Bailando con la Muerte
Honoring the Mexican 'Day of the Dead,' this lively event held at Hartnell College includes an art exhibition (October 31-November 12) plus a free public evening (November 1) of poetry, music, dance - even a Frida Kahlo look-alike contest.
Turtle Island String Quartet with Kenny Barron
Musical sparks fly when Kenny Barron, a veteran of Dizzy Gillespie's and Stan Getz's jazz bands, takes his seat at the piano with twice-Grammy-nominated Turtle Island, masters of improvisational chamber music.
Pebble Beach Equestrian Championships
Grand finale to the horse show season in Pebble Beach.
Johnsmith is a ray of sunshine in a musical world where cynical gloom is all too common. He brings his poetical songs from "Kickin' the Stone" to the Henry Miller Library.
Salinas (5), Carmel (6-7)
Max Bragado-Darman conducts the Monterey Symphony in Mozart's Overture to The Impresario, Beethoven's Violin Concerto in D major, and Brahms' Symphony No. 1 in C minor.
Big Sur Half Marathon and 5K Run
Two fun-filled events for runners at all levels. The Big Sur Half Marathon begins and ends in downtown Monterey, taking in Cannery Row and Pacific Grove along the way. The "Run Forrest Run 5K" is sponsored by Bubba Gump's restaurant, complete with entertainment along the course.
Chefs at the Aquarium
The Monterey Bay Aquarium, long noted for promoting the need for sustainable fisheries, presents a new monthly series of dinners at its Portola Restaurant, hosted by innovative Executive Chef Dory Ford. Tonight's event celebrates "NapaStyle" with Chef Michael Chiarello of Tra Vigne.
Sea Otter Day at Everyone's Harvest Market
Friends of the Sea Otter and the Normalflora Bluegrass Band ("Old Tyme Music for a New Day") come together at the Marina farmers' market to educate and entertain among the veggies.
Ready for Your Close Up?
Casting Director Judith Bouley (Evita, The Polar Express, Turner and Hooch and more) talks about how to take part in movies without getting taken as part of the Monterey County Film Commission's Women in Film series.
9th Great Wine Escape Weekend
Celebrate the vendange at Monterey County wineries and restaurants as they roll out the red carpet for a weekend of self-guided and narrated bus tours, open houses, winemaker dinners Friday and Saturday nights, and live entertainment.
Judy Collins in Concert
Tel: 831- 620-2048
Few singers endure in the hearts of the public for 40 years, but Judy Collins has. Still recording (with 37 albums to date) and still touring, this is a don't-miss date.
Celebrate the grand opening of Monterey's newest artisan winery, Cima Collina, 11am-5pm. There'll be barrel tastings, winery tours and more.
6th International UNA Film Festival
This United Nations Association traveling film festival honors the Declaration of Human Rights by presenting 13 international, award-winning documentaries tackling issues from Oil on Ice to The Living Goddesses of Nepal. November 11-27
The perfect reward (or bribe) for good Thanksgiving Day behavior: a chance to see MPC Storybook Theatres lively performance of a fairytale favorite at The Studio Theater at MPC.
November 11-December 11
The Cherry Orchard
Anton Chekhov's final masterpiece resonates to this day, 101 years after its premiere. Jon Patrick Selover directs this translation by George Calderon at The Western Stage.
Apples Apples Apples at The Farm
Learn how to keep your apple tree happy and healthy, with information on grafting, pruning, harvesting.
Fall Winemaker's Dinner
Tel: 831-624 2600
Four delicious courses prepared by Chef Terry Teplitzky of Michael's are paired with exquisite wines, specially selected by Chateau Julien's winemaker. Reservations essential, as this is the one night the winery's Chai is open to dine.
Adaskin String Trio
Tel: 831- 620-2048
One of the Carmel Bach Festival's favorite performers, violinist Emlyn Ngai, returns with the Adaskin Trio, featuring oboeist Tom Gallant.
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Callaway Golf Pebble Beach Invitational
This great Pro-Am tournament brings together - on the same superb courses at the same time - golf greats from the PGA, LPGA and Champions tours, including Olin Browne, Rich Beem, Tom Lehman and Charlotta Sorenstram, up-and-coming sister of Annika. The audience experience is great: much closer to play than other tournaments, and it's free!
November 17-December 31
Artist Miniatures 2005
View and bid on hundreds of miniature artworks, created by noted area artists as a fundraiser for the Monterey Museum of Art. Free open house (5-7pm) on November 17th to celebrate the opening day.
Rossetti String Quartet
The Rossetti String Quartet brings its sensual and sophisticated sound to the Mozart Society's 2005-06 concert series at Carmel's All Saints Church.
Holiday Open House
Paraiso Vineyards wants to be sure you have the right wine for Thanksgiving and holidays, with an evening Open House that features barrel tastings, vineyard sleighrides, caroling, and a home decor boutique.
Thanksgiving at The Farm
The Farm invites everyone to enjoy the Valley's bountiful goodness, while the kids get to go on a Veggie Treasure Hunt.
A juried show of the creations made by artists and craftspeople in Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz counties. Superb holiday shopping!
Ensemble Monterey takes its audience on "A Stroll on the Wilder Side." Instead of Lou Reed, they'll hear Samuel Barber's Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Copland's Three Latin American Sketches, and Debussy's Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun.
Meet the Penguins
Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey
One of the Monterey Bay Aquariums 15 African Blackfooted penguins steps out for a stroll, accompanied by a penguinologist, ready to meet its adoring young public in the Splash Zone.
Carmel Music Society Concert Series
Tel: 831- 620-2048
Three acclaimed young artists, on cello, clarinet and piano, explore "The Romantic Triangle: Robert Schumann, Clara Schumann and Johannes Brahms."
November 23-December 31
The Roots of RocknRoll
A fabulous tribute show to the founding fathers and mothers of rock and roll. At Pacific Repertorys Golden Bough Theater, featuring "Buddy Holly" Travis Poelle, Don Daily, Charmagne Scott and Daniel Simpson, plus special guests.
November 24-January 1, 2006
Monterey on Ice
Monterey Bay never freezes over -- but now, kids of all ages can go ice-skating at the Monterey County Fairgrounds, on a special 90' by 60' ice rink. Open skate time for adults, too!
11th Annual Cannery Row Christmas Tree Lighting
"Snow on the Row." Annual tree lighting, caroling and arrival of Santa Claus.
Santa at the Center
Early bird shoppers (8-11am) receive an extra gift at Monterey's Del Monte Center. At 10am, Santa arrives on a vintage red fire engine (kids joining in his parade get free plush antlers). DanceKids present excerpts from "The Nutcracker Ballet" all weekend long.
Monterey Gift Showcase
The Monterey Conference Center is transformed into a 'one-stop shop' for holiday gifts for this new arts and crafts fair that also includes commercial retailers. Admission includes door prize drawings; a little extra buys wine-tastings and a souvenir glass.
Holiday Lights Train
Ride a beautifully lit holiday train through the streets of Santa Cruz as you sip hot-spiced cider, listen to carolers and meet Santa Claus. Reservations suggested.
Gem Faire Inc
It's never too soon to shop for holiday gifts, and Gem Faire (at the Monterey County Fairgrounds) is a great opportunity for gems and minerals.
25th Big Sur Artisans Fair
A fun and funky festival that draws artisans, artists, and craftspeople from all along the Big Sur coastline.
Christmas Tree Lighting in Pacific Grove
Its the official lighting of PGs Christmas tree, complete with bands, caroling, refreshments at Chautauqua Hall and Santas first visit to town!