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2003 Annual Calendar


Annual Calendar: 2003


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Year-Round Events 2003

TuesdaysYear-round
Old Monterey Market Place
Monterey: 831-655-8070
4-8pm April to October; 4-7pm November to March
Fresh produce, food stalls, Baker's Alley, plus arts, crafts, collectibles.

ThursdaysYear-round
Farmer's Market
Monterey: 831-728-5060
Fresh produce and flowers every Thursday from 2:30 until 6:00 pm at Monterey Peninsula College lower parking lot.

Sundays Year-round
Everyone's Harvest Farmer's Market
Marina: 831-384-6961
Fresh produce, baked and ethnic foods, cooking demonstrations, live music, and crafts. Sundays from 10am to 2pm at the Marina Transit Station, 280 Reservation Road.

Year-round
First Sunday at La Mirada
Monterey: 831-372-5477
From 1:30-3:30pm on the 1st Sunday of each month, enjoy free entry to the gardens and art galleries at La Mirada, with light refreshments and wine available.

Year-round
Third Thursday at Monterey Museum of Art
Monterey: 831-372-5477
From 5-7pm on the 3rd Thursday of each month, the Museum invites the public to enjoy live local music, wine, and hors d'oeuvres.

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Year-round
Historic Garden League Tours
Monterey: 831-625-9854
Thursdays and Saturdays at 10:00am
Docent-led tours of historic gardens, including Doud House, as featured in House Beautiful, presented by the Historic Garden League. Tours begin at the picket fence at 210 Olivier St. Cost is $5.00 per person and reservations are encouraged.

Year-round
Monterey State Historic Park
Monterey: 831-649-7118
www.mbay.net/~mshp
Choose from two free guided tours, plus many opportunities to visit historic buildings and gardens. At 10:30am daily, walks depart from the Maritime Museum and explore the oldest parts of Monterey; at 2:00 daily, meet at Cooper Museum Store for a tour of the town as it was just prior to statehood.

Year-round
Point Sur Lightstation Tours
Point Sur: 831-625-4419
www.parks.ca.gov
Three-hour guided walking tour of the historic lightstation that guarded the Big Sur coast, offered Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Reservations essential as group size is limited.

Year-round
Tor House and Hawk Tower Tours
Carmel: 831-624-1831
www.torhouse.org
[email protected]
Now a National Historic Landmark, Tor House and Hawk Tower are open for tours throughout the year on Fridays and Saturdays. A visit to Jeffers' extraordinary home is a special experience.

Year-round
Photographers Series at the Ansel Adams Gallery
Monterey: 831-375-7215
The Ansel Adams Gallery hosts monthly discussions and lectures, focusing on the world of fine art photography. Call to check dates (always Thursday evenings).



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January 2003

January 1
11th Annual Rio Grill Resolution Run
Carmel: 831-644-2427
www.riogrill.com
This 6.8 mile foot race and 3-mile family fun run is set on a breathtaking cross-country course and benefits local nonprofit agencies.

January 1 through March 15
Ansel Adams: Inspiration and Influence
Salinas: 831-775-4724
www.steinbeck.org
This exhibition, on loan from the Oakland Museum of California, adds a new perspective to the Adams' work by placing his work in the context of the photographers who influenced him, the photographers who were his contemporaries, and his many students.

January 1 through April 27
Edges and Intersections: Ansel Adams in Yosemite
Salinas: 831-775-4724
www.steinbeck.org
This exhibition celebrates the 100th anniversary of Adams's birth and 100 years of the Best's Studios, which evolved into the Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite. Original oil paintings by Harry Cassie Best, original fine photographs, and memorabilia from the Adams/Best family collections are included in the exhibition.

January 11-12
Whalefest 2003
Monterey: 831-784-6464
Whale watching, special exhibits and museum tours, plus food and fun, make this festival an educational treat. Free admission, on Fisherman's Wharf.

January 9
Chamber Music Series
Monterey: 831-646-5640
Katie Clare Mazzeo and Penny Hana perform in a candlelight musical concert in historic Colton Hall.

January 16-20
Monterey SwingFest
Monterey: 805-937-1574
www.centralcoastswingdance.com
Dance workshops feature past and present world and national champions, plus open dancing until 5am. Presented by Central Coast Swing Dance.

January 16-18
Valley of the World WineFest
Salinas: 831-633-5829
An annual wine tasting and auction to benefit a range of Monterey County charities.

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January 18-February 23
Through Each Others Eyes
Monterey: 831-372-7591
www.montereyart.org
Collaborative exhibit between All Saints' Episcopal Day School, Carmel Valley, and the Boys and Girls Club of Seaside.

January 19-21
Monterey Symphony
Pacific Grove: 831-624-8511
www.montereysymphony.org
Director Kate Tamarkin leads the orchestra in Borodin's "Nocturne," Panufnik's "Sinfonia Sacra," and Dvorak's Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104.

January 25
Celebrating the 'Queen of Cannery Row'
Monterey: 831-648-4937
www.mbayaq.org
Live music and dancing, tours of Ed 'Doc' Ricketts' lab, bellydancers and lots more, all to honor and benefit Kalisa Moore, owner of landmark cafe Kalisa's La Ida Cafe on Cannery Row for more than 40 years.

January 25-April 20
Passion and Precision
Monterey: 831-372-7591
www.montereyart.org
More than 100 images from the collection of Margaret W. Weston, focussing on outstanding European photographs from the 1840s to the 1870s and great American pictures from the early 20th century. Opening day gallery talk at 2pm with Denise Bethel, VP Sotheby's Photographs Dept.

January 26
A Son's Perspective on Ansel Adams
Salinas: 831-775-4724
www.steinbeck.org
Complementing the two superb Ansel Adams exhibitions at the National Steinbeck Center is this slide-illustrated talk by Dr. Michael Adams, son of the noted photographer. Personal family stories, anecdotes about famous photographs, and a panel discussion about Adams's legacy.

January 26
Nachtmusique
Carmel: 831-624-2046
www.bachfestival.org
An unusual, and brilliant, Early Music ensemble from Europe, featuring two clarinets, two bassoons, and two horns. Music by Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven.



January 31-February 24
Youth Arts Collective Exhibition
Monterey: 831-646-3858
www.monterey.org/mcc/
Special exhibit of young Monterey artists in the Alvarado Gallery of the Monterey Conference Center.




February 2003

February 1
Kronos Quartet
CSUMB: 831-582-4580
csumb.edu/worldtheater
Sneak preview performance of the evening-length, multidisciplinary composition Visual Music, celebrating the 30th anniversary season of the Kronos Quartet. The specially commissioned piece honors seminal artists whose creative voices inspired and influenced Kronos over the years.

February 1
148th Birthday of Pt Pinos Light
Pacific Grove: 831-648-5716 ext. 13
The historic lighthouse at Asilomar and Lighthouse in Pacific Grove has sent its helpful beacon into the night for 148 years. Join in a free birthday party (1:30pm) featuring a play about the lightkeepers of years past.

February 2
14th Annual Great Taste of Pacific Grove
Pacific Grove: 831-642-4943
Sample food and wine presented by the area's finest restaurants and wineries at this gala event to benefit Pacific Grove schools.

February 3-9
AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am
Pebble Beach: 800-541-9091
www.attpbgolf.com
The AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am is a 72-hole PGA Tour golf championship with 180 top tour professionals and 180 star-studded celebrity amateurs competing head-to-head at this year's event.

February 4
"Winslow Homer: Master of Watercolor"
Monterey: 831-646-3949
www.monterey.org
Winslow Homer loved fly-fishing, and while he pursued his hobby, he captured the light, water and tranquillity of the sport in Quebec, the Adirondacks, and Florida. Learn more in this illustrated lecture by watercolorist Robin Domiter.

February 8
A Day of Romance in Old Monterey
Monterey: 831-647-6204
www.mbay.net/~mshp
Living History presentations at Larkin House, Cooper-Molera Adobe, Diaz Adobe and the Sherman Quarters. Featuring romantic stories presented by historic characters from 19th century Monterey. Food, music and period dancers.

February 8
Ruth Waterman
Carmel: 831-625-9938
www.carmelmusic.org
A performance/lecture recital of rare charm and humor, presented by violinist Ruth Waterman for the Carmel Music Society.

February 9
Bravissima 2003 Series
Carmel: 831-624-2046
www.bachfestival.org
The winter program of the Carmel Bach Festival continues with Ars Nova, a 12-voice, award-winning vocal group from Denmark. The program mixes music by 15th-century and modern masters.

February 9
17th Annual Together with Love Run and Walk
Pacific Grove: 831-373-3389
[email protected]
This mostly flat, looped course around beautiful Monterey Bay is the largest 10K footrace on the Central Coast.

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February 14 - 16
Passport Weekend
Carmel: 831-375-9400
www.montereywines.org
Explore the Monterey County Wine Trails and enjoy a unique Valentine's weekend celebration.

February 14-March 16
Black Comedy
Carmel Valley: 831-659-1108
Magic Circle Center opens its 2003 theatrical season with Peter (Equus, Amadeus) Shaffer's hilarious look at the antics of a group of characters feeling their way around a pitch black room--although the stage is, of course, actually flooded with light.

February 15
"Renaissance Man of Cannery Row"
Monterey: 831-646-3949
www.monterey.org
Katie Rodger presents a slide-illustrated lecture on the innovative marine biologist Ed "Doc" Ricketts, illuminating the life and work of a man central to the development of scientific and literary thought in the 20th century.

February 16- 18
Monterey Symphony
Carmel: 831-624-8511
www.montereysymphony.org
An evening of opera, with Kate Tamarkin conducting. Duets include "Un bel di" from Madama Butterfly, "Mi chiamano Mimi," from La Bohème, plus the Overture to Verdi's Luisa Miller.

February 19
Chamber Music Series
Monterey: 831-646-5640
Flutist Kenny Stahl weaves musical magic in a candlelight concert in historic Colton Hall.

February 19-23
17th Annual Masters of Food and Wine
Carmel: 800-401-1009
www.mfandw.com
The world's leading international summit of the best food and wines. Rare wine tasting and food prepared by the best chefs in the world, with cooking demonstrations by such talented chefs as Bobby Flay of Mesa Grill/Bolo, New York, Eric Ripert of Le Bernardin, New York, and Jacques Pepin of French Culinary Institute, Connecticut.

February 20
Third Thursday at MMA
Monterey: 831-372-5477
www.montereyart.org
Free, early evening opening at the Monterey Museum of Art, featuring live music, refreshments and wine (for purchase).

February 20-March 9
Medea
Carmel: 831-622-0100
www.pacrep.org
Pacific Repertory Theater presents Robinson Jeffers' adaptation of Euripides' tragic masterpiece, directed by six-time Obie winner Joseph Chaikin.

February 21
Mozart Society of California
Carmel: 831-625-3637
Rosetti String Quartet performs in this concert series devoted to the music and period of Mozart.

February 22
Steinbeck's Birthday Celebrations
Salinas: 831-775-4721
www.steinbeck.org
Join a hometown celebration as Salinas remembers the life and works of native son and Pulitzer Prize-winning author John Steinbeck. Special programs including "Rain of Gold" preview.

February 25-March 30
Proof
Carmel: 831-622-0100
www.pacrep.org
David Auburn's Pulitzer Prize-winning play receives its Central Coast premiere at the Circle Theater. Inspired by the real-life mathematical genius John Nash, Proof explores the relationships between a brilliant father-daughter pair of mathematicians, who may also share a history of mental instability.

February 28
Big Sur JazzFest Line-Up Release Party
Big Sur: 831-667-1530
www.bigsurarts.org
Find out which exciting jazz musicians will perform at the 2003 Big Sur JazzFest (May 2-4) at this open-to-all party at Big Sur River Inn; live music by the Big Sur Natives.



March 2003

March 1-2
Art on the Plaza
Monterey: 831-625-0931
Fine contemporary arts and crafts, including raku, glass, wood, and 'wearable art,' fill Monterey's Custom House Plaza (10am-5pm), sponsored by the Carmel Art Guild.

March 1-31
"Thinking Out Loud"
Carmel: 831-624-7491
Exhibition of artwork by teenage artists, on display at the Carl Cherry Center, Carmel; opening reception Saturday 2-4pm.

March 2
Slavyanka Men's Russian Chorus
Carmel: 831-625-5633
An outstanding, 20-voice Russian chorus from San Francisco, Slavyanka performs a cappella works by Mussorgsky, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, and others.

March 4
Mardi Gras with the Cachagua Playboys
Monterey: 831-649-8050
Celebrate 'Fat Tuesday' on Cannery Row at Sly McFly's Refueling Station with this popular local band.

March 7
Mozart Society of California
Carmel: 831-625-3637
Altenberg Piano Trio - Concert series devoted to the music and period of Mozart.

March 7-9
Dixieland Monterey
Monterey: 831-443-5260
Hotline: 888-349-6879
www.dixieland-monterey.com
Three days of top-notch Dixieland and Swing in various venues in downtown Monterey. Featuring top national jazz bands, local youth bands, the Diva Show, gospel Sunday morning, and more.

March 7-23
A Thousand Clowns
Monterey: 831-646-4213
www.mpcfaculty.net/drama_dept/
MPC Theatre Company opens its 2003 season with this heartwarming comedy.

