All Weekend

Tap into your inner-Jack Sparrow and climb aboard a real-life pirate ship this weekend! The Tall Ship Lady Washington is docked in Moss Landing Harbor for walk-on tours and adventure sails until November 30. 7881 Sandholdt Road, Moss Landing. $3 donation recommended for walk-on tours and $43 for sails.

Scope out the latest and greatest in fitness gear at the Big Sur Half Marathon Health & Fitness Expo at the Monterey Conference Center. Over 40 vendors showcase running apparel, footwear, and nutritional products all leading up to the Big Sur Half Marathon on Sunday. Friday from 12pm-6pm and Saturday from 9am-6pm. 1 Portola Plaza, Monterey. Free event.

Logo Network's "One Night Stand" comedian Thai Rivera is at Planet Gemini for two hilarious nights of stand-up! Stay afterwards for karaoke and dancing. Friday and Saturday at 8pm. 2110 Fremont Street, Monterey. $10-$15.

Get your holiday photo taken with your favorite furry pet during Santa Paws at the Del Monte Center this weekend. Santa rides into town to take professional family photos of you and your pets, perfect for your next Christmas card! Friday-Sunday from 10am-4pm. 1410 Del Monte Center, Monterey. $25 in advance and $30 at the door. To make a reservation, call (831) 333-0722.

Friday

TGIF! Wave Street Studios near Cannery Row is celebrating their favorite day of the week tonight! Their weekly TGIF event invites you to mix, mingle, and unwind with live music, dancing and small bites. 7pm-11pm. 774 Wave Street, Monterey. $25.

Love a good impersonation? Saturday Night Live star Dana Carey is sure to pull out some hilarious and uncanny comedic impersonations of political figures and celebrities tonight at the Golden State Theatre. 8pm, 417 Alvarado Street, Monterey. $34-$78.

Need a date night idea? The uber-talented Escher Quartet plays works from Haydn, Dvorák and Shostakovich at the Sunset Center tonight. 8pm. San Carlos Street at Ninth Avenue, Carmel-by-the-Sea. $31-$48.

Saturday

You can never be too prepared for the holidays which is why the Carmel Plaza is throwing a Pre-Holiday Prep Party! The event includes cooking demonstrations, a Fashion Show, Pop up Markets and more. In stores activities begin at 11am, Fashion Show, Cooking Demonstration and Pop-Up Markets start at 1pm. 11am-4pm. Ocean Ave. and Mission St., Carmel-by-the-Sea. Free event.

Pre-Holiday Prep Party

Taste the many Flavors of Pacific Grove today! The Inn at Spanish Bay will be full of PG's finest chefs and restaurants including Passionfish, The Beach House Restaurant, Fandango's and jeninni kitchen + wine bar accompanied by live music from the Money Band. 5:30pm-8:30pm. 2700 17 Mile Dr., Pebble Beach. $50.

Western swing band Asleep at the Wheel is at the Sunset Center in Carmel-by-the-Sea tonight for a toe-tapping good time! 8pm. San Carlos Street at Ninth Avenue, Carmel-by-the-Sea. $29-$49.

Folk rock group Scary Little Friends is at Fernwood Tavern tonight. 10pm. 47200 Highway One, Big Sur. Free event.

Sunday

On your mark, get set, go! The Big Sur Half Marathon kicks off bright and early this morning on Del Monte Blvd. in front of Old Fisherman's Wharf in Monterey. The scenic 13.1 mile route takes runners through historic downtown Monterey, over to Cannery Row, down the shore of Monterey Bay, into downtown Pacific Grove, and back along the coast to the grand finish at Custom House Plaza, Monterey State Historic Park. Spectators can watch from anywhere along the course. 7am-12pm. Custom House Plaza, Monterey. Free for spectators. Register to walk/ run here.

Invigorate your morning with a fall inspired hike through Garland Ranch with guides from the Monterey Peninsula Regional Parks District. Today they branch out and check out some of the park's leafy inhabitants including sycamores, maples and oaks. The 3 mile hike is expected to last 2 hours. Don't forget to bring water, lunch and snacks and to wear comfortable hiking shoes with good traction. 1pm. Garland Ranch Visitors Center, Carmel Valley. Free event.