24 – Whalefest – Celebrate the return of the gray whales to Monterey Bay. View from Old Fisherman’s Wharf and Custom House Plaza in historic downtown Monterey.
8-14 – AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro Am. A Pebble Beach tradition since 1947 that started as the “Crosby.” A 72-hole PGA Tour golf championship where golf pros team with celebrities, athletes and musicians.
2/25-28- RELAIS & CHÂTEAUX GourmetFest is an international food and wine festival in the quaint village of Carmel-by-the-Sea, featuring the talents of Chefs from around the world.
3 – Taste of Carmel – 13th Annual tastings from 40 area restaurants, wineries, breweries and caterers. Orchard Park Elementary.
3/31-4/3 – Pebble Beach Food & Wine is the premier epicurean lifestyle event on the West Coast, matching 250 acclaimed wineries and 75 celebrity chefs to create a four-day fest of wine tastings, cooking demos, and some of the most exclusive, unique dining opportunities available in the world.
9-10 – Pacific Grove “Good Old Days” festival hosts a parade, live entertainment on stage, arts and crafts vendors, food booths, carnival rides and a classic car show.
16-17 – Home & Garden Event – Cannery Row Antique Mall, in their historic oceanfront building, is hosting their first home and garden weekend, featuring bonsai, orchid and edible plant demonstrations. Gifts for all guests, while they last. 471 Wave Street, Monterey. Hours 10-6
24 – Big Sur International Marathon – “A Must do in your lifetime.” The Big Sur Int’l Marathon offers a course that features incredible beauty as well as a real challenge for most runners and faster walkers. Staged entirely on Hwy 1, runners are treated to panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean on their left and the pastoral beauty of the coastal mountain range on their right.
6-8 – Steinbeck Festival – honors John Steinbeck in Salinas. For 34 years, the Steinbeck Festival has invited the author’s fans to his home town for a weekend-long celebration of his life and work.
13-15 – 23nd Annual Carmel Art Festival – Centered around the visual arts, the festival features sculpture in Devendorf Park, a Plein Air painting competition, art activities for children and live performances
14-15 – 34th Annual Sunshine Freestyle Surfabout – Two days of competitive watersports at Carmel-by-the-Sea.
4-5 – Artichoke Festival – Castroville’s Artichoke Food & Wine Festival encompasses “all things artichoke,” by kicking off their weekend with a classic car show, parade, wine & beer tasting, chef demos, live entertainment, artichoke field tours and a farmer’s market. Monterey County Fair & Event Center.
4-5 – 2nd Annual Book Sale – Cannery Row Antique Mall’s 100 dealers will bring out their rare and bargain books for this grand sale. Book author signings, refreshments, and gifts for customers.
18 – Carmel Valley Art & Wine Celebration in Carmel Valley Village is basically a block party, with the best wine and finest art. Sip award-winning Carmel Valley wines as you explore exhibitions showing the work of over 50 artisans of painting, photography, crafters and jewelry designers.
16-30 – Carmel Bach Festival – 75 year history of musicians from around the world. Carmel Bach Festival, a world-class festival of music and ideas celebrating the works, inspiration, and ongoing influence of J.S. Bach.
21-24 – California Rodeo Salinas is the largest rodeo in California, attracting more than 700 top-ranked professional cowboys and cowgirls competing for over $400,000 in prize money annually.
27-31 – Feast of Lanterns in Pacific Grove is a 100-year old tradition. This event in the tiny town of Pacific Grove includes a lantern pageant, children’s activities, and a pet parade.
31 – Moss Landing Antique Faire becomes the antique capital of the world every year on the last Sunday in July.. Over 200 antique vendors will set up booths on the streets of Moss Landing, selling antique furniture and every kind of vintage item imaginable.
14 – French Flea Market – Cannery Row Antique Mall hosts an outdoor french flea market with antiques, live music and food. 471 Wave Street, Monterey. One Day Only.
16 – Concours on the Avenue – A field of more than 200 automobiles go on display at the Carmel-by-the-Sea Concours on the Avenue, vying for 14 major awards and Best of Show. Ocean Avenue is closed to traffic with sixteen blocks filled with collector cars.
