How to Celebrate This Father’s Day the Santa Cruz Way

Yet another Father’s Day is upon us and Santa Cruz is gearing up for some great local events for the dad’s in the community. For dad’s who love music, beer, sports, or the outdoors, I’ve put together a great collection of fun events that he will love.



Bands on the Boardwalk (6:30 & 8:30pm) – Tonight, take a stroll down to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, where the 1980’s band Starship starring Micky Thomas (“We Built This City”) will be kicking of the summer series of Friday Night Bands at the Santa Cruz Boardwalk. The event is FREE, so pack some snacks, pull out the blankets and join other music lovers for either the 6:30pm or 8:30pm concert. Click HERE for the 2011 summer season lineup.


Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing’s 4th Annual Wing Ding Cookoff (4pm to 8pm) – Does he enjoy a beer and some hot wings? Be the judge of “the best wing in Santa Cruz” where over 20 chefs will be competing at the 4th Annual Wing Ding Cookoff. For $20, you can listen to live music and enjoy 2 organic beers in your souvenir glass, plus all the wings you can eat! Located at the Westside Farmer’s Market. Visit their Facebook page by clicking HERE.


Jerry’s Sports of Santa Cruz is hosting the Bat for Brian Stow Fundraiser from June 17th to the 21st in which all batting cage proceeds will be donated to the Brian Stow Fund. Brian Stow, a Santa Cruzian, was physically assaulted at a Giants/Dodgers game on March 31st. Click HERE for an update on Stow’s condition. You can also visit Jerry’s Sports webpage for more details about the fundraiser.

Father’s Day Celebration at Big Basin Redwoods State Park (1pm to 2:30pm) – Take a half-mile hike with dad amongst the redwoods on a journey back in time to learn about “The Men of Big Basin”. This 1 ½ hour living history re-enactment will tell stories of “the remarkable men who lived in, worked in, and fought for Big Basin”. For more details about the event, visit the Santa Cruz State Parks website by clicking HERE.

For those of you with Dads across the country, may we suggest some cookies? We are still offering a 15% off coupon for online orders placed on or before Monday, June 20th. Visit our website at, and enter PAPALOVE at checkout to receive your discount!

Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads out there! 🙂

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