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Cannery Row's 16th annual Tree Lighting event includes carolers, a visit from Santa and more. Carolers start at 4:30 pm, the tree will be lit at 6 pm and you can visit Santa in his workshop from 6 - 9 pm. Steinbeck Plaza (Cannery Row and Prescott St.), Monterey. Free.
Hear top-notch blues from John "Broadway" Tucker and Chicago Fire at Bullwacker's. 8:30 pm, 653 Cannery Row, Monterey. No cover.
Pittsburgh acoustic rockers Sound of Voices sing out tonight at Jose's Lounge Underground, with local favorites Sarah McCoy of Zippidy Yeahs fame and singer/songwriter/Army medic Stephen Covell. 9 pm, 638 Wave St. Monterey. $5.
Big Sur 's finest crafters and artists gather today at the Big Sur Grange Hall for the 30th Annual Fall Harvest Arts and Crafts Fair. Browse seriously spectacular jewelry, fine arts, clothes, hand-knit sweaters and scarves, pottery, crafts and more. This one's well worth the drive. 10 am-5 pm, Big Sur Grange Hall, West side of Highway One, 26 miles south of Rio Road in Carmel, Big Sur. Free to attend.
Get a gift for someone who loves all that glitters at the Gem Faire. Over 30 vendors will sell gems, beads and jewelry. 10 am - 6 pm, Monterey County Fairgrounds, 2004 Fairgrounds Road, Monterey. Free admission.
The Monarchs have returned to Pacific Grove! No, not Prince William and his fiancee...we're talking about the butterflies. Kids and their parents can learn more about them at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History's Monarch Madness Science Saturday. Kids can see live Monarch butterflies and larvae up close and under microscope, make butterfly antennae, listen to storytelling, and get their faces painted with monarch butterflies, while the adults can hear some seriously interesting lectures about butterflies. Kids' activities run 11 am-3 pm; monarch lectures run from 1 pm-4 pm. 165 Forest Avenue, Pacific Grove. Free (suggested donation of $3 per person or $5 per family).
Find some gorgeous, hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind art for friends and family on your gift list at the Carmel Valley Village Holiday Art Walk. Ten venues (including Masaoka Design Studio) will throw open their doors; meet the artists and enjoy refreshments as you peruse the art. 3pm-7pm, venues on Carmel Valley Road, in the Village Center on Center Street (behind Wills Fargo) and on the corner of Pilot and Carmel Valley Road. Free to attend.
Postal Service-meets-Death Cab for Cutie-esque Los Angeles band The Red River are on the verge of hitting it big. They've been featured on NPR's "All Songs Considered" and their song "When We Are Wild" was named one of the best songs of the year in The Independent. Tonight will probably be your last chance to see them at a venue as intimate as Jose's Underground Lounge.
San Francisco psychedelic act The Symbolick Jews (imagine if Lou Reed, Sonic Youth and Modest Mouse had a jam session with Steve Miller) and upbeat, ultra-talented electro-acoustic locals The Dreamer and the Sleeper open. 9pm, 638 Wave St. Monterey. $5.
The New York Times described Baby Gramps as sounding "like Popeye after smoking an entire tin of Prince Albert." The Village Voice called him "a deep original," raved over "his own throat singing and National steel (guitar) techniques" and said "If you feel like being amazed, he's a better bet than most." Find out what all the fuss is about tonight at Fernwood in Big Sur. 9pm, Highway One in Big Sur. No cover.
This is your last day to browse the spectacular hand-crafted items on sale at Big Sur's 30th Annual Fall Harvest Arts and Crafts Fair. Looking for a gift for that person who has everything? You'll find it here. 10 am - 5 pm, Big Sur Grange Hall, West side of Highway One, 26 miles south of Rio Road in Carmel, Big Sur. Free to attend.
The Gem Faire continues at the Monterey County Fairgrounds. 10 am-5 pm, 2004 Fairground Road, Monterey. Free admission.
It's the 10th anniversary of the Salinas Holiday Parade of Lights! This parade features brilliantly lit up floats and cars, as well as traditional dancers, musicians, a marching band and more. Without a doubt, it is one of the highlights of the holiday season. The parade starts at 6 pm at Acacia and South Main Street and runs down Main Street to the Steinbeck Center. Free to attend.