Events and Activities
25th Anniversary Events- Honoring the Storytellers
Thursday, October 20 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm - The Santa Cruz Mission: Finding the Story in the Archaeology, Then and Now
Karen Hildebrand – Years of Exploration: What Archeology has Given Us
Linda Hylkema – Summer Archaeology Project: A collaboration of the Santa Cruz Mission SHP & Santa Clara University
Thursday, November 17 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm - The Santa Cruz Mission: Saving Our Oldest Building, Then and Now
Cynthia Mathews – A Grass-Roots Movement to Save Local History
Gil Sanchez, Daryl Allen – Deconstructing the Building to Reconstruct the Story
Hides and Tallow at the Santa Cruz Mission
Saturday, October 15 at 1 pm
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. The event is FREE. Rain Cancels.
Mission Cooking Demonstration
Saturday, October 22 at 1 pm
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. The event is FREE. Rain cancels.
Saturday, October 29 at 1 pm
How do artifacts give us clues to the past? Follow the archeological process from the dig to the display, and participate in hands-on activities to discover the stories told by the artifacts. Presented in collaboration with the Santa Cruz Archeological Society. This event is FREE. Rain Cancels.
Drop-In Family Craft
Saturday, November 5 at 1 pm to 4 pm Dios De Los Muertos skeleton Mariachi Band
Friday, November 20 from 1 pm to 3:30 pm Luminaria – create your own lantern
Friday, November 25 from 1 pm to 3:30 pm Ramillettas – create layered paper decorations
Enjoy an informal afternoon at this hidden jewel near downtown Santa Cruz creating your own crafts. Events are free.
Gardens of Time
Sunday, November 6 at 1 pm
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. The event is free. Rain Cancels.
Mission Strategy Game
Friday, November 11 from 11 am to 12:30 pm
Sunday, November 27 at 12:30 pm to 2 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. The event is free. Rain or shine.
Guided Adobe Tour at the Santa Cruz Mission
Friday, November 11 at 2 pm
Sunday, November 13 at 1 pm
Sunday, November 27 at 2pm
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. Tours are conducted rain or shine.
Building Methods at the Mission
Saturday, November 12 at 1 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 Cooking Demonstration
Saturday, November 19 at 1 pm
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.
Living History Demonstration – What They Wore
Saturday, November 26 at 1 pm
Color, cloth, and cut – the clothing worn by people in the Mission wasn’t all about style – it was about identity, status, and different roles in the community. We’ll demonstrate the apparel you may have seen here in the early 19th century, and learn what the clothing meant to the people who wore it.
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.