The First Tee Open
Pebble Beach Golf Links and Bayonet Golf Course
This new tournament on the Champions Tour (formerly the Senior PGA) brings together golf legends and junior golfers on two of the Monterey Peninsula's top courses.
Taj Mahal Trio
One of the blues' best-loved artists, Taj Mahal, blends blues, rock and Caribbean and African influences into a Creole-born cocktail that is unique.
Bug Walk/Corn Maze
Learn all about the helpful insects who thrive in the organic produce fields of Earthbound Farm, then go test your sense of direction in the Corn Maze. (Maze then open daily when Farm Stand is open.)
16th Annual Greek Festival
An ethnic festival featuring authentic Greek food, live music, traditional dancing, a taverna and crafts.
Walking Tour of the Monterey Mesa
Discover the homes, gardens and history of the Monterey Mesa, a secluded plateau overlooking the bay that saw some of the city's earliest settlement, during this midday, guided walk led by a local historian. $10 per person; walk starts at La Mirada Art Gallery.
Camerata Singers at La Mirada
The Camerata Singers bring a choral grace note to the gardens and galleries of La Mirada, a branch of the Monterey Museum of Art, 1-4pm. Free admission and hors d'oeuvres plus no host wine bar.
9th Annual Monterey Bay ReggaeFest
A host of well-known and up-and-coming reggae artists, including Sister Carol, Bambu Station, Israel Vibration, Ras Michael and Sons of Negus, and many more, fill two stages at the Monterey County Fairgrounds. Great island cooking, kids play area, Reggae Lounge and a Rastafari Museum of Culture.
Taste of the Valley
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.
Pacific Repertory Theater complements its annual Shakespeare Festival with Timothy Findley's award-winning drama, here in its West Coast premiere.
Grand Prix of Monterey
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Monterey
The 2004 Mazda Raceway season includes the fastest cars around the 2.238-mile, 11-turn road course with the return of the CART Champ Car Series headlining the Grand Prix of Monterey weekend.
The Triathlon at Pacific Grove
This 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 10-October 22
16th Annual Artists Studio Tour Exhibition
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.
Carmel Music Society
One of America's most sought after and versatile baritones, Mark Delavan, opens Carmel Music Society's 2004-05 season at Carmel's Sunset Center.
Hot Tomato Night
Quail Lodge, Carmel Valley
Special feast for tomato fans, held at Quail Lodge.
20th Annual Jazz Art Show
The City of Seaside brings together the enchanting vocalist Barbara Morrison and a galleryful of artists for this special tribute to two local cultural icons: Bruce Foreman, jazz instructor, and Henry Gilpin, photographer. An elegant evening at the Oldemeyer Center in Seaside.
Festa Italia-Santa Rosalia Festival
Italian music, bocce competitions, arts and crafts, delicious Italian food.
Carmel TomatoFest 2004
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.
Passport to Oldtown
Explore the town John Steinbeck called 'home' while sampling the offerings of Salinas's best restaurants. This 'dining passport' also unlocks live music and much more.
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Strides and Tides Horse Show
Casual, fun-filled equestrian event before the championships next month. Level A horse show featuring hunter jumping and horses from all over California.
Monterey Jazz Festival
Monterey County Fairgrounds, Monterey
Nonstop jazz at the oldest continuous jazz festival in the world. Top names in jazz appearing this year include Bobby McFerrin, Jack DeJohnette, Terrence Blanchard, Clark Terry, Buddy Guy, Take Six, Chaka Khan and many more.
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.
2004 Galante Vineyards Days of Wine and Roses
Enjoy great wine while you dance on rose petals at Galante Vineyards and listen to fabulous music.
Take a walk with Chef Jeffrey Jake of The Lodge at Pebble Beach through the organic produce fields of Earthbound Farm, harvesting while you pick up culinary tips.
International Coastal Cleanup Day
Help break the Guinness Book World Record held in California for the most volunteers cleaning up garbage in one state.
September 19 and 26
Dia de la Familia
Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey
Children age 12 and under enjoy free admission to the Monterey Bay Aquarium on the last two Sundays in September. Crafts, activities, and Latin American cultural performances highlight Mexican Heritage Month.
Monterey History in Pictures
A double-barrelled presentation by two esteemed Monterey historians, at the Maritime Museum's Stanton Center: Edna Kimbro on 'Early Monterey,' and Julianne Burton-Carvajal on 'The Monterey Mesa in the 1920s.'
Greg Brown in Concert
The gravelly voice belies the sensitive heart of singer-songwriter Greg Brown, whose songs are laced with humor and plain old country commonsense. In concert at Sunset Center.
16th Annual Artists Studio Tour
Self-guided tour of more than 70 local artists' studios throughout the county open to the public for this Artists Equity sponsored event.
Monterey County's People Choice
Tel: 831-646-5446, ext. 11
Help pick Monterey Countys favorite Pinot Noir under $30 through The Peoples' Choice Challenge blind tasting at A Taste of Monterey on Cannery Row.
Gem and Mineral Show
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, held at the Monterey County Fairgrounds.
Monterey Beer Festival
Lift a tankard at the Second Monterey Beer Festival! There'll be dozens of ales and lagers from top micro, major and international breweries, interesting merchandise, and great nibbles. The setting: the boatyard of Monterey Boat Works, next to the Coast Guard Pier.
40th Annual Carmel Mission Fiesta
Featuring a variety of international musical entertainment, children's games, Farmer's Market, fabulous barbecue, and shopping galore at local artisans booths.
Since their 1997 debut at Carnegie Hall, the young women of the Eroica Trio have come to personify the new face of classical music: daring, stylish, provocative, yet driven by superb technique. First concert in the Chamber Music Monterey Bay 2004-05 season at Sunset Center.
San Jose Taiko
Inspired by traditional Japanese drumming, San Jose Taiko explores a wider world of rhythm, including percussion from Africa, Brazil, Bali and Latin jazz.
September 30-October 16
Twelfth Night, Or What You Will
Pacific Repertory Theater completes its annual Shakespeare Festival line-up with the delightful classic comedy, at the Outdoor Forest Theater.
Concert on the Green
Concerts on the lawn in front of Colton Hall Museum.
Farm Workers Challenge
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.