Wednesday Evening Sailboat Races

Wednesdays are special during daylight savings time months, as Santa Cruz sailors take to the sea in a festive parade of boats and sails. Enjoy this colorful event from your waterfront table at Crow's Nest, at no extra charge!

Sailboat Races Wednesdays, April through October from 5:30 pm

Thursday Beach Parties, Everyone Welcome, Free Admission!

Beach Parties

Each Summer on Thursday evenings the Crow's Nest offers its Summer Beach Party series with fun and funky live entertainment, right on the beach. The party starts at 5:30pm each week and goes until sunset. With live entertainment on the outdoor beach stage, and Crow's Nest's famous BBQ and outdoor bar, beach parties are a unique and popular event. Families are welcome, and there is no admission charge! After the sun sets the fun begins upstairs with dancing to the best of local live bands.

Beach Party Dates: Thursdays, May 28th to September 3rd, 2020. 

For the beach parties, parking is very limited. Walk, ride a bike, get dropped off, take a cab or ride the bus, but leave the car at home. If you must drive, please do not park in local neighborhoods, or on private property. Thank you!


San Francisco Comedy Competition

Comedy Competition

Crow's Nest features live comedy, with talent from the national circuit, every Sunday night year-round. Each September, Crow's Nest is proud to host the San Francisco Comedy Competition, where on two Sundays 10+ very funny comedians give you their best schtick.

Coldwater Classic Week

Cold Water Classic

Each year in the Fall, surfers from around the world compete in the O'Neill Coldwater Classic contest, and Santa Cruz is all about surfing! Crow's Nest is a popular after-party venue where athletes and surfing aficionados can mingle and celebrate together.

Wharf to Wharf Race

Wharf to Wharf

In July, this world-class 6-mile footrace brings thousands of athletes to Santa Cruz to compete along the local shoreline. Dubbed "The Best Little Roadrace in California," this scenic waterfront route features entertainment by over 40 live bands along the way. Runners pass directly by Crow's Nest where they are serenaded by the first band to ever play the race: The Crow's Nest Pot and Pan Band.

Annual classic car show

Cold Water Classic

Santa Cruz Harbor hosts its October Classic Car show in the west harbor parking lot. Free admission and family-friendly.

Haunted harbor

Wharf to Wharf

Celebrate Halloween with the kids on "Haunted Harbor" night! Santa Cruz Port District provides a safe and fun venue for trick-or-treating. Local businesses will provide free treats, and of course the place to be is Crow's Nest Beach Market, for free goodies, a bite to eat, and spectacular views on our waterfront dock.

Join us on Saturday evening, October 24th, 2020 from 4:00 - 7:00pm!


crow's nest tree lighting party

For a free, fun event don’t miss our annual holiday tree lighting party. It’s all taking place at the festively decorated Crow’s Nest Beach Market and features live music with “Extra Large Unplugged.” Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there for you to snap your holiday card pictures, and of course you can take advantage of our unique selection of fine gifts and baked goodies during the festivities - Happy Holidays!!!

Saturday after Thanksgiving, from 5:30pm.


lighted boat parade

Tall Ships

Join us in early December to kick off the holiday season with the Lighted Boat Parade. This festive event takes place on the first Saturday in December right after dusk, as scores of decorated boats parade around the Harbor, complete with humorous themes, twinkling lighted masts and rigging, and even a sighting of Santa and some reindeer. Come grab a hot chocolate and a ringside seat at Crow's Nest Beach Market for this one-of-a-kind show.

Lighted Boat Parade, first Saturday evening in December.

photo: Santaella Media