If you could bottle the arts culture of Monterey County, you’d end up with a wine that impresses with its vivid color, brilliant edges, light bouquet and supple flavors. Like the region itself, the Monterey cultural scene spreads far and wide with hidden gems in unexpected places. The more you look, the more you find. That’s why the Arts Council for Monterey County has put together a Cultural Road Trip during the upcoming U.S. Open from June 10-16.

CARMEL

The Carmel Art Association, founded in 1927, features the work of more than 100 artists. Nearby, the Center For Photographic Art will display the “Here On Earth” exhibit with work from four prestigious photographers. For kids, the Carmel Youth Center will offer a golf-themed course of STEM and art

MONTEREY

The Monterey Museum of Art (MMA) will display David Hockney’s unique exhibit of iPad drawings of Yosemite National Park. MMA also offers LEGO® Camps for kids to learn about programming robots. Just around the corner, families can arrange private creativity workshops at Play Full Ground.

PACIFIC GROVE

Don’t miss Artworks @Pacific Grove, an artist cooperative located in the world-famous American Tin Cannery. Up the road, The Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History is hosting the Illustrating Nature exhibit and a lecture called “Saving the Ocean, One Golf Ball at a Time.”

SEASIDE

Open Ground Studios is an artist collective and the 2019 recipient of the “Nonprofit Award” from the Arts Council’s Champions of the Arts Gala. Visitors can view the galleries, book lessons with professional artists and attend workshops. For youth, the Weston Collective and Palenke Arts have exciting arts classes on offer.

MARINA

SpectorDance will host the School Annual Spring Performance with its signature piece, The World of Beatrix Potter. Theater buffs may also enjoy a private tour of the World Theater at CSU Monterey Bay.

SALINAS

The National Steinbeck Center is a must-see for any visitor to Monterey County. Get an inside look at the life and works of legendary author John Steinbeck. Main Street Art Studio also has daily art classes and an art portfolio workshop exclusively for the U.S. Open crowd.

KING CITY

For history-lovers, The Monterey County Agricultural & Rural Life Museum features agricultural implements, house museum furnishings and objects of local historical importance. If music is more your style, enjoy a performance by the Los Vaqueros Band at Sol Treasures, a cherished community venue.