Fall is officially here which brings a bounty of harvest and fall events to the Monterey County area. Click here for a full list of events.
Harvest in the Vineyard
Sunday, September 9
Take a stroll through scenic Salinas Valley vineyards during harvest season with winemaker Steve McIntyre of McIntyre Vineyards. Enjoy Sparkling wine upon arrival and continue with Rosé of Pinot Noir, Estate Chardonnay, Estate Pinot Noir and Merlot paired with the spectacular Aqua Terra Catering. Tickets are $70.
Oktoberfest Monterey Bay
Saturday, September 15
It's simply not fall until you have been to an Oktoberfest and Monterey's rendition is no joke. The Barnyard Shopping Village in Carmel turns into a mini-Munich with mouth-watering German food and beers, fun filled activities including Dachshund races, Ms. Oktoberfest contests and live music. Tickets are $20 and kicks off at noon.
Harvest Happy Hour
Saturday, September 21
Cima Collina celebrates California wine month with a special Harvest Happy Hour. Join the wine making team for barrel tastes, new releases and a sneak peak at the new adjacent tasting room. Harvest Happy Hour runs 4pm-6pm and tickets are $20.
Oktoberfest at Peter B's Brewpub
Saturday & Sunday, September 25-26 & October 2-3
Peter B's Brewpub is offering you two separate weekends to enjoy Oktoberfest treats and entertainment. Partake in beer specials, bratwursts and live music from the Monterey International Duo from 6pm-9pm.
Celebration of Harvest
Saturday, September 29
Bask in the bounty of fall at Quail Lodge during the 4th Annual Celebration of Harvest. This food and wine event features over a dozen local wineries and restaurants, as well as live entertainment and wine making demonstrations. Tickets are $85 in advance and $95 at the door.
Saturday, October 6
Kick off the harvest season and bring the kiddos out to The Farm in the Salinas Valley. Their Fall Festival features live puppet shows at 10:30am and 11:30am, pumpkin races at 12pm, free hayrides until 2pm and cow-train rides for $5.
Saturday, October 6
A bountiful Harvest Feast is going down at Joullian Vineyards today. Their Cachagua winery in the heart of Carmel Valley will play host to tractor tours, barrel tastings, a delicious lunch, games, prizes and more! The event runs 11am-4pm and tickets are $55 in advance.
Meet the Makers
Saturday, October 13
Meet Carmel-by-the-Sea artists and local winemakers along the Carmel Art Walk at the first ever "Meet the Makers" event. Stroll through charming downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea and meet the artists who carry on the artist colony legacy and tour their galleries, while sipping Monterey County wines. Look for the blue lanterns to find participating art galleries! The free event runs from 5pm to 8pm. Wine tastings are $10.
Hahn Harvest Celebration
Saturday, October 13
Hahn Family Wines invites you to experience the fruits of their labor, and incredible views of the Salinas Valley, during their annual Harvest Celebration. Here you can sip on delicious wines, indulge in a pig roast and buffet, listen to live music and enjoy walking tours of the winery from 11am-3pm.
Saturday, October 20
Tonight will be an affair to remember during The Butterfly Ball at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History. Enjoy a seated buffet style dinner catered by local chefs as well as wine and cocktails, auctions, music and dancing. The event starts at 6:30pm and tickets may be purchased online.
Sunday, October 28
The Barnyard Shopping Village in Carmel celebrates Halloween and Harvest this afternoon with a fun family festival. Stroll through its unique boutique shops and enjoy a costume parade, candy, pony rides, face painting, balloon twisting, giveaways, kids crafts and live music provided by the Dave Holodiloff Band. This free event starts at 2pm.
Big Sur Food & Wine Festival
Thursday-Sunday, November 1-4
Indulge in fantastic food, great wines and exquisite scenery at the Big Sur Food and Wine Festival. Local and visiting restaurateurs, resorts and wineries from all over team up for dinners and tastings at unique Big Sur locations. The four-day event takes place at several venues with various ticket prices.