All Weekend

Enjoy a weekend full of decadent wine, gourmet food and world-class cooking at the Relais & Châteaux GourmetFest. This four-day foodie extravaganza features an exclusive roster of Relais & Châteaux Chefs and wine estates all based in Carmel-by-the-Sea. Food and wine enthusiasts can choose from an array of events including cooking demos, wine tastings, off-site tours combined with exciting lunches, world-class wine dinners, and a closing seafood grill. Thursday-Sunday. Carmel-by-the-Sea. Various ticket prices.

Kick up your heels at the at the Monterey Conference Center as Jazz Bash by the Bay takes over for a wall-to-wall weekend of vintage jazz and swing. The festival brings together the many colorful forms of the roots of early jazz: Dixieland, traditional jazz, swing, gypsy jazz, ragtime, blues and zydeco on several separate stages with plenty of room to get your groove thing on. Friday-Sunday. 1 Portola Plaza, Monterey. Various ticket prices.

Friday

Set out for a morning hike and bird watching tour at Asilomar State Beach this morning. A guide from Asilomar Environmental Resources leads the way and explores the 60 different bird species that call this magnificent area home. The free tour meets at the California State Parks desk in the Phoebe Apperson Hearst Social Hall at the Asilomar Conference Grounds. 9:30am-10:30am. 800 Asilomar Boulevard, Pacific Grove. Free event.

The Sitkovetsky Trio is at the Sunset Center for an amazing night of classical music in an iconic venue. The young London-based trio will perform works from Beethoven, Australian composer Carl Vine, and Dvorák. 8pm. San Carlos Street at Ninth Avenue, Carmel-by-the-Sea. $31.

Saturday

Looking for a date night idea? Check out a special screening of The Third Half, part of the Carmel Jewish Film Festival. The true story of love, football, and the Second World War is sure to entertain. Reception at 6:30pm, film at 7:30pm. MIIS, McCone Building, Irvine Auditorium, 460 Pierce Street, Monterey. $12.

Head to Big Sur's Fernwood Tavern tonight for live Americana and bluegrass music by the Jim Lewin Band. 10pm. 47200 Highway One, Big Sur. Free event.

Sunday

Explore an urban oasis this morning with a guided hike through Del Rey Oaks' Frog Pond. Guides from the Monterey Peninsula Regional Parks District set out to discover hidden gems within the unique redwood and wetland habitat. The 1.5 mile hike is expected to last 2 hours. Don't forget to wear good hiking shoes and to bring water and snacks. 10am. Frog Pond Trailhead, Del Rey Oaks. Free event.

Did you know that February is Women's History Month? Today the Asilomar Conference Grounds recognizes its famous female architect Julia Morgan with all sorts of activities including tours and lectures. 12pm-4:30pm. 800 Asilomar Avenue, Pacific Grove. Free event.

The Carmel Jewish Film Festival features a screening of the moving short film, Dolphin Boy at the Golden Bough Playhouse in Carmel-by-the-Sea. Reception at 4pm, film at 5pm. Monte Verde St. between 8th & 9th, Carmel-by-the-Sea. $12.