Historic Garden Tours
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.
Sunday Tours at the Steinbeck House
Explore the boyhood home of author John Steinbeck with two-hour guided tours. Sundays between May 29 and Sept. 4, cost $4 for adults, $2 for children (5-15), $3 for seniors and students.
Saturdays through October
"Bring Back the Music" Concerts
Do some Saturday afternoon (2-4pm) retail therapy at Monterey's Del Monte Center shopping plaza, and you'll hear some very special live music, dedicated to raising funds for musicians who lost their instruments and their livelihoods in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina, sponsored by the Center, KRML jazz radio, and the Dixieland Monterey Festival.
Natalie MacMaster in Concert
Natalie MacMaster returns to the Sunset Center for an infectiously joyfull evening of crowd-pleasing fiddle music, from jigs to reels to ballads.
The Quail Motorcycle Tour
Explore beautiful Monterey County from one of its most delightful and centrally located resorts, Quail Lodge.
Amble around Oldtown Salinas and discover the very lively art world of Monterey's county seat. Forty venues (open 5-8pm) present art, live music, snacks, book-signings and more.
U.S. Sports Car Invitational
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
The Grand American Road Racing Association's Rolex Sports Car Series stages a 250-mile race with a two-hour, 30-minute time limit. Also competing are Grand-Am Cup high-performance street stock cars.
Jamba Juice Wildflower Triathlons 2006
Lake San Antonio
One of the premier triathlons nationally and internationally, this course will test the skills of the professional triathlete and the first-time long course competitor.
May 5, 19
Fort Ord Public Lands
Former military lands are often unexpectedly rich in wildflowers, animals and history, undisturbed by modern development. These half-day, morning hikes, led by students at CalState University Monterey Bay, explore the former Fort Ord, in search of flora, fauna, historic tidbits, and more.
Family Fun Day: Symbols of California
Springing from an exhibition of extraordinary photographs of the California golden poppy, the PG Museum of Natural History invites families to spend a creative day exploring our state's natural symbols.
Marine Mammals Babies and Behavior Tour
Discover marine mammals like harbor seals and their brand-new pups during a specially guided cruise of Elkhorn Slough Nature Reserve. Early reservations are essential.
Monterey Bay Spring Arts & Wine Festival
Original hand-made arts and crafts exhibition and sale. All artists on-site, as well as food, drink and family entertainment, plus special wine-tasting opportunities.
Jeffers Tor House Garden Party
Annual Garden Party offers afternoon tea, silent auction and gifts for sale. Live music (songs from Una Jeffers's songbook) serenades artists, including well-known local artist Johnny Apodaca, painting in the gardens. Photography allowed this day only.
May 7, 14, 21
"My California" in Music & Stories
A fun and creative day awaits at the National Steinbeck Center, with music and stories inspired by the "My California" juried art exhibit on display in the museum's special gallery. Free admission for residents of Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito counties.
"Where California Became a State"
Learn about the birthplace of California - Monterey's Colton Hall - during this candle-lit evening talk given by local historian Jim Conway.
8th Annual Parkfield Bluegrass Festival
Appropriately, this Deep South (County) hamlet puts on a great bluegrass festival every spring, just as the wildflower season busts loose. Camping available on site.
Robinson Jeffers at Point Sur
A most unusual evening exploration of Point Sur Lighthouse followed by a poetry reading celebrating the relationship of poet Robinson Jeffers to this remote and beautiful landscape. Reservations are a must.
The Morgan Stock Stage at MPC presents Greg Kotis' and Mark Hollman's triple-Tony Award-winning musical that slyly takes a Brechtian poke at authority while lobbing grenades at the traditions of musical comedy.
The beach at Monterey's Wharf II will be wall-to-wall kayaks during this special one-day festival. More than 100 kayaks from five manufacturers will be available for a 'test drive,' with mini-classes and information about kayaking and marine ecotourism, too. Proceeds benefit the research of the Moss Landing Marine Laboratories.
A professional photographer accompanies this cruise through Elkhorn Slough to help you get the best nature pictures possible.
Mosses Trail Walk
Fort Ord Public Lands, Seaside
California's central coast possesses hundreds of species of mosses, a surprising diversity. This easy, 10am hike with local expert Ken Kellman reveals dozens of them (most easily seen with a magnifying glass and knee-pads!).
Spring Winemaker Dinner
Barrel samplings and new spring releases highlight this very special dinner, held in the Chateau Julien Wine Estate's Conservatory.
Henry Rollins in Concert
Actor, musician and spoken-word performer Henry Rollins comes to the Henry Miller Library for a special one-night-only benefit performance. From punk bands to films like Dogtown and Z-Boys to his own radio show, Rollins is as unique as Miller was.
7th Annual International Festival of the Winds
Marina makes the best use of springtime onshore breezes by hosting a delightful 'WindFest' that features kites large and small, hands-on activities like making a balloon, and much more fun for all ages.
Aquarium Adventures Sneak Peek
Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey
Get the skinny on what Aquarium Adventures will offer for youngsters during the summer of 2006.
24 Hours of Adrenalin Cycle Race
24 Hours of Adrenalin is the fastest growing mountain bike event series in North America. Solo riders or teams of up to ten people compete to ride as many laps as possible in a 24-hour time period.
Rocky Ridge Wildflower Hike
Moms who love wildflowers, great views, and hiking won't be able to resist this five-mile excursion (9am-3pm) into Big Sur wild lands around Soberanes Creek and Rocky Ridge. Expect redwoods, madia sunflowers, snapdragons, tidy-tips and more; bring lunch, water and a walking stick.
