by Thomas Ma

SCMF comes back to its home in the city of Santa Cruz after an 18 month break with an amazing line-up, unique venues and a bustling art scene. Unique to the Santa Cruz Music Festival, the festival isn’t just located at one venue, but spread throughout the city including historical venues like the Catalyst, San Lorenzo Park and Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium. One thing is for certain when you step into the festival is that there is plenty of local talent to be discovered amongst the headliners. The festival itself will be completely immersed in the city of Santa Cruz, from its idyllic beaches to its amazing artists to its unique shops.

Not many people outside of the Bay Area may know of the Santa Cruz music festival, but this is the sixth rendition of the event. Some of the past headliners have included Ghostface Killah, K?D, Mija, Louis the Child, G Jones, Lee Reynolds, Far East Movement and the Emancipator. This year’s rendition returns on the weekend of October 19 through 20th, with Jai Wolf, Hippie Sabotage, Minnesota, Mikey Lion, and  Christian Martin as a few of the headliners. SCMF, though, is not just about the headliners, but about the local talent as well, as at the smaller venues there gems such as the Spicy Boys Club Takeover, the Opulent Temple Takeover and Lost and Found Takeover. This festival includes a great mix of house, bass and local bands ranging from punk rock to reggae to metal. It’s all about the art here in Santa Cruz!

There are still tickets available for this amazing festival. The Full Experience Pass (18+) is $120, though if you and the squad still haven’t bought tickets, you can get a pass for $100 each if four or more friends purchase at the same time. The Full Experience Pass gets you in every venue. If you’re balling on a budget and don’t care to see the headliners (aka you don’t want access to the Civic Auditorium and the Catalyst Club), you can still purchase a ParkPlus Pass (21+) . The 2-Night VIP passes that include free drinks at specific VIP lounges are also still available for $350. Single day passes also just came out if you are looking to experience just one day of Santa Cruz, these are on sale for $60. If you’re feeling curious, check out the full lineup at below and immerse yourself in the Santa Cruz vibe (you know I will).