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All Weekend

Enjoy the musical smash hit Mamma Mia! at Pacific Repertory Theatre in Carmel-by-the-Sea this weekend. Sing along to popular songs from ABBA and revel in the charming story between Sophie and her potential three fathers. Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2pm. Monte Verde between 8th and 9th, Carmel-by-the-Sea. $8-$44.

Kick off your weekend on the right foot with a free walking tour at Asilomar Conference Grounds. The 1 hour and 15 minute hike showcases historic highlights of the iconic property.  Friday and Saturday at10am. 800 Asilomar Ave, Pacific Grove. Free event.

Head to the Pink Flamingo Theatre this weekend for Parallel Lives featuring eight men and women struggling thru the common rituals of life. Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm. 2115 North Fremont Ave #C, Monterey. $20.

Pick up a few stocking stuffers at the Monterey Gem Faire this weekend. The Monterey County Fair & Event Center will be full of vendors selling fine jewelry, gems, beads, minerals and more. Saturday from 10am-5pm and Sunday from 10am-4pm. 2004 Fairgrounds Road, Monterey. $7 admission, or free with a canned food donation. 

Friday

Add some holiday cheer to your Black Friday shopping experience with live music! The newly renovated Carmel Plaza features the Monterey Jazz Festival All-Stars and great shopping deals; of course! 12:30pm-2:30pm. Ocean Avenue and Mission Street, Carmel-by-the-Sea. Free event. 

Wade Egan stops by Folktale Winery for Americana jams sure to mellow you after a busy Thanksgiving. 4:30pm-7:30pm. 8940 Carmel Valley Rd, Carmel. Free event. 

Officially kick off the holiday season during Cannery Row’s 23rd Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony! The family friendly festivities begin at 4pm with Christmas carolers, balloon artists, and reindeers before Santa lights the tree just before 6pm. Santa sticks around until 9pm for visits and photos. 4pm-9pm. 700 Cannery Row, Monterey. Free event. 

Get your groove on at Move Studios during their monthly Salsa & Bachata Social Night. 8:30pm-11pm. 600 E Franklin St, Monterey. $10.

Need a good laugh? Head to Fernwood Tavern in Big Sur for Comedy Night featuring three hilarious standup comedians! 10pm. Highway 1, Big Sur. $20 in advance and $25 at the door. 

Saturday

Get the kids out of the house and into the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History during Science Saturday. Today’s free event features Magnificent Monarchs where curious tots can see live butterflies, create an origami monarch and learn more about the amazing insects that migrate to the region each year. 10am-3pm. 165 Forest Avenue, Pacific Grove. Free event. 

Monarch butterflies in eucalyptus trees at Monarch Grove Sanctuary

Kick back, relax and enjoy live music at Folktale Winery on Carmel Valley Road. This afternoon singer and guitarist Mark Banks stops by for rock and pop jams. 4:30pm-7:30pm. 8940 Carmel Valley Rd, Carmel. Free event. 

Sunday

Wrap up the long weekend with wine and live music at Folktale Winery on Carmel Valley Road. This afternoon singer and guitarist Taylor Rae stops by for indie-pop and soulful jams. 4:30pm-7:30pm. 8940 Carmel Valley Rd, Carmel. Free event.