Santa Cruz Night Out

Salsa in the Streets. August 12, 2003.

Text by Coalition for Community Commons
Photos by Bradley

Santa Cruz Night Out is a community based event downtown where families and visitors will enjoy a variety of events showcasing the diverse cultural talents of Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz Night Out is planned for three Tuesday nights in August from 5:00 – 8:00 pm. The purpose of Santa Cruz Night Out is to create an open-air street fair atmosphere on Pacific Avenue (between Cathcart and Lincoln Streets) for families to enjoy while invigorating downtown businesses on a weeknight.

Would you like to see the diverse talents of Santa Cruz displayed in your downtown? Would you like to experience downtown from a whole different perspective? Wonder what Pacific Avenue would be with less cars cruising the street and more space for the community to gather?

Many in Santa Cruz are interested in events downtown that will enrich our community while helping local businesses. Recent downtown issues and the resulting negative publicity, combined with the economic downturn have taken a toll on the health of Pacific Avenue. Santa Cruz Night Out will hope to address the issues above.

Santa Cruz Night Out #1: Dancing in the Streets

August 12, 2003: Watch local dance performers in the street and learn a step or two as well.

Banda Together & Universal Language Salsa Bands
Salsa Dancers and Lessons
Goddesses of Funk & Samba Mamas
Motion Pacific’s Scene 13
Santa Cruz Rueda
Tango Dancing
Capoeira – Brazilian Martial Arts
Haitian Dance Performance

Santa Cruz Night Out #2: Kid’s Night Out

August 19, 2003: Family music, story tellers, face painting, puppetry and juggling.

Kuzanga Marimba Band
Santa Cruz Story Teller Swap – Hear stories by various tale tellers.
Children Performances by Festa’s World from the Children’s Learning
People’s Puppet Theater
Face Painting – Jugglers

Santa Cruz Night Out #3: A Taste of Santa Cruz

August 26, 2003: Celebrate local farm food and chefs by tasting farm fresh cuisine.

Farm Fresh Local Food prepared by some of Santa Cruz’s finest Chefs
Strung Over Blue Grass Band
Contra Dancing
Sadza Marimba Band

Initially posted at Santa Cruz Indymedia: Night #1: Part I & Part II, Night #2, & Night #3.

Author: Bradley Allen

Bradley Allen is a reporter and photographer in the Monterey Bay Area, and a collective member of the San Francisco Bay Area Independent Media Center (Indybay). Follow him on social media: @BradleySA.