There's no shortage of fall events in Monterey County. If you're looking for a heart-thumping auto race, a world-renowned music festival, or a delectable food and wine event, we've got you covered.
Monterey County Fair
August 31-September 4, 2017
There’s no better way to wind down summertime shenanigans than with a nostalgic hometown hootenanny. The Monterey County Fair has all sorts of old-fashioned fun August 31-September 4 with delicious fair food, livestock exhibitions, live music, and carnival rides and games.
Monterey Jazz Festival
September 15-17, 2017
The longest continuously-running annual jazz event in the world takes over the Monterey County Fair & Event Center September 15-17. The Monterey Jazz Festival showcases iconic jazz legends and up-and-coming talents on eight separate stages accompanied by delicious food vendors and merchandise vendors. Notable acts for 2017 include Herbie Hancock, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Leslie Odom Jr., Common and many more!
Oktoberfest Monterey Bay
September 16-17, 2017
Don your finest lederhosen and immerse yourself in an authentic German beer garden during Oktoberfest Monterey Bay. The Carmel Barnyard will be alive with the sound of music, dancing, relay barrel races and a Miss Oktoberfest contest.
California International Airshow
September 30-October 1, 2017
It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s the California International Airshow! Taking over the Salinas Municipal Airport for its 37th year, this two-day event showcases all sorts of jaw-dropping aeronautical acrobatics accompanied by various military demos, fly-bys and aircraft displays.
Monterey Beach SportsFest
September 23-24, 2017
Tap into your inner-athlete at the Monterey Beach SportsFest held September 23-24. This two-day festival celebrates the ocean lifestyle on Monterey’s Del Monte Beach with all sorts of competitive sporting events including open-water swims, beach volleyball, ocean water polo, and a Splash and Dash. There will also be a “Healthy People, Healthy Ocean” Expo which invites competitors and spectators to learn about wellness and the importance of our oceans.
October 7, 2017
Pacific Grove celebrates its heritage every October with the Butterfly Parade and Bazaar. The Butterfly Parade, as well as the Butterfly Bazaar that follows, celebrates the return of the Monarch butterfly to Pacific Grove, the beautiful insects' annual wintering stop.
Taste of Carmel
October 5, 2017
Indulge in incredible flavors at one of the area's most iconic hot spots during Taste of Carmel. Carmel Mission will be scattered with over 30 different local restaurants providing delicious appetizers, main courses and desserts, along with fine wines from 20 area vineyards.
Pirelli World Championship
October 12-15, 2017
One of North America’s finest and longest running auto racing series, the Pirelli World Challenge, will crown their 2017 champions at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The popular Series boasts a paddock of more than 70 race cars and consists of six classes of vehicles.
Carmel International Film Festival
October 18-22, 2017
Contemporary art and independent film collide for five days during the Carmel International Film Festival, October 18-22. The festival features a plethora of independent films complemented by contemporary art, music, conversations and lecture series, and much more. Events will be scattered throughout Carmel-by-the-Sea with the Sunset Cultural Center serving as the main hub for the event.
Big Sur Food & Wine
November 2-4, 2017
Indulge in fantastic food, great wines and exquisite scenery at the Big Sur Food & Wine Festival. Local and visiting restaurants, resorts and wineries from all over will team up for dinners and tastings at unique Big Sur locations.
Half Marathon on Monterey Bay
November 12, 2017
Grab your running shoes and hit the 13.1 mile route along some of Monterey’s most exquisite coastline. The Monterey Bay Half Marathon takes runners through historic downtown Monterey, over to Cannery Row, down the shore of Monterey Bay, into downtown Pacific Grove, and back along the coast to the grand finish at Custom House Plaza.