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Calendar of Events 2020

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Redwood Forest Steam Train

Travel over trestles, through towering redwood groves and up a winding narrow-gauge grade to the summit of Bear Mountain as conductors narrate the history of Roaring Camp, the railroad and the forest.

Forest Train
Departure Time

Forest Train

75 mins

Activities

  • Through the Redwoods
  • to Bear Mountain
  • & Back!

Santa Cruz Beach Train

Departing from the Santa Cruz Mountains, travel through Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, down the scenic San Lorenzo River Gorge, across a 1909 steel truss bridge and through an 1875 tunnel before arriving at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

Beach Train
Departure Time

Beach Train

3hrs

Activities

  • Roundtrip
  • to and from
  • the Boardwalk

Harvest Faire

Welcome Fall with the Harvest Faire at Roaring Camp! Take the Redwood Forest Steam Train to Bear Mountain. Pick a pumpkin from the town pumpkin patch. Have fun with Covid-safe children’s heritage activities.

Forest Train
Departure Time

Forest Train

75 mins

Activities

  • Pick a Pumpkin
  • Scarecrow Craft Table
  • Jack-o-Lantern Mask Decorating
  • Blacksmith
  • Trick-or-Treat
  • Gold Panning (call to reserve)
  • *all activities will comply with Covid-19 safety regulations.

Annual Pass

Annual pass perks are here. Enjoy Roaring Camp’s authentic trains all year long!

Forest Train Beach Train
Departure Time

Forest Train

75 mins

Beach Train

3 hrs

Activities

  • Bronze
  • Silver
  • Gold

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
Departure Time

Forest Train

75 mins

Activities

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

Santa Cruz Starlight Evening Dinner Party

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

Beach Train
Departure Time

Beach Train

4 hrs

5:30 pm

Activities

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

Blacksmith Hammer-In

The California Blacksmith Association Presents – The 5th Annual Hammer-IN at Roaring Camp Railroads. Watch demonstrators push the boundaries of hot metal, bring ancient techniques to life and share with the community their talent and dedication to the blacksmith craft.

Forest Train Beach Train
Departure Time

Forest Train

Beach Train

Activities

  • Gold Panning
  • Kids Crafts
  • Live Music
  • Marshal and Deputy
  • with Dancing Horse, Silverado

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 BBQ dinner followed by a leisurely train ride aboard vintage railway cars.

Forest Train
Departure Time

Forest Train

4 hrs

6:00 pm

Activities

  • Hearty BBQ Dinner
  • *Vegetarian Options Available
  • Campfire
  • Live Music
  • Line Dancing
kids panning for gold

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 to participate in heritage activity.

Forest Train Beach Train
Departure Time

Forest Train

Beach Train

Activities

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

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. More Info Coming Soon.

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
  • Italian Menu TBD
Santa Cruz Mountain Sol Festival

Santa Cruz Mountain Sol Festival

Join us for the 7th annual Santa Cruz Mountain Sol Festival. The weekend welcomes a variety of artists, multiple stages, camping, train rides including the ‘Sol Train’ shuttle from the Boardwalk and back again in the evening, craft beer, wine, vendors and gourmet food.

Beach Train
Departure Time

Beach Train

Sat & Sun only

11:15 am

Activities

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

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. Kids Welcome. More Info Coming Soon.

Forest Train
Departure Time

Forest Train

4 hrs

6:30 pm

Activities

  • Spaghetti Dinner 5:30 pm
  • Forest Train 6:30
  • Movie 8:00 pm
  • Movie TBD
  • Popcorn & Snack Vendor
  • Gold Panning
  • General Store
  • Marshal, Deputy Meet & Greet
Brew Grass Festival 2019

3rd Annual Brewgrass Festival

Roaring Camp with Legend Theatrical Presents the 3rd Annual Brewgrass Festival featuring, local breweries, music from favorite bluegrass artists and food from our popular local food trucks. Back this year- VIP Brewgrass Tasting Train roundtrip from Santa Cruz to Roaring Camp. Line-up Info Coming Soon.

