There are more than 200 events, performances and festivals throughout the year in Monterey County, attracting thousands of people all year. Many come to enjoy the exhibitions and events that run continuously year round. The largest weekly event in California is right here in Monterey: the Old Monterey Market Place is a colorful experience of super-fresh produce, local crafts, and tantalizing smells that's held rain or shine, every Tuesday.
Annual festivals honor the artichoke, the "stinking rose" (aka garlic), and squid. Produce- and wine-lovers gather to celebrate their favorite harvest with cooking contests, music and fun. Golf tournaments, rodeos, races and air shows attract sports enthusiasts. The diverse population of Monterey County provides an opportunity to enjoy the food and customs of the cultures who have made this their home through festivals. Check local listings in the newspaper or guidebook for detailed information about festivals in the area.