The 2023 NEXTies Awards

March 31, 2023
6pm to 9pm
Woodhouse Blending & Brewing
119 Madrone St, Santa Cruz

Dress up and come out for an evening in honor of those in Santa Cruz County who inspire the community. Enjoy food and drink for purchase by great local vendors, listen to amazing music performances and celebrate the people who make Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz. Remember, this annual awards show is a dressy affair, so put on your best fits and jackets (it will be outdoors). It is sure to be the best one yet. See you on the red carpet!

Special preformances by Superblume and Mak Nova and The Kings

Food for purchase from Pana Food Truck, Scrumptious Fish & Chips, and Penny Ice Creamery

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Presenters include: Guy Kawasaki, Tammi Brown, Taylor Reinhold, Shandara Gill, Sonja Brunner, Taj Leahy, Keisha Browder, Julio Andrade, Nicole Zahm, Nesh Dhillon, Elizabeth Birnbaum, Orion and Edlina Melehan, Ayo Banjo, Thairie Ritchie, David Dennis, Martijn Stiphout, Jacob Pruger, Austin Bellows, Hillary Bryant, Sarah Gerhardt, Wallace Baine, Alex Suniga, Alexandra The Author, Farris Sabah, Stephanie Sumarna, Amanda Gamban, Nikki Patterson, Valeria Miranda, and many more…

Who is Hosting:

Event Santa Cruz – Born out of a desire to showcase and spread the creative energy that makes Santa Cruz so amazing, Event Santa Cruz grew swiftly beyond the bounds of your typical event-hosting company and now serves as a multimedia outpost for all things local.

Lookout Santa Cruz –  A two-year-old full-service news, information and entertainment media company focusing on the happenings of Santa Cruz County. Lookout can provide you with the news of the day, keep you up to date on COVID numbers in the county, share local job postings & hosts a comprehensive event calendar. Lookout is a public benefit company whose mission is to strengthen the community and democracy in Santa Cruz County, donating 10% of every membership sold to a local non-profit.

Join Lookout and Event Santa Cruz for the NEXTies 2023: An Award Show celebrating the up and coming superstars and change makers of Santa Cruz County.

Sponsored by: Bay Federal Credit Union


Mak Nova

Musician of the Year

Nicole Fischer

Entrepreneur of the Year


Band of the Year

Abi Mustapha

Visual Artist of the Year

Black Surf Club Santa Cruz

Non-Profit of the Year

Jessica Yarr

Foodie of the Year

DJ Monk Earl

Performing Artist of the Year

Isabel Contreras

Community Builder of the Year

Oscar Corcoles

Giveback Person of the Year

Pana Food Truck

Food Biz of the Year

Amy Canizal Flores

Young Leader of the Year

Cruz Foam

Innovative Business of the Year

Collective Santa Cruz

New Biz of the Year

Jessica Carrasco

Educator of the Year

Woodhouse Brewing

Hip Hang Out of the Year

MariaElena De La Garza

Lifetime Award

Campesina Womb Project

Health & Wellness Leader of the Year

The Apéro Club

Best in Booze of The Year

Keanna Miller

Athlete of The Year

Healey Skelton

Athlete of The Year

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