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Calendar of Events 2019

Moonlight Dinner Party

Treat yourself to an evening of fun and relaxation at Roaring Camp’s Moonlight Steam Train Dinner Party. Start with a hearty barbecue chicken and steak dinner followed by a leisurely train ride aboard vintage railway cars.

Forest Train
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Forest Train

4 hrs

6:00 pm

Activities

  • Hearty BBQ Dinner
  • *Vegetarian Options Available
  • Campfire
  • Live Music
  • Line Dancing

A Day Out With Thomas

Join Thomas the Tank Engine™ for the 2019 Steam Team Tour through the Big Trees. Your train ticket includes a fun-filled day of activities.

Thomas Train
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Thomas Train

25 mins

Activities

  • Photos With Thomas
  • Face Painting
  • Bounce House
  • Storytelling
  • Train Play Tables
  • Sir Topham Hatt

Free Heritage Events

Heritage sounds like something old. Unless you’re talking Heritage Events at Roaring Camp. Free All Summer Long. Must have valid train ticket ticket to participate in heritage activity.

Forest Train Beach Train
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Forest Train

Beach Train

Activities

  • Free Days
  • Monday: Blacksmith
  • Tuesday: Candle Making
  • Wednesday: Printing Press
  • Thursday: Hand Car
  • Friday: Gold Panning

Kids Fare

You’ll never outgrow the kid inside. That’s why everyone rides for the Kids Fare. WEEKDAYS AFTER 2PM. Purchase advance tickets for the 2:15 Beach Train or the 2:00 Redwood Forest Steam Train.

Forest Train Beach Train
Departure Time

Forest Train

75 mins

2:00 pm

Beach Train

3 hours

2:15 pm

Activities

  • Two Excursions Await
  • through the ancient redwoods
  • *Excludes Special Event Days
  • (July 4, July 31, Aug. 1-2)

Santa Cruz Starlight Evening Dinner Party

Evening train and dinner excursion from the beach to the redwoods. Upon arrival, a delicious chicken and steak dinner and live music awaits you.

Beach Train
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Beach Train

4 hrs

5:30 pm

Activities

  • Chicken & Steak Dinner
  • *Vegetarian Options Available
  • Live Music
  • Dancing
  • Campfire

Santa Cruz Mountain Sol Festival

Three-day music festival. Beer and wine garden, food and merchandise booths.

Beach Train
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Beach Train

Sat & Sun only

11:15 am

Activities

  • Optional Sol Train
  • Live Music
  • Local Breweries
  • Food Vendors

Great Train Robberies

Witness shootouts between famed lawmen and notorious outlaws from the 1880’s aboard the Redwood Forest Train to Bear Mountain. See why the West was wild!

Forest Train
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Forest Train

75 mins

Activities

  • Train Robbery Reenactment
  • All Scheduled Trains
  • *Noise Sensitive

Gathering in the Grove

Don’t miss this unique Culinary Journey! Be transported by the magic of steam to a dining experience amongst the trees. Prepare to savor a delightful three course dinner engineered by Roaring Camp’s Chef, Alessio Casagrande, direct from Italy.

Forest Train
Departure Time

Forest Train

4 hrs

4:30 pm

Activities

  • Dinner Prepared by
  • Chef, Alessio Casagrande
  • No Host Beer & Wine
  • *Vegetarian Options Available

Brewgrass Festival

Featuring local breweries, music from favorite bluegrass artists and food from our popular local food trucks VIP Brewgrass Tasting Train roundtrip from Santa Cruz to Roaring Camp.

Beach Train
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Beach Train

11:00 am

Activities

  • Optional Tasting Train
  • Live Music
  • Craft Beer & Cider
  • Local Food Vendors

Steam & Harvest Festival

Step into the incredible world of steam power at the Harvest Faire & Steam Festival presented by Kinetic Steam Works and Roaring Camp Railroads.

Forest Train
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Forest Train

75 mins

Activities

  • Train Ride to Pumpkin Patch
  • Free Activities
  • Scarecrow Craft Table
  • Steam Powered Equipment

Thomas and Percy’s Halloween Party

Dress up for Halloween with favorites Thomas and Percy, for a 20 minute train ride, entertainment, and fun filled activities for the entire family.

Thomas Train
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Thomas Train

25 mins

Activities

  • Face Painting
  • Storytelling
  • Train Play Tables
  • Cookie Decorating
  • Coloring
  • Pick a Pumpkin

Chanukah Train

We’ll share in Chanukah traditions and ride the train through the streets of Santa Cruz listening to Chanukah stories, playing dreidel and enjoying kosher refreshments provided by Chabad by the Sea. More Info Coming Soon.

Beach Train
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Beach Train

1 hr

Activities

  • Chanukah Traditions
  • Lighting of the Menorah
  • Kosher Refreshments

Holiday Tree Walk

Get in the holiday spirit by bringing family and friends to ride Roaring Camp’s daytime steam train to Bear Mountain. At the summit, guests may sip hot cider and delight in viewing a tree-lined walk of beautifully decorated holiday trees. Trees are provided by Patchen California Christmas Tree Farm, Los Gatos.
Toys for Tots, toys collected will be distributed to children who otherwise would have less. For each donated toy, Roaring Camp will deduct $2 per train ticket, purchased in person only. Guests are requested to avoid donating toys of aggression or unpacked stuffed animals.

Forest Train
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Forest Train

75 mins

Activities

  • Hot-Spiced Cider
  • Toys for Tots
  • Visit from Santa

Holiday Lights Train

A seasonal tradition returns to Santa Cruz with the Santa Cruz Holiday Lights Train. Vintage excursion cars, adorned with thousands of colorful lights, roll through city streets past homes of Santa Cruz.

