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.
June 3-4, 2017
The Artichoke Festival is a commemoration of all things artichoke. The event at the Monterey County Fair & Event Center 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 Pop Festival
June 16-18, 2017
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love in Monterey! Several musical performances, art exhibitions and special events are scheduled throughout summer 2017 all aiming to honor the 50th anniversary of the Monterey Pop Festival that changed music history forever.
Carmel Valley Art & Wine Celebration
June 17, 2017
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.
June 24-25, 2017
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, 2017
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 7-9, 2017
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.
Monterey Beer Festival
July 8, 2017
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.
California Rodeo Salinas
July 20-23, 2017
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 26-30, 2017
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 14-20, 2017
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 25-27, 2017
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 30-September 4, 2017
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.