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 County Fair Military Appreciation Day 2014

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!

Kim Nalley with special guest Houston Person

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.

Monterey, California 2014

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.

Running From the Fire!

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.

Monterey Beach SportsFest

Butterfly Parade

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.

Pacific Grove aka "Butterfly Town U.S.A."

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.

Nico Rosberg

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.

Big Sur Food & Wine Festival

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.

Big Sur Half Marathon 2010