This weekend's hot picks
Posted on: Friday, July 31, 2009 10:16 AM by Nicole Gustas
It's a weekend of festivals in Monterey County! Not only does the Carmel Bach Festival conclude with some great concerts, but the Spirit West Coast Christian Music Festival takes over Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. In addition, the Turkish Arts and Culture Festival will take place on Custom House Plaza, the Scottish Games and Celtic Festival returns to Toro Park, and Carmel Valley residents celebrate the Carmel Valley Fiesta in the Park. Friday Spirit West Coast's lineup features Richard Andrew, BarlowGirl, HawkNelson, MercyMe, Esterlyn, Stellar Kart, Disciple and Family Force 5, among many others. Day passes are $59 for adults, $39 for children ages 6-12, and free for those under 12. It's the Carmel Bach Festival's final weekend! While most events are sold out, you can still get tickets to a couple of concerts. Hear two of Haydn's latest compositions and one of Beethoven's earliest at "Passing the Mantle," which features Haydn's Quartet No. 67 and Notturno String Quintet, as well as Beethoven's Quartet No. 2. Church of the Wayfarer, Carmel-by-the-Sea. 2:30pm, $25. The Henry Miller Library has an afternoon of music to mope by lined up. LA's sixties-shoe-gazey Dead Meadow plays with San Francisco's SLEEPY SUN and psychedelic Assemble Head in Sunburst Sound, the slightly livelier MOONRATS, indie-ambient WARPAINT, and the always-intriguing spaghetti-western influenced Spindrift. The lineup starts at 3pm. $25. All Saints Church in Carmel hosts a free concert, the Youth Chorus Master Class Showcase, as part of the Carmel Bach Festival. 5pm. The Roger Eddy Band plays tonight at Jazz at the Plaza at Carmel Plaza, alongside wines from Ventana Vineyards and food from Bistro Beaujolais. 5pm, $15. Tickets for Haydn's The Creation at the Sunset Center are $47 and $65, and the concert begins at 8pm. If you're feeling poor, you can still see the free pre-concert talk and a live brass performance at the Sunset Center. The talk starts at 6:45pm; the brass performance is at 7:15pm. Wear your leather jacket and prepare to thrash your head at Jose's on Wave Street tonight as Pride Subject play with Counter Clockwise and Adam Loomis. 9pm, $5. Saturday Carmel Valley's Fiesta in the Park kicks off with an 8am pancake breakfast at the Carmel Valley Community Center and (for the more energetic) the Fiesta Mountain Trail Run at Dampierre Ball Park. Watch the parade through Carmel Valley Village at 10am, or head straight over to the park to get a leg up on the games, raffle, arts and crafts, food and train ride. Check out the car show from 11am-3pm. Free. Get up bright and early for the Scottish Games and Celtic Festival, which starts right at 9am at Toro Park with piping, drumming, Highland Dancing and athletic competitions, as well as historic reenactments. The live bands start at 10am, and the big barbecue starts at 6pm. Tickets are $20/adults, $18 for 65+ and 13-16, and military, $10 for children 7-12, and free for children 6 and under. The barbecue is $12. Spirit West Coast's lineup features Worth Dying For, Rashelle Garrett, Needtobreathe, Brandon Heath, Falling Up, The Wedding, Ruth, Leeland, Thousand Foot Krutch, This Beautiful Republic, and Tobymac, among many others. Day passes are $59 for adults, $39 for children ages 6-12, and free for those under 12. Forget kayaking - these days all the cool kids are doing stand-up paddle boarding. It's kind of like standing on a surfboard with a paddle, and allegedly it gives awesome views of the ocean. Find out for yourself Saturday with the Monterey Peninsula Regional Parks District's paddle boarding classes, hosted by Monterey Bay Kayaks. Register online; it's listed under Teen and Adult Explorations. 10am to noon or 1pm to 3pm. $22/person includes lesson and all gear. The final day of the Carmel Bach Festival begins with the Viennese Matinee Concertante, a morning of light Viennese classical (sadly, not accompanied by light Viennese pastries). Sunset Center. 11am, $27. Check out folk dancing, belly dancing, and other live music and entertainment while eating some fantastic Turkish food at the Turkish Arts and Culture Fesival at Custom House Plaza. Kids' activities include painting, storytelling and puppet-making. Free. 11am-6pm. See the best up-and-coming classical vocalists at Vocal Fireworks at the Sunset Center. 1:30pm, $22. The Monterey Bay Aquarium’s extended weekend summer hours continue tonight from 6pm to 8pm. Wander the galleries with a glass of wine in hand while listening to live jazz, or make a dinner reservation at the Portola Restaurant. Included in admission fee. The Best of the Fest Concert at the Sunset Center wraps up the Carmel Bach Festival, featuring all the performers from throughout the festival performing a smorgasbord of classical music. 8pm, $102 and $127. The unprintable-in-a-family-blog F*** I'm a Ghost open for extremely experimental, free-form jazz act The Eastern Seaboard at Jose's in what is sure to be an interesting show. 9pm, $3. Monterey locals Darktown Rounders' alt-country music is similarly family-unfriendly, but they're one ton of naughty fun. Catch them tonight in Big Sur at Fernwood Resort. 9pm. Sunday Carmel Valley's Fiesta in the Park throws another pancake breakfast at 8am, followed by a dog show at noon, a wild animal show from 1pm to 3pm, plus all the usual arts and crafts, games, food and music throughout the day. Free. The fun continues at the Scottish Games and Celtic Festival at Toro Park. 9am to 5pm. Tickets are $20/adults, $18 for 65+ and 13-16, and military, $10 for children 7-12, and free for children 6 and under. Get your baklava and bellydancing on with the final day of the Turkish Arts and Culture Festival at Custom House Plaza. Free, 11am-6pm. Seaside's Blues in the Park brings in the big guns with Louisiana's Kenny Neal. 1pm, free. Stay late at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, where extended weekend summer hours continue tonight from 6pm to 8pm. Wander the galleries with a glass of wine in hand while listening to live jazz. Included in admission fee. You say after all this you're still lookin' for a good time? Head on over to the Monterey County Weekly's online calendar for an even bigger list of things to do.