March 7-30
The Way of the World
Monterey: 831-624-1531
Staff Players Repertory Company presents William Congreve's "unequalled and unapproached masterpiece of English comedy", a merry dance of lovers true and thwarted, rich folks' foibles, and more plot twists than "Dynasty".

March 8
Distant Oaks
Carmel: 831-624-1813
www.torhouse.org
This Celtic-accented trio performs the music of Ireland and Scotland, plus selections from Una Jeffers's songbook, in a program entitled "Up in the Mornin' Early." Presented by Robinson Jeffers Tor House Foundation at the Sunset Center, Carmel.

March 8
Colton Hall 154th Birthday
Monterey: 831-646-5640
www.monterey.org
Birthday celebration of one of Monterey's most historic buildings. Free and open to the public, 2-4pm.

March 8-9
Glimpses of Heaven
Pacific Grove and Salinas: 831-642-2701
www.camerata-singers.org
Monterey's Camerata Singers explore musical expressions of heaven in works by Bach (Stabat Mater), Bach (Komm Susser Tod) and Fissinger (Lux Aeterna).

March 12
Turtle Island String Quartet
CSUMB: 831-582-4580
www.csumb.edu/worldtheater/
This trend-setting quartet blends European classical instrumentation with "American vernacular" music. Turtle Island's diverse repertoire explores folk, jazz, bluegrass, R&B, new age and more.

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March 14 - May 11
HMS Pinafore
Monterey: 831-649-2332
Give three cheers and one cheer more, for Gilbert and Sullivan's HMS Pinafore, as it enlivens the spring season of the Bruce Arris Wharf Theater on Monterey's Fisherman's Wharf. Friday-Saturday-Sunday only, no shows April 18-20.

March 15
Bravissima: Rebel
Carmel: 831-624-2046
www.bachfestival.org
Rebel is a New York-based, Early Music ensemble; their performance in Carmel features the spectacular bass singer Curtis Streetman, in a program entitled De Profundis.

March 15
"Threatened and Thriving" Symposium
Monterey: 831-647-4255
www.montereybay.noaa.gov
Who's doing well, who's in trouble, out in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Special annual symposium features speakers from MBARI, Moss Landing Research Station, and more.

March 16-17
Monterey Symphony
Carmel: 831-624-8511
www.montereysymphony.org
Jean Louis Steuerman is guest conductor, leading the orchestra from the piano; concert features two pieces by Finzi, Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 5, and his Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor.

March 17
Chamber Music Series
Monterey: 831-646-5640
www.monterey.org
Celebrate St Patrick's Day with a candlelight concert in historic Colton Hall, featuring the Celtic ensemble Heartstrings.

March 21
Vega String Quartet
Pacific Grove: 831-625-2212
www.chambermusicmontereybay.org
This dazzling quartet of four, young, Chinese-born musicians plays Mozart's K.575, and string quartets by Shostakovich and Debussy. "Rare star quality... distinctive."

March 23
Clam Chowder Festival
Monterey: 831-649-6544
Soup's on! at Fisherman's Wharf, as all ten waterside restaurants and fish markets offer samplings of their finest.

March 23
Oscar Night Gala
Monterey: 831-646-0910
[email protected]
www.filmmonterey.org
A glamorous evening celebrating the Academy Awards. Dinner plus big screen telecast.

March 26-30
Pebble Beach Spring Horse Show
Pebble Beach: 831-624-2756
www.ridepebblebeach.com
Level A horse show featuring hunter jumping and other classes.

March 28
Taste of Old Montereyand All That Jazz!
Monterey: 831-655-8070
www.oldmonterey.org
Food and live jazz, Monterey County wines and a fun-filled epicurean extravaganza of downtown's international delights.

March 28-29
The Velveteen Rabbit
Salinas: 831-775-0976
www.arieltheatrical.org
Ariel Theatrical Co. presents the beloved children's taleof a toy rabbit whose greatest dream is to become Real to the lad who owns him. (Also in April.)

March 29-30
"Bringing the Condors Home"
Pacific Grove: 831-648-5716
www.pgmuseum.org
The amazing story of the struggle to bring the California condor back from the brink of extinction is told in this special exhibition at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History, presented with the Ventana Wilderness Society. Opening weekend, continues April-August.

March 30
Spring Floral Design
Carmel: 831-624-2600
www.chateaujulien.com
Master the art of the flower, as an expert shares tips on flower arranging and design, offered in the winery's conservatory.



April 2003

April-September
Guided Garden Tours
Carmel
Tel: 831-624-8886
www.thebarnyard.com
On the first Sunday of the month at noon, join horticulturist Margo Grych on a free guided tour of the fabulous gardens in The Barnyard.

April 1 - August 31
Bringing the Condors Home
Pacific Grove
Tel: 831-648-5716
www.pgmuseum.org
The amazing story of the struggle to bring the California condor back from the brink of extinction is told in this special exhibition at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History, presented with the Ventana Wilderness Society.

April 3-6
Monterey Wine Festival
Monterey
Tel: 800-656-4282 or 831-656-WINE
www.montereywine.com
Enjoy some of California’s finest wines at at the 27th annual festival. Variety of tastings, educational seminars, and cooking demonstrations at various sites in Monterey.

April 4-5, 11-12
The Velveteen Rabbit
Salinas
Tel: 831-775-0976
www.arieltheatrical.org
Ariel Theatrical Co. presents the beloved children's tale of a toy rabbit whose greatest dream is to become Real to the lad who owns him.

April 4 - May 11
HMS Pinafore
Fisherman's Wharf, Monterey
Tel: 831-649-2332
Give three cheers and one cheer more, for Gilbert and Sullivan's HMS Pinafore, as it enlivens the spring season of the Bruce Arris Wharf Theater. Friday-Saturday-Sunday only, no shows April 18-20.

April 5
Sea Otter Focus Tour
Moss Landing
Tel: 831-633-5555
Tours of Elkhorn Slough by boat, guided by marine biologists, observe sea otters in the wild.

April 5
Culinary Classic
Salinas
Tel: 831-678-3164
The Culinary Classic is gourmet heaven translated to Sherwood Hall. This year's event features celebrity chefs hosting cooking demonstrations, vendor booths with decorating and entertaining ideas, as well as kitchen supplies, equipment and specialty foods.

April 6
Tartan Day
Carmel
Tel: 831-626-1255
Thrill to the skirl of the pipes marching to Coming Through the Rye and The Flowers of the Forest at the Scottish Society's tribute to Carmel's Scots ancestors.

April 6
Birding Workshop
Moss Landing
Tel: 831-633-5555
Tour Elkhorn Slough by boat, guided by expert ornithologists, to observe spring migratory and nesting birds.

April 9-12
Foundation of American Show Horses
Monterey
Tel: 831-372-8106
Four-day show at the Monterey County Fairgrounds.

April 10-13
Annual Sea Otter Classic
Laguna Seca, Monterey
Tel: 530-661-9500
www.seaotterclassic.com
The unabashed celebration of all things cycling, the Sea Otter Classic is a four-day bicycle circus. This massive event features fun rides, road racing, mountain bike racing, BMX, kids events, and a large expo that showcases the latest in cycling hardware, clothing and goods. Racers range from first timers to Olympic champions. All kids events are free of charge. Camping available.

April 11
Wildlife Photo Workshop
Moss Landing
Tel: 831-633-5555
Explore Elkhorn Slough by boat, accompanied by a knowledgeable wildlife photographer who can help improve your own photo skills.

April 11-13
A Midsummer Night's Dream
CSU Monterey Bay, Seaside
Tel: 831-582-4580
csumb.edu/worldtheater/
Shakespeare's deliriously happy dream in the Forest of Arden, presented by CSUMB's Institute of Teledramatic Arts and Technology in partnership with Pacific Repertory Theater.

April 11
Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio
Pacific Grove
Tel: 831-625-2212
www.chambermusicmontereybay.org
Closing performance in the 2002-03 Chamber Music Monterey Bay series welcomes this electrifying piano trio, praised for its "high-powered" playing. The ensemble was just named Musical America's 2002 Ensemble of the Year.

April 12
Steinbeck Wine Country Spring Open House
Salinas Valley
Tel: 831-678-0300
www.paraisovineyards.com
Salinas Valley tasting rooms open their doors and welcome the public to get a taste of Monterey Wine Country. Complimentary wine tasting, light appetizers, hospitality, and music.

April 12-13
44th Annual Good Old Days Celebration
Pacific Grove
Tel: 831-373-3304
www.pacificgrove.org
Celebrate a bygone era with a parade, arts and crafts, Victorian fashion show, numerous contests, street dance and firefighters' muster.

April 13
Wine and Art Festival
Chateau Julien, Carmel Valley
Tel: 831-624-2600
www.chateaujulien.com
Local artists display their most treasured works, from ceramics to oils, throughout the cobblestone garden courtyard.

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April 13
"High Tech Comes to Condors"
Pacific Grove
Tel: 831-648-5716
www.pgmuseum.org
In conjunction with its exhibit dedicated to the California condor, the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History, presents Dave and Joan Hadden of TerraFocus, talking about new ways technology helps wildlife.

April 13-15
Monterey Symphony
Pacific Grove (13-14), Salinas (15)
Tel: 831-624-8511
www.montereysymphony.org
Kate Tamarkin conducts the orchestra and Symphony Chorus in Vaughan-Williams’ "Serenade to Music," and Poulenc’s "Gloria." Plus the grand symphonic sweep of Elgar’s Enigma Variations, Op. 36.

April 18-20
42nd Annual Wildflower Show
Pacific Grove
Tel: 831-648-5716
www.pgmuseum.org
Prepared with the collaborative efforts of the Monterey Bay Chapter of the California Native Plant Society, presenting over 600 species and varieties of Central California wildflowers at PG's Museum of Natural History.

April 19
Margaret Hoehn Poetry Reading
Carmel
Tel: 831-624-1813
www.torhouse.org
The winner of the 2002 Robinson Jeffers Tor House prize for poetry reads from Jeffers's works and her own winning poems, in the parlour of Tor House.

April 19
Eggstravaganza Breakfast with the Bunny
Carmel
Tel: 831-626-1255
www.carmelcalifornia.com
The 7th annual Spring Celebration takes place in Devendorf Park on Carmel's Ocean Avenue, 8:30am to noon.

April 19
Marina 5 Miler
Marina
Tel: 831-384-4636
www.ci.marina.ca.us
The event features a 5-mile run through the streets of Marina and a 4K walk around lovely Locke-Paddon Lake.

April 19
Easter Egg Hunt
Monterey
Tel: 831-646-3866
www.monterey.org/rec
Tots through 3rd grade are invited to hunt for over 5000 eggs and 100 golden prize eggs in the ballpark next to Dennis the Menace Park. A visit from the Easter Bunny is featured; hunt at 10:00am sharp.

April 19
10th Annual Wildflower Walk
Chalone Vineyard, Salinas Valley
Tel: 831-678-1717
www.chalonevineyard.com
Take a guided nature walk around the vineyards of Chalone, in the shadow of The Pinnacles, followed by lunch catered by Hullaballoo Restaurant. Reservations suggested.

April 25
Mozart Society of California
Carmel
Tel: 831-625-3637
Daniel Weeks (tenor) performs in this concert series devoted to the music and period of Mozart.

April 25-May 25
Wit
Carmel Valley
Tel: 831-659-1108
www.magiccirclecenter.com
Magic Circle Center takes on Margaret Edson's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about the fiercely intelligent and independent poetry professor Vivian Bearing and her not-so-poetical battle with cancer.

April 26
A Taste of Spring: Wine and Wildflowers
Joullian Vineyards, Carmel Valley
Tel: 831-659-2800
www.joullian.com
This springtime open house features wine tasting, vineyard and wildflower tours, and wine sale at the mountainside winery. Bring a picnic and enjoy grand views.

April 26
Family Fun Day
Cannery Row, Monterey
Tel: 831-644-9399
www.canneryrow.com
Come on down to Cannery Row for a day of family fun, including a Kids' Sand Castle Contest, the Ghirardelli Ice Cream-Eating contest, a petting zoo, crafts and face-painting, half-price offers at attractions and more.

April 26
Fifth Annual Heritage Music Festival
CSU Monterey Bay, Seaside
Tel: 831-582-4580
csumb.edu/worldtheater
A celebration of diverse musical traditions and cultural heritage.

April 26-27
Spring Arts and Crafts Fair
Custom House Plaza, Monterey
Tel: 831-622-0700
Original hand-made arts and crafts exhibition and sale. All artists on-site as well as food, drink and family entertainment.

April 26-27
Spring Home Show
Monterey
Tel: 831-372-8106
Everything you need for a handsome home, on display at the Monterey County Fairgrounds.

April 27
Big Sur International Marathon
Hwy 1, Big Sur to Carmel
Tel: 831-625-6226
www.bsim.org
This marathon, once again named the Best Marathon in North America by The Ultimate Guide to Marathons, is set along one of the most breathtaking courses in the world.

April 27
Marine Mammals Babies and Behavior
Moss Landing
Tel: 831-633-5555
Tour Elkhorn Slough by boat, guided by experienced naturalists, during the spring pupping and cubbing season.

April 27
Dia del Nino
Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey
Tel: 831-648-4888
www.mbayaq.org
The Monterey Bay Aquarium throws open its doors to families, admitting children age 12 and younger free for this traditional Latin American celebration of children. Live music, magic and dance, plus much more.




