal is to help raise $20,000 for the Santa Cruz high schools sports programs and collect 1,000 cans of food to donate to local shelters. Tickets are $25 at the gate.”
Hiss Golden Messenger: Durham, North Carolina-based songwriter M.C. Taylor and musician Scott Hirsch have been playing together for nearly 20 years. They’ll bring their collaborative project, Hiss Golden Messenger, to Don Quixote’s in Felton tonight. Show starts at 9 p.m., tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door.