Daily in June
Maritime Museum Celebration
The Maritime Museum of Monterey celebrates the 75th anniversary year of the Monterey History & Art Association with free admission for all visitors. See the giant fresnel lighthouse lens, discover Monterey's earliest explorers, and learn about life on Cannery Row.
Saturdays through October
"Bring Back the Music" Concerts
Do some Saturday afternoon (2-4pm) retail therapy at Monterey's Del Monte Center shopping plaza, and you'll hear some very special live music, dedicated to raising funds for musicians who lost their instruments and their livelihoods in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina, sponsored by the Center, KRML jazz radio, and the Dixieland Monterey Festival.
Sundays through September
Steinbeck House Tours
One of the finest old houses in Salinas will be open for summer afternoon tours every Sunday between Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends. Its significance? Novelist John Steinbeck was born and raised here, and many treasures from his childhood remain.
June 1-July 26
Films in the Forest
Weeknight screenings at the Outdoor Forest Theater of favorite films for kids, families and friends. Bring a cushion and a cuddly throw, plus your own picnic or popcorn!
Androcles & the Lion
Aurand Harris's classic retelling of Aesop's fable about the kind-hearted slave and the lion with a thorn it its paw receives a commedia delle'arte treatment that marries slapstick with Renaissance grace. At MPC's Studio Theatre.
SpectorDance Spring Program
New choreography by Fran Spector Atkins highlights these two performances, including "Alice in Wonderland" and "Rock Ballet," and by guest artist Lawrence Pech.
California Cowboy Show
Come on down to enjoy cowboy music and poetry, tasty hors d'oeuvres, a complimentary glass of wine and a silent auction.
June 9-July 2
A Streetcar Named Desire
Passion and desperation in equal measures frame the story of Blanche DuBois, her sister, Stella, and her brutish brother-in-law, Stanley, as Pacific Repertory Theater presents Tennessee Williams's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, at the Golden Bough Theatre.
June 9-July 2
The Time of Your Life
William Saroyan's poignant and optimistic drama debuted on the cusp of World War II, and was made into a classic film with Jimmy Cagney a decade later. The Western Stage brings it to the boards in Salinas to open its Summer 2006 season.
Jazzmasters in Concert
Monterey (10), Marina (11)
Roger Kellaway, the Grammy Award-winning pianist and composer, and Bruce Forman, the guitarist whose performance graced Million Dollar Baby, will be sharing the stage for two great performances in Monterey County. Performance highlight: pieces from their recently released CD "Remembering Bobby Darrin."
Mission San Antonio Fiesta
Make your way into Montereys South County and Fort Hunter Liggett (near Lake San Antonio) to attend the Fiesta Mass at this historic mission. Event starts at 11am with choir and distribution of St. Anthony's bread, followed by a BBQ, games and live music.
Third Thursday at MMA
Tel: 831-372-5477 ext 12
Enjoy a mellow cocktail hour of art, wine and nibbles at the Monterey Museum of Art, during this free monthly event.
Sunset Center presents a spring program of Smuin Ballet's innovative modern-ballet, including Reinin' in the Hurricane, set to music of Gene Autry and Johnny Cash, plus the world premiere of Symphony of Psalms.
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June 16-July 22
The Music Man
They've got trouble, right down in River City... And 'Professor' Harold Hill will attempt to lead the town's youth from the pool hall to a marching band extravaganza. At the Outdoor Forest Theater in Carmel.
17th Annual Art and Wine Festival
Taste the wines of local wineries, stroll the gardens and visit exhibiting local artists, listen to live music, and sample speciality foods.
Jazz Club at the Aquarium
Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey
Take Dad out for a swell evening of vintage cool jazz, as San Francisco diva Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers headline an evening at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Other artists performing among the Aquarium's finny denizens include Trio Paradiso and the Jazz Birds.
Red, White and a Little Blues - Some Rock and Latin, Too!
A red-white-and-blue festival, with live blues, rock and Latin music, arts and crafts, and food, all filling Monterey's Alvarado Street.
Celtic Piping & Drumming Week
Pebble Beach, Monterey
If you're stirred by the skirl of bagpipes and their accompanying drums, you can sign up for a week of piping/drumming workshops - or just pop into Monterey's Mucky Duck Pub for a public concert during the week.
June 21- July 16
Talking with Terrorists
Robin Soans, the verbatim theater specialist, tackles the question of terrorism through the words of people who commit terrorist acts. The title is drawn from remarks by the late Mo Mowlam, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland; this PacRep performance is the West Coast premiere.
June 22-September 14
Big Sur International Short Film Series
Twelve weeks (every Thursday) of the best short films in the world, shown at the Henry Miller Library. Many are prize-winners; some are serious, others flaky and fun, all go perfectly with popcorn and a soft blanket beneath the stars. Check the website for schedule.
June 23 & 25
World Famous Operas III
The Monterey Opera and the Monterey Bay Symphony's chamber orchestra present some of the world's best-loved operatic arias.
21st Monterey Bay Blues Festival
Three stages of matchless blues and R-and-B, held over three exciting days, presented by a festival dedicated to preserving this unique American art form. This year's line-up features headliner acts like Isaac Hayes, Delbert McClinton and Buckwheat Zydeco, plus Denise LaSalle, The Temptations Review, and Chicago Blues Reunion with Harvey Mandell.
June 23-October 30
The very diverse works of four artists - photographer Toni Chiapelli, painter Gerrica Connolly, and multimedia artists Carlaine Willis and Steven Harper - are on display in the Alvarado Gallery of the Monterey Conference Center.
June 23-December 31
The California Mission Art of Jo Mora
Tel: 831-624-1271 ext.214
The incredibly versatile artist Jo Mora created illustrations, paintings, books and sculpture; his most famous piece is the massive bronze cenotaph of Father Junipero Serra. This new exhibition at Carmel Mission's museum highlights the sketchbook he carried during a horseback tour of California missions in 1903.
8th Annual Hidden Gardens Tour
Visitors come upon musicians and artists as they discover a half-dozen beautiful home gardens in Big Sur. The garden market offers handicrafts and items to make your garden special; the Captain Cooper School Garden shows kids have green thumbs, too. Reservations essential.
Monterey possesses a remarkable assemblage of historic adobe buildings, preserved from the wrecking ball by the efforts of the Monterey History & Art Association. To celebrate its 75th year, MHAA presents a tour of 30 adobes and other historic buildings, with cultural heritage exhibits and special events in Custom House Plaza.
PDQ Bach: The Jekyll & Hyde Tour
The mad master of all things P.D.Q. Bach, Professor Peter Schikele, comes to the Golden State Theatre in Old Monterey for a one-night stand.