As a NorCal native, I’ve always been prone to thinking that Monterey Bay is one of the coolest places in the world. No doubt John Steinbeck - only one of the great American novelists - thought so too; Monterey's salty ocean vistas serve as the setting for no less than four of his works. Then there are the white sand beaches, award-winning wines, farm-to-table restaurants, outdoor adventures and an award-winning aquarium. While the list of year-round attractions could fill a Steinbeck-sized novel, the variety of epic events give you yet another a reason to come, stay and play in Monterey County. Check out our list of seven marquee festivals you'll want to headline on your next trip.

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