(Husband and wife duo Scotty & Trink entertain the audience during the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk's summer preview event May 24 at the Cocoanut Grove. Photo by Erik Chalhoub/Register-Pajaronian)
SANTA CRUZ — With Santa Cruz County in the midst of graduation season, and the weather beginning to warm up, families will be flocking to the beach soon.
And the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk will be ready for them.
The park outlined its summer offerings during a preview event for its 111th season on May 24 in the Cocoanut Grove.
Boardwalk spokesman Kris Reyes said the park always has new things every season. Last year, it unveiled its new main entrance, complete with two new rides, food offerings, games and more.
While 2018 won’t see that large of an addition, it still promises to be better than the year before, according to Reyes.
“We are always committed to making the Boardwalk better than it was the year before,” he said. “It’s one of our core values at the park. We are always looking to make the park more fun than it was the year before.”
One of the most popular summer events at the Boardwalk is Friday Night Bands on the Beach, Reyes said. Planning for the lineup begins in the fall, and guests start emailing the park in January, asking who will be performing.
“When we reveal the list, if people’s favorite bands are not on there, they let us know — sometimes with not the most polite language,” Reyes said. “But we appreciate their passion and their excitement for the bands.”
The concert series runs from June 15 to Aug. 31, featuring bands such as Berlin starring Terri Nunn, Los Lobos, Smash Mouth, The Fix and more.
Free Movies on the Beach will also return, featuring flicks such as “The Lost Boys,” “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” “Ghostbusters” and more from June 20 to Aug. 15.
Live entertainment will also be offered throughout the summer, featuring acrobats, comedians, jugglers and more.
For information, visit beachboardwalk.com.