All Weekend

Experience a traditional county fair with horse shows, a rodeo, bull riding, fair food and the Miss Salinas Valley Fair contest. The Salinas Valley Fair kicks on Thursday and runs through Sunday. 625 Division Street, King City. $10 for adults and $6 for children

Carmel-by-the-Sea highlights its artist colony origins with the 25th 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. Friday-Sunday. Mission Street between Ocean Avenue and 6th, Carmel-by-the-Sea. Free event. 

Art Gallery

Car enthusiasts unite at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca this weekend for another phenomenal weekend of racing. The Spring Classic Showcasing Nitro Revival is an exciting vintage car race with unlimited sound that primarily celebrates the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s. Friday-Sunday. 1021 Highway 68, Salinas. $20-$30.

Celebrate American Craft Beer Week at Peter B’s Brewpub inside the Portola Hotel & Spa. Each day brings a new event including beer releases, all day happy hours, free giveaways and more! Monday-Sunday. Two Portola Plaza, Monterey. Free event. 

Peter B's Brewpub Beer

The first ever Monterey Bay Jade Festival takes place this weekend at Old Fisherman’s Wharf in historic Monterey. The two day event features live music and an array of jade vendors. Saturday from 10am-6pm and Sunday from 10am-4pm. 1 Old Fisherman’s Wharf, Monterey. Free event.  

Catch a performance of David Harrower’s most acclaimed and most controversial play, Blackbird at the Golden Bough Playhouse in Carmel-by-the-Sea. This real and raw storyline is recommended for mature audiences. Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2pm. Monte Verde between 8th and 9th, Carmel-by-the-Sea. $8-$20.

Friday

Prepare to be amazed during Solarzar's Magic and Mystery Show at the Pink Flamingo Theatre. 7:30pm-9:30pm. 2115 North Fremont Ave #C, Monterey. $20.

Saturday

Indulge in over 30 wines personally poured by the vintners themselves during the Santa Lucia Highlands Wine Artisans Gala. The intimate wine tasting event features fine wines and light bites from local restaurants at the Mer Soleil Winery in the stunning Salinas Valley. 11am-3pm. 1290 River Road, Salinas. $120-$150.

Kick back, relax and enjoy live music at Folktale Winery on Carmel Valley Road. This afternoon Ace de la Vergne stops by for soulful covers. 4:30pm-7:30pm. 8940 Carmel Valley Rd, Carmel. Free event. 

Enjoy an evening of amazing food, spirits, live music, dancing and a few special appearances from wild animals during the Monterey Zoo’s Roaring 20’s Party. This black tie fundraising event is sure to be a wild time! 5pm-10pm. 400 River Road, Salinas. $185.

Sunday

Enjoy the fresh air with a free walking tour at Asilomar Conference Grounds. The 75 minute hike showcases historic highlights of the iconic property. Sunday at10am. 800 Asilomar Ave, Pacific Grove. Free event. 

Head to the Henry Miller LAB at the Barnyard in Carmel for an evening of jazz from the Something Cool Trio. 4:30pm-6pm. 3728 The Barnyard, Suite G-23, Carmel. $10-$20 suggested donation.

Wrap up the long weekend with wine and live music at Folktale Winery on Carmel Valley Road. This afternoon talented musician John Vicino stops by to showcase his talents on the harp guitar and cajon. 4:30pm-7:30pm. 8940 Carmel Valley Road, Carmel. Free event.