Thursday

Happy 4th of July! Monterey County is booming with Independence Day activities including a parade, 5K race, BBQ, live music and more. Check out all of the events here.

4th of July in Monterey

All Weekend

Comedian Colin Moulton stops by Planet Gemini this Friday and Saturday for two nights full of laughs. His clever stand-up act draws on his own life experiences and personal observations in a truly hilarious manner. 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.

Dust off that kilt for this weekend's Scottish Games & Celtic Festival at the Monterey County Fair & Event Center. This two-day festival is filled with Celtic music and dance, crafts, kids' games, sheepdog staging, clan tents, British food, and thrilling athletic events. There will even be over 80 bagpipers playing an array of wonderful Scottish and Irish tunes. Don't miss this unique chance to experience the mystical lands of Scotland and Ireland right here in Monterey County! Saturday and Sunday, 2004 Fairground Road, Monterey. $15.

Friday

Oldtown Salinas becomes alive after five for the First Fridays Art Walk. Several galleries, restaurants and shops open their doors this evening for art exhibits, snacks, live entertainment and family fun. 5pm-8pm, Main Street, Salinas. Free event.

CSU Summer Arts presents their month long series all July! Tonight renowned saxophonists Douglas Maske and Todd Rewoldt perform with pianist Rita Borden. 7pm, 100 Campus Center, Seaside. $15, $10 for students and seniors.

Saturday

Lace up those hiking boots for a trek through the Frog Pond's Urban Oasis with guides from the Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District. Adventurers will experience a variety of habitats from wetlands to redwoods during the short hike. The 1.5 mile hike is expected to last 2 hours. Don't forget to bring, water, snacks and to wear good walking shoes. 10am, Frog Pond Trailhead, Del Rey Oaks. Free event.

Didn't have a chance to fully celebrate Independence Day? Join the City of Monterey for the 167th Anniversary Commemoration of Sloat's Landing, when the American flag was raised at the Monterey Custom House and California became part of the United States. 10am, One Custom House Plaza, Monterey. Free event.

Sloat's Landing at Custom House Plaza

Enjoy an Evenings by the Bay at the Monterey Bay Aquarium! Tonight Stu Reynolds and Que Caliente Latin Jazz perform laid back tunes near the marine animals that make this Monterey's #1 attraction. 6pm-8pm, 886 Cannery Row, Monterey. Free with aquarium admission.

Eliot Fisk amazes a crowd at the World Theatre at CSU Monterey Bay tonight. His artistic talents on the guitar blend everything from Bach, Mozart to Scarlatti. 7pm, 100 Campus Center, Seaside. $15, $10 for students and seniors.

Sunday

Enjoy a day under the Big Sur sun with the James Henry and the Hands on Fire Band. The patio at the Big Sur River Inn will be on fire with their world beat and funky rhythms; you won't be able to stop yourself from dancing along! 1pm, 46840 Highway One, Big Sur. Free event.

Today's CSU Summer Arts performance highlights AcroYoga. This new form of movement blends acrobatics and yoga into one dynamic and artistic dance. 2pm, 100 Campus Center, Seaside. $8, $5 for students and seniors.

Bill Spencer and Nicolas Bearde are the featured performers at tonight's Evenings by the Bay at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Don't miss their jazz saxophone act near the sea otters. 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.