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Family and Children: Festivals and Events

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January 2002  

January 12-13
Whalefest 2002
Monterey: 831-784-6464
Whale watching, special exhibits and museum tours, plus food and fun, make this festival an educational treat. Free admission, on Fisherman's Wharf.

January 17
Olympic Torch Relay
Seaside: 831-899-6340
The Olympic torch will pass through Seaside in the evening, on its way to Salt Lake City, Utah. Food, booths, and entertainment to celebrate the event.

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January 20-22
Monterey Symphony
Carmel: 831-624-8511
Director Kate Tamarkin leads the orchestra in Wagner's Overture to "The Flying Dutchman"; Strauss's Death and Transfiguration, Op. 24, and Beethoven's Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, "Pastoral."

February 2002  

February 1-Labor Day
"Steinbeck & Ricketts: A Friendship Celebrated" at Monterey Bay Aquarium
Monterey: 831-648-4800
A new exhibit highlighting the profound friendship between Steinbeck and innovative marine biologist Ricketts.

February 9
A Day of Romance in Old Monterey
Monterey: 831-647-6204
Living History presentations at Larkin House, Cooper-Molera Adobe, Diaz Adobe and the Sherman Quarters. Featuring romantic stories presented by historic characters from 19th century Monterey. Food, music and period dancers.

February 18-20
Monterey Symphony
Carmel: 831-624-8511
Special concert celebrating Steinbeck's Centennial. In addition to Copland's Old American Songs and the score for The Red Pony, a newly commissioned work by Allen Shawn, featuring Clayton Brainerd, bass-baritone, singing Jamaica Kincaid's libretto.

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February 23 & 27
Steinbeck's Birthday Celebration
Salinas: 831-796-3833
Join a hometown celebration as Salinas remembers the life and works of native son and Pulitzer Prize-winning author John Steinbeck. Open House at The Steinbeck House, readings from his books at the National Steinbeck Center, and other special events.

February 24
Songs from Mama's Table
Monterey: 831-582-4580
Two different a capella traditionsAfrican American music and Eastern European vocalization join voices in a powerful concert.

February 27
Steinbeck's 100th Birthday Party
Monterey: 831-648-8132
A party in honor of John Steinbeck's 100th birthday at the Monterey Conference Center, sponsored by the Cannery Row Foundation and the City of Monterey.

March 2002  

March 1-3
Dixieland Monterey
Monterey: 831-443-5260
Hotline: 888-349-6879
Three days of Dixieland and Swing in various venues in Monterey and along Fisherman's Wharf. Featuring top national jazz bands, local youth bands and more.

March 8
Colton Hall 153rd Birthday
Monterey: 831-646-5640
Birthday celebration of one of Monterey's most historic buildings. Free and open to the public, 2-4pm.

March 10
Clam Chowder Festival
Monterey: 831-649-6544
Soup's on!at Fisherman's Wharf, as waterside restaurants offer samplings of their finest.

March 10-11
54th Annual Monterey Gem & Mineral Show
Monterey: 831-663-2698
The Show provides plenty of gems, jewelry, fossils, rocks, equipment, demonstrations and displays.

March 13
Lily Cai Chinese Dance Company
Monterey: 831-582-4580
Splendid fusion of ancient Chinese dance forms with modern dance and ballet.

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 23
Easter in the Park
Salinas: 831-758-7900
At El Dorado Park, 11am-1pm, children aged 2-10 can hunt for eggs and enjoy games.

March 24
Skipper the Otter's Egg Hunt
Monterey: 530-661-9500
Part of the Sea Otter Classic Bicycle Races (10am Hunt start for children under 8). Bike safety for kids and lots of booths with cycling gear for all the family.

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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.

March 30
Eggstravaganza Breakfast with the Bunny
Carmel: 831-626-1255
The 6th annual Spring Celebration takes place in Devendorf Park on Carmel's Ocean Avenue, 8:30am to noon.

March 30
Easter Egg Hunt
Monterey: 831-646-3866
Tots through 3rd grade are invited to hunt for over 5000 eggs and 100 golden prize eggs in the ballpark next to Dennis the Menace Park. A visit from the Easter Bunny is featured; hunt at 10:00am sharp.

March 31
Easter Egg Painting for Kids
Carmel: 831-620-8830
Kids can create their own masterpieces in time for Easter. Each child receives a basket with eggs to color, apron and gloves, and toys and candy.

March 31
Eggstraordinary Egg Hunt
Felton: 831-335-4484
The Roaring Camp Eggspress chugs up Bear Mountain in search of candy eggs hidden in a redwood grove.

March 31
Easter Celebrations
Carmel: 831-620-8830
The Clubhouse will serve an extensive brunch-with a special buffet for kids and entertainment; in the evening, the Covey Restaurant serves an elegant four-course menu.

