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September is filled with things to do in Monterey County. Fill your glass all month long along River Road Wine Trail for California Wine Month, catch some waves at Marina State Beach for California Surfing Day on September 20, and start planning your weekend trips to the Central Coast for not-to-miss September events. Here is a round-up of ways to enjoy the end of summer in Monterey County.
Labor Day Weekend
With its epic outdoor adventures and unmatched scenic beauty, Monterey County has always been a favorite destination for Labor Day weekend. Discover an abundance of outdoor recreational activities, like biking, hiking and horseback riding, or take to the open seas of the Monterey Bay for a whale watching excursion. Discovery Whale Watching is currently running 5pm sunset whale watching tours until the end of September, and Princess Monterey Whale Watching is offering $5 off your general admission ticket with the coupon code "Whale5". Book now!
If you love funnel cakes and carnival games, you're in luck this Labor Day weekend as the Monterey County Fair rolls into town September 3–6. Celebrate Monterey County's unique history and heritage with non-stop family-fun, rousing carnival rides, delightful games and prizes, and tasty fair-food.
If live music is more your scene, the Monterey Symphony will be offering $10 tickets for all students, active military and frontline workers. Get your tickets early for the Symphony's "Love Letter to Carmel" outdoor pop-up concerts.
Score a sweet hotel deal for your Labor Day weekend in Monterey County. The Gosby House Inn in Pacific Grove is offering 20% off your stay with their fall package to reignite your spirits with their Escape & Explore package. If you're ready for a seaside vacation and craving ocean breezes and outdoor adventure, Casa Munras in Monterey is the place for you. Visitors will receive 15% off rooms when you stay three nights, and 25% off when you stay four nights. nCheck out the special promotions and start planning your weekend.
Find more fun and safe events happening in September in Monterey County below. Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test may be required for attendees. Please respect individual event requirements and safety protocols, and inquire directly for information.
Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey
The road to the IndyCar Series Championship makes an important stop at the Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey to attack the iconic track at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. Racing fans and drivers alike can delight in anticipation of The Corkscrew, last-minute passing and daring overtakes.
Salinas is ready to rodeo! The California Rodeo Salinas is a 111 year old tradition that attracts more than 600 top-ranked professional cowboys and cowgirls. This family-friendly and affordable event also includes shopping, food (don’t miss the churros!), entertainment like DUDE the mascot, western performers, a kids corral, freestyle bullfights, plus a finale of fireworks.
Whether you prefer jazz, blues, folk, or American song, discerning jazz music fans are sure to find both old favorites and visionary new artists to love at the Monterey Jazz Festival. The 64th Monterey Jazz Festival features a multiple GRAMMY-Award winning lineup including standouts like Herbie Hancock, George Benson, and Terri Lyne Carrington + Social Science.
Monterey County is open and welcoming travelers to explore its awe-inspiring Central Coast destination safely and responsibly. Please respect Monterey County by following all travel advisories, masking up when needed, and leaving no trace behind during your travels.