Santa Cruz American Music Festival

Santa Cruz American Music Festival

Santa Cruz American Music Festival

Santa Cruz American Music Festival | Memorial Day Weekend - May 27 & 28, 2017 | Aptos Village Park, Aptos, CA


General Info

Thank you fans for helping to make The 2016 Santa Cruz American Music Festival a success!  We can’t do it without you and are excited to bring more great music to Aptos Village Park this year.  Your support is truly appreciated and your creative suggestions are important to us.  For the first time, we would like to give you an opportunity to share your ideas for top Blues, Country or Americana artists and invite you to send any constructive recommendations for this festival to:  The top 5 ideas will receive a free GA Saturday or Sunday (your choice) ticket to next year’s festival!  The Santa Cruz American Music Festival will be held Memorial Day Weekend, May 27th and 28th, 2017. 


Get ready for some house rockin’ Blues, Americana, and Country Music as we kick the summer into high gear at the 2nd Annual Santa Cruz American Music Festival on Memorial Day weekend, May 27th & 28th, 2017.  Memorial Day weekend traditionally marks the beginning of summer vacations, family fun, and great musical experiences shared with both old and new friends. For more than 23 years Aptos Village Park has been the host to a rich and storied history of great music that brings us all together. 2015 brought Bonnie Raitt, Big & Rich, Kellie Pickler, Los Lonely Boys, JJ Grey & Mofro, Coco Montoya, Chris Cain, Ryan Bingham and more to Aptos Village Park! This festival will continue to honor the diverse nature of Traditional American Music by bringing world-class artists together for two fun-filled days of LIVE music in this exceptionally beautiful park, featuring a state-of-the-art sound system for your enjoyment. We hope you will join us as we pay tribute to some of the finest musical talents around!


The Santa Cruz American Music Festival is proud to call Aptos Village Park its home. The park is a 10.3 acre “hidden gem.”  Located 14 minutes south of Santa Cruz and 40 minutes north of Monterey, it is the perfect setting to create an unforgettable musical experience that can’t be found elsewhere. For more than two decades, music fans & enthusiasts of all ages have gathered here to share the privilege of seeing world-class musicians in this intimate setting. The stage is set on an expansive grassy meadow surrounded by majestic oaks & redwoods, alongside a flowing creek. The acoustics in this natural amphitheater are unmatched, and fans gather here year after year to enjoy a great weekend of music together.


The Santa Cruz American Music Festival is a locally produced event that embraces a green philosophy for a sustainable community music festival. A Portion of all sponsorship donations are given back to our community.


  • Two full days of top talent in a variety of Traditional American Music genres at Aptos Village Park, a natural amphitheater of oaks and redwoods surrounding a beautiful sunny grass meadow near the Monterey Bay.
  • Featuring a state-of-the-art sound system and open-air staging.
  • Merchandise booths for all the new Santa Cruz American Music Festival gear.
  • Easy access to the artist’s booth where you can meet some of the artists, purchase their merchandise and get autographs.
  • Food & drink booths with BBQ, Asian, Mexican, wraps, pizza, organic fare, New Orleans style, gourmet hot dogs, kettle korn, frozen fruit bars, smoothies, desserts, water, non-alcoholic beverages, beer & wine. Use your Festival Bucks here!
  • Children’s area with face painting and balloon twisting.


Tickets for the 2017 Santa Cruz American Music Festival will be on sale soon.

The Gold Circle ticket permits entry into the white-chaired seating area in front of the stage, available on a first-come, first-served basis. Come early!  Even if you arrive late, you will still have a chair waiting for you! Drink service is available in the Gold Circle and food can be purchased in the food court near the Festival Pavilion at the back of the park. Gold Circle seats for children are the same price as adult seats. Children under age 6 must either have a ticket or remain on a parent’s lap during the entire show.

General Admission lawn seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Chairs are not provided in this area so bring your own low-back (up to 30” with under 10″ seat) chair with you. Children age 6 and under are admitted free in the General Admission area when accompanied by an adult. Children 7 to 12 are $25.


The Santa Cruz American Music Festival is a scrip-based event and cash will not be accepted at the vendor and food booths with the exception of the Festival Merchandise and Artist’s Merch booths. Please visit the Festival Bucks Booth to purchase Festival Bucks tickets using only Cash, Visa or MasterCard. An ATM is located at the Music Pavilion next to the Food Court and also at the park entrance.


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