Events & Activities in Live Oak

Up to 58% Off Zumba, Yoga, or Stretch Classes

Soquel

$55 $25

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Zumba master instructor helps guests shimmy into shape with Latin-inspired moves; yoga and stretching classes work body and soul

Up to 63% Off Pilates Classes

Aptos

$75 $29

Certified instructors in eco-friendly studio help students hone mind-body health through Pilates mat and Reformer classes

Up to 73% Off Membership and On-Ramp Classes at CrossFit Ready

Soquel

$170 $69

High-intensity functional exercises bolster strength and stamina; unlimited memberships are scaled to accommodate beginner fitness levels

Up to 44% Off a Beginners' Surfing Lesson

Multiple Locations

$99 $55

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Fully insured and permitted instructors guide novice surfers through the fundamentals during three-hour sessions with gear included

Up to 76% Off Yoga Classes

Downtown Santa Cruz

$100 $29

Wavelike spinal movements, rhythmic breathing, and sharp focus inspire relaxation and boost strength, flexibility, and endurance

94% Off MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass

Multiple Locations

$350 $20

Instructors encourage full-body results in a variety of fitness classes supplemented by a success guide and nutritional coaching

31% Off Two-Day Sailing Course

Santa Cruz Harbor

$245 $170

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Two-day sailing course is the first segment of an 8 day ASA certification program to charter worldwide

50% Off Martial Arts

Westside

$60 $30

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

45% Off Wildlife Watching

Multiple Locations

$100 $55

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Up to 70% Off Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu or Fitness Kickboxing

Eastside

$169 $59

A fifth-degree black belt and his team teach young and older students potentially life-saving grappling and striking techniques

Up to 46% Off Lessons at Santa Cruz Golf Academy

Santa Cruz

$80 $45

Former collegiate and Canadian PGA Tour golfer Bob Swinnerton pro offers advice in a private indoor studio with swing-analysis technology

Up to 58% Off at Anavami Center

Westside

$50 $25

Guests express themselves through freeform paintings, photographing and journaling their process along the way

Up to 70% Off Dance Workout Classes

Central Santa Cruz

$130 $39

Rhythm & Motion classes combine inventive dance routines with engaging music to create an exhilarating, high-energy workout

Up to 63% Off Dance Classes

Multiple Locations

$72 $29

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Professional instructors lead dance classes and series in salsa, swing, ballroom, and tango for all skill levels

87% Off Weight-Loss Program

Twin Lakes

$760 $99

Comprehensive, doctor-led plan helps achieve weight loss through one-on-one coaching sessions and weekly body measurements

Up to 78% Off Yoga Classes

Eastside

$75 $19

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Physically invigorating and meditation-based yoga styles for students of varying skill levels

Up to 55% Off Salsa Dance Workshop

Portuguese Hall (CDPES Building)

$28 $14

Groups learn to dance salsa in a "wheel" of interchanging partners as a leader calls out different moves

Up to 82% Off Lawn-Bowling Club Membership

Santa Cruz

$74 $19

Members get three or six months of unlimited practice rolling unbalanced bowls toward a target ball with precision

Up to 65% Off Knit or Crochet Class

Central Santa Cruz

$45 $17

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Beginner classes give students solid foundation in each craft; starter kit includes yarn with needles or crochet hook

54% Off Preschool Ballet Dance Classes

Scotts Valley

$65 $30

Imagination and technique are at the center of these ballet classes for preschoolers, which balance technique with the simple joys of dance

Up to 76% Off at Wings School of Dance

Scotts Valley

$105 $25

Positive, nurturing dance classes instill the basics of classic dance techniques and new styles

Up to 80% Off Beekeeping Workshop

Multiple Locations

$90 $25

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The workshop demystifies beekeeping and gives guests a taste of local monofloral honeys such as star thistle and wildflower

71%  Off at Ananda Yoga Scotts Valley

Scotts Valley

$100 $29

Practitioners of all skill levels and ages build flexibility and achieve peace of mind with easily modified Ananda yoga asanas

