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January

Dec 28 - Jan 8
The 2011 Buddy Holly Tribute Concert
Buddy Holly 2011 Tribute Concert  Dec 28, 2011 - Jan 8, 2012, Golden Bough
PacRep announces its annual New Years Eve Party and exclusive limited run of the 2011 Buddy Holly       Tribute Concert – From Buddy to Elvis! Audiences will be encouraged to “dance in the aisles” at the Golden Bough Playhouse with performances that will shake, rattle and roll with "Buddy Holly", “Jerry Lee Lewis”, “Elvis”, “Leslie Gore” “Ritchie Valens”, “Sam Cooke’, “Dusty Springfield”, “Bob Dylan”, “The Big Bopper” and more – created live on stage by PacRep favorites singing crowd-pleasing hits of yester-year!

Dec 16 - Jan 28
Avenue Q
Presented by The Paper Wing Theatre Company, Monterey
831 905-5684
See website for showtimes. No shows on Christmas Eve or New Years Eve. Winner of the Tony® “Triple Crown” for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book!!  This zany, adult-themed spoof on Sesame Street revolves around the main character, Princeton, who has just graduated from college with a B.A. in English. He moves into an apartment in New York City in the only neighborhood he can afford, on Avenue Q.  Who is Avenue Q appropriate for?  Adults love Avenue Q, but they seem a little, er, fuzzy on whether it's appropriate for kids. Avenue Q is great for teenagers because it's about real life. It may not be appropriate for young children because Avenue Q addresses issues like sex, drinking, and surfing the web for porn. It's hard to say what exact age is right to see Avenue Q - parents should use their discretion based on the maturity level of their children. But we promise you this - if you DO bring your teenagers to Avenue Q, they'll think you're really cool.

Jan 1
Library Sunday
Carmel-By-The-Sea
A unique opportunity to taste older wines from Morgan Winery's cellar!

Jan 1
21st Annual Rio Grill Resolution Run
Carmel
831-645-4777
Rio Resolution Run, hosted by Rio Grill is a 6.5 mile footrace and a 3 mile family fun run, held annually on January 1st each year over a breathtaking, cross country course in and around Carmel-By-The-Sea.  Proceeds from the event benefit Community Partnership for Youth.  CPY provides consistent support in a safe environment for young people to develop boundaries and learn to build on their individual strengths.  Community Partnership of Youth - Building a Better Community, One Child at a Time.

Jan 1
Marina Certified Farmers' Market
Marina
Marina's Farmers' Market is every Sunday from 10am to 2pm at 215 Reservation Road in the Marina Village Shopping Center (near Grocery Outlet and in front of Lee’s Garden.

Jan 4
For the Love of Spaghetti! Celebrate National Spaghetti Day
at Alberto’s Ristorante in Pacific Grove
831 373-3993
Celebrate your love for Spaghetti at Alberto’s Ristorante located at 1219 Forest Hill Plaza in Pacific Grove! On Wednesday, January 4th beginning at5:30 p.m. Alberto’s Ristorante will celebrate a love for noodles! For one night only, Alberto’s Ristorantes favorite pasta dishes will be available for $10.00 per dish plus tax.  Add a glass of house red or white for $5.00 more.  Reservations required. Space is limited

Jan 6
Jazzy January
Monterey
at Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa
Jazz is in the air at the Hyatt! All jazz events at the Fireside Lounge at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa are complimentary. Jazz times are 7 pm on Friday and Saturday and for the last Sunday of the month the start time is 2 pm.

Jan 6
First Friday's Art Walk (Oldtown Main St)
Salinas
758-9126
Stroll through historic Oldtown with over 40 venues featuring art exhibitions , live music, dance and theater performances, taste tidbits from the various restaurants and winetasting the first Friday of every month. Open to the public, free admission.

Jan 6
Fromage Friday
Carmel-By-The-Sea
Drop in between 3:00 - 5:00pm on Friday afternoons, and enjoy a special cheese sampling paired with your tasting of Morgan and Lee Family Farm wines. *No reservations or additional tasting fees required.

Jan 7
2012 Cooking Classes :: Now That is Some Class!
831 206-8401
Hey here is a way to LEARN, CHOP, MINCE, STEW and well COOK with Chef Todd Fisher…THE KITCHEN, located in the industrial artisan corridor in Sand City, will be open for your cooking class pleasure!  Reserve your chopping block today, classes are filling up fast!  Call or email events@cheftoddfisher.com  January's class is titled:  "Delicious & Nutritious" - Eating for a Healthier You…Whole Grains, Veggies, & Whooped Cream…Really…  11:00am - 2:00pm

Jan 7
Paper Wing Theatre invites you to audition for its exciting 2012 season!
831-905-5684
You can be part of our company! Hailed and applauded by critics as "The most unruly theatre in Monterey County", Paper Wing has long been known as an actors theatre, no matter what your experience level is. We strive to create and produce passionate projects and plays that excite, inspire, and entertain our audiences, who love our hip and youthful vibe. No Experience necessary to audition! Our audition process is easy, fun, and stress free. Everyone who auditions is considered. We cast non traditionally!   January 7 at 11AM for:  "3 Guys in Drag Selling their Stuff" - "Trouble" A New Rock Musical - "Prometheus Bound" - "Old Ringers" - All ages needed from 18 to 80.  If you are auditioning for a musical, please bring sheet music and be prepared to move.  You may email thepaperwingcoyahoo.com attention Andrea to receive a perusal script for any of the shows.  We would love to have you join us!   Please call 831-905-5684 for more information; we are here to make the process easier and to help!

Jan 8
Library Sunday
Carmel-By-The-Sea
A unique opportunity to taste older wines from Morgan Winery's cellar!

Jan 8
Marina Certified Farmers' Market
Marina
Marina's Farmers' Market is every Sunday from 10am to 2pm at 215 Reservation Road in the Marina Village Shopping Center (near Grocery Outlet and in front of Lee’s Garden.

Jan 11
2012 7th Annual Employment Law and Leadership Conference
Monterey
800 277-8448
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Continental Breakfast & Lunch are included!)
The Monterey County Business Council, a non-profit group who are interested in shaping the future of Monterey County will hold its 2012 Employment Law and Leadership Conference at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa located at 1 Old Golf Course Road in Monterey.  Attendees will learn “How California Employers Must Change Their Operation.”  Learn from leading Littler attorneys about the latest employment law twists and turns to bring you up to speed on the regulatory front as well as trends to watch for in the future.  Littler’s Employment Law Update is a thought-provoking overview and analysis of the most critical employment and labor law issues confronting employers right now.

Jan 12
Fandango Restaurant Announces An Evening of Rock and Roll with Tom O’Neal
Pacific Grove
831 324-4820
Restaurateur’s Pierre and Marietta Bain will be going a little bit Rock and Roll in honor of its 25th Anniversary.  Famed photographer Tom O’Neal will be showcasing some of his rock and roll photography and telling stories from his rock and roll past upstairs at Fandango on Thursday, January 12th from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.  Guests will meet O’Neal, view some of his works, enjoy small bites provided by Fandango, sip wines provided by Holman Ranch Vineyards and support a great cause – the Alzheimer Association.  O’Neal’s work will be from “Scene from Inside” which includes a  Jim Morrison 1968 Photo which was newly unveiled in Carmel in December.    The Jim Morrison photo taken on the set of the Smothers Brothers Show while in rehearsal with the Nelson Riddle Band behind him.  Reservations are required.  Space is limited to 60 people.  The cost is $25 per person.

Jan 12 - 16
Monterey Swingfest
Monterey
805-937-1574
Dance workshops feature past and present world and national champions, plus open dancing. Presented by Central Coast Swing Dance at the Monterey Hyatt Regency.

Jan 14
San Juan Bautista Gallery Walk (2nd Saturday of each month)
831-623-2454
San Juan Bautista Gallery Walk (1pm-7pm.) Wear your walking shoes and visit the many galleries featuring original fine art including, but not limited to oils, acrylics, photography, pottery, watercolor, etchings and mixed media. You will be greeted by artists and enjoy refreshments, music and affordable art in the “City of History”. Look for the Gallery Walk signs along Third Street. The local shops and restaurants will be open for your enjoyment as well. Call  for more details.

Jan 15
Library Sunday
Carmel-By-The-Sea
A unique opportunity to taste older wines from Morgan Winery's cellar!

Jan 15
The Kingston Trio
Carmel-by-the-Sea - Sunset Center
831-620-2040 
In 1957 The Kingston Trio emerged from San Francisco’s North Beach club scene to take the country by storm, bringing the rich tradition of American folk music into the mainstream for the first time. During the late 50s and early 60s, the Trio enjoyed unprecedented record sales and worldwide fame, while influencing the musical tastes of a generation. Through changing times, the Trio has played on, remaining popular for a simple reason...great songs that sound as good today as the first time you heard them.

Jan 15
Marina Certified Farmers' Market
Marina
Marina's Farmers' Market is every Sunday from 10am to 2pm at 215 Reservation Road in the Marina Village Shopping Center (near Grocery Outlet and in front of Lee’s Garden.

Jan 15
"A Day to Remember" Bridal Show

Monterey Conference Center, 1 Portola Plaza, Monterey, CA 
Meet over 100 of the areas finest wedding professionals at the 15th annual, A to Remember Bridal Show. Only the finest wedding professionals from the area are invited to be vendors. Register to win fabulous prizes and sample delicious wedding cakes. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door.

Jan 17 – 19
The Institute for Innovation and Economic Development To Hold
Second Annual Sustainable Hospitality and Tourism Conference
Monterey
831 883-9443 
The Institute for Innovation and Economic Development, a collaborative effort between California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB) and the Monterey County Business Council (MCBC) along with the OffSet Project is hosting a conference at the Portola Hotel and Spa highlighting Monterey County as an international Eco-Tourism destination!  The conference will offer local and International experts focusing on economic development achievable through sustainable event business practices that optimize resources, minimize costs, and produce a bottom line that is integrated socially, environmentally, and economically.

Jan 19 (Registration Deadline for event on Feb 25)
31st Annual Clam Chowder Cook-Off
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
831-420-5273
ATTENTION CHOWDER CHEFS! Dig out your favorite Boston and/or Manhattan clam chowder recipes for the 31st Annual Clam Chowder Cook-Off, Saturday at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. The two divisions are Individual and Professional. Winners will have a chance to win round-trip tickets courtesy of Continental Airlines and cash prizes. Trophies are awarded to first place winners in each division as well as for “Most Original” and “Most Tasted.” Entry forms are available in the Parks and Recreation Office, 323 Church Street and online. Entry fees include two T-shirts per team if registered by Thursday, January 19

Jan 20
The Peking Acrobats
Carmel-by-the-Sea - Sunset Center
831-620-2040 
Daring maneuvers atop a precarious pagoda of chairs. Treacherous wire walking. Powerful precision tumbling, somersaulting and gymnastics. Amazing displays of contortion, flexibility and control. Incredible balancing feats showcasing tremendous skill and ability. 8:00pm

Jan 21
Whalefest Monterey
Old Fisherman’s Wharf, #1 Old Fisherman’s Wharf, Monterey
831 649-6544 or email bmassaro@bostrommangaement.com
9:00 AM to 10:00 PM 
The Old Fisherman’s Wharf Association in Monterey is sponsoring WHALEFEST MONTEREY, a free fun event for all ages that celebrates the Monterey Bay, Old Fisherman’s Wharf, and whales, while benefiting many local marine conservation non-profit organizations.

Jan 21
Champions of the Arts
Portola Hotel and Spa, Monterey
831-622-9060
Join the staff and supporters of the Arts Council for Monterey County for a great evening including dinner, entertainment and dancing, silent auction, and to honor our Lifetime Achievement Award winner. 

