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Year-Round Events  

Saturdays Year-round
Carmel Heritage Walks
Carmel: 831-624-4447
Starting from First Murphy House (Lincoln & 6th) in Carmel, at 10am, these 90-minute tours cover Carmel's highlights.

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Year-round
Tor House and Hawk Tower Tours
Carmel: 831-624-1831
Now a National Historic Landmark, Tor House and Hawk Tower are open for tours throughout the year on Fridays and Saturdays. A visit to Jeffers' extraordinary home is a special experience.

Year-round
Monterey State Historic Park
Monterey: 831-649-7118
www.parks.ca.gov
Take a free guided tour and discover the oldest parts of Monterey, led by guides from Monterey State Historic Park. Walks begin at Pacific House Museum at 10:30am on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and holiday Mondays. Also many opportunities to visit historic buildings and gardens; see the website for details.



January 2005

January-February 27
From the Tide Pools to the Stars
Salinas
Tel: 831-775-4721
www.steinbeck.org
The National Steinbeck Center’s special gallery space focuses on ‘the Pacific Vision’ of Edward F. Ricketts, the pioneer marine biologist and inspirational friend of novelist John Steinbeck.

January 14-February 13
The American Author Series
Carmel
Tel: 831-624-1531
www.cetstaffplayers.org
Meet some of the greats in American literature, many of whom wrote essays, poems and fiction in Monterey County, in this new series of one-man shows. Friday-Sunday performances.
Jack London Jan. 14-16
Laura Ingalls Wilder Jan. 21-23
John Steinbeck Jan. 28-30
Robert Louis Stevenson Feb. 4-6
Emily Dickinson Feb. 11-13

January 15
150th Birthday of Pt Pinos Light
Pacific Grove
Tel: 831-648-5716 ext. 13
www.pgmuseum.org
First in a series of events, re-enactments and readings at the historic lighthouse at Asilomar and Lighthouse in Pacific Grove. This week: Robert Louis Stevenson visits Lighthouse Keeper Allan Luce.

January 18
Chamber Music in Colton Hall
Monterey
Tel: 831-646-3991
www.monterey.org
The gentle notes of classical guitar, played by Terrence Farrell, are a perfect fit with the restrained colonial architecture of Colton Hall. Reservations required as space in this historic venue is limited.

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January 21
Encountering Mozart
Carmel
Tel: 831-625-3637
The Mozart Society invites you to encounter Mozart, with the concert-lecture performance by David Gordon and Friends.

January 22
150th Birthday of Pt Pinos Light
Pacific Grove
Tel: 831-648-5716 ext. 13
www.pgmuseum.org
Second in a series of events, re-enactments and readings at the historic lighthouse at Asilomar and Lighthouse in Pacific Grove. This week: Emily Fish arrives to take over the Lightkeeping duties.

January 22-March 19
Ancient Echoes: Native American Rock Art
Pacific Grove
www.pgmuseum.org
Tel: 831-648-5716
Daniel Bianchetta has been photographing Native American rock art (petroglyph) sites for nearly 20 years. This exhibit at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History features images from the Southwest, Hawaii, Big Sur and Canada. Opening reception January 21, 7pm.

January 26
Ag Forum Luncheon Series
Salinas
Tel: 831-775-4721
www.steinbeckstore.org
Find out about "Big Organic" during the January edition in this series of luncheons at the National Steinbeck Center. This month: Tonya Antle, of Tanimura & Antle and Earthbound Farm, leads a discussion about the future of organic farming.

January 29
150th Birthday of Pt Pinos Light
Pacific Grove
Tel: 831-648-5716 ext. 13
www.pgmuseum.org
Third in a series of events, re-enactments and readings at the historic lighthouse at Asilomar and Lighthouse in Pacific Grove. This week: Lightkeeper Emily Fish and the Great Earthquake of 1906.