Half Off Boxing

Scotts Valley

$150 $75

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35% Off Whale-Watching Helicopter Tour in Monterey

Watsonville

$675 $438

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Professional pilots take passengers on 45-minute flights over Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary for optimal whale watching

Up to 70% Off Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu or Fitness Kickboxing

Watsonville

$169 $59

A fifth-degree black belt and his team teach young and older students potentially life-saving grappling and striking techniques

Half Off Tasting at Wargin Wines

Watsonville

$58 $29

Staffers pour tastings of petite sirah, late-harvest zinfandel & montepulciano-based blend while helping guests discern each wine's flavors

Up to 52% Off at Casserly Golf Course

Watsonville

$90 $45

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9-hole, par 3 course rolls over terrain of former cattle ranch

53% Off Intro Rock-Climbing Class

Multiple Locations

$105 $49

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Experienced outdoor guides teach climbing and belaying techniques at two picturesque state parks and provide all safety gear

Up to Half Off at Hiking Yoga

Multiple Locations

$20 $9.99

Outdoor hiking and yoga combine for 90 minutes of cardio and strength work in a natural setting, and groups can take private hikes

72% Off Personal Training

Los Gatos

$375 $105

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

55% Off

Los Gatos

$40 $18

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Up to 91% Off Boot-Camp Package

Multiple Locations

$221 $25

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Expert personal trainers lead boot-camp sessions in which pupils sprint, lunge, and pass medicine balls

Up to 58% Off Private Lessons from Chris Bryant Guitar School

Los Gatos

$45 $19

Musician bases his curriculum on simple chords and chord progressions, teaching students in whatever genre of music most interests them

Up to 82% Off Kickboxing or Martial Arts Classes

Los Gatos

$57 $10

Burn calories in high-energy cardio kickboxing classes or master the 5,000-year-old techniques of martial arts

Up to 76% Off Classes at CrossFit Los Gatos

Crossfit Los Gatos

$160 $39

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Coaches guide clients in strength and conditioning program that boosts muscular strength, cardio-respiratory endurance, and flexibility

51% Off Collage Art Class at Twin Soul Art Studio

Los Gatos

$80 $39

Studio founder Jeanne leads small, energetic classes for students aged 7 and older who tackle creative collage projects; materials included

61% Off Fitness Classes from StrollerPower!

Multiple Locations

$90 $35

Instructors lead groups of moms with stroller-age kids through energetic workouts at local parks and trails

92% Off Fat-Blast Program

Multiple Locations

$485 $39

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28-day program helps women jump-start their New Year’s resolutions with cardio-resistance core-training sessions and nutritional guidance

Up to 79% Off at Worlds Yoga

Studio

$150 $39

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Yoga classes improve strength and flexibility and restore peace to minds

50% Off Kids' Wilderness Skills Adventure Camp

Saratoga

$800 $399

Wilderness survival skills include lessons on building fires, collecting water, identifying plants, and constructing shelter

52% Off Wilderness Survival First Aid Clinic

Saratoga

$165 $79

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Hands-on course teaches essential first aid skills covering how to prevent and respond to medical emergencies in the back-country

Up to 58% Off Wine-Flight Tasting

West Santa Clara

$30 $15

Guests can sample the libations and take in the Santa Cruz Mountains at the vineyard's charming tasting room

Up to 84% Off Martial Arts Classes

Morgan Hill

$100 $25

Instructors teach students of all levels traditional martial arts such as Jujutsu, Shinkendo, Aikido, or tactical street defense

Up to 57% Off Fitness Classes

Morgan Hill

$100 $55

Ballet- and Pilates-inspired fitness classes, along with yoga and Ballet Barre taught in a sunny 2,800-sq.-ft. studio

Anytime Fitness – Up to 83% Off Gym Passes

Multiple Locations

$100 $19.99

Day passes include use of all gym equipment and admission to daily Zumba, kickboxing, boot-camp, and other fitness classes

Up to 79% Off at Morgan Hill Crossfit

Morgan Hill

$100 $25

Instructors lead functional workouts that challenge the entire body and scale to exercisers of all stripes

