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The Santa Cruz music scene has always been a big-city game with a small-town feel. Top indie, rock & roll and hip-hop acts routinely roll through town, while the biggest names in jazz make a point of swinging through. Meanwhile, a thriving local band culture keeps smaller venues packed with homegrown singer songwriter, cowpunk and heavy metal acts.
From dance clubs to dive bars, from microbreweries to music venues, Santa Cruz is home to a vibrant nightlife scene with something going on every night of the week. Live music, DJ, karaoke, bocce ball or just a quiet table in the corner—whatever you're in the mood for, there's a Santa Cruz club that fits the bill.
Home to a dynamic Museum of Art and History and a dozen excellent galleries, Santa Cruz also boasts numerous informal arts venues, all of which open their doors to First Friday Artwalk participants each month. Professional and amateur theater troupes keep fans of the stage entertained, while local independent bookstores have a steady stream of nationally acclaimed authors at their podiums.
With a tradition of art house theaters going back to the 1960s, Santa Cruz has a longstanding love affair with cinema. Area theaters carry all the blockbusters, plus independent features and documentaries and a solid array of classics and midnight movies.
See what big screens around Santa Cruz County have to offer with MovieTimes.com, a guide to movie showtimes, area theaters and the latest movie reviews.