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Calendar of Events 2022

4th of July Weekend

This Fourth of July, take either the Redwood Forest Steam Train or the Santa Cruz Beach Train. Join us in the Town of Roaring Camp for family-friendly activities and live music.

Forest Train Beach Train
Departure Time

Forest Train

Beach Train

Activities

  • Live Music
  • Tug of War
  • Three-Legged Race
  • Balloon Toss
  • Corn Hole
  • Kids Club Activities

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

Santa Cruz Starlight Evening Dinner Party

Evening train and dinner excursion from the beach to the redwoods. Upon arrival, a delicious barbecue 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
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
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Forest Train

Beach Train

Activities

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

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
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
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 a local chef. More Info Coming Soon.

Forest Train
Departure Time

Forest Train

4 hrs

4:30 pm

Activities

  • Dinner Prepared by
  • Chef, TBD
  • No Host Beer & Wine
  • *Vegetarian Options Available
  • Menu TBD
Brew Grass Festival 2019

3rd Annual Brewgrass Festival

Roaring Camp 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

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
  • Harvest Themed Kids Crafts
  • Blacksmith
  • Gold Panning
  • Live Entertainment
  • *all activities will comply with Covid-19 safety regulations.
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

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. New: Gather your friends, family or coworkers together and make a night of it! First class private coach cars can be reserved for groups up to 50 people. Availability is limited so please book well in advance.

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.

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
Bear Mountain

Holiday Tree Walk

Get in the holiday spirit by bringing the family to ride the Redwood Forest Steam Train through the wintry redwoods to Bear Mountain. Sip hot cocoa while greeting Santa Claus. In town, enjoy winter themed activities.

Forest Train
Departure Time

Forest Train

75 mins

Activities

  • Visit from Santa
  • Hot Cocoa
  • Winter Themed Activities

New Years Holiday Lights Train

Bring in the new year aboard the New Years Holiday Lights Train. Ride vintage train cars beautifully decorated with holiday lights through the streets of Santa Cruz. Light-up hula hoopers and a live DJ will keep spirits bright and help bring in 2022 right.

Beach Train
Departure Time

Beach Train

1 hr

Activities

  • Light-Up Hula Hoopers
  • Live DJ
  • Private Cars Available
  • Call to book
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

Drive-In Movies

Roaring Camp Railroads is proud to present Drive-In Movie Nights in the Redwoods. We will be showing your favorite movies surrounded by the beautiful redwood forest in the heart of Roaring Camp. Be sure to dress warm. Movie dates will be weather dependent. Must tune into a radio station to listen. Movie refreshments will be available for purchase.

No train scheduled.

Activities

Eggstraordinary Easter Egg Hunt

The Easter Bunny makes a stop at Roaring Camp. Hop aboard the Redwood Forest Steam Train to Bear Mountain for an Easter Egg Hunt and participate in Easter activities in Town.

Forest Train
Departure Time

Forest Train

75 mins

Activities

  • Easter Egg Hunt
  • * Prizes include toys, candy & free train rides!
  • Easter Crafts
  • Ride Along Tractors
  • Blacksmith
  • Gold Panning
  • * $25 table rental includes 4 pans and pay dirt.

Mother’s Day Brunch

Treat Mom to something memorable on her special day. Relax with an afternoon train ride through the towering redwoods. 3:00pm Redwood Forest Steam Train added to Sunday’s schedule.

Forest Train Beach Train
Departure Time

Forest Train

75 mins

3:00 pmSEE SCHEDULE

Beach Train

4 hrs

Activities

  • Brunch Trains
  • Bret Harte Hall
  • Live Music
  • Craft Table

Bubble Bonanza

Memorial Day Weekend, get ready to step on board the Circus Bubble Train. Zillions of Bubbles will float through the air as you travel down the tracks through the Redwood Forest. Meet the Bubble Ubbles, Mr. Bigz Bubbles and BB Bubbles on the train. Your train ticket also includes a show in the Circus Ring at Bret Harte Hall. Performances by stilters, jugglers, dancers and world renowned bubble magician, Tom Noddy.

Beach Train
Departure Time

Beach Train

25 mins

Activities

  • Circus Show
  • Circus Themed Activities
  • Bubble Photos
  • Kids Club Activites
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.

No train scheduled.

Activities

  • Live Music
  • Fine Arts & Crafts
  • Kids Activities
  • Local Brews & Wines
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 from Humble Sea will be pouring tastes of some of their favorite beers as you ride the rails from the seas to the trees. Listen to live music on board as we make our way to Roaring Camp. Once you arrive at Roaring Camp join in on the festivities with more live music, gold panning, great bbq lunch and beer available for purchase.

Beach Train
Departure Time

Beach Train

4 hrs

11:00 am

Activities

  • Live Music
  • Tastings from
  • Humble Sea Brewing
  • Chuck Wagon BBQ

Father’s Day Steam Train

Salute Dad on Father’s Day by treating him to a ride on the Redwood Forest Steam Train and lunch. In addition, enjoy live music from Eric Morrison and the Mysteries at the BBQ where Humble Sea will be pouring the best local brew for sale. Dad will receive a complimentary engineer’s cap with the purchase of a train ticket and any BBQ platter meal.

Forest Train
Departure Time

Forest Train

75 mins

Activities

  • Humble Sea Brewing
  • Santa Cruz Scrumpy Cider
  • Chuckwagon BBQ
  • Raffle
  • Live Music
  • Eric Morrison and the Mysteries

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
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!

Annual Pass

Check out our Annual Pass options as you can save a bundle! All Annual Passes get you unlimited rides on Redwood Forest Steam and Santa Cruz Beach Trains. And if you love our events, Gold Passes are valid for certain special events and discounts.

No train scheduled.

Activities

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steam train

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

3 hrs

Activities

  • Departing either from the Boardwalk or Roaring Camp and return.
  • 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.
Kid high-five sheriff

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
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Forest Train

Activities

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

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