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25th Anniversary Events- Honoring the Storytellers


Friday, August 5 from 5 pm to 8 pm - First Friday Art Show featuring California Native Basketry

Saturday, August 6 Zanja hike at 9:30 am

Sept - November - Lecture Series - visit again for details!


August Activities

Old Fashioned Campfire for the Whole Family at the Mission
Friday, August 19 from 5:30 pm to 8 pm

Join us for an evening of stories and songs under the twilight sky. Bring a picnic dinner, lawn chairs or blankets, and tortilla toppings to share! From 5:30 pm to 6:45 pm will be dinner, live music by special guest Peter Weiss and the Earth Rangers, and tortilla making on the comal. From 6:45 pm to 8 pm we will gather around the campfire for songs, skits, and stories.

Building Methods at the Mission
Saturday, August 20 from 1 pm to 2 pm

Come and see how the oldest building in town was made. We will look at the materials used by the Ohlone to build their homes and then at the materials used by the Spanish to build Mission Santa Cruz. You will have the chance to get your hands dirty and make your own mini abode brick. 

Gardens of Time
Sunday, August 28 at 1 pm
Stroll through history on this 1 hour tour as you visit the various gardens within our courtyard and patio. We can learn a good deal about people who lived here in the past by exploring the plants they used and cultivated. Tour our native plant gardens, demonstration vegetable beds and Victorian “Nearyland”. Take home history in a seed. 

September Activities

Building Methods at the Mission
Saturday, September 3 from 1 pm to 2 pm

Come and see how the oldest building in town was made. We will look at the materials used by the Ohlone to build their homes and then at the materials used by the Spanish to build Mission Santa Cruz. You will have the chance to get your hands dirty and make your own mini abode brick.

Mission Building Game
Monday, September 5 from 11 am to 1:30 pm

Gather round the table and play a board game set in the 18th century. Spend Spanish real coins and roll the sheep’s knucklebone to determine the fate of your mission. Geared for ages 8 and older. 

Guided Adobe Tour at the Santa Cruz Mission
Monday, September 5 at 1 pm

Join us at the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park for a guided tour of the oldest building in Santa Cruz. Come learn about the many families who have called this 180-year-old mission adobe their home.

Mole and Mariachi
Saturday, Sept 10 from 11 am to 5 pm

Purchase your kit and taste the best moles in town while enjoying mariachi musicians and folklorico dancers. Please visit Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks website for more information.

Gardens of Time
Sunday, September 11 at 1pm

Stroll through history as you visit the various gardens within our courtyard and patio. We can learn a good deal about people who lived here in the past by exploring the plants they used and cultivated. Tour our native plant gardens, demonstration vegetable beds and Victorian “Nearyland”. Take home history in a seed.

Wool, Spinning, and Weaving at the Santa Cruz Mission
Saturday, September 17 at 1pm

How did an isolated settlement clothe the hundreds of people who lived there? Take an in depth look at the cloth industry of Mission Santa Cruz. We will follow the path of wool from the sheep to the shirt. You will have the chance to try your hand at a drop spindle and spin your own wool.

Hides and Tallow at the Santa Cruz Mission
Saturday, September 24 at 1pm
Come and see how Mission Santa Cruz participated in a world economy back in the early 1800’s. We will look at some of the major products of the mission; leather and tallow, and demonstrate how they were used. You will see how a branding iron works and get to make your own candle.

Gardens of Time
Sunday, September 25 at 1pm
Stroll through history as you visit the various gardens within our courtyard and patio. We can learn a good deal about people who lived here in the past by exploring the plants they used and cultivated. Tour our native plant gardens, demonstration vegetable beds and Victorian “Nearyland”. Take home history in a seed.

 

All events and activities are FREE, and are made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

For more information about events and activities please call the Santa Cruz Mission at (831) 425-5849. All programs meet at the Santa Cruz Mission, located on School Street off of Mission Street and Emmet Street in Santa Cruz.