April 2002  

April 5
Taste of Old Montereyand All That Jazz!
Monterey: 831-655-8070
Food and live jazz, Monterey County wines and a fun-filled epicurean extravaganza of downtown's international delights.

April 6
Wildflower Photos of Nancy Benham
Pacific Grove: 831-648-5716
Retrospective of Nancy Benham's wildflower photographs, from the museum's permanent collection.

April 7
Kids Art Festival
Salinas: 831-796-3833
The last day of the Dorothea Lange photo exhibit, combined with a fun-filled day of art for children.

April 7
Tartan Day
Carmel: 831-626-1255
Thrill to the skirl of the pipes marching to Coming Through the Rye and The Flowers of the Forest at the Scottish Society's tribute to Carmel's Scots ancestors.

April 8
Jellies: Living Art
Monterey: 831-648-4800
Perhaps the most spectacular display of jellies from around the world, accompanied by human-made artworks (including David Hockney), dance and music. Continues through 2002.

April 13-14
45th Annual Good Old Days Celebration
Pacific Grove: 831-373-3304
Celebrate a bygone era with a parade, arts & crafts, Victorian fashion show, numerous contests, street dance and firefighters' muster.

April 13-14
Great Train Robberies
Felton: 831-335-4484
Gloried lawmen and notorious desperados of the 1800s duel at train robberies and shoot outs.

April 18-21
Children's Theater Festival
Seaside (CSUMB): 831-582-4580
The World Theater at CSU Monterey Bay hosts this four-day festival, featuring Salt & Pepper, a story of opposites; Nightingale, based on Andersen's well-loved old tale; and How to Eat Like a Child, the clever musical adaptation of Delia Ephron's book.

April 19-21
41st Annual Wildflower Show
Pacific Grove: 831-648-5716
With the collaborative efforts of the Monterey Bay Chapter of the California Native Plant Society, view over 600 species and varieties of Central California wildflowers.

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April 20
Multiculturalism in Steinbeck
Salinas: 831-775-4724
Discover the threads of many different cultures in John Steinbeck's work with a lively multicultural fair at the National Steinbeck Center.

April 20-28
Ghost in the Box!
Carmel: 831-622-0100
Put a Little League baseball team, two wacky crooks, and a host of celebrity ghosts into a haunted house, add a few songs and dances, and you have Pacific Repertory's latest School of Dramatic Arts presentation.

April 20
Earth Day at Earthbound Farm
Carmel Valley: 831-625-6219
Down on the farm, they celebrate Earth Day with farm tours, bug walks, composting and planting demonstrations, and great activities for kids. Sample organic foods and beverages, too.

April TBA
International Day
Monterey: 831-656-2186
Over 35 countries are represented at this event celebrating cultural diversity at the Naval Postgraduate School. Includes food booths, cultural demonstrations and live entertainment. Open to the public, free admission.

April 26-27, May 3-4
Alice in Concert
Salinas: 831-775-0976
Enchanting program for families, adapted by Elizabeth Swados from Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass..

April 27
History Fest Monterey
Monterey: 831-372-2608
A celebration of Monterey's history, including an adobe tour, children's programs, lectures, musical entertainment and more. Sponsored by Monterey History and Art Association, CA State Historic Parks and the City of Monterey.

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 27-28
Spring Arts & Crafts Fair
Monterey: 831-622-0700
Original hand-made arts & crafts exhibition and sale. All artists on-site as well as food, drink and family entertainment.

May 2002  

Carmel Surf-About
Carmel: 831-375-5015
Watch the best of Monterey County's surfers compete in the 21st Annual Surf-About, held on Carmel Beach.

May 3-5
Big Sur Jazz Festival
Big Sur: 831-667-1530
An up-and-coming jazz festival that takes place in and around Big Sur. This year's line-up includes Brad Mehldau, Omar Sosa, Eric Person, and many other great acts.

May 4-5
18th Annual American Indian & World Cultures Festival
San Juan Bautista: 831-623-2379
A living prayer for world friendship and peace. Fun celebration of diverse cultures, with international artists, dance groups, storytellers, foods, and activities for all ages.

May 4-5
I Cantori di Carmel with Ensemble Monterey
Carmel: 831-644-8012
The program, entitled "With Harmony of Spirit," features Haydn's Missa Solemnis in B" and the premiere of the celebratory anthem "We Will Sing in the Spirit".

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 6-7
Circus Chimera
Soledad: 888-ONE-RING
They fly through the air with the greatest of ease... And perform dazzling tumbling, contortion and balancing acts in this one-ring, no-animal circus.

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 10-12
Circus Chimera
Seaside: 888-ONE-RING
They fly through the air with the greatest of ease... And perform dazzling tumbling, contortion and balancing acts in this one-ring, no-animal circus.

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May 11-12
Festival of the Winds
Marina: 887-973-2233
Kite flying, hang gliding, kid's crafts, kite making workshops, demonstrations, and the Fourth Annual Tour de Fort Ord Bike Ride.