May 2003

May-September
Historic Garden Tours
Monterey
Tel: 831-647-6204
www.mbay.net/~mshp/
Take a fascinating tour of Monterey's best-kept secret. Learn about plant lore, identification, and uses. Tours begin in the Cooper-Molera Adobe courtyard and then proceed to the Stevenson House and (if time) Larkin House gardens. Tuesdays at 1pm.

May 1
Chitresh Das Dance Company
CSUMB, Seaside
Tel: 831-582-4085
csumb.edu/worldtheater/
Kathak, the classical dance of Northern India, combines intense rhythms, fast footwork, and lavish costumes. The dancers of Chitresh Das bring a lively understanding of this unusual art to audiences around the world.

May 1-25
Monterey County Youth Arts Festival
Monterey
Tel: 831-372-5477
www.montereyart.org
The Monterey Museum of Art's 10th annual celebration of artwork by the county's children and teens.

May 2-3
10th Annual Bird-a-thon
Big Sur
Tel: 877-897-7740
www.VentanaWS.org
Help raise funds for the Big Sur Ornithology Lab while you help the Ventana Wilderness Society count species of birds in Monterey County. Don't know an eagle from an oriole? Join a docent-led Group Count.

May 2-4
Wildflower Triathalon Festival
Lake San Antonio
Tel: 831-373-0678
www.tricalifornia.com
One of the premier triathlons nationally and internationally, this course will test the skills of the professional triathlete and the first-time long course competitor.

May 2-4
Big Sur JazzFest
Big Sur
Tel: 831-667-1530
www.bigsurarts.org
An up-and-coming jazz festival that takes place in and around Big Sur.

May 3-4
I Cantori di Carmel with Ensemble Monterey
Carmel
Tel: 831-644-8012
www.icantori.org
Spring concert of I Cantori, one of the area's finest choirs.

May 3-August 31
Steel and Stone
Monterey
Tel: 831-372-5477
www.montereyart.org
Contemporary sculpture by Monterey artist Stefani Esta, using steel and stone to explore momentum and flow.

May 4
Month of Sundays at La Mirada
Monterey
Tel: 831-372-5477
www.montereyart.org
This special month kicks off with a youth concert celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Jane and Justin Dart Wing.

May 4
Jeffers Tor House Garden Party
Carmel
Tel: 831-624-1813
www.torhouse.org
Annual Garden Party offers afternoon tea, silent auction and gifts for sale. Live music (songs from Una Jeffers's songbook) serenades artists painting in the gardens. Photography allowed this day only.

May 4
Birding Workshop
Moss Landing
Tel: 831-633-5555
Tour Elkhorn Slough by boat, guided by expert ornithologists, to observe spring migratory and nesting birds.

May 4
Spring Concert
CSUMB, Seaside
Tel: 831-582-4085
csumb.edu/worldtheater
The Cal State University Monterey Bay Gospel Choir and jazz big band present a free spring concert.

May 4
Organ and Classic Brass
Carmel
Tel: 831-624-7404
Last in the Lovejoy concert series for 2002-03: organ virtuoso Rebecca Hathaway Nelson joins forces with Classic Brass to present a program featuring Gabrieli, Purcell, Handel and Rimsky-Korsakov.

May 4
Ventana Wilderness Society and the Condor
Pacific Grove
Tel: 831-648-5716
www.pgmuseum.org
In conjunction with its exhibit dedicated to the California condor, the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History presents Joe Burnett talking about the contribution the VWS has made to wildlife restoration.

May 7
Perla Batalla
CSUMB, Seaside
Tel: 831-582-4085
csumb.edu/worldtheater
The soaring voice of Perla Batalla is "an epiphany;" "it caresses with its harmonies and gentle rhythms..." as the Los Angeles Times described it.

May 7
Emanuel Ax
Carmel
Tel: 831-625-9938
www.carmelmusic.org
One of the world's greatest virtuoso pianists, Emanuel Ax is celebrated for the exceptional depth and spontaneity of his performances. Book early: this is sure to sell out.

May 9-25
Gotta Dance!
Monterey
Tel: 831-646-4213
www.mpcfaculty.net/drama_dept/
MPC Theater Company limbers up its legs for a high-stepping production dedicated to the show-stopping dance numbers of great musicals.

May 10
22nd Annual Human Race
Pacific Grove
Tel: 800-408-9191
This 10K run/8K walk traverses the most beautiful coastline in the world, and is one of Monterey County's largest collaborative fundraising events.

May 10
Second Annual Paraiso Airshow
Paraiso Vineyards, Salinas Valley
Tel: 831-678-0300
www.paraisovineyards.com
Great wines, fantastic cuisine, and a flying circus? Wayne Handley's Aerosports whirls and dances over Paraiso Vineyards while guests enjoy lunch and wine-tasting. Reservations essential.

May 10-11
Festival of the Winds
Marina
Tel: 831-595-7516
www.marinafestival.com
Kite flying, hang gliding, kids' crafts, kite making workshops, and flying demonstrations.

May 11
Month of Sundays at La Mirada
Monterey
Tel: 831-372-5477
www.montereyart.org
Celebrate Mother's Day with a special brunch at the La Mirada Art Gallery; reservations required.

May 14
Ed "Doc" Ricketts Birthday Party
Monterey
Tel: 831-644-9316
www.canneryrow.org
An evening celebration of the life and times of Ed Ricketts, held on his birthday at Kalisa's La Ida Cafe on Cannery Row.

May 14-18
Pebble Beach Equestrian Challenge
Pebble Beach
Tel: 831-624-2756
www.ridepebblebeach.com
Level A horse show, featuring hunter jumping and other classes.

May 15
Monterey Wine Competition Grand Wine Tasting
King City
Tel: 831-385-3243
www.salinasvalleyfair.com
Taste the medal winners at the 2003 Monterey Wine Competition. Located at the Salinas Valley Fairgrounds in King City.

May 15-17
Morgan Horse Show
Monterey Fairgrounds
Tel: 831-372-5863
www.montereycountyfair.com
The Fairgrounds' Pattee Arena is the setting for the Morgan Horse Show; free admission with showtimes throughout the day.

May 15-18
Salinas Valley Fair
King City
Tel: 831-385-3243
www.salinasvalleyfair.com
Enjoy the atmosphere of an old-fashioned county fair, complete with carnival, Junior Rodeo, craft and flower exhibits, 4-H exhibits, photography, live music and more.

May 16-18
Carmel Art Festival
Carmel
Tel: 831-626-1766
www.carmelartfestival.org
Gallery events, lectures, receptions and demonstrations at 43 art galleries and a Plein Air Painting competition. Outdoor art show at Devendorf Park featuring bronze, glass, stone, marbles and acrylic sculpture.

May 17
Cooper-Molera Historic Garden Sale
Monterey
Tel: 831-649-7118
www.mbay.net/~mshp
This is the only time (9am-1pm) during the year to purchase plants grown from cuttings and seeds taken from the Cooper-Molera historic garden. Don't miss the heritage roses from "Mrs. Cooper's Garden."

May 17
Ed "Doc" Ricketts Lab Tours
Monterey
Tel: 831-372-8512
www.canneryrow.org
Once a year opportunity to tour the lab of Ed "Doc" Ricketts, revolutionary marine biologist and friend of John Steinbeck, on Cannery Row. Reservations strongly recommended for hourly tours (10am-4pm), $15 donation.

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May 17
Extreme Limit Auto Show
Monterey Fairgrounds
www.extremelimitautofest.com
Customized lowriders, SUVs, imports and much, plus all the "lifestyle" gadgets to go with them, fill the Fairgrounds .

May 17-18
24 Hours of Adrenalin Cycle Race
Monterey
Tel (contact number in Canada): 905-944-9436
www.24HoursofAdrenalin.com
24 Hours of Adrenalin is the fastest growing mountain bike event series in North America. Solo riders or teams of up to ten people compete to ride as many laps as possible in a 24-hour time frame. Enjoy the race and the festival atmosphere and take home an unforgettable experience.

May 17 -18
Castroville Artichoke Festival
Castroville
Tel: 831-633-2465
www.artichoke-festival.org
Sample the many unique flavors of the artichoke in an atmosphere of pleasure, tasteful treats, musical entertainment, arts and crafts. Enter the AGRO-Art competition, too! Costs are $6/adults and $3/children.

May 17-ongoing
California Photography: The Monterey Legacy
Monterey
Tel: 831-372-5477
www.montereyart.org
Drawing on the Monterey Art Museum's extensive holdings, this long-term exhibition presents works by California artists including Eadweard Muybridge, Edward Weston, Ansel Adams, Wynn Bullock and others.

May 18
Sea Otter Focus Tour
Moss Landing
Tel: 831-633-5555
Tours of Elkhorn Slough by boat, guided by marine biologists, observe sea otters in the wild.

May 18
Historic Homes and Hidden Gardens of the Monterey Mesa
Tel: 831-649-7118
www.monterey.org
The Monterey Museum of Art invites you to take a self-guided walking tour of historic Monterey.

May 18
"The Golden Vessel"
Monterey
Tel: 831-624-1813
www.torhouse.org
Actress Marion Eaton gives voice to the poetry of Edna St. Vincent Millay, who was a frequent visitor to Tor House, home of poet Robinson Jeffers. Presented at Monterey Public Library.

May 18
Calamari Fest
Monterey
Tel: 831-649-6544
Discover the delectable and delicate taste of Monterey Bay squid in their Italian disguise: calamari. A 'Best Choice' seafood in the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch guide.

May 18
Month of Sundays at La Mirada
Monterey
Tel: 831-372-5477
www.montereyart.org
Take a cocktail-hour tour of La Mirada's Dart Wing with a glass of Champagne in hand.

May 18-20
Monterey Symphony
Pacific Grove (18-19), Salinas (20)
Tel: 831-624-8511
www.montereysymphony.org
Kate Tamarkin conducts Ravel's "Le Tombeau de Couperin," Vivaldi's Concerto in G major for Two Guitars, and the sparkling 1919 version of the Firebird Suite by Stravinsky.

May 24
Spring Entertainment
Carmel Valley
Tel: 831-658-3550
www.bernardus.com
Celebrate spring at Bernardus Lodge with Chef Stamenov's seasonal specialities, fine wines, and floral arrangement lessons with Suzanne Gamble.

May 24-25
Red, White and a Little Blues - Some Rock and Latin, Too!
Monterey
Tel: 831-655-8070
www.oldmonterey.org
A Memorial Day red-white-and-blue festival, with live blues, rock and Latin music from 11am-4pm, arts, crafts, filling Monterey's Alvarado Street.

May 24-June 1
Monterey Dance Week
Marina
Tel: 831-384-1050
www.SpectorDance.org
A dancer's dream week of master classes and performances in a range of dance disciplines: choreography, ballet (Holly Morrow, Lawrence Pech, and others), modern (Taylor technique with Mary Cochran), jazz, and fusion.

May 25
Seven Gardens Tour
Carmel
Tel: 831-625-1695
The Carmel-by-the-Sea Garden Club (affiliated with Garden Clubs of America) opens seven charm-filled private gardens for one day only, to benefit Carmel's public parks and gardens.

May 25
Family Sunday in Oldest Monterey
Monterey
Tel: 831-372-5477
www.montereyart.org
Take a walking tour of the "Hidden Adobe", explore the Museum on Wheels, and enjoy live entertainment for all the family, at La Mirada Art Gallery.

May 29 - June 1
Electronics Expo
Monterey Fairgrounds
Tel: 714-558-0684
www.montereycountyfair.com
Call for show opening hours and exhibitor details at one of the region's biggest electronics shows.

May 29-July 6
The Buddy Holly Story
Carmel
Tel: 831-622-0100
www.pacrep.org
Players of the Pacific Repertory Theatre dons skinny neckties and black-framed glasses for this award-winning salute to one of rock-and-roll's young masters.

May 30-June 1
Cooking for Solutions
Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey
Tel: 831-644-7561
www.montereybayaquarium.org
Notable chefs gather in a three-day extravaganza dedicated to sustainable seafood. This year's event honors the 'national treasure' of Mexican cuisine, Diana Kennedy, author of The Essential Cuisines of Mexico . Other celebrity chefs include television's Martin Yan of Yan Can Cook.

May 30-June 22
Prelude to a Kiss
Salinas
Tel: 831-755-6816
www.westernstage.org
The Western Stage presents charming and magical fantasy that explores the nature of personality and the power of love. 1990 Tony and Drama Desk nominations for Best Play, by Craig Lucas.

May 31
California Cowboy Show
Carmel Valley
Tel: 831-624-9611
Come on down to enjoy cowboy music and poetry, tasty hors d'oeuvres, a complimentary glass of wine and a silent auction.

May 31-June 1
Del Monte Kennel Club Agility Trials
Toro Park
Tel: 831-333-9032
www.dmkc.org
Weave through poles, climb a ladder, run through tunnels... That's just a sample of the off-lead skills these AKC-registered dogs demonstrate at these two-day trials in Toro Park, on Highway 68.

May TBA
34th Annual Carmel Valley Flower Show and Plant Sale
Carmel Valley:
Flower displays prepared by different Carmel Valley gardens and nurseries.

May TBA
14th Annual Home and Garden Floral Affair
Carmel: 831-624-8886
www.thebarnyard.com
Stroll through the gardens while sampling food, sipping local wine, and listening to music. Learn how to Feng Shui your home with flowers, chat with garden experts, and more.

