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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.

 

 

November

Dia de los Muertos
Saturday, November 3 from 2:30 to 3:30pm
Celebrate the dead with an all-ages festival throughout downtown Santa Cruz. Enjoy music and dance performances on the patio as the procession passes through the park on the way from the Museum of Art & History (MAH) to Evergreen Cemetery. For more information, please call (831) 425-5849. Event free. 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.

Guided Adobe Tour
Sunday, November 4 at 1pm
Sunday, November 18 at 1pm
Join us 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. For more information, please call (831) 425-5849. Event free. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

Building Methods at the Mission
Saturday, November 10 from 1 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. Rain cancels. For more information, please call (831) 425-5849. Event free. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

Drop-In Family Craft: Yarn Baskets
Sunday, November 11 from 1 to 3:30pm
Learn the basics of basket weaving using non-traditional craft materials. Take home a one-of-a-kind basket to hold your treasures. For more information, please call (831) 425-5849. Event free. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

Gardens of Time
Saturday, November 17 from 1 to 2pm
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. Rain cancels. For more information, please call (831) 425-5849. Event free. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

Mission Building Game
Friday, November 23 from 3 to 4:30pm
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. For more information, please call (831) 425-5849. Event free. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.