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

May 19
71st Annual Carmel Kite Festival
Carmel: 831-626-1255
Register your kitehome-made or commercially madeat noon for judging at 1:00pm, down on the silver sands of Carmel's beach (foot of 8th Avenue). Prizes awarded in several categories and age groups.

May 19
Calamari Fest
Monterey: 831-649-6544
Discover the delectable and delicate taste of Monterey Bay squid in their Italian disguise: calamari. A 'Best Choice' seafood in the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch guide.

May 16-19
Salinas Valley Fair
King City: 831-385-3243
Family-oriented event with carnival, Junior Rodeo, craft & flower exhibits, 4-H exhibits, photography, entertainment and great food.

May 17-19
Bentley Brothers Circus
Monterey: 831-372-5863
Fun-filled circus comes to the Monterey Fairgrounds, with shows in the afternoon and early evening; under-12s admitted free.

May 18-19
Castroville Artichoke Festival
Castroville: 831-633-2465
Sample the many unique flavors of the artichoke in an atmosphere of pleasure, tasteful treats, musical entertainment, arts & crafts. Costs are $6/adults and $3/children.

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.

May 25-26
Red, White and a Little BluesSome Rock and Latin, Too!
Monterey: 831-655-8070
A Memorial Day red-white-and-blue festival, with live blues, rock & Latin music, arts, crafts, fill Custom House Plaza and Alvarado St.

June 2002  

June 1
California Cowboy Show
Carmel Valley: 831-624-9611
Come on down to enjoy cowboy music & poetry, tasty hors d'oeuvres, a complimentary glass of wine and a silent auction.

June 1
Monterey Music Celebration
Monterey: 831-277-4519
Ten local bands play blues, swing, jazz, reggae and Cuban music at this benefit festival for charities, held at Monterey Fairgrounds. BBQ, wine and beer, plus activities for kids.

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
Mainstays of Western riding, including barrel racing, team roping and sorting, stockhorse competitions, and Arabian working cow classes, come to the Monterey Fairgrounds. All-Around Cowgirl/Cowboy competition (for ages 6 to 10) on Friday and Saturday evening!

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 8
Western Festival
San Ardo: 831-627-2463
Step back in time to the Old West at this down-home event at Paris Valley Ranch. BBQ, live music, and Western crafts, including quilters, leathersmiths, photographers and more.

June 9
Mission San Antonio Fiesta
Jolon-Hunter Ligget Base: 831-385-4478
Fiesta Mass at 11am with choir and distribution of St. Anthony's bread followed by a BBQ, games and live music.

June 15-September 1
In and Out of California: Travels of American Impressionists
Monterey: 831-372-5477
California-based American painters especially those who studied with the great Impressionist masters are highlighted in this superb exhibition. The paintings are of European and American subjects; featured painters include E. Charlton Fortune, Alson Clark, Jules Page, and William Ristchel.

June 16
Hats Off to Dad
Felton: 831-335-4484
One lucky dad rides form Bear Mountain in the cab of each steam locomotive. And, every dad gets a free engineer's cap and a ride on a railroad handcar when the family buys Roaring Camp's delicious Chuckwagon BBQ.

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June 20
Sweet Thursdays on Cannery Row
Monterey: 831-375-8512
Randy Reinstedt talks about "Shipwrecks, Sea Monsters, Tales and Treasures of Old Monterey."

June 21-23
Monterey Bay Blues Festival
Monterey: 831-394-2652
The 2002 line-up for Northern California's premier blues event has now been announced, and it's sensational. Taj Mahal, Roomful of Blues, John Mayall, the O'Jays, and many more are featured on three main stages over three days.

June 21-26
Tall Ship "Guayas"
The Ecuadorean Navy pays a call on Monterey with the training ship "Guayas". Go aboard for a tour, then head for Fisherman's Wharf or Cannery Row to hear the ship's own salsa band.

June 22
Hidden Gardens Tour
Big Sur: 831-667-1530
Musicians and artists are scattered throughout beautiful home gardens in Big Sur, including the Children's Garden at Captain Cooper School. Garden market at Ripplewood Resort offers handicrafts and items to make your garden special.

June 22-September 8
The Pantanal: Brazil's Forgotten Wilderness
Pacific Grove: 831-648-5716
This exhibition invites you to discover the incredible natural wonders of the Upper Paraguay River Basin, home to the greatest concentration of fauna in the Americas.

June 29-July 21 (weekends)
Monterey Bay TheatreFest
Monterey: 831-622-0700
Family-theatre festival with Fairy Tales, historical reenactments and "the Human Chess Game" on the waterfront.

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 2002  

July 4
Community Fourth of July Parade
Monterey: 831-655-8070
A grand parade honoring the city's Quadricentennial marches down Alvarado Street, followed by a picnic at Colton Hall and fireworks over the bay.

