Historic Garden Tours
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.
April 30-May 1
11th Annual Bird-a-thon
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.
Watershed Festival of Life
This unusual festival celebrates the Carmel River and the watershed it depends on. From 11am, when the event opens with a "Gathering of the Waters" ceremony led by a large steelhead salmon puppet, through 4:30pm, discover booths displaying organic foods, artwork, river protection and more, plus a talk on restoring American watersheds.
Road and Track Invitational
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
This world-class invitational opens the racing season in high style. Previous invitationals have featured historic stock cars, vintage Can-Am cars and GTP and historic GTP cars.
Wildflower Triathalon Festival
Lake San Antonio
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.
Jeffers Tor House Garden Party
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.
Secret Gardens of Pacific Grove
The Heritage Society of Pacific Grove coaxes its members with the most delightful gardens to open them to the public for one day only.
Block Party on Cannery Row
Cannery Row, Monterey
Come on down to Cannery Row for a day of family fun, with live entertainment and great snacks free for everyone. Pepsi co-sponsors the event, which benefits the Cannery Row Foundation.
Social Sunday at La Mirada
First in a series of lighthearted social events at the Monterey Museum of Arts La Mirada Gallery.
Monterey County Youth Arts Festival
The Monterey Museum of Art's 11th annual celebration of artwork by the county's children and teens.
May 6-September 5
Handmade Books from the UCSC Collection
The Monterey Museum of Art presents a special exhibit of books hand-sewn, individually bound, the essence of the book-makers art.
Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band
Monterey Jazz Festival audiences just can't get enough of the vibrant Latin jazz of Poncho Sanchez. Now the festival presents this master of congas at Carmel's Sunset Center, concluding its Spring Series.
23rd Annual Human Race
This 10K run/8K walk traverses the most beautiful coastline in the world, and is one of Monterey County's largest collaborative fundraising events.
Third Annual Paraiso Airshow
Paraiso Vineyards, Salinas Valley
Great wines, fantastic cuisine, and a flying circus? Enjoy an airshow over Paraiso Vineyards while enjoying lunch and wine-tasting. Reservations essential.
The Scent of Food
Walk the organic gardens at Bernardus Lodge with Chef Cal Stamenov, then join him for a cooking demonstration and lunch using fresh herbs and veggies.
Sixth Annual Heritage Music Festival
CSU Monterey Bay, Seaside
A celebration of diverse musical traditions and cultural heritage.
I Cantori di Carmel
Spring concert of I Cantori, one of the area's finest choirs, presented at Carmel Mission Basilica.
Festival of the Winds
Kites of every size and shape fill the air, plus hang gliding over Marina State Beach, kids' crafts, kite making workshops, and flying demonstrations.
Mother's Day at La Mirada
Bring a mom (your own or one you love!) to a special brunch held at Monterey Museum of Arts La Mirada Gallery.
Monterey Wine Competition Grand Wine Tasting
Taste the medal winners at the 2004 Monterey Wine Competition. Located at the Salinas Valley Fairgrounds in King City.
Salinas Valley Fair
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.
Morgan Horse Show
The Fairgrounds' Pattee Arena is the setting for the Morgan Horse Show; free admission with showtimes throughout the day.
Carmel Art Festival
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.
Tribute to Aaron Copland
Salinas (14), Carmel (15)
Ensemble Monterey is joined by Cantiamo! Cabrillo for a night of Copland, including the great American composer's Appalachian Spring and the suite from the opera The Tender Land.
Salinas (14), Monterey (15), Jolon (16)
Monterey's Camerata Singers visit three notable churches - St Paul's in Salinas, San Carlos Cathedral in Monterey, and Mission San Antonio in Jolon - for these performances of Leonard Bernstein's Missa Brevis, Argento's Gloria from his opera The Masque of Angels, and Haydn's Mariazeller Messe.
May 14-June 6
The Western Stage celebrates its 30th anniversary year with seven sensational shows, leading off with Thornton Wilders gentle-hearted, Pulitzer Prize-winning play that asks us to "remember the way we were."