May TBA
Monterey Peninsula Choral Society Spring Concert
Carmel: 831-645-4728
This high-spirited community chorus performs an entertaining program of popular music from famous composers past and present.

May TBA
19th Annual American Indian and World Cultures Festival
San Juan Bautista: 831-623-2379
A living prayer for world friendship and peace. Fun celebration of diverse cultures, with international artists, dance groups, storytellers, foods, fashions, and activities for all ages.

Memorial Day Weekend TBC
International Day
Monterey
Tel: 831-656-2186
Over 35 countries are represented at this event celebrating cultural diversity through food, cultural demonstrations and live entertainment. Open to the public, free admission.




June 2003

June 1
Josephine Kernes Memorial Horse Show
Pebble Beach
Tel: 831-624-2756
www.ridepebblebeach.com
A non-rated benefit horse show, featuring hunter jumping and other classes.

June 1-8
Monterey National Horse Show
Monterey Fairgrounds
Tel: 831-769-9255
Mainstays of Western riding, including barrel racing, team roping and sorting, stockhorse competitions, and Arabian working cow classes, come to the Monterey Fairgrounds. All-Around Cowgirl/Cowboy competition (for ages 6 to 10) on Friday and Saturday evening!

June 4-July 2
The Weir
Carmel
Tel: 831-622-0100
www.pacrep.org
A chance meeting with a mysterious stranger in a country pub... and the locals find the idle chatter of a friendly evening becomes increasingly disturbing. Conor McPherson's Olivier Award-winning play is at the Circle Theatre.

June 4 - July 30
Films in the Forest Series
Carmel
Tel: 831-622-0100
www.foresttheaterguild.org
Catch classic movies like It Happened One Night, The Pink Panther and Dinner at Eight in the spacious open-air Outdoor Forest Theater. Visit the website for dates.

June 7
Spring Winemaker Dinner
Carmel Valley
Tel: 831-624-2600
www.chateaujulien.com
French bistro fare is served with new release Estate Vineyard and Private Reserve wines from Chateau Julien on the winery's Cobblestone Courtyard.

June 7-8
22nd Carmel Surf-About Weekend
Carmel
Tel: 831-375-5015
www.carmelcalifornia.com
Watch Monterey County's finest surfers tackle the waves at Carmel Beach.

June 7-August 31
Joseph Raphael: American Expatriate
Monterey
Tel: 831-372-5477
www.montereyart.org
California-born artist Joseph Raphael spent most of his painting career in Europe before returning to Monterey in the last decade of his life. This exhibition features his Impressionist paintings, from the collection of Oscar and Trudy Lemer.

June 8
Mission San Antonio Fiesta
Jolon-Hunter Ligget Base, nr Lake San Antonio
Tel: 831-385-4478
Fiesta Mass at 11am with choir and distribution of St. Anthony's bread, followed by a BBQ, games and live music.

June 8
Forest Birdwalk
Monterey
Tel: 831-373-1000
www.wildbirdcenter.com/rey
Brian Weed, noted local birder, leads a walk in search of nesting birds in a woodland area near Monterey's Del Monte Center. 8am start, call for directions.

June 10-August 31
Treasured Moments: Here Comes the Bride
Monterey
Tel: 831-372-2608, xtn 11
Bridal gowns and trousseaux items from a century of Californian history are displayed at the Perry-Downer House Costume Galleries, presented by the Monterey History and Art Association.

June 13
Wine and Cigar Dinner
Carmel Valley
Tel: 831-624-2600
www.chateaujulien.com
Join owner of Chateau Julien Winery, Bob Brower for a fun evening. Hand rolled Dominican Republic cigars are paired splendidly with each course in the winery's Conservatory. An evening of delectable food, smooth cigars and excellent wine.

June 13-15
Grand Prix of Monterey
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Monterey
Tel: 800-327-SECA
www.laguna-seca.com
The 2003 Mazda Raceway season opens with the fastest cars around the 2.238-mile, 11-turn road course with the return of the CART FedEx Championship Series headlining the Grand Prix of Monterey weekend.

June 14
Movie on the Beach
Carmel-by-the-Sea
Tel: 831-626-1255
www.carmelcalifornia.com
Annual event held on Carmel Beach, as Monsters Inc is shown in the 13th Avenue Cove. Fun for the whole family!

June 15
Make Dad a Railroader Day
Felton
Tel: 831-335-4484
www.roaringcamp.com
Five lucky dads will get to ride in the cab of a steam locomotive, as Roaring Camp Railroads celebrates Father's Day.

June 16
92nd California State Amateur Golf Championship
Pebble Beach
Tel: 831-625-4653
Top 120 amateurs compete on 36 holes at the famous Pebble Beach.

June 18
Gypsy Inspirations
Monterey: 831-646-3949
www.monterey.org
Blaze a melodic trail thorugh the territories of classical, folk and world music with violinist Kim Angelis.

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June 19-July 6
Godspell
Monterey
Tel: 831-646-4213
www.mpcfaculty.net/drama_dept/
MPC Theatre Company presents a revival of this joyous rendition of the Gospels on the Morgan Stock Stage.

June 21
Hidden Gardens Tour
Big Sur
Tel: 831-667-1530
www.bigsurarts.org/garden_tour.htm
Musicians and artists are scattered throughout beautiful home gardens in Big Sur. The garden market offers handicrafts and items to make your garden special.

June 21
14th Annual Art and Wine Festival
Carmel
Tel: 831-624-8886
www.thebarnyard.com
Taste the wines of local wineries, stroll the gardens and visit exhibiting local artists, listen to live music and sample food.

June 21
Peoples' Choice Merlot Challenge
Cannery Row, Monterey
Tel: 888-751-1980
www.tastemonterey.com
Test 18 world-class, locally made, merlots against each other at A Taste of Monterey's Salinas location, opposite the National Steinbeck Center.

June 21-July 13
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
The Western Stage, Salinas
Tel: 831-755-6816
www.westernstage.org
One of the earliest Stephen Sondheim musicals, with a hilarious book by Bert Shevelove and Larry ("M*A*S*H") Gelbart, Forum sends classical Rome spinning like madly lascivious top. If you missed Nathan Lane's Broadway revival in the 1990s, don't miss this one!

June 22
Greg Adams/Sunnie Paxson in Concert
Monterey
Tel: 831-649-1223
www.sspconcerts.com
The 2003 Concerts By The Bay annual jazz series opens at the Monterey Hyatt Regency with Greg Adams and Sunnie Paxson.

June 22
Que Onda Custom Car Show
Monterey Fairgrounds
Tel: 831-636-0301
www.montereycountyfair.com
Indoor and outdoor show with over 200 classics, Euros and bikes on display. Kids under 10 free with paying adult.

June 26 - July 26
Brigadoon
Carmel
Tel: 831-626-0772
www.foresttheaterguild.org
Where better than open-air Outdoor Forest Theater to search for the mythical Scottish Highlands village created by Lerner and Lowe? Who else could weave bagpipes and flings with classics like "Almost Like Being in Love" and "Heather on the Hill"?

June 26 - July 30
Historic Theater Exhibit
Carmel
Tel: 831-624-4447
www.carmelheritage.org
Relive the historic moments of Carmel's Golden Bough and Forest theaters in this exhibit of vintage posters, playbills and memorabilia, at First Murphy House.

June 27-29
Monterey Bay Blues Festival
Monterey Fairgrounds
Tel: 831-394-2652
www.montereyblues.com
Three stages of matchless blues and R&B. This year's line-up leads off with The Temptations and Average White Band, moves on to Lou Rawls and Barbara Morrison, coming to a fantastic conclusion on Sunday with the Blind Boys of Alabama and Al Green.

June 27-July 27
Over the River and Through the Woods
Carmel Valley
Tel: 831-659-1108
www.magiccirclecenter.com
A little corner of Hoboken comes to Carmel with Magic Circle Center's production of Joe diPietro's play about the bonds of family, and what happens when the younger generation sets out to loosen them.

June 28
Annual Zin-Q
Carmel Valley
Tel: 877-659-2800
www.joullian.com
Zinfandel Release Party and BBQ at Joullian Vineyards. Wine tasting, vineyard tours, a picnic under the sun and wine sale are on the agenda.

June 28
Dan Hicks at Miller Library
Big Sur
Tel: 831-667-2574
www.ticketweb.com
Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks come to the Henry Miller Library's open-air Redwood Amphitheater for a laid-back afternoon of his unique, ever-green tunes.

June 28
Arts and Crafts Festival of the Pacific Repertory Theatre
Custom House Plaza, Monterey
Tel: 831-622-1100
Opening weekend of TheatreFest features Custom House Plaza filled with beautiful art and handsomely made crafts.

June 28-July 20 (weekends)
Monterey Bay TheatreFest
Custom House Plaza, Monterey
Tel: 831-622-0100
Family-theatre festival with Fairy Tales, historical reenactments, and "the Human Chess Game" on the waterfront.




July 2003

Saturdays in July
"Something's Fishy" Historical Walking Tours
Monterey
Tel: 831-372-2608, ext 11
From abalone to whaling, sardines to squid... Learn about Monterey's fishing heritage during a free one hour guided walk, starting at the Monterey Maritime Museum at 1:00pm.

Sundays in July
Summer Sunday Lecture Series
Monterey
Tel: 831-372-2608, ext 11
Drop by Monterey's Maritime Museum at 1:00pm for a free one-hour talk on an aspect of Historic Monterey, from architecture to the economy to the city's myriad cultures.

July 4
Community Fourth of July Parade
Monterey
Tel: 831-655-8070
www.monterey.org
The day starts at 10am with a gala parade down Alvarado Street, followed by a BBQ picnic and live music on the lawn before historic Colton Hall, and fireworks over Monterey Bay at 9:15pm.

July 4
Living History Day in Old Monterey
Monterey
Tel: 831-647-6204
www.monterey.org
Travel back in time and find out what life was like in the 1840s. At the historic Cooper-Molera Adobe you will meet a gardener, cook, rancher, soldier and more. Or, try your hand at bowling. Activities and fun for all ages.

July 4
Valley Heritage Day
King City
Tel: 831-385-1484
www.mcarlm.org
It's a 4th of July from another era at the King City Indedence Day parade, complete with antique farm equipment, historic displays and a classic car show. Plus entertainment, food, games, and crafts.

July 4
Spreckels 4th of July Celebration
Spreckels
Tel: 831-455-2211
An old-fashioned 4th of July celebration for the whole family starts off with a 10K run, a One-Mile Race for kids under 12, and a grand parade of children along 3rd Street. Live music, Fireman's Muster, fair-time food, and more!

July 4
20th Annual Jumping Frog Jamboree
Felton
Tel: 831-335-4484
www.roaringcamp.com
Things are hoppin' at Roaring Camp Railroad's HW amidst the redwoods, with the annual Frog Jump competition starting at noon. In celebration of Roaring Camp's ruby anniversary, anyone born in 1963 rides the rails for 90 cents!

July 5 - August 31
Oklahoma!
Fisherman's Wharf, Monterey
Tel: 831-649-2332
Oh what a beautiful morning! at the Bruce Arris Wharf Theater, on Monterey's Fisherman's Wharf, as it presents Rodgers and Hammerstein's classic musical. Friday-Saturday-Sunday only.

July 6
Sloat Landing Ceremony
Monterey
Tel: 831-372-2608, ext 13
155th Commemoration of Commodore John Drake Sloat's landing in Monterey in 1846. He claimed California for the United States, joining the nation "from sea to shining sea." Ceremony in Custom House Plaza at 1:00pm.

July 10-13
Mission Trails Peruvian Horse Show
Monterey Fairgrounds
Tel: 831-372-5863
www.montereycountyfair.com
The Fairgrounds' Pattee Arena is the setting for the Mission Trails Peruvian Horse Show; free admission with showtimes throughout the day.

July 11-13
Honda International Superbike Classic
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
Tel: 800-327-SECA
www.laguna-seca.com
Laguna Seca is the home of world-class motorcycle racing in the United States and this is the show where it all happens. The event features the Superbike World Championship and AMA Superbike Series together on the same track on the same weekend.

July 11
Race Night on the Row
Cannery Row, Monterey
Tel: 800-327-SECA
www.laguna-seca.com
Cannery Row hosts an evening of entertainment following Saturday's races. Street is closed to traffic 7pm-midnight, but the public is welcome to join in the fun and see top-of-the-line motorcycles up close.

July 11-August 3
Ah Wilderness!
Salinas
Tel: 831-755-6816
www.westernstage.com
Eugene O'Neill's poignant and tender-hearted drama about growing up in small-town America.

July 12
Isabel Meadows History Symposium
Monterey
Tel: 831-372-2608, ext 13
In the 1930s, Isabel Meadows was the subject of extensive interviews with John P Harrington, an ethnographer from the Smithsonian Institute. His 50,000 pages of notes about four generations of family history in early Monterey form the basis of this fascinating free symposium.

July 12
Charles Anderson and Company C
Marina
Tel: 831-384-1050
www.spectordance.org
Central Coast Summer Fest of Dance offers five Saturdays of great dance, for dancers and spectators. Master classes followed by performances at 8pm. Today: contemporary ballet.

