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Church Street Fair

Sat 8.3 & Sun 8.4 | 11am - 8pm

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Church Street outside the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium

Saturday and Sunday, August 3th and 4th see the return of Cabrillo Festival's popular Church Street Fair - a festival of music, art & wine. Celebrating its 22nd year, the two-day “festival within the Festival” offers an inspiring reflection of the arts in Santa Cruz. The weekend bursts with non-stop world and ethnic music and dance on the outdoor Church Street Stage, and dozens of premier artists and craftspeople selling their treasures all along Church Street in front of the Civic Auditorium.

Never is the spirit of Santa Cruz more alive than on the Church Street Stage when the spotlight is focused on Santa Cruz’s exceptional musicians. Audiences will travel the globe with musical voices from Mexico to Ireland, Africa to Cuba, and dance traditions from the Middle Eastern to European classical ballet, American modern and urban hip hop. Some groups make their Church Street Stage debut, and many are old favorites returning for the fun.

You'll have lots of tasty local treats to choose from, including mobile gourmet vendors Cruz'n Gourmet and Low n' Slow, scoops from the Penny Ice Creamery, and wine tasting with Vinocruz.

To learn more about the wonderful musicians, artists and vendors involved in the Church Street Fair, check out our Tumblr blog, linked through our Facebook page below!

Hosted by KUSP programmer Brett Taylor, the 22nd annual Church Street Fair is a collaboration between the Cabrillo Festival and the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium.

Church Street Stage Schedule


11:15 The Great Morgani

12:15 Chagall Quartet

1:15 AZA: Mohamed and Fattah

2:15 Eva Salina Primack-Balkan Songs

3:15 Kuzanga Marimba Band

4:15 Desert Dream Music & Dance

5:15 Bryn Loosley and the Back Pages

6:30 SambaDá


11:15 Zun Zun

12:15 Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre

1:00 Free Family Orchestra Concert*

2:30 Watsonville Taiko

3:30 Mariachi de la Eleazar Cortés

4:15 Kalae: The Jazzy Hawaiian

5:15 Flor de Caña

6:30 The Inciters

*Free Family Concert Tickets are free, but required. Available at the Civic Box Office.

Interested vendors should contact the Civic Auditorium with any questions: 831.420.5262

The new Blue Umbrella Collaborative invites local Santa Cruz County artists to join the Fair for one or two days at a special first-timer rate. Download the full description and application here.



Photos by: r.r. jones