There's no shortage of events in Monterey County this summer. 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.
Artichoke Festival: June 4-5, 2016
The Artichoke Festival is a commemoration of all things artichoke. The event has artichoke cooking demos, artichoke-themed art, an artichoke parade, artichokes (and other vegetables) for sale at the farmers' market, and of course artichokes prepared in every way imaginable.
Monterey Beer Festival: June 11, 2016
The Monterey Beer Festival brings over 80 beers from dozens of breweries where you will have the chance to taste unusual offerings from major beer companies as well as fantastic beers from unknown brewing companies from around the world.
Carmel Valley Art & Wine Celebration: June 18, 2016
Get your fill of Monterey County wines and art in quaint Carmel Valley village. The Art & Wine Celebration showcases over 60 artists, local wines and strolling musicians at restaurants, shops and galleries.
Monterey BaconFest: June 25-26, 2016
It's bacon! The Monterey BaconFest showcases all things bacon at the Monterey County Fair & Event Center. The weekend event also includes plenty of live music and a “Best of Bacon” competition.
4th of July: July 4, 2016
Celebrate Independence Day (and your day off) where California was first born! Monterey, Pacific Grove, Carmel-by-the-Sea and Spreckels each throw their own hometown bashes.
FIM Superbike World Championship: July 8-10, 2016
The sounds of motorcycles will again roar through the central California hillsides as the FIM Superbike World Championship returns to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The FIM Superbike World Championship features riders, teams and manufacturers racing high-performance bikes very similar to the ones right off the showroom floor.
California Rodeo Salinas: July 21-24, 2016
Each July, the West comes alive in Salinas with the California Rodeo Salinas at the Salinas Sports Complex. Though the California Rodeo Salinas itself takes place for only four days, surrounding events such as the Rodeo Carnival, the Kiddie Kapers Parade and Cowboy Poetry provide a two-week long warm-up to the main event.
Feast of Lanterns: July 27-31, 2016
A tradition lasting for over a century, the Pacific Grove Feast of Lanterns is a community celebration. This event in Pacific Grove includes a lantern pageant, children's activities, and a pet parade.
Monterey Car Week: August 15-21, 2016
Classic automobiles take over the Monterey Peninsula during Monterey Car Week and Concours d'Elegance. All over Monterey County, classic cars take to streets, golf courses, parks and the world-renowned Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, surrounding visitors with automobiles from yesteryear.
Sand City West End Celebration: August 26-28, 2016
Sand City is known for its funky, independent and artistic atmosphere and nowhere is that more on display than the annual West End Celebration. The streets of Sand City shut down and become an open-air artists' fair, showcasing truly unique works from artists throughout Monterey County.
Monterey County Fair: August 31-September 5, 2016
Wrap up summer break at the annual Monterey County Fair! Held on Labor Day Weekend this hometown hootenanny is always fun for all with livestock exhibition, entertainment, live music, amusement and delicious food.