Beach Train
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Beach Train

1 hr

Activities

  • Holiday Sing-Along
  • Live Music
  • Hot-Spiced Cider
  • Santa Visit

Rainforest Weekends

Learn about California’s own Coastal Redwood Forest, aboard a 100 year old steam train. Along the journey, hear fascinating information about the coastal redwoods and their ecosystems from docent specialists.

Forest Train
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Forest Train

75 mins

Activities

  • Learn About the Coastal Redwoods
  • Craft Table
  • Georgie's Cookhouse

Model Trains

Watch your child’s face light up as they play engineer chugging through the Redwoods, around railroad bends and over the Santa Cruz Mountains to the Boardwalk with the miniature scale of the Central Coast spread out before them. 2020 Info Coming Soon.

Forest Train
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Forest Train

Activities

  • Optional Forest Train
  • FREE Admission
  • Model Trains

Eggstraordinary Easter Egg Hunt

The Easter Bunny makes a stop at Roaring Camp. After riding Roaring Camp’s real 1880s Steam Train under the majestic Redwoods, over Indian Creek Trestle and through the Santa Cruz Mountains, your kids are going to have the time of their lives scavenging for chocolate eggs at the top of Bear Mountain. 2020 Info Coming Soon.

Forest Train
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Forest Train

75 mins

Activities

  • Train Ride to Egg Hunt
  • Easter Crafts
  • Petting Zoo
  • Bounce House
  • Photos With the Easter Bunny

Mother’s Day Brunch

Treat Mom to something memorable on her special day with a delectable Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet accompanied with live music by Pat Hull. After a lovely brunch, relax with a train ride through the towering redwoods. 2020 Info Coming Soon.

Forest Train
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Forest Train

75 mins

11:00 am12:30 pm2:00 pm

Activities

  • 9am & 11 am Brunch
  • Bret Harte Hall
  • Live Music
  • Craft Table

38th Annual Civil War Battles

Travel back in time to the Civil War where encampments of Union and Confederate soldiers re-make history right before your eyes. Experience the sights and sounds of cavalry charges, musket fire and artillery shells. Admission included with purchase Redwood Forest Steam Train ticket.

Forest Train
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Forest Train

75 mins

Activities

  • $5 Admission
  • Gift Shop
  • Heritage Events

Night in the Encampments

Civil War Battles weekend. See the event as never before as night falls across the encampments. Tents glow like lanterns, while soldiers huddle around their campfires. Ladies in beautiful gowns head to the ball to waltz the night away. 2020 Info Coming Soon.

Forest Train
Departure Time

Forest Train

90 mins

8:00 pm

Activities

  • Train Through Encampment
  • Gift Shop
  • Heritage Events
  • Chuckwagon BBQ

Redwood Mountain Faire

The annual Redwood Mountain Faire brings together a wide range of music styles on two stages. The Faire benefits a wide range of nonprofit and service organizations and is organized by the Valley Women’s Club of the San Lorenzo Valley.

Forest Train Beach Train
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Forest Train

Beach Train

Activities

  • Live Music
  • Fine Arts & Crafts
  • Kids Activities
  • Local Brews & Wines

Father’s Day Brew Train

Take a trip from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk to Roaring Camp Railroads on the Father’s Day Brew Train! Local brewers will be pouring tastes of some of their favorite beers as you ride the rails from the seas to the trees. 2020 Info Coming Soon.

Beach Train
Departure Time

Beach Train

4 hrs

11:30 am

Activities

  • Live Music
  • Tastings from
  • Humble Sea Brewing Co.
  • & Santa Cruz Scrumpy
  • Chuck Wagon BBQ

Father’s Day Steam Train

Salute Dad on Father’s Day by treating him to a ride on a steam train and lunch. In addition, Santa Cruz’s famous Humble Sea Brewing Company and Scrumpy Cider will be pouring the best local brew for sale at the BBQ area. Dad will receive a complimentary engineer’s cap with the purchase of a train ticket and any BBQ platter meal.
2020 Info Coming Soon.

Forest Train
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Forest Train

75 mins

Activities

  • Humble Sea Brewing
  • Santa Cruz Scrumpy Cider
  • Chuckwagon BBQ
  • Raffle

NEW! Spaghetti Western Dinner, Train & Movie

Wrangle the whole family and come on up for our inaugural Spaghetti Western Dinner, Steam Train and Movie night! Piles of spaghetti, salad, and garlic bread to warm the belly for a Steam train through the redwood forest to the top of Bear Mountain and back. Then settle in for a good ole’ family western comedy, the “Shakiest Gun in the West”. Kids Welcome.

Forest Train
Departure Time

Forest Train

75 mins

6:30 pm

Activities

  • Spaghetti Dinner 5:30 pm
  • Forest Train 6:30
  • Movie 8:00 pm
  • "Shakiest Gun in the West"
  • Popcorn & Snack Vendor
  • Gold Panning
  • General Store
  • Marshal, Deputy Meet & Greet

Chuck Wagon BBQ

Outdoor American BBQ and live music open 12-3PM Fri-Sunday through the summer.

No train scheduled.

Activities

No activities for this event.

Kids Club

If you’re an Adventurer, Explorer, or Thrill-Seeker, you are invited to become a member of Roaring Camp Railroads’ Kids Club today. It’s free to join, a ten-gallon hat full of fun, and you can win more prizes than you can shake a stick at.

Forest Train Beach Train
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Forest Train

Beach Train

Activities

  • FREE TO JOIN
  • Collect Stamps,
  • Collect Prizes!

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