July 4
Living History Day in Old Monterey
Monterey: 831-647-6204
Travel back in time and find out what life was like in the 1840s. At the historic Cooper-Molera Adobe you will meet a gardener, cook, rancher, soldier and more. Or, try your hand at bowling. Activities and fun for all ages.

July 4
Valley Heritage Day
King City: 831-385-1484
Old-fashioned 4th of July celebration for the whole family with a parade, entertainment, food, games, antique farm equipment, historic displays and classic car show.

July 4
Jumpin' Frog Jamboree
Felton: 831-335-4484
Jump a frog and win a trip to the Calaveras Jumping Frog Jubilee or float a toy frog down a flume. Rent a frog or bring your own. Prizes for kids and adults in various categories.

July 5-August 25
The Mikado
Monterey: 831-649-2332
Gilbert & Sullivan's mischievous light opera tells the tale of star-crossed lovers Nanki-Poo and Yum-Yum, the interference of Pooh-Bah, and the wistful Lord High Executioner.

July 6-29
California Summer Music
Pebble Beach: 415-753-8920
Three weeks of free afternoon and evening concerts in beautiful Pebble Beach. Located on Robert Louis Stevenson campus. The season's highlights include a recital by Abel-Steinberg Duo, guest artist masterclasses with pianist Hans Boepple and cellist David Finckel, and a concert featuring works by Pulitzer Prize winning composer Ellen Taaffe Zwilich. (Complete Schedule)

July 7
Sloat Landing Ceremony
Monterey: 831-372-2608, ext 13
155th Commemoration of Commodore John Drake Sloat's landing in Monterey in 1846. He claimed California for the United States, joining the nation "from sea to shining sea."

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 to traffic, but the public is welcome to join in the fun.

July 13-August 4
65th Carmel Bach Festival
Carmel: 831-624-2046
America's preeminent festival of Baroque music will celebrate its 65th season with 100 musicians from around the world, performing in venues including Carmel Mission Basilica and the Church in the Forest, Pebble Beach.

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 1100+ dogs registered with the American Kennel Club.

July 16
Kiddie Kapers Parade
Salinas: 831-775-3100
All elementary school-age children are welcome to join in the early evening, costume parade that opens "Big Week" of the California Rodeo Salinas. The theme: "America the Beautiful"; no entry fee or registration required.

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.

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July 19-22
Tall Ship "Batkivshchyna"
This sleek schooner, a good-will ambassador from the Ukraine, ties up at Fisherman's Wharf for a weekend of tours.

July 19-August 4
Of Mice and Men
Salinas: 831-755-6816
Steinbeck's classic novel, adapted for the stage and performed by The Western Stage. Part of the Annual Steinbeck Festival in August.

July 20-21
Steinbeck's Tidepool
Salinas: 831-796-3833
Saturday's lecture at the National Steinbeck Center focuses on the novelist's fascinating account of his voyage with Ed Ricketts to Mexico's Sea of Cortez. On Sunday, join in exploring Elkhorn Slough by boat or on a guided walking tour.

July 20-21
Monterey Bay TheatreFest & Art Festival
Monterey: 831-622-0100
Closing events of the family-theatre festival with Fairy Tales and historical reenactments.

July 21
Roaring Camp Musical Saw Festival
Felton: 831-335-4484
Musicians and listeners are invited to workshops, jam sessions and open mic sessions featuring performances of musical saws and folk instruments from around the world.

July 23-27
Pacific Grove Feast of Lanterns
Pacific Grove: 831-649-8737
A tradition as old as the city itself, this community celebration features The Feast of Salads, PG's birthday cake, pet parade, Seniors Tennis Tourney, street dances, pageant, entertainment, and fireworks.

July 23-August 4
Pebble Beach Equestrian Classics
Pebble Beach: 831-624-2756
Riders from all over America, Canada and Mexico compete in dressage, show jumping and general equitation classes. Family fun complements top-level equestrian competition.

July 25-27
Spirit West Coast
Monterey: 831-443-5399
Spirit West Coast is the premier annual Christian music festival on the West Coast. Enjoy over 60 performers, camping and activities for all ages.

July 26
Girl Scouts of Monterey Bay 12th 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 26-28
Gilroy Garlic Festival
Gilroy: 408-842-1625
Gourmet garlic food fair with arts & crafts, cooking demonstrations, children's area, 3 stages of musical entertainment and 65 food booths.

July 27
Bug Walk!
Carmel Valley: 831-625-6219
Discover the good, the bad and the ugly, from ladybugs to caterpillars, during this guided walk around an organic vegetable farm. Walk begins at 10:00am.

July 28
Caber Parade
Carmel: 831-626-1255
Kicking off the Scottish Highland Games the following weekend, the Scottish Society of the Monterey Peninsula sends pipe bands, Scottish dancers, and atheletes carrying the ceremonial caber, down Carmel's Ocean Avenue.

