From rotating biennials to annual community gatherings, join the MAH for a series of innovative, multi-day events to celebrate the creativity, history, and traditions of Santa Cruz County.

Frequency 2023 V7


September 21–24, 2023 | Mostly FREE

Frequency is a biennial festival of light, sound, and digital culture hosted in and around the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History. This 4-night downtown takeover activates the museum, neighboring gardens and plazas with installations of site-responsive work, live performances, interactive technologies, and immersive experiences from local and international artists. The 2023 lineup will be announced in July 2023.

Visit the 2023 Frequency event page.

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Día de los Muertos

October 28, 2023 | FREE

For the past 5 years, our team here at the MAH has had the opportunity to experience, grow, and share Día de los Muertos with more and more of Santa Cruz County. This growth is thanks to our community partner Senderos, a local organization that centers on supporting youth to excel in education and honor their cultural identity. This October look forward to another vibrant gathering as we collectively celebrate life and death.

Visit the 2022 Dia de los Muertos event page.

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September 13–22, 2024 | Mostly FREE

CommonGround is a biennial festival of place-inspired, outdoor work hosted in locations throughout Santa Cruz County. Focused on temporary and performative public art projects in rural, urban, and architectural space, the 10-day event features site-responsive installations and interventions across the area’s natural and built environments, connecting people, stories, and landscapes.

Visit the 2022 CommonGround event page.

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