February 2005

February 5
Ancient Echoes Lecture
Pacific Grove
www.pgmuseum.org
Tel: 831-648-5716
Daniel Bianchetta, whose photographs of Native American rock art (petroglyph) sites are on exhibit at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History, talks about the sites and his technique (2pm).

February 5
150th Birthday of Pt Pinos Light
Pacific Grove
Tel: 831-648-5716 ext. 13
www.pgmuseum.org
Fourth in a series of events, re-enactments and readings at the historic lighthouse at Asilomar and Lighthouse in Pacific Grove. This week: Lightkeeper Emily Fish retires.

February 12
A Day of Romance in Old Monterey
Monterey
Tel: 831-647-6204
www.monterey.org/
historicmonterey/calendar1.html

"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 12
150th Birthday of Pt Pinos Light
Pacific Grove
Tel: 831-648-5716 ext. 13
www.pgmuseum.org
Last in a series of events, re-enactments and readings at the historic lighthouse at Asilomar and Lighthouse in Pacific Grove. This week: World War II and the Coast Guard Beach Patrol.

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February 15
Chamber Music in Colton Hall
Monterey
Tel: 831-646-3991
www.monterey.org
The duo of Hart and Elana, piano and brass, present an evening of chamber music at Colton Hall, setting of California’s Constitutional Convention. Reservations required as space in this historic venue is limited.

February 19-20
Indian Arts and Crafts Show
Monterey
Tel: 650-856-6622
www.montereycountyfair.com
Discover a diverse array of Native American crafts, displayed by the artists and artisans themselves in many cases, during this winter weekend fair.

February 27
Steinbeck's Birthday Celebrations
Salinas
Tel: 831-775-4721
www.steinbeck.org
Join a hometown celebration at the National Steinbeck Center as Salinas remembers the life and works of native son and Pulitzer Prize-winning author John Steinbeck.




March 2005

March 4
Silent Surrealism: Films + Music
CSUMB, Seaside
Tel: 831-582-4580
http://worldtheater.csumb.edu/
The Hot Club of San Francisco presents an evening of silent surrealist films scored with live gypsy jazz. Films by James Sibley Watson, Harold Shaw and Charlie Bowers are accompanied by tunes by Stephane Grappelli, Django Reinhardt and more.

March 4-6
Dixieland Monterey
Monterey
Tel: 831-633-5053
Hotline: 888-349-6879
www.dixieland-monterey.com
Three days of top-notch Dixieland and Swing in various venues in downtown Monterey. Featuring top national jazz bands, local youth bands, the Diva Show, gospel Sunday morning, and more.

March 8
Colton Hall 156th Birthday
Monterey
Tel: 831-646-5648
www.monterey.org/museum/
Birthday celebration of one of Monterey's most historic buildings. Free and open to the public, 2-4pm.

March 8
Chamber Music in Colton Hall
Monterey
Tel: 831-646-3991
www.monterey.org
Enjoy an evening of chamber music at Colton Hall, with the period-perfect duets of Kim Angelis and Josef, on violin and guitar. Reservations required as space in this historic venue is limited.

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March 12-13
Indian Arts and Crafts Show
Monterey
Tel: 650-856-6622
www.montereycountyfair.com
Discover a diverse array of Native American crafts, displayed by the artists and artisans themselves in many cases.

March 12-13
Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass
Salinas (12), Monterey (13)
Tel: 831-642-2701
www.camerata-singers.org
Franz Joseph Haydn composed the Missa in angustiis, the 'Mass in time of fear,' in 1798. The Camerata Singers perform it with orchestra and soloists; the concert in Monterey is at the historic San Carlos Cathedral.

March 16
Indians Indians: Robert Mirabal
CSUMB, Seaside
Tel: 831-582-4580
http://worldtheater.csumb.edu/
Robert Mirabal is one of Native America's most dynamic performers, mesmerizing audiences through songs and stories. Indians Indians is his latest work, exploring his tribal roots with heartfelt and humorous stories, songs and music.

