All Weekend

Start off your weekend on the right foot with a free walking tour at Asilomar Conference Grounds. The 75 minute hike showcases historic highlights of the iconic property. Saturday and Sunday at 10am. 800 Asilomar Avenue, Pacific Grove. Free event. 

If you care to sleep in a bit longer, join the 1:30pm tour of the Asilomar Dunes. Here you will learn about the preservation and management of this natural habitat, visit the native plant greenhouse and enjoy scenic views. Saturday and Sunday at 1:30pm. 800 Asilomar Avenue, Pacific Grove. Free event.

Asilomar Dunes

Prepare to be inspired during a performance of Evita at The Western Stage. Join this ordinary woman's meteoric rise to power as narrator, Ché Guevara, reflects the voice of the Argentine people who came to see Evita as the spiritual leader of their nation. Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 8pm. 411 Central Avenue, Salinas. $26.

Peruse through fine jewelry, crystals, gems, beads, gold & silver, minerals and more at manufacturer’s prices during the Monterey Gem Faire at the Monterey County Fair & Event Center. Saturday and Sunday from 10am-4pm. 2004 Fairgrounds Road, Monterey. Free admission with a donated food item.  

Thursday

Happy Thanksgiving! Why suffer the stress of trying to please everyone's palate this Thanksgiving? Start a new tradition with a family Thanksgiving meal at one of Monterey County's best restaurants. Click here for a full list. 

Thanksgiving Dinner

Friday

Kick off the start of the holiday season with a special tree lighting at Cannery Row! The free event kicks off at 4pm in Steinbeck Plaza (corner of Cannery Row and Prescott Avenue). Snap some selfies with Santa, sing along with classic holiday carolers and enjoy an array of family-friendly festivities before the lighting of the tree at 6pm. 4pm-6pm. Cannery Row, Monterey. Free event.

Cannery Row Tree Lighting

Saturday

Laugh along with The Second City at the Sunset Center this evening. Join this comedy troop as their best and brightest roast everything we lovingly loathe about the holiday season. 8pm. San Carlos Street at Ninth Avenue, Carmel-by-the-Sea. $29-$49.

Sunday

Kick off your holidays at the annual Salinas Holiday Parade of which includes entrants ranging from marching bands, floats and dancers to walking groups and classic cars. The route winds up South Main Street and through Oldtown to the National Steinbeck Center. 1 Main Street, Salinas. 6pm-8pm. Salinas. Free event. 

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