All Weekend

Enjoy the atmosphere of an old-fashioned county fair, complete with a carnival, bull-riding, craft and 4-H exhibits, music and more during the Salinas Valley Fair. Thursday-Sunday. 625 Division Street, King City. $12 for adults and $8 for children.

Carmel-by-the-Sea highlights its artist colony origins with the 26th Annual Carmel Art Festival. Centered around the visual arts, the festival features sculptures, a juried plein air painting competition, art activities for children, live performances and more. In addition, galleries throughout Carmel will hold receptions and demonstrations. Friday-Sunday. Carmel-by-the-Sea. Free event.

Carmel Art Painter

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

Don’t the miss sixth and final concert of the Monterey Symphony’s season this weekend at the Sunset Center. Sound Waves, will conclude in grand fashion with music by Wagner, Chopin, and Beethoven. Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 3pm. San Carlos Street at Ninth Avenue, Carmel-by-the-Sea. $43-$84.

Friday

Mix and mingle with the community at the Locals Lunch Concert at the Sunset Center. Today’s performance is from River Navaille who brings classically trained vocals with a charming baritone ukelele. 12:30pm-1:15pm. San Carlos Street at Ninth Avenue, Carmel-by-the-Sea. Free event. 

Sunset Center

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

Head to Salinas for the 5th Annual Founders Day Festival for a day full of community, entertainment, music, food, art and history displays, history talks and much more. 9am-3pm. Lincoln Avenue, 100 Howard Street, Salinas. Free event. 

Embark on a historic adventure through Monterey with the Lower Presidio Historic Park Walking Tour which will focus on the indigenous tribes of Monterey. Historian Tim Thomas will discuss the indigenous tribes who lived on the Central Coast of California and on the Lower Presidio Historic Park. 10am-12pm. 113 Colonel Ewing #113 off of Artillery and Pacific Street, Monterey. $20 for adults and $15 for children. Advance reservations are required by calling Tim Thomas at 831-521-3304 or via email timsardine@yahoo.com.

Make your very own mobile with the Lyceum of Monterey County. The interactive class includes materials and is suitable for ages 10 and up. 2pm-5pm. 1073 Sixth Street, Monterey. $25

Take a peek into the thriving wineries of the Santa Lucia Highlands during the 13th Annual Santa Lucia Highlands Wine Artisans Sun, Wind & Wine Gala at Mer Soleil Winery. Over forty wineries will be pouring some of the world's best Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Syrah - all from the Santa Lucia Highlands alongside tasty bites from local restaurants. 11am-3pm. 1290 River Road, Salinas. $120.

Wine

Sunday

Cap off the weekend with Dan and Donna Lee of Morgan Winery on a guided tour through their Double L Vineyard, one of the Santa Lucia Highland’s most compelling winegrowing properties. You will be treated to an al fresco brunch, complemented by Morgan’s terroir-driven wines. 10:30am-1:30pm. 1520 River Road, Salinas. $75.

It's Science Sunday at the Lab in Carmel! Come join Joe Burnett, Lead Biologist for Ventana Wildlife Society’s California Condor Recovery Project, as he shares his firsthand experience helping rescue 8 young, endangered condors from the 2008 Basin Fire. 7pm-8:3pm. 3728 The Barnyard, Suite G-23, Carmel. $10-$20 donation suggested