Over 1,300 of the nation’s top student musicians flock to the Monterey Conference Center to play their hearts out at the Next Generation Jazz Festival (NGJF) this weekend. This “Super Bowl of jazz education” welcomes performances by middle, high school and collegiate groups of every kind: big bands, combos, vocal ensembles, as well as conglomerate bands. Friday-Sunday. 1 Portola Plaza, Monterey. Free event.
The Carmel Jewish Film Festival kicks off on Saturday with an amusing movie lineup spanning various venues throughout the county. These unique films communicate themes and messages with universal appeal drawn from the Monterey area and beyond. Click here for the full schedule. March 3-24. Multiple venues. $12 per film ticket.
Kick off your St. Patrick Day celebrations a few days early at Folktale Winery in Carmel Valley. Enjoy genuine Irish music from The Black Donnelly's along with Irish food for purchase from Chef Todd Fisher. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.