All Weekend

The 19th annual Carmel Art Festival kicks off this Thursday! Devendorf Park serves as the hub for this event hosting a sculpture-in-the-park exhibition, live music and art auctions. Carmel-by-the-Sea’s iconic art galleries will also hold special receptions and demonstrations throughout the weekend. Be on the lookout for Plein Air artists around the peninsula who will sell some of their pieces on Saturday and Sunday. Thursday-Sunday, Ocean and Mission Street, Carmel-by-the-Sea. Free event. Enjoy an old-fashioned good time at the Salinas Valley Fair this weekend. This hootenanny comes complete with carnival rides, live entertainment, animal exhibitions and fried fair food! Thursday-Sunday, 625 Division Street, King City. Are you a fan of Fiddler on the Roof? Head on over to the newly remodeled Golden Bough Theatre in Carmel-by-the-Sea and catch a performance this weekend! The classic Broadway musical featuring Tevye the Milkman and his five daughters will include favorite songs like “If I Were a Rich Man", "Sunrise, Sunset" and "Tradition". Thursday-Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2pm, Casanova Street and 8th Avenue, Carmel-by-the-Sea. $7-$38.

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The Monterey Bay Aquarium’s culinary event of the year Cooking for Solutions starts on Friday! Over 70 chefs and 60 wineries will convene at the world-class aquarium to showcase the best in sustainable seafood and wines. The three-day event will be full of cooking demonstrations, presentations, a sustainable seafood challenge, food and wine adventures and more. Friday-Sunday, 886 Cannery Row, Monterey. Various ticket prices. Ferraris take over the Monterey Peninsula this weekend as Ferrari Racing Days heats up at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Spectators will enjoy three full days of races featuring F1 Clienti, 599XX, FXX races, F458 Challenge and F430 Challenge race. Friday-Sunday, 1021 Monterey-Salinas Highway, Salinas. $25 for a one-day pass and $50 for a three-day pass. Oldies music and classic cars rendezvous at the Monterey County Fairgrounds. The Monterey Rock and Rod Festival features live music from Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals, custom and classic cars, motorcycles, a sock hop and more! Friday-Sunday, 2004 Fairgrounds Road, Monterey. Various ticket prices.

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Castroville celebrates Monterey County’s favorite thistle this weekend. Get your fill of all things artichoke at the Castroville Artichoke Festival. Not only will there be plenty of opportunities to taste the thorny veggie but the weekend will also includes a parade, classic car show, cooking demonstrations, live entertainment, a farmers’ market and much more all in the name of artichokes! 10am-5pm, Saturday-Sunday. Castroville. $10 for adults and $5 for children.

Friday

The Mucky Duck hosts The Wharf Rats this evening out on their back patio. You don’t’ want to miss their irresistible covers from the ‘70s and beyond! 6pm-10pm, 479 Alvarado, Monterey. Free event. The Carmel Music Society presents violinist Jae-In Shin tonight at the Sunset Center. Ms. Shin has won numerous musical competitions including the 2011 CMS Instrumental Competition. 8pm, San Carlos at Ninth Avenue, Carmel-by-the-Sea. Free event. Classic rock band the Dreamers perform tonight at Bullwacker’s. Grab a drink and enjoy! 8:30pm, 653 Cannery Row, Monterey. Free event. Kick off your weekend at London Bridge Pub with live music from acoustic rock guitarist Rex Wheeler. 9:30pm, 256 Figueroa St., Wharf #2, Monterey. Free event.

Saturday

Classic rock band Outer Edge entertains a crowd this evening at the Mucky Duck. Afterwards DJ Joey Camacho moves the party inside for the remainder of the night. 6pm-close, 479 Alvarado, Monterey. Free event. The Good Sams release their newest album at Bullwacker’s tonight! The release party is sure to be a good ol’ time with live performances of their Americana jams of course! 8:30pm, 653 Cannery Row, Monterey. Free event. Time to make a trip to Big Sur mon’! Favorite reggae and ska group Jonah and the Whalewatchers will be jammin’ at Fernwood Tavern tonight. 9pm, 47200 Highway One, Big Sur. Free event. Local singer songwriter Casey Frazier takes over London Bridge Pub tonight with his Americana and folk rock diddies. Don’t miss his original songs from his three addictive albums. 9:30pm, 256 Figueroa St., Wharf #2, Monterey. Free event.

Sunday

Start your Sunday morning off on the right foot with an invigorating hike with guides from the Monterey Peninsula Regional Parks District. Hikers will venture along Garzas Creek into the Redwood Canyon for spectacular views of ferns and flowers. The 3.3 mile hike is expected to last three hours. Don’t forget to bring water, snacks and to wear good shoes. 10am, East Garzas Trailhead, Carmel Valley. Free event. The Salinas Sports Complex transforms into a car lovers’ paradise today. Monster Jam 2012 kicks off at noon where spectators can salivate over the enormous wheels and even get autographs from some of the lucky drivers. This event isn’t all about the massive trucks; there will also be a pit party and plenty of food, drinks and souvenirs! 12pm-5pm, 1034 North Main Street, Salinas. $20. Get your draw on at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History. Today the museum hosts a sketching and painting class focusing on kitchen herbs such as rosemary, thyme and basil. Students can use these fun illustrations for seed packets, recipe cards and labels for potted plants. 3pm, 165 Forest Avenue, Pacific Grove. $30. Reggae mon’ Tony Miles slows your weekend down at the Mucky Duck. Chill out on the back patio before the work week hits. 4pm-8pm, 479 Alvarado, Monterey. Free event.