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Wed, Oct 30, 2019

November Event Round-Up

Can you believe it’s November? We hardly can. It often feels like time speeds up this time of year as the hustle and bustle of the holiday season begins. With the weather getting chilly and the time change next week shortening the days, hibernation is looking pretty appealing. But we’ve gathered up this list of reasons to get together, get outside, and get into the festive spirit.

Día de Muertos

Saturday, November 2 at the MAH and Evergreen Cemetery, 12:30pm-6pm

Honor your ancestors at the vibrant annual Mexican celebration Día de Muertos co-created with Senderos. Get your face painted and make tissue paper flowers at the MAH before joining a community procession through the streets to Evergreen Cemetery. Music, food, dance, and altar-making make this family-friendly event a beautiful time to connect with community, both living and dead.

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Monarch Butterfly Tours at Natural Bridges State Beach

Every Saturday and Sunday starting November 10th at Natural Bridges State Beach, 1-hour tours at 11am and 2pm

Autumn in Santa Cruz brings the return of the monarch butterfly - thousands of them. Migrating south to our warmer climate, these fluttering beauties settle into the eucalyptus grove at Natural Bridges State Beach to wait out the winter months. Take a free guided tour to observe these magical creatures turn the trees into a mesmerizing world of movement and color.

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Downtown Santa Cruz Wine Walk

November 10th in Downtown, 2-5pm

Napa may be the most recognized name in the wine game, but Santa Cruz holds its own. With fantastic wineries all around the county, this event is the perfect way to try our local offerings, all within the reach of downtown and while enjoying the crisp fall air.

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Opening Night for SC Warriors

Opening Night, November 9th at 7pm

‘Tis the (Basketball) Season! Rally your Sea Dubs pride and head on down to Kaiser Permanente Arena as the Santa Cruz Warriors kick-off their season. If you haven’t had a chance to see our local Dubs in action mark your calendar to make sure your holiday cheer includes cheering for our local team. The first home game is November 9th at Kaiser Arena, so grab a friend and get into the spirit.

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Santa Cruz Turkey Trot

Saturday, November 23, 7am-12pm

This time of year is all about traditions, and that includes the Turkey Trot. This pre-Thanksgiving run is made all the more fun as you run, walk, jog, or skip along gorgeous West Cliff Drive. With a 5k, 10k, and even 1k option that is perfect for kids, this event is friendly for all ages and running abilities. Enjoy the outdoors and get your body moving.


Santa Cruz Holiday Lights Train

Departs from Beach Boardwalk at 400 Beach Street, November 29th-December 23rd at 5pm, 6:30pm, 8pm. Check website for specific dates.

Making downtown feel extra jolly, the seasonal Holiday Lights Train is a cheerful addition to the spirit of the season. With its vintage train cars covered in colorful, sparkly lights, it’s a delight when you spot it rolling through the streets. Or grab a ticket and hop on board for a ride - perfect for a family-friendly activity or cute date night.

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Dark Chocolate Making

Saturday November 16th at All Hands, 5-7pm

Chocolate is always a fantastic present. Chocolate that you’ve made with your loving care and own two hands? Now we’re talking. Learn how to make all natural chocolate bars that you can gift to a special someone (that special someone might be yourself). Don’t worry if you can’t resist the urge to eat your creation - you’ll be a pro after this workshop and can always make more, because with chocolate, more is always better.