Santa Cruz has become a destination town for appreciators of craft beer. With a growing number of breweries, pour rooms and beer events, the town’s reputation is solidly established. On July 15, more than 50 craft breweries and 12 cideries will sample their creations at Skypark in Scotts Valley for the eighth Hop N’ Barley Beer Festival. Also on tap for the day are food vendors, lawn games and two stages of live music featuring Kaa Pow, the Leftovers, Windy Hill, Daze on the Green and Ancestree (above).
INFO: 10 a.m. Saturday, July 15. Scotts Valley Skypark, 361 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley. $5-$55. hopnbarley.org. WANT TO GO? Go to santacruz.com/giveaways before 11 a.m. on Friday, June 30 to find out how you could win a pair of tickets to the festival.