August 18-26, 2018

Monterey Car Week is one of the most anticipated events of the year for everyone from hardcore car enthusiasts to amateur lookie-loos. With so much to see and do we have mapped out a few pointers to help you make the most of this year’s epic mashup of classic car shows, auctions and races! 

1. Plan Your Route

Car Week is an exciting time for the Monterey Peninsula as we welcome thousands of visitors from around the world, but all those folks can present some challenging traffic scenarios. Use our interactive car map or printable Car Week Road Closure Guide to plot your course and avoid road closures and traffic delays. 

If you are planning to take in the sights along the famous 17-Mile Drive in Pebble Beach during your visit, then make sure to check if the road is open to tourist traffic. The scenic road will be closed to general tourist traffic on Saturday and Sunday, August 25–26, 2018. Only residents, guests of residents, and attendees of Pebble Beach events will be allowed access through the 17-Mile Drive gates.

2. Take a Shuttle

Leave the stress of driving to someone else and use one of the many shuttles to get to and from your Car Week events. The City of Monterey also offers a free trolley with service in and around Cannery Row and downtown Monterey. You might even find yourself in the middle of a pop-up Lamborghini parade- so sit back, relax and enjoy the views

The Carmel Chamber of Commerce provides a Sunday shuttle from downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea to Pebble Beach. Tickets can be purchased in advance at Carmel Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center (on San Carlos between 5th and 6th) or at the bus stop in front of Carmel Plaza on Concours Sunday. Click here for more information.

3. Save $ and Attend a Free Event

Taking in Monterey Car Week doesn’t have to cost you the price of a multi-million dollar Ferrari. Several events are free to attend for the community and visitors including The Little Car Show, Concours d’LeMons and Exotics on Cannery Row. Click here for more events to attend on a shoestring budget.

Little Car Show 2015

4. Travel Safely & Responsibly 

While visiting, please treat our home with care. Help us keep Monterey County pristine by using a reusable water bottle, refusing plastic straws, turning off the lights and all electronics when leaving the hotel room and leaving no trace when exploring the region.  Take it all in and leave nothing behind, our residents will thank you! 

Visit our “Guide to Navigating Car Week 2018” for more tips and tricks!