All Weekend

Spend Memorial Day Weekend in Monterey County! Don’t worry; we have plenty to keep you busy with everything from food festivals, live music to scheduled hikes. The California Roots Music and Arts Festival will be jammin’ at the Monterey County Fairgrounds all weekend long. The three day festival is dedicated to reggae and roots music, good food, creative artwork and sending out good vibes. They have quite the line-up with performances from Slightly Stoopid, Rebelution, Matisyahu, The Expendables, The Dirty Heads, Mystic Roots and many more! Friday-Sunday, 2004 Fairgrounds Road, Monterey. SOLD OUT! Logo_LowRes_Web

Two of Monterey County's most loved dishes come together Memorial Day weekend for The Great Monterey Clam Chowder and Calamari Festival. Custom House Plaza, connected to Old Fisherman's Wharf, will be swarming with comforting cuisines from the sea paired with lots of entertainment! Local chefs will demonstrate how to properly clean and cook calamari, the Chicano All Stars will jam out on the main stage and there will be plenty of activities to keep the kids busy. Saturday and Sunday from 11am-7pm and Monday from 11am-6pm. Custom House Plaza, Monterey. Free event.

Friday

Head to the Paper Wing Theatre in Monterey for a performance of “Mr. Bruce, Do You Swear?” Jody Gilmore stars as Lenny Bruce in this serio-comedy which is sure to have the audience rolling in their seats. 8pm, 320 Hoffman Avenue, Monterey. $17-$20.

Saturday

Check out Garland Ranch in Carmel Valley this morning with guides from the Monterey Peninsula Regional Parks District. Today they will venture out on the Maple Canyon Trail and Sky Trail for amazing views of Mesa Pond. The 3.5 mile hike is expected to last three hours. Don’t forget to bring water, lunch and to wear good hiking shoes. 9am, Garland Visitors Center, Carmel Valley. Free event. Couldn’t make Friday’s performance of “Mr. Bruce, Do You Swear?” at Paper Wing Theatre. Check it out tonight! 8pm, 320 Hoffman Avenue, Monterey. $17-$20. Folk and Americana band, Rainbow Girls perform tonight at the Fernwood Tavern in Big Sur. These talented gals use all sorts of instruments including harmonica, accordion, mandolin and drums. 9pm, 47200 Highway One, Big Sur. Free event.

Sunday

This morning, scope out some of migratory birds that call Palo Corona home. Amateur birders will take a crew on lower trails in search of winged creatures like raptors, red-tail hawks and kestrels. The 2.5 mile hike is expected to last three hours. Don’t forget to bring water, lunch, binoculars and to wear good hiking shoes. 10am, Palo Corona Barn. Free event. Since there’s no work tomorrow take a road trip to the Big Sur River Inn. Dip your toes in the river and enjoy live music from Tom Faia and the Juice. His acoustic guitar and jams are sure to held you chill out. 1pm, 46840 Highway One, Big Sur. Free event.

Monday

Happy Memorial Day! Take time to remember what this holiday is all about at the Memorial Day Celebration at Devendorf Park in Carmel-by-the-Sea. The event will begin with the ringing of the bell in the World War I Memorial Art on Ocean Avenue and will conclude with speeches from city dignitaries and military officials. 11am, Ocean Avenue between Junipero and Mission, Carmel-by-the-Sea. Free event. Pick up some fresh produce for the week at Pacific Grove’s Farmers’ Market. Here you will find a bounty of fruit, veggies, craft vendors and food trucks. 3pm-7pm, Central and Grand, Pacific Grove. Free event.