Memorial Day-Labor Day
Sunday Tours at the Steinbeck House
Explore the boyhood home of author John Steinbeck with two-hour guided tours. Sundays between May 29 and Sept. 4, cost $4 for adults, $2 for children (5-15), $3 for seniors and students.
Tuesdays May 16-September 26
The Barnyard Farmers' Market
New mid-day farmers' market at The Barnyard shopping village brings customers the freshest fruit, flowers, vegetables and more, rain or shine.
U.S. Sports Car Invitational
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
The Grand American Road Racing Association's Rolex Sports Car Series stages a 250-mile race with a two-hour, 30-minute time limit. Also competing are Grand-Am Cup high-performance street stock cars.
Family Fun Day: Symbols of California
Springing from an exhibition of extraordinary photographs of the California golden poppy, the PG Museum of Natural History invites families to spend a creative day exploring our state's natural symbols.
Marine Mammals Babies and Behavior Tour
Discover marine mammals like harbor seals and their brand-new pups during a specially guided cruise of Elkhorn Slough Nature Reserve. Early reservations are essential.
8th Annual Parkfield Bluegrass Festival
Appropriately, this Deep South (County) hamlet puts on a great bluegrass festival every spring, just as the wildflower season busts loose. Camping available on site.
The beach at Monterey's Wharf II will be wall-to-wall kayaks during this special one-day festival. More than 100 kayaks from five manufacturers will be available for a 'test drive,' with mini-classes and information about kayaking and marine ecotourism, too. Proceeds benefit the research of the Moss Landing Marine Laboratories.
7th Annual International Festival of the Winds
Marina makes the best use of springtime onshore breezes by hosting a delightful 'WindFest' that features kites large and small, hands-on activities like making a balloon, and much more fun for all ages.
Aquarium Adventures Sneak Peek
Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey
Get the skinny on what Aquarium Adventures will offer for youngsters during the summer of 2006.
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.
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Rocky Ridge Wildflower Hike
Moms who love wildflowers, great views, and hiking won't be able to resist this five-mile excursion (9am-3pm) into Big Sur wild lands around Soberanes Creek and Rocky Ridge. Expect redwoods, madia sunflowers, snapdragons, tidy-tips and more; bring lunch, water and a walking stick.
To Mom With Love
Ensemble Monterey plays a perfect Mother's Day card, with Finzi's Romance for String Orchestra, Brahms' Alto Rhapsody and a new work by Imant Raminsh commissioned by the Ensemble with Cantiamo! and the Cabrillo Youth Chorus.
Pebble Beach Equestrian Challenge
Level A horse show, featuring hunter jumping and other classes. The Stirrup Cup Show takes place May 20-21.
Salinas Valley Fair
Enjoy the atmosphere of an old-fashioned county fair, complete with carnival, bull-riding, craft and 4-H exhibits, music and more.
Morgan Horse Show
Monterey County Fairgrounds, Monterey
The handsome and sturdy Morgan horse, so often the favorite of police departments nationwide, is the star of the Pattee Arena this weekend.
Strawberry Day at The Farm
Is there anything more promising of summer's warmth and plenty than the first luscious strawberry? Learn all about strawberries from a local farmer while sampling home-made strawberry shortcake.
Presidio Historic Park Walk
The Lower Presidio Historic Park, overlooking Monterey Bay, holds some of California's most historic sites. Join historian Jim Conway for a guided walk that takes in the Serra and Sloat monuments, the setting for America's first fort on the West Coast, and the Presidio Museum.
Sha Na Na
Prepare for a night of time travel when you cross Sunset Center's threshold tonight: it's Sha Na Na, the originators of rock nostalgia. Hard to imagine that their doo-wop renditions of Fifties classics were performed at Woodstock...
Sample the many unique flavors of the artichoke in an atmosphere of fun, tasteful treats, musical entertainment, and more. The arts and crafts section is led by the Agro-Art Competition, the best way to play with food!
A Host of Hikes Annual Picnic
Fort Ord Public Lands, Marina
Choose from a host of hiking opportunities during this special BBQ picnic to benefit the Chuck Haugen Conservation Fund, including walks to discover rare wildflowers, a bird-and-butterfly spotting walk, and the Plain Ol' Bug hike that introduces kids to the wiggly, walking, creeping and crawling inhabitants of our world.
Humpback Whale Celebration
Many species of cetaceans - including the trio of "great whales," the gray, the blue and the humpback - make their way through the ocean currents not far from Monterey Bay. This new educational festival all about humpback whales, held on Monterey's Fisherman's Wharf, will be packed with information and fun.
25th Civil War Encampment
Visit encampments of Union and Confederate solders and see battles at one of the longest-running Civil War reenactments in the West.