Friday

Artist Johnny Apodaca gives a lecture at the Monterey Museum of Art this evening discussing his “plein-air” (open-air) techniques. Johnny particularly loves the Monterey Bay for his plein air flare as he can easily bring his easel, brushes and paints to just about anywhere and observe nature’s beauty. 5pm-7pm, 559 Pacific Street, Monterey. Free with admission. Oldtown Salinas becomes “alive after five” for the First Fridays Art Walk. Local shops and venues open their doors for art exhibitions, food, live entertainment and lots of fun! 5pm-8pm, 100-300 Blocks Main Street, Oldtown Salinas. Free event.

Saturday

Do you appreciate mushrooms? Join the Mushroom Appreciation hike with fungi enthusiasts from the Monterey Peninsula Regional Parks District. Hikers will learn all about the different types of fungi that call Garland Ranch Park home during the 2 mile hike. Mushrooms not your thing? Guides will also be taking visitors on a River Walk through Garland Ranch Park. The 3.5 mile hike is expected to last 3 hours. Don’t forget to wear comfortable shoes and to bring water, snacks and lunch. 9am, Garland Visitors Center, Carmel Valley. Free event. Enjoy free admission to the Monterey Museum of Art-La Mirada during Family Day. Not only will you and your little ones have access to all of the exhibits but you can also participate in special activities including a scavenger hunt, drawing workshops and story time. 11am-4pm, 720 Via Mirada, Monterey. Free event.

Sunday

Before you gorge on Super Bowl snacks hit the trails with guides from the Monterey Peninsula Regional Parks District. Today they set out for a hike exploring Ferns, Fungi, and Lichen. The 3 mile hike is expected to last 2-3 hours. Don’t forget to wear comfortable shoes and to bring water, snacks and lunch. 9am, Garland Visitors Center, Carmel Valley. Free event.

Super Bowl Parties

Are you ready for some football? Spend Super Bowl Sunday in Monterey County at one of these lively venues. Whether your 49ers fanatic or a rooter for the Ravens it’s sure to be a blast!

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Get your fill of football, beer and pork at Cannery Row Brewing Company this Super Bowl Sunday. Aside from serving up 70 brews they will also be roasting a full pig starting at 2pm to accompany the big game. 2pm, 95 Prescott Avenue, Monterey. Free event. Knuckles Sports Bar at the Hyatt Regency Monterey can seat over 500 football fans with plenty of TV screens so you won’t miss a beat. The party also includes appearances from the Bud Light girls and drink and appetizer specials. 2:30pm, 1 Old Golf Course Road, Monterey. Free event. Head to Rio Grill in Carmel for a super tailgating party! They will be serving up happy hour prices on beers and margs! 3pm-close. 101 Crossroads Boulevard, Carmel. Free event. Catch the big game at at Peter B's Brewpub and Jacks Restaurant at the Portola Hotel & Spa! They will be serving plenty of Crown Royal throughout the night with a special appearance from the Crown Royal Girls from 3pm-4:30pm. 3pm, 2 Portola Plaza, Monterey. Free event.