Up to 50% Off Kid's Summer Camp

Campbell

$198 $99

Kids spend the summer building balance & agility through sports & wellness activities with a focus on fun; can choose from many activities

Up to 73% Off Yoga Classes

Campbell

$99 $49.99

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Yogis suspend themselves from cloth fabric hammocks or take part in nearly 25 available weekly yoga sessions

Up to 51% Off Wine and Wine Tastings

Campbell

$50 $25

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House blends and vintages include California-style sangiovese, syrah, and cabernet sauvignon, which are often poured at Saturday tastings

Up to 67% Off Martial-Arts Classes

Multiple Locations

$139 $49

Martial-arts instructors lead all ages and skill levels in classes that teach self-defense, grappling, dynamic kicks, and boxing

Up to 59% Off Photography or Printing Class

Campbell

$135 $59

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Professional photographers tutor student shutterbugs on digital-photography basics and photo-printing techniques

Up to 81% Off at The Right Stuff Health Club

Multiple Locations

$149 $29

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During a week or hour of one-on-one sessions, trainers help guests hone in on their fitness goals and get acclimated with the gym

50% Off Music Lessons

Campbell

$140 $70

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Up to 50% Off Regular and Child Classes at PRO Martial Arts

Campbell

$159 $79

Motivation martial arts classes instill students aged 3 and up with confidence, poise, self-respect, and self-defense skills

Up to 78% Off Complete Fitness Program at Fat 2 Fitness

Campbell

$109.99 $35

Stylized fitness program gets results with customized diet, workout plans, yoga and training from Fat 2 Fitness's expert instructors

Up to 75% Off at Extreme Fitness and Sports

Campbell

$150 $39

Expert trainers lead guests of all fitness levels through intense boot-camp classes

Up to 71% Off Rentals at Jay's Cycles

Jay's Cycles

$30 $10

Bikers rove beachside paths atop lovingly maintained single and tandem cycles

Up to 42% Off from Blue Ocean Whale Watch

Dock B

$50 $29

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Trained naturalist leads trips that pass by killer whales, humpback whales, blue whales, and dolphins in their natural habitat

Up to 57% Off Horseback Riding

San Juan Bautista

$185 $89

Unlimited horseback riding includes casual rides as well as lessons in English, Western, and Gymkhana; profits go to rescue horses

Up to 51% Off Archery Lessons at Predator's Archery

Gilroy

$50 $25

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Students learn archery basics using provided equipment during 60-minute lessons, then practice their newfound skills on the indoor range

Up to 43% Off Dinner and Variety Show

Multiple Locations

$100 $60

Magician Dan Chan leads a cast of comedians and illusionists during a dinner and variety show

40% Off Drinks at Homestead Bowl and The X Bar

Cupertino

$30 $18

Full-service sports bar with 25 draft and bottled beers, HDTVs, and lively karaoke inside a 32-lane bowling alley

Up to 80% Off Boot-Camp Classes at 2B Fit

Cupertino

$150 $39

Certified trainer helps jump-start weight loss through a high-intensity blend of cardio, resistance training, and team training

Up to 48% Off Movie Package for Two

Cupertino

$36.50 $19

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Orville Redenbacher’s popcorn feeds movie fans during second-run flicks projected in theaters with DTS and Dolby surround sound

Up to 80% Off Standup at San Jose Improv

San Jose Improv

$96 $20

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Up-and-coming comics lure laughs in storied chain of comedy clubs that showcased such stars as Ellen DeGeneres and Jerry Seinfeld

Up to Half Off Urban Dare Adventure Race for Two

Britannia Arms

$90 $45

Fast-paced competition challenges teams of two with trivia, photo hunts, and mental and physical challenges

Harlem Globetrotters – Up to 40% Off Kids' Clinic

24 Hour Fitness- San Jose

$110 $66

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Harlem Globetrotters players coach kids ages 6–12 on basketball fundamentals, drills, and off-the-court character development

