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calendar play dates in monterey county

july
4 Fourth of July Celebration
Ring in Independence Day with a parade in
downtown Monterey, barbecue and live music
at the historic Colton Hall and fireworks over
the bay after dark. Monterey. 646-3427.

5 Scottish Games and Celtic


Festival
Through July 6. This 41st annual celebration
of all things Celtic includes a wide variety of
games, music, crafts, culture, and, of course,
kilts. Toro Park, Hwy 68 between Monterey and
Salinas. 333-0116.

13 City of Seaside Sunday Blues


in the Park
This free concert series pulls in a range
of top local and touring artists to play on the
lakeside stage while vendors populate the
perimeter of the park and picnickers fill in the
remainder. This year, the Kaye Bohler Band
and Rick Estrin and the Nightcats (formerly
Little Charlie and the Nightcats) lead things
off. Laguna Grande Park, Canyon Del Rey
Boulevard, Seaside. 899-6805.

13 Chateau Julien’s Summer


Jamboree
A special day of celebrating estate-grown
wines and local cuisine, complete with sweet
summer barbecue and live music. Chateau
Julien, Carmel Valley. 624-2600.

15 Pebble Beach Equestrian


Classic
Riders from North and South America com-
pete in world-class hunter-jumper Classic I and
Classic II, July 22-27 and July 29-Aug. 3, respec-
tively. Pebble Beach Equestrian Center, Pebble
Beach. 624-2756.

17 California Rodeo
Through July 20. One of the Salinas Valley’s
most anticipated annual events, the Rodeo
showcases some of the world’s best cowboys
and cowgirls. Salinas Sports Complex, Salinas.
(800) 771-8807.

18 Red Bull US Grand Prix


Through July 20. Offering a world-class
speed freak fix, this weekend includes the
MotoGP World Championship and AMA
Superbike Championship. Mazda Raceway
Laguna Seca, Hwy 68 between Monterey and
Salinas. (800) 327-SECA.

19 Carmel Bach Festival


Through Aug. 9. It’s not just Johann:
world-class musicians gather at some of the
Peninsula’s best concert halls to pay tribute to
California Rodeo • July 17-20 all the icons of classical music. Carmel Mission

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Basilica, Sunset Center, All Saints Church, and the Newsboys, Jars of Clay, and over 40 other
the Church in the Forest. 624-2046. bands at this two-day Christian-music blowout.
Camping available. Laguna Seca Recreation
19 Lynard Skynyrd in Salinas Area, Hwy 68 between Monterey and Salinas.
Hell yes. Grab a six pack of Bud and a pack 443-5399.
of Winstons and rock out with the once and
future kings of the South. Hurry up and get
tickets—they won’t last long—and be sure to august
bring your lighters for the eight-minute rendition
of “Freebird.” Salinas Sports Complex, Salinas. 2 Monterey BeerFest
800-771-8807 or 775-3100. A dream come true for any true beer drinker:
50 different breweries offer just about every dif-
20 Sunday Blues Part II ferent kind of beer you could imagine. There’s
Dani Page and the Shane Dwight Band get also live music and an array of food vendors.
busy and bluesy by the lake. Laguna Grande Cheers to that. Monterey County Fairgrounds,
Park, Canyon Del Rey Boulevard, Seaside. Monterey. 373-2843.
899-6805.
2 Carmel Valley Fiesta
22 Sand City’s West End Through Aug. 3. Train rides, entertainment,
Celebration food and wine liven up the idyllic rustic com-
Through Aug. 23. This event showcases munity. Carmel Valley. 659-4502.
the developing community of young artists in
Sand City, with street performances, music, 2 Turkish Festival
dance, and plenty of art exhibitions. Sand City. Monterey bay blues festival • June 27-29 Through Aug. 3. Belly dancing, live music,
394-3054. Turkish food and arts, and activities for the kids.
performances of fairy tales, historical reen- Custom House Plaza, Monterey. 646-1916.
23 Feast of Lanterns Festival actments, and a human chess game by the
Through July 26. Light up the days and waterfront. Custom House Plaza, Monterey. 3 Sunday Blues Part IV
nights with a variety of family activities, cul- 622-0100. Today Wicked Sons Band and the Curtis
minating in a grand fireworks display. Pacific Salgado Band keep the free music flowing.
Grove. 649-8737. 27 Sunday Blues Part III Laguna Grande Park, Canyon Del Rey Boulevard,
Seaside. 899-6805.
Now appearing: Honey Hush Band and the
25 Gilroy Garlic Festival Terry Hanck Band. Laguna Grande Park, Canyon
Through July 27. Over two tons of garlic go Del Rey Boulevard, Seaside. 899-6805. 7 Steinbeck Festival
to the grill during this weekend fest, complete Through Aug. 10. Lectures, performanc-
with live entertainment, cooking competitions,
arts and crafts, and celebrity cooking demon-
27 Moss Landing Antique Fair es and tours to John Steinbeck’s haunts to
celebrate Salinas’ favorite son. This year’s
Over 200 exhibitors make this the Central
strations. But please, bring some Altoids. City Coast’s most aticipated annual antique shows. theme is Steinbeck and Mexico. National
of Gilroy. (408) 842-1625. Plenty of food vendors and other activities on Steinbeck Center and other locations, Salinas.
hand. Downtown Moss Landing. 633-4501. 775-4721.
26 PacRep’s Theatre Fest
Pacific Repertory Theatre sponsors this 31 Spirit West Coast 9 Annual Winemakers’
gathering of local thespians for family-friendly Through Aug. 2. Rock out for Jesus with Celebration
Over 45 local wineries offer educational
seminars, silent auctions, and pour their favor-
Carmel mission founder’s day celebration • June 28 ite varietals while local bands provide the
soundtrack. Custom House Plaza, Monterey.
375-9400.