July 12-13
AKC All Breed Dog Show
CSUMB, Seaside
Tel: 831-333-9032
www.dmkc.org
Back-to-back all-breed dog shows and obedience trials. Attended by exhibitors with about 100+ dogs registered with the American Kennel Club.

July 13
Obon Festival
Monterey: 831-394-0119
Held at the Monterey Peninsula Buddhist Temple. Includes bonsai and flower arranging demonstrations, a taiko drumming performance, traditional Japanese dance, an Obon service and food.

July 13
Summer Jamboree
Carmel Valley
Tel: 831-624-2600
www.chateaujulien.com
Chateau Julien's day of non-stop music, endless gaiety, terrific food and great wine discounts.

July 11-13
St Mary's-by-the-Sea Annual Antiques Show and Sale
Pacific Grove: 831-372-8583
Fine silver, estate jewelry, period clothing, paintings, prints, sculpture, toys, furniture, and much more, offered by 28 California antiques dealers. Lunch and snacks available.

July 16
"A Storied Land" Lecture
Monterey
Tel: 831-372-2608, ext 11
John Walton, of UC Davis, talks about the many and sometimes conflicting stories that form our understanding of 'history', particularly in the case of Monterey. Free evening lecture at Mayo Hayes O'Donnell Library.

July 16 - August 20 (Wednesdays only)
Musical Marketplace
Monterey: 831-373-2705
www.delmontecenter.com
Wednesday evenings through high summer, enjoy live music and benefit food-and-wine tastings at Monterey's Del Monte Center, 5:30-8pm.

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July 17-20
California Rodeo Salinas
Salinas
Tel: 800-771-8807
[email protected]
www.carodeo.com
The California Rodeo Salinas promises edge-of-your-seat thrills for the entire family. Top pro competition in steer wrestling, bull riding, calf roping, bareback bronco riding, and barrel racing. Enjoy parades, night shows and great food.

July 18-August 17
Side Man
Carmel: 831-755-6816
www.carlcherrycenter.org
The 1999 Tony Award winner for Best New Play, "Side Man" heralds those unsung heroes of jazz who backed up the shooting stars like Dizzy, Bird and Sinatra.

July 19
Chaddick Dance Co.
Marina
Tel: 831-384-1050
www.spectordance.org
Central Coast Summer Fest of Dance offers five Saturdays of great dance, for dancers and spectators. Master classes followed by performances at 8pm. Today: Limon-based modern.

July 19
Rock and Art Festival
Monterey Fairgrounds
Tel: 831-899-1007
www.montereycountyfair.com
A laid-back day around the Garden Stage in the Monterey County Fairgrounds, celebrating rock-n-roll through music and artworks.

July 19
Garden and Vineyard Walk
Carmel Valley
Tel: 888-648-9463
www.bernardus.com
Tour the organic garden and vineyard at Bernardus Lodge then enjoy lunch on the terrace.

July 19 - August 10
66th Carmel Bach Festival
Carmel
Tel: 831-624-2046
[email protected]
www.bachfestival.org
America's preeminent festival of Baroque music will celebrate its 66th season with 100 musicians from around the world, performing in venues including newly renovated Sunset Center, Carmel Mission Basilica and the Church in the Forest, Pebble Beach.

July 20
Norman Brown in Concert
Monterey: 831-649-1223
www.sspconcerts.com
Concerts By The Bay annual jazz series at the Monterey Hyatt Regency presents Norman Brown, with vocalist Laura Chandler in support.

July 20
Musical Saw Festival
Felton
Tel: 831-335-4484
www.roaringcamp.com
Musical saws (and folk instruments from around the world) take the place of Roaring Camp Railroad's old logging saws for this one-day festival of bluegrass, country, gospel and blues music, backed by the whistle of steam trains.

July 21-August 9
Pinocchio
Salinas: 831-758-7477
www.arieltheatrical.org
Come and wish upon a star, with this charming adaptation of Walt Disney's classic film about a little puppet boy who dreams of being real.

July 22-26
Pacific Grove Feast of Lanterns
Pacific Grove
Tel: 831-649-8737
www.pacificgrove.org
A tradition as old as the city itself, this community celebration features The Feast of Salads, PG's birthday cake, pet parade, Seniors Tennis Tourney, street dances, pageant, entertainment, and fireworks on the final night.

July 22-27 (Classic I), July 29-August 3rd (Classic II)
Pebble Beach Equestrian Classics
Pebble Beach
Tel: 831-624-2756
www.ridepebblebeach.com
The Equestrian Classics host competitors from all over the U.S., Canada and Mexico for two weeks of spectacular show jumping highlighted by special events, wine tasting and family fun.

July 24-26
Spirit West Coast
Laguna Seca Recreation Area
Tel: 831-443-5399
www.spiritwestcoast.org
Spirit West Coast is the premier annual Christian music festival on the West Coast. Enjoy over 60 performers, camping and activities for all ages at Laguna Seca Recreation Area.

July 25
Girl Scouts of Monterey Bay 14th Annual Classic Golf Tournament
Carmel Valley
Tel: 831-372-8048
Golf at world famous Quail Lodge and help support Girl Scouts of Monterey Bay. Clinic, lunch, dinner, auction and prizes!

July 25-27
Gilroy Garlic Festival
Gilroy (San Benito County)
Tel: (408) 842-1625
www.gilroygarlicfestival.com
Gourmet garlic food fair with arts and crafts, cooking demonstrations, children's area, three stages of musical entertainment and 65 food booths.

July 26
Savage Dance Co.
Marina
Tel: 831-384-1050
www.spectordance.org
Central Coast Summer Fest of Dance offers five Saturdays of great dance, for dancers and spectators. Master classes followed by performances at 8pm. Today: jazz.

July 27
Moss Landing Antique Street Fair
Moss Landing
Tel: 831-633-4501
Stroll through this historic fishing village to browse through thousands of antiques and collectibles brought here by over 200 dealers from all over the West Coast.

July 26
Salinas River Birdwalk
Marina
Tel: 831-373-1000
www.wildbirdcenter.com/rey
The Salinas River National Wildlife Refuge is the destination of this guided walk, led by R. J. Adams, in search of waterfowl, raptors and more. 8am start at the Wild Bird Center, Monterey; call for directions.

July 27
Caber Parade
Carmel
Tel: 831-626-1255
www.carmelcalifornia.com
Kicking off the Scottish Highland Games the following weekend, the Scottish Society of the Monterey Peninsula sends pipe bands, Scottish dancers, and athletes carrying the ceremonial caber, down Carmel's Ocean Avenue.

July 31
Pipers on the Row
Monterey
Tel: 831-644-9399
The prize-winning Monterey Pipe Band marches into Steinbeck Plaza on Cannery Row from 6-8pm, for a grand concert celebrating the upcoming Scottish Games and Celtic Festival on August 2-3.




August 2003

Fridays in August
Toast at Twilight Wine-Tasting
Carmel Valley
Tel: 831-659-6220
www.hellerestate.com
Enjoy the cool of early evening in Heller Estate's sculpture garden while tasting wine made from 100% organically grown grapes.

Saturdays in August
"Something's Fishy" Historical Walking Tours
Monterey
Tel: 831-372-2608, ext 11
From abalone to whaling, sardines to squid... Learn about Monterey's fishing heritage during a free one hour guided walk, starting at the Monterey Maritime Museum at 1:00pm.

August 2
Moving Arts Dance Company
Marina
Tel: 831-384-1050
www.spectordance.org
Central Coast Summer Fest of Dance offers five Saturdays of great dance, for dancers and spectators. Master classes followed by performances at 8pm. Today: contemporary.

August 2-3
Annual Scottish Games and Celtic Festival
Toro Park, Monterey-Salinas Hwy
Tel: 831-647-6311
www.montereyscotgames.com
A festival celebrating Scottish and Irish traditions and culture. Featuring a Celtic concert, clans, food, entertainment and competitions in dancing, bagpipe bands and athletics.

August 2-3
Turkish Festival
Custom House Plaza, Monterey
Tel: 831-655-7509
www.taaca.org
A celebration of Turkish culture and arts, featuring live music and folk dances, dance workshops, belly dancing, crafts, delicious food, and activities for children.

August 2-3
Carmel Valley Fiesta
Carmel Valley
Tel: 831-659-2038
A family-oriented fiesta, with games, train ride, dog show, parade, arts and crafts, continuous entertainment, raffles, good food and a Saturday night Street Dance.

August 3
Slim Man in Concert
Monterey
Tel: 831-649-1223
www.sspconcerts.com
The 2003 Concerts By The Bay jazz series at the Monterey Hyatt Regency continues with Mindi Abair opening the evening for Slim Man.

August 7-10
23rd Annual Steinbeck Festival
National Steinbeck Center, Salinas
Tel: 831-775-4737
www.steinbeck.org
Four days of films, speakers, panels, theater, and bus or walking tours, all celebrating John Steinbeck. This year's theme: Collaborators and Connections, featuring an exhibition of Horace Bristol photographs.

August 7-24
The Rocky Horror Show
Monterey
Tel: 831-646-4213
www.mpcfaculty.net/drama_dept/
MPC Theatre Company translates that highly camp big-screen favorite to the stage for a "phantastical musical celebration of the outrageous."

August 7-October 11
Henry VI - Part One
Carmel
Tel: 831-622-0100
www.pacrep.org
The third year of Pacific Repertory Theater's "Royal Blood" Shakespeare festival opens with Henry VI, Part One. In repertory at the Circle Theater.

August 8-24
Rain of Gold
Salinas
Tel: 831-755-6816
www.westernstage.org
World premiere of Victor Vilasenor's Rain of Gold; the author has been hailed as a worthy successor to the traditions of John Steinbeck.

August 9
The West End Celebration
Sand City
www.sandcity.org/events
Tiny Sand City, tucked beneath sand dunes just outside Monterey, hides a surprising number of artists' studios. The West End Celebrations lets visitors mingle with the artists, explore their studios, and snack while you dance to the sounds of the Cachagua Playboys, Chicano All-Stars and more.

August 9
11th Annual Winemaker's Celebration
Monterey
Tel: 831-375-9400
www.montereywines.org
Nearly 40 Monterey County wineries will pour new releases and special wines in Monterey's Custom House Plaza. Also featuring educational exhibits (grapevine pruning, barrel building, cork display), live music and silent auction.

August 9-10
The Snow Queen
Monterey
Tel: 831-372-0388
www.balletfantasque.org
Snowflakes in August? Only in the magical world of Ballet Fantasque's presentation of The Snow Queen.

August 9-10
Summer Gathering of Mountain Men
Felton
Tel: 831-335-4484
www.roaringcamp.com
Travel back in time to the era of Roaring Camp Railroad, as the mountain men set up their 1840s camps and tell their tales. In celebration of Roaring Camp's ruby anniversary, anyone born in 1963 rides the rails for 90 cents!

August 10
Stacey Printz Dance
Marina
Tel: 831-384-1050
www.spectordance.org
Central Coast Summer Fest of Dance offers five Saturdays of great dance, for dancers and spectators. Master classes followed by performances at 8pm. Today: hip-hop, jazz, modern fusion.

August 10
"The Abalone Industry in Monterey"
Monterey
Tel: 831-372-2608, ext 11
Drop by Monterey's Maritime Museum at 1:00pm for a free one-hour talk on how the abalone industry developed on the Monterey Bay.

August 12-13
Automobilia Expo
Seaside
Tel: 831-659-5335
Kick off Concours Week with this European-accented exposition and sale of automotive memorabilia, including vintage posters, rallye plates, hood ornaments, scale models and much more.

August 12-17
Monterey County Fair
Monterey County Fairgrounds
Tel: 831-372-5863
www.montereycountyfair.com
The County Fair is always fun for all, with livestock exhibitions, a wine-tasting booth, amusement midway and delicious foods. Live entertainment this year features the Pete Escovedo Latin Jazz Orchestra (Thurs), Tower of Power (Fri), and 10,000 Maniacs (Sat).

August 13-14
Peninsula Rally at Quail Lodge
Carmel Valley
Tel: 831-620-8881
www.quaillodge.com
Motorists with pre-1975 vintage automobiles and philanthropic hearts can join in a lavish road rally, punctuated by gourmet meals and picnics.

August 14
Concours d'Elegance Vintage Car Parade and Display
Carmel
Tel: 831-626-1255
www.carmelcalifornia.com
Parade, car display and luncheon. Parade and car Display is held on Ocean Avenue, luncheon in Devendorf Park.

August 14-16
Harrison Library Book Sale
Carmel
Tel: 831-622-0442
The handsome old Harrison Memorial Library, on Carmel's Ocean Avenue, cleans out its shelves once a year to make room for new editions, selling hardcovers, paperbacks and more.

August 14-October 12
Henry VI - Part Two
Carmel
Tel: 831-622-0100
www.pacrep.org
Pacific Repertory Theater's Shakespeare festival, Royal Blood: Rise and Fall of Kings, presents Henry VI, Part Two, in repertory with Part One.

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August 15
Concorso Italiano
Seaside
Tel: 206-232-0365
www.concorso.com
Celebrate the 40th anniversary of Lamborghini; salute the new Masarati Spyder; admire more than 300 pristine Ferraris; and honor the great designer Pietro Frua. All this and much more, at the Black Horse Golf Course in sunny Seaside.

