All Weekend

It's Labor Day Weekend which means it's time for the Monterey County Fair! The hometown hootenanny is jam-packed with everything from carnival rides, games, fun fair-food, livestock competitions and the opportunity to celebrate Monterey County's unique history and heritage. Live concerts are also scheduled throughout the week with performances from the Marshall Tucker Band, Journey Revisited, the Spin Doctors, Tower of Power and more! Wednesday-Monday. 2004 Fairgrounds Road, Monterey. Advance tickets are $7 for adults and $3 for children ages 6-12.

The Monterey County Fair

Step back in time and listen to some of the classics from Buddy Holly, Little Richard, Cher, Simon & Garfunkle and other ‘50s and ‘60s icons. The Buddy Holly & Friends Concert takes places at the Golden State Theatre Thursday through Sunday. 7:30pm Thursday-Saturday and 2pm on Sunday. Monte Verde between 8th & 9th Avenues., Carmel-by-the-Sea. $7.50-$36.

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's Peter Pan! The charming outdoor Forest Theatre in Carmel-by-the-Sea creates the perfect setting for this Disney musical. They have even enlisted the help of ZFX from Las Vegas for dazzling high-flying effects that kids will love! 7:30pm Thursday-Saturday and 2pm on Sunday. Mountain View and Santa Rita, Carmel-by-the-Sea. $7.30-$39.

Need some comedy in your life? Head over to Planet Gemini in Monterey for a live standup act from Ricky Del Rosario who has performed on Comic View and HBO's Laffapoluza. Stay for karaoke or the After Party where local DJs mix up the latest hits. Friday and Saturday from 8pm-1:30am, 2110 Fremont Street, Monterey. $10.

Be a Greek throughout the 3-day weekend at the Monterey Bay Greek Festival! Monterey meets the Mediterranean at Custom House Plaza with tons of food and drink options, Greek music and traditional dancing. Opa! Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 7pm and Monday from 11am to 4pm. 4 Custom House Plaza, Monterey. Free admission.

Friday

MY Museum in downtown Monterey teaches kids how to fly fish today. Central Coast Fly Fishing stops by the museum to demonstrate the art of casting and fishing to young fisherman-in-training. 3:30pm-4:30pm, 425 Washington Street, Monterey. Free with museum admission.

It's summer and it's time to party at the Carmel Plaza! Tonight's Summer Live Music Series features live music from Steve Ezzo and Neal Banks, food from The Forge and wine from Figge Cellars and Blair Estate. 5pm-7pm, Ocean Avenue and Mission Street, Carmel-by-the-Sea.

Saturday

Celebrate Labor Day with the largest Labor Day parade on the Monterey Peninsula! The City of Marina kicks things off with a parade at 11am followed by a festival at noon. 11am-2pm, Reservation & Crescent Ave in Marina, Marina. Free event.

Rocks and minerals steal the show today at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History during this month's Science Saturday. Folks from the Carmel Valley Gem & Mineral Society will show kids how to grow their own crystals, create gemstone necklaces and explore volcanic rocks. 11am-3pm, 165 Forest Avenue, Pacific Grove, Free event.

Get ready for the Monterey Jazz Festival with live jazz music from Paul Contos at Evenings by the Bay. The Monterey Bay Aquarium stays open passed its bedtime for live music, refreshments and fun! 6pm-8pm, 886 Cannery Row, Monterey. Free with aquarium admission.

The Demos perform live tonight at the Fernwood Tavern in Big Sur. 9pm, 47200 Highway One, Big Sur. Free event.

Sunday

Spend your Sunday afternoon out at the Big Sur River Inn with live music from Jill Knight. Her bluesy and Americana vibe is the perfect fit with the surroundings of Big Sur. 1pm, 46840 Highway One, Big Sur. Free event.

 

Don't miss the final night of Evenings by the Bay at the Monterey Bay Aquarium with live music from the Monterey Bay Jazz Orchestra. This is your last chance to scope out the underwater exhibits in this summertime series. 6pm-8pm, 886 Cannery Row, Monterey. Free with aquarium admission.