10 Seaside Sunday Blues Part V


Local legends The Chicano All Stars open
for Lydia Pense and Cold Blood for another
free Sunday set or several. Laguna Grande
Park, Canyon Del Rey Boulevard, Seaside.
899-6805.

12 Monterey County Fair


Through Aug. 17. Carnival rides, art and
activities, and three stages of music. This
year features performances by ‘80s favorite
Loverboy, as well as the Kupalo Ukrainian
Dance Ensemble. And there’s always the Junior
Livestock auction. Monterey Fairgrounds,
Monterey. 372-5863.

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carmel bach festival • July 19-August 9

at the Circle Theater; The


13 Blackhawk Classic Car Comedy of Errors shows at
Exposition/Sale the Outdoor Forest Theater.
Through Aug. 17. Antique, classic, and cus- 622-0100.
tom cars go on display and to the auction block.
Pebble Beach. (925) 736-3444. 5 Cherry’s Jubilee
Through Sept. 7. Cars
15 Concorso Italiano manufactured prior to 1972
The sponsors like to call it a celebration of are displayed alongside food
Italian styles. But you won’t be savoring the lat- and entertainment offerings.
est designs for cappuccino or leather furniture Laguna Seca Raceway, Hwy 68
at this event. With top-of-the-line Lamborghinis, between Monterey and Salinas.
Alfa Romeos, Maseratis, Fiats and Ferraris all 759-1836.
in display, it’s a visit to the heights of Italian
this celebration, so grab the yarmulke and get
engineering with an emphasis on engines.
Marina Airport, Marina. (425) 742-0632. to shvitzing. Congregation Beth Israel, Carmel 5 Festa Italia/Santa Rosalia
Valley. 624-2015. Festival
Through Sept 7. Monterey celebrates its rich
15 Monterey Historic 25 The 2008 Wal-Mart First Tee Italian heritage with music, food, bocce ball
Automobile Races competitions, arts and crafts. Custom House
Through Aug. 17. In this 35th annual event, Open At Pebble Beach
Through Aug 31. Champion tour players, Plaza, Monterey. 625-9623.
more than 400 vintage racecars from a vari-
along with juniors and amateurs from across
ety of makers hit the track for three days’
worth of races. Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, the country, tee it up at the place Golf Magazine 12 Seagate Triathlon
calls the world’s best public golf course. Pebble Through Sept. 14. Sprint and Olympic
Hwy 68 between Monterey and Salinas. (800) Events. Triathletes compete in course near
327-SECA. Beach. 649-1533.
Lovers Point, Pacific Grove. 373-0678.

