Sure, technically the first day of summer isn't for another three weeks, but (at least for Americans) the three-day Memorial Day weekend kicks off the summer season. It's time to break out the grill, hang out at the beach, and celebrate the long weekend with the following events.
Classic rock cover band Cheeky Spanks have won the Best Band award in the Monterey County Weekly reader's poll for two years running. Find out why tonight at Bullwackers. 8:30pm-midnight, 653 Cannery Row Monterey, no cover.
San Francisco's St. Mawr sound a little like Ryan Adams, a little like Broken Social Scene, with the occasional dollop of Modest Mouse for flavor. Tourmates Torches in Trees play music that is melodic, psychedelic, and frequently quite gentle. They play tonight at Jose's Lounge Underground. 9pm, 638 Wave Street Monterey, $5.
Reggae and roots music fans, don't miss out on the Roots Music Festival at the Monterey County Fairgrounds! The festival features headliners The Dirty Heads and Tribal Seeds, along with local favorites Hallway Ballers and 15 other bands. Gates open at 10pm; first band plays at 11am. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online.
Few people ever get access to the beautiful Mill Creek Redwood Preserve. Today is your chance to take a guided tour on the "Bear Trap Trail Trek" from the Monterey Peninsula Regional Parks District. Space is limited; reserve early. 10am-2pm. Palo Colorado Canyon Road (6 miles east of Highway One), Big Sur. $6 ($5 for District residents). Register online under "Family Discoveries."
It's a book lover's weekend in Big Sur with the Big Sur Book and Bake Sale at Ripplewood Resort. There will be 8,000 books and about 8 billion calories' worth of baked goods for sale; proceeds benefit the Big Sur Library. 10am-4pm, Highway One in Big Sur, free to attend.
The Mucky Duck celebrates Memorial Day Weekend with "Blues, Brews and B.B.Q." Local blues act Blues at Eleven and A Little Taste of Soul provide the blues music; The Mucky Duck serves up a southern spread of tri-tip barbecue, fried chicken, mac 'n cheese and more. 1pm-5pm, 479 Alvarado St. Monterey.
Warm up for the 100th California Rodeo Salinas with this weekend's Parkfield Ranch Rodeo. Professional and amateur cowboys and cowgirls will compete in bronc riding, team roping, team penning, barrel racing, and more. After the competition, put on your dancin' boots for the rodeo dance with Monte Mills and his Lucky Horseshoe Band. 5pm. V6 Ranch, 66450 Parkfield Coalinga Road, Parkfield. $10/adults, $5/kids ages 6 to 10.
Passionate pop band Brightmillion play Jose's tonight with local favorites Candyflip. 9pm, 638 Wave Street Monterey, $5.
The Al James Power Trio brings their unique blend of rock and jazz to Bullwacker's tonight. 8:30pm-midnight, 653 Cannery Row Monterey, no cover.
Afrobeat band Danjuma & Onola are sure to make your hips shake. They play Fernwood in Big Sur tonight. 9pm, Highway One, no cover.
The Big Sur Book and Bake Sale continues at Ripplewood Resort. 10am-4pm, Highway One in Big Sur, free to attend.
The Cachagua Playboys bring their "surf zydeco" sound to Sunday brunch at the Big Sur River Inn. 1pm-5pm, Highway One, no cover.
The Parkfield Ranch Rodeo continues with bronc riding, team roping, team penning, barrel racing, and more. 1:30pm. V6 Ranch, 66450 Parkfield Coalinga Road, Parkfield. $10/adults, $5/kids ages 6 to 10.
Phoenix's The Constellation Branch have been described as sounding like Radiohead gone punk. They play Jose's tonight along with sweet and introspective electro-acoustic locals The Dreamer and the Sleeper and San Jose's indie rockers The Record Winter. 9pm, 638 Wave Street Monterey, $5.
It's your last chance to get a literary steal at The Big Sur Book and Bake Sale at Ripplewood Resort. Will you find some out-of-print gem? 10am-4pm, Highway One in Big Sur, free to attend.