Jan 21, 22, 23
Monterey Symphony - Concert 3: Cassuto’s Guide to Iberia & the Rhine
Alvaro Cassuto, guest conductor - Michael Ludwig, violin - Braga Santos, Symphonic Overture No.3 - Lalo Symphonie espagnole - featuring violin solo: Michael Ludwig - Schumann  Symphony No. 3   "Rhenisch"

Jan 22
Library Sunday
Carmel-By-The-Sea
A unique opportunity to taste older wines from Morgan Winery's cellar!

Jan 22
Marina Certified Farmers' Market
Marina
Marina's Farmers' Market is every Sunday from 10am to 2pm at 215 Reservation Road in the Marina Village Shopping Center (near Grocery Outlet and in front of Lee’s Garden.

Jan 29
Library Sunday
Carmel-By-The-Sea
A unique opportunity to taste older wines from Morgan Winery's cellar!

Jan 29
Israeli Chamber Project
Carmel-by-the-Sea - Sunset Center
831-620-2040 
This group of young musicians based in New York, Berlin, and Israel includes clarinetist Tibi Cziger, an award winner in the 2005 CMS Instrumental Competition. 3:00pm

Jan 29
Marina Certified Farmers' Market
Marina
Marina's Farmers' Market is every Sunday from 10am to 2pm at 215 Reservation Road in the Marina Village Shopping Center (near Grocery Outlet and in front of Lee’s Garden.

Jan 30
Electronic Waste Recycling Event*
Monterey County Fairgrounds - gate 8
831 372-5863  Email
Bring your electronics FREE of charge to the Monerey County Fairgrounds, located at:  2004 Fairground Rd. - (behind CVS Pharmacy) 9am - 3pm.  We will recycle the following items free of charge:  TV's - Monitors - LCD Screens - Plasma Screens - Laptops - Computer Towers - Printers - Copiers - Faxes - Calculators - Stereo Systems - Keyboards - Mice - Speakers - Cell Phones - Telephones.

 

February

Feb (Mondays)
The Pacific Grove Certified Farmers' Market 
The Pacific Grove Certified Farmers' Market with an ocean view has fresh fruits and vegetables (many certified organic), beautiful flowers and plants, organic eggs, from small-scale family farmers, and prepared food and unique gifts from local Monterey County businesses. Mondays from 4:00pm to 7:00pm at Central and Grand Ave in front of Jewell Park, the PG Library, and Natural History Museum.

Feb (2nd Saturday of each month)
San Juan Bautista Gallery Walk
831-623-2454
San Juan Bautista Gallery Walk (1pm-7pm.) Wear your walking shoes and visit the many galleries featuring original fine art including, but not limited to oils, acrylics, photography, pottery, watercolor, etchings and mixed media. You will be greeted by artists and enjoy refreshments, music and affordable art in the “City of History”. Look for the Gallery Walk signs along Third Street. The local shops and restaurants will be open for your enjoyment as well. Call  for more details.

Feb 2
Celebrate 2012 With Pacific’s Edge Winemaker Series in the Legendary Wine Room!
Carmel
831 622-5445
First Winemaker's Dinner of 2012 Thursday, February 2nd  beginning at 6:00 p.m.! Pacific’s Edge will host it's first Winemaker's Dinner of 2012 -- An evening with the wines of Adam and Diana Lee - Sidury & Novy Family Winery Pacific’s Edge at Hyatt Carmel Highlands, 120 Highlands Drive, Carmel, Wine Director Paul Fried announced today the 2012 Winemaker Series that will take place in Pacific’s Edge legendary wine room. Fried has spent the last several months crafting the perfect wineries for the series. The evening will feature a reception, and a five-course meal! Chef Matt Bolton is working on menu details!  Prices and menu details will be announced the first week of January. Reservations are highly-recommended.

Feb 2
Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Carmel-by-the-Sea - Sunset Center
831-620-2040 
Named for the historic Preservation Hall in New Orleans, this sizzling group keeps the spirit of the Big Easy alive in an authentic and vibrant way. The Preservation Hall Jazz Band has been touring for over 30 years, and is comprised of elite musicians who are steeped in the culture and traditions of the birthplace of jazz.

Feb 3
First Friday's Art Walk (Oldtown Main St)
Salinas
Stroll through historic Oldtown with over 40 venues featuring art exhibitions , live music, dance and theater performances, taste tidbits from the various restaurants and winetasting the first Friday of every month. Open to the public, free admission.

Feb 3
Fromage Friday
Carmel-By-The-Sea
Drop in between 3:00 - 5:00pm on Friday afternoons, and enjoy a special cheese sampling paired with your tasting of Morgan and Lee Family Farm wines. *No reservations or additional tasting fees required.

Feb 3 -14
Valentine Burlesque Show
Presented by The Paper Wing Theatre Company, Monterey
831 905-5684
Sizzling, sinful, red-hot! Sexy and smoldering, our hottest singers and dancers take the stage for some rollicking, sweetheart fun! Cupid himself is rumored to make an appearance. Take your lover out on Valentine's for a sugary sweet good time, then home for some loving!  Mature Audience only

Feb 4
2012 Cooking Classes :: Now That is Some Class!
831 206-8401
Hey here is a way to LEARN, CHOP, MINCE, STEW and well COOK with Chef Todd Fisher…THE KITCHEN, located in the industrial artisan corridor in Sand City, will be open for your cooking class pleasure!  Reserve your chopping block today, classes are filling up fast!  Call or email events@cheftoddfisher.com  February's class is titled:  "Dinner for Two...or Four...or Six...However You Swing!" - Aphrodisiacs a go-go. Foods that stimulate…  11:00am - 2:00pm

Feb 5
Knuckles Sports Bar Monterey The Best Ticket For Super Bowl
Monterey
831.657.6625
The Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa announced today that Knuckles Sports Bar Monterey showcase a Super Bowl party on Sunday, February 5, 2012 beginning at 11:00 a.m.  Activities Include:  Event MC by Kenny Allen from Hippo Radio. - Bud Light Girls will be handing out frisbees and more throughout the game. Three additional 8' foot screens presented in the expanded Knuckles ballroom aka "The Vault"

Feb 5
Marina Certified Farmers' Market
Marina
Marina's Farmers' Market is every Sunday from 10am to 2pm at 215 Reservation Road in the Marina Village Shopping Center (near Grocery Outlet and in front of Lee’s Garden.

Feb 5
Library Sunday
Carmel-By-The-Sea
A unique opportunity to taste older wines from Morgan Winery's cellar!

Feb 6
UCSC's Kinetic Poetics Festival
Santa Cruz
UC Porter Dining Hall (Located in Porter College  - 8 on the Westside of the UCSC campus) 
Payment required - $5 to $10 sliding scale, yet no one will be turned away due to lack of funds.  7pm.  The Whirlwind Company is a unique spoken word heart charge party experience with: Brian S Ellis, Mike McGee, Mindy Nettifee, Jon Sands. Kinetic Poetics Project is the official UC Santa Cruz organization that facilitates the monthly on-campus poetry slam and its annual festival of spoken word.

Feb 6 – 12
2012 AT&T Pebble Beach Nat’l ProAm
Pebble Beach
831-649-1533
The AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am is a 72-hole PGA TOUR golf championship dating back to the 1930's when Bing Crosby gathered a few friends to raise money for charity... and have a little fun. Top TOUR professionals team with Hollywood celebrities, world renowned musicians and the captains of industry as they compete for a multi-million dollar purse.

Feb 7
"Dickens in America" with Howard Burnham
Call 831.646.3949 / email mccombs@ci.monterey.ca.us
Monterey Public Library
Howard Burnham will give a costume performance piece about Charles Dickens' 1867 tour of America, in celebration of the 200th anniversary of Dickens' birth. For ages 16-up. Admission is free, but reservations are required.

Feb 10 & 11
Hyatt Carmel Highlands Overlooking Big Sur Coast Announces Its 2012 Entertainment Series
Carmel
831 620-1234
Hyatt Carmel Highlands Overlooking Big Sur Coast announced its 2012 entertainment schedule today!  Entertainment takes place in the famous Sunset Lounge.  At the Sunset Lounge, enjoy spectacular views of historic Point Lobos State Reserve while sipping hand crafted cocktails, enjoying our tapas menu and visiting with friends. 2012 Entertainment Schedule:  AT&T weekend will be rockin’ when  Steve Ezzo will be playing on Friday February 10th  and Lee Durley & Joe Indence will be playing on Saturday February 11th. Entertainment is in the Sunset Lounge from 7pm-10pm both nights and is complimentary.   

Feb 10
Joan Rivers
Carmel-by-the-Sea - Sunset Center
831-620-2040 
Joan Rivers is one of the hardest-working and most wickedly funny celebrities in the world. An entertainment legend of unparalleled accomplishment and talent, she’s an internationally renowned comedienne.  8:00pm

Feb 12
Library Sunday
Carmel-By-The-Sea
A unique opportunity to taste older wines from Morgan Winery's cellar!

Feb 12
Marina Certified Farmers' Market
Marina
Marina's Farmers' Market is every Sunday from 10am to 2pm at 215 Reservation Road in the Marina Village Shopping Center (near Grocery Outlet and in front of Lee’s Garden.

Feb 12
River Road Wine Trail Valentine's Passport
River Road, Salinas Valley, CA
Join us for the sweetheart of all wine tastings! 11am - 4pm The twelve artisan vintners along Monterey’s River Road Wine Trail want to share the love! Make your plans for this special day of rare vintages, fun, food, and celebration all things amour.

Jan 14 - Feb 13
All Shook Up
Golden Bough Theatre
Back by Popular Demand! PacRep’s "Elvis inspired" Broadway hit, All Shook Up! If you enjoy a good story, lots of wonderful music (25 Elvis Presley songs), fantastic talent and a good time - this is the show! All Shook Up is set in a small town in 1955 and revolves around a hip-swiveling, guitar-playing stranger who comes to town and is pursued by a sweet young local girl who dreams of leaving her sleepy town for a more exciting life. This story of romance and dreams, inspired by Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, is based around the songs of Elvis Presley including Love Me Tender, Heartbreak Hotel, Roustabout, One Night With You, C'mon Everybody, Hound Dog,Teddy Bear, That's All Right, Devil in Disguise, It's Now or Never, Don't Be Cruel, Can't Help Falling in Love, All Shook Up, Jailhouse Rock, and Blue Suede Shoes

February 14
For the Love of Wine! Bring Your Sweetheart To Celebrate Valentine’s Day 
At Holman Ranch Vineyard & Winery Tasting Room in Carmel Valley
831-659-2640
The Holman Ranch Tasting Room at 19 E. Carmel Valley Road, Suite C at White Oaks Plaza in Carmel Valley, California will celebrate Valentine’s Day with special offers on this day of love! Wine tasting for two will be $5 throughout the day (a 50% discount)!  The Tasting Room will also be selling Lula’s chocolates infused with Holman Ranch Pinot Noir – the perfect sweet treat for your sweetheart!  Every couple will receive a beautiful rose as a gift to celebrate this day of romance.

Feb 15
Twilight Bicycle Ride
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Hwy 68,  Monterey  CA
Cyclists can take to the track on their own bikes to experience the thrill of pedaling Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, including the challenging 300-foot climb and awe-inspiring descent down the world-famous Corkscrew. The rides/races are always informal and the 11 turn 2.238 mile course is open to all levels of cyclists. Helmets are required and the cost is $10 per rider.

Feb 17
Fromage Friday
Carmel-By-The-Sea
Drop in between 3:00 - 5:00pm on Friday afternoons, and enjoy a special cheese sampling paired with your tasting of Morgan and Lee Family Farm wines. *No reservations or additional tasting fees required.

