There's always something going in Monterey County and May is no exception. The entire month is jam-packed with events for everyone ranging from races on foot and auto to epic foodie and wine fests. The hardest part will be deciding which to attend!
Wildflower Triathlon: May 1-3, 2015Lake San Antonio, Bradley
This premier triathlon brings professional triathlete s from around the globe for three separate, fiendishly difficult triathlon events, including the Long Course, the Mountain Bike Triathlon and the Olympic Triathlon. Spectators and athletes also enjoy camping, live music, great food, race clinics and a peek at the latest gear at the Wildflower Triathlon Expo area.
Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix: May 1-3, 2015Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Monterey
Get ready and get set for the action packed Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. This auto acing series features the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship which retains the very popular format of races within a race, providing plenty of on-track action and constant passing.
Winemakers' Celebration: May 2, 2015Dolores Street, Carmel-by-the-Sea
Sip and savor a variety of award-winning wines from over 30 Monterey County wineries at the Winemakers' Celebration. Pair your tasting with small bites from several local restaurants while rubbing elbows with the winemakers themselves.
Monterey Street Food Festival: May 2, 2015Monterey County Fair & Event Center, Monterey
The Monterey County Fair & Event Center becomes the epicenter for a plethora of food trucks. There will be something for every taste bud with worldly cuisines ranging from Mexican, Mediterranean to Korean.
The Language Capital of the World Cultural Festival: May 2-3, 2015Custom House Plaza, Monterey
Monterey celebrates its rich diversity with the inaugural Language Capital of the World Cultural Festival. This first time event features dancing and singing, ethnic foods and crafts, Sister City exhibits, and exhibits from the local flagship foreign language and culture institutions of higher learning, including MIIS, DLI and NPS.
Carmel Art Festival: May 14-17, 2015Mission Street, Carmel-by-the-Sea
Carmel-by-the-Sea highlights its artist colony origins with the Carmel Art Festival. Centered around the visual arts, the festival features a juried plein-air painting competition, art activities for children, live performances and more. In addition, galleries throughout Carmel will hold receptions and demonstrations.
Salinas Valley Fair: May 14-17, 2015Salinas Valley Fairgrounds, King City
Head to the heart of Salinas Valley for a true hometown hootenanny! Enjoy the atmosphere of an old-fashioned county fair complete with a carnival, bull-riding, craft and 4-H exhibit, live music and more.
California Roots Music & Arts Festival: May 22-24, 2015Monterey County Fair & Event Center, Monterey
Reggae acts from around the world culminate at the Monterey County Fair & Event Center during Memorial Day weekend. The California Roots Music and Arts Festival is a three-day event packed with live music, fantastic food, refreshing beverages, creative artwork and sustainable practices.
MayFest Monterey Bay: May 23-25, 2015Custom House Plaza, Monterey
MayFest is Oktoberfest on steroids! The first-ever MayFest Monterey Bay features just about every nationality with a variety of food, beer, wine, and live performances throughout the Memorial Day weekend.
Artichoke Festival: May 30-31, 2015Monterey County Fair & Event Center, Monterey
Celebrate Monterey County's favorite thistle at the Artichoke Festival! The weekend event includes all things artichoke related including 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.