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To Mom With Love
Ensemble Monterey plays a perfect Mother's Day card, with Finzi's Romance for String Orchestra, Brahms' Alto Rhapsody and a new work by Imant Raminsh commissioned by the Ensemble with Cantiamo! and the Cabrillo Youth Chorus.
Pebble Beach Equestrian Challenge
Level A horse show, featuring hunter jumping and other classes. The Stirrup Cup Show takes place May 20-21.
Monterey Wine Competition Grand Wine Tasting
Taste the medal winners at the 2006 Monterey Wine Competition. Located at the Salinas Valley Fairgrounds in King City.
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.
Salinas Valley Fair
Enjoy the atmosphere of an old-fashioned county fair, complete with carnival, bull-riding, craft and 4-H exhibits, music and more.
Morgan Horse Show
Monterey County Fairgrounds, Monterey
The handsome and sturdy Morgan horse, so often the favorite of police departments nationwide, is the star of the Pattee Arena this weekend.
13th Annual Carmel Art Festival
Gallery events, lectures, receptions and demonstrations at 43 art galleries and a Plein Air Painting competition. Outdoor art show at Devendorf Park featuring bronze, glass, stone, marbles and acrylic sculpture. Look for the artist-decorated 'Art of the Dog' entries in Carmel shop windows, including one painted by actor Tony Curtis!
Cooking for Solutions
Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey
Notable chefs gather in a three-day extravaganza dedicated to sustainable seafood. This year's event honors Rick Bayless of Frontera Grill/Topolobampo in Chicago, and includes chefs from San Francisco, Vancouver, Mexico City, South Carolina and beyond.
Strawberry Day at The Farm
Is there anything more promising of summer's warmth and plenty than the first luscious strawberry? Learn all about strawberries from a local farmer while sampling home-made strawberry shortcake.
Cooper-Molera Historic Garden Sale
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."
Presidio Historic Park Walk
The Lower Presidio Historic Park, overlooking Monterey Bay, holds some of California's most historic sites. Join historian Jim Conway for a guided walk that takes in the Serra and Sloat monuments, the setting for America's first fort on the West Coast, and the Presidio Museum.
Annual Zin-Q Celebration
Celebrate Carmel Valley's only Zinfandel, that rich robust red wine so perfect with Joullian Vineyard's fiesty barbecue. Vineyard and cellar tours, wine tastings, and a chance to contribute to the Food Bank for Monterey County.
Sha Na Na
Prepare for a night of time travel when you cross Sunset Center's threshold tonight: it's Sha Na Na, the originators of rock nostalgia. Hard to imagine that their doo-wop renditions of Fifties classics were performed at Woodstock...
Sample the many unique flavors of the artichoke in an atmosphere of fun, tasteful treats, musical entertainment, arts and crafts. Plus, the Agro-Art Competition is the best excuse ever for playing with your food. (Don't miss the PAL 10K/5K run, usually held one week before the Festival.)
Salinas (20), Carmel (21-22)
Max Bragado-Darman conducts two unusual pieces by Spanish composer Joaquin Turina (1822-1949): his Danzas fantasticas and La procesion del rocio. Also on the program: Carl Orff's aural spectacle of medievalism, the Carmina Burana.
A Host of Hikes Annual Picnic
Fort Ord Public Lands, Marina
Choose from a host of hiking opportunities during this special BBQ picnic to benefit the Chuck Haugen Conservation Fund, including walks to discover rare wildflowers, a bird-and-butterfly spotting walk, and the Plain Ol' Bug hike that introduces kids to the wiggly, walking, creeping and crawling inhabitants of our world.
Emerging Choreographers Showcase
Rivetting new choreography from New York, Los Angeles, the Bay Area and elsewhere in California, presented in two programs (2pm and 5pm) at SpectorDance Studios.
Sea Otters of the Monterey Bay Aquarium
Learn about the Monterey Bay Aquarium's most charismatic and lovable inhabitants, when Michelle Jeffries, Assistant Curator of Mammals at the Aquarium, is the guest speaker at the American Cetacean Society's evening meeting at Hopkins Marine Station.
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.
"Golden Poppies of California"
Photographer George Lepp talks about the remarkable series of images in his recently released book, surrounded by the exhibition in the galleries of the PG Museum of Natural History.
"Home Among the Swinging Stars"
The poet Jaime de Angulo (1887-1950) was known as the Old Coyote of Big Sur; his connections to both the Native American cultures of Monterey and to the Bohemian artistic and philosphical worlds of Robinson Jeffers, Harry Partch and Carl Jung were remarkable. Editor Stefan Hyner talks about Angulo and reads his poems at the Henry Miller Library.
Humpback Whale Celebration
Many species of cetaceans - including the trio of "great whales," the gray, the blue and the humpback - make their way through the ocean currents not far from Monterey Bay. This new educational festival all about humpback whales, held on Monterey's Fisherman's Wharf, will be packed with information and fun.
25th Civil War Encampment
Visit encampments of Union and Confederate solders and see battles at one of the longest-running Civil War reenactments in the West.
Back by popular demand: the Grapevine Express connects downtown Monterey with the wineries, restaurants and shopping opportunities of Carmel Valley. The $4.50 all-day pass allows flexible travel aboard the 17-seat Grapevine Express Fridays through Sundays between 10am and 10pm.
Memorial Day Ceremony
Carmel is holding a very special Memorial Day ceremony in Devendorf Park (11am), when 90-year-old World War II veteran Frank Cacus will be presented with the Purple Heart.