Feb 17 to Mar 10
"Smudge"
Presented by The Paper Wing Theatre Company, Monterey
831 905-5684
A dark comedy about the changing face of the American family and the limits of love and cheesecake, as a hopeful young couple gives birth to a smudge, written by two-time Emmy Award winner Rachel Axler. "For signs of intelligent life in the theatrical universe, I hereby refer you to Smudge, Rachel Axler's pitch-black comedy."- Marilyn Stasio, Variety "Creepy and funny. Precise and imaginative. Parenthood never looked weirder or more terrifying than it does in Smudge"- Rachel Saltz, The New York Times

Feb 18
Swirl, Sip and Celebrate National Drink Wine Day
Holman Ranch Vineyard & Winery Tasting Room in Carmel Valley
831-659-2640
February 18th is National Drink Wine Day! Holman Ranch Tasting Room at 19 E. Carmel Valley Road, Suite C at White Oaks Plaza in Carmel Valley, California will celebrate with free wine tastings between 11:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 18th.  (valid for one free tasting per person.  Holman Ranch’s Carmel Valley Village Tasting Room is the perfect backdrop to swirl, sip and savor the different complexities of Holman Ranch Vineyard and Winery wines.  There is something for everyone, from the full-bodied Pinot Noirs to the light, fruity flavors of our Pinot Gris and lightly-oaked, food friendly Chardonnay.   Holman Ranch also offers estate grown and bottled Extra Virgin Olive Oil available for tasting and purchase at the Tasting Room.

Feb 18, 19, 20
Concert 4: 2002 Arabian Nights
Monterey Symphony
831 646-8511
Max Bragado-Darman, conductor - Ekaterina Semenchuk, mezzo-soprano - Berlioz Roman Carnival Overture - Berlioz - Nuits d'Eté - Ravel Sheherezade - featuring Ekaterina Semenchuk - Rimsky-Korsakov Sheherezade

Feb 19
Marina Certified Farmers' Market
Marina
Marina's Farmers' Market is every Sunday from 10am to 2pm at 215 Reservation Road in the Marina Village Shopping Center (near Grocery Outlet and in front of Lee’s Garden.

Feb 19
Library Sunday
Carmel-By-The-Sea
A unique opportunity to taste older wines from Morgan Winery's cellar!

Feb 24
Fromage Friday
Carmel-By-The-Sea
Drop in between 3:00 - 5:00pm on Friday afternoons, and enjoy a special cheese sampling paired with your tasting of Morgan and Lee Family Farm wines. *No reservations or additional tasting fees required.

Feb 24
Calefax Reed Quintet
Presented by: Chamber Music Monterey Bay
Georg Muffat: Concerto No. 4
Dmitri Shostakovich: Preludes & Fugues, Op. 87 (Selections)
Claude Debussy: Suite bergamasque
Johann Sebastian Bach: Goldberg Variations

Feb 25
31st Annual Clam Chowder Cook-Off
Santa Cruz
831-420-5273
Teams of chowder chefs come from all over the West Coast to compete for the prestigious award of “Best Clam Chowder.” Whip up your favorite recipe for red or white chowder or just come and sample the delicious variety of chowder and fun at the Boardwalk. Admission free. 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Feb 26
Marina Certified Farmers' Market
Marina
Marina's Farmers' Market is every Sunday from 10am to 2pm at 215 Reservation Road in the Marina Village Shopping Center (near Grocery Outlet and in front of Lee’s Garden.

Feb 26
Library Sunday
Carmel-By-The-Sea
A unique opportunity to taste older wines from Morgan Winery's cellar!

Feb 26
Steinbeck’s Birthday Celebration!
Salinas
The National Steinbeck Center
831 775-4721
On Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the National Steinbeck Center will celebrate John Steinbeck’s 110th birthday with a free day for Monterey County residents.

Feb 27
Meet the Authors of  2011-2012 - Adrienne Momi
Salinas
The National Steinbeck Center
831 775-4721
1:30 - 3:30 p.m.  Join us as we celebrate local author Adrienne Momi’s new book, The Amazing Adventures of Radish Toe. The talk will begin at 1:30 p.m. in conjunction with this year's John Steinbeck Birthday Celebration.  Join us in the Salinas Room for a discussion of the book and its meaning, the author’s process and a digital presentation. Book-signing and Q&A to follow the talk. All books must be purchased at the National Steinbeck Center to be signed.

 

March

Feb 17 to Mar 10
"Smudge"
Presented by The Paper Wing Theatre Company, Monterey
831 905-5684
A dark comedy about the changing face of the American family and the limits of love and cheesecake, as a hopeful young couple gives birth to a smudge, written by two-time Emmy Award winner Rachel Axler. "For signs of intelligent life in the theatrical universe, I hereby refer you to Smudge, Rachel Axler's pitch-black comedy."- Marilyn Stasio, Variety "Creepy and funny. Precise and imaginative. Parenthood never looked weirder or more terrifying than it does in Smudge"- Rachel Saltz, The New York Times

Mar 2
Fromage Friday
Carmel-By-The-Sea
Drop in between 3:00 - 5:00pm on Friday afternoons, and enjoy a special cheese sampling paired with your tasting of Morgan and Lee Family Farm wines. *No reservations or additional tasting fees required.

Mar 2 - Dec (Weekends)
Hyatt Carmel Highlands Overlooking Big Sur Coast Announces Its 2012 Entertainment Series
Carmel
831 620-1234
Entertainment takes place in the famous Sunset Lounge.  At the Sunset Lounge, enjoy spectacular views of historic Point Lobos State Reserve while sipping hand crafted cocktails, enjoying our tapas menu and visiting with friends. March – December weekend entertainment lights up the Sunset Lounge every Friday and Saturday night! Beginning, Friday March 2nd with Steve Ezzo Entertainment on Fridays and Saturday, March 3rd with Joe and Lee on Saturday.  7pm-10pm both nights and is complimentary.

Mar 2 - 3
Smuin Ballet - Winter Program
Sunset Center - Carmel
In honor of the tenth anniversary of the September 11th attacks, the program includes Stabat Mater, Michael Smuin’s response to that tragedy. An eloquent expression of grief and loss set to Dvorak’s choral work of the same name. Stabat Mater has been called "a powerful response to a national tragedy. . . one of the most beautiful ballets in this choreographer’s remarkable career" (San Francisco Chronicle). Sharing the program is, The Eternal Idol, a pas de deux Smuin created for American Ballet Theatre in 1969. This sensuous work, set to Chopin’s lush Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Minor, is a wistful imagining, where Auguste Rodin’s sculpture of a nude couple locked in an embrace comes to life on stage. Rounding out the program is Michael Smuin’s Tango Palace, a seductive fantasy of possession and passion, jealousy, loss, and love. Examining both the complexities of the human heart and the inventiveness of tango itself, Tango Palace creates a feverish vision of desire through dance.

Mar 2 - 4
Dixieland Monterey
Three days of top Dixieland and Swing at venues in downtown Monterey and along Fisherman's Wharf. Featuring top national jazz bands, local youth bands and more.

Mar 4
Library Sunday
Carmel-By-The-Sea
A unique opportunity to taste older wines from Morgan Winery's cellar!

Mar 6, 13, 20, 27 [Tuesdays]
The Old Monterey Farmers Market
Monterey
Established in 1991, comprises of 3 ½ city blocks and runs year-round rain or shine. You can travel the world in just three blocks, finding arts and crafts, handmade jewelry, furniture, clothing, international food, organic produce, flowers, and pastries. Market runs 4pm-8pm.

Mar 9
Fromage Friday
Carmel-By-The-Sea
Drop in between 3:00 - 5:00pm on Friday afternoons, and enjoy a special cheese sampling paired with your tasting of Morgan and Lee Family Farm wines. *No reservations or additional tasting fees required.

Mar 9
Danú
Sunset Center, Carmel
Hailing from historic County Waterford, Danú is one of the leading traditional Irish ensembles of today. Their standing room only concerts throughout Ireland are a true testament to their high-energy performances and glorious mix of ancient Irish music and new repertoire. For over a decade, Danú’s virtuosi players on flute, tin whistle, fiddle, button accordion, bouzouki and vocals (Irish and English), have performed around the globe and recorded seven critically acclaimed albums. Danú takes its audiences on a musical journey to their native Ireland, offering a moving and memorable concert experience. Show begins at 8pm

Mar 10
San Juan Bautista Gallery Walk (2nd Saturday of each month)
831-623-2454
San Juan Bautista Gallery Walk (1pm-7pm.) Wear your walking shoes and visit the many galleries featuring original fine art including, but not limited to oils, acrylics, photography, pottery, watercolor, etchings and mixed media. You will be greeted by artists and enjoy refreshments, music and affordable art in the “City of History”. Look for the Gallery Walk signs along Third Street. The local shops and restaurants will be open for your enjoyment as well. Call  for more details.

Mar 10
2012 Cooking Classes :: Now That is Some Class!
831 206-8401
Hey here is a way to LEARN, CHOP, MINCE, STEW and well COOK with Chef Todd Fisher…THE KITCHEN, located in the industrial artisan corridor in Sand City, will be open for your cooking class pleasure!  Reserve your chopping block today, classes are filling up fast!  Call or email events@cheftoddfisher.com  1st March class is titled:  "Sauces 101" - Get Saucy with Chef Todd…Mother Sauces to Simple Dishes  11:00am - 2:00pm

Mar 11
Library Sunday
Carmel-By-The-Sea
A unique opportunity to taste older wines from Morgan Winery's cellar!

Mar 14
Twilight Bicycle Ride
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Hwy 68,  Monterey  CA
Cyclists can take to the track on their own bikes to experience the thrill of pedaling Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, including the challenging 300-foot climb and awe-inspiring descent down the world-famous Corkscrew. The rides/races are always informal and the 11 turn 2.238 mile course is open to all levels of cyclists. Helmets are required and the cost is $10 per rider.

Mar 15
Forbidden Broadway
Sunset Center, Carmel
New York’s longest-running Broadway blood bath is back for another night of biting satire and hilarity! Gerard Alessandrini’s infamous homage to the Great White Way lovingly bites the hand that feeds it with wicked sketches and side-splitting songs re-written to the tunesof your favorite musicals. Adored by critics, Forbidden Broadway has won Drama Desk, Obie and Outer Critics Circle Awards. Most of its victims (stars and casts) make a point of stopping by to see what Alessandrini has done to them. The newest iteration promises to be the funniest yet, with brand new shows up on the chopping block. Show begins at 8pm.

Mar 15
Celebrate 2012 With Pacific’s Edge Winemaker Series in the Legendary Wine Room!
Carmel
831 622-5445
Second Winemaker's Dinner of 2012 March 15th,  beginning at 6:00 p.m.! Pacific’s Edge will host it's second Winemaker's Dinner of 2012 -- An evening with the wines of Hall/Roessler.   Pacific’s Edge at Hyatt Carmel Highlands, 120 Highlands Drive, Carmel, Wine Director Paul Fried has crafted the perfect wineries for the series. The evening will feature a reception, and a five-course meal!  Reservations are highly-recommended.

Mar 16
Fromage Friday
Carmel-By-The-Sea
Drop in between 3:00 - 5:00pm on Friday afternoons, and enjoy a special cheese sampling paired with your tasting of Morgan and Lee Family Farm wines. *No reservations or additional tasting fees required.

Mar 16 - 31
"3 Guys in Drag Selling their Stuff"
by Edward Crosby Wells

Presented by The Paper Wing Theatre Company, Monterey
831 905-5684
Diva, Lillian, and Tink (three men in drag) are having a yard sale to raise funds for a Faberge egg in which to place the ashes of Diva's dead husband. Diva bosses Lillian, whose principal expertise is making punch with ingredients that could fuel a rocket. Tink is confined to a wheelchair, mostly comatose, but when she does try to make herself heard, the others invariably misunderstand, causing dire consequences. The mis-communications of this misfit trio cause a friend to be run over by a pickup truck while trying to cross the street with her walker. We meet an entire neighborhood of characters through the eyes of the "ladies" during the course of their yard sale, including Diva's mother who has the yard wired with eavesdropping devices and is listening in from her room in a nursing home across the street. Finally, in an explosive climax, the day's shenanigans result in a police shootout when someone plays with a starter pistol filled with blanks. This is a raucous, thorny, more than a laugh-a-minute play! 