July 28
Moss Landing Antique Fair
Moss Landing: 831-633-4501
The whole family will find treasures galore at the booths of more than 200 vendors lining the streets of Moss Landing.

August 2002  

Concert on the Green
Monterey: 831-646-5640
Concerts on the lawn in front of Colton Hall Museum.

August 1-4
22nd Annual Steinbeck Festival
Salinas: 831-796-3833
Discover Steinbeck through an exploration of his works. This four day event includes lectures, panels, walking tours, bus tours to Steinbeck sites and stage performances.

August 3
Young Eagle Flights
Salinas: 831-659-5662
Local pilots volunteer their time and planes to introduce youngsters aged 8-17 to aviation. Come to Salinas Airport between 10:00am-2:00pm; flights are free, and parental permission forms are available on the day.

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 3-4
Strawberry Festival
Watsonville: 831-728-6183
Arts and crafts fair, food and strawberry treats. Pie eating contest, multiple music stages and kids' activities.

August 3-4
Carmel Valley Fiesta
Carmel Valley: 831-659-2038
A family-oriented fiesta, with games, train ride, dog show, parade, arts & crafts, continuous entertainment, raffles, good food and a Saturday night Street Dance.

August 3-4
Turkish Festival
A celebration of Turkish culture and arts, featuring live music and folk dances, dance workshops, belly dancing, arts & crafts, delicious food, and activities for children.

August 9-October 13
"Royal Blood: Rise and Fall of Kings"
Carmel: 831-622-0100
The second year of Pacific Repertory Theater's Shakespeare festival opens with Henry IV, Part One.

August 10-11
Summer Gathering of Mountain Men
Felton: 831-335-4484
Isaac Graham was the mountain man who founded Roaring Camp in the 1840s. Travel back in time to that era at this summer gathering of mountain men.

August 10-31
The Man of La Mancha
Salinas: 831-755-6816
Dale Wasserman's poignant musical The Man of La Mancha appears on the Main Stage at The Western Stage, Salinas.

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 13-18
Monterey County Fair
Monterey: 831-372-5863
This year's theme is "Wine, Dine & Swine"but whatever they call it, the County Fair is always fun for all, with livestock exhibitions, entertainment, live music, amusement park and delicious foods. Tower of Power are the featured performers on Friday!

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August 15
Sweet Thursdays on Cannery Row
Monterey: 831-648-8132
Lecture program on "The Hopkins Marine Station in Cannery Row History."

August 15-16 (TBC)
Classic Car Parades
Pacific Grove and Carmel: 831-6261255
The Concours d'Elegance Classic Car Parade on the 15th focuses on Carmel, with the cars parked on Ocean Avenue between 11.30am-1:30pm. On the 16th, the Pacific Grove Vintage Auto Rally passes through Pebble Beach, Carmel and Monterey on its way from and to Pacific Grove.

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 1970s and '80s rocket ships from Lola and McLaren.

August 16-October 13
"Royal Blood: Rise and Fall of Kings"
Carmel: 831-622-0100
Pacific Repertory Theater's Shakespeare festival presents Henry IV, Part Two, in repertory with Part One.

August 18
52nd Annual Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance
Pebble Beach: 831-372-8026
This spectacular event exhibits some of the most unique prewar and postwar marques along with the latest in concept car designs.

August 22-September 22
Carmel: 831-622-0100
Pacific Repertory's summer musical, Lionel Bart's Oliver!, is presented under the stars in the oldest amphitheater west of the Rockies.

August 24-25
Old Monterey Sidewalk Art Promenade
Monterey: 831-655-8070
Sidewalk art show and sale on Alvarado Street. Hand-crafted ceramics, paintings and sculpture.

August 25
Jewish Food Festival
Carmel Valley: 831-625-5460
A celebration of Jewish foods like latkes and bialys, strudel and kugelhopf, plus Jewish culture: Klezmer music, crafts, cooking demos, folk dancing, art exhibits, more.

August 31 - September 1
Annual Monterey Bay Reggae Fest
Monterey: 831-394-8047
Reggae crowds enjoy the gentle music, ethnic arts & crafts from around the world, and authentic islands food.

August 31 - September 1
15th Annual Greek Festival
Monterey: 831-424-4434
An ethnic festival featuring authentic Greek food, live music, traditional dancing, a taverna and crafts.

August 31 - September 1
Summer Sampler
Felton: 831-335-4484
A sampling of Roaring Camp's best historic events, including train robberies, mountain men, melodramas, and a steam-powered saw mill.

August 31-September 1
17th Annual California Indian Market
San Juan Bautista: 831-623-2379
A traditional gathering of the indigenous peoples and cultures of Turtle Island. Featuring American Indian artists, dance groups, drums, storytellers, foods and fashions.

September 2002  

September TBA
Concert on the Green
Monterey: 831-646-5640
Concerts on the lawn in front of Colton Hall Museum.