Beach Train
Departure Time

Beach Train

10:30 am

Activities

  • Optional Tasting Train
  • Live Music
  • Craft Beer & Cider
  • Local Food Vendors
  • Free Kids Activities
Thomas Percy

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. More Info Coming Soon.

Thomas Train
Departure Time

Thomas Train

25 mins

Activities

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

Holiday Tree Walk

Get in the holiday spirit by bringing family and friends to ride the Redwood Forest 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 will be collected. Roaring Camp will deduct $2 per toy, per train ticket, purchased in person only. Guests are requested to avoid donating toys of aggression or unpacked stuffed animals.

Forest Train
Departure Time

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
Departure Time

Beach Train

1 hr

Activities

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

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
Departure Time

Beach Train

1 hr

5:15 pm6:45 pm

Activities

  • Lighting of the Menorah
  • (15 mins before departure)
  • Chanukah Traditions
  • Kosher Refreshments
Roaring Twenties Valentines Electroswing Express

Roaring 20’S Valentine’s ElectroSwing Express

Hosted by Roaring Camp & Heart Tribe Presents: Lovebirds and Friends, embark on a musical roundtrip train ride with Post Street Rhythm Peddlers, from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, through the Redwoods, on a trip back in time to Roaring Camp. Upon arrival at Bret Harte Hall, join us for a romantic night of entertainment, feasts and sweets. Dance the night away in Flapper finery to beats from The Cosmo Alleycats. Must be 21+ to attend.

Beach Train
Departure Time

Beach Train

5 hrs

6:00 pm

Activities

  • ElectroSwing Express
  • Tastings with Shanty Shack
  • Live Music
  • Dancing
  • Buffet
  • Photo Booth
  • Cash Beer & Wine Bar

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
Departure Time

Forest Train

75 mins

Activities

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

Model Railroad Exhibit

Adults and kids alike will enjoy viewing California Central Coast On30’s large scale model railroad display. Watch model trains 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. During your visit be sure to see Roaring Camp’s authentic 1800s steam train.

Forest Train Beach Train

No train scheduled.

Forest Train

Beach Train

Activities

  • Optional Forest Train
  • FREE Admission
  • Model Trains
  • Live Music with
  • Wild & Blue

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 will have a blast scavenging for eggs at the top of Bear Mountain.

Forest Train
Departure Time

Forest Train

90 mins

Activities

  • Train Ride to Egg Hunt
  • Easter Crafts
  • Candle Making
  • Easter Bunny
  • Eggcentric Games

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.

No train scheduled.

Activities

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

39th 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.

No train scheduled.

Activities

  • $5 Admission
  • Civil War Reenactment
  • Gift Shop
  • Heritage Events
civil war battle nights

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.

Forest Train
Departure Time

Forest Train

90 mins

8:00 pm

Activities

  • Train Through Encampment
  • Gift Shop
  • Heritage Events
  • Chuckwagon BBQ
Redwood Mountain Faire

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. 2020 info coming soon.

No train scheduled.

Activities

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

A Day Out With Thomas

Join Thomas the Tank Engine™ for a tour through the Big Trees. Your train ticket includes a fun-filled day of activities. More Info Coming Soon.

Thomas Train
Departure Time

Thomas Train

25 mins

Activities

  • Photos With Thomas
  • Face Painting
  • Bounce House
  • Storytelling
  • Train Play Tables
  • Sir Topham Hatt
Father’s Day Brew Train

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. More Info Coming Soon.

Beach Train
Departure Time

Beach Train

4 hrs

11:30 am

Activities

  • Live Music
  • Tastings from
  • Local Breweries (TBD)
  • Chuck Wagon BBQ
Father’s Day Steam Train

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, local breweries 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. More Info Coming Soon.

Forest Train
Departure Time

Forest Train

75 mins

Activities

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

Chuck Wagon BBQ

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

No train scheduled.

Activities

  • Live Music Schedule
  • Coming Soon!
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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
Departure Time

Forest Train

Activities

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

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