Parks & Recreation Events

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Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation offers a variety of entertaining events throughout the year. Contact the Recreation Event Office at or (831) 420-5273. 

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holiday bowCelebrate the holidays with Parks and Recreation! holiday bow

A Christmas Carol
at the Louden Nelson Community Center presented by Christian Youth Theater
Friday, November 17 - Sunday, November 26

Joy! at the Civic Auditorium presented by Tandy Beal & Co.
Friday, November 24 at 2:00pm & 7:00pm
Saturday, November 25 at 2:00pm and 7:00pm
Sunday, November 26 at 2:00pm

Frosty Fun Fest at the Louden Nelson Community Center
Friday, December 1, 5:00 - 8:00 pm

Nutcracker at the Civic Auditorium presented by Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre
Friday, December 15 at 8:00pm
Saturday, December 16 at 1:00pm and 4:30pm
Sunday, December 17 at 1:00pm and 4:30pm

Clam Chowder Cook Off TWO DAYS! - Saturday, February 24 Amateur & Sunday, February 25 Professional! Want more information? The 2018 Chowder Cook Off Guidelines cover all the details.  Register Now

Clam Chowder Registration Open for 2018

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

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

11:00 - 11:50 am   Tiki Tones

12:00 - Huna Wai & Te Hau Nui / Kuhai Halau O Kaleiokalaua’e 

1:00 - Ho'omana & Ha'a Hula / Te Reva O Te Manu

1:30 pm  - Outrigger Race Results

2:30 pm  -  Island Breeze Band & Kuhai Halau O Mehana Pa 'Olapa Kahiko

3:45 - 4:45 pm - Victor Ohana & Halau O'Mahina I Ke Kai 

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 "shave 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. Application deadline has been extended to Friday, August 11th 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. Early Bird discount deadline - Friday, August 4 at 5:00 pm, Final deadline - Wednesday, August 16 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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