Up to 70% Off Group Dance Lessons for One or Two

Santa Clara

$75 $25

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45-minute group lessons cover styles such as waltz, fox trot, swing, and salsa

Up to 70% Off Kids' Muay Thai Classes

South San Jose

$160 $49

Kids learn martial arts and muay thai during twice-a-week classes taught by an instructor with 20 years of experience

Up to 86% Off Martial-Arts Classes at Smash Gyms

San Jose

$125 $19

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Expert instructors lead a variety of classes that include jujitsu, kickboxing, kettlebell cardio, and mixed martial arts

Up to 56% Off at Heartbeat For Health

San Jose

$100 $49

Instructors motivate students to burn calories and build muscle with resistance band, cardio, and free-weight exercises

Up to 63% Off Boot-Camp Classes

San Jose

$97 $45

Class created by a former college-football player; combines HIIT and muscle confusion to maximize resistance and cardio training

Up to 50% Off Kids' Indoor Open Play Visits at The Duck Pond

South San Jose

$50 $25

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Children play and learn through crafts, music, and camaraderie at a nonprofit play center

52% Off Lunch at Britannia Arms Almaden

Almaden Valley

$29 $14

Choose from lunch entrees of shepherd's pie or fish and chips with sodas at this British-style pub

45% Off Services

Fenton - McCollan

$100 $55

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Up to 71% Off Jiu-Jitsu Classes for Adults or Kids

Gloglo Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy

$155 $49

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Experienced instructors teach Brazilian jiu-jitsu, a martial art that focuses on balance and leverage for effective self-defense

Up to 56% Off Batting Cages at South Bay Sports Training

San Jose

$15 $7

Cages help build batting fundamentals; former professional and collegiate players help hone skills in 30-minute private lessons

Up to Half Off Pool at Cuetopia Billiard Cafe

Erikson

$42 $21

25 Brunswick pool tables host friendly games of pool with pitchers of frosty beer; day pass unlocks unlimited billiards for a month

Select Local Merchants

1933 was a banner year for Phillip and John Bargetto. Prohibition finally ended, and the brothers were able to reopen their winery in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Originally from Piedmont, Italy, Phillip and John embraced their passion for growing northern-Italian varietals, twining their hillsides with vines of dolcetto, nebbiolo, and refosco grapes.

Now run by the Bargetto family's third generation, the winery continues to cultivate these same grapes as well as two of Santa Cruz's more well-known varietals, chardonnay and pinot noir. Its most heralded wines hail from the 40 acres of trellised vines at Regan Estate Vineyards, which produces balanced yet concentrated fruit thanks to its sunny hilltop location, loamy soil, and cool breezes from thousands of naturally occurring ceiling fans.

Controlled aging in new-French- or American-oak barrels imbues some of the winery's reds with lingering finishes and toasty sweetness, and stainless-steel barrels ensure that the whites retain their vibrant acidity. Although most of the wines display a more approachable style, the La Vita line embraces the family's Old-World routes, featuring complexly tannic and age-worthy blends of Phillip and John's favored dolcetto, nebbiolo, and refosco grapes.

3535 N Main St
Soquel,
CA
US

At 2,600 feet up in the Santa Cruz Mountains, one might expect to find sprawling views of the ocean and surrounding forest and not flourishing vineyards. Yet there are more than 70 wineries dappling the hills at various altitudes, privy to the dewy, cooling breezes of the sea and the richness of the rocky soil. The San Francisco Chronicle speaks to their scattered presence, deeming them "less a cohesive wine region than a patchwork of vineyards." Still, this characteristic isolation has resulted in "a perfect laboratory for winemaking not held hostage to fashion"—no one style dominates in this rustic setting.

Pinot noirs and chardonnays populate the western front, and the east yields cabernets, merlots, and zinfandels. The majority of the vineyards are small and family owned—a fact reflected in their meticulously bottled libations and the matching sweaters of their holiday photos—but though they exist in chosen hermitage, many of them welcome visitors to their scenic sites. They host weddings, festivals, and open events such as Pathway to Pinot Paradise, a self-guided tour of the pinot noir hotspots.

