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So many choices. So little time. Monterey County is a premiere destination for those who love the outdoors. Biking, hiking, walking, boating, hang-gliding and animal watching are just a few of the activities that lure visitors to Monterey and make residents thankful they live here. Whether you want to watch the whales or climb a mountain, walk the Recreation Trail or dive the depths, there can be no more spectacular place to enjoy the outdoors than Monterey County.

Get a Workout!

Need a workout while you're visiting Monterey? Stop by the Monterey Sports Center, a city-owned state-of-the-art recreation facility in downtown Monterey. Work out in the cardio room, the near Olympic-sized swimming pool or the basketball courts. Lift weights, take an aerobics class, or speed down the waterslide. Only $5.50 a day for non-residents. (Extra fee for aerobics and other classes.)

Did You Know?
The sculptural forms of the dunes around the blue crescent of the bay at Marina are thousands of years old. From the Salinas River to Monterey Harbor, the dune system extended inland as far as the Salinas Valley during the Pleistocene era. After the ice sheets melted thousands of years ago, the Pacific Ocean receded and the dunes remained. They rise as high as 100 ft. in some places and are always changing shape due to wind and weather.

Sports & Recreation Events 2002  

January 1
10th Annual Rio Grill Resolution Run
Carmel: 831-644-2427
This 6.8 mile foot race and 3-mile family fun run is set on a breathtaking cross-country course and benefits local nonprofit organizations.

January 28-February 3
AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am
Pebble Beach: 831-649-1533
The AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am is a 72-hole PGA Tour golf championship with 180 top tour professionals and 180 star-studded celebrity amateurs competing head-to-head at this year's event.

February 10
16th Annual Together with Love Run & Walk
Pacific Grove: 831-373-3389
Email: [email protected]
This mostly flat, looped course around beautiful Monterey Bay is the largest 10K footrace on the Central Coast!

March 21-24
Annual Sea Otter Classic
Monterey: (831) 649-6690
Robert Talbott Cannery Row Criterion: a premiere cycling race attracting international men's and women's pro teams. Plus Cycle Exposition, food court, and family activities.

March 28-April 1
Pebble Beach Spring Horse Show
Pebble Beach: 831-624-2756
Level A horse show featuring hunter jumping and other classes.

March 30
21st Annual Marina 5 Mile/4K Walk
Marina: 831-384-4636
The event features a 5-mile run through the streets of Marina and a 4K walk around lovely Locke-Paddon Lake.

April 27
Wildflower Walk Big Sur
Big Sur: 831-384-1376
The California Native Plant Society leads a daylong walk through very private property: the Rancho Rico, where grasslands and redwoods meet maritime chaparral and hardwood forest. 10am sharp start time; call for directions.

April 27
Wildflower Walks in Carmel Valley
Carmel Valley: 831-372-3196
Come to Garland Ranch Regional Park on Carmel Valley Road for a morning four-hour hike or an afternoon three-hour wildflower walk. Meet at the visitor's center at 9am or 1pm, and bring water; rain cancels.

April 28
Big Sur International Marathon
Carmel: 831-625-6226
This marathon, once again named the Best Marathon in North America by The Ultimate Guide to Marathons, is set along one of the most breath-taking courses in the world.

May 3-5
Wildflower Triathalon Festival
Lake San Antonio: 831-373-0678
One of the premier triathlons nationally and internationally, this course will test the skills of the professional triathlete and the first-time long course competitor.

May 5
Marine Mammal Behavior and Babies
Moss Landing: 831-633-5555
This early morning tour of Elkhorn Slough by boat observes harbor seals and their pups, led by a marine biologist. Reserve early for this once-a-year tour.

May 8-11
Morgan Classic Royale Horse Show
Monterey: 831-636-7600
The A-rating show takes place in Pattee Arena at the Monterey Fairgrounds.

May 11-12
Festival of the Winds
Marina: 831-757-3995
Kite flying, hang gliding, kids' crafts, kite making workshops, demonstrations, and the Fourth Annual Tour de Fort Ord Bike Ride.

May 13
21st Annual Human Race
Pacific Grove: 800-776-9176
This 10K run/8K walk traverses the most beautiful coastline in the world, and is one of Monterey County's largest collaborative fundraising events.

May 15-19
Pebble Beach Equestrian Challenge
Pebble Beach: 831-624-2756
Level A horse show, featuring hunter jumping and other classes.

May 18-19
24 Hours of Adrenalin Cycle Race
Monterey (contact number in Canada): 905-944-9436
One of mountain-biking's most challenging events: a 24-hour-long team relay.

May 19
Sea Otter Focus Tour
Moss Landing: 831-633-5555
Take an early morning tour of Elkhorn Slough by boat with marine biologist Robin Duncan, and learn all about our threatened neighbors, the sea otter. Reserve early.

June 2
Josephine Kernes Memorial Horse Show
Pebble Beach: 831-624-2756
Level A horse show, featuring hunter jumping and other classes.

June 2-9
Monterey National Horse Show
Monterey: 831-769-9255
Dressage, jumping and more at the Pattee Arena of the Monterey Fairgrounds.

June 7-9
Grand Prix of Monterey featuring the Shell 300 CART FedEx Championship Series Monterey: 800-327-SECA
All-stars like Michael Andretti, Kenny Brack, Gil de Ferran and others have competed here before... 2002 promises to be even more exciting!

June 17-22
91st California State Amateur Golf Championship
Pebble Beach: 831-625-4653
Top 120 amateurs compete on 36 holes at the famous Pebble Beach.

