The professional Trans-Am racing series makes it maiden visit to WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca with pro drivers competing in modern-day race-prepped Camaros, Mustangs, Corvettes and Vipers. The adrenaline doesn’t stop there, the track will also host historic and vintage race cars from the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association. Friday-Sunday. 1021 Monterey-Salinas Highway. Salinas. $20-$30 when purchased in advance.
Today the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History holds a free opening reception for their Illustrating Nature exhibit which features stunning art installations from students at CSU Monterey Bay. 5:30pm-7:30pm. 165 Forest Avenue, Pacific Grove. Free event.
Enjoy an evening out at Spanish Bay for a good cause! Join Max’s Helping Paw’s fundraising gala, Casablanca on the Coast, at The Inn at Spanish Bay where you can groove to live music, try your hand at a casino, partake in silent and live auctions, savor free-flowing libations and a delicious dinner prepared by Pebble Beach’s culinary artists. 5:30pm-9:30pm. 2700 17 Mile Drive, Pebble Beach. $125.
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.
Join the Monterey Symphony in a celebration of the Open Ocean at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Enjoy a strolling dinner, delicious wines and private access to the Aquarium's Open Ocean exhibit. Silent and live auctions, musical moments and ocean-themed surprises await. 6pm-10pm. 886 Cannery Row, Monterey. $250.
Over 300 motorcycles will be on display during The Quail Motorcycle Gathering which features some of the world’s finest and rarest collections of vintage and modern motorcycles at Quail Lodge & Golf Club. Tickets include a mouthwatering gourmet lunch, parking and gear valet service for those riding a motorcycle to the event. 10am-4pm. Valley Greens Drive, Carmel. $85 in advance and $95 at the gate.
Raise a glass to one of the most popular wine event in Monterey County! The Winemakers’ Celebration allows wine lovers to taste from an array of local wineries and restaurants along the charming streets of Carmel-by-the-Sea. 1pm-4pm. Dolores Street & 7th, Carmel-by-the-Sea. $75 general and $125 VIP.
Americana singer and songwriter, Jeffery Halford along with his band The Healers stop by Crossroads Carmel to perform a collection of original folk songs. 6pm-8pm. 243 Crossroads Boulevard, Carmel-by-the-Sea. Free event.
Head to The Dali Expo for an evening of live competitive painting during Art Battle Monterey. Watch the paint fly before your eyes as the creative process unfolds during three fast-paced rounds. All artwork created will also be available via silent auction. 7pm-11pm. 5 Custom House Plaza, Monterey. $15 in advance and $20 at the door.
Raise a pint or a shot of tequila at Peter B’s Brewpub during their Cinco de Mayo Fiesta. It is bound to be a Sunday Fun-day full of discounted food and drinks as well as live music. 11am-11pm. 2 Portola Plaza, Monterey. Free event.
Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Carmel’s beloved Robinson Jeffers’ Tor House during the annual Spring Garden Party this afternoon. Each year this festive event brings together admirers of the wild coast of Carmel, historic buildings, and of course, the poetry of Robinson Jeffers. 2pm-5pm. 26304 Ocean View Avenue, Carmel-by-the-Sea. $15.
Uncork your creativity at Paint with Dali Expo! Paint, canvas and brushes are provided as experienced local artist Mr. Stitch leads you step by step through the process of unleashing your inner Salvador Dali. 4pm. 5 Custom House Plaza, Monterey. $35.