FREE Friday Night Bands on the Beach at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
by Michelle Carr-Crowe, Silicon Valley expert and San Jose real estate agent
Looking for some FREE fun on the weekends this summer? Whether you live in Santa Clara or Santa Cruz County, just call some friends, pack a beach blanket, jacket and chairs then experience the FREE Friday night concerts at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.
Each Friday night during the summer season from June 14 through August 30, 2019, the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk sponsors two FREE shows, one at 6:30 and one at 8:30. You can hear the music playing whether riding the Big Dipper roller coaster, eating a corn dog on the boardwalk, dining on the pier or just chilling with your toes in the sand on the beach.
The Summer 2019 band line-up includes Smash Mouth, English Beat, Taylor Dayne and Papa Doo Run Run.
My favorite way to enjoy the free concern music is while riding the Skyway. With a friend or lover flying above the fans on the Skyway provides a unique perspective on the band, the crowd, the boats and the sunset on the horizon.
For a taste of nostalgia, hop aboard one of the antique horses on the 108-year-old Looff Carousel and literally try to grab the brass ring. Once you have a ring, then try to win by tossing the brass ring into one of the openings in the clown's face. (It is more difficult than it looks.) Other fun activities at the Boardwalk include hitting “ghosts” at the Ghost Blaster and getting dizzy on the new “spinning” roller
For a true thrill, ride the Giant Dipper, the largest wooden roller coaster in the West.
Remember to get your free sample of Marini's Salt Water Taffy (next to the arcade), peruse the coupons and enjoy some carnival-type food and fun while enjoying the Free Friday night concerts at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.
Concert Information and Etiquette
For the comfort and safety of all our guests, please note the following:
Access to the prime seating area begins at 4 p.m.; no blankets or chairs are permitted in the roped off areas before 4 p.m. The line formed on the beach will be given first priority at prime area seating.
Please limit blanket size to 3x5 feet per person, about the size of a beach towel. Only low-back chairs are allowed; High-back chairs will be required to move to the back of the beach area. Please allow others space and a good view.
Smoking is not permitted on the beach or Boardwalk. Alcohol and glass are prohibited on the beach. Recording of concerts is not allowed. Please keep walkways & stairs clear; dancing permitted in front of the stage only.
Enjoy the show! (Concerts continue each Friday night from June 14 through August 30, 2019.)
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