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May 2, 2002

Welcome To Monterey

The Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau invites you to discover exciting new events, attractions and more, every time you log on. It's easy to plan your visit with usbe it a romantic getaway, a family outing, or a tour of our dramatic coastal scenery.

Our site has information on every aspect of a Monterey County vacation. Our free E-Newsletter will keep you abreast of exciting events, day-to-day activities, and great deals on accommodations, dining and sightseeing. You could even win $1000: just click the red button!

Enjoy your virtual tour through Monterey County.

Kites Take Flight in Monterey County
Seventh Big Sur JazzFest

For anyone whose kite-flying childhood included Charlie Brown's kite-eating tree, take heart. Two festivals in May are full of fun and inspiration for all ages.

The Marina Festival of the Winds, May 11-12, takes in everything from the tiniest three-inch kite to the sturdiest hang glider during a two-day carnival of kiting and wind toys. Kids can make their own kite, or learn about windpower in the hands-on science exhibition; there's live music, food stalls, and hang-gliding competitions. Visit for details.

The Carmel Kite Festival, May 19, is especially for creative types: it offers prizes in four age categories for Best Design (original kites only) and How High (original and purchased kites). It takes place on Carmel Beach at Eighth Ave, with registration at noon; call 831-626-1255 for more details.
The coast is magnificent, the redwoods majestic, and the soundtrackat least for the weekend of May 3-5is superb. That's when the Big Sur JazzFest takes over Pfeiffer-Big Sur State Park and a half-dozen-plus other venues, bringing a tempting array of jazz styles to the Central Coast.

All the artists bring verve, creativity and passion to their playing. Don't miss Omar Sosa's quartet (pictured above), Kitty Margolis and Friends, Eric Person & Meta-Four (performing at the Henry Miller Library), or the Scott Amendola Band at the Big Sur River Inn. Headlining the Sunday in the Park concert: The Brad Mehldau Trio.

For tickets and information, call 831-667-1530 or visit

News & Events
Spring Breaks
Don't miss our great spring values available now through May 31. Click here to view discount offers on hotels, restaurants, attractions and wineries.
Upcoming Events
I Cantori di Carmel with Ensemble MontereyMay 4-5, Carmel Mission Basilica, 831-644-8012.
Marine Mammals and Babies TourMay 5, Elkhorn Slough, 831-633-5555.
Circus ChimeraMay 6-7, Soledad; May 10-12, Seaside. 888-ONE-RING.
Lila Downs in ConcertMay 8, Marina, 831-582-4580.
Marina Festival of the WindsMay 11-12, Marina, 831-595-7516.
Cooking for Solutions at Monterey Bay AquariumMay 17-19, Monterey, 831-648-4800.

For a further description of these and other upcoming events, click here.
Steinbeck Centennial
A major retrospective and program of events celebrates the 100th anniversary of John Steinbeck's birth. Look for films, lectures and exhibitions at the National Steinbeck Center, and special offers at Monterey County hotels and attractions. Start by visiting our Calendar of Historical Festivals and Events.
Ready for a Visit?
Book a room online. Over 60 of our 200+ hotels are ready to take your reservations. Visit our Lodging section for a complete listing of accommodations by type.