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April 30, 2002

Welcome To Monterey

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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!

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HistoryFest Monterey
HistoryFest Monterey
Seventh Big Sur JazzFest

The past is like a fairy tale to some folks: a little hard to believe in, because there's nothing left to smell or taste or hear.

HistoryFest Monterey 2002, held April 27, will change your mind. It presents "living history" at more than a dozen fascinating venues all around Old Monterey, including the Presidio (where the 11th Cavalry is recreated), Custom House (look for the old salt and his monkey out front), and Colton Hall (where costumed dancers bring the last days of Mexico's rule to life).

Pick up a festival 'passport' when you arrive, and collect stamps for all the places of history you visit.

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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
"The Pastures of Heaven"April 27 opening reception, Salinas, 831-796-3833.
Monterey Bay Spring Arts & Crafts FairApril 27-28, Monterey.
Big Sur MarathonApril 28, Highway One, Big Sur to Carmel (expect traffic delays Sunday morning).
Dia del Nino Chidren's Open Day at the AquariumApril 28, Monterey, 831-648-4800.
I Cantori di Carmel with Ensemble MontereyMay 4-5, Carmel Mission Basilica, 831-644-8012.
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.

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.
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