Cherry’s Jubilee • September 5-7


29 Monterey Bay 14 TomatoFest 2008
Reggaefest
Through Aug. 31. Feel- Tomato lovers rejoice—here are some heir-
good festival features music, looms to truly treasure. Green ones, red ones,
ethnic arts and authentic black ones—a rainbow of 300 gourmet toma-
Caribbean food. Monterey toes for the tasting, plus food from 50 chefs.
Fairgrounds, Monterey. Quail Lodge, Carmel Valley. (888) 989-8171.
394-6534.
19 Taste of the Valley
30 Corn Crazy at Food and wine festival pays tribute to the
agricultural splendor of Salinas Valley. National
Earthbound Farm
Crafts, a maze, cooking Steinbeck Center, Salinas. 424-7611.
demonstrations, a scaven-
ger hunt, train rides, farm 20 Otter Days at the Aquarium
tours, lots of popcorn, and Through Sept. 21. Perhaps the cutest thing
a corn-on-the-cob-eating on the face of the planet, the sea otter is syn-
contest celebrate one of onymous with the Monterey Bay, and even the
the most famous mem- mascot for the local Cal State U. Experience
bers of the grass family. them up-close during this celebration of every-
Earthbound Farm, Carmel thing otter. Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey.
17 Seaside Sunday Blues Part VI Valley. 625-6219. (800) 840-4880.
John “Broadway” Tucker and E.C. Scott and
her Band share the bill for the summer series’ 31 Greek Festival 21 Monterey Jazz Festival
Through Sept. 2. Enough Greek food, danc- Three days, nine stages, and 40,000 people.
closing show. Laguna Grande Park, Canyon Del The oldest continuous jazz fest on planet fea-
Rey Boulevard, Seaside. 899-6805. ing, arts and crafts to make Zorba proud.
Custom House Plaza, Monterey. 424-4434. tures Diana Krall, Dave Brubeck, and Ornette
17 57th Annual Concours 3 Passport to Cherries Jubilee
Coleman. Also performing is this year’s artist-
in-residence, Christian McBride, and a constel-
D’elegance lation of high school all star bands. Monterey
Easily one of the best car shows in the A car-motorcycle show takes over Oldtown
Salinas while local restaurants roll out some Fairgrounds, Monterey. (925) 275-9255.
world, the Concours takes over Pebble Beach
samples of their finest fare. Throughout Oldtown
for a showcase event of the multi-day car expe-
rience. This year’s event will feature Lancia Salinas, 758-0725. 27 California International
Airshow
and Lamborghini and honor General Motors’ Through Sept. 28. The US Air Force
centennial. Pebble Beach. 622-1700.
september Thunderbirds and other world-class, diversely
24 Jewish Food Festival And talented aerobats perform an air extravaganza
Crafts Fair 5 Carmel Shakespeare Festival that includes an unprecedented night show.
Salinas Airport, Salinas. (888) 845-SHOW.
Foods, crafts, and dancing are all part of Through Oct. 19. Troilus and Cressida plays

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october and doubles its selection—that’s right, over


