FREE Friday Night Bands on the Beach from the Sky Glider

2018 Summer Entertainment Lineup

30 Years of Free Friday Night Bands on the Beach

SANTA CRUZ, CA (April 11, 2018) –  Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk revealed its 2018 summer entertainment lineup for Free Friday Night Bands on the Beach, Free Movies on the Beach, and daily park entertainers.

This summer marks 30 years for the Boardwalk’s Free Friday Night Bands on the Beach concert series. Featuring top bands and legendary musicians from the 70s, 80s and 90s, the free concerts come with family-friendly vibes and an irresistible view of Monterey Bay.
This year’s concerts get underway June 15 with Berlin starring Terri Nunn, named one of VH1’s 100 greatest women in rock. Other bands taking the famous beach stage this summer include The Motels, Los Lobos, Rose Royce, Smash Mouth, Los Lonely Boys, The Fixx, Y&T, The English Beat, Starship, and Papa Doo Run Run. One additional band will be announced on June 15.  Visit for more information about the concert series.

Free Movies on the Beach kick off on Wednesday, June 20 with everyone’s favorite local movie, The Lost Boys. The vampire classic attracts loyal followers eager to experience the thrill of watching the movie in its original location. Other movies being shown on the big beach screen this summer include Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Legally Blonde, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Hairspray, Jumanji, Ghostbusters, and Raiders of the Lost Ark.  No movie will be shown on July 4.  Visit for more information.

From June 18 – August 17, world-class magicians, acrobats, jugglers, and comedians will perform free on two stages along the Boardwalk.  Kids will get a kick out of performers like Bob at Large, Capt’n Jack Spareribs, the Piano Juggler, the Surfing Magician, Scotty & Trink, and many others.  For a schedule of performers visit

For a  list of bands that have played on the Boardwalk since Free Friday Night Bands on the Beach started in 1988 visit

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