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Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation offers a variety of entertaining events throughout the year. Next up is the 25th Annual Aloha Festival and Outrigger Races on August 20th. Early bird registration for the Outrigger Races due by August 4th. Register today and keyword search Aloha! See our complete list of events below.

Contact the Recreation Event Office at or (831) 420-5273. 


Special Events Permits
Looking for permit information for large, public events? Please visit the City Manager's Special Event Permits page.

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25th Annual Polynesian Festival & Aloha Outrigger Races

  • Date: 08/20/2017 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM


Aloha Polynesian Festival and Outrigger Races - 
Sunday August 20

Outrigger Races 8:00 am - 12:00 pm, Polynesian Festival 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Join us for the 25th Anniversary of the Aloha Polynesian Festival and Outrigger Races! A fun day to cheer on friends in the Outrigger Races, delight in island-style music and Polynesian dancing and enjoy a taste of the tropics with "shaved ice" and festive drinks. Vendors line the Wharf with unique items perfectly catered to the Polynesian theme. Sponsored by the Pu Pu O'Hawaii Outrigger Canoe Club. This annual event is a Santa Cruz classic. FREE!

Applications for booth space are available to vendors, exhibitors, Polynesian cultural groups and ocean-related organizations. Applications are due by Friday, August 4 at 5:00 pm to the Parks and Recreation Office. 

Enter a team in the Outrigger Races! Register on-line (keyword search Aloha) or fill out application and submit by email to or in peron or by mail to the Parks and Recreation Office at 323 Church Street. There are two divisions: Open and Co-Ed. Co-Ed teams must have at least two women per team. Entry forms are due by Friday, August 4 at 5:00 pm to the Parks and Recreation Office. 

NEW this year, the team with the most spirit wins the Aloha Spirit Award! Teams will be judged on creativity and collaboration between team members. Teams will be judged 8:30 - 9:00 am at the Team Registration Booth. Who will be the first team to win this award? 

 Aloha Dancers


 outrigger racers


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