Join us for a first look at Abbott Square


Meet and mingle in the future Abbott Square Market, with a delicious open-seating dinner followed by sweets by Market vendor Cat.Cloud.Companion. 



Toast the future of Downtown with signature cocktails from Abbott Square Market's Front&Cooper bar, craft beer from Discretion, and Roudon Smith wine flowing all night.

Art & Entertainment

Swing to the music, play the larger-than-life interactive xylophone in the plaza, and add your own silver spoon to a new sculpture in Abbott Square's Secret Garden.

How will this Red Ball be different than previous red balls?

LIVE AUCTION featuring...

Reserve a spot at these Beyond the MAH Experiences

Cocktails & Entertainment


Location: Abbott Square Market & Secret Garden


Dine & Silent Auction


Location: Abbott Square Market

Note: Open seating available

Live Auction


Location: MAH Atrium

Note: Reserved seating available for parties of six or more. Buy tickets below.

parts of Abbott Square will still be under construction, so get ready for an "industrial Glam" night


Red Ball Sponsors

A huge thank you to our sponsors, whose contributions ensure that 100% of event ticket sales and auction purchases go directly to support MAH programs





∙Mary and Harry Blanchard
∙Judge James Emerson (ret.)
Mediator, ADR Services
∙Judy Jones
Bogard Construction
Burroughs-Braley Wealth Management
Linda Burroughs Real Estate


∙Vance Landis-Carey &
Robert Carey
∙Patricia and Rowland Rebele
Abbott Square Market / Front&Cooper
∙Alexis Party Rental
Design By Cosmic
Nielsen Studios
Triad Electric


∙Angela Chesnut
∙Linda Wilshusen & Rock Pfotenhauer
Santa Cruz County Bank
Mesiti-Miller Engineering


What's this about a Spoon?

You can always ignite your creativity at the MAH. Santa Cruz Blacksmith Michael Wood is designing a large sculptural archway to welcome museum visitors into Abbott Square's Secret Garden. The archway will be lined with spoons donated by community members, creating a whimsical canopy. We invite you to bring a personal spoon to the Red Ball to donate to the sculpture. Silver is best, designs are lovely, and please note: this is a permanent spoon donation.  You will have the opportunity to have your spoon engraved at the Red Ball so your words can live on in the Secret Garden for years to come.