Mar 17
2012 Cooking Classes :: Now That is Some Class!
831 206-8401
Hey here is a way to LEARN, CHOP, MINCE, STEW and well COOK with Chef Todd Fisher…THE KITCHEN, located in the industrial artisan corridor in Sand City, will be open for your cooking class pleasure!  Reserve your chopping block today, classes are filling up fast!  Call or email events@cheftoddfisher.com  2nd March class is titled:  "Sauces 201" - Come Back for More…Step into the world of Emulsions, Nage, & other Fortified Sauce…  11:00am - 2:00pm

Mar 22
Hofsas House Hotel's 2nd Annual Fundraiser For The Food Bank For Monterey County!
Carmel
831 624-2745
In Carmel-by-the-Sea, the Theis family is celebrating six decades of European hospitality at its beautiful Bavarian-inspired Hofsas House Hotel, which is as charming as the town itself.  Owner, Carrie Theis, invites you to celebrate Spring at the Hofsas House Enjoy a fun evening! Savor appetizers from local Chef’s including Chef Brandon Miller from Mundaka, Pamela Burns from Wild Plum and Chef Dory Ford from Aqua Terra Culinary.  Enjoy chocolates from Lula’s Chocolates.  Sip a glass of award winning Ventana Vineyard Wines. Listen to the sounds of stringed instruments of Terrence Ferrel.  Support the Food Bank For Monterey County!   5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Mar 24
Big Sur Mud Run
Monterey, CA
Email 
Big Sur Marathon invites you to come get "down and dirty" at the 6th annual Mud Run on the last Saturday in March. The Mud Run is an approximate five mile loop course beginning and ending at Freeman Stadium on the CSUMB campus. The challenging but fun course includes hills, water, obstacles, drill sargeants, and yes, plenty of mud. The Run is a Big Sur Marathon event sponsored by the U.S. Army Garrison-Presidio of Monterey and California State University Monterey Bay. Registration is available online

Mar 24, 25, 26
Concert 5:  Sunrise in Scotland
Monterey Symphony
831-646-8511
Karen Kamensek, guest conductor - Laszlo Fenyö, cello - Maxwell Davies  - An Orkney Wedding with Sunrise featuring Paul Hodgins, bagpipe - Schumann Cello Concerto - featuring Laszlo Fenyö, cello - Mendelssohn -Symphony No.3 “Scottish”

Mar 30 - Apr 1
Next Generation Jazz Festival
The Monterey Jazz Festival turns the spotlight on the young up-and-coming musicians who will form the vanguard jazz music in the coming decades with a newly expanded event augmented by fresh performances and activities. Admission is free to the public!

 

April

Apr 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Marina Certified Farmers' Market
Marina
Marina's Farmers' Market is every Sunday from 10am to 2pm at 215 Reservation Road in the Marina Village Shopping Center (near Grocery Outlet and in front of Lee’s Garden.

Mar 2 - Dec (Weekends)
Hyatt Carmel Highlands Overlooking Big Sur Coast Announces Its 2012 Entertainment Series
Carmel
831 620-1234
Entertainment takes place in the famous Sunset Lounge.  At the Sunset Lounge, enjoy spectacular views of historic Point Lobos State Reserve while sipping hand crafted cocktails, enjoying our tapas menu and visiting with friends. March – December weekend entertainment lights up the Sunset Lounge every Friday and Saturday night! Beginning, Friday March 2nd with Steve Ezzo Entertainment on Fridays and Saturday, March 3rd with Joe and Lee on Saturday.  7pm-10pm both nights and is complimentary.

Apr 1
Next Generation Jazz Festival
The world renowned Monterey Jazz Festival salutes the future stars of jazz in its 7th Annual Next Generation Festival, April 1 - 3, 2011 in downtown Monterey, California. The event honors the rising stars of jazz with a showcase for big bands, combos, vocal ensembles, and individual musicians from around the country, vying for trophies, scholarships, cash prizes, and a spot on the stages of the Monterey Jazz Festival, September 16 - 18, 2011.

Apr 1
Library Sunday
Carmel-By-The-Sea
A unique opportunity to taste older wines from Morgan Winery's cellar!

Apr 12
Taj Mahal & The Trio
Sunset Center,  Carmel
Composer, multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and two-time GRAMMY winner Taj Mahal is one of the most prominent and influential figures in late 20th century blues and roots music. Though his career began more than four decades ago with American blues, he has broadened his artistic scope over the years to include music representing virtually every corner of the world – West Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe, the Hawaiian islands and so much more. Inspired by such greats as John Lee Hooker and Muddy Waters, Taj Mahal plays danceable, groovy blues that are sure to get you on your feet! Show begins at 8pm.

Apr 12-15
Pebble Beach Food and Wine
Pebble Beach
866-907-FOOD
Pebble Beach Food & Wine is the premier epicurean lifestyle event on the West Coast, bringing 6,000 national and international attendees to Del Monte Forest, one of the most picturesque strips of coastline in the world. Hosted primarily at Spanish Bay, the scope of the event encompasses every property in Pebble Beach and uses local and regional staff to create a hedonistic four-day event that matches 250 acclaimed wineries with 75 celebrity chefs, and includes wine and beverage tasting, cooking demonstrations, and some of the most exclusive, unique dining opportunities available in the world.

Apr 13
Wine, Art & Music Walk
Pacific Grove
831-373-3304
A walking tour of Pacific Grove's finest art venues. The event is complimentary and open to the public. Art Walk maps will be available at any of the participating locations and at the Chamber. The hours are from 6:00-9:00 pm.

Apr 13
Wildflower Show
Pacific Grove
831-648-5716
Don't miss this rare opportunity to view over 600 species and varieties of Central Coast wildflowers. The Monterey Bay Chapter of the California Native Plant Society partners with the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History to make this Wildflower Show the largest in the Northern and Western Hemispheres in terms of number of species and varieties represented. Show events include Jack Muir Laws, noted scientific illustrator, offering wildflower sketch classes.

Apr 14
San Juan Bautista Gallery Walk (2nd Saturday of each month)
831-623-2454
San Juan Bautista Gallery Walk (1pm-7pm.) Wear your walking shoes and visit the many galleries featuring original fine art including, but not limited to oils, acrylics, photography, pottery, watercolor, etchings and mixed media. You will be greeted by artists and enjoy refreshments, music and affordable art in the “City of History”. Look for the Gallery Walk signs along Third Street. The local shops and restaurants will be open for your enjoyment as well. Call  for more details.

Apr 14
55th Annual Pacific Grove Good Ol' Days
Pacific Grove
831 373-3304
Celebrate a bygone era with a parade, Victorian fashion show, contests, street dance, and the California Police Motorcycle Competition. The event is also one of the county’s largest arts and crafts show with more than 225 arts and food vendors.

Apr 14 - 15
Pacific Grove Good Old Days
Pacific Grove
A Pacific Grove tradition!! Includes the County's largest arts and crafts show, with over 225 art and food vendors in downtown Pacific Grove, a parade down Pine Avenue; live entertainment on four stages; old-fashioned games and contests and lots of family fun. Free admission.

Apr 17
Twilight Bicycle Ride
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Hwy 68,  Monterey  CA
Cyclists can take to the track on their own bikes to experience the thrill of pedaling Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, including the challenging 300-foot climb and awe-inspiring descent down the world-famous Corkscrew. The rides/races are always informal and the 11 turn 2.238 mile course is open to all levels of cyclists. Helmets are required and the cost is $10 per rider.

Apr 19
Celebrate 2012 With Pacific’s Edge Winemaker Series in the Legendary Wine Room!
Carmel
831 622-5445
Third Winemaker's Dinner of 2012 April 19th,  beginning at 6:00 p.m.! Pacific’s Edge will host it's third Winemaker's Dinner of 2012 -- An evening with the wines of Justin Vineyards.   Pacific’s Edge at Hyatt Carmel Highlands, 120 Highlands Drive, Carmel, Wine Director Paul Fried has crafted the perfect wineries for the series. The evening will feature a reception, and a five-course meal!  Reservations are highly-recommended.

Apr 19-22
Sea Otter Classic
Monterey, California, USA
800-218-8411
Camping at the 2012 Sea Otter Classic! - Early Bird Registration  - On-Line Early Bird Camping Reservations Available - Monday, June 6, 2011, 9 a.m. Pacific Through - Sunday, June 12, 2011, 11:59 p.m. Pacific

Apr 21
St. Mary's By-The-Sea Annual Spring Book Sale
St. Mary's-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church's at Edward's Hall will be the site of a great book sale. Hundreds of great books: History, Art, Cookbooks, Finance, Spiritual, Political, Mysteries, Gardening, Children's Books and more...Hardcover, paperbacks, some brand new! Plus videos, DVDs, CDs, records and cassettes. 9:00am - 2:00pm

April 21, 22, 23
Concert 6: From Fertile Ground
Monterey Symphony
831-646-8511
Max Bragado-Darman, conductor - Monterey Symphony Chorus - Smetana  Ma Vlast, Nos. 2, 4  - Faure Cantique de Jean Racine - Kodaly Missa Brevis - Enescu Orchestral Suite No.1 - featuring the Monterey Symphony Chorus

Apr 26
Mariachi Sol de México
Sunset Center, Carmel
Formed by sixth generation musician Jóse Hernàndez in 1981, Sol de México is America’s premier mariachi ensemble. Inspiring, inventive and technically masterful, Sol de México is a true representative of a treasured cultural heritage, joyfully animating the voice of a people. This 14-member orchestrated mariachi group has performed with such greats as Willie Nelson, The Beach Boys, Jose Feliciano and Brian Adams just to name a few. Sol de México offers traditional mariachi sounds and some pop surprises, embellished with fresh contemporary passion and powerful new rhythms. Experience the romance, drama and delight of mariachi with this beloved group that has earned fans the world over. Show begins at 8pm.

Apr 27 & 28
Big Sur International Marathon Expo
Monterey Conference Center, Monterey
At the Expo, participants in the Marathon, Relay, 21-, 10.6- and 9-Milers, 5K and 3K will pick up their race bibs, goody bags and event shirts. 

Apr 28
1964…The Tribute
Sunset Center, Carmel
The tribute takes their audiences on a musical journey to an era of rock history that will live in all of our hearts forever. They are hailed as the most authentic and endearing Beatles tribute in the world, choosing songs from the pre-Sgt. Pepper era and recreating an early 60’s live Beatles concert with period instruments, clothing, hairstyles and onstage banter. Show begins at 8pm.

Apr 28 & 29
The 2012 Monterey County Spring Home Show
805-772-4600
At the Monterey County Home Show we make sure you have all of the resources you need to make your home beautiful, no matter what your style or budget.  We offer resources, tips, seminars and ideas on building, decorating, and organizing your home.  10:00 AM - 5:00 PM 

Apr 29
Big Sur 27th International Marathon
Carmel & Big Sur 
831 625-6226
This marathon, consistently named the "Best Marathon in North America" by the Ultimate Guide to Marathon, is set along one of the most breathtaking routes in the world. 
Registration for the April 29, 2012 events will open on July 15, 2011 at 7:00 AM PST 

 

May

May 3 - 6
32nd Annual Steinbeck Festival
National Steinbeck Center, Salinas
831-775-4721
This annual festival consists of four days of films, speakers, panels, theater, and bus or walking tours. The National Steinbeck Center honours the great 20th-century writer John Steinbeck (1902-1968) and is situated in Salinas, Monterey, the town where the author was born.

Mar 2 - Dec (Weekends)
Hyatt Carmel Highlands Overlooking Big Sur Coast Announces Its 2012 Entertainment Series
Carmel
831 620-1234
Entertainment takes place in the famous Sunset Lounge.  At the Sunset Lounge, enjoy spectacular views of historic Point Lobos State Reserve while sipping hand crafted cocktails, enjoying our tapas menu and visiting with friends. March – December weekend entertainment lights up the Sunset Lounge every Friday and Saturday night! Beginning, Friday March 2nd with Steve Ezzo Entertainment on Fridays and Saturday, March 3rd with Joe and Lee on Saturday.  7pm-10pm both nights and is complimentary.