September 6-8
Cherry's Jubilee
Monterey: 831-759-1836
Over 1000 classic cars 25 years old and older on display. Join the fun, or sit back and watch the "show 'n shine" cruises down Cannery Row, Pacific Grove and Monterey. Manufacturer's midway, plus food & live entertainment.

September 7-8
Otter Days
Monterey: 831-
A delightful weekend of special exhibits and informative talks about the Aquarium’s most popular inhabitants: its sea otters. Great for kids, plus chances to win ‘behind the scenes’ tours.

September 7-8
Festa Italia-Santa Rosalia Festival
Monterey: 831-649-6544
Italian music, bocce competitions, arts & crafts, delicious Italian food.

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 13-15
World Music Festival
Monterey: 831-622-9595
Founded to promote cultural understanding through music, this year's joyous festival brings musicians from India, France, Sweden, North Africa and Mali to Monterey's Custom House Plaza.

September 14-October 13
"Royal Blood: Rise and Fall of Kings"
Carmel: 831-622-0100
Pacific Repertory Theater's Shakespeare festival concludes its second year with Henry V, in repertory with Henry IV, Parts One and Two.

September 15
Carmel: 888-989-8171
The festival features a tasting of 200 varieties of tomatoes, a buffet selection and demonstrations of tomato dishes created by Central California's best restaurants. This year’s event honors the 90th birthday of chef extraordinaire Julia Child.

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September 20-22
Monterey Jazz Festival
Monterey: 925-275-9255
Non-stop jazz at the oldest continuous jazz festival in the world. Top names performing this year include Dave Brubeck, Joshua Redman, Roy Hargrove, and Etta James. Plus musical gifts, food, jazz photo/art exhibits, jazz clinics/seminars and more!

September 20-22
American Le Mans Series Monterey Sports Car Championships
Monterey: 800-327-SECA
The 2002 event includes a 3.5-hour main event which runs past dusk for true Le Mans style racing. Look for BMWs, Audis, Porsches, and Vipers, driven by stars like J.J. Lehto, Olivier Beretta and Hans Stuck.

September 21
Oceans Fair
Monterey: 831-647-4255
Celebrate the 10th anniversary of the founding of the National Marine Sanctuary Monterey Bay. Free festival, with entertainment, food, an ocean treasure hunt for kids, and lots of information about our precious oceans.

September 21
International Coastal Cleanup Day
Monterey: 800-COAST4U
Help break the Guinness Book World Record held in California for the most volunteers cleaning up garbage in one state.

September 21-November 17
These Rare Lands
Pacific Grove: 831-648-5716
Large format, panoramic photographs by Stan Jorstad celebrate the scenic beauty of America's parks, monuments and battlefields. Traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution.

September 27-October 12
The Merchant of Venice
Carmel: 831-622-0100
Shakespeare's controversial comedy pairs the light-hearted playfulness of a reluctant wooing with the sharp vengeance of "the pound of flesh." In repertory at Pacific Repertory Theater.

September 29
Carmel Mission Fiesta
Carmel: 831-624-8322
Featuring a variety of international musical entertainment, children's games, Farmer's Market, fabulous barbecue, and shopping galore at local artisans booths.

September 28-30
42nd Annual Monterey Gem & Mineral Show
Monterey: 831-659-4156
Gems, jewelry, minerals, fossils, rocks, equipment exhibits, dealers, children's activities and food.

October 2002  

October TBA
5th Annual Dia de los Muertos Procession
Salinas: 831-775-4737
This is the Mexican 'Day of the Dead,' for honoring one's deceased friends and family. Parade and dancing on Salinas's Main Street, ending at the National Steinbeck Center.

October TBA
Marina Air Faire

Vintage planes, including rare, still-flying warbirds like Stearmans, descend on Marina's airport; they're usually joined by local hot-rod and vintage car clubs, plus food, fun and entertainment.

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

October 5
Butterfly Parade
Pacific Grove: 831-646-6540
Elementary school children parade in butterfly costumes to welcome the monarch butterflies return to its winter home. Community bazaar follows.

October 5-6
Monterey Bay Bird Festival
Moss Landing: 831-728-3890
Monterey Bay and its surrounding lands offer some of the most spectacular birding on the Central Coast. Includes field trips, workshops, boat trip, kayak tours, dance performances, food and music.

October 6
Historic Home Tour
Pacific Grove: 831-373-3304
Tour of select Victorian homes, bed & breakfast inns, churches and the Pt. Piños lighthouse. Costumed docents provide histories at each location.

October 12-13
9th Annual Old Monterey Seafood & Music Festival
Monterey: 831-655-8070
Fresh seafood, live music and crafts, all around Custom House Plaza and Alvarado Street.

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October 12-13
1880s Harvest Festival
Felton: 831-335-4484
Skills and crafts of a simpler time are presented: spinning, weaving, candle making, pumpkin carving. See entries to Roaring Camp's annual scarecrow contest or make and take home your own scarecrow.