June 30
Custom Car Show and Festival
Monterey: 831-636-0301
The Monterey Fairgrounds hosts classic cars and a grand array of booths selling automotive merchandise, 11am-5pm.

July 12-14
Honda International Superbike Classic
Monterey: 800-327-SECA
Laguna Seca is the home of world-class motorcycle racing in the United States and this is the show where it all happens. The event features the Superbike World Championship and AMA Superbike Series together on the same track on the same weekend.

July 13
Race Night on the Row
Monterey: 800-327-Seca
Cannery Row hosts an evening of entertainment following the races. Street is closed

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July 13-14
AKC All Breed Dog Show
Carmel: 831-333-9032
Back-to-back all-breed dog shows & obedience trials. Attended by exhibitors with about 100+ dogs registered with the American Kennel Club.

July 18-21
California Rodeo Salinas
Salinas: 831-775-3100
The California Rodeo Salinas promises edge-of-your-seat thrills for the entire family. Top pro competition in steer wrestling, bull riding, calf roping, bareback bronco riding, and barrel racing. Enjoy parades, night shows and great food.

July 26
Girl Scouts of Monterey Bay 13th Annual Classic Golf Tournament
Carmel Valley: 831-372-8048
Golf at world famous Quail Lodge and help support Girl Scouts of Monterey Bay. Clinic, lunch, dinner, auction and prizes!

July 30-August 4
Pebble Beach Equestrian Classics
Pebble Beach: 831-624-2756
The Equestrian Classics host competitors from all over the U.S., Canada and Mexico for two weeks of spectacular show jumping highlighted by special events, wine tasting and family fun.

August 3-4
Annual Scottish Games & Celtic Festival
Monterey: 831-633-4444
A festival celebrating Scottish and Irish traditions and culture. Featuring a Celtic concert, clans, food, entertainment and competitions in dancing, bagpipe bands and athletics.

August 12-13
Peninsula Rally at Quail Lodge
Carmel: 831-620-8881
Motorists with pre-1975 vintage automobiles will enjoy a road rally, gourmet picnic lunch, cocktails on the Covey Deck and a fabulous Vintner Dinner.

August 14-18
Blackhawk Classic Car Exposition Sale
Pebble Beach: (925) 736-3444
More than 70 of the world's finest antique, classic and custom coachwork automobiles available for individual sale.

August 16
Bonham's Car Auction
Carmel: 415-391-4000
Truly of international caliber, this event presents superb automobiles for all tastes from several of the finest collections in America & Europe.

August 16
Concorso Italiano
Carmel: 425-688-1903
Premier international event showcasing exotic Italian automobiles.

August 16-18
29th Annual Monterey Historic Automobile Races
Monterey: 800-327-SECA
The Monterey Historics brings out the best of racing's past from rare pre-war racers adorned with nameplates like Bugatti and Alfa-Romeo to 70s and 80s rocket ships from Lola and McLaren.

August 16-18
16th Annual Monterey Sports Car Auction
Carmel: 800-211-4371
One of the world's largest sports car auctions, featuring 180 classic sports and race cars. Viewing available 9:00am-midnight over three days; bidding takes place Friday and Saturday evenings.

August 24
(To Be Confirmed June/July)
4th Annual Ferrari Concours
Carmel: 831-624-8886
The Ferrari Owners Club brings Ferraris to The Barnyard for the public to view.

September 6-8
Cherry's Jubilee
Monterey: 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 & entertainment.

September 11-15
Strides & Tides Horse Show
Pebble Beach: 831-624-2756
Casual, fun-filled equestrian event before the championships next month. Level A horse show featuring hunter jumping and horses from all over California.

September 13-14
Triathlon at Pacific Grove
Pacific Grove: 831-373-0678
Olympic distance event consists of a swim course at Loverís Point, a bike ride to Asilomar State Beach, and a run to historic Cannery Row. Sponsored by Tri-Californian.

September 20-22
Monterey Sports Car Championships Monterey: 800-327-SECA
The world's top sports car racing teams converge on the sheltered course at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

October 4-6
California International Airshow
Salinas: 831-754-1983
Prepare to be dazzled by fantastic flying exhibitions, aerobatics, skydiving, and much more.

October 12-13 TBC
Motor Sports Car Event
Monterey: 800-327-SECA
The world's top sports cars return to the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

October 26
Big Sur River Run
Big Sur: 831-624-4112
10K foot race and 5K walk amongst the redwoods and along the Big Sur River to benefit local charities.

October 30-November 3
Pebble Beach Equestrian Championships
Pebble Beach: 831-624-2786
Grand finale to the horse show season in Pebble Beach.

November 21-24
Callaway Golf Pebble Beach Invitational
Pebble Beach: 831-625-8575
Pro-Am Golf Tournament. Enjoy the world famous golf links on Monterey Peninsula: Del Monte Golf Course, Pebble Beach Golf Links and Spyglass Hill Golf Course.

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News & Events
Classic Car Week
There are many organizations and companies involved in the production of Monterey's Classic Car Week. Here are links to just a few of them: This site covers all events in the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, including the 50-mile Motor Tour. For information on the 14th Annual Monterey Sports Car Auction. For basic information on the Christie's International Motor Cars sale. The best source of information on the Historic Auto Races at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Look here for information on the Concorso Italiano at Quail Lodge.
Pfeiffer Beach Update
Winter weather and construction delays have slowed work on improvements to the Pfeiffer Beach Day Use Area. Sycamore Canyon Road and the old beach access will remain closed to public traffic well into the summer months.
However, the wait will be worth it: construction plans include improved parking, new restrooms, a beach access path, landscaping with native plants, and access for persons with disabilities.
If you need more information, you can call 831-667-2423.

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