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 5, 2016
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 5 with delicious fair food, livestock exhibitions, live music, and carnival rides and games.
Monterey Jazz Festival: September 16-18, 2016
The longest continuously-running annual jazz event in the world takes over the Monterey County Fair & Event Center September 16-18. 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 2016 include Quincy Jones, Wayne Shorter, Cécile McLorin Salvant and many more!
California International Airshow: September 24-25, 2016
It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s the California International Airshow! Taking over the Salinas Municipal Airport for its 36th 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 24-25, 2016
Tap into your inner-athlete at the Monterey Beach SportsFest held September 24-25. 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.
Butterfly Parade: October 1, 2016
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 6, 2016
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 7-9, 2016
One of North America’s finest and longest running auto racing series, the Pirelli World Challenge, will crown their 2016 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 19-23, 2016
Contemporary art and independent film collide for five days during the Carmel International Film Festival, October 19-23. 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 Half Marathon: November 13, 2016
Grab your running shoes and hit the 13.1 mile route along some of Monterey’s most exquisite coastline. The Big Sur 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.
Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival: November 18-20, 2016
Dust off those cowboy boots and enjoy the comforts of the Old West at the Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival, November 18-20. This western festival held at the Monterey Country Fair & Event Center provides an assortment of entertainment where you’ll hear everything from musical performances to storytelling and live poetry. You can also kick up your heels at the Saturday Night Dance and pick up plenty of cowboy art and gear just in time for Christmas!