All Weekend

Dust off that cowboy hat and get ready for the California Rodeo Salinas! The Big Week festivities continue throughout the weekend with a carnival, horse parades, barrel races and much more! Thursday-Sunday. 1034 North Main Street, Salinas. Tickets start at $15 for adults and $7 for children.

California’s oldest music festival, the Carmel Bach Festival, celebrates its 80-year history with 15 days of performances, talks and educational events at the Sunset Center and throughout Carmel-by-the-Sea. As always, the focus is on J.S. Bach and the many composers he influenced, including Handel, Mozart, Beethoven and more. Click here to view the schedule. July 14-28. Various venues and ticket prices

Rub elbows with artist Blend Cota of Thomas Kinkade Studios during three special events held in Monterey and Carmel. Cota, known for his powerful brushstrokes and bold use of color, will be signing his artwork which resembles that of Kinkade's classics. Friday from 5pm-8pm at Current Comics in Monterey, Saturday from 12pm-5pm at the Thomas Kinkade Gallery in Monterey and Sunday from 12pm-5pm at the Thomas Kinkade Studio in Carmel-by-the-Sea. Free event. Click here to RSVP

Friday

Musicians and vocalists of We Are the West stop by Folktale Winery to kick off the weekend with live jams. 4:30pm-7:30pm. 8940 Carmel Valley Rd, Carmel. Free event.

Soak in some tunes, do a little shopping and enjoy local food and wine during Carmel Plaza’s Summer Live Music Series. Today Everyday People perform with bites provided by Fifi’s Bistro and sips from Wrath Wines. 5pm-7pm. Ocean Avenue and Mission Street, Carmel-by-the-Sea. Free event. 

Congrats, you’ve made it to the end of the work week! Unwind with a cocktail and live music at Phoebe’s Café at the Asilomar Conference Grounds. Tonight’s performer is folk and country performer Taylor Rae. 6:30pm-9pm. 800 Asilomar Avenue, Pacific Grove. Free event.

Saturday

One of Pacific Grove’s most favored traditions kicks off this weekend! The Feast of Lanterns decks out Chautauqua Hall today for the opening events which includes the Feast of Flavors and Feast of Dancing. The main event and pageant takes place next week, July 28. Click here for a full schedule of events. Feast of Flavors will from 12pm-2pm and Feast of Dancing will be from 6pm-9pm. 16th St. and Central Ave., Pacific Grove. Free event.

Get a peek into the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Research Institute (MBARI) during their Open House event today. The family fun event features science exhibits, technology demonstrations, deep-sea videos, robotic submarines, and children’s activities. 12pm-5pm. 7700 Sandholdt Rd, Moss Landing. Free event.

Kick back, relax and enjoy live music at Folktale Winery on Carmel Valley Road. This afternoon Cheyenne Skye stops by for soul and folk jams. 4:30pm-7:30pm. 8940 Carmel Valley Rd, Carmel. Free event.

Explore Carmel-by-the-Sea’s prestigious photography galleries during the Carmel Photowalk this evening. Pick up a photowalk map at one of the participating galleries found here. At 7pm, the Photowalk winds up at the CPA gallery where you are invited to enjoy wine and light hors d’oeuvres and enter a raffle. 5pm-7pm. Various venues in Carmel-by-the-Sea. Free event.

Sunday

Head for the hills and bring your family and friends out to scenic Salinas Valley for Hahn’s Summer Music Series. Pick a spot on their sunny patio and simply soak in the live music, wine, view and good company. This week Kyle Kovalik stops by for an afternoon of relaxing and soulful jams. 12pm-4pm. 37700 Foothill Road, Soledad. Free event.

The Monterey Bay Meditation Studio invites you to a free screening and discussion of the emotional hit movie "Inside Out." 1pm-3pm. 529 Central Ave., Pacific Grove. Free event. 

Wrap up the weekend with live music at Folktale Winery from violinist Razzvio. 4:30pm-7:30pm. 8940 Carmel Valley Rd, Carmel. Free event.