May 3
Celebrate 2012 With Pacific’s Edge Winemaker Series in the Legendary Wine Room!
Carmel
831 622-5445
Fourth Winemaker's Dinner of 2012 May 3rd,  beginning at 6:00 p.m.! Pacific’s Edge will host it's fourth Winemaker's Dinner of 2012 -- An evening with the wines of Pride Mountain.   Pacific’s Edge at Hyatt Carmel Highlands, 120 Highlands Drive, Carmel, Wine Director Paul Fried has crafted the perfect wineries for the series. The evening will feature a reception, and a five-course meal!  Reservations are highly-recommended.

May 4 - 6
Avia Wildflower Triathlon
The AVIA Wildflower Triathlon is really three separate, fiendishly difficult triathlon events, wrapped around a fun exposition and some great camping. The first event at the AVIA Wildflower Triathlon is the "long course" event, also known as the "half-Ironman." The second, the mountain bike triathlon, could be called a "super-duper Sprint," as it's a little longer than a super sprint and a little shorter than a standard sprint. The third is an Olympic-distance triathlon. All take place on a rough, tough course that will test the mettle of any Triathlete. At the AVIA Wildflower Triathlon, be prepared for hills, hills and more hills when you're not in the water.

May 5
2012 Cooking Classes :: Now That is Some Class!
831 206-8401
Hey here is a way to LEARN, CHOP, MINCE, STEW and well COOK with Chef Todd Fisher…THE KITCHEN, located in the industrial artisan corridor in Sand City, will be open for your cooking class pleasure!  Reserve your chopping block today, classes are filling up fast!  Call or email events@cheftoddfisher.com  May class is titled:  "Cinco De Mayo" - Ceviche, Tamales and other Pico Licious dishes…  7:00pm - 10:00pm

May 5
4th Annual The Quail Motorcycle Gathering
Carmel, CA
831 620-8887 | Toll-free: 877 734-4628
The 4th Edition of the Quail Motorcycle Gathering celebrates the finest sports and racing bikes from around the world. There will be displays by leading motorcycle manufacturers, dealerships and accessory and lifestyle vendors. Admission includes lunch prepared by the Culinary Team at Quail on a wood-fired grill, brew tents, live entertainment and much more. The Bonhams & Butterfields Auction will highlight multiple motorcycles offered with no-reserve bidding, as well as various automobilia, racing posters and collectibles.

May 6
Robinson Jeffers Tor House Garden Party
Robinson Jeffers Tor House, Carmel
831-624-1813
On May 6th, the annual Tor House Spring Garden Party will bring together admirers of poetry, architecture, the wild coast of Carmel, and of course, Robinson Jeffers. Reservations are not needed, just stop by between 2 and 5 p.m. and enjoy the sights, music, refreshments and poetry.

May 11
An Evening with Shirley MacLaine 
Sunset Center, Carmel
Shirley MacLaine is an icon of the stage and screen who has danced her way through adversity with wit and grit. Her indelible performances in The Apartment, Sweet Charity, Postcards from the Edge and Steel Magnolias have won her countless awards and nominations, including a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for Best Actress in 1983’s Terms of Endearment. Join us for a rare intimate evening as she shares stories, photos, wisdom and tantalizing behind-the-scenes gossip from her spectacular 58-year career. This performance is sure to leave you moved, tickled and inspired. Limited VIP tickets will be available for a special meet and greet opportunity. Show begins at 8pm.

May 11 & 12
American LeMans Series
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
831 242-8201
The American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón returns for its 14th season and is the premier sports car racing championship in the world. As the Global Leader in Green Racing, its technology intensive race cars showcase tomorrow’s automotive advancements as the Series encourages automotive manufacturers to test their latest technical innovations on the race track. Featuring multiple classes of high-tech sports cars competing together in each race, the American Le Mans Series provides a dynamic that offers constant passing and on-track battles throughout. The six-hour endurance race takes competitors from daylight, to dusk and into the darkness, pushing drivers’ and crews’ mental and physical abilities.

May 12
2012 Cooking Classes :: Now That is Some Class!
831 206-8401
Hey here is a way to LEARN, CHOP, MINCE, STEW and well COOK with Chef Todd Fisher…THE KITCHEN, located in the industrial artisan corridor in Sand City, will be open for your cooking class pleasure!  Reserve your chopping block today, classes are filling up fast!  Call or email events@cheftoddfisher.com  2nd May class is titled:  "Celebrating Mothers" - Bring your Mom & Treat Her to a Day of Fun & Flavors.  Special pricing for this day  11:00am - 2:00pm

May 12 - 13
Marina Festival of the Winds
Marina
Every Mothers' Day weekend, Marina State Beach and the Glorya Jean Tate Park in Marina become the brightest spots on the Monterey Bay with the annual Festival of the Winds, celebrating the air currents that make Marina a popular destination for hang gliders and kite flyers alike. Colorful kites are launched from sandy dunes by the hundreds, and families gather for two days of crafts and fun at this free celebration.

May 12 - 15
Carmel Art Festival
Now celebrating its 19th year, the Carmel Art Festival is a public benefit event held to educate and inspire people of all ages about the visual arts. In 2012, the Festival will once again included the Plein Air and Sculpture-in-the-Park events, as well as a Quick Draw by the winning artists, and Kids Art Day.

May 13
Marina Certified Farmers' Market
Marina
Marina's Farmers' Market is every Sunday from 10am to 2pm at 215 Reservation Road in the Marina Village Shopping Center (near Grocery Outlet and in front of Lee’s Garden.

May 16
Twilight Bicycle Ride
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Hwy 68,  Monterey  CA
Cyclists can take to the track on their own bikes to experience the thrill of pedaling Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, including the challenging 300-foot climb and awe-inspiring descent down the world-famous Corkscrew. The rides/races are always informal and the 11 turn 2.238 mile course is open to all levels of cyclists. Helmets are required and the cost is $10 per rider.

May 17 - 20
Salinas Valley Fair
Salinas Valley Fairgrounds, King City
831-385-3243
Enjoy the atmosphere of an old-fashioned county fair, complete with carnival, bull-riding, craft and 4-H exhibit, music and more. Includes the Monterey Wine Competition Grand Wine Tasting.

May 17 - 20
Carmel Art Festival, Sculpture in the Park
Carmel
831 642-2503
Carmel Art Festival is an annual event that includes: Plein Air and Sculpture-in-the-Park, Carmel Youth Art Show, Quick Draw, and Kids Art Day. If you have questions or would like to volunteer or become a sponsor, Devendorf Park, Ocean Ave & Mission

May 18 - 20
Ferrari Racing Days
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
831-242-8201
Ferrari Racing Days return to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca with three full days of racing with the Ferrari 458 Challenge along with historic Formula 1 cars and Corse Clienti programs. The Ferrari Challenge series allows Ferrari owners the opportunity to compete wheel-to-wheel while providing Ferrari enthusiasts the chance to watch the Prancing Horse run in their natural environment – the race track.

May 18 - 20
Cooking for Solutions
Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey
831-644-7561
The culinary event of the year, Cooking for Solutions features great chefs, gourmet cuisine and fine wines. Events include the signature gala celebration, as well as food and wine adventures, cooking demonstrations and a seafood challenge. Cooking for Solutions supports the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch program, which empowers seafood consumers and businesses to make choices for healthy oceans.

May 18 - 20
Monterey Rock n' Rod Festival
831-649-0102
The annual festival was envisioned as a fun and entertaining way to raise much-needed funds for Gateway Center of Monterey County, Inc. Food and vendor arcades aplenty will be on-site for your eating, drinking, and shopping pleasure. Tickets are available on line or at the gate each day of the festival. Children 5 and under are admitted free of charge.

May 19 - 20
Artichoke Festival/Pal Run

Castroville
831  633-2465
The 10K & 5K run/walk through the artichoke fields along the beautiful Monterey Coastline and adjacent to the wetlands of Elkhorn Slough is considered a runner’s paradise

May 19 - 20
Castroville Artichoke Festival
831 633-2465
In 2012 the CAstroville Artichoke Festival will celebrate it's 53rd year. The fun includes: great entertainment, Artichoke Easting Contest, Argo-Art, Field Tours, Ca Wine Expo, Arts & Crafts, Food Vendors, Artichoke Food Demos, Farmers Market, Artichoke Food Booths, and much more!

May 20
Marina Certified Farmers' Market
Marina
Marina's Farmers' Market is every Sunday from 10am to 2pm at 215 Reservation Road in the Marina Village Shopping Center (near Grocery Outlet and in front of Lee’s Garden.

May 27
Marina Certified Farmers' Market
Marina
Marina's Farmers' Market is every Sunday from 10am to 2pm at 215 Reservation Road in the Marina Village Shopping Center (near Grocery Outlet and in front of Lee’s Garde

June

May - Oct
Hot Cars/Cool Nites –Last Friday of Each Month
Seaside
831-899-6801
Experience an evening of award-winning antique cars, classic cars, and hot-rods, plus great music of the 50’s and 60’s.

Jun – Jul
Films in the Forest
Carmel
831 626-1681
Weeknight screenings of favorite films for kids, families, and friends at the Outdoor Forest Theater. Bring a cushion and a cuddly throw—don’t forget the picnic basket and popcorn!

Mar 2 - Dec (Weekends)
Hyatt Carmel Highlands Overlooking Big Sur Coast Announces Its 2012 Entertainment Series
Carmel
831 620-1234
Entertainment takes place in the famous Sunset Lounge.  At the Sunset Lounge, enjoy spectacular views of historic Point Lobos State Reserve while sipping hand crafted cocktails, enjoying our tapas menu and visiting with friends. March – December weekend entertainment lights up the Sunset Lounge every Friday and Saturday night! Beginning, Friday March 2nd with Steve Ezzo Entertainment on Fridays and Saturday, March 3rd with Joe and Lee on Saturday.  7pm-10pm both nights and is complimentary.

Jun 21 - Oct (Third Thursdays)
Hyatt Carmel Highlands Overlooking Big Sur Coast Announces Its 2012 Entertainment Series
Carmel
831 620-1234
Entertainment takes place in the famous Sunset Lounge.   June – October are Sunny with Hello Sunshine Thursdays!  Beginning Thursday, June 21st from 5-7p.m. each third Thursday of the month, guests may enjoy Hello Sunshine specials of half pricing on all handcrafted cocktails. The talented mixologists of Hyatt Carmel Highlands will also introduce a new handcrafted specialty cocktail each month.  In addition, guests can feast on an enticing array of intriguing new small plates, with a complimentary appetizer offered with the purchase of any two.   The celebrations continue with live music by popular local performers, Joe Indence and Lee Durley, entertaining guests beginning at 7p.m. until 10p.m.

Jun 1
Kiki's Courtyard Concerts in Carmel Valley featuring Goh Kurasawa & Sharp Three
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM  Outrageously complicated and intricate guitar playing from world class guitarist Goh Kurasawa & his brother, Kai and drummer this time. It’s almost unimaginable!

Jun 1
Fromage Friday
Carmel-By-The-Sea
At Taste Morgan, we believe Fridays are for Fromage - paired with marvelous wines and good company, of course!  Drop in between 3:00 - 5:00pm on Friday afternoons, and enjoy a special cheese sampling paired with your tasting of Morgan and Lee Family Farm wines. *No reservations or additional tasting fees required.

Jun 2 & 3
Special Benefit Concert: Pianist Horacio Gutierrez
Sunset Center, Carmel
Max Bragado-Darman, conductor  -  Ravel  -  Ma mere l’oye (Mother Goose Suite)  -  Rachmaninoff  Piano Concerto No. 2 - featuring Horacio Gutierrez, piano  -  Mussorsky/Ravel  -  Pictures at an Exhibition 7:00pm Concert tickets $88, $68, $48

Jun 3
Marina Certified Farmers' Market
Marina
Marina's Farmers' Market is every Sunday from 10am to 2pm at 215 Reservation Road in the Marina Village Shopping Center (near Grocery Outlet and in front of Lee’s Garden.

