All Weekend

Love artichokes? Then you are going to love the Artichoke Festival where this delicious thistle takes center stage at the Monterey County Fair & Event Center. The event has artichoke cooking demos, artichoke-themed art and souvenirs, a wine exposition, and of course artichokes prepared in every way imaginable! Saturday from 10am-6pm and Sunday from 10am-5pm. 2004 Fairgrounds Road, Monterey. $15 for adults and $5 for children.

Friday

Love to tell stories?  Head to the Pink Flamingo and share your favorite true story during their monthly story telling contest, True Stories Told Live! 7:30pm. 2115 North Fremont Ave #C, Monterey. $10 for audience.

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love and the original Monterey International Pop Festival during the opening reception of Who Shot Monterey Pop! at the Monterey Museum of Art. This new art exhibit showcases incredible photographs taken at the music festival that changed the world. 6:30pm-7:30pm. 559 Pacific Street, Monterey. $10 for non-members.

Saturday

Test your inner strength during the Spartan Race at Toro Park this morning! The 8 mile Spartan Race packs more than 25 signature Spartan obstacles including the barb wire crawl, tire drag, fire jump and monkey net. 8am. 501 Highway 68, Salinas. $20 for spectators.

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Feel rejuvenated after a session of Yoga in the Vines at Folktale Winery this morning. Instructor Kate Balog guides guests through a 90 minute yoga session in the Rose Vineyard followed by a complimentary glass of Folktale wine. 10am-11:30am. 8940 Carmel Valley Rd, Carmel. $20.

Help the City of Monterey celebrate its 247th birthday at La Merienda in the Memory Gardens today. Join in on the fun with a special barbecue buffet, entertainment by Mike Marotta, Jr. & special guests, mariachis, folklorico dancers, and a festive "Californio" party.  11:15am-3pm. 20 Custom House Plaza, Monterey. $65.

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Uncork your creativity and Paint with Dali17. Paint, canvas and brushes are provided as experienced local artist Darls leads you through the process of unleashing your inner Salvador Dali. 4pm. 5 Custom House Plaza, Monterey. $30.

The Henry Miller Library at the Barnyard in Carmel presents an evening with Ventana Wildlife Society's Sr. Condor Biologist, Joe Burnett, as he describes the successful return of California Condors to Big Sur and how this fragile endangered population defied all odds to survive through fire and rain. 7pm. 3728 The Barnyard, G23, Carmel. Free event.