All Weekend

Need a good laugh? Head to Planet Gemini and catch Quinn Dahle's hilarious stand-up act on Friday and Saturday. Afterwards stay for dancing and karaoke. Friday and Saturday at 8pm. 2110 Fremont Street, Monterey. $10.

Catch a performance from the Monterey Symphony this weekend. This month's performance titled Innovation features works from Carl Nielsen, Sergei Prokofiev and Antonín Dvorák. The symphony performs at Sherwood Hall in Salinas on Friday at 7:30pm and at the Sunset Center in Carmel-by-the-Sea on Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 3pm. Friday-Sunday. $20-$78.

Friday

Pacific Grove stays up passed its bedtime for a Wine, Art and Music Walk. Downtown businesses open their doors for art exhibits, refreshments and live entertainment. 6pm-9pm. Lighthouse Ave., Pacific Grove. Free event.

After strolling through some of Pacific Grove's downtown merchants mosey over to Chautauqua Hall where TROPO celebrates 11 years of dance. This live Indie Electronica band is sure to get your weekend off on the right foot. 8pm, 16th and Central Avenue, Pacific Grove. $15-$20.

Saturday

Get a rare glimpse into Ed Ricketts' lab on Cannery Row today. The old wooden shed, aka Pacific Biological Laboratories, will be open for tours every hour from 9am-5pm. Learn about its unique history and its ties to John Steinbeck. 9am-5pm, 800 Cannery Row, Monterey. $15. Call (831) 659-2112 for reservations.

Get your blood pumping with a hike lead by Cardiologist and Quail & Olive Proprietor Dr. Stephen Brabeck. The 3-mile guided hike will leave from Quail & Olive in Carmel Valley. Afterwards stick around and sample heart healthy olive oils, light appetizers, refreshments and test your blood pressure. 10am-11am, 3 Pilot Road, Carmel Valley. Free event.

It's Science Saturday at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History and today they are focusing on Passenger Pigeons. Guests can learn all about this extinct bird and kids can create pigeon origami. There will also be a special lecture at 3pm about bringing the Passenger Pigeon back from extinction. 11am-3pm, 165 Forest Avenue, Pacific Grove. Free event, lecture is $5.

Shout arriba at the Monterey County Fair & Event Center! Margarita Mania is sure to warm you up this winter's night with unlimited tequila tastings, authentic street tacos and live music from the Chicano All Stars. 6pm, 2004 Fairgrounds Road, Monterey. $35 in advance and $45 at the door.

Bluesy New Zealand group the Julian Temple Band stops by Fernwood Tavern tonight. 9pm, 47200 Highway One, Big Sur. Free event.

Sunday

Celebrate John Steinbeck's birthday today in his hometown of Salinas. The National Steinbeck Center offers free admission (to Monterey County residents only) and festive birthday activities in honor of the award-winning author. 10am-5pm, One Main Street, Salinas. Free event for Monterey County residents.