All Weekend

The largest cycling festival in the world takes over Monterey this weekend during the Sea Otter Classic. This action-packed cycling extravaganza features amateur and pro-cycling events as well as family activities for all ages! Don’t miss the consumer bike expo with more than 400 exhibitors showing off the latest in technology, nutrition, clothing, gear, literature, and mechanics to keep you on the cutting edge of cycling. Thursday-Sunday. Laguna Seca Recreation Area. Click here for tickets.

Immerse yourself in the wonderful world of wildflowers during the Wildflower Show. The Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History will showcase over 600 colorful plant and wildflower species all weekend long. Friday-Sunday from 11am-2pm. 165 Forest Avenue, Pacific Grove. $8.95 for adults and $5.95 for children ages 4-18.  

Friday

Get over to the Sunset Center in Carmel-by-the-Sea this evening for a performance from the Calefax Reed Quintet. The five musicians arrange, recompose and interpret music from eight centuries to suit their unique constellation. Tonight they will play works from Bach, Schumann and Strauss. 8pm. San Carlos St at Ninth Ave, Carmel-by-the-Sea. $15-$59.

Saturday

The Cannery Row Symposium kicks off at the Hopkins Marine Station this morning. This historic and educational exposition of Cannery Row's history, literary and ecological heritage will include lectures by acclaimed academics, historians, Steinbeck & Ricketts scholars and more! 9am-5pm. 120 Ocean View Blvd., Pacific Grove. $45.

The Monterey Conference Center invites adults and kids of all ages to see a model of the newly renovated Monterey Conference Center built entirely out of legos! Click here for more info. 11am-3pm. Custom House Plaza, Monterey. Free event.

Spend an evening with southern songwriter Eric Taylor under the redwoods at the Henry Miller Library in Big Sur. This legend has influenced artists like Nanci Griffith, Lyle Lovett and Steve Earle. 7:30pm. 48603 Highway One, Big Sur. $10-$20 donation.

The Marty O'Reilly Band stops by Fernwood Tavern in Big Sur tonight for a folk rockin’ good time. 10pm. 47200 Highway 1, Big Sur. Free event.