21 – Concours d’Elegance – A tradition going back over half a century where the world’s collectors of cars meet and compete. Only the 200 best collector cars in the world roll onto the legendary 18th fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links and only a handful of those will receive official recognition for style, technical merit and historical accuracy.
26-28 – Sand City West End Celebration – The streets of Sand City shut down and become an open-air artists’ fair, showcasing truly unique works from artists throughout Monterey County. Live Jazz on stage and tons of gourmet food trucks.
31-9/5 – Monterey County Fair – This fair offers family entertainment, carnival rides, games, and fair-food, while providing an opportunity to celebrate Monterey County’s unique history and heritage of abundant produce and wines from its agriculture.
16-18 – Monterey Jazz Festival is the longest continuously-running annual jazz event in the world. 40,000+ fans are expected to attend the 58th edition of the two-day and three-night celebration. The Festival features over 500 artists performing on eight stages spread over the 20-acre area.
tbd- Great Chili Cookoff is set in the hills of Carmel Valley at Carmel Valley Ranch, where pros and amateur chili chefs mix up the greatest flavors, all vying for the Golden Ladle Award for “best chili,” while the area’s best mixologists serve up their concoctions of margarita tastings.
tbd – Glass Pumpkin Patch. This annual fall fundraising event features a curated group of glass artists in a breathtaking display of over 1,500 glass pumpkins. Some of the area’s top chefs prepare pumpkin-infused “small bites” amidst MEarth’s late-summer gardens set in the hills of Carmel Valley.
tbd – Carmel Mission Fiesta – The breathtaking courtyard of the historical Carmel Mission is the backdrop for this festive event. Each year, more than 2500 attendees savor BBQ and Mexican food, refreshments and delectable desserts, while listening to live music and shopping the handmade works of many fine artisans and craftspersons.
tbd – Robinson Jeffers Fall Festival – This festival takes place in three parts, almost like a symphony. The opening movement is the Sunset Celebration ($20) in the Tor House Gardens 5-7pm Friday, with wine, appetizers, poetry by Talen Thomas and Una’s favorite Irish music. On Saturday, 8:30am-4pm, the Carmel Women’s Club hosts talks and presentations under the banner of Jeffers and the Wilderness ($65). It closes Sunday with a free Poetry Walk 9am along Carmel River Beach, led by Simon Hunt.
tbd – Annual Sandcastle Competition – Carmel Beach. Marvel at the beautiful creations built from sand, water and some adorned with seaweed. Each year sand designers must follow a theme. Building begins at 8am, with judging between noon and 2pm.
tbd – Return of the Monarchs – During their wintering season from mid-October through mid-February, clusters of monarch butterflies can be viewed at the Monarch Grove Sanctuary at 1073 Lighthouse Avenue.
19-23 – Carmel International Film Festival – Contemporary art and independent film collide for five days in Carmel-by-the-Sea. The festival features art in almost every medium including music, fine art and film. Sunset Cultural Center.
23 – Halloween Haggle Day – Cannery Row Antique Mall’s festive Halloween sale where customers can “haggle” directing with dealers for the best price. Best costume contest, face painters, gifts for customers.
3-5 – Big Sur Food and Wine – Indulge in great food, fine wines and exquisite scenery at the 2016 Big Sur Food and Wine Festival. Local and visiting restaurateurs, resorts and wineries will team up for dinners and tastings at Big Sur locations.
13- Big Sur Half Marathon takes place along the shores of Monterey and Pacific Grove. And though the invariably sold-out Half Marathon on Sunday is the crowning event of the weekend, there are many other activities surrounding it.
tbd – Tree Lighting – Carmel-by-the-Sea lights up the night with a special tree lighting ceremony at Devendorf Park. The festivities kick off at 3:00pm at the Sunset Center with complimentary wine, cookies and coffee. The tree lighting ceremony begins at 4:30pm in Devendorf Park with plenty of entertainment, refreshments and a visit from Santa Claus. After the tree is lit at 5:45pm stop by Carmel Plaza for their annual open house.
9-10 – Christmas in the Adobes in Monterey is about enjoying the period decorations, vintage-style entertainment and refreshments at the 22 historic structures, both public and private, on the tour.