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 2-3, 2018

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.

Artichokes in Castroville

Carmel Valley Art & Wine Celebration
June 16, 2018

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.

Carmel Valley Art & Wine Celebration

FIM Superbike World Championship
June 22-24, 2018

The sounds of motorcycles will again roar through the central California hillsides as the FIM Superbike World Championship returns to WeatherTech 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.

AMA Superbike Championships

Monterey BaconFest
June 23, 2018

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, 2018

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.

Monterey Beer Festival
July 7, 2018

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.

Monterey Beer Festival 2011

Carmel Bach Festival
July 14-28, 2018

The Carmel Bach Festival has an 80-year history where musicians from the around the world perform in various venues including the Sunset Center, Carmel Mission Basilica, Church in the Forest, Pebble Beach and All Saints Church. As always, the focus is on J.S. Bach and the many composers he influenced, including Handel, Mozart, Beethoven, and more.

Carmel Bach Festival Youth Chorus

California Rodeo Salinas
July 19-22, 2018

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.

Rodeo Salinas 149

Feast of Lanterns
July 20-28, 2018

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.

Feast of Lanterns Pet Parade

Moss Landing Antique Fair
July 29, 2018

The quaint fishing village of Moss Landing becomes the antique capital of the world where hundreds of antique booths set up on the streets for the Moss Landing Antique Street Fair, selling antique furniture and every kind of vintage item imaginable.

Salinas Valley Food & Wine
August 11, 2018

Charming Oldtown Salinas turns into a food and wine lovers dream with an incredible lineup of award winning wines, craft brews, live entertainment and culinary delights straight from “The Salad Bowl of the World.”

Salinas Food and Wine Fest 2016

U.S. Ameatur Championship at Pebble Beach
August 13-19, 2018

Golf fans around the world will once again make the pilgrimage to the California coastline, as the tradition continues when Pebble Beach hosts its fifth U.S. Amateur Championship.

Sand City West End Celebration
August 17-19, 2018

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.

West End Celebration

Monterey Car Week
August 18-26, 2018

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 WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, surrounding visitors with automobiles from yesteryear.

Ferrari's on #18 at Pebble Beach

Monterey County Fair
August 30-September 3, 2018

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.

Military Day at the 2013 Monterey County Fair

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