All Weekend

Monterey's largest music festival is finally here! The Monterey Jazz Festival sets up shop at the Monterey County Fair & Event Center all weekend long with over 500 performances on 8 different stages. Major acts include Herbie Hancock, The Roots, Shawn Colvin, Marcus Miller, Michael Feinstein, and the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra. Friday-Sunday. 2004 Fairgrounds Road, Monterey. Various ticket prices.

Everyone's favorite ogre and his fairytale misfits are at the Golden Bough in Carmel-by-the-Sea this weekend. Shrek the Musical is sure to be a hilarious hit with the whole family. Friday at 7:30pm, Saturday at 2pm and 7:30pm and Sunday at 2pm. Avenue, Carmel-by-the-Sea. $7.50-$36. Monte Verde Street and 8th Avenue

Comedian Manny Maldonado is at Planet Gemini for two hilarious nights of stand-up! You may even recognize him from his act on the Crown Royal Latin Kinds of Comedy Tour with Paul Rodriguez. Stay afterwards for karaoke and dancing. Friday and Saturday at 8pm. 2110 Fremont Street, Monterey. $10-$15.

Searching for some unique arts and crafts? Look no further than the Monterey Bay FallFest Arts & Crafts Faire at Custom House Plaza near Old Fisherman's Wharf. This Friday and Saturday several juried artists have their masterpieces on display and for sale. Bring the whole family for art, food, entertainment and fun! Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 5pm. 4 Custom House Plaza, Monterey. Free admission.

Friday

Carmel Plaza is rocking out for the Summer Live Music Series! Tonight's entertainment features live music from Nu-Horizon with food and wine served from Anton & Michel and Cima Collin for $15. 5pm-7pm. Ocean Avenue and Mission Street. Carmel-by-the-Sea. Free event.

Saturday

Learn about various trees and shrubs with the pros from the Monterey Peninsula Regional Parks District. Today they venture out to Garland Park to identify some of the park's native plants. Don't forget to bring water, lunch and snacks and to wear comfortable hiking shoes with good traction. 10am, East Garzas Trailhead, Carmel Valley. Free event.

Experience the bountiful harvest season at Earthbound Farms! Today Janna Jo Williams tours guests around their beautiful flower and herb gardens and gives tips on how to spruce up your home using fauna from the garden. 10am-12pm. 7250 Carmel Valley Road, Carmel. $20 for adults and $5 for children.

Conor Forsyth and Friends stop by the Fernwood Tavern tonight. 10pm. 47200 Highway One, Big Sur. Free event.

Sunday

Fabulous ferns and redwoods are the focus of today's hike with the Monterey Peninsula Regional Parks District through Garland Park. The 3.3 mile hike is expected to last 2-3 hours. Don't forget to bring water, lunch and snacks and to wear comfortable hiking shoes. 10am, East Garzas Trailhead, Carmel Valley. Free event.