March 17
Robinson Jeffers and the Irish Epic
Monterey
Tel: 831-372-2608
Taelen Thomas brings his gift for interpreting the creative soul of authors long gone to a special one-night performance devoted to Robinson Jeffers, the enigmatic poet whose epic ballads recall the bards of Ireland. At the History Theater (Stanton Center, adjoining the Maritime Museum of Monterey).




April 2005

April-September
Historic Garden Tours
Monterey
Tel: 831-649-3364
The Historic Garden League leads 90-minute guided walks of several Old Monterey gardens Thursdays and Fridays (meet at 10:30am at Casa del Ora garden, Pacific and Scott Streets). Reservations required ($5 suggested donation); groups can be accommodated with advance notice on other days as well.

April 9-10
46th Annual Good Old Days Celebration
Pacific Grove
Tel: 831-373-3304
www.pacificgrove.org
Celebrate a bygone era with a parade, more than 225 arts and food vendors, a Victorian fashion show, numerous contests, street dance and firefighters' muster.

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April 9-10 TBC
Quilt Show
Pacific Grove
Tel: 831-642-9490
Antique and contemporary quilts are on display at PG’s Chautauqua Hall, in this two-day exhibit sponsored by the Monterey Peninsula’s Quilters Guild.

April 27
Arlo Guthrie
Carmel
Tel: 831-620-2040
www.arlo.net
It's a long way from "Alice's Restaurant" to Carmel, but Arlo Guthrie, guitar-picking, harmonica-playing, and as true to his roots as Woody's oldest boy could be, is ready to rock and soul his way into town for a special one-night concert.

April TBA
Monterey Bay Poetry Festival
Pacific Grove
www.montereybaypoetry.com
Meet and listen to some of the Monterey Bay area's finest poets at this annual fundraising event, held this year at Pacific Grove's Chautauqua Hall.




May 2005

May-September
Historic Garden Tours
Monterey
Tel: 831-647-6204
www.parks.ca.gov
Take a fascinating tour of Monterey's best-kept secret. Learn about plant lore, identification, and uses. Tours begin in the Cooper-Molera Adobe courtyard and then proceed to the Stevenson House and (if time) Larkin House gardens. Tuesdays at 1pm.

May 1
Jeffers Tor House Garden Party
Carmel
Tel: 831-624-1813
www.torhouse.org
Annual Garden Party offers afternoon tea, silent auction and gifts for sale. Live music (songs from Una Jeffers's songbook) serenades artists painting in the gardens. Photography allowed this day only.

May 1
History Authors Roundtable
Monterey
Tel: 831-646-5640
www.monterey.org
Monterey-based authors who specialize in history meet with students, scholars and armchair historians to discuss topics in local history, including Fort Ord, Big Sur, Salinas Valley and Monterey, at historic Colton Hall.

May 12-15
Salinas Valley Fair
King City
Tel: 831-385-3243
www.salinasvalleyfair.com
Enjoy the atmosphere of an old-fashioned county fair, complete with carnival, Junior Rodeo, craft and flower exhibits, 4-H exhibits, photography, live music and more.

May 14
Ed "Doc" Ricketts Lab Tours
Monterey
Tel: 831-659-2112
www.canneryrow.org
Rare opportunity to tour the inside of the Pacific Biological Labs run by Ed "Doc" Ricketts, revolutionary marine biologist and friend of John Steinbeck, on Cannery Row. Reservations strongly recommended for hourly tours (10am-4pm), $15 donation.

May 15
"Tales of the Sea"
Monterey
Tel: 831-372-2608
www.montereyhistory.org
Mariners' yarns, spun by master storyteller Taelen Thomas, at the History Theater in the Stanton Center at the Maritime Museum of Monterey.

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May 21
Cooper-Molera Historic Garden Sale
Monterey
Tel: 831-372-6410
www.monterey.org/historicmonterey
This is the only time (9am-1pm) during the year to purchase plants grown from cuttings and seeds taken from the Cooper-Molera historic garden. Don't miss the heritage roses from "Mrs. Cooper's Garden."

