All Weekend

Thinking about getting some new ink? Head to the Monterey County Fair & Event Center for the Ink at the Bay Tattoo Convention which features local and international artists tattooing on site. Friday-Sunday. 2004 Fairgrounds Road, Monterey. $15-$20.

Custom House Plaza in downtown Monterey welcomes the Monterey Bay Jade Festival for an annual gathering of jade vendors, enthusiasts, artisans and collectors with a common interest for the world of jade. Friday-Sunday from 1pm-7pm. 1 Custom House Plaza, Monterey. Free event.

Get a taste of Pacific Grove's culinary scene during the inaugural Pacific Grove Restaurant Week. Local favorites like Crema, Fandango, Wild Fish and many others will offer special deals and promotions throughout the tasty week. Click here for a full list of participating restaurants and specials. Monday-Sunday. Various restaurants throughout Pacific Grove.

Sustainable Seafood

Do you have a need for speed? Zoom over to WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca and get behind the wheel of a powerful Lexus. Test drives and hot laps on the racetrack will be provided by professional drivers. Saturday and Sunday from 10am-5pm. 1021 Monterey Salinas Highway, Salinas. Free event.

Start off your weekend on the right foot with a free walking tour at Asilomar Conference Grounds. The 75 minute hike showcases historic highlights of the iconic property. Saturday and Sunday at 10am. 800 Asilomar Avenue, Pacific Grove. Free event.

Get your bloom on with a scenic wildflower hike through the Asilomar Dunes Natural Preserve. During the docent led hike you will learn about common wildflowers in the area and the ecosystem of the dunes. Saturday and Sunday at 1:30pm-2:30pm. 800 Asilomar Avenue, Pacific Grove. Free event. 

Asilomar State Park

Friday

Kick off the weekend under the stars while enjoying live music, cocktails, small plates, and more at Jacks Monterey. There new, pet-friendly terrace features bistro lighting, fire pits, and comfortable seating. 6pm-9pm. 2 Portola Plaza, Monterey. Free event. 

Saturday

Spend the day in sunny Carmel Valley at the Camp Vintage Antique Show. Earthbound Farms will feature over 30 antique dealers with an eclectic mix of antique and vintage treasures including Americana, rustic relics, linens, farmhouse, Western, garden and more. 8am-4pm. 7250 Carmel Valley Road, Carmel. Free event.

Spend a ‘spa day’ for your heart and mind during a Deep Nourishment Retreat at the Asilomar Conference Grounds. Guides from the Monterey Bay Mediation Studio will lead guests through guided meditation, gentle body movement and relational practices. 10am-5pm. 800 Asilomar, Pacific Grove. $140.

Join Discovery Whale Watch staff for a beach cleanup, just in time for World Oceans Day! Today they will be cleaning the stretch of beach from the Monterey Commercial Wharf to Del Monte Beach. 11:30am-1:30pm. 285 Figueroa Street, Monterey. Free event.

beach clean up

It’s the second Saturday of the month which means it’s time for the Carmel Art Walk! Visit artist owned galleries and studios and meet the local artists who carry on the Carmel art colony legacy. Click here for a map of participating venues. 5pm-8pm. Downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea. Free event. 

Sunday

Step back in time and enjoy the annual Fiesta at the historic Mission San Antonio de Padua. The family fun event will include a live music, BBQ lunch for purchase, tours and a special guest talk from author Edie Littlefield Sunby. 10am-3pm. 1 Mission Road, Jolon. Free event.

Who’s excited for season two of HBO’s Big Little Lies? The Monterey County Film Commission certainly is and celebrates with a special screening at the Monterey Conference Center. The event will include little bites and big little libations from local sponsor restaurants and vintners. There will be a red carpet, silent auction, and time to connect with those who were involved with the production at numerous Monterey Peninsula locations. 4:30pm. 1 Portola Plaza, Monterey. $85.

Big Little Lies Event