For foodies, the top weekend event is absolutely Monterey Bay Restaurant Week, which started Thursday and continues until October 29. Over 30 area restaurants are offering fixed-price three-course menus at a rate of $25, $35, and $45. It's the perfect way to explore some of the best restaurants in Monterey County!
Pre-1973 classic cars take over the streets around the intersection of Broadway and Fremont at Seaside's "Hot Cars and Cool Nites." 4pm-8pm, free to look, $5 to register a car.
Take a class in "Wine and Cheese 101" at Scheid Vineyards Wine Lounge on Monterey's Cannery Row with local chef Dorothy McNett. She'll tell you how to seek out fine cheeses, and which wines to pair them with. 6:30-8pm, $40 for the general public, $32 for wine club members.
Peep at the Milky Way through some fantastic telescopes at Garland Ranch Regional Park's Star Party. (They have cookies, too.) Careful pulling into the parking lot - that's where the telescopes will be set up. Starts at sunset, free. The Emerson String Quartet plays at the Sunset Center in Carmel-by-the-Sea. The program includes works by Schubert, Shostakovich and Dvorak. 8pm. Tickets range from $39 to $62.
Big Sur's Fernwood Resort is