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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.

September

Mole and Mariachi Festival
Saturday, September 9 at 11am to 5pm
Eat, drink, dance, and celebrate with us at the fifth annual Mole and Mariachi Festival at the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park. Enjoy food, beer, wine, artisan crafts, piñata’s, music, dancers, and a raffle. Admission is free; $10 for tasting kits.

Building Methods
Saturday, September 2 at 1pm
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. Event is free; rain cancels.

Guided Adobe Tour
Sunday, September 3 at 1pm
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. Event is free; rain or shine.

Gardens of Time
Monday, September 4 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. Event is free; rain cancels.

Skill and Luck
Saturday, September 16 at 1pm
Learn and play traditional games of the California Indians and Spanish the required skill and luck. Make a game to take home! Event is free; rain or shine.

Drop In Family Craft – Papel Picado at the Santa Cruz Mission
Sunday, September 17 from 1pm to 3:30pm
Enjoy an informal afternoon at this hidden jewel near downtown Santa Cruz. Make your own colorful cutout paper flags influenced by the traditions of Mexico. Event is free; rain or shine.

Hides and Tallow at the Santa Cruz Mission
Saturday, September 23 from 1pm to 2pm
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. Event is free; rain cancels.

Mission Cooking Demonstration
Saturday, September 30 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.

October

What They Wore
Saturday, October 7 from 1pm to pm
Color, cloth, & 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. Event is free; rain or shine.

Wool, Spinning, and Weaving
Saturday, October 14 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. Event is free; rain or shine.

Archeology Demonstration
Saturday, October 21 from 1pm to 2pm
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. Event is free; rain cancels.

Gardens of Time
Sunday, September 23 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. Event is free; rain cancels.

Building Methods
Saturday, October 28 from 1pm to 2pm
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. Event is free; rain cancels.