August 15
Pacific Grove Auto Rally
Pacific Grove and Carmel
Tel: 831-626-1255
Car rally that drives through Carmel on Ocean Avenue and ends in Pacific Grove.

August 15
"The Quail: A Motorsports Gathering"
Carmel Valley
Tel: 877-734-4628
www.quaillodge.com
The Quail Lodge Motorsports Gathering, a display of 100 of the most notable historic sports and racing cars, is complemented by a live auction of jewelry, automobilia, and important motor cars by Bonhams and Butterfield (call 415-391-4040 for catalog).

August 15
Kehau's Hula Ohana
Salinas
Tel: 831-384-3209
Hawaii'an culture takes center stage at Sherwood Hall, with appearances by Ho'omana, The Sons of Mapuana and The Makaha Sons.

August 15-16
17th Annual Monterey Sports Car Auction
Monterey
Tel: 800-211-4371
www.rmauctions.com
One of the world's largest sports car auctions, featuring 180 classic sports and race cars. Viewing available over three days.

August 15-17
30th Annual Monterey Historic Automobile Races
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Monterey
Tel: 800-327-SECA
www.laguna-seca.com
The Monterey Historics brings out the best of racing's past from rare pre-war racers adorned with nameplates like Bugatti and Alfa-Romeo to 70s and 80s rocket ships from Lola and McLaren. This year's event will feature a century of Ford racing heritage.

August 15-November 3
Douglas Steakley
Monterey
Tel: 831-646-3858
www.monterey.org/mcc/
One-man show by renowned local artist Doug Steakley, in the Alvarado Gallery of the Monterey Conference Center.

August 16
4th Annual Ferrari Concours
Carmel
Tel: 831-624-8886
www.thebarnyard.com
The Ferrari Owners Club brings Ferraris to The Barnyard for the public to view.

August 17
53rd Annual Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance
Pebble Beach
Tel: 831-372-8026
www.pebblebeachconcours.net
This spectacular event exhibits some of the most unique prewar and postwar marques along with the latest in concept car designs.

August 17
"The Monterey Wharf 1938"
Monterey
Tel: 831-372-2608, ext 11
Drop by Monterey's Maritime Museum at 1:00pm for a free one-hour talk on what Monterey was like at the height of the sardine canning industry.

August 20
Historic Monterey Lecture
Monterey
Tel: 831-372-2608, ext 11
Drop in for a free evening lecture discussing the historical aspects of Monterey, at Mayo Hayes O'Donnell Library.

August 21 - September 21
The Wizard of Oz
Carmel
Tel: 831-622-0100
www.pacrep.org
Dance off to see that wonderful Wizard of Oz with Pacific Repertory's delightful adaptation of the classic film, directed by Walt deFaria and presented under the stars in the oldest amphitheater west of the Rockies, the Outdoor Forest Theater.

August 22-September 20
Anton in Show Business
Salinas
Tel: 831-755-6816
www.westernstage.org
Jane Martin's biting satire takes some devastatingly funny swipes at actresses, actors and the world of the "theahtah".

August 22-September 21
The Housekeeper
Carmel Valley
Tel: 831-659-1108
www.magiccirclecenter.com
You'll be laughing out loud at Magic Circle Center's production of James Prideaux's comedic tale of romantic misadventure. Can a man truly fall in love with his housekeeper, especially when what she does best is drive him mad?

August 23
Monterey Wine Boot Camp
Monterey
Tel: 831-375-9400
www.montereywines.org
An intensive yet highly enjoyable program that virtually guarantees participants leave with the experience and knowledge needed to order and appreciate fine wine.

August 23
Toro Park Birdwalk
Salinas
Tel: 831-373-1000
Guided birdwalk through diverse countryside - chaparral, large trees, grasslands - in search of woodpeckers, phoebes, hawks, swifts and bluebirds. Limited to 18 observers.

August 24
Euge Groove in Concert
Monterey
Tel: 831-649-1223
www.sspconcerts.com
The 2003 Concerts By The Bay series continues with the electric Euge Groove, with Joyce Cooling to open.

August 24
"A Day on the Bay 1913"
Monterey
Tel: 831-372-2608, ext 11
Drop by Monterey's Maritime Museum at 1:00pm for a free one-hour talk about the days when salmon was king, sardines were ignored, and Japanese fishermen ruled the bay.

August 24
Savor Monterey Peninsula
Carmel Valley
Tel: 831-648-5356
Evening event held at Chateau Julien Wine Estate, with live music, silent auction, food and wine. Call for tickets.

August 24
Jewish Food Festival
Carmel Valley: 831-625-5460
A celebration of Jewish foods like latkes and bialys, strudel and kugelhopf, plus Jewish culture: Klezmer music, crafts, cooking demos, folk dancing, art exhibits, more.

August 30-31
19th Annual California Indian Market
San Juan Bautista: 831-623-2379
A traditional gathering of the indigenous peoples and cultures of Turtle Island. Featuring American Indian artists, dance groups, drums, storytellers, foods and fashions.

August 30 - September 1
15th Annual Greek Festival
Monterey
Tel: 831-424-4434
An ethnic festival featuring authentic Greek food, live music, traditional dancing, a taverna and crafts.

August 30 - September 1
Train Robbers of the Old West
Felton
Tel: 831-335-4484
www.roaringcamp.com
Shoot-outs, duels, and every manner of Wild West reenactment liven up the steam-train rides at Roaring Camp Railroad this weekend. In celebration of Roaring Camp's ruby anniversary, anyone born in 1963 rides the rails for 90 cents!

August 31
"Dark of the Moon"
Monterey
Tel: 831-372-2608, ext 11
Drop by Monterey's Maritime Museum at 1:00pm for a free one-hour talk and 'Living History' program on the Monterey sardine fishery.



September 2003

Saturdays in September
"Something's Fishy" Historical Walking Tours
Monterey
Tel: 831-372-2608, ext 11
From abalone to whaling, sardines to squid... Learn about Monterey's fishing heritage during a free one hour guided walk, starting at the Monterey Maritime Museum at 1:00pm.

Sundays in September
Dia de la Familia at the Aquarium
Monterey
Tel: 831-648-4888
www.mbayaq.org
The Monterey Bay Aquarium celebrates Mexican Heritage Month with lots of special 'Day of the Family' programs, entertainment and activities, many of them bilingual. Children aged 12 and under get in free!

September 5-7
American Le Mans Series Monterey Sports Car Championships
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Monterey
Tel: 800-327-SECA
www.laguna-seca.com
The 2003 event includes a 3.5-hour main event which runs past dusk for true Le Mans style racing. Look for BMWs, Audis, Porsches, Vipers and Covettes, driven by the stars of sports car racing.

September 6
Monterey Bay Master Gardeners Tour
Monterey Bay area
Tel: 831-763-8007
http://montereybaymg.ucdavis.edu/
This year's self-guided tour includes six handsome gardens between Salinas and Carmel, with the proceeds benefiting community garden projects in Monterey and Santa Cruz counties.

September 6
Tomato Feast at Bernardus
Carmel Valley
Tel: 888-648-9463
www.bernardus.com
Chef Cal Stamenov and Gary Ibsen of the Carmel Tomatofest partner up at Bernardus Lodge for a cooking demo followed by lunch on the terrace.

September 6
Frog Pond Reserve Birdwalk
Monterey
Tel: 831-373-1000
Guided birdwalk to one of the richest riparian woodlands on the Peninsula, in search of migrating warblers, woodpeckers, wrens, towhees and chickadees. Limited to 18 observers.

September 6-7
Festa Italia-Santa Rosalia Festival
Monterey
Tel: 831-649-6544
www.monterey.org
Italian music, bocce competitions, arts and crafts, delicious Italian food.

September 7
42nd Annual Great Sandcastle Contest
Carmel
Tel: 831-626-1255
www.carmelcalifornia.com
This is serious sandcastle building: the event, held on Carmel's lovely white-sand beach, is co-sponsored by the Monterey chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Build a cottage or castle: it's fun for all ages! This year's theme: 100 Years in Paradise.

September 10-14
Strides and Tides Horse Show
Pebble Beach
Tel: 831-624-2756
www.ridepebblebeach.com
Casual, fun-filled equestrian event before the championships next month. Level A horse show featuring hunter jumping and horses from all over California.

September 11-October 12
Hay Fever
Carmel
Tel: 831-622-0100
www.pacrep.org
Noel Coward's razor-sharp wit cuts to the quick in his play about the Blisses, a theatrically eccentric family that is ill-suited to host the romantic weekend their guests expect to enjoy.

September 12-14
Cherry's Jubilee
Monterey
Tel: 831-759-1836
www.svmh.com
Over 1000 classic cars from 1972 and older on display. Join the fun or sit back and watch the "show 'n shine" cruises down Cannery Row, Pacific Grove or Monterey, manufacturer's midway, and great food and entertainment.

September 12-October 31
15th Annual Artists Studio Tour Exhibition
Pacific Grove
Tel: 831-754-ARTS
www.artists-equity.org
Prelude to the Artists Studio Tour at the end of the month, the exhibition at Pacific Grove Art Center features the work of dozens of local artists.

September 13
Seagate Triathlon at Pacific Grove
Pacific Grove
Tel: 831-373-0678
www.tricalifornia.com
[email protected]
Olympic distance event consists of a swim course at Lover's Point, a bike ride to Asilomar State Beach, and a run to historic Cannery Row. Sponsored by Tri-Californian.

September 13
Veggie Day at The Farm
Salinas
Tel: 831-455-2575
www.thefarm-salinasvalley.com
Sample the bounties of The Farm's fields beneath the gaze of the giant farm-worker statues.

September 13
2003 Galante Vineyards Days of Wine and Roses
Carmel Valley
Tel: 800-GALANTE
www.galantevineyards.com
Enjoy great wine while you dance on rose petals at Galante Vineyards and listen to fabulous music.

September 13
Harvest Fest at Paraiso
Salinas Valley
Tel: 831-678-0300
www.paraisovineyards.com
Perfect September weather calls for a glass of fine wine and a superb view from the terraces at Paraiso Vineyards, overlooking the Salinas Valley.

September 13-October 5
Cabaret
Salinas
Tel: 831-755-6816
www.westernstage.org
The fall season of repertory theater at The Western Stage in Salinas opens with Cabaret, that moody musical exploration of Berlin in the bad old days of the Weimar Republic.

September 13-November 9
Biennial All-Media Exhibition
Monterey
Tel: 831-372-5477
www.montereyart.org
The Monterey Museum of Art's biennial juried exhibition showcases artists in Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito counties.

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September 13-December 31
Geography of Memory
Monterey
Tel: 831-372-5477
www.montereyart.org
This exhibition of paintings by Bay Area artist Hung Liu is the first in a series of four, entitled The Californias: Geographies of Memory.

September 14
TomatoFest 2003
Carmel
Tel: 888-989-8171
www.tomatofest.com
The largest tomato-tasting event in the nation features 300 varieties of tomatoes, tomato dishes created by 50 of the best chefs in the region, tastings presented by 25 wineries, and an International Olive Oil Tasting.

September 17
Jazz at Sunset: Peter Cincotti
Carmel
Tel: 925-275-9255
www.montereyjazzfest.org
The renovated and expanded Sunset Center is the venue for a new series of jazz concerts presented by the Monterey Jazz Festival. Piano sensation Peter Cincotti and the Festival's High School All-Star Big Band lead off.

September 17
Omar Sosa Quintet at Esalen
Big Sur
Tel: 831-667-1530
www.bigsurjazz.org
The Big Sur JazzFest presents one of Cuba's most incendiary and visionary pianists in the remarkable setting of the Esalen Performance Dome, locatedd in the heart of Big Sur.

September 18
Taste of the Valley
Salinas
Tel: 831-424-7611
www.salinaschamber.com
This food and wine festival is part of "A Salute to Agriculture" and boasts the bounty of Salinas Valley with gourmet recipes, Monterey County wines and floral displays.

September 18-early November
Carmel Girls of the '30s Exhibit
Carmel
Tel: 831-624-4447
www.ccarmelheritage.org
Special exhibit, displayed at First Murphy House, as part of Carmel's Centenary celebrations.

September 19-21
Monterey Jazz Festival
Monterey County Fairgrounds, Monterey
Tel: 925-275-9255
www.montereyjazzfestival.org
The Arena and Grounds Stages line-up has been announced for 2003, and every minute packs a wallop. Look for such guitar stars as John McLaughlin and Ralph Towner, vocalists Jon Hendricks, The Neville Brothers, and Nnenna Freelon, and world-class bands including The Crusaders, The Preservation Hall Jazz Band and the Herbie Hancock Quartet.

September 20
Farm Workers Challenge
Salinas
Tel: 831-455-2575
www.thefarm-salinasvalley.com
Another aspect of the Salinas Valley "Salute to Agriculture" is an afternoon inter-farm challenge, as farm workers race in laying sprinkler pipes, backing up an out-house, and packing fresh lettuces. Held at The Farm's fields, with corn on the cob for spectators following the event.

September 20
International Coastal Cleanup Day
Monterey
Tel: 800-COAST4U
www.coastal.ca.gov/publiced/pendx.html
Help break the Guinness Book World Record held in California for the most volunteers cleaning up garbage in one state.