600 different varietals. Monterey Fairgrounds,
Monterey. (800) 422-0251.
2 PEBBLE BEACH EQUESTRIAN FALL
CLASSIC 18 EARTHBOUND FARM HARVEST
Through Oct. 5. Pebble Beach Equestrian FESTIVAL
Center, Pebble Beach. 624-2756. Pumpkin-rolling contests, needle-in-the-
haystack searches and hay rides with beautiful
2 TASTE OF CARMEL Belgian horses mark a magical time of year.
Through Oct. 5. Carmel restaurants and win- Earthbound Farm, Carmel Valley. 625-6219.
eries show off their wares. Also live and silent
auctions, entertainment. Rio Road and Lausen 25 BIG SUR RIVER RUN
Drive, Carmel. 624-2522. Both the 10K foot race and the 5K walk
wind through Big Sur redwoods and along the
4 BUTTERFLY PARADE famous river. Big Sur. 624-4112.
Schoolchildren from Pacific Grove, aka
Butterflytown USA, honor the annual return 25 PACREP’S FALL FEST
of the Monarch butterflies. Downtown Pacific Through Oct. 26. An exhibition of local art-
Grove. 646-6540. ist’s wares plus food and live music. Custom
House Plaza, Monterey. 622-0100.
10 ROBINSON JEFFERS FESTIVAL
Through Oct. 12. Reenactments, readings, 25 CARMEL’S 92ND BIRTHDAY PARTY
theater and music pay tribute to the early Kicks off with a parade, followed by a BBQ
20th-century Big Sur poet. Tor House and Hawk with live music at the Sunset Theater. Bring
Tower, Carmel. 624-1813. your costumes.

10 17TH ANNUAL JADE


FESTIVAL
Through Oct. 12. Vendors of
jade and gems showcase through-
out three days of music and food.
Big Sur. (805) 927-5574.

11 COLUMBUS DAY ON
THE BAY
Through Oct. 12. Arts and
crafts, food and music to cel-
ebrate the founding of the New
World. Custom House Plaza,
Monterey. 655-8070.

12 FIESTA DEL MAR


The Aquarium’s annual
celebration of Latin American culture and
ocean conservation. Monterey Bay Aquarium, 29 PEBBLE BEACH EQUESTRIAN
Monterey. (800) 840-4880. CHAMPIONSHIPS
Through Nov. 2. Pebble Beach Equestrian
16 MONTEREY WINE FESTIVAL Center, Pebble Beach. 624-2756.
The aquarium opens the doors of its Grand
Tasting Room and offers over 300 different 31 NEPENTHE’S HALLOWEEN
local wines. Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey. BAL MASQUE
(800) 422-0251. Come to dine and dance beneath the moon
on the terrace of Nepenthe, one of Big Sur’s
17 MONTEREY SPORTS CAR signature dining spots, at the annual masked
CHAMPIONSHIP costume party. Proceeds benefit the Big Sur
Through Oct. 19. Fast cars. Challenging volunteer fire brigade. Nepenthe Restaurant,
world-class racetrack. Good times. Mazda Big Sur. 667-2345.
Raceway Laguna Seca, Hwy 68 between
Monterey and Salinas. (800) 327-SECA. 31 BREW WITH A BOO
After raising the dead, raise the roof at this
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TWO County Fairgrounds with breweries and winer-
Just in case you haven’t had your fill, ies, live bands, local restaurant vendors and
the Wine Festival moves to the Fairgrounds costume contests. Monterey. 372-2843.

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31 PUMPKIN PANDEMONIUM
Pumpkin-inspired arts and crafts, cos-
tume contests, and the chance to trick-or-treat
throughout 85 retail shops. Del Monte Center,
Monterey. 373-2705.

november
7 GREAT WINE ESCAPE WEEKEND
Through Nov. 9. Local winemakers cel-
ebrate with a weekend of open houses, dinners
and more at many locations throughout the
county. 375-9400.

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People hail from all over the county for the
area’s only night time holiday procession, an
annual tradition celebrating the beginning of
the holiday season with a seemingly never-
ending parade, a stream of vendors and a mass
of businesses staying open late. Main Street,
Salinas. 758-0725.

december
5 COWBOY POETRY AND MUSIC
FESTIVAL
Through Dec. 7. In its 10th year, this rawhide
hoot-nanny of a hoedown showcases old-style
western musicians, artists and gear makers.
Monterey. (800) 722-9652.

