Get Out: Lighted Boat Parade, Risqué Plays, and Artisan Holiday Sales Galore

It is going to pour this weekend, but that doesn’t mean you have to spend all of your time curled up on the couch watching TV and cooking soup.

There’s tons going on this weekend, including two rain-or-shine parades on Saturday. So get up and get out! Here’s a look at this weekend’s highlights:

 

**FRIDAY, NOV. 30:

THE HEDONISTS

WHAT: A play by Manuel Montez, the Chicano Theatreworks presents this four-character drama which explores the indulgence and hibernation of pleasure, incest, narcissism, the power dynamic between men and women, and the art making process.

IS THERE NUDITY? “Close to it!” says actress Angie Espinosa.

WHERE: The Broadway Playhouse, 526 Broadway in Santa Cruz

WHEN: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8 p.m. This is the last weekend to catch the show!

TICKETS: Available at the door. $ amount TBA.

 

MAPLE STREET FIVE and FAROUCHE!

WHAT: Maple Street Five is traditional bluegrass, gypsy jazz, folk and blues! Farouche is a hot jazz ensemble out of UC Santa Cruz. Local heartthrob and talented musician Kendra McKinley will join them on Friday.

DON’T KNOW THEM? Check out the band websites for some preview tracks! THE MAPLE STREET FIVE /  FAROUCHE

WHERE: The Crepe Place in Santa Cruz.

WHEN: Friday, Nov. 30 at 9 p.m.

TICKETS: $8

 

**SATURDAY, DEC 1:

DOWNTOWN SANTA CRUZ HOLIDAY PARADE!

WHAT: Santa Claus, marching bands and tons of fun floats will parade down Pacific Avenue, rain or shine! 

WHERE: Pacific Avenue in Santa Cruz.

WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 1 at 10 a.m.

 

27th ANNUAL LIGHTED BOAT PARADE!

WHAT: Rain or shine, come watch dozens of boats draped in holiday lights, it’s a sight to behold! This year’s theme is “Twas the Lights Before Christmas.”

Check out photos from two year’s ago when the theme was “Starry Nights.” It rained that year, and it was awesome!

WHERE: Santa Cruz Harbor

WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 1 beginning at 5:30 p.m.

COST: Absolutely FREE!

 

ARTISAN HOLIDAY HANDMADE GIFT SALE

WHAT: All items are $25 or less at the 5th Annual Art Gift Sale. Support local artists and find wonderful handmade treasures at reasonable prices. Roberta Lee Woods will be there, along with several other talented artisans!

CHECK OUT: THE FACEBOOK EVENT INVITATION!

WHERE: Center Street Grill, 1001 Center St, Ste 1, in downtown Santa Cruz.

WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 1 starting at 10 a.m. 

 

ART IN THE CELLARS

WHAT: It’s Bargetto Winery’s annual Holiday art sale featuring 27 local fine artists, food for purchase, and of course: wine tasting!

TIP: Try the hot Mead!

WHEN: Sat. Dec 1. AND Sun., Dec 2, from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

WHERE: In the historic wine cellar at Bargetto Winery, 3535 North Main Street, Soquel.

 

Watsky! SLOPPY SECONDS TOUR with A-1 and ELIQUATE!

WHAT: Rising San Francisco hip hop artist, George Watsky plays with local favorite Eliquate, described by local folk singer and fan Cate Havstad as “mind blowing, face-melting, baby making” music. What’s not to love?

WHERE: At the Catalyst Club in downtown Santa Cruz.

WHEN: Sat, Dec 1. Eliquate opens at 8 p.m. 

TIX: $12/door, $15/adv.

 

**SUNDAY, DEC 2:

KENDRA MCKINLEY PLAYS THE KUUMBWA

WHAT: It’s a CD release concert for this young and talented singer and songwriter out of Santa Cruz. Her album Chesnut Street was recorded independently in collaboration with the North Pacific Company, and features all original work. McKinley’s vocals are arresting, and she’s become a master of using a loop pedal to sing off layers of her own melodies. She’s also a talented guitarist—don’t miss this one-of-a-kind talent! 

Check out KENDRA MCKINLEY’S WEBSITE for a preview.

WHERE: Kuumbwa Jazz Center

WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m.

TICKETS: $10/general, $8/student. Get them HERE.

Don’t see your event? Post it in the comments! 


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