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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.


Dia de los Muertos
Saturday, November 4 from 12:30pm to 6pm
Celebrate the dead with an all-ages procession through Downtown Santa Cruz with music and dance performances. Meet at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History at 2pm to join the parade that travels through the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park to end at the Evergreen Cemetery. For more information and a detailed scheduled, please visit Día de los Muertos is presented by the Santa Cruz MAH in partnership with Senderos, Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks, and California State Parks.

Drop In Family Crafts
Sunday, November 5 from 1pm to 3:30pm Luminaria
Sunday, November 19 from 1pm to 3:30pm Ramillettas
Enjoy an informal afternoon at this hidden jewel near downtown Santa Cruz. You can fashion a tin lantern in our garden courtyard or create colorful layered paper decorations.

Wool, Spinning, and Weaving
Saturday, November 11 from 1pm to 2pm
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.

Mission Building Game
Friday, November 10 at 11am
Friday, November 24 at 11am
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.

Skill and Luck
Saturday, November 18 at 1pm
Learn and play traditional games of the California Indians and Spanish that required skill and luck. Make a game to take home.

Mission Cooking Demonstration
Saturday November 25 at 1pm
Come to Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park and experience different cooking styles used by the people who lived and worked here over 200 years ago. There will be a presentation of Ohlone and Spanish cuisine including hot rock cooking, tortilla frying on a Comal and baking in our Horno. You can even sample the creations and make your own tortilla.