October 13
California Constitution Day
Monterey: 831-646-5640
Re-enactment of California's first Constitutional Convention on the original site where it was drafted in 1849.

October 16-27
Carmel Performing Arts Festival
Carmel-by-the-Sea: 831-624-7675
Presenting more than 35 different music, dance and theatre performances - as well as a few surprises - in over 15 different venues in and around Carmel.

October 19
Great Pumpkin Festival
Greenfield: 831-386-0316
Pumpkins roll out of the pumpkin patch and into Schied's vineyards at this fun-filled, 11am-4pm, festival.

October 26
Carmel's 86th Birthday Party
Carmel: 831-626-1255
Join Carmelites as they celebrate the city's birthday with a parade (11am) and barbecue (noon).

October 27
23rd Annual Harvest Festival
Carmel: 831-624-8886
A safe haven for children to trick-or-treat throughout the Barnyard shops. Enjoy hayrides, pony rides, costume contest and more. Guess the weight of the giant pumpkin and win it!

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

October 31
Ghost Train
Felton: 831-335-4484
Ride a steam train to Bear Mountain through a haunted redwood forest then follow Ichabod Crane as he flees the Headless Horseman. Reservations required.

October 31
Halloween on Cannery Row
Monterey: 831-649-6690
Trick-or-treating and 'Kids Eat Free' at participating establishments.

November 2002  

November-December TBA
Ariel Children's Theater
Salinas: 831-775-0976
Families and friends enjoy Ariel Theater's winter season of plays and musicals.

November 2-3
Monterey Bay Holiday Gift Fair
Monterey: 831-622-0700
Original hand-made arts and crafts exhibition and sale. All artists on-site, as well as food, drink and family entertainment.

November 22-December 14
A Christmas Carol
Salinas: 831-755-6816
The Main Stage at The Western Stage, Salinas, is transformed into Victorian England on a mysterious, frosty, night with this adaptation of Charles Dickens' winter classic.

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November 23
Homecrafters' Marketplace
Carmel: 831-626-1255
A juried show of the creations made by artists and craftspeople in Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz counties. Superb Christmas shopping!

November 28
Thanksgiving at Quail Lodge
Carmel: 831-620-8830
Enjoy a traditional buffet and carving stations at the Clubhouse with children's room and live music, or an elegant four-course, prix fix menu at The Covey.

November 29
8th Annual Cannery Row Christmas Tree Lighting
Monterey: 831-649-6690
"Snow on the Row." Annual tree lighting, caroling and arrival of Santa Claus.

December 2002

December 1
22nd Annual Christmas Festival
Carmel: 831-624-8886
St. Nick on his white steed, music, caroling, entertainment, food and more in the most spectacular, magical gardens in the Barnyard.

December 1
Lovejoy Winter Concert
Carmel: 831-625-5633
The Broadway Classics Ensemble (piano, soprano, tenor and baritone) presents a midwinter's eve program ranging from the quietly moving music of Gustav Holst to sparkling international carols.

December 4-8
Streets of Bethlehem
Salinas: 831-422-9872
A living history interactive experience. Over 200 cast members, numerous musical groups and even live animals help bring this Christmas story to life.

December 6
Monterey Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
Monterey: 831-646-5640
Gather on the lawn outside Town Hall to watch the lighting of the town's treecarolling and good cheer abound!

December 6
Carmel: 831- 624-2046
The Carmel Bach Festival's winter Bravissima series presents Convivium, a violin-cello-harpsichord trio, performing romantic holiday music by Bach, Gabrieli, Marais, and others. At All Saints Church, Carmel.

December 6
Carmel Tree Lighting
Carmel: 831-626-1255
Lighting of Carmel-by-the-Sea's official tree at Ocean Avenue and Junipero at 5pm sharp.

December 7
Stillwell's Snow in the Park
Pacific Grove: 831-373-3304
Caledonia Park is covered in a blanket of glistening snow surrounded by festive lights. Lots of fun for the young and the young at heart. Special appearances by Santa, Frosty and the Snow Queen.

December 7
4th Annual Wine & Wreaths Open House
Joullian Vineyards
Carmel Valley: 831-659-2800
Attendees are invited to wind their own grapevine wreath from Joullian's cuttings. Wine tasting and picnic area a must.

December 7- 8
Monterey Peninsula Choral Society Christmas Concert
Carmel: 831-645-4728
With four decades of tradition, this inspired community choral group performs a Christmas program at Carmel Mission Basilica.

December 7, 14, 21
Santa Claus on Alvarado Street
Monterey: 831-655-8070
Santa Claus greets children, poses for photos and distributes candy; horse-drawn carriage rides around Old Monterey add to the fun. Free, between 12 and 3pm.

