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Upcoming Events

Picture of the Wednesday night sailboat races at sunset
Picture of Tuesday Crow's Nest Beach BBQs, live band, dancing, beach, lighthouse
Picture of the 2021 Day on the Bay Regatta, sailboats racing, one mile buoy

Wednesday Night Sailboat Races
April through October
Wednesday Night Sailboat Races begin for the season in March (with Daylight Savings), and run through fall ending in October. Wednesday Night Races begin at 6:30 pm – 8 pm. For more information on races / regattas highlights, contact the Santa Cruz Yacht Club at (831) 425-0690, or visit their website Santa Cruz Yacht Club.


Crow’s Nest Thursday Beach Barbeques
May 26, 2022, through September 1, 2022
Each Summer on Thursday evenings the Crow’s Nest offers its Summer Beach Barbeque series with fun and funky live entertainment, right on the beach. For additional event details, click here.

Please be reminded that parking is impacted during these events. Check out the harbor’s parking options.


31st Annual Day on the Bay Regatta
Sunday, August 6, 2023
The Santa Cruz Yacht Club sponsors the annual Day on the Monterey Bay Regatta in support of the Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Santa Cruz County. Each year regatta participants, volunteers, and contributors come together to raise money for programming that supports and connects the community. Please visit the Santa Cruz Yacht Club website of the BBBS event page for more information.


Picture of the 2022 Santa Cruz Harbor Classic Car Show, classic cars, Aldo's Restaurant, Mariner Park Lawn,

8th Annual Classic Car Show
Sunday, October 8, 2023
The Santa Cruz Port District invites you to join us for an afternoon of music, festivities, food, and of course, classic cars! Vintage cars, trucks, and motorcycles will be on display on the harbor’s west side (near Mariner Park). This is a free family friendly event that is open to the public from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

Picture of the Lighted Boat Parade, vessel decorated with Christmas lights

Register here! Register your vehicle early to guarantee a place in this year’s show! “Day-of” registration is not available for this event. You can register online or in-person at the harbor office.


Lighted Boat Parade
Saturday, December 2, 2023
Sponsored by the Santa Cruz Yacht Club and including a canned food drive benefiting Second Harvest Food Bank, the Lighted Boat Parade features 50 beautifully-decorated power and sailboats parading through the Santa Cruz Harbor. Charter boats available. This is a family event with hot drinks and snacks available at various locations through the south harbor. Please visit the Santa Cruz Yacht Club website for more information.




Special Events

A special event permit is required for all scheduled events at the harbor. These events include special regattas, small boat and stand-up paddleboard (SUP) group lessons and excursions, outdoor classroom activities, photo shoots, weddings, beach parties, volleyball tournaments, etc. For more information about the approval process for obtaining a special event permit, pricing, availability, special conditions, and restrictions, contact the harbor office at (831) 475-6161 or