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Family Events September 2006

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Festivals and Events: September 2006

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September 2006

September 1-3
Last Chance to See: Jellies Living Art
Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey
This is the last chance to see the award-winning "Jellies: Living Art" exhibit at the Monterey Bay Aquarium - it closes on September 4.

September 1-4
Aquarium Adventures
Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey
Aquarium Adventures introduce kids and their families to the fascinating world below the sea surface, including a chance to surface SCUBA dive in the Great Tide Pool of the Aquarium (ages 8-13), go out on a research excursion on a 65-foot sailboat, or take behind-the-scenes tours. Reservations are essential; check the website for details.

September 2-3
11th Annual Monterey Bay ReggaeFest
Tel: 831-394-6534
Enjoy a host of well-known and up-and-coming reggae artists who fill two stages over this lively event. Also includes great island cooking, arts and crafts, kids play area, Reggae Lounge and a Rastafari Museum of Culture.

September 2-3
Great Train Robberies
Felton (Santa Cruz County)
Tel: 888-25-EVENTS
Outlaws and sheriffs, famed lawmen and notorious villains, all take to the forests and glades passed by the steam trains of Roaring Camp Railroad.

September 3
Steinbeck House Tours
Tel: 831-424-2735
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.

September 7-24
Alicia in Wonder Tierra
Tel: 831-646-4213
Alice isn't the only young girl to cross the border between reality and another world... In Sylvia Gonzales' play, Alicia rediscovers her Mexican cultural roots after stumbling over enchanted pottery in an old curio shop. At MPC's Studio Theatre.

September 8
Folk Music at The Farm
Salinas Valley
Tel: 831-455-2575
Chill out beside a blazing bonfire and sing along to a strumming guitar, as The Farm revisits folk-song classics.

September 9-10
73rd Festa Italia-Santa Rosalia Festival
Tel: 831-625-9623 or 831-375-4263
The Sicilian fishermen who made Monterey's fortune with their lampara boats venerated Santa Rosalia. The saint is still honored today, with non-stop Italian music, bocce competitions, arts and crafts, and delicious Italian food.

September 8-10
Cherry's Jubilee
Tel: 831-759-1836
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.

September 9-10
Blue Whale Celebration

Tel: 831-901-0013
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 blue whales, held on Monterey's Fisherman's Wharf, will be packed with information and fun.

September 10
Carmel TomatoFest 2006
Tel: 888-989-8171
The largest tomato-tasting event in the nation features 350 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.

September 13-17
Strides and Tides Horse Show
Pebble Beach
Tel: 831-624-2756
Casual, fun-filled equestrian event before the championships later in the fall. Level A horse show featuring hunter jumping and horses from all over California.

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September 15-17
Monterey Jazz Festival
Monterey County Fairgrounds, Monterey
Tel: 925-275-9255
Every year we ask: how can this longest-running jazz festival in the world get any hotter? And then the line-up of artists comes out, and we say: oh, that's how. In 2006, Arena/Lyons Stage headliners include Oscar Peterson, Dave Brubeck, McCoy Tyner, Roy Hargrove, The Yellowjackets, and bluesy vocalist Bonnie Raitt. Plus hundreds of superb performers appearing on stages all around the Monterey County Fairgrounds.

September 17
45th Annual Great Sandcastle Contest
Tel: 831-620-2020
This is serious sandcastle building: the event, held on Carmel's lovely white-sand beach, is co-sponsored by the Monterey chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Build a cottage or castle: it's fun for all ages!

September 23
Apple Day at The Farm
Salinas Valley
Tel: 831-455-2575
Take a page from Johnny Appleseed's book, with this practical day devoted to America's favorite fruit, offering expert advice on pruning, grafting and harvesting your apple trees.

September 23-24
Otter Days
Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey
Tel: 831-648-4888
Always a favorite at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, the sea otter tank will be the center of attention during Otter Days weekend.

September 23-24
13th Annual Filipino Festival
Tel: 415-550-6841
Delicious foods, lively dances and musical performances - all bring the essence of the Philippines to Marina during one of the largest cultural festivals dedicated to the islands in California.

September 23-24
Gem and Mineral Show
Monterey County Fairgrounds
Tel: 831-659-4156
Gems, minerals, fossils and all manner of tools necessary for the lapidary arts, plus award-winning exhibits of private collections.

September 24
41st Annual Carmel Mission Fiesta
Tel: 831-624-1271
Featuring a variety of international musical entertainment, children's games, Farmer's Market, fabulous barbecue, and shopping galore at local artisans booths.

September 30-October 1
13th Annual Old Monterey Seafood and Music Festival
Tel: 831-655-8070
Fresh seafood including clam chowder, salmon, shrimp and sushi, live music and crafts, all around Custom House Plaza and Alvarado Street.

September 30-October 1
California International Airshow
Tel: 831-754-1983
Prepare to be dazzled by fantastic flying exhibitions by high-flying jets and helicopters, aerobatics, skydiving, and much more.

September TBA
19th Annual Greek Festival
Tel: 831-424-4434
An ethnic festival featuring authentic Greek food, live music, traditional dancing, a taverna and crafts.