May 24
David Mamet's "Boston Marriage"
Big Sur
Tel: 831-667-2714
www.henrymiller.org
The "Show & Tell" series of play-readings at the Henry Miller Library continues with Mamet's droll comedy of errors set in a Victorian drawing room. Readers include Jani Davis, Jill Jackson; directed by Robin McKee.

May 28
Ed Ricketts Symposium: Life, Philosophy, Science
Monterey
Tel: 831-372-2608
www.historicmonterey.org
Edward Flanders Ricketts was a remarkable force in the development of marine ecological science. A panel of notable historians, biographers and scientists discuss his philosophical thought and his contributions to marine biology.

May 28-30
24th Civil War Encampment
Felton
Tel: 831-335-4484
www.roaringcamp.com
Visit encampments of Union and Confederate solders and see battles at one of the longest-running Civil War reenactments in the West.

May 29
Pacific Biological Lab Tours
Monterey
Tel: 831-372-2608
www.historicmonterey.org
Rare opportunity to tour the inside of the Pacific Biological Labs run by Ed "Doc" Ricketts, the marine biologist and friend of John Steinbeck, on Cannery Row. Reservations strongly recommended for the three, one-hour tours (10am, 11am, noon), $10 donation.

May 29-September 4
Steinbeck House Tours
Salinas
Tel: 831-424-2735
www.steinbeck.org/SHouse2.html
One of the finest old houses in Salinas will be open for summer afternoon tours every Sunday between May 27 and September 4. Its significance? Novelist John Steinbeck was born and raised here, and many treasures from his childhood remain.




June 2005

June-July
Films in the Forest Series
Carmel
Tel: 831-622-0100
www.foresttheaterguild.org
Catch classic movies of every genre in the spacious open-air Outdoor Forest Theater. Visit the website for dates and titles.

Sundays through September 4
Steinbeck House Tours
Salinas
Tel: 831-424-2735
www.steinbeck.org/SHouse2.html
One of the finest old houses in Salinas will be open for summer afternoon tours every Sunday between May 27 and September 4. Its significance? Novelist John Steinbeck was born and raised here, and many treasures from his childhood remain.

June 4
Flanders Mansion Nature/Heritage Walks
Carmel
Tel: 831-626-3826
www.flandersfoundation.org
One of Carmel's hidden treasures, Flanders Mansion, a handsome home built in 1925, stands squarely amid another little-known gem, Mission Trails Park and nature preserve. Discover both during a two-hour guided walk; bring a picnic to enjoy on the lawn afterwards. Reservations recommended.

June 12
Mission San Antonio Fiesta
Jolon
Tel: 831-385-4478
Make your way into Monterey’s South County and Fort Hunter Liggett (near Lake San Antonio) to attend the Fiesta Mass at this historic mission. Event starts at 11am with choir and distribution of St. Anthony's bread, followed by a BBQ, games and live music.

June 17-September 18
"The Graceful Envelope"
National Steinbeck Center, Salinas
Tel: 831-775-4721
www.steinbeck.org
Can an envelope be a work of art? The 135 beautifully illustrated - and stamped, cancelled and delivered - envelopes entered in this Smithsonian Institute traveling exhibition prove it's possible. Inspiring and enchanting. On the 17th, calligrapher Sara Loesch Frank introduces the exhibit with a talk on "The Handwritten Word."

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June 18-October 8
Chautauqua Years
Pacific Grove
Tel: 831-648-5716
www.pgmuseum.org
Chautauqua Assemblies were the social – and educational – highlights of Pacific Grove’s early years as a Methodist summer retreat village. To celebrate those busy days of literary readings, scientific lectures, plays and concerts, and the 100th anniversary of PG’s Feast of Lanterns, discover this special exhibit of photos and other ephemera from 1879-1926.

