Get your family out of the house and into Monterey during your extended Thanksgiving Day weekend! There’s an event to please everyone ranging from delicious Thanksgiving Day dinners, festive tree lightings to memorable sailing adventures on the Tall Ship Lady Washington.

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All Weekend

Catch a performance of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic Broadway musical Cats this weekend at the Golden Bough Theatre in Carmel-by-the-Sea. Reminisce in popular show tunes like “Jellicle Choice" and “Memory.” Friday-Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2pm. Monte Verde between 8th and 9th, Carmel-by-the-Sea. $8-$42.

Ahoy mateys! A Hollywood movie star from the Pirates of the Caribbean is at the Moss Landing Harbor this weekend. No, it is not Johnny Depp but it is the Tall Ship Lady Washington! Climb aboard her majesty for a thrilling adventure sail or walk-on tour. Adventure sails are $47 for adults and $39 for children 12 and under. Walk-on tours are $3.

Lady Washington

Get a head start on your Christmas shopping at the Monterey Gem Faire this weekend. The Monterey County Fair & Event Center will be loaded with over 50 gem and jewelry vendors from across the state selling their best creations. Saturday from 10am-4pm and Sunday from 10am-5pm. 2004 Fairgrounds Road. Free admission with a canned food item.


Cannery Row decks its halls and lights their holiday tree today! Join the fun with a plethora of family activities, holiday cheer and Santa sightings. 5pm-9pm. Steinbeck Plaza, Cannery Row, Monterey. Free event.

Holiday Tree & Lights on Cannery Row

Continue your extended weekend with a little bit of reggae and cold brews at the Cannery Row Brewing Company near Cannery Row. Tonight reggae and roots DJ Squarefield Massive takes the stage. 9:30pm-11pm. 95 Prescott Avenue, Monterey. Free event.


Get the kids out of the house and into the museum! Today the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History takes a close look at their favorite winged creature, the Monarch Butterfly. Find out what migration is like for a monarch, view live butterflies and more. 11am-3pm. 165 Forest Avenue, Pacific Grove. Free event.

Hang out and listen to live music at the Fernwood Tavern in Big Sur tonight. Local favorites Songs Hotbox Harry Taught Us play folk and Americana all night long. 10pm. 47200 Highway 1, Big Sur. Free Event.


Oldtown Salinas lights up tonight for their annual Holiday Parade of Lights. Parade entrants range 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. 6pm. One Main Street, Salinas. Free event.

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Officially kick off the holiday season with the Home for the Holidays concert from The Ten Tenors at the Sunset Center tonight. 7pm. San Carlos St at Ninth Ave, Carmel-by-the-Sea. $59-$79.