September 25-28
7th Annual World Music Festival
Monterey and Carmel
Tel: 866-56-MUSIC
www.montereyworldmusic.org
Experience glorious musical diversity at the 7th World Music Festival. Performers include Dervish (traditional Irish), Axiom of Choice (Persian Emigre Fusion), and Mamadou Diabate Ensemble (Jeli music of Mali). Sambada leads the United Colors of Monterey parade through downtown Monterey on Saturday morning; Davka performs an original score to the silent film The Golem.

September 25-October 12
The Taming of the Shrew
Carmel
Tel: 831-622-0100
www.pacrep.org
Shakespeare's politically incorrect romp around the eternal battle of the sexes closes Pacific Repertory Theatre's fall Shakespeare Festival.

September 26
Harvest Wine Seminar
Carmel Valley
Tel: 831-624-2600
www.chateaujulien.com
Participate in the excitement of harvest! The whole crew will be present to crush grapes and dine "family-style" in the cellar.

September 26
"It's All About FINDING NEMO"
Monterey
Tel: 831-646-0910
www.filmmonterey.org
The Monterey Film Commission's Focus on Film lecture series kicks off with Doug Nichols, art manager for Pixar Animation Studio's smash hit "Finding Nemo", who shares behind-the-scenes insights on the art that made "Nemo" a winner.

September 26-November 2
Dia de los Muertos Altars
Salinas
Tel: 831-775-4730
www.steinbeck.org
The National Steinbeck Center honors the Mexican custom of honoring one's deceased forebears with festively decorated altars, with a display of community and personal miniature altars called nichos.

September 27
Carmel River Mouth Birdwalk
Carmel
Tel: 831-373-1000
Guided birdwalk exploring the diverse habitat where freshwater river meets the bay; possible sightings include vireos, warblers, harriers and many shorebirds. Limited to 18 observers.

September 27-28
Carmel Valley Gem Show
Carmel Valley
Tel: 831-663-6978
www.cvgms.org
The Carmel Valley Gem and Mineral Society puts on a grand display of gems, fossils, and rocks of every sort, plus demonstrations, equipment, dealers and much more.

September 28
Magical Music Tour Concert
Carmel Valley
Tel: 831-659-1108
www.magiccirclecenter.com
Lynda Jardine and Friends interweave ethereal harp music with delight-filled poetry.

September 28-29
15th Annual Artists Studio Tour
Peninsula/Carmel Valley area
Tel: 831-754-ARTS
www.artists-equity.org
Self-guided tour of more than 70 local artists' studios throughout the county open to the public for this Artists Equity sponsored event. See also October 4-5.

September 28
39th Annual Carmel Mission Fiesta
Carmel
Tel: 831-624-8322
Featuring a variety of international musical entertainment, children's games, Farmer's Market, fabulous barbecue, and shopping galore at local artisans booths.

September 29-October 5
Bank of America Monterey Peninsula Classic
Seaside
Tel: 831-649-1533
See the future stars of the PGA Tour tackle top-ranked Bayonet Golf Course. Tournament proceeds benefit programs to bring affordable, accessible golf and life skills to local youth.

September-TBA
Concert on the Green
Monterey
Tel: 831-646-5640
Concerts on the lawn in front of Colton Hall Museum.



October 2003

October 1
Scrap Arts Music
CSUMB, Seaside
Tel: 831-582-4580
www.csumb.edu/worldtheater
Five extraordinary, athletic, percussionists and their array of portable, danceable instruments create an energetic, highly choreographed evening of theater, music and movement.

October 3-19
Blood Sugar
Carmel Valley
Tel: 831-659-1108
www.magiccirclecenter.com
Award-winning actress and poet Sue Gaetzman brings her one-woman show to the Magic Circle Center for its Central Coast premiere. Lyrical, rich in humor and passion, the LA Times called it "haunting and inspirational."

October 3-5
U.S. Sports Car Invitational
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Monterey
Tel: 831-242-8206
www.laguna-seca.com
This world-class sports car race closes the 2003 racing season in high style, bringing together a decade's worth of NASCAR Winston Cup winners, two groups of Porsches, old and new Mini-Coopers, plus vintage Can Am cars - truly radical machines for their time.

October 3-November 2
A Doll's House
Salinas
Tel: 831-755-6816
www.westernstage.org
Henrik Ibsen's play laid one of the cornerstones of modern drama, telling a tale of tragedy through the lives of ordinary people, in this case charming headstrong Nora and her indulgent, foolish husband, Torvald.

October 4
Butterfly Parade
Pacific Grove
Tel: 831-646-6540
www.pacificgrove.org
Elementary school children parade in butterfly costumes to welcome the return of the Monarch butterfly to its winter home. Community bazaar follows.

October 4
Grape Stomp and Barbecue
Salinas Valley
Tel: 888-646-5446
www.tastemonterey.com
Turn the juice loose, with this high-spirited afternoon of wine, food and fun.

October 4
Marina Air Faire
Marina
Tel: 831-582-0102
Vintage planes, including rare, still-flying warbirds like Stearmans, descend on Marina's airport; they're joined by local hot-rod and vintage car clubs, plus food, fun and entertainment.

October 4
Carmel Valley Wine Festival
Carmel Valley Village
Tel: 831-659-6010
www.carmelvalleywinefestival.com
This exclusive event affords a very special opportunity for visitors to discover the fine wines of Carmel Valley, with grand tastings, delicious buffet foods, and barrel auctions.

October 4-5
15th Annual Artists Studio Tour
North County/Salinas Valley area
Tel: 831-754-ARTS
www.artists-equity.org
Self-guided tour of more than 70 local artists' studios throughout the county open to the public for this Artists Equity sponsored event.

October 5
Taste of Carmel
Carmel Valley
Tel: 831-624-2522
Local restaurants and wineries showcase their food and wine. Live and silent auctions, entertainment.

October 5
Historic Home Tour
Pacific Grove
Tel: 831-373-3304
www.pacificgrove.org
Tour of select Victorian homes, bed and breakfast inns, churches and the Pt. Pinos lighthouse. Costumed docents provide histories at each location.

October 7
Jazz at Sunset: Brad Mehldau Trio
Carmel
Tel: 925-275-9255
www.montereyjazzfest.org
The renovated and expanded Sunset Center is the venue for a new series of jazz concerts presented by the Monterey Jazz Festival. Second in the series is Bay Area piano star Brad Mehldau and his trio.

October 8
Bernardus Wine Dinner
Carmel Valley
Tel: 831-658-3550
www.bernardus.com
Marinus Restaurant is the setting for Chef Cal Stamenov's fine five-course dinner showcasing the wines of Bernardus Winery.

October 9-26
The Glass Menagerie
Monterey
Tel: 831-646-4213
www.mpcfaculty.net/drama_dept/
MPC Theatre Company presents Tennessee Williams's moving and masterful drama about the maternal manipulations of Amanda Wingfield, determined to snare a 'gentleman caller' for her shy daughter Laura, who lives only to care for her menagerie of crystal animals.

October 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, 31
Wild Things Nighttime Tours
Spreckels
Tel: 831-455-3180
www.wildthingsinc.com
Enjoy a unique Halloween tour through Wild Things animal facility. Stroll through decorated grounds, while costumed tour guides tell myths about exotic wild animals. Refreshments follow with a photo opportunity with "spooky" Halloween animals.

October 10-12
Jeffers Tor House Fall Festival
Carmel
Tel: 831-624-1813
www.torhouse.org
[email protected]
Annual event includes re-enactments, special readings, speakers, theatre, music, benefit luncheon, sunset celebration, guided beach walks and more, all celebrating the life and works of early 20th century poet Robinson Jeffers.

October 10-12
12th Annual Jade Festival
Big Sur
Tel: 831-394-8315
Of all the secrets of Big Sur, its rare and lovely jade may be the best kept. Discover jade, gems, wood and stone at this weekend festival, held at Pacific Valley School, 65 miles south of Monterey, 35 miles north of Hearst Castle.

October 11
8th Annual New Release Harvest Open House
Carmel Valley
Tel: 800-GALANTE
www.galantevineyards.com
Taste the new releases, meet the winemakers, and learn about Galante wines and the wine-making process.

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October 11
Movie in the Park
Carmel
Tel: 831-620-2020
Grab a blanket and a picnic basket, and head for Devendorf Park in the center of Carmel for a free showing of the classic "Frankenstein".

October 11
Fall Festival at "The Farm"
Salinas
Tel: 831-455-2575
www.thefarm-salinasvalley.com
Join in the kids' pumpkin races, sample fresh salsa, and enjoy the fruits of the harvest, right on The Farm.

October 13
California Constitution Day
Monterey
Tel: 831-646-3949
www.monterey.org/library
Local history of the last century, as captured in photographs from the Monterey Public Library's extensive historic documents collection, is highlighted by local authors Dennis Copeland and Jeanne McCombs. Reservations required.

October 11-12
10th Annual Old Monterey Seafood and Music Festival
Monterey
Tel: 831-655-8070
www.oldmonterey.org
Fresh seafood including clam chowder, salmon, shrimp and sushi, live music and crafts, all around Custom House Plaza and Alvarado Street.

October 12-14
Monterey Symphony
Carmel (12-13), Salinas (14)
Tel: 831-624-8511
www.montereysymphony.org
The opening of the 2003-2004 season as Kate Tamarkin conducts three lively pieces: Dvorak's Carnival Overture, Rimsky-Korsakov's "Scheherazade" Op. 35, and Copland's Clarinet Concerto.

October 13
California Constitution Day
Monterey
Tel: 831-646-5640
www.monterey.org/museum
Re-enactment of California's first Constitutional Convention on the original site where it was drafted in 1849.

October 17-18
Ensemble Monterey
Salinas (17), Carmel (18)
Tel: 831-333-1283
www.ensemblemonterey.org
Concert season of Ensemble Monterey opens in October with a tribute to the life of Lou Harrison, presenting his Seven Pastorales, New Moon, and other pieces for violin and harp.

October 17-19
California International Airshow
Salinas
Tel: 831-754-1983
www.salinasairshow.com
Prepare to be dazzled by fantastic flying exhibitions by the US Air Force Thunderbirds, aerobatics, skydiving, and much more.

October 24-26
Changing Seasons Art Event
Carmel
Tel: 831-624-9035
Purchase a special Carmel passport to enjoy three days of wine-tasting, gourmet snacking, and gallery-hopping. Gather stamps from 12 of the 18 participating galleries and you'll be entered to win a weekend for two in a Carmel hotel, too.

October 25
Carmel's 87th Birthday Party
Carmel
Tel: 831-620-2020
www.carmelcalifornia.com
Join Carmelites as they celebrate the city's official birthday with a morning parade followed by a barbecue. (Unofficially, Carmel is 100 years old, as its first developer laid out its streets in 1903!)

October 25
Big Sur River Run
Big Sur
Tel: 831-624-4112
www.bigsurriverrun.org
10K foot race and 5K walk amongst the redwoods and along the Big Sur River to benefit local charities.

October 25-November 16
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Salinas
Tel: 831-755-6816
www.westernstage.org
Anyone who has attempted to clawed their way up the corporate ladder should recognize the scheming CEO, the coddled nephew of the boss, the seductive secretary, all parodied in this brilliant musical comedy.

October 26
Magical Music Tour Concerts
Carmel Valley
Tel: 831-659-1108
www.magiccirclecenter.com
The Magic Circle Center presents jazz flutist Kenny Stahl as part of their afternoon concert series, set in the Center's gardens.

October 26
Monterey Beer Festival
Monterey
Tel: 831-373-2843
Lift a tankard at the inaugural Monterey Beer Festival! There'll be dozens of ales and lagers from top mirco, major and international breweries, interesting merchandise, and great nibbles. The setting: the boatyard of Monterey Boat Works, next to the Coast Guard Pier.

October 26
25th Annual Harvest Festival
Carmel
Tel: 831-624-8886
www.thebarnyard.com
A safe haven for children to trick-or-treat throughout the Barnyard shops. Enjoy hayrides, pony rides, costume contest and more. Guess the weight of the giant pumpkin and win it!

October 29
Jazz at Sunset: Wynton Marsalis
Carmel
Tel: 925-275-9255
www.montereyjazzfest.org
The renovated and expanded Sunset Center is the venue for a new series of jazz concerts presented by the Monterey Jazz Festival. Last in the 2003 series is trumpet virtuoso Wynton Marsalis, an MJF veteran of many years standing.

October 29 - November 2
Pebble Beach Equestrian Championships
Pebble Beach
Tel: 831-624-2786
www.ridepebblebeach.com
Grand finale to the horse show season in Pebble Beach.

October 31
Halloween Bal Masque
Big Sur
Tel: 831-667-2345
www.nepenthebigsur.com
Come to dine and dance beneath the moon on the terrace of Nepenthe, one of Big Sur's signature dining spots, at the annual masked costume party. Proceeds benefit the Big Sur fire service.

October TBA
Mozart Society of California
Carmel
Tel: 831-625-3637
Opening performance of the 2002-2003 concert season. Call for details.




November 2003

November 1
6th Annual Dia de los Muertos Procession
Salinas
Tel: 831-775-4730
www.steinbeck.org
This is the Mexican 'Day of the Dead,' for honoring one's deceased friends and family. Parade and dancing on Salinas's Main Street, ending at the National Steinbeck Center.

November 1- 2
Monterey Bay Holiday Gift Fair
Monterey
Tel: 831-622-0700
Original hand-made arts and crafts exhibition and sale. All artists on-site, as well as food, drink and family entertainment.

