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 29-September 2, 2019

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

Festa Italia 

September 6-8, 2019

Embrace your inner Italian at Monterey's Festa Italia. Monterey transforms into a mecca for all things marinara as this Italian Festival takes over Custom House Plaza with Italian favorites like calamari, pizza, pasta, paninis and rice balls.

Festa Italia

WeatherTech SportsCar Championship 

September 13-15, 2019

WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca is home to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship featuring the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. This premier road racing series features non-stop action with at least 10 different car manufacturers vying for the title with both professional and pro-am drivers behind the wheels. 

Oktoberfest Monterey Bay

September 14, 2019

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

IndyCar Series Championship

September 20-22, 2019

The wait is over for the highly-anticipated return of INDYCAR racing to WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca! America’s premier open-wheel series crowns its 2019 champion at the season finale in its racing spiritual home of Monterey.

Monterey Jazz Festival

September 27-29, 2019

The longest continuously-running annual jazz event in the world takes over the Monterey County Fair & Event Center. 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 2019 include Chris Botti, Diana Krall, Kenny Barron, Dave Holland and many more!

Kim Nalley with special guest Houston Person

Taste of Carmel

October 3, 2019

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 5, 2019

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."

Monterey Cowboy Festival

November 2, 2019

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. The line-up for 2019 will be announced shortly! 

Big Sur Food & Wine

November 7-9, 2019

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

Half Marathon on Monterey Bay

November 10, 2019

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