June 24-26
20th Monterey Bay Blues Festival
Monterey Fairgrounds
Tel: 831-394-2652
www.montereyblues.com
Three stages of matchless blues and R-and-B, presented by a festival dedicated to preserving this unique American art form. This year's festivals features the Neville Brothers, Dr. John, Ruth Brown, Billy Preston, Shemekia Copeland, and 45 more great acts during three days of music.

June 26
Carmel Historic Home & Garden Tour
Carmel
Tel: 831-624-4447
www.carmelheritage.org
Carmel Heritage Society guides you to the village's most charming homes and the lush gardens that surround them. Reservations recommended.




July 2005

Sundays through September 4
Steinbeck House Tours
Salinas
Tel: 831-424-2735
www.steinbeck.org/SHouse2.html
One of the finest old houses in Salinas will be open for summer afternoon tours every Sunday between May 27 and September 4. Its significance? Novelist John Steinbeck was born and raised here, and many treasures from his childhood remain.

July 4
Living History Day in Old Monterey
Monterey
Tel: 831-647-6204
www.monterey.org
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. Activities and fun for all ages.

July 4
Valley Heritage Day
King City
Tel: 831-385-1484
www.mcarlm.org
It's a 4th of July from another era at the King City Independence Day parade, complete with antique farm equipment, historic displays and a classic car show. Plus entertainment, food, games, and crafts.

July 4
Spreckels 4th of July Celebration
Spreckels
Tel: 831-455-2211
An old-fashioned 4th of July celebration for the whole family starts off with a 10K run, a One-Mile Race for kids under 12, and a grand parade of children along 3rd Street. Live music, Fireman's Muster, craft fair, food booths, and more!

July 9
Flanders Mansion Nature/Heritage Walks
Carmel
Tel: 831-626-3826
www.flandersfoundation.org
One of Carmel's hidden treasures, Flanders Mansion, a handsome home built in 1925, stands squarely amid another little-known gem, Mission Trails Park and nature preserve. Discover both during a two-hour guided walk; bring a picnic to enjoy on the lawn afterwards. Reservations recommended.

July 9-11
47th Antiques Show and Sale
Pacific Grove
Tel: 831-373-4441
Fine silver, estate jewelry, period clothing, paintings, prints, sculpture, toys, furniture, and much more, offered by 28 California antiques dealers. Lunch and snacks available.

July 16-17
West Coast Championship Poetry Slam
Big Sur
Tel: 831-667-2574
www.henrymiller.org
Dozens of poets who are deemed among the "Best of the West" duke it out on the lawn of the Henry Miller Library.

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July 16 - August 6
68th Carmel Bach Festival
Carmel
Tel: 831-624-2046
[email protected]
www.bachfestival.org
America's preeminent festival of Baroque music will celebrate its 68th season with 100 musicians from around the world, performing in venues including Sunset Center, Carmel Mission Basilica and the Church in the Forest, Pebble Beach, and All Saints Church, Carmel.

July 25-31
100th Feast of Lanterns
Pacific Grove
Tel: 831-649-8737
www.feast-of-lanterns.org
A tradition as old as the city itself, this week-long community celebration is honoring its centennial in 2005. It features The Feast of Salads and the Feast of Chickens, PG's birthday cake, pet parade, Seniors Tennis Tourney, street dances, pageant, and live entertainment, culminating in fireworks on the final night.

July 31
Moss Landing Antique Street Fair
Moss Landing
Tel: 831-633-4501
Stroll through this historic fishing village to browse through thousands of antiques and collectibles brought here by over 200 dealers from all over the West Coast.

July TBA
Sloat Landing Ceremony
Monterey
Tel: 831-372-2608, ext 13
156th 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." Ceremony in Custom House Plaza at 1:00pm.




August 2005

August 4-7
25th Annual Steinbeck Festival
National Steinbeck Center, Salinas
Tel: 831-775-4737
www.steinbeck.org
Four days of films, speakers, panels, theater, and bus or walking tours, all celebrating Nobel Prize-winning author John Steinbeck. This year's theme: "Folk, Film and Fish."