5 MONTEREY’S CHRISTMAS TREE


LIGHTING
There will be plenty of holiday cheer on
hand at historic Colton Hall, where the locals
gather for the lighting ceremony, live music,
and a few caroling expeditions. Colton Hall,
Monterey. 646-5648.
Visit New Monterey restaurants and feast on specialties
6 PACREP’S WINTERFEST from 17 countries all within 7 blocks.
Through Dec. 7. Arts and crafts exhibits
by local artists, with food and live music. It’s your Passport to unique worldwide dining,
622-0100. right here in Monterey!
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7 Chateau Julien’s Holiday matic celebrities together for a full week of


unparalleled ocean-side greenery and world
Spectacular
class golf. Pebble Beach. 649-1533.
One of the area’s finest wineries fills its bar-
rel room with a cappella holiday music, food,
and, of course, wine tasting. Chateau Julien,
Carmel Valley. 624 2600. march
6 Dixieland Monterey
11 Christmas in the Adobes Through March 8. Hot jazz performers and
Continues on Dec. 13. Period decora- the fans who love them come from wherever
tions bring the historic buildings of downtown Dixie lives for a weekend full of events. Various
Monterey to life. 649-7118. venues throughout downtown Monterey. (888)
DIX-MTRY.
31 First Night Monterey
Gala celebration features dozens of enter- 24 Pebble Beach Spring
tainers on the streets and in many venues Horse Show
throughout downtown Monterey. 373-4778. Through March 29. Pebble Beach Equestrian
Center. 624-2756.

january april
Whale Watching Weekends big sur international marathon • April 26
Through March. State park rangers answer 4 Good Old Days
questions about the gray whale migration off Through April 5. Pacific Grove celebrates
worth of food and extensive live entertainment.
Big Sur’s Coast on Saturday mornings. Mile its Victorian heritage with a weekend brimming
Downtown Castroville. 633-2465.
marker 37 on Hwy 1, Big Sur. with 70+ bands, an elaborate parade, competi-
tions, arts and crafts and more.
Pacific Grove. 373-3304.
june
26 Big Sur 7 Cannery Row Block Party
This annual celebration of summer’s arrival
International Marathon
features music, food, and a veritable smor-
One of the sport’s most pres-
gasbord of activities for the kids, including
tigious events along arguably
magicians, clowns, jugglers, and face painting.
the most beautiful and challeng-
Cannery Row, Monterey. 655-8070.
ing course in the world. Big Sur.
625-6226.
6 Jazz at the Aquarium
Start the night off with a gourmet four-

may course meal, then retire to the colorful confines


of the ever-evolving exhibits at the Monterey
Bay Aquarium to take in performances from
12 Pebble Beach some of the region’s best jazz musicians.
pacific grove good old days • April 4-5 Equestrian Challenge Reservations required. Monterey Bay Aquarium,
Through May 17. Pebble Beach Monterey. (800) 840-4880.
Equestrian Center. 624-2756.
1 18th Annual Rio Grill 26-28 Monterey Bay Blues
Resolution Run
14 Salinas Valley Fair Festival
Through May 17. Complete with a 4-H ani- Through June 29. Three straight days of
A 6.8-mile race and 3-mile family fun run
mal showcase, lucha libre, live rock ‘n’ roll and some of the best blues on the planet. More
raise money for a good cause. Crossroads
even a tractor pull, King City bursts with events than 40 grade-A performers grace the stage in
Shopping Center, Carmel. 645-4777 or
for everyone with at this annual four-day fair. the festival’s 23rd year, including the one and
667-2315.
625 Division St., King City. 385-3243. only B.B. King, the celebrated Blind Boys of
15 Monterey Swing Fest 16 Tenth Annual Hidden
Alabama, and a man named Keb Mo. Monterey
Fairgrounds, Monterey. 394-2652.
Through Jan. 19. Party like it’s 1939 with
Gardens Big Sur Tour
old-school music and dance moves. Hyatt Hotel,
Monterey. (805) 937-1574.
Enjoy some of the Central Coast’s loveli- 20-21 PacRep’s SummerFest
est—and most remote—gardens and check out Arts & Crafts Faire
dozens of vendors at the Country Home and Some of the Peninsula’s most talented
february Garden Market. Ripplewood Resort, Hwy 1, Big
Sur. 667-1530.
artists convene for a two-day exhibition of
hand-made arts and crafts. Proceeds benefit
Pacific Repertory Theatre. Custom House Plaza,
9 AT&T Pebble Beach 17 Castroville Artichoke Monterey. 622-0100.
National Pro-Am Festival
Through Feb. 15. The world’s preeminent Through May 18. The world’s artichoke capi-
Pro-Am brings top professionals and charis- tal celebrates the tastiest thistle with a field’s

