Friday Santa Cruz's Geoffrey Rutledge brings his upbeat country-influenced folk to the lounge at Intercontinental the Clement in Monterey. 4-7pm, free. The Monterey Wine Festival offers over 600 wines for tasting at the Hyatt Regency, as well as delicious food, a live wine auction, and some great live music. 5pm-9pm, $99. This month, Salinas First Fridays Art Walk celebrates California Arts Day. There's the usual art shows, plus live music, dancing, free refreshments and even a puppet show. 5pm—8pm, free. Local metal act Pride Subject team up with Moss Landing's Sublime-esque funk/reggae act The Hallway Ballers for a benefit show at Jose's in Monterey. The fundraiser is for Creative Visions Tattoo and Body Piercing, which was hit by arson back in July. Party cover band A Band of Ninjas and acoustic act Adam Loomis round out the bill. There will also be a raffle for prizes. 9 pm, $5. Saturday In these trying times, it might be nice to know what is to come. The ROTA Psychic Fair at the Monterey County Fairgrounds promises readings, healings, and lectures on all things psychic. 10am-6pm, $9 to enter, $20/reading. If you've been to Pacific Grove this week, you might have spotted the first returning Monarch butterflies. The town celebrates the monarchs today with the Butterfly Parade and Butterfly Bazaar. Elementary school children will dress as otters, pioneers, Native Americans, clowns, and butterflies as they parade down Lighthouse Avenue. The Butterfly Bazaar at the Robert Down School raises money for local schools. 10:30 am, free to attend. Talk about an unmissable live show! Oakland's The Hot Toddies play sweet, fun surf-influenced music. The UK's Foxes have been compared to both Belle and Sebastian and The Postal Service, but are cheerier than either. Put them both on the roster and you've got one amazing (and female-heavy) show. Local Erin McKeown-esque acoustic act The Chels opens. Jose's on Wave Street, 9 pm, $5 (a bargain, if you ask us). The other unmissable live show tonight takes place at Fernwood in Big Sur, where The Bermuda Triangle Service plays a Mazzy Star-esque set. (They may even play some songs from their recent children's book soundtrack.) The Bouvier Girls make up the other half of the bill. 9 pm, free. Sunday It's happening in Soledad today at the 51st annual Soledad Mission Fiesta. In addition to the 10 am Mass, there's a craft fair, live Christian rock, a barbecue, a grape stomp, and a 5k and 10k run. The bazaar runs from 9am-4pm; the barbecue runs from 11am-3pm and is $10; the free grape stomp is at 1 pm. Celebrate Hispanic culture and ocean conservation at the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Fiesta Del Mar. There will be live music, Aztec dancers, a children's craft room, and chances to win prizes. 10am-6pm. Free with admission; children under 12 admitted free. Get some metaphysical assistance at the ROTA Psychic Fair at the Monterey County Fairgrounds. 10am-6pm, $9 to enter, $20/reading. The Pacific Grove Historic Home Tour is your annual chance to get a peek inside some of the town's showplaces. This year, a few modernist classics are added to the mix. In addition, there's a guided walking tour of Pacific Grove's historic downtown buildings, a crafts fair at Chautauqua Hall and a birdhouse auction. House tour is 11am-3pm, downtown tours are at 11am, 1pm and 2pm. Tickets for the house tour are $20 for adults, $10 for children 6 to 18, and free for ages 5 and under. Tickets for the downtown walking tour are free with the house tour, or $5 on their own. Learn more about the history of the man who founded the California missions, Father Junipero Serra, during today's Gallery Walk at the Carmel Mission. The walk is led by photographer Jeffrey Becom, religious architecture specialist Richard Perry and curator Dr. Julianne Burton-Carvajal. Noon-2pm, free. Did you miss the Hot Toddies and Foxes! last night at Jose's? You've got another chance to catch them. The two bands play Fernwood Resort in Big Sur starting at 9pm, for the low low price of free. As usual, there's way more going on in town than we can fit in our li'l ol' blog. Take a look at the Monterey County Weekly's online calendar for more info.
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Posted on: Friday, October 2, 2009 10:20 AM by Nicole Gustas