All Weekend

Coastal Living Lounge at Cooking for Solutions Celebrate sustainable food and wine with the Monterey Bay Aquarium at Cooking for Solutions. Celebrity chefs known for their work promoting sustainable food will present demonstrations and host events throughout the weekend. The event will feature Chef of the Year Rick Moonen, Food Network star Robert Irvine, Iron Chef America commentator Alton Brown and more! These all-stars will be featured in several events including a gala, food and wine adventures, a special champagne breakfast and more! Friday-Sunday, 886 Cannery Row, Monterey. Click here for ticket information. It’s a race weekend at the Mazada Raceway Laguna Seca! The Ferrari Challenge is a fun event not only for the drivers competing, but also to the enthusiasts who enjoy watching these fast vehicles. The races that comprise the Ferrari Challenge include the new Ferrari 458 Challenge (the fifth and latest generation of race-equipped challenge cars) and races from Corse Clienti. This exclusive department features racing among 599XX, FXX and F1 Clienti programs. Friday-Sunday, 1021 Monterey-Salinas Highway, Salinas. Click here for ticket information.

car-300x197 The Monterey County Fairgrounds will be kicking it old school at the 5th annual Monterey Rock & Rod Festival! Classic cars as well as music from the ‘50s and ‘60s will be the focus of this weekend’s event. Bring the whole family to enjoy plenty of live entertainment, food and views of rare cars. Friday-Sunday, 2004 Fairground Rd., Monterey. Click here for ticket information.

The Evangenitals and Matt Denman will perform both Friday and Saturday nights at Fernwood Tavern in Big Sur! The Evangenitals are a self-proclaimed “good time band” with a quirky folk and country style. Matt Denman also takes a country and alternative approach to his music. 9pm, 47200 Highway One, Big Sur. No cover. Enjoy all things artichoke at the 52nd Castroville Artichoke Festival! The event will include artichoke cooking demos, tours of artichoke farms, an artichoke parade, a farmers' market, a race through the artichoke fields, a classic car show, live music, a wine exposition and of course artichokes prepared in every way imaginable! Saturday-Sunday, Castroville, CA. $10 for adults and $5 for senior, military and children.

Friday

Hang out at Santa Lucia Café tonight and listen to the Terry Shehorn Trio. The trio will perform music from the ‘60s, ‘70s as well as R&B hits. 7pm-10pm, 484 Washington Street, Monterey. No cover. 2010’s Carmel Music Society Piano Competition winner, Irene Kim, will play a free concert tonight at Carmel-by-the-Sea’s Sunset Center. The young and talented artist will play works from Mozart, Schumann, Schubert and Prokofiev. 8pm, San Carlos Street at Ninth Avenue, Carmel-by-the-Sea. Free admission. Acoustic rock group A Band of Ninjas will be back for another performance at Bullwacker’s! There will be a little something for everyone, blues, rock, ‘80s, metal, pop and more! 8:30pm, 653 Cannery Row, Monterey. No cover. Rex Wheeler will play tonight at London Bridge Pub. Bring your friends to listen to his unique jams. 9pm, 256 Figueroa St., Wharf #2, Monterey. No cover.

Saturday

The Carmel Music Society will host its 35th annual Instrumental Competition tonight at the Sunset Center. The competition is open to all instrumentalists in California, Oregon and Washington for those ages 18-30. The eight finalists will compete throughout the day and the top three prize winners will perform their award winning piece at 8pm. 10am-10pm, San Carlos Street at Ninth Avenue, Carmel-by-the-Sea. Free admission. Santa Lucia Café will be the place to be tonight as the Kenny Stahl Trio takes the stage. Their soothing jazz tones are the perfect soundtrack for an appetizer and glass of wine. 7pm-10pm, 484 Washington Street, Monterey. No cover. Caryl Churchill’s science fiction production, A Number, officially opens tonight at Circle Theatre in Carmel-by-the-Sea! The dark and tragic performance addresses human cloning and the theory of nature vs. nurture told through a father and his sons. 7:30pm, Monte Verde St. and 8th, Carmel-by-the-Sea. Tickets $7-$35. Jose’s Underground Lounge will be the place to be tonight with a line-up of three rock bands! The Midnight Callers, The Parties and Time & Energy will take turns jamming to an audience tonight. 8pm, 638 Wave St., Monterey. Get funky tonight at Bullwacker’s with Matt Masih & the Messengers! The 6-piece jam band plays down to earth lyrics inspired by funk, reggae and soul. 8:30pm, 653 Cannery Row, Monterey. No cover. Blues and rock cover band the Dumpster Dandies will perform tonight at London Bridge Pub! Don’t miss their rendition on all of your favorite rock n’ roll and blues favorites. 9:30pm, 256 Figueroa St., Wharf #2, Monterey. No cover.

Sunday

Eurydice will take the stage today at Pacific Repertory’s Circle Theatre in Carmel-by-the-Sea. The play is based on the Greek myth of Orpheus which takes Eurydice to Hades where she is reunited with her father. Will she choose to stay in the Underworld or return to the land of the living? Don’t miss it! 2pm, Monte Verde St. and 8th, Carmel-by-the-Sea. Tickets $7-$35. The Monterey Symphony will perform Concert Seven this afternoon at the Sunset Center. Music Director Max Bragado-Darman will conclude the season with a performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 5. 3pm, San Carlos Street at Ninth Avenue, Carmel-by-the-Sea. Tickets $38-$78. Henry Miller Library in Big Sur will host S. Carey, formerly of Bon Iver, tonight. Sean Carey debuted his solo album All We Grow, which sticks to a chamber pop and indie folk genre. His vocals and instrument choices create a soothing ambiance. 6pm, Highway 1, Big Sur. Tickets $25 plus fees.