Daily through September 4
Aquarium Adventures Programs
Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey
The Monterey Bay Aquarium offers boundless opportunities for kids and families to experience the wonders of the ocean and Monterey Bay up close and in detail, during the summer-long Adventures programs. SCUBA lessons, overnight stays and morning rounds, sailboat excursions and guided walks: visit the website to learn more!
Thursdays in August
10th Annual Musical Marketplace
Monterey's Del Monte Center puts live music among the fountains and flowers of its open-air shopping center. Bands performing include Red Beans & Rice (August 3) and Dennis Murphy Band (August 31).
Fridays through August 11
Bring a picnic lunch to Devendorf Park for 90 minutes of live music during Parkfest.
Fridays-Sundays through September
TeamOCEAN on Monterey Bay
Cannery Row, Moss Landing
If you're out kayaking off Cannery Row or in Elkhorn Slough on a summer weekend (Fri-Sun, 9am-4pm), look for the distinctive red and blue kayaks of the National Marine Sanctuary's 40 volunteers. These on-the-water educators are there to teach visitors about the marine creatures they may encounter, and how to watch them safely.
Sundays through September 3
Steinbeck House Tours
One of the finest old houses in Salinas will be open for summer afternoon tours every Sunday. Its significance? Novelist John Steinbeck was born and raised here, and many treasures from his childhood remain.
Pebble Beach Equestrian Classic II
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.
Spirit West Coast
Laguna Seca Recreation Area
Spirit West Coast is the premier annual Christian music festival on the West Coast, inviting everyone to hear more than 60 performers and bands. Family camping and activities for all ages at Laguna Seca Recreation Area.
26th Annual Steinbeck Festival
National Steinbeck Center, Salinas
Four days of films, speakers, panels, theater, and bus or walking tours, all celebrating Nobel Prize-winning author John Steinbeck. This year's theme - Awards: The Price of Fame - explores not only Steinbeck's many prizes (including a Pulitzer and a Nobel), but his reactions to receiving them.
Monterey Bay Strawberry Festival
Watsonville (Santa Cruz County)
Lots of Monterey County strawberries are destined for the strawberry shortcakes, rhubarb pies, and chocolate berry dip at this fun-filled festival-plus-carnival.
Shakespeare in Hollywood
Playwright Ken Ludwig plays fast and loose with The Bard's A Midsummer Night's Dream as he retells the real-life story of how Warner Brothers made the play into a movie in the 1930s (which starred Jimmy Cagney and Dick Powell).
Annual Scottish Games and Celtic Festival
Toro Park, Monterey-Salinas Hwy
A festival celebrating Scottish and Irish traditions and culture. Features include a Celtic concert, clan booths, flights of birds-of-prey, food, entertainment, and competitions in dancing, bagpipe bands and traditional athletics, including the caber toss and hammer throws.
Custom House Plaza, Monterey
A celebration of Turkish culture and arts, featuring live music and folk dances, dance workshops, belly dancing, crafts, delicious food, and activities for children.
Sunday Blues 5
Free, afternoon concert series in Seaside's Laguna Grande Park. This week: Lorelei & The Road Kings and Annie Sampson.
Laura Cameron speaks at Bay Books on 'Breaking Into Travel Writing,' part of a regular series sponsored by the National Writers Union Chapter 7.
August 10-October 8
Timon of Athens
The PacRep Shakespeare Festival opens with one of Shakespeare's more problematic plays, perhaps finished by another author altogether. But the misanthropic Timon trading barbs with the cynical philosopher Apemantus is a marvel of Elizabethan invective.
"Quiet, Quiet Forest Spectrum"
The Henry Miller Library and ((((folkYEAH!)))) present Brightblack Morning Light's annual "rural song gathering," Quiet, Quiet Forest Spectrum. This year's performers beneath the redwoods features Ramblin' Jack Elliott, BBML, and many others.
Fiddler on the Roof
It's simply "Tradition!" The timeless war of fathers against changing times -- and against their daughters' unsuitable suitors -- was given heart and humor in this glorious musical.
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
Stephen Sondheim's songs plus a book by Burt Shevelove and Larry (M*A*S*H) Gelbart: Forum is vintage musical comedy at its finest, from the opening notes of "Comedy Tonight" to the funniest "Funeral" on Broadway. At MPC's Morgan Stock Stage.
