Friday

Kick of the weekend with a free concert at Carmel Plaza. Tonight Steve Ezzo & The Monterey All-Star Band featuring Neal Banks takes the stage with a food and wine package hosted by Andre's Bouchee, Bargetto Winery and Monterey Bay Brewing Company. 5pm-7pm. Ocean Avenue and Mission Street, Carmel-by-the-Sea. Free event, $15 for food and wine ticket.

Kick off the start of Monterey Car Week in downtown Monterey. Tonight 30 authentic and historic race cars will be lined up along Alvarado Street alongside their drivers. 5pm-7pm. Alvarado Street, Monterey. Free admission.

Saturday

Get a taste of Monterey County’s local bounty at the Salinas Valley Food & Wine Festival today. Charming Oldtown Salinas turns into a food and wine lovers dream with an incredible lineup of award winning wines, craft brews, live entertainment and culinary delights straight from “The Salad Bowl of the World.” 12pm-4pm. Main Street, Salinas. Free admission and $40 for a general tasting ticket and $80 for a grand tasting ticket.

The Sunset Center plays “something country” tonight. Superstar Trace Adkins puts on quite the show with his hits like “You're Gonna Miss This," "Ladies Love Country Boys," "Songs About Me" and "Every Light In The House.” 8pm. San Carlos Street at Ninth Avenue, Carmel-by-the-Sea. $79-$99.

Head to Fernwood Tavern in Big Sur tonight for a free performance by Emily Wryn. 10pm. 47200 Highway 1, Big Sur. Free event.