August 5-28
John Steinbeck’s Cannery Row
Salinas
Tel: 831-755-6816
www.westernstage.org
The Western Stage presents a "retooled revival" of its original adaptation of Steinbeck’s beloved novel, timed to coincide with the Steinbeck Festival. Be on hand when the denizens of Cannery Row decide Doc needs a party...

August 13
Flanders Mansion Nature/Heritage Walks
Carmel
Tel: 831-626-3826
www.flandersfoundation.org
One of Carmel's hidden treasures, Flanders Mansion, a handsome home built in 1925, stands squarely amid another little-known gem, Mission Trails Park and nature preserve. Discover both during a two-hour guided walk; bring a picnic to enjoy on the lawn afterwards. Reservations recommended.

August 13-14
Summer Gathering of Mountain Men
Felton
Tel: 831-335-4484
www.roaringcamp.com
Travel back in time to the era of Roaring Camp Railroad, as the mountain men set up their 1840s camps and tell their tall tales. Accompanied on August 14 by the Roaring Camp Musical Saw Festival!

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August 18
Concours d'Elegance Vintage Car Parade and Display
Carmel
Tel: 831-626-1255
www.carmelcalifornia.com
Parade, car display and luncheon. Parade and car display is held on Ocean Avenue, luncheon in Devendorf Park.

August 19-21
31st Rolex Monterey Historic Automobile Races
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Monterey
Tel: 800-327-SECA
www.laguna-seca.com
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 21
Concours d'Elegance
Pebble Beach
Tel: 831-622-1700
www.pebblebeachconcours.net
This spectacular event exhibits some of the most unusual prewar and postwar marques along with the latest in concept car designs, all in the beautiful setting of Pebble Beach.




September 2005

September 2-October 9
The Beard of Avon
Carmel
Tel: 831-622-0100
www.pacrep.org
Amy Freed composed a delicious and witty farce that proposes Will Shakespeare was merely a stage-struck front man for a group of playwrights that included Francis Bacon and Queen Elizabeth I.

September 4
Steinbeck House Tours
Salinas
Tel: 831-424-2735
www.steinbeck.org/SHouse2.html
One of the finest old houses in Salinas will be open for summer afternoon tours every Sunday between May 27 and September 4. Its significance? Novelist John Steinbeck was born and raised here, and many treasures from his childhood remain.

September 10-11
Festa Italia-Santa Rosalia Festival
Monterey
Tel: 831-649-6544
www.monterey.org
Non-stop Italian music, bocce competitions, arts and crafts, delicious Italian food.

September 16-18
Monterey Jazz Festival
Monterey County Fairgrounds, Monterey
Tel: 925-275-9255
www.montereyjazzfestival.org
Nonstop jazz at the oldest continuous jazz festival in the world. Always features top performers, plus colorful gifts, food, jazz photo/art exhibits, jazz clinics/seminars and more..

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September 16-18
Cherry's Jubilee
Monterey
Tel: 831-759-1836
www.svmh.com
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 25 TBC
41st Annual Carmel Mission Fiesta
Carmel
Tel: 831-624-9035
Featuring a variety of international musical entertainment, children's games, Farmer's Market, fabulous barbecue, and shopping galore at local artisans booths.

September 30-February 26, 2006
"From the Dust Bowl to the Salad Bowl"
National Steinbeck Center, Salinas
Tel: 831-775-4721
www.steinbeck.org
Charming and poignant exhibition of Depression-era quilts from the 1930s migration of the Okies to the Salinas Valley.

September TBA
Fishermen's Fiesta
Wharf 2, Monterey
Tel: 831-372-2608, ext. 11
The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, the Maritime Museum and all the fisher-folks of Monterey are dusting off the pier and tidying up their nets for a Fishermen's Fiesta. There'll be tours of the fishing fleet, booths with marine information, walking tours, and the chance to buy fresh fish right from the boats.