7605 Old Dominion Ct
Aptos,
CA
US

From its humble beginnings in Kankakee, Illinois, in 1938, Dairy Queen has grown from a delicious experiment in soft-serve ice cream to a household name with more than 5,900 restaurants around the world. The shop's signature frozen delights are built upon frosty foundations of creamy chocolate or vanilla soft serve, which swirl idyllically into cones, cups, sundaes, Peanut Buster parfaits, and the chain's iconic Blizzard treats, blended with crumbled candy and other mix-ins. Ice-cream cakes cleverly conceal surprise fillings of fudge and chocolate crunch between layers of vanilla and chocolate ice cream, providing sweet, sliceable sustenance for birthday parties and other special occasions.

Fruit rules the roost on the other side of the slushy emporium, where Orange Julius blends its signature frothy drinks crafted from fruit juice, ice, and a "magic” powdered sweetener that explains why they disappear from most customers’ cups minutes after the first delicious sip. Real fruit purée forms the basis for the shop's smoothies, which also come in diet-friendly light versions that boast one-third fewer calories than regular smoothies.

816 Bay Ave
Capitola,
CA
US

Martial-arts master Francis Farley conquered his childhood timidity by studiously practicing martial arts. He went on to win the North American middleweight title in 1989, and by 1993, he had won the International Sport Karate Association middleweight championship, holding on to that title for five years. He decided to open Farley's Kickboxing Academy, a dojo with a full weight room and boxing ring, in order to teach others various kicks and jabs gleaned from his successful 27-win, 2-loss career, which featured 17 knockouts and one intimidating finger wag. Francis's passion for martial arts—and fitness in general—led him to pair up with instructors such as Joey Thomas, a professional surfer and black belt in Brazilian jujitsu; Willow Brown, the facility's yoga expert, who has more than 10 years of teaching experience; and MMA coach Mike Roberts. These gurus help fitness seekers of all levels blast calories, learn self defense, or gain spiritual tranquility, and they adhere to the motto, "You don't have to be a fighter to train like one," as opposed to, "Once a couch potato, always a couch potato."

2551 S Rodeo Gulch Rd
Soquel,
CA
US

Bearing the titles of Master of Photography and Photographic Craftsman from Professional Photographers of America, David and Ally McKay embody the keen vision and aesthetic prowess that separated good photographers from great ones. They share these skills during classes at McKay Photography Academy, where they train eyes, fingers, and imaginations to work in tandem as a snapshooting dream machine. Their classes help aspiring photographers progress from neophytes to seasoned pros; the Beginning Digital Photography course teaches students to harness the intricacies of their instruments, and the Pro Academy offers inside tips on how to successfully snap wedding portraits, pose recent grads, or tease out candid emotions. When not busy instructing the next generation of shutterbugs, David and Ally also devise photo safaris, which send small teams of photographers to capture shots of famed landmarks including San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge; the Lincoln Memorial of Washington, DC; or Yosemite's 60-foot statue of Yogi Bear.

7500 Old Dominion Court
Aptos,
CA
US

Picture a pool hall. Wood-paneled walls catch the light of suspended billiards lamps, which illuminate clusters of tables—19 of them to be exact. And these tables are not kiddie sized or Astroturf topped; these are regulation tables: fit for aimless amateurs and seasoned professionals alike. This is Fast Eddy's Billiards, where fun-seekers can revel not only in friendly and competitive games of pool, but also at dartboards, foosball tables, pinball machines, and beer-pong setups.

A former billiards professional still hangs around this scene, giving newbies a crash course on the basics of pool play. Above the din, neon signs rattle off the names of domestic and imported beers—available by the glass and by the pitcher—and a kitchen attendant preps bar-style snacks such as jalapeño poppers, onion rings, chicken wings, and breaded zucchini strips. Free WiFi can occupy compulsive email senders, and an Internet jukebox keeps carousers bopping with tunes of choice.

4300 Capitola Rd
Capitola,
CA
US