Fifty Years of Family Fun
Roaring Camp Railroads joins Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park in the celebration of its golden anniversary; lots of 1950s fun at both parks, including car show and sock hop.
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Steinbeck Wine Country Spring Open House
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.
Spring Winemaker Dinner
French bistro fare is served with new release Estate Vineyard and Private Reserve wines from Chateau Julien on the winery's Cobblestone Courtyard.
Ed "Doc" Ricketts Birthday Party
An evening celebration of the life and times of Ed Ricketts, held on his birthday at Kalisa's La Ida Cafe on Cannery Row.
Ed "Doc" Ricketts Lab Tours
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.
Castroville Artichoke Festival
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.
24 Hours of Adrenalin Cycle Race
Tel (contact number in Canada): 905-944-9436
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 period.
23rd Carmel Surf-About Weekend
Watch Monterey County's finest surfers tackle the waves at Carmel Beach, in this competition for county residents.
Del Monte Kennel Club Agility Trials
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.
La Mirada Historic House Lecture
The Monterey Museum of Art delves into the history of its La Mirada satellite gallery with guest speakers and a gallery tour.
Monterey Dance Week 2004
A dancer's dream week of master classes and performances in a range of dance disciplines: choreography, ballet, modern, jazz, and fusion.
May 16-June 13
This smash-hit musical won a clutch of Tony Awards for Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice in its 1980 Broadway debut. Presented at dusk in Carmel's open-air Outdoor Forest Theater; bring a picnic, a blanket and a sweater.
May 18-July 30
Films in the Forest
New season of classic films, suitable for the entire family, presented at dusk in the open-air Outdoor Forest Theater. Bring a picnic, a blanket and a sweater!
Pebble Beach Equestrian Challenge
Level A horse show, featuring hunter jumping and other classes.
Cooking for Solutions
Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey
Notable chefs gather in a three-day extravaganza dedicated to sustainable seafood. This year's event honors renowned chef Jacques Pepin, longtime advocate of sustainable dining. Events include a reception with Jacques Pepin, tasting gala, cooking demonstrations, and farm and vineyard tours.
Zinfandel Release Party and BBQ at Joullian Vineyards. Wine tasting, vineyard tours, a picnic under the sun and wine sale are on the agenda.
Cooper-Molera Historic Garden Sale
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."
Sea Otter Focus Tour
Learn all about the cutest critter in Elkhorn Slough the threatened sea otter as you tour by boat, guided by expert naturalists. Reserve early for this popular tour.
Que Onda Custom Car Show
Instead of cattle and prize pigs, the lawns of the Monterey County Fairgrounds are populated by the hottest custom cars.
Carmel (23-24), Salinas (26)
Kate Tamarkin conducts Handel's stirring "Music for the Royal Fireworks", Albinoni's Adagio, and Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125, "Choral".
May 27-July 3
PacRep tickles the region's funnybones with Dan Goggin's hilarious musical comedy.
Red, White and a Little Blues - Some Rock and Latin, Too!
A Memorial Day red-white-and-blue festival, with live blues, rock and Latin music from 11am-4pm, arts, crafts, and more, all filling Monterey's Alvarado Street.
Big Sur Experimental Music Festival
In year five of this fascinating fest, the organizers explore the Baltimore-founded Sound/Shift concept, inviting 70+ musicians to contribute to one seven-hour improvisation.
Carmel-by-the-Sea Garden Club Flower Show
Tiptoe through the tulips and other flowers at this fundraiser for Gardens of Carmel. Saturday educational seminars focus on flower arranging and gardening.
22nd Annual Civil War Encampment Felton
One of the longest-running Civil War reenactments in the West comes once again to Roaring Camp Railroads for three days of battles and quieter camp life.
Family Day at La Mirada
Last in a series of lighthearted social events at the Monterey Museum of Arts La Mirada Gallery.
Monterey Peninsula Choral Society Spring Concert
This high-spirited community chorus performs an entertaining program of popular music from famous composers past and present.