Mike Beck & The Bohemian Saints
Renowned 'horse-whisperer' Mike Beck brings his unique brand of cowboy poetry and song to an evening at the Henry Miller Library, in a program salted with some straight-talking horse-sense.
Summer Harvest Festival at The Farm
Enjoy the harvest festival your grandparents loved, complete with a watermelon-eating contest, puppet show, grilled corn-on-the-cob, and hayrides.
14th Annual Winemakers' Celebration
Nearly 40 Monterey County wineries will pour new releases and special wines in Monterey's Custom House Plaza. Also featuring educational seminars, barrel building, live music and silent auction.
Summer Gathering of Mountain Men
Felton (Santa Cruz County)
One of the West's biggest gatherings of 'mountain men' reenact the wild and wooly days of the 1830s at Roaring Camp Railroad. Don't miss the Musical Saw Festival on Sunday!
Sunday Blues 6
Final concert in this free, afternoon series in Seaside's Laguna Grande Park. This week: Red Beans & Rice and Sugar Pie deSanto.
The Quail Rally
The Rally has been a tradition since 1988, featuring pre-1974 auto entries, back road drives, food, fun and more.
back to top
Auto enthusiasts and collectors of memorabilia won't want to miss this exposition and sale of original vintage posters, photos, rallye plates, badges, hood ornaments, art and much more.
70th Annual Monterey County Fair
Monterey County Fairgrounds
The County Fair is always fun for all, with the traditional livestock and craft exhibitions, a wine-tasting booth, amusement midway and delicious foods, plus great live entertainment.
Blackhawk Collection Exposition of Classic Cars
Rare and collectible automobiles of all vintages, on display before the auction on August 20.
Carmel Vintage Car Parade and Display
Parade, car display and luncheon. Parade and car display is held on Ocean Avenue, luncheon in Devendorf Park.
Third Thursday at MMA
Tel: 831-372-5477 ext 12
Enjoy a mellow cocktail hour of art, wine and nibbles at the Monterey Museum of Art, during this free monthly event.
Russo & Steele "Monterey Sports & Muscle"
With 150 of the finest European sports cars, hot rods, customs and muscle cars on the block, literally, Russo & Steele's preview days and auction nights are guaranteed to spark the passion of the ardent automotive collector.
August 17-September 24
Disney's Beauty and the Beast
Pacific Repertory Theater reprises last year's smash hit production of the modern-classic Beauty and the Beast at the Outdoor Forest Theater.
The Quail - A Motorsports Gathering
Now in its fourth year, 'The Quail' is an international gathering featuring classic cuisine, fine wine, and 130 vintage autos and motorcyles from across the United States and Europe. Limited tickets available; 10am-4pm.
An all-day celebration of Italian style - from fashion to food, motorcycles and boats - at Bayonet Black Horse Golf Course. The centerpiece: 1000 glamorous Italian cars and 400 more exotics, accompanied by automotive celebrities.
Bonham & Butterfield Auction
One of the great auction houses presents vintage and classic cars, fine jewelry and much more, at Quail Lodge.
Monterey Sports Car Auction
One of the world's largest sports car auctions, featuring 180 classic sports and race cars. Viewing available over three days, held at the Portola Plaza Hotel and Monterey Conference Center.
33rd Rolex Monterey Historic Automobile Races
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Monterey
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 cars from Lola and McLaren.
The West End Celebration
Tiny Sand City, tucked beneath sand dunes just outside Monterey, hides a surprising number of artists' studios. The West End Celebrations lets visitors mingle with the artists, explore their studios, and snack while you dance to the sounds of live music.
Khaki's Ferrari Event
Imagine seeing dozens and dozens of gorgeous Italian Ferraris in all their flame-red glory, assembled in one place: The Barnyard shopping village in Carmel...
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.
Gooding & Company Pebble Beach Auction
World-class auction of rare and valuable automobiles, held on the grounds of Pebble Beach Resorts.
The 2nd Annual Twisted Folk Festival
Join California's finest - if most iconoclasic - folk performers, led by Vermillion Lies, at the Henry Miller Library for a full day of 'twisted' folk music.
Honey Day at The Farm
There's a buzzzz around The Farm today, as honeyman Dale Hillard talks about the hard-working honeybee and their molten golden product.
Jewish Food Festival
Carmel Valley: 831-624-2015
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 30-September 3
The First Tee Open
This tournament on the Champions Tour (formerly Senior PGA) brings together golf legends and junior golfers on two of the Monterey Peninsula's top courses, Pebble Beach and Del Monte.