All Weekend

One of the largest Christian music festivals in the United States returns to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca this weekend! Spirit West Coast brings fans from all over the country for three days full of live concerts, teachings, children's activities, great food, and games. Over 50 different artists will play on one of the eight performance stages including The Newsboys, Jeremy Camp, Audio Adrenaline and Jamie Grace. August 1-3. 1021 Monterey Salinas Highway, Monterey. Various ticket prices.

Spirit West Coast

The Monterey County Fair & Event Center goes western this weekend for the Monterey National Horse Show. The three-day event hosts events such as barrel racing, jackpot roping and the crowning of the Miss Monterey National Horse Show. August 1-4. 2004 Fairgrounds Road, Monterey.

The star of sitcom "Mr. Box Office" Tony Roberts stops by Planet Gemini this weekend. His hilarious stand-up act will be accompanied by special guests Justin Lucas, Donnivin Jordan and Ali Saddiq. Stay for karaoke or the After Party where local DJs mix up the latest hits. Friday and Saturday from 8pm-1:30am, 2110 Fremont Street, Monterey. $10.

Friday

Carmel Plaza heats up tonight with their Summer Live Music Series. Tonight the Money Band performs in the garden courtyard with food served by 400 Degrees and wine poured by De Tierra Vineyards. 5pm-7pm, Ocean Avenue and Mission Street, Carmel-by-the-Sea.

It's the first Friday of the month which can only mean one thing; it's time for the First Friday Art Walk in Salinas. Merchants in Oldtown Salinas stay open late this evening for art exhibits, refreshments and live entertainment. 5pm-8pm, Main Street, Salinas. Free event.

Saturday

Take in the fresh air and enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the "Salad Bowl of the World" today during the Salinas Valley Half Marathon. Runners and walkers start their 13.1 mile journey at the Soledad Mission and end at Pessagno Winery. Afterwards stay for the Finish Festival and treat yourself to some of Pessagno's award-winning wines. 8am, Salinas Valley. $95 in advance and $110 on race day.

Salinas Valley Half Marathon

Gary Meeks play live jazz music tonight at the Monterey Bay Aquarium during Evenings by the Bay. 6pm-8pm, 886 Cannery Row, Monterey. Free with aquarium admission.

Sunday

Grab a drink and relax by the Big Sur River this afternoon. Today Andrea's Fault plays everything from jazz to rock n' roll on the Big Sur River Inn's outdoor deck. 1pm, 46840 Highway One, Big Sur. Free event.

The Monterey Bay Aquarium gets jazzy tonight as Roger Eddy performs live during Evenings by the Bay. Don't miss this unique opportunity to see the exhibits past normal business hours. 6pm-8pm, 886 Cannery Row, Monterey. Free with aquarium admission.

Just need to dance? Hit up Planet Gemini tonight for a night full of salsa music and dancing. Salsa classes are also available to those just getting started. 9pm-1:30am. 2110 Fremont Street, Monterey. $5-$25.