There's no shortage of fall events in Monterey County. 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.

Monterey County Fair

August 30-September 3, 2018

There’s no better way to wind down summertime shenanigans than with a nostalgic hometown hootenanny. The Monterey County Fair has all sorts of old-fashioned fun on Labor Day Weekend with delicious fair food, livestock exhibitions, live music, and carnival rides and games.

Monterey County Fair Military Appreciation Day 2014

Oktoberfest Monterey Bay

September 15, 2018

Don your finest lederhosen and immerse yourself in an authentic German beer garden during Oktoberfest Monterey Bay. The Carmel Barnyard will be alive with the sound of music, dancing, relay barrel races and a Miss Oktoberfest contest.

Monterey, California 2014

Monterey Jazz Festival

September 21-23, 2018

The longest continuously-running annual jazz event in the world takes over the Monterey County Fair & Event Center September 21-23. The Monterey Jazz Festival showcases iconic jazz legends and up-and-coming talents on eight separate stages accompanied by delicious food vendors and merchandise vendors. Notable acts for 2018 include Norah Jones, Wynton Marsalis, Dianne Reeves, Charles Lloyd and many more!

Kim Nalley with special guest Houston Person

Monterey Beach SportsFest

September 22-23, 2018

Tap into your inner-athlete at the Monterey Beach SportsFest held September 22-23. This two-day festival celebrates the ocean lifestyle on Monterey’s Del Monte Beach with all sorts of competitive sporting events including open-water swims, beach volleyball, ocean water polo, and a Splash and Dash. There will also be a “Healthy People, Healthy Ocean” Expo which invites competitors and spectators to learn about wellness and the importance of our oceans.

Monterey Beach SportsFest

Porsche Rennsports Reunion VI

September 27-30, 2018

The world's largest gathering of Porshe race cars convenes for the Porsche Rennsport Reunion at  WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. The extraordinary four-day event brings together an array of Porsche race cars, as well as those who have designed, engineered, and driven them to victory in the world’s most famous sports car races.

California International Airshow

September 29-30, 2018

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s the California International Airshow! Taking over the Salinas Municipal Airport for its 38th year, this two-day event showcases all sorts of jaw-dropping aeronautical acrobatics accompanied by various military demos, fly-bys and aircraft displays.

Running From the Fire!

Taste of Carmel

October 4, 2018

Indulge in incredible flavors at one of the area's most iconic hot spots during Taste of Carmel. Carmel Mission will be scattered with over 30 different local restaurants providing delicious appetizers, main courses and desserts, along with fine wines from 20 area vineyards.

Butterfly Parade

October 6, 2018

Pacific Grove celebrates its heritage every October with the Butterfly Parade and Bazaar. The Butterfly Parade, as well as the Butterfly Bazaar that follows, celebrates the return of the Monarch butterfly to Pacific Grove, the beautiful insects' annual wintering stop.

Pacific Grove aka "Butterfly Town U.S.A."

Pirelli World Championship

October 25-28, 2018

One of North America’s finest and longest running auto racing series, the Pirelli World Challenge, will crown their 2018 champions at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. The popular Series boasts a paddock of more than 70 race cars and consists of six classes of vehicles.

Nico Rosberg

Big Sur Food & Wine

November 1-3, 2018

Indulge in fantastic food, great wines and exquisite scenery at the Big Sur Food & Wine Festival. Local and visiting restaurants, resorts and wineries from all over will team up for dinners and tastings at unique Big Sur locations.

Big Sur Food & Wine

Monterey Cowboy Festival

November 3, 2018

Pack those chaps and spurs for a wranglin' good time at the Monterey Cowboy Festival with country music acts taking over the Monterey County Fair & Event Center. 2018's stellar line-up includes Jon Pardi, Midland, Corb Lund and many more! 

Half Marathon on Monterey Bay

November 11, 2018

Grab your running shoes and hit the 13.1 mile route along some of Monterey’s most exquisite coastline. The Monterey Bay Half Marathon takes runners through historic downtown Monterey, over to Cannery Row, down the shore of Monterey Bay, into downtown Pacific Grove, and back along the coast to the grand finish at Custom House Plaza.

Big Sur Half Marathon 2010