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Santa Cruz County is not only a celebrated Mecca for the arts, but also a magnet for people with discerning interests including California historians, outdoor enthusiasts, lovers of fine wine, and surfers of all stripes. Add to that our spectacular coastal scenery, vibrant downtown areas, an array of premier restaurants, and the famous civic personality of this passionately distinctive university town—and you will find there is much to delight you during the two weeks of Cabrillo Festival events. To begin exploring the possibilities for your stay, visit the Santa Cruz County Conference and Visitors Council.


Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium:
307 Church Street, Santa Cruz
Easy to find, the Civic Auditorium is at the corner of Center and Church Streets in downtown Santa Cruz, across from the Santa Cruz City Hall. Please allow ample time before performances for parking.

Mission San Juan Bautista:
Corner of 2nd Street and Mariposa Street, San Juan Bautista
From Santa Cruz: take Highway 1 South, to Highway 129, to Highway 101 South.
From San Francisco or San Jose: take Highway 101 South.
From 101, take San Juan Bautista exit and follow the signs into town.

Music in the Mountains ticketholders click here to download a PDF map to Nestldown.

Special Needs
All concerts are handicapped accessible. Please call ahead at 831.420.5260 (Press 5).



Planning your weekend stay in Santa Cruz during the Festival just got easier! Three hotel partners—all within close distance to our main venue and the many wonders that Santa Cruz has to offer—welcome you with special discounts and premiums. Reserve by June 30th.

175 West Cliff Drive
Santa Cruz CA 95060

611 Ocean Street
Santa Cruz CA 95060

125 Beach Street
Santa Cruz CA 95060

Newly renovated, the Santa Cruz Dream Inn features retro-chic, boutique-style rooms, each one with a view of Monterey Bay from your own private balcony or semi-private patio.  

Special offer: Deluxe King or Double Queen rooms, $375 per night, includes $15 Aquarius Restaurant Credit per person (maximum 2 people) per night.

Dates available: August 2, 3, 4 & 9, 10, 11, & 12, 2013.

To reserve: please call 831.460.5019, and ask for the "Cabrillo Festival Weekender" package.

Designed with a fine eye to detail, the just-completed Hotel Paradox features top-level hospitality, sophisticated hotel rooms, modern amenities, and a full-service restaurant and bar.

Special offer: Paradox King or Double Queen, $310 per night.

Dates available: August 1, 2, 3, 4, 2013.

To reserve: please call 831.425.7100, and ask for the "Cabrillo Festival" group rate.

Recent renovations to the Beach Street Inn and Suites have perfectly captured the quintessential oceanfront lifestyle, offering guests breathtaking views of Monterey Bay and Main Beach directly below. 

Special offer: 10% discount on all rooms and suites.

Dates available: August 2, 3, 4 & 9, 10, 11, & 12, 2013.

To reserve: please call 831.423.3031, and ask for the "Cabrillo Festival" group rate.

* Click the logos above to explore each hotel, but note that reservations must be made using provided phone numbers for the offers to apply. Quanities are limited! Demand is high in summertime Santa Cruz, so book your rooms now! Requires two-night minimum stay. Local taxes and fees will be added. All offers expire on June 30, 2013.

DowntownSantaCruz3-300x141Downtown Santa Cruz is home to our main venue, the Civic Auditorium. Make time in your Festival itinerary to enjoy the plentiful independent booksellers and boutiques, wineshops, award-winning baristas, cutting-edge bistros, ethnic and casual eateries, galleries, and lively street art scene that make up the unique character of our thriving downtown. Take a trolley ride from downtown to the waterfront and back for just 25¢! More information is available from the Downtown Association.