All Weekend

Check out the Art in Bloom this weekend at the Monterey Museum of Art- La Mirada. Some of the top floral designers from the Central Coast will showcase beautiful designs using delicate plants and flowers. This inaugural event hosts a variety of activities including an opening night gala, lectures, demonstrations and special afternoon teas. Wednesday-Sunday, 720 Via Mirada, Monterey. Various ticket prices. Get all of the latest and greatest running and training garb at the Big Sur International Marathon Health & Fitness Expo! The Monterey Conference Center will be packed with over 80 vendors providing fitness apparel and equipment. Marathon participants can also pick up their bibs and other race day materials. Friday from 12pm-6pm and Saturday from 9am-6pm. 1 Portola Plaza, Monterey. Free event. Need a laugh? Catch a performance of “9 to 5, the Musical” at the Paper Wing Theatre this Friday or Saturday. The musical version of the popular movie starring Dolly Parton is sure to be a crowd-pleaser with songs like “Joy to the Girls" and "Shine Like the Sun." Friday and Saturday at 8pm, 320 Hoffman Avenue, Monterey. $22-$25.

Friday

Young professionals are invited for a night out at the Monterey Museum of Art- La Mirada. The Mo + Co Happy Hour is a great way to see all of the museum’s exhibits after-hours. 5pm-7pm, 720 Via Mirada, Monterey. Free event. The young and vibrant musicians that make up the Enso Quartet grace the stage at the Sunset Center this evening. The four-some will perform works from Mozart, Britten and Beethoven. 8pm, San Carlos Street at Ninth Avenue, Carmel-by-the-Sea. $15.

Saturday

Kids can get Wild for Flowers today at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History. This Science Saturday will take a close look at wildflowers where kids can participate in a scavenger hunt, flower dissection and other fun activities. 11am-3pm, 165 Forest Avenue, Pacific Grove. Free event. Kids needing to get out of the house? Bring them over to the Museum of Monterey for Kids Create! Today they will learn about whales and participate in a hands-on arts project. 12pm-1:30pm, 5 Custom House Plaza, Monterey. $15. Get a peek inside Monterey’s Naval Postgraduate School during International Day. The free event will host a variety of activities for the whole family including live music, dancing, games and food from over 20 different countries (sold separately). 12pm-4pm, enter on Sloat Avenue at Tenth Street, Monterey. Free event The Sunset Center in Carmel-by-the-Sea presents Monterey Ensemble: War Requiem. Tonight the Ensemble Monterey Chamber Orchestra, Cantiamo, the Cabrillo Chorus and the Children’s Chorus perform Benjamin Britten’s War Requiemas. 8pm, San Carlos Street at Ninth Avenue, Carmel-by-the-Sea. $42.

Sunday

2011 Big Sur International Marathon Get ready, get set and go for the Big Sur International Marathon! Marathon runners take off early this morning for one of the most beautiful 26.2 stretches of highway in Carmel and Big Sur. Cheer along the runners as they cross the finish line near The Crossroads in Carmel. 6:45am, Carmel & Big Sur. Free to spectators. Lace up those hiking boots and hit the trails with guides from the Monterey Peninsula Regional Parks District. Today hikers discover the beautiful canyons and expansive vistas at Kahn Ranch in Garland Park. The 3.7 mile hike is expected to last 3-4 hours. Don’t forget to bring water, snacks and to wear good hiking shoes. 9:30am, Kahn Ranch, Carmel Valley. Free event. Join guides with the Elkhorn Slough Foundation for an Edible Plant Walk. Today you can learn about the edible plants at the Elkhorn Slough and their cultural uses by the Ohlone Native Americans who once called the region home. 1pm-2:30pm. 1700 Elkhorn Road, Watsonville. $14. Come on out for a Spring Celebration at Carmel Valley’s East End Wine Row. Six wine tasting rooms along the row have teamed up for an unforgettable day of food, wine, and cooking demonstrations. 1pm-5pm, 19 East Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley. $35.