There's a whole lot of amore near Old Fisherman’s Wharf this weekend as Festa Italia sets up shop at Custom House Plaza. Celebrate Monterey's important Italian roots with art, raffles, wine, beer, music and, of course, food! You won't be able to resist Italian favorites like calamari, pizza, pasta, paninis and rice balls. There will also be a parade, dancing and a bocce tournament. Friday from 3pm-10pm, Saturday from 10am-10pm and Sunday from 10am-6pm. 4 Custom House Plaza, Monterey. Free event.
The Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix heats up at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca this weekend. Fans anxious to see great racing from the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge will be delighted by the prototypes and grand touring cars battling it out on the iconic Corkscrew. Friday-Sunday. 1021 Monterey-Salinas Hwy., Salinas. $40-$70.
Get the kids out of the house and into the theatre! The Little Mermaid comes to life at the Outdoor Forest Theater in Carmel-by-the-Sea with dazzling costumes, sets and special flying/swimming effects. Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 3pm. Mountain View Avenue & Santa Rita Street, Carmel-by-the-Sea. $8-$36.
Prepare to be amazed at this year’s Big Sur Fashion Show at The Barnyard Shopping Village in Carmel. This is not your typical fashion show, here designers use non-traditional materials only (no cloth) all to benefit local charities. 6pm. 3663 The Barnyard, Carmel. $50.
Relax this weekend and join Monterey Bay Meditation Studios at Rip Van Winkle Open Space in Pacific Grove for “Forest Bathing.” The practice of shinrin-yoku (“Forest Bathing”) is a form of guided nature meditation, an “immersion” into the space of trees, plants and inhabitants of the forest. 11am-2pm. 1072 Congress Avenue, Pacific Grove. $25.
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.
Take a stroll through scenic Salinas Valley vineyards during harvest season with winemaker Steve McIntyre of McIntyre Vineyards. Enjoy Sparkling wine upon arrival and continue with Rosé of Pinot Noir, Estate Chardonnay, Estate Pinot Noir and Merlot paired with the spectacular Aqua Terra Catering. 11am-3pm. 31901 Sanchez Road, Gonzales. $70.