November 2
Magical Music Tour Concerts
Carmel Valley
Tel: 831-659-1108
www.magiccirclecenter.com
The Magic Circle Center presents Heartstrings, a lively group of women whose modern take on traditional music includes Irish ballads, old-time American folk tunes, and songs from around the world.

November 6-9
Great Wine Escape Weekend
Monterey
Tel: 831-375-9400
www.montereywines.org
Celebrate the vendange at Monterey County wineries and restaurants as they roll out the red carpet for a weekend of self-guided and narrated bus tours, open houses, winemaker dinners Friday and Saturday nights, and live entertainment.

November 8
Fall Winemaker Dinner
Carmel Valley
Tel: 831-624-2600
www.chateaujulien.com
Dine amid candlelight and aging oak barrels in the winery's Chai. The one night of the year that the winery's barrel room is open to dine.

November 14-December 14
The Dining Room
Carmel Valley
Tel: 831-659-1108
www.magiccirclecenter.com
A tour de force for the performers, A. R. Gurney’s play is comprised of a mosaic of interrelated scenes--some funny, some touching, some rueful--which, taken together, create an in-depth portrait of a vanishing species: the upper-middle-class WASP. At Carmel Valley’s Magic Circle Center.

November 14-February 14, 2004
"The Studio of Jo Mora"
Monterey
Tel: 831-372-2608, ext 11
www.montereyhistory.org
Jo Mora was one of California's most versatile artists: a painter, illustrator of his own books, a sculptor whose most famous work is the bronze and marble sarcophagus of Father Serra in Carmel Mission. Explore a recreation of his studio at the Maritime Museum of Monterey, or attend a lecture planned for the exhibition.

November 14-February 29, 2004
Jo Mora: Pencil to Publication
Tel: 831-775-4730
www.steinbeck.org
A rare opportunity to see never before displayed original work by Joseph Jacinto “Jo” Mora(1876-1947, providing a glimpse into his creative process. The exhibit, at the National Steinbeck Center, will include drawings, manuscripts and illustrations of three of Mora’s books.

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November 16
Big Sur Half Marathon & 5K Run
Monterey
Tel: 831-625-6226
www.bigsurhalfmarathon.org
Two fun-filled events for runners at all levels. The Big Sur Half Marathon begins and ends in downtown Monterey, taking in Cannery Row and Pacific Grove along the way. The "Run Forrest Run 5K" is sponsored by Bubba Gump's restaurant, complete with entertainment along the course.

November 16-18
Monterey Symphony Orchestra
Carmel (16-17), Salinas (18)
Tel: 831-624-8511
www.montereysymphony.org
Kate Tamarkin conducts Brahms' Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80, Dvorak's Symphony No. 9, and guest artist Dubravka Tomsic in Schumann's Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.54.

November 19 - 24
Callaway Golf Pebble Beach Invitational
Pebble Beach
Tel: 831-625-8575
www.pebblebeach.com
Pro-Am Golf Tournament. Enjoy the world famous golf links on Monterey Peninsula: Del Monte Golf Course, Pebble Beach Golf Links and Spyglass Hill Golf Course.

November 21-22
Ensemble Monterey
Salinas (21), Carmel (22)
Tel: 831-333-1283
www.ensemblemonterey.org
Ensemble Monterey presents three "Treasures of the Past": Brahms' Serenade No. 2, Martinu's Nonet, and Jacob's Old Wine in New Bottles.

November 22
Homecrafters' Marketplace
Carmel
Tel: 831-626-1255
A juried show of the creations made by artists and craftspeople in Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz counties. Superb holiday shopping!

November 22-December 31
Artist Miniatures 2003
Monterey
Tel: 831-372-5477
www.montereyart.org
View and bid on hundreds of miniature artworks, created by noted area artists as a fundraiser for the Monterey Museum of Art.

November 28
9th Annual Cannery Row Christmas Tree Lighting
Monterey
Tel: 831-649-6690
www.canneryrow.com
"Snow on the Row." Annual tree lighting, caroling and arrival of Santa Claus.

November TBA
Carmel Postcards Exhibit
Carmel
Tel: 831-624-4447
www.ccarmelheritage.org
A nostalgic look at Carmel through the postcards sent out "wishing you were here..." At First Murphy House, part of Carmel's Centenary celebrations.

November TBA
Lovejoy Concert Series
Carmel
Tel: 831-624-7404
Winter season of chamber concerts.




December 2003

December 1
Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
Pacific Grove
Tel: 831-373-3304
www.pacificgrove.org
Festivities at Jewell Park feature carolling with local school bands and choirs, plus refreshments and Santa's first visit.

December 2-3
Christmas at the Inns
Pacific Grove
Tel: 831-373-3304
www.pacificgrove.org
Take a self-guided tour of ten bed and breakfast inns, all decked out in holiday splendor. Entertainment and refreshments served; tickets ($20 per person) are limited in number, so book early.

December 3-7
Streets of Bethlehem
Salinas
Tel: 831-422-9872
A living history interactive experience. Over 200 cast members, numerous musical groups and even live animals help bring this Christmas story to life.

December 4
2nd Annual Holiday Parade of Lights
Pacific Grove
Tel: 831-373-3304
www.pacificgrove.org
Holiday-themed floats are the centerpiece of this illuminated parade, with marching bands, dance teams, equestrian groups and - of course - Santa Claus. Late night shopping, horse-drawn wagon rides, and photo-ops with Santa follow.

December 5
Monterey Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
Monterey
Tel: 831-646-5640
www.monterey.org
Gather on the lawn outside Town Hall to watch the lighting of the town's tree: carolling and good cheer abound!

December 5
4th Annual Moss Landing Marine Labs Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair
Moss Landing
www.mlml.calstate.edu
[email protected]
All-day affair, complete with refreshments, presenting the work of local craftspeople and artists, including pottery, candles, jewelry and much more.

December 5
Carmel Tree Lighting
Carmel
Tel: 831-626-1255
www.carmelcalifornia.com
Lighting of Carmel-by-the-Sea's official tree at Ocean Avenue and Junipero between 4:30-6pm.

December 5-7
4th Annual Monterey Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival
Monterey
Tel: 1-800-722-9652
www.montereycowboy.com
[email protected]
The best cowboy poets and balladeers – including The Sons of the San Joaquin, Baxter Black, RW Hampton, Lorrraine Rawls, and dozens more – are featured in a 3-day weekend event also showcasing western artists and gear makers.

December 5-21
Inspecting Carol
Monterey
Tel: 831-646-4213
www.mpcfaculty.net/drama_dept
Hilarious consequences dog every step of an ill-fated production of Dickens’ "A Christmas Carol" as an inspector from the NEA demands an accounting from the hapless director. Thursdays-Sundays, at MPC’s Morgan Stock Stage.

December 6
Oldtown Holiday Parade of Lights
Salinas
Tel: 831-758-0725
Joyous procession through old Salinas and down Main Street past the National Steinbeck Center, at 7pm.

December 6
Blackstone Winery Open House
Gonzales
Tel: 831-675-2481
www.blackstonewines.com
Shop for holiday gifts, enjoy special wine releases, and live music all day, with the opening of newest gallery exhibition at 4-7pm.

December 6
Stillwell's Snow in the Park
Pacific Grove
Tel: 831-373-3304
www.pacificgrove.org
Caledonia Park is covered in a blanket of glistening snow surrounded by festive lights. Lots of fun for the young and the young at heart. Special appearances by Santa, Frosty and the Snow Queen.

December 6
5th Annual Wine and Wreaths Open House
Joullian Vineyards, Carmel Valley
Tel: 831-659-2800
www.joullian.com
Attendees are invited to wind their own grapevine wreath from Joullian's cuttings. Wine tasting and picnic area a must.

December 6-7, 13-14, 20-21
Santa’s Holiday Forest
Cannery Row, Monterey
Tel: 831-644-9399
www.canneryrow.com
Wander among gaily decorated trees to discover the jolly old elf himself, then kids can settle down for a session of holiday arts and crafts organized by MY Museum.

December 6-7, 13-14, 20-21
Santa Cruz Holiday Lights Train
Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz County)
Tel: 831-335-4484
www.roaringcamp.com
Ride a beautifully lit holiday train through Victorian Santa Cruz as you sip hot spiced cider, listen to carolers and view decorated homes.

December 6, 13, 20
Santa Claus on Alvarado Street
Monterey
Tel: 831-655-8070
www.oldmonterey.org
Santa Claus greets children, poses for photos and distributes candy; horse-drawn wagon rides around Old Monterey add to the fun. Free, between 12 and 3pm.

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December 6-14
A Christmas Carol: Scrooge and Marley
Salinas
Tel: 831-755-6816
www.westernstage.com
The Western Stage presents Israel Horowitz's joyous adaptation of Dickens' classic tale, recounting the spiritual awakening of the miserable, miserly, and chilly-hearted Ebenezer Scrooge.

December 7
Carmel Inns of Distinction Tour
Carmel
Tel: 831-624-4447
Carmel Heritage Society guides you to an afternoon tour around the village's handsomest, most historic inns. Reservations recommended.

December 7
Holiday Spectacular
Carmel Valley
Tel: 831-624-2600
www.chateaujulien.com
Chateau Julien presents The Choral Project, a wonderful Bay Area choir that uses the proceeds of their concerts for charitable projects. Wine-tasting and refreshments included in $20 ticket price.

December 11 and 13
20th Annual Christmas in the Adobes
Monterey
Tel: 831-649-7118
www.mbay.net/~mshp
Experience Monterey's beautiful historic buildings illuminated by candlelight and enhanced with period decorations, musical entertainment, costumed volunteers and refreshments like authentic Mexican hot chocolate.

December 12
La Posada
Monterey
Tel: 831-646-3866
www.monterey.org/rec
A traditional Christmas candlelight parade led by Joseph and Mary with participants singing Spanish and English Christmas carols. A piñata party and refreshments follow in the Monterey Conference Center.

December 12
Holiday Fantasy
Seaside
Tel: 831-899-6805
There’s real snow for kids to play in at Seaside’s Steven E. Ross Park, from 4-8pm.

December 13
La Posada
Seaside
Tel: 831-899-6805
A traditional Christmas candlelight parade led by Joseph and Mary as they search for ‘a room in the inn’ makes its way from Seaside’s City Hall to a piñata party and refreshments at the Oldemeyer Center.

December 13
Scheid Holiday Open House
Greenfield
Tel: 888-4SVIWINE
www.scheidvineyards.com
Santa drops by for photos with the kids while adults enjoy hot snacks and wine tasting. Everyone can make their own wreath from vine clippings: bring garden gloves.

December 13-14
I Cantori di Carmel Winter Concert
Carmel
Tel: 831-644-8012
www.icantori.org
Come celebrate Christmas and winter solstice with sacred choral music ringing through the lovely historic Carmel Mission.

December 14
Brighten The Harbor
Monterey
Tel: 831-657-0855
www.mpyc.org
Boats decorated with Christmas lights parade from the Coast Guard Pier to Lover's Point and back. A judging of boats will follow at the Yacht Club.

December 18-19
Monterey Symphony Winter Concert
Salinas (18), Carmel (19)
Tel: 831-624-8511
www.montereysymphony.org
Two special concerts, at Sacred Heart Church, Salinas, and the splendidly refurbished Sunset Center in Carmel. Festive holiday music for orchestra and chorus. These concerts sell out quickly: call for reservations.

December 19-21
Camerata Singers Winter Concert
Salinas (19), Carmel (20), Jolon (21)
Tel: 831-642-2701
The Camerata Singers present "Carols and Lullabies: Christmas in the Southwest" by Conrad Susa with guitarist Terrence Farrell, plus a program of modern and traditional Christmas music. Don’t miss the concerts at Carmel Mission and Mission San Antonio in Jolon, within Hunter-Liggett Army base.

December 19-21
Living Nativity
Pacific Grove
Tel: 831-658-3556
The First United Methodist Church (Sunset at 17 Mile Drive) tells the story of Christ’s Birth in the pine groves around the church; continuous 20-minute performances between 1:00 and 8:00pm.

December 23
A Chanticleer Christmas
Carmel
Tel: 800-407-1400
www.chanticleer.org
The renowned San Francisco-based men’s choir comes to Carmel Mission Basilica to sing a holiday program of carols, spirituals and sacred music.

December 31
New Year's Eve Party, Dinner and Dancing
Monterey
Tel: 831-647-6877
www.montereybayaquarium.org
Enjoy live music, food and drink, and a midnight champagne toast among the aquarium's galleries from 9pm-1am. An optional VIP strolling dinner begins the evening from 7pm-9pm.

December 31
New Year's Gala Celebration
The Inn at Spanish Bay
800-654-9300
Ring in the New Year in style, with food, beverages and music, as well as special room rates at The Inn at Spanish Bay

December 31
First Night Monterey
Downtown Monterey
Tel: 831-373-4778
www.firstnightmonterey.org
Celebration of New Year's Eve through the arts. Music, dances, poetry, special installations and exhibits from 2pm to midnight indoors and out throughout historic downtown Monterey. Alcohol-free event for the entire family.

December TBA
Monterey Peninsula Choral Society Christmas Concert
Carmel
Tel: 831-645-4728
With four decades of tradition, this inspired community choral group performs a Christmas program at Carmel Mission Basilica.