Skip to Main Content
Menu
Contact Us Search
Parks Title

Events and Activities

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.

March

Mission Cooking Demonstration
Saturday, March 4 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. The event is FREE. Rain cancels.

Hides and Tallow at the Santa Cruz Mission
Saturday, March 11 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. The event is FREE.  Rain Cancels.

Guided Adobe Tour
Sunday, March 12 at 1pm
Sunday, March 26 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 ut the many families who have called this 180-year-old mission adobe their home. This event is FREE. Tours are conducted rain or shine. 

Hymns & Chants
Saturday, March 18 at 1pm
From dawn until dusk music could be heard at the missions.  Bells indicated daily events, congregations sang masses, and indigenous rhythms were heard. Then, as now, music expressed beliefs, culture, and identity. We’ll share these stories and songs as we explore a day of music at the mission. This event is FREE> Rain or shine.

Wool, Spinning, and Weaving at the Santa Cruz Mission
Saturday, March 25 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. The event is FREE.  Rain or Shine.

 

April

Building Methods
Saturday April 1 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.

Drop-In-Craft: Paper Poppies
Sunday April 2 from 1pm to 3pm
Sunday, April 16 from 1pm to 3:30pm
Enjoy an informal afternoon at this hidden jewel near downtown Santa Cruz. Create a bouquet of poppies to celebrate spring in California. Event is free.

Mission Building Game
Monday, April 3 from 10:30am to noon
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.  Event is free.

Archeology Demonstration
Friday, April 7 at 11am
Saturday, April 29 at 1pm
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.

Hides and Tallow at the Santa Cruz Mission
Saturday, April 8 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
Saturday, April 15 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. Event is free; rain cancels.

What They Wore
Saturday, April 22 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. Event is free; rain cancels.