Jun 3
9th Annual Cannery Row Block Party
Monterey
This annual event is a crowd-pleaser includes continuous live music, live animals, balloon artist, stilt walker, ice cream eating contest and more!  11am to 5pm

Jun 4, 11. 18, 25
Pacific Grove Certified Farmers' Market
The Pacific Grove Certified Farmers' Market with an ocean view has fresh fruits and vegetables (many certified organic), beautiful flowers and plants, organic eggs, from small-scale family farmers, and prepared food and unique gifts from local Monterey County businesses. Mondays from 4:00pm to 7:00pm at Central and Grand Ave in front of Jewell Park, the PG Library, and Natural History Museum.

Jun 7
Celebrate 2012 With Pacific’s Edge Winemaker Series in the Legendary Wine Room!
Carmel
831 622-5445
Fifth Winemaker's Dinner of 2012 June 7th,  beginning at 6:00 p.m.! Pacific’s Edge will host it's fifth Winemaker's Dinner of 2012 -- An evening with the wines of Littorai.   Pacific’s Edge at Hyatt Carmel Highlands, 120 Highlands Drive, Carmel, Wine Director Paul Fried has crafted the perfect wineries for the series. The evening will feature a reception, and a five-course meal!  Reservations are highly-recommended.

Jun 8
Fromage Friday
Carmel-By-The-Sea
At Taste Morgan, we believe Fridays are for Fromage - paired with marvelous wines and good company, of course!  Drop in between 3:00 - 5:00pm on Friday afternoons, and enjoy a special cheese sampling paired with your tasting of Morgan and Lee Family Farm wines. *No reservations or additional tasting fees required.

Jun 8 - 9
Monterey Wine Festival
Monterey
With over a thousand wines offered for tasting, wine lovers will find an embarrassment of riches awaiting them at the Monterey Wine Festival.  June 10th , 2011 5 - 8 p.m.   Monterey Hyatt & Monterey Museum of Art at La Mirada.  June 11, 2011 Noon - 4 p.m.  The Monterey Custom House Plaza & Monterey History & Maritime Museum  June 11th, 2011 Noon - 3 p.m.  The West Coast Chowder Competition Cook - off & and wine pairing

Jun 9
8th Annual Art & Wine Celebration
This celebration will highlight over 60 artists, local wines and live entertainment in two entertainment areas, restaurants and unique shopping is also available which is located throughout the Carmel Valley Village

Jun 9
The Mystical Arts of Tibet
Sunset Center, Carmel
In recent years, The Mystical Arts of Tibet, featuring the famed multiphonic singers of Drepung Loseling monastery, have taken the world by storm. Robed in magnificent costumes and playing traditional Tibetan instruments — from 10-foot long dung-chen horns to gyaling trumpets — the Loseling monks perform ancient temple music and dances that are believed to generate energies conducive to world healing. The group is endorsed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama as a means of promoting world peace through sacred performing art. They have performed in many of America’s greatest theaters and music halls and have shared the stage with Philip Glass, Paul Simon, Sheryl Crow, Michael Stipe, Patti Smith, Natalie Merchant and many others. Show begins at 8pm.

Jun 9
Monterey Beer Festival
Monterey
Over 70 breweries will offer their beers during the 2010 Monterey Beer Festival at the Monterey Fairgrounds. The Monterey Beer Festival includes live music, great food, and the first ever beer-themed short film festival. Tickets are $30 in advance and include all beer.

Jun 9
2012 Cooking Classes :: Now That is Some Class!
831 206-8401
Hey here is a way to LEARN, CHOP, MINCE, STEW and well COOK with Chef Todd Fisher…THE KITCHEN, located in the industrial artisan corridor in Sand City, will be open for your cooking class pleasure!  Reserve your chopping block today, classes are filling up fast!  Call or email events@cheftoddfisher.com  June class is titled:  "Celebrating Dads" - Man Foods, Chili to Rib Eye, Meat, Meat, & more Meat.  Special pricing for this day  11:00am - 2:00pm

Jun 10
Marina Certified Farmers' Market
Marina
Marina's Farmers' Market is every Sunday from 10am to 2pm at 215 Reservation Road in the Marina Village Shopping Center (near Grocery Outlet and in front of Lee’s Garden.

Jun 13
Twilight Bicycle Ride
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Hwy 68,  Monterey  CA
Cyclists can take to the track on their own bikes to experience the thrill of pedaling Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, including the challenging 300-foot climb and awe-inspiring descent down the world-famous Corkscrew. The rides/races are always informal and the 11 turn 2.238 mile course is open to all levels of cyclists. Helmets are required and the cost is $10 per rider.

Jun 15 & 22
Fromage Friday
Carmel-By-The-Sea
At Taste Morgan, we believe Fridays are for Fromage - paired with marvelous wines and good company, of course!  Drop in between 3:00 - 5:00pm on Friday afternoons, and enjoy a special cheese sampling paired with your tasting of Morgan and Lee Family Farm wines. *No reservations or additional tasting fees required.

Jun 21
Celebrate 2012 With Pacific’s Edge Winemaker Series in the Legendary Wine Room!
Carmel
831 622-5445
Sixth Winemaker's Dinner of 2012 June 21st,  beginning at 6:00 p.m.! Pacific’s Edge will host it's sixth Winemaker's Dinner of 2012 -- An evening with the wines of and A Farewell to Foie.   Pacific’s Edge at Hyatt Carmel Highlands, 120 Highlands Drive, Carmel, Wine Director Paul Fried has crafted the perfect wineries for the series. The evening will feature a reception, and a five-course meal!  Reservations are highly-recommended.

Jun 21 - 23
Spirit West Coast
Laguna Seca Recreational Area-Monterey
408 377-9232
The Spirit West Coast festival is a spiritual and entertainment experience like none other.  The festival's performance areas will be decorated in a festive red, white and blue, and there will be a load of old-fashioned, All American picnic activities…like gunny sack races, hot dogs, cotton candy, patriotic music, and all sorts of things to celebrate Independence Day.

Jun 22 - 24
Monterey Bay Blues Festival
Monterey Fairgrounds
831-394-2652
Open to the public for dancing, food raffles and it's peoples choice, The audience votes for the best blues bands. Proceeds benefit the Monterey Bay Blues Festivals music educational programs.

Jun 29
Fromage Friday
Carmel-By-The-Sea
At Taste Morgan, we believe Fridays are for Fromage - paired with marvelous wines and good company, of course!  Drop in between 3:00 - 5:00pm on Friday afternoons, and enjoy a special cheese sampling paired with your tasting of Morgan and Lee Family Farm wines. *No reservations or additional tasting fees required.

 

July

Jun – Jul
Films in the Forest
Carmel
831 626-1681
Weeknight screenings of favorite films for kids, families, and friends at the Outdoor Forest Theater. Bring a cushion and a cuddly throw—don’t forget the picnic basket and popcorn!

Mar 2 - Dec (Weekends)
Hyatt Carmel Highlands Overlooking Big Sur Coast Announces Its 2012 Entertainment Series
Carmel
831 620-1234
Entertainment takes place in the famous Sunset Lounge.  At the Sunset Lounge, enjoy spectacular views of historic Point Lobos State Reserve while sipping hand crafted cocktails, enjoying our tapas menu and visiting with friends. March – December weekend entertainment lights up the Sunset Lounge every Friday and Saturday night! Beginning, Friday March 2nd with Steve Ezzo Entertainment on Fridays and Saturday, March 3rd with Joe and Lee on Saturday.  7pm-10pm both nights and is complimentary.

Jun 21 - Oct (Third Thursdays)
Hyatt Carmel Highlands Overlooking Big Sur Coast Announces Its 2012 Entertainment Series
Carmel
831 620-1234
Entertainment takes place in the famous Sunset Lounge.   June – October are Sunny with Hello Sunshine Thursdays!  Beginning Thursday, June 21st from 5-7p.m. each third Thursday of the month, guests may enjoy Hello Sunshine specials of half pricing on all handcrafted cocktails. The talented mixologists of Hyatt Carmel Highlands will also introduce a new handcrafted specialty cocktail each month.  In addition, guests can feast on an enticing array of intriguing new small plates, with a complimentary appetizer offered with the purchase of any two.   The celebrations continue with live music by popular local performers, Joe Indence and Lee Durley, entertaining guests beginning at 7p.m. until 10p.m.

Jul 1
Marina Certified Farmers' Market
Marina
Marina's Farmers' Market is every Sunday from 10am to 2pm at 215 Reservation Road in the Marina Village Shopping Center (near Grocery Outlet and in front of Lee’s Garden.

Jul 2 - 8
First Tee Open at Pebble Beach
Pebble Beach
831 649-1533
This competition, broadcast on The Golf Channel, earns money for The First Tee, a charity that gives disadvantaged youngsters the opportunity to play golf. Tickets are free for active members of the armed forces, law enforcement and fire prevention.

Jul  4
4th of July BBQ
Pacific Grove
Join the Chamber of Commerce and celebrate the 4th with an old-fashioned, down-home BBQ in Caledonia Park (behind the Pacific Grove Post Office). Great food, live entertainment and a chance to enjoy a patriotic celebration.

Jul  4
Fourth of July Lawn Party
Monterey

831 646-3866
Barbecue picnic, children games and live music on the lawn of historic Colton Hall

Jul 4
Carmel Celebration

Carmel-by-the-Sea
831 624-2522
Annual Independence Day gathering at Davenport Park.   

Jul 4
Living History Day in Old Monterey
Monterey
831-657-6348
Travel back in time and find out what life was like in the 1840s. At the historic Cooper-Molera Adobe you will meet a gardener, cook, rancher, soldier ad more. Or, try your hand at bowling. Activities and fun for all ages.

Jul 4
Festival of Patriots Parade
Seaside
831 899-6805
Celebrate America’s independence with a parade featuring bands, clowns, military units, big balloons and community groups. Live entertainment follows the parade.

Jul 7 & 8
Scottish Games
Monterey County Fairground, Monterey
831-633-4444
Don’t miss the award-winning Annual Monterey Scottish Games and Celtic Festival at beautiful Monterey County Toro Park.This very popular Celtic celebration brings the music, dance and athletic events of the mystical lands of Scotland and Ireland to Monterey County.

Jul 8
Marina Certified Farmers' Market
Marina
Marina's Farmers' Market is every Sunday from 10am to 2pm at 215 Reservation Road in the Marina Village Shopping Center (near Grocery Outlet and in front of Lee’s Garden.

Jul 11
Twilight Bicycle Ride
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Hwy 68,  Monterey  CA
Cyclists can take to the track on their own bikes to experience the thrill of pedaling Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, including the challenging 300-foot climb and awe-inspiring descent down the world-famous Corkscrew. The rides/races are always informal and the 11 turn 2.238 mile course is open to all levels of cyclists. Helmets are required and the cost is $10 per rider.

Jul 13 - 14
Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca - Monterey
800 327-7322
The GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series is one of the most competitive professional road racing championships in North America. The series’ Daytona Prototype (DP) class has attracted the attention of superstar drivers and universally recognized teams. For 2012, Daytona Prototypes have been updated with new shapes and new proportions, paired with the great racing you have come to expect from these purebred race cars. While the DPs have redefined prototype racing in the U.S., the Rolex Series’ GT class has done the same for high-performance, production-based sports car racing. In 2012, the Rolex GT class will welcome the arrival of popular European makes, with GRAND-AM adding racing versions of the Ferrari 458 and the Audi R8 to its diverse lineup.  Tickets and information available by calling or visiting the website by clicking on the event name.

Jul 14 - 28
Carmel Bach Festival
Carmel
831 624-1521
The Carmel Bach Festival has a 74-year history of artistic excellence and community service. Musicians from the around the world will perform in venues including the Sunset Center, Carmel Mission Basilica, Church in the Forest, Pebble Beach, and All Saints Church.