October 2005

October 2
Historic Home Tour
Pacific Grove
Tel: 831-373-3304
www.pacificgrove.org
Tour of select Victorian homes, churches, and the Pt. Pinos lighthouse. Costumed docents provide histories at each location.

October 8-16
History Fest Monterey
Monterey
Tel: 831-646-5640
www.historicmonterey.org
A week-long special focus on the history of Monterey, from the native populations who lived here first through the arrival of the Americans. Lots of hands-on kids programs, special exhibitions and lectures, crafts and much more for the whole family.

October 15-16
Jeffers Tor House Fall Festival
Carmel
Tel: 831-624-1813
www.torhouse.org
Annual event includes re-enactments, special readings, speakers, theatre, music, benefit luncheon, sunset celebration, guided beach walks and more, all celebrating the life and works of early 20th century poet Robinson Jeffers.

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October 16
California Constitution Day
Monterey
Tel: 831-646-5640
www.monterey.org/museum
Re-enactment of California's first Constitutional Convention on the original site where it was drafted in 1849.

October 22
"Witches Ball" Gala
National Steinbeck Center, Salinas
Tel: 831-775-4721
www.steinbeck.org
Visitors and locals alike who honor the literary and social heritage of John Steinbeck come together to raise funds for the National Steinbeck Center Museum. This year's spooky gala comes complete with music, entertainment, live and silent auctions.

October 29
Carmel's 89th Birthday Party
Carmel
Tel: 831-620-2020
www.carmelcalifornia.com
Join Carmelites as they celebrate the city's official birthday with a morning parade followed by a barbecue. (Unofficially, Carmel is 101 years old, as its first developer laid out its streets in 1903!)

October TBA
Marina Air Faire
Marina
Tel: 831-582-0102
Vintage planes, including rare, still-flying warbirds like Stearmans, descend on Marina's airport; they're joined by local hot-rod and vintage car clubs, plus food, fun and entertainment.




November 2005

November TBA
Bailando con la Muerte
Salinas
Tel: 831-758-9126
www.artistasunidos.org
Honoring the Mexican 'Day of the Dead,' this new event held at Hartnell College includes an art exhibition (October 31-November 8) plus a free public evening of poetry, music, dance - even a Frida Kahlo look-alike contest - on November 2.



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November -December TBA
Christmas in Pacific Grove
Pacific Grove
Tel: 831-373-3304
www.pacificgrove.org
Kicking off with the official lighting of PG’s Christmas tree, this week of festivities include caroling, a Parade of Lights, and Kids’ Day for shopping.




December 2005

December 6-7
Christmas at the Inns
Pacific Grove
Tel: 831-373-3304
www.pacificgrove.org
Take a self-guided tour of several bed and breakfast inns, all decked out in holiday splendor. Entertainment and refreshments served.

December 7-11
Streets of Bethlehem
Salinas
Tel: 831-422-9872
www.1stbaptist.net
A living history interactive experience. Over 200 cast members, numerous musical groups and even live animals help bring this Christmas story to life.

December 9-10
22nd Annual Christmas in the Adobes
Monterey
Tel: 831-649-7118
www.parks.ca.gov
Experience Monterey's beautiful historic buildings illuminated by candlelight and enhanced with period decorations, musical entertainment, costumed volunteers and refreshments.

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December 9-11
7th Annual Monterey Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival
Monterey
Tel: 1-800-722-9652
www.montereycowboy.com
The best cowboy poets and balladeers are featured in a three-day weekend event that also showcases western artists and gear makers.

December 31
First Night Monterey
Downtown Monterey
Tel: 831-373-4778
www.firstnightmonterey.org
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 TBA
Inns of Distinction
Carmel
Tel: 831-624-4447
www.carmelheritage.org
Carmel Heritage Society guides you to the village's handsomest, most historic inns. Reservations recommended.