December 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29
Santa Cruz Holiday Lights Train
Santa Cruz: 831-335-4484
Ride a beautifully lit holiday train through Victorian Santa Cruz as you sip hot spiced cider, listen to carolers and view decorated homes.

December 8
Brighten The Harbor
Monterey: 831-657-0855
Boats decorated with Christmas lights parade from the Coast Guard Pier to Lover's Point and back. A judging of boats will follow at the Yacht Club.

December 12 & 14
19th Annual Christmas in the Adobes
Monterey: 831-649-7118
Experience Monterey's beautiful historic buildings illuminated by candlelight and enhanced with period decorations, musical entertainment, costumed volunteers and refreshments.

December 13
La Posada
Monterey: 831-646-3866
A traditional Christmas candlelight parade led by Joseph and Mary with participants singing Spanish and English Christmas carols. A piñata party and refreshments follow.

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December 13
Burning River Brass Ensemble
Pacific Grove: 831-625-9938
Burning River Brass Ensemble is composed of one dozen top instrumentalists. This special concert debuts a new composition by Tony Di Lorenzo, commemorating Monterey's Quadricentennial.

December 13-15
Monterey Quadricentennial History Weekend
Monterey: 831-657-6407
Discover Monterey's 400 years of history in this weekend-long event. Talks by local notable historians, guided walks of Old Monterey, an exhibition of artwork by Jo Mora, and a reenactment of Sebastian Vizcaino's landing and the first Mass in Monterey.

December 13-15
4th Annual Monterey Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival
Monterey: 831-372-8520
The best cowboy poets and balladeers are featured in a 3-day weekend event also showcasing western artists and gear makers.

December 14-15
Pioneer Christmas
Felton: 831-335-4484
1880s Roaring Camp is decorated with garlands and bows, and carolers sing along Main Street. Take a wintry steam train ride and join a pioneer Santa atop Bear Mountain for a treasure hunt in a redwood forest.

December 14-15
I Cantori di Carmel Winter Concert
Carmel: 831-655-0869
Come celebrate Christmas and winter solstice with sacred choral music ringing through the lovely historic Carmel Mission.

December 15, 18-19
Monterey Symphony
Carmel: 831-624-8511
Two special candlelight concerts, at St Benedict Church, Hollister, and the resplendent Carmel Mission Basilica. Festive holiday music for orchestra and chorus. These concerts sell out quickly. Call for reservations: no tickets sold at the door.

December 19
Sweet Thursdays on Cannery Row
Monterey: 831-648-8132
Lecture program at Hopkins Marine Station Auditorium.

December 20-22
"And the Angels Sang"
Carmel: 831-642-2701
Three fascinating concerts linking old and new versions of Christmas classics, at three concerts: Dec 20, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Salinas 8pm. Dec 21, Carmel Mission Basilica, Carmel, 8:30pm. Dec 22, Mission San Antonio, Jolon, 3:00pm .

December 24-25
Christmas at Quail Lodge
Carmel: 831-620-8830
Savor old fashioned European Christmas recipes in the resort's famous restaurants overlooking Mallard Lake: both dinners and brunch feature traditional holiday fare.

December 31
First Night Monterey
Downtown Monterey: 831-373-4778
Celebration of New Year's Eve through the arts. Music, dances, poetry, special installations and exhibits from 2pm to midnight indoors and out throughout historic downtown Monterey. Alcohol-free event for the entire family.

December 31
New Year's Eve Gala
Carmel: 831-620-8830
Ring in the New Year at the Quail Lodge Gala. Includes cocktails, a spectacular dinner menu and dancing.

December 31
New Year's Eve Celebrations
Enjoy bringing in the New Year with elegance and style.
The Lodge at Pebble Beach
831- 624-3811
The Inn at Spanish Bay

Upcoming Events
Young Riders Jump for Joy
The Pebble Beach Equestrian Classics is one of the county's most exciting equine events for aspiring young riders. Even if they're not riding in the jumping or equitation classes themselves, the prospect of seeing competitors from all over the United States, Canada and Mexicosome of whom will go on to compete at Olympic levelis a real thrill.

Family fun extends beyond the show ring, with opportunities for beach-side trail rides and the concurrent Pebble Beach Dog Show, a very informal, prize-winning activity for the canine members of equine-oriented families! More details at
Independence Day with a History Twist
The City of Monterey teams up with Monterey State Historical Park to give the Fourth of July an unusual spin every year. The day starts in traditional style with a grand parade through Old Monterey at 10am; this year, the festivities mark the 400th anniversary of the city's "first tourist"Vizcaino's landing in 1602.

Following the parade, you can tour Cooper-Molera Adobe and meet costumed docents who bring the 1850s to life, in the character of gardeners, soldiers, cooks and more. All afternoon the Lawn Party at Colton Hall offers fun for the family and tasty snacks to keep you going. At 9:15pm, the fireworks go off over the bay!

For more information, visit the city's Independence Day website at

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