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Abbott Square Grand Opening: First Friday & Community Night

  • Santa Cruz MAH 705 Front Street Santa Cruz, CA, 95060 United States (map)

Celebrate a grand opening five years in the making.

Enjoy Abbott Square's diverse food and drink

Dig in to the five restaurants and two bars in Abbott Square Market. Grab wood-fired pizza from Pizzeria La Bufala and West African vegan/gluten-free food from Veg on the Edge. Dig into poke bowls from Poke It and oysters, paninis, and lobster rolls from All Aboard. Finish it all off (or begin your night, no shame here) with handmade popsicles from Milk and Wood or a cocktail or beer from Front & Cooper. 

Dance to live music and explore free exhibitions

Soak in street performances on an open Cooper Street and explore free exhibitions featuring balloon art and powerful stories from local foster youth inside the museum. Enjoy the permanent History Gallery and Sculpture Garden. See the full list of current exhibitions here.

Make your night unforgettable with a ball drop and t-shirt giveaway

Experience the epic ball drop and join in on the community-centered crescendo to a weeklong celebration of Downtown's new public plaza.  Enjoy a Santa Cruz Area Chamber Ribbon Cutting, grab your free Abbott Square T-shirt, make party hats, and check out Downtown’s new public plaza and marketplace.


Tonight was made possible by Premier Sponsor, Kaiser Permanente, and Gold sponsor, Nordic Naturals. 


All Grand Opening events made possible the these sponsors