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  September 2002  


Jazzing It Up in Monterey

September Events 2002

Advance Planning
   ~ October 2002
   ~ November 2002

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Jazzing It Up in Monterey

Everyone who is anyone in the world of jazz makes a point of attending the Monterey Jazz Festival (September 20-22)when they're not playing in it, that is. In 2002, the line-up includes Dave Brubeck, Roy Hargrove, Etta James & the Root Band, The Heath Brothers, Joshua Redman, and hundreds more musicians.

September Events 2002


The 6th Annual Monterey World Music Festival brings musicians from around the world together, in an event designed to promote harmony and cultural awareness through music. In 2002, you can hear performers from Mali and Sweden, India and Tunisia; and explore cultures as diverse as Jewish, Romany (gypsy), and North Africa.

The 2002 Monterey Artists Studio Tour takes place 27-29 September. If the last time you came face-to-face with paints and easels was grade school, don't miss this chance to go behind the scenes and visit dozens of artists in their studios, during the self-drive, pace-yourself, tour.


Local artists have been limbering up their brushes for a new plein-air painting competition, part of the Old Monterey Sidewalk Art Promenade (September 14-15). Artworks created in Old Monterey on Saturday are hung in a juried competition on Sunday; vote for the People's Choice. Award-winning actor and director Apollo Dukakis will appear as Shylock in the Carmel Shakespeare Festival's The Merchant of Venice (September 27-October 12). He'll be joined on the stage of the Outdoor Forest Theater by James Kiberd, who plays Trevor Dillon on TV's "All My Children."


Where else could you buy an antique for $3.95? Buy seeds, and sample rare heirloom tomatoes at their best, at the 2002 TomatoFest, September 15, in Carmel. Chef Julia Child marks her 90th birthday with a special appearance, too. Add lettuce to all those tomatoes at the Taste of the Valley (September 19), a celebration of the finest produce the fertile Salinas Valley produces. Celebrate Syrah and the coming 2002 harvest at the Heavenly Night Harvest Fest, held September 21 (7-9pm) at Paraiso Springs Winery. If you can't make the 21st, come on the 28th, for their Grape Stomp & Septemberfest.


The American Le Mans Series Monterey Sports Car Championship (September 20-22) includes a 3.5-hour main event that runs past dusk for true Le Mans-style racing. Competitors in the Seagate Triathlon at Pacific Grove (September 14) work up more of a sweat, as they tackle Olympic distances by swimming at Lovers Point, cycling to Asilomar State Beach, and running down Cannery Row.


Everyone loves the Monterey Bay Aquarium's playful sea otters. Families can discover them during Otter Days (September 7-8); events include special auditorium and deck programs, sea otter crafts and presentations for children, a prize wheel and a scavenger hunt. Celebrate the 10th anniversary of the creation of Monterey Bay's National Marine Sanctuary at the Oceans Fair (September 21). The free festival, in Monterey's Custom House Plaza, features 65+ booths hosted by marine research and conservation organizations, and societies devoted to promoting the health, welfare or consumption (of sea otters, steelhead trout, and farm-raised abalone respectively).


Rev up your engines for Cherry's Jubilee (September 6-7)the West Coast's jolliest jamboree of 1972-or-older automobiles. Owners of more than 1000 classic cars take part in "show 'n' shine" cruises down Cannery Row, Pacific Grove, and Monterey. Live musical entertainment, tasty barbecue, games for children and craft booths hosted by local artisans: they're all part of the Carmel Mission Fiesta on September 29.


The music is lively, and the calamari is fresh from the bay, at the Festa Italia/Santa Rosalia Festival (September 7-8), when fishermen from Monterey's harbor host a traditional weekend honoring the port's patron saint.

Scholars discuss the fascination medieval romances held for John Steinbeck at Medieval Tales: Their Influence on Steinbeck's Writings, an afternoon seminar that is part of the National Steinbeck Center's Centennial celebration of the novelist's birth.


Sea-spray, sun and wind can play havoc with skin condition by the end of the summer season. Gentle exfoliation and body polish treatments, such as those offered by Allegria Spa at Ventana Inn, can nourish the skin and reveal smooth, soft layers beneath the damage. Their Lavender body polish features lavender gathered in Big Sur; the Ocean Salt version is an invigorating polish using mineral rich sea salts and aromatherapy oils.


Visiting Carmel Valley Village is like discovering a little slice of old-fashioned country life. The shops offer everything from stone garden ornaments and Mexican tiles to rustic antiques and casual clothing; there are several wineries offering tastings and sales by the bottle and case. It's easy to reach: take Carmel Valley Road, off Highway One, and enjoy the rural sights as you drive about 17 miles inland.

Advance Planning: October 2002

  • Let your heart take flight at the California International Air Show, October 4-6, when jets and puddle-jumper planes, aerobats and skydivers, fill the skies over Salinas airport.

  • The monarch butterflies complete part of their arduous annual migration every October when they return to the pine woods of Pacific Grove. On October 5, the children of local schools parade in butterfly costumes through PG's streets in a sweet, downhome event.


  • We do love to be beside the seaside, especially if we love great seafood. The Old Monterey Seafood & Music Festival offers everything from sushi to smoked salmon, from seafood kebabs to calamari stripsplus a festival of local musicon October 12-13.

  • Artists from around the nation, including more than 35 different music, dance and theatre performances, fill venues in and around Carmel at the California Performing Arts Festival, October 16-27.

Advance Planning: November 2002

  • The tang in the air means December, and the high season of gift-giving, is right around the corner. Monterey's holiday craft and gift fairs are renowned for the variety and quality of merchandise. You can start or end the month with: the Monterey Bay Holiday Gift Fair, November 2-3, in Monterey's Custom House Plaza, or the juried Homecrafters' Marketplace (Carmel: 831-626-1255), featuring craftspeople from San Benito, Santa Cruz and Monterey counties.

  • Monterey's wineries throw open their doors for the Great Wine Escape Weekend (November 7-10). Winemakers, grape growers, hoteliers, restauranteurs and chefs collaborate in an extravaganza of fine food and fine wine that includes auctions, tours, concerts, winemaker dinners, tastings and much more.

  • Plan now for Thanksgiving weekend getaways with family and friends. Call 888-221-1010 (9am to 5pm PST) or click here to check availability.

  • The Main Stage at The Western Stage, Salinas, is transformed into Victorian England on a mysterious, frosty, night with their adaptation of Charles Dickens' winter classic, A Christmas Carol (November 22-December 14).

Click here for a complete listing of events in Monterey County throughout the year.

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