All Weekend

1518825689_blue-ocean-film-festival[1] The world's top ocean-themed film festival comes to Monterey and has attracted quite the star studded list of speakers and attendees! The BLUE Ocean Film Festival features over 100 finalist ocean films, filmmaker discussions, ocean photography exhibits, film and photography workshops, conservation seminars, VIP parties and more. Headliner speakers include Prince Albert II of Monaco, Celine Cousteau, Michel Cousteau, Dr. Sylvia Earle and James Cameron is set to receive the BLUE Lifetime Achievement Award. September 24-30, 1 Portola Plaza, Monterey. Various ticket prices. The sixth annual Carmel Authors and Ideas Festival takes over the Sunset Center in Carmel-by-the-Sea this weekend. This intimate event allows literature lovers to hear authors speak, attend book signings, and even have casual conversations and exchanges with the well-known writers in attendance. Over 26 authors will be highlighted including New York Times columnist David Brooks, Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger and Emmy award winner Scott James. Friday-Sunday, San Carlos and 9th Street, Carmel-by-the-Sea. Various tickets prices. Stop on by the MOM (aka the Museum of Monterey) for a special screening of “Riot on Sunset Strip.” The Monterey County Film Commission presents this 1967 film about rebellious teenage riots that occurred in December 1966 on the Los Angeles Sunset Strip. Friday at 7pm and Saturday at 2pm, 5 Custom House Plaza, Monterey. $10. Like gems and fossils? Than you are in luck! The Monterey County Fairgrounds hosts the Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show sponsored by Carmel Valley Gem & Mineral Society. There will be multiple dealers, displays, demonstrations and children's activities. Saturday from 10am-6pm and Sunday from 10am-5pm, 2004 Fairgrounds Road, Monterey. $3.50 for adults and free for children 13 and under. Monterey County art venues fling open their doors this weekend during the Monterey County Artists Studio Tour. Art lovers can see completed works, works in progress and the environment in which these craftspeople create their art, while enjoying refreshments. Maps for the "Studio Tour" will be available at the official Monterey County Artists Studio Tour website and the Pacific Grove Art Center as well as in the Monterey County Weekly and the Monterey Herald. 11am-5pm on Saturday and Sunday, various locations throughout Monterey County. Free event.

Friday

Pierce Ranch Vineyards in Monterey entertains tonight with live music from Dillon Baiocchi. This Santa Cruz saxophonist plays some extraordinary jazz which will go perfect with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc! 8:30pm-10:30pm, 499 Wave Street, Monterey. $5 for the 21+ crowd.

Saturday

There’s a free event at the Pacific Grove Museum of Naturaul History today. Today’s Science Saturday will highlight “Birds of a Feather.” Kids can learn all about feathery creatures and check out the museum’s extensive bird collection. 11am-3pm, 165 Forest Avenue, Pacific Grove. Free event. Ariel Theater will be bringing a group of young actors to MY Museum for a special performance. Get a sneak peek of Little Red Ridding Hood showing at their home theater in downtown Salinas. 1:30pm, 425 Washington Street, Monterey. Free with admission.

Sunday

Kick off this Sunday morning with a hike through Mesa Pond to Maple Canyon. Expert guides with the Monterey Peninsula Regional Parks District take hikers on Waterfall and Sky Trails for exquisite views of Carmel Valley. The 3.5 mile hike is expected to last 2-3 hours. Don’t forget to wear good hiking shoes and bring water and snacks. 9am, Garland Visitors Center, Carmel Valley. Free event. Jill Knight rounds out the summer music series at the Big Sur River Inn. Her Melissa Etheridge-like tunes are the perfect way to wind down this Sunday afternoon. 1pm-4pm, 46840 Highway One Big Sur. Free event.