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It's the event kayakers near and far have been waiting for - Paddlefest! On May 12th 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.

For more information on Paddlefest, please visit Monterey Bay Kayaks on the web at

Did you know?

The sculptural forms of the dunes around the blue crescent of the bay at Marina are thousands of years old. From the Salinas River to Monterey Harbor, the dune system extended inland as far as the Salinas Valley during the Pleistocene era. After the ice sheets melted thousands of years ago, the Pacific Ocean receded and the dunes remained. They rise as high as 100 ft. in some places and are always changing shape due to wind and weather.

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So many choices. So little time. Monterey County is a premiere destination for those who love the outdoors. Biking, hiking, walking, boating, hang-gliding and animal watching are just a few of the activities that lure visitors to Monterey and make residents thankful they live here. Whether you want to watch the whales or climb a mountain, walk the Recreation Trail or dive the depths, there can be no more spectacular place to enjoy the outdoors than Monterey County.

Get a Workout!

Need a workout while you're visiting Monterey? Stop by the Monterey Sports Center, a city-owned state-of-the-art recreation facility in downtown Monterey. Work out in the cardio room, the near Olympic-sized swimming pool or the basketball courts. Lift weights, take an aerobics class, or speed down the waterslide. Only $6.50 a day for non-resident adults, $4.00 for kids aged 6-17. (Extra fee for aerobics and other classes.)

Sports and Recreation Events 2007

July 1-8
Monterey County Celtic Week
Carmel and Monterey
(831) 633-4444
This exciting week kicks off with a Caber Parade featuring Scottish dancers, bagpipers and drummers on Sunday, July 1 along Carmel’s famous Ocean Avenue. The week continues with a Pub Night, Celtic Concert, and the 40th Annual Monterey Scottish Games and Celtic Festival held at the pastoral Monterey County Toro Park on Saturday and Sunday, July 7 and 8. The festival will feature a wide variety of Scottish and Irish musicians, massed pipe bands on parade, Scottish and Highland dancers, British food and crafts, thrilling athletic events and much, much more.

July 7-8
39th Annual Scottish Games and Celtic Festival

Toro Park, Monterey-Salinas Hwy
festival celebrating Scottish and Irish traditions and culture, featuring bagpiping and drumming, clans, British food, special entertainment and exciting competitions in Highland and Irish dancing, pipe bands and athletics.

July 8
61st Annual Obon Festival
This annual event at the Monterey Peninsula Buddhist Temple features Japanese food, cultural exhibits, and traditional dancing, honoring the spirits of the departed.

July 17-22
Pebble Beach Equine Festival
Pebble Beach
Fun-filled and light-hearted getaway for those who love horses.

July 20-22
Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix and MotoGP World Championship

Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
One of the top events in international motorcycling, the MotoGP World Championship races into Monterey when Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca hosts the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix.

July 19-22
California Rodeo Salinas

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.

July 24-29
Pebble Beach Equestrian Classic I
Pebble Beach
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.

August 16
Concours d'Elegance Vintage Car Parade and Display

Parade, car display and luncheon. Parade and car Display is held on Ocean Avenue, luncheon in Devendorf Park.

August 17
Concorso Italiano

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.

August 17-18
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.

August 18-20
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 rocket ships from Lola and McLaren.

August 19
Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance

Pebble Beach
This spectacular event exhibits some of the most unique prewar and postwar marques along with the latest in concept car designs.

August 27-September 2
The First Tee Open

Pebble Beach
The Wal-Mart First Tee Open at Pebble Beach showcases the talent and character of young people who participate at The First Tee facilities worldwide. An official Champions Tour event, the tournament pairs one junior with a Champions Tour player and two amateurs.

September 1-2
24 Hours of Adrenalin Cycle Race Part Two

416 391-2651
24 Hours of Adrenalin is the fastest-growing mountain bike event series in North America. Solo riders and teams compete to ride as many laps as possible in a 24-hour time frame. Also includes race festival.

September 7-9
Cherry's Jubilee

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 and Monterey, manufacturer's midway, and great food and entertainment.

September 21-23
Monterey Bay Birding Festival

831 763-5600
An incredible diversity of birds-The second Annual birding festival is a three day event, Highlights include field trips to Pinnacles, Big Sur, the North Coast of Santa Cruz, boat trips on Monterey Bay, talks by renowned avian biologists and workshops. The trips range in price from $10-$20.

October 6
Fall Birding Excursion
Moss Landing

(831) 633-5555
See thousands of birds on their fall migration through the Elkhorn Slough. Professional birders will combine bird facts with tips for identifying the various bird species. Relax and enjoy observing these birds from the comfort of a roomy, stable pontoon boat. Workshop starts at 2:30 p.m. and is $38 and includes a refreshment.

October 6
Monterey Walk to D’Feet ALS

On Saturday, October 6, 2007, the ALS Association (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) Greater Bay Area Chapter holds its 2007 Monterey Walk to D’Feet ALS at El Estero Park. Registration opens at 10:00 am; Walk begins at 11:00 am. All registrants will receive a commemorative Walk day t-shirt and free admission to the post-Walk festivities and barbeque provided and catered by King City Young Farmers.

October 27
Big Sur River Run

Big Sur
10K foot race and 5K walk amongst the redwoods and along the Big Sur River to benefit local charities.

October 19-21
Monterey Sports Car Championships

Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Monterey
Grand finale to the horse show season in Pebble Beach.

November 11
Big Sur Half Marathon and Run Forrest Run 5K

This half marathon features a scenic, flat fast course that loops around Fisherman’s Wharf, Cannery Row and the Pacific Grove coastline.

November 13-18
Callaway Golf Pebble Beach Invitational

Pebble Beach
Pro-Am Golf Tournament. Enjoy the world famous golf links on Monterey Peninsula: Del Monte Golf Course, Pebble Beach Golf Links and Spyglass Hill Golf Course.

December 16
Brighten the Harbor

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.