Jul 15
Marina Certified Farmers' Market
Marina
Marina's Farmers' Market is every Sunday from 10am to 2pm at 215 Reservation Road in the Marina Village Shopping Center (near Grocery Outlet and in front of Lee’s Garden.

Jul 19 - 22
102nd California Rodeo Salinas
1034 N. Main St. Salinas , CA
831.775.3100, info@carodeo.com
The California Rodeo Salinas will take place July 19-22, 2012. The California Rodeo Association is a non-profit organization that strives to preserve and promote the traditions of the California Rodeo Salinas and the West. We support the community and other non-profit organizations through the staging of the annual California Rodeo Salinas and other year round operations of the Salinas Sports Complex.

Jul 25
Twilight Bicycle Ride
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Hwy 68,  Monterey  CA
Cyclists can take to the track on their own bikes to experience the thrill of pedaling Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, including the challenging 300-foot climb and awe-inspiring descent down the world-famous Corkscrew. The rides/races are always informal and the 11 turn 2.238 mile course is open to all levels of cyclists. Helmets are required and the cost is $10 per rider.

Jul 27-29
Red Bull United States Grand Prix
Featuring Round 10 of the MotoGP World Championship
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
MotoGP is the world’s premier motorcycling championship, with a 2012 season of 18 Grand Prix race weekends in 14 countries bringing together the world’s top motorcycle manufacturers like Yamaha, Honda, Suzuki and Ducati - plus an elite list of riders from every corner of the globe.

Jul 22
Marina Certified Farmers' Market
Marina
Marina's Farmers' Market is every Sunday from 10am to 2pm at 215 Reservation Road in the Marina Village Shopping Center (near Grocery Outlet and in front of Lee’s Garden.

Jul 29
Marina Certified Farmers' Market
Marina
Marina's Farmers' Market is every Sunday from 10am to 2pm at 215 Reservation Road in the Marina Village Shopping Center (near Grocery Outlet and in front of Lee’s Garden.

 

August

Aug 2 - 5
Monterey National Horse Show Returns to Monterey County Fairgrounds
Monterey
831 372-5863
By popular demand, the exciting Monterey National Horse Show is returning to theMonterey County Fairgrounds on August 2-5, 2012. This outstanding event, which is fun for the whole family, will feature many great horse show events, including jackpot roping, barrel racing and Ranch National Team Sorting. In addition, there will be the crowning of the 2012 Miss Monterey National Horse Show on Saturday evening, August 4th, at the Monterey National Horse Show.

Mar 2 - Dec (Weekends)
Hyatt Carmel Highlands Overlooking Big Sur Coast Announces Its 2012 Entertainment Series
Carmel
831 620-1234
Entertainment takes place in the famous Sunset Lounge.  At the Sunset Lounge, enjoy spectacular views of historic Point Lobos State Reserve while sipping hand crafted cocktails, enjoying our tapas menu and visiting with friends. March – December weekend entertainment lights up the Sunset Lounge every Friday and Saturday night! Beginning, Friday March 2nd with Steve Ezzo Entertainment on Fridays and Saturday, March 3rd with Joe and Lee on Saturday.  7pm-10pm both nights and is complimentary.

Jun 21 - Oct (Third Thursdays)
Hyatt Carmel Highlands Overlooking Big Sur Coast Announces Its 2012 Entertainment Series
Carmel
831 620-1234
Entertainment takes place in the famous Sunset Lounge.   June – October are Sunny with Hello Sunshine Thursdays!  Beginning Thursday, June 21st from 5-7p.m. each third Thursday of the month, guests may enjoy Hello Sunshine specials of half pricing on all handcrafted cocktails. The talented mixologists of Hyatt Carmel Highlands will also introduce a new handcrafted specialty cocktail each month.  In addition, guests can feast on an enticing array of intriguing new small plates, with a complimentary appetizer offered with the purchase of any two.   The celebrations continue with live music by popular local performers, Joe Indence and Lee Durley, entertaining guests beginning at 7p.m. until 10p.m.

Aug 4
2012 Cooking Classes :: Now That is Some Class!
831 206-8401
Hey here is a way to LEARN, CHOP, MINCE, STEW and well COOK with Chef Todd Fisher…THE KITCHEN, located in the industrial artisan corridor in Sand City, will be open for your cooking class pleasure!  Reserve your chopping block today, classes are filling up fast!  Call or email events@cheftoddfisher.com  August's class is titled:  "Handmade Cheeses and Bitchen', Delicious Tomatoes" - Mozzarella, Ricotta, & Fromage Blanc with Heirloom Tomatoes and more…  11:00am - 2:00pm

Aug 5
Marina Certified Farmers' Market
Marina
Marina's Farmers' Market is every Sunday from 10am to 2pm at 215 Reservation Road in the Marina Village Shopping Center (near Grocery Outlet and in front of Lee’s Garden.

Aug 8
Twilight Bicycle Ride
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Hwy 68,  Monterey  CA
Cyclists can take to the track on their own bikes to experience the thrill of pedaling Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, including the challenging 300-foot climb and awe-inspiring descent down the world-famous Corkscrew. The rides/races are always informal and the 11 turn 2.238 mile course is open to all levels of cyclists. Helmets are required and the cost is $10 per rider.

Aug 12
Marina Certified Farmers' Market
Marina
Marina's Farmers' Market is every Sunday from 10am to 2pm at 215 Reservation Road in the Marina Village Shopping Center (near Grocery Outlet and in front of Lee’s Garden.

Aug - 13 - 19
Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance
831 622-1700
This spectacular event exhibits some of the most unique pre-war and post-war cars, along with the latest in concept car design. A tradition going back over half a century, the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance is where the world's collector cars meet and compete. Only the 175 best collector cars in the world roll on to the legendary eighteenth fairway at Pebble Beach, and only a handful of those will receive official recognition for the style, technical merit and historical accuracy of their vehicles

Aug 15
Third Annual "The Little Car Show"
Pacific Grove
Info: John Moulton 831 372-1787
A display of little cars benefiting the PG Library and Youth Center. Downtown Pacific Grove, Aug. 17 noon to 5 p.m. Writer-illustrator Tad Burness and well-known automobile collector Jack Passey will be on hand to sign their books.

Aug 16 - 19
Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
800 327-7322
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca - Monterey
Tickets and information available by calling 800-327-7322 or online at www.MazdaRaceway.com
The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion is a cornerstone of Monterey Peninsula’s Classic Car Week. The 2012 event’s featured marquee is the iconic Cobra, developed by Carroll Shelby. The event will host approximately 550 authentic and historic race cars from nearly every decade of motorsports history. Cars are divided into groups according to age, engine size and must be period-correct in their presentation.

Aug 17
Pacific Grove Concours Auto Rally
831 372-6585
The colorful 18th Annual Pacific Grove Concourse Auto Rally will be held on Friday, August 17, 2012 on Lighthouse Avenue in downtown Pacific Grove.

Aug 19
Marina Certified Farmers' Market
Marina
Marina's Farmers' Market is every Sunday from 10am to 2pm at 215 Reservation Road in the Marina Village Shopping Center (near Grocery Outlet and in front of Lee’s Garden.

Aug 26
Marina Certified Farmers' Market
Marina
Marina's Farmers' Market is every Sunday from 10am to 2pm at 215 Reservation Road in the Marina Village Shopping Center (near Grocery Outlet and in front of Lee’s Garden.

Aug 29 - Sep 3
76th Annual Monterey County Fair
Monterey
831-372-5863
The annual Monterey County Fair is always fun for all, with livestock exhibition, entertainment, live music, amusement and delicious food!  2012 theme is: "Very Berry Extraorinary"

 

September

Jun 21 - Oct (Third Thursdays)
Hyatt Carmel Highlands Overlooking Big Sur Coast Announces Its 2012 Entertainment Series
Carmel
831 620-1234
Entertainment takes place in the famous Sunset Lounge.   June – October are Sunny with Hello Sunshine Thursdays!  Beginning Thursday, June 21st from 5-7p.m. each third Thursday of the month, guests may enjoy Hello Sunshine specials of half pricing on all handcrafted cocktails. The talented mixologists of Hyatt Carmel Highlands will also introduce a new handcrafted specialty cocktail each month.  In addition, guests can feast on an enticing array of intriguing new small plates, with a complimentary appetizer offered with the purchase of any two.   The celebrations continue with live music by popular local performers, Joe Indence and Lee Durley, entertaining guests beginning at 7p.m. until 10p.m.

Mar 2 - Dec (Weekends)
Hyatt Carmel Highlands Overlooking Big Sur Coast Announces Its 2012 Entertainment Series
Carmel
831 620-1234
Entertainment takes place in the famous Sunset Lounge.  At the Sunset Lounge, enjoy spectacular views of historic Point Lobos State Reserve while sipping hand crafted cocktails, enjoying our tapas menu and visiting with friends. March – December weekend entertainment lights up the Sunset Lounge every Friday and Saturday night! Beginning, Friday March 2nd with Steve Ezzo Entertainment on Fridays and Saturday, March 3rd with Joe and Lee on Saturday.  7pm-10pm both nights and is complimentary.

Sep 8
San Juan Bautista Gallery Walk (2nd Saturday of each month)
831-623-2454
San Juan Bautista Gallery Walk (1pm-7pm.) Wear your walking shoes and visit the many galleries featuring original fine art including, but not limited to oils, acrylics, photography, pottery, watercolor, etchings and mixed media. You will be greeted by artists and enjoy refreshments, music and affordable art in the “City of History”. Look for the Gallery Walk signs along Third Street. The local shops and restaurants will be open for your enjoyment as well. Call  for more details.

Sep 8
2012 Cooking Classes :: Now That is Some Class!
831 206-8401
Hey here is a way to LEARN, CHOP, MINCE, STEW and well COOK with Chef Todd Fisher…THE KITCHEN, located in the industrial artisan corridor in Sand City, will be open for your cooking class pleasure!  Reserve your chopping block today, classes are filling up fast!  Call or email events@cheftoddfisher.com  September's class is titled:  "Canning and Preserving the Season's Bounty" - Jams-Jellies, Pickles & Krauts, Salted & Dried, Inside and OUT…  11:00am - 2:00pm

Sep 22 - Oct 31
"Night of the Living Dead"
Stage Adaptation written by Koly McBride
Presented by The Paper Wing Theatre Company, Monterey
831 905-5684
It's 1968. When unexpected radiation raises the dead, a microcosm of Average America has to battle flesh-eating zombies in an original stage adaptation of George A. Romero's landmark horror film. Bickering siblings Johnny and Barbara are making their way through a graveside visit in a small Pennsylvania town, but it all takes a turn for the worse when a zombie kills Johnny. Barbara flees to a nearby isolated farmhouse where a group of people are already holed up. Bickering and panic ensue as the group tries to figure out how best to escape, while hoards of undead converge on the house; news reports reveal that fire wards them off, while a local sheriff-led posse discovers that if you "kill the brain, you kill the ghoul."  Scary. Gory. Unnerving.  Director and author Koly McBride is well known for her uncanny and terrifically done stage adaptations of films. A new Halloween favorite! Also featuring the incredible stage special effects of local gore specialist Jeff Collenberg.

 

October

Weekends
Wild Things Nighttime Flashlight Tour
Salinas
831-455-1901 ext 3
Enjoy a unique Halloween tour through Wild Things animal facility. Stroll through decorated grounds, while costumed tour guides tell myths about exotic wild animals. Refreshments follow with a photo opportunity with "spooky" Halloween animals.

Mar 2 - Dec (Weekends)
Hyatt Carmel Highlands Overlooking Big Sur Coast Announces Its 2012 Entertainment Series
Carmel
831 620-1234
Entertainment takes place in the famous Sunset Lounge.  At the Sunset Lounge, enjoy spectacular views of historic Point Lobos State Reserve while sipping hand crafted cocktails, enjoying our tapas menu and visiting with friends. March – December weekend entertainment lights up the Sunset Lounge every Friday and Saturday night! Beginning, Friday March 2nd with Steve Ezzo Entertainment on Fridays and Saturday, March 3rd with Joe and Lee on Saturday.  7pm-10pm both nights and is complimentary.

