It's bacon!!! What was once the Monterey Americana Festival has morphed into something even more beautiful, BaconFest! The Monterey County Fair & Event Center will be full of delicious pork slices served up in creative and innovative ways; bacon margarita anyone? There will also be a "Best in Bacon" competition and tons of live entertainment. Saturday and Sunday from 11am-7pm. 2004 Fairgrounds Road, Monterey. $10 in advance and $15 at the gate.
Stand-up comedian and violinist Armando Anto and his buddy Richard Villa stop by Planet Gemini Friday and Saturday nights for a roaring good time. Stay afterwards for karaoke and dancing. Friday and Saturday at 9:15pm. 2110 Fremont Street, Monterey. $10-$15.
Kick your weekend off on the right foot and embark on a dunes and coast trail hike through Asilomar State Beach. A grounds staff person will lead guests on an invigorating hike through the Natural Dunes Preserve and the Asilomar State Beach Coast Trail with fun tidbits along the way. The guided hike meets at 5pm near the fire pit at Asilomar Conference Grounds. 800 Asilomar Avenue, Pacific Grove. Free event.
Catch a free concert at the Del Monte Center this afternoon from Unauthorized Rolling Stones. Their epic Rolling Stones cover may have you mistaken them for the real thing! 6pm-8pm. 1410 Del Monte Center, Monterey. Free event.
What better way to start your weekend then with a stunning sunset at Asilomar Conference Grounds. Every Friday throughout this summer the iconic property opens its doors for Sunset on the Deck. Phoebe's Cafe and deck will feature live entertainment, weekly grill specials, craft beers, regional wines, and cocktails. Tonight's featured musician is Geoffrey Rutledge. 6:30pm. 800 Asilomar Avenue, Pacific Grove. Free event.
Itching for some good comfort food? Stone Creek Kitchen has just what you need at their Paella Party tonight. The delicious Spanish dish will be prepared right in front of you over a wood fire accompanied by wine and plenty of good vibes. 7pm. 465 Canyon Del Rey Blvd., Del Rey Oaks. $125 (price includes dinner, wine, gratuity and tax.)
Acclaimed author of 'Dancing to an Irish Reel' and 'A Portal in Time,' Claire Fullerton stops by the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History this afternoon for special reading, a Q&A session, refreshments and book signings. 3pm-5pm. 165 Forest Avenue, Pacific Grove. Free event.
Carmel's newest event venue Seventh & Dolores showcases a live musical experience from a Midsummer Night's Dream. The acoustics of this unique and one-of-a-kind building are sure to highlight the 8-piece jazz band's talents. 7pm-9pm. Southeast Corner of 7th Avenue and Dolores Street, Carmel-by-the-Sea. $59-$129.