10/6 First Friday After Hours | Underground

October’s First Friday celebrates the opening of the new exhibit Underground: Unearthing Unseen Worlds. Dig into the mysterious creatures, caverns, and curiosities of the underground that sometimes inspire fear, but are essential to life as we know it. The event will feature natural pigment making from soil, geology and paleontology experts with specimen displays, worm composting demos, and more. Come eat, drink, and explore with us!

Friday, October 6, 2023
5-8 p.m.
Location: Outside the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History

Community Groups and Vendors

Alessandra Chapman, Youth Jewelry Vendor
Areperia 831, Food Vendor
Bat Conservation International
City of Santa Cruz Recycling Center
Ferd Bergholz, Woodworker Vendor
Fungus Federation of Santa Cruz
Land Trust of Santa Cruz County
Pacific Paleontology (bring your fossils for ID!)
Patricia Larenas, Artists for Climate Awareness
Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park
Soquel Creek Water District
UC Master Gardeners
UCSC Earth and Planetary Sciences (bring your rocks for ID!)
…and more!


  • Drop-by anytime 5-8 p.m. to join the festivities!
  • Admission to the Museum is free all day from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Follow the latest guidelines for for covid safety.
  • Restrooms and water fountains are available inside the Museum.
  • Artist booths and activities will be on somewhat lumpy grass.

About First Fridays

Get to know Santa Cruz’s WILD SIDE at the Museum of Natural History. Nerd out on your night out during monthly after hours events, featuring rotating themes, vendors, and activities. Free admission to the Museum all day 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., with special outdoor festivities 5-8 p.m. April-October.