Jun 21 - Oct (Third Thursdays)
Hyatt Carmel Highlands Overlooking Big Sur Coast Announces Its 2012 Entertainment Series
Carmel
831 620-1234
Entertainment takes place in the famous Sunset Lounge.   June – October are Sunny with Hello Sunshine Thursdays!  Beginning Thursday, June 21st from 5-7p.m. each third Thursday of the month, guests may enjoy Hello Sunshine specials of half pricing on all handcrafted cocktails. The talented mixologists of Hyatt Carmel Highlands will also introduce a new handcrafted specialty cocktail each month.  In addition, guests can feast on an enticing array of intriguing new small plates, with a complimentary appetizer offered with the purchase of any two.   The celebrations continue with live music by popular local performers, Joe Indence and Lee Durley, entertaining guests beginning at 7p.m. until 10p.m.

Oct (every Sunday)
Farmer's Market at Del Monte Shopping Center
Local farmers from Monterey Bay Certified Farmers Market will hold their 2nd Annual Del Monte Shopping Center Farmers Market sponsored by Del Monte Shopping Center and Whole Foods Market. It will be located in front of the Petco parking lot and open 8am to Noon every Sunday through October. Farmers and vendors will be selling fresh produce, farm fresh organic eggs, honey, fresh seafood, potted plants, seedlings, fresh cut flowers, baked goods, and specialty teas. The community is invited to come out and support our local Monterey farmers

Aug 6 - Oct 1
Huntington Witherill: Photo Synthesis Exhibition
Center for Photographic Art, Sunset Center, Carmel. 
831-625-5181
Tuesday – Sunday, 1-5 pm -
Working with flowers as a subject matter is one of the most popular pursuits for both amateur and professional photographers. Huntington Witherill’s process and methodology for capturing and then transforming botanical subjects is more indicative of painting, sculpture, or even jazz improvisation, than conventional photography.

Oct 1 - 31
Haunted Mirror Maze
Monterey’s newest family attraction located on Cannery Row, will become a little scarier when ghosts, pirates and sea monsters take over the 1500 square foot labyrinth of mirrors for Halloween. On Friday and Saturday evenings beginning October 1 and continuing through October 31, this attraction will feature a Haunted Maze from 5 until 11 p.m. and every evening the week leading up to Halloween.

Oct 1 - 31
Cardinale Pumpkin Patch
Monterey County Fairgrounds
831 632-4100
Mon - Fri: 11:00 am to Dusk / Sat - Sun: 11:00 am to 7:00 pm  FREE!  School tours call to schedule an appointment

Sep 22 - Oct 31
"Night of the Living Dead"
Stage Adaptation written by Koly McBride
Presented by The Paper Wing Theatre Company, Monterey
831 905-5684
It's 1968. When unexpected radiation raises the dead, a microcosm of Average America has to battle flesh-eating zombies in an original stage adaptation of George A. Romero's landmark horror film. Bickering siblings Johnny and Barbara are making their way through a graveside visit in a small Pennsylvania town, but it all takes a turn for the worse when a zombie kills Johnny. Barbara flees to a nearby isolated farmhouse where a group of people are already holed up. Bickering and panic ensue as the group tries to figure out how best to escape, while hoards of undead converge on the house; news reports reveal that fire wards them off, while a local sheriff-led posse discovers that if you "kill the brain, you kill the ghoul."  Scary. Gory. Unnerving.  Director and author Koly McBride is well known for her uncanny and terrifically done stage adaptations of films. A new Halloween favorite! Also featuring the incredible stage special effects of local gore specialist Jeff Collenberg.

Oct 6
2012 Cooking Classes :: Now That is Some Class!
831 206-8401
Hey here is a way to LEARN, CHOP, MINCE, STEW and well COOK with Chef Todd Fisher…THE KITCHEN, located in the industrial artisan corridor in Sand City, will be open for your cooking class pleasure!  Reserve your chopping block today, classes are filling up fast!  Call or email events@cheftoddfisher.com  October's class is titled:  "Fall Into Fall Foods" - Sensational Squash Dishes, Awesome Autumnal Flavors… 11:00am - 2:00pm

Oct 31
Pumpkin Pandemonium
1pm to 4pm
Families can trick-or-treat at special candy stations located throughout the shopping center. Join in the Pet Costume Contest sponsored by Petco (judged by merchants), as well as a Costume Parade for kids 12 & under in costume and see pumpkins displayed throughout the shopping center. There will be a special magician show for kids of all ages featuring Magic by Dale at 1:30 PM and 3:30 PM the Sunken Garden.

 

November

Nov 3
2012 Cooking Classes :: Now That is Some Class!
831 206-8401
Hey here is a way to LEARN, CHOP, MINCE, STEW and well COOK with Chef Todd Fisher…THE KITCHEN, located in the industrial artisan corridor in Sand City, will be open for your cooking class pleasure!  Reserve your chopping block today, classes are filling up fast!  Call or email events@cheftoddfisher.com  November's class is titled:  "Not The Pilgrim's Dinner Table" - Rosemary lemon Turkey, Artichoke crostada & sweet potato soufflé 11:00am - 2:00pm

Mar 2 - Dec (Weekends)
Hyatt Carmel Highlands Overlooking Big Sur Coast Announces Its 2012 Entertainment Series
Carmel
831 620-1234
Entertainment takes place in the famous Sunset Lounge.  At the Sunset Lounge, enjoy spectacular views of historic Point Lobos State Reserve while sipping hand crafted cocktails, enjoying our tapas menu and visiting with friends. March – December weekend entertainment lights up the Sunset Lounge every Friday and Saturday night! Beginning, Friday March 2nd with Steve Ezzo Entertainment on Fridays and Saturday, March 3rd with Joe and Lee on Saturday.  7pm-10pm both nights and is complimentary.

Nov 10
San Juan Bautista Gallery Walk (2nd Saturday of each month)
831-623-2454
San Juan Bautista Gallery Walk (1pm-7pm.) Wear your walking shoes and visit the many galleries featuring original fine art including, but not limited to oils, acrylics, photography, pottery, watercolor, etchings and mixed media. You will be greeted by artists and enjoy refreshments, music and affordable art in the “City of History”. Look for the Gallery Walk signs along Third Street. The local shops and restaurants will be open for your enjoyment as well. Call  for more details.

Nov 12
Robert Louis Stevenson 162nd Un-Birthday Party
Monterey Public Library
Tel: 831-646-3949
"Did Robert Louis Stevenson Ever Meet Mark Twain? - and Other Biographical Byways"  Followed by delicious "unbirthday" cake courtesy of the RLS Club of Monterey. In the Library Community Room.  For ages 16-up.  Admission free, but reservations required.  Registration opens October 1. Reserve in advance at the Help Desk, or e-mail Jeanne McCombs. 

Nov 18
Big Sur Half Marathon on Monterey Bay
831 625-6226
The scenic PG coastline is showcased to thousands of runners at the Big Sur Half Marathon on Monterey Bay. The gently-rolling, 13.1 mile course travels through historic Monterey, down Cannery Row, along Ocean View Blvd., into downtown Pacific Grove and along the coast to Asilomar and back.  7:00 AM TO 3:00 PM  Shorter distance 3K and 5K races take place in PG on Saturday morning (November 17) or race weekend.

Nov 23
Thanksgiving Community Dinner
Monterey County Fairgrounds
831 659-2493
Served Free To Public 11a - 4p Monterey Room

 

December

Nov - Dec
Christmas at the Inns
For information & tickets call: 831-373-3304
Visit 10 bed & breakfast inns decorated for the holidays in Victoria-era splendor.  Limited number of tickets sold.  Entertainment and light refreshments served. The hours are 6:00pm - 9:00pm.

Mar 2 - Dec (Weekends)
Hyatt Carmel Highlands Overlooking Big Sur Coast Announces Its 2012 Entertainment Series
Carmel
831 620-1234
Entertainment takes place in the famous Sunset Lounge.  At the Sunset Lounge, enjoy spectacular views of historic Point Lobos State Reserve while sipping hand crafted cocktails, enjoying our tapas menu and visiting with friends. March – December weekend entertainment lights up the Sunset Lounge every Friday and Saturday night! Beginning, Friday March 2nd with Steve Ezzo Entertainment on Fridays and Saturday, March 3rd with Joe and Lee on Saturday.  7pm-10pm both nights and is complimentary.

Every Saturday through Dec 31
One Warm Coat” and Girl Scouts Warming Communities… One Coat at A Time
At Del Monte Shopping Center, Monterey
831- 372-4540
Winter is definitely here in Monterey County, and no one should ever go without such a basic necessity as a coat!  Del Monte Shopping Center is again hosting the Girl Scouts of Monterey Bay’s “One Warm Coat” community service project this holiday season. Gently used coats will be collected in front of Macy’s every Saturday through Saturday, December 31, 2011, from 11am to 3pm. All coats will be cleaned and repaired by Country Club Cleaners at Del Monte Center before being given to a local child or adult in need.  Coats of all sizes are welcome, but children's sizes are needed most.  One Warm Coat is a community service effort assisting in the collection of clean, reusable coats and jackets for donation to local individuals free of charge.  Since its inception in 1992, One Warm Coat “Warming Communities…One Coat at a Time” has provided over 3 million coats to those in need at no cost.  For more information visit their website by clicking on the event title. 

Dec 2011
Visit Del Monte Shopping Center and Enjoy Wonderful Holiday Entertainment!
Monterey
831-372-4540
To celebrate the season, Del Monte Shopping Center is offering a wonderful array of special free holiday entertainment through Christmas Eve, December 24th. Fun for the whole family, the community is invited to come out and enjoy local entertainers that range from carolers to barber shop quartets and much, much more. The Del Monte Shopping Center Holiday Entertainment schedule features the following entertainers:  Sonshine Brass, Cypressaires, Face Painting/Balloon Art, The Bornia Boys Blues Band, Mama Sue Kroninger, Merry Carolers, Carmel Strings Quartet, Junction 68, VOCI a capella, The Nightingals, Monterey Strings Quartet, Wharfside Stompers, Jim Fucillo, Sax For the Season and the Joyful Tidings Carolers.  For more information on store listings, movie times, weekend entertainment, and special events, please call the Guest Services Center at 372-4540 or click on the event title to visit the website.

Dec 3
Pacific Grove Certified Farmer's Market
Pacific Grove
The Pacific Grove Certified Farmer's Market with an ocean view has fresh fruits and vegetables (many certified organic), beautiful flowers and plants, organic eggs, from small-scale family farmers and prepared food, unique gifts from local Monterey County businesses.  Mondays from 4:00pm to 7:00pm at Central and Grand Ave in front of Jewell Park, the PG Library and Natural History Museum.

Dec 7
Fromage Friday
Carmel-By-The-Sea
Drop in between 3:00 - 5:00pm on Friday afternoons, and enjoy a special cheese sampling paired with your tasting of Morgan and Lee Family Farm wines. *No reservations or additional tasting fees required.

Dec 8
Library Sunday
Carmel-By-The-Sea
A unique opportunity to taste older wines from Morgan Winery's cellar!

Dec 8
Marina Certified Farmers' Market
Marina
Marina's Farmers' Market is every Sunday from 10am to 2pm at 215 Reservation Road in the Marina Village Shopping Center (near Grocery Outlet and in front of Lee’s Garden.

Dec 31
First Night Monterey
Downtown Monterey
This annual, alcohol-free event in downtown Monterey celebrates New Year's Eve with music, dancing, poetry, art exhibits, and more!  Cap off your holiday celebration with a New Year's Eve to remember! First Night Monterey celebrates the lively arts scene in Monterey County; this family-friendly event is a celebration of the arts. Over 30 venues hold concurrent performances and activities for both children and adults, culminating in a convergence on Custom House Plaza to ring in the New Year. Live music ranges from classical to Irish traditional to experimental hip-hop. There will be dance performances, great food and lots of surprises!

 

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