Fridays through August 11
Bring a picnic lunch to Devendorf Park for 90 minutes of live music during Parkfest.
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 3
Steinbeck House Tours
One of the finest old houses in Salinas will be open for summer afternoon tours every Sunday. Its significance? Novelist John Steinbeck was born and raised here, and many treasures from his childhood remain.
Spirit West Coast
Laguna Seca Recreation Area
Spirit West Coast is the premier annual Christian music festival on the West Coast, inviting everyone to hear more than 60 performers and bands. Family camping and activities for all ages at Laguna Seca Recreation Area.
26th Annual Steinbeck Festival
National Steinbeck Center, Salinas
Four days of films, speakers, panels, theater, and bus or walking tours, all celebrating Nobel Prize-winning author John Steinbeck. This year's theme - Awards: The Price of Fame - explores not only Steinbeck's many prizes (including a Pulitzer and a Nobel), but his reactions to receiving them.
Shakespeare in Hollywood
Playwright Ken Ludwig plays fast and loose with The Bard's A Midsummer Night's Dream as he retells the real-life story of how Warner Brothers made the play into a movie in the 1930s (which starred Jimmy Cagney and Dick Powell).
Custom House Plaza, Monterey
A celebration of Turkish culture and arts, featuring live music and folk dances, dance workshops, belly dancing, crafts, delicious food, and activities for children.
Annual Scottish Games and Celtic Festival
Toro Park, Monterey-Salinas Hwy
A festival celebrating Scottish and Irish traditions and culture. Featuring a Celtic concert, clans, food, entertainment and competitions in dancing, bagpipe bands and athletics.
Sunday Blues 5
Free, afternoon concert series in Seaside's Laguna Grande Park. This week: Lorelei & The Road Kings and Annie Sampson.
Laura Cameron speaks at Bay Books on 'Breaking Into Travel Writing,' part of a regular series sponsored by the National Writers Union Chapter 7.
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August 10-October 8
Timon of Athens
The PacRep Shakespeare Festival opens with one of Shakespeare's more problematic plays, perhaps finished by another author altogether. But the misanthropic Timon trading barbs with the cynical philosopher Apemantus is a marvel of Elizabethan invective.
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
Stephen Sondheim's songs plus a book by Burt Shevelove and Larry (M*A*S*H) Gelbart: Forum is vintage musical comedy at its finest, from the opening notes of "Comedy Tonight" to the funniest "Funeral" on Broadway. At MPC's Morgan Stock Stage.
Fiddler on the Roof
It's simply "Tradition!" The timeless war of fathers against changing times -- and against their daughters' unsuitable suitors -- was given heart and humor in this glorious musical.
Mike Beck & The Bohemian Saints
Renowned 'horse-whisperer' Mike Beck brings his unique brand of cowboy poetry and song to an evening at the Henry Miller Library, in a program salted with some straight-talking horse-sense.
Sunday Blues 6
Final concert in this free, afternoon series in Seaside's Laguna Grande Park. This week: Red Beans & Rice and Sugar Pie deSanto.
Auto enthusiasts and collectors of memorabilia won't want to miss this exposition and sale of original vintage posters, photos, rallye plates, badges, hood ornaments, art and much more.
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.
August 17-September 24
Disney's Beauty and the Beast
Pacific Repertory Theater reprises last year's smash hit production of the modern-classic Beauty and the Beast at the Outdoor Forest Theater.
Poets David McKirdy and Carla Iacovetti read from their most recent works at the Sunset Center, part of a regular series sponsored by the National Writers Union Chapter 7.
The West End Celebration
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 live music.
The 2nd Annual Twisted Folk Festival
Join California's finest - if most iconoclastic - folk performers, led by Vermillion Lies, at the Henry Miller Library for a full day of 'twisted' folk music.