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october and doubles its selection—that’s right, over


600 different varietals. Monterey Fairgrounds,
Monterey. (800) 422-0251.
2 PEBBLE BEACH EQUESTRIAN FALL
CLASSIC 18 EARTHBOUND FARM HARVEST
Through Oct. 5. Pebble Beach Equestrian FESTIVAL
Center, Pebble Beach. 624-2756. Pumpkin-rolling contests, needle-in-the-
haystack searches and hay rides with beautiful
2 TASTE OF CARMEL Belgian horses mark a magical time of year.
Through Oct. 5. Carmel restaurants and win- Earthbound Farm, Carmel Valley. 625-6219.
eries show off their wares. Also live and silent
auctions, entertainment. Rio Road and Lausen 25 BIG SUR RIVER RUN
Drive, Carmel. 624-2522. Both the 10K foot race and the 5K walk
wind through Big Sur redwoods and along the
4 BUTTERFLY PARADE famous river. Big Sur. 624-4112.
Schoolchildren from Pacific Grove, aka
Butterflytown USA, honor the annual return 25 PACREP’S FALL FEST
of the Monarch butterflies. Downtown Pacific Through Oct. 26. An exhibition of local art-
Grove. 646-6540. ist’s wares plus food and live music. Custom
House Plaza, Monterey. 622-0100.
10 ROBINSON JEFFERS FESTIVAL
Through Oct. 12. Reenactments, readings, 25 CARMEL’S 92ND BIRTHDAY PARTY
theater and music pay tribute to the early Kicks off with a parade, followed by a BBQ
20th-century Big Sur poet. Tor House and Hawk with live music at the Sunset Theater. Bring
Tower, Carmel. 624-1813. your costumes.

10 17TH ANNUAL JADE


FESTIVAL CONCOURS D’ ELEGANCE • August 17
Through Oct. 12. Vendors of
jade and gems showcase through-
out three days of music and food.
Big Sur. (805) 927-5574.

11 COLUMBUS DAY ON
THE BAY
Through Oct. 12. Arts and
crafts, food and music to cel-
ebrate the founding of the New
World. Custom House Plaza,
Monterey. 655-8070.

12 FIESTA DEL MAR


The Aquarium’s annual
celebration of Latin American culture and
ocean conservation. Monterey Bay Aquarium, 29 PEBBLE BEACH EQUESTRIAN
Monterey. (800) 840-4880. CHAMPIONSHIPS
Through Nov. 2. Pebble Beach Equestrian
16 MONTEREY WINE FESTIVAL Center, Pebble Beach. 624-2756.
The aquarium opens the doors of its Grand
Tasting Room and offers over 300 different 31 NEPENTHE’S HALLOWEEN
local wines. Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey. BAL MASQUE
(800) 422-0251. Come to dine and dance beneath the moon
on the terrace of Nepenthe, one of Big Sur’s
17 MONTEREY SPORTS CAR signature dining spots, at the annual masked
CHAMPIONSHIP costume party. Proceeds benefit the Big Sur
Through Oct. 19. Fast cars. Challenging volunteer fire brigade. Nepenthe Restaurant,
world-class racetrack. Good times. Mazda Big Sur. 667-2345.
Raceway Laguna Seca, Hwy 68 between
Monterey and Salinas. (800) 327-SECA. 31 BREW WITH A BOO
After raising the dead, raise the roof at this
lg
kf 18 MONTEREY WINE FESTIVAL PART adults-only Halloween party at the Monterey
TWO County Fairgrounds with breweries and winer-
Just in case you haven’t had your fill, ies, live bands, local restaurant vendors and
the Wine Festival moves to the Fairgrounds costume contests. Monterey. 372-2843.

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