Between the Monterey County Fair and Monterey Auto Week, it seems that wherever you turn there's an event going on in town. Here's our hot picks for this weekend.


Historic racecar

Watch antique race cars take on the Corkscrew at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca during the Monterey Historics. Today is practice day, so it should be a more laid-back atmosphere for checking out the beauties on the track. 8:45am-5pm, $60; three-day passes are $145.

Ferrari row

This year, the Concorso Italiano shows off over 600 classic Italian cars at Laguna Seca Golf Ranch. They'll show off the evolution of Lamborghini's style and honor Jay Leno for his enthusiastic car collecting. Lamborghini will also show off the brand-new Gallardo VB. 9:30am-5pm, $100 at the gate.

1963 Alfa Romeo Giulia SS

A few miles away at Bayonet and Black Horse in Seaside, La Dolce Vita also shows off classic Italian cars, with a focus on "Alfa Through the Ages." Park at CSUMB; a regular shuttle bus will bring you to the event. 9:30am-5pm, $70.

It's Military Appreciation Day at the Monterey County Fair. Active military gets in free with military ID. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy plays at 7:30pm. Fair is open from noon to 10pm. $8 for ages 13-64, $7 for 65+, $4 for children 6-12, free for children 5 and under.

View gorgeous classic cars at the Pacific Grove Concours Auto Rally on Lighthouse Avenue. Over 200 cars will be on display. Free, 1-5:30pm. Carmel Plaza's "Jazz at the Plaza" features Latin jazz act Derek Smith, with wine poured by Scheid Vineyards and food from Bistro Beaujolais. 5pm-7pm, $15.

Chateau Julien hosts "Dine In De-Vine." Eat dinner amongst the grapevines and check out historic classic cars. Starts at $47/person. Astoundingly, tickets are still available for the acoustic Black Francis show at the Henry Miller Library. He'll be playing Pixies songs as well as his solo music. If you value your indie cred, you'll be there. 7pm, $26.50. Vancouver, Washington lo-fi indie act The Shivas play Jose's on Wave Street tonight. Monterey bands Serpico and the Eric Burdon and the Animals-esque The Rugers open. 9pm, $5.


For an experience completely unlike anything else going on in Monterey County this weekend, head out to the V6 Ranch in Parkfield for the Saturday Cattle Drive. $95 for adults, $75 for kids 17 and under. Call (805)463-2493 to reserve.

Racing Porsche

Historic race cars once again assault Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca's Corkscrew, and unlike yesterday, now the competition at the Monterey Historics is for real. Before lunch, watch the warm-ups; after lunch, racing and sporting cars from 1904 to 1990 will compete (each race involves a specific category of car). 8:45am-5pm, $70; two-day passes are $115.

One of the most buzzed-about new events this season is the Concours d'LeMons at Toro Park in Salinas, which focuses on the worst and most maligned automobiles ever to take to the road. Competition classes include "Rueful Britannia," "Needlessly Complex Italian," "Der Self-SatisfiedKrauttenWagen," "Soul-Sucking Japanese Appliance," and of course "Rust Belt American Junk." The Northern California Brewers Guild brings locally brewed beer to the beer garden. 9am-4pm. $20, free for active-duty military, police, fire and children under 12.

The Monterey County Fair continues from noon to 11pm. The Spazmatics play the main stage at 7:30pm, and the Chicano Allstar Band play the After Party on the Turf Club Patio at 9pm. $8 for ages 13-64, $7 for 65+, $4 for children 6-12, free for children 5 and under.

The Mexican Heritage Expo fills the Salinas Sports Complex with banda, mariachi, carnival rides, authentic Mexican horsemen, arts and crafts, food, and a fantastic tequila tasting. 1pm-10pm, $20 for adults (tequila tasting is $40-$70), free for children under 12. Local rock band August Sky plays a benefit for the SPCA at the Del Monte Shopping Center. 1pm-3pm, $10.

Ferrari Dino

The Barnyard Shopping Village in Carmel turns Ferrari red with the Khaki's Ferrari Event, sponsored by Khaki's Men's Clothier. Enjoy food, wine, live jazz and classic Ferraris. 4:30-7:30 pm, $40 at the door.

With everything else that's going on, this is probably the perfect weekend to have a little elbow room at the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Evenings by the Bay. Sip wine, check out the exhibits and have dinner at the Portola Restaurant. 6pm-8pm, free with admission. Pacific Grove's Play it by Ear Productions performs a radio play version of off-Broadway sci-fi comedy production Starstruck at the Henry Miller Library. Proceeds benefit comics artist Gene Colan, who drew Iron Man, Batman, and Daredevil. 6:30pm, $12.80 in advance (call 667-2574).

Jazz/funk act 7 Come 11 bring the sounds of the Hammond Organ to Big Sur's Fernwood Resort. 9pm.


Ferrari race car

It's the final day of the Monterey Historics at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The warm-up laps are in the morning; in the afternoon, race cars from 1947 to 1980 will compete in seven categories. 8:45am-5pm, $60. The Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance is the greatest car event of the year. Words can't capture it. General admission tickets are $150 in advance and $175 at the gate.

$500 Club d'Elegance tickets include VIP parking, a full breakfast and luncheon, and commemorative gifts. Buy tickets at the official website. It's your last chance to ride the Tilt-a-Whirl at the Monterey County Fair. If you're a knitter, don't miss the wool auction at 12:30 pm. The fair is open from noon to 10 pm. $8 for ages 13-64, $7 for 65+, $4 for children 6-12, free for children 5 and under.

The Mexican Heritage Festival wraps up at the Salinas Sports Complex. 1pm-10pm, $20 for adults (tequila tasting is $40-$70), free for children under 12.

Jose's hosts live mariachi beginning at 5pm. No cover.

The Monterey Bay Aquarium's Evenings by the Bay continues, giving you the chance to enjoy live music, light appetizers and great drinks while viewing the exhibits. 6pm-8pm, free with admission.

If you're not already overwhelmed by the insane number of events in Monterey this weekend, take a look at the Monterey County Weekly's extensive listings.