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The quintessential California beach town of Santa Cruz! It was here that surfing was first brought to the mainland by Hawaiian royalty. Home to the legendary Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, a pedestrian-friendly, tree-lined downtown area, and the historic Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf, which stretches out a half-mile into the waters of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Other highlights include UC Santa Cruz, the Santa Cruz Surfing Museum, and nearby redwood forests.
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    Santa Cruz Chili Cook-Off at the Boardwalk!Santa Cruz Chili Cook-Off at the Boardwalk!
    Bring your appetite and join the fun as both pro and amateur chefs compete!
    October 22, 2016 - October 22, 2016
    Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, 400 Beach Street, Santa Cruz
    Open Studios Art TourOpen Studios Art Tour
    3 Weekends - 10/1-10/2, 10/8-10/9, 10/15-10/16 - Visit artists in their studios, learn about their processes, purchase original works of art. Mobile app and...
    October 1, 2016 - October 15, 2016
    Various locations, Santa Cruz County
    The Missing Arm of William WaddellThe Missing Arm of William Waddell
    History takes a tall tale twist as the saga of this early pioneer unfolds on a silly, slightly haunting tour around the redwood loop trail.
    October 22, 2016 - October 22, 2016
    21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek
    Welcome Back Monarchs Day!Welcome Back Monarchs Day!
    A joyful, day to welcome the monarchs back to this park, their winter habitat. Arts & crafts, games, music, how-to's for a butterfly garden, and more.
    October 9, 2016 - October 9, 2016
    Natural Bridges State Beach , 2531 West Cliff Dr., Santa Cruz
    Tours of the Monarch Butterfly GroveTours of the Monarch Butterfly Grove
    Join a docent naturalist & see monarch butterflies wintering in Santa Cruz. Monarch migration is variable, please call for current update.
    October 15, 2016 - January 16, 2017
    Natural Bridges State Beach, Santa Cruz
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