All Weekend

Get a free tour of beautiful Asilomar State Park on Friday and Saturday mornings. The "Asilomar Ramble" provides all sorts of insights into Pacific Grove's coastal gem including its cultural history and tidbits on Asilomar Conference Grounds' architecture. Tours start at the Phoebe Social Hall at 9:30am. Call 831-646-6443 for reservations. Friday and Saturday from 9:30am-10:30am, 800 Asilomar Avenue, Pacific Grove. Free event.

Vegas headliner Robert Duchaine stops by Planet Gemini Friday and Saturday nights for his hilarious comedy act. Stay afterwards for karaoke and dancing. Friday and Saturday at 8pm. 2110 Fremont Street, Monterey. $10.

Love artichokes? Then you do not want to miss the 55th Annual Artichoke Festival now at its new location at the Monterey County Fair & Event Center. The two-day festival has all sorts of artichoke themed activities including cooking demos, tours of artichoke farms, artichoke-themed art and souvenirs, a farmers' market, and of course artichokes prepared in every way imaginable. Saturday from 10am-9pm and Sunday from 10am-7pm. 2004 Fairgrounds Road, Monterey. $10 for adults and $5 for children.

Artichoke Festival

Friday

The quaint Victorian storefronts in downtown Pacific Grove stay open late tonight for the Wine, Art and Music Walk. The self-guided walking tour showcases several shops and art galleries offering live entertainment and refreshments. Maps can be picked up at the Chamber of Commerce located at 584 Central Avenue. 6pm-9pm. Lighthouse Avenue, Pacific Grove. Free event.

Saturday

Talented jazz guitarist Jerry Shanahan stops by Fernwood Tavern in Big Sur tonight. 9pm, 47200 Highway One, Big Sur. Free event.