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Friday Night Live: The Dooners

Fri, Oct 20, 2017, 6:30–9 pm

Enjoy live music every Friday Night in Abbott Square. This week: The Dooners. The Dooners (hailing from beautiful Bonny Doon, California) is a quartet playing Americana, Folk, Celtic and Motown on acoustic instruments with a love of all things rootsy.

Hands on History: Halloween!

Tue, Oct 31, 2017, 2–5 pm

Trick or Treat in Abbott Square! We’ll be handing out candy and sharing  a little local history with a “haunted”artifact. Get in the Halloween mood with spooky piano tunes  performed by Kylan DeGhetaldi. At 3:00 pm and 3:30 pm, check out Thriller Zombies dancing their way into Halloween. This, and all Abbott Square events in September and October 2017, are made possible by Premier Sponsor, Kaiser Permanente:  

Free First Friday

Fri, Nov 3, 2017, 5–9 pm

Explore three floors of exhibitions for free, dance to live music and get hands-on with an all-ages art activity. ART ACTIVITY | Decorate Sugar Skulls just in time for Día de los Muertos the day after from 5-6:30pm. Create your own colorful Papel Picado in the Atrium. LIVE MUSIC | 6:30-9pm | Abbott Square | Trio Guadalupano plays a variety of traditional and classic music and rhythms from México and Latin America. They have been performing in the Santa Cruz area for…

Día de los Muertos Community Festival

Sat, Nov 4, 2017, 12:30–6 pm

Celebrate the dead with an all-ages festival throughout Downtown Santa Cruz. Experience vibrant dance performances. Get your face painted. Indulge in delicious food. Join in on a procession to enjoy more dance, music and outdoor altars at Evergreen Cemetery. Día de los Muertos is presented in partnership with Senderos, Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks. At-a-glance Schedule 12:30-2:00pm Begin with facepainting by Mariposa’s Art, tissue paper flowers with Salud y Cariño, luminaries with Hospice of Santa Cruz County and…

Friday Night Live: Moshé Vilozny & Will Kahn

Fri, Nov 10, 2017, 6:30–9 pm

Enjoy live music every Friday Night in Abbott Square. This week: Moshé Vilozny & Will Kahn. Born in Portland, Oregon and raised in Santa Cruz California, Moshé grew up spending summers in Israel and winters throughout Latin America, Moshe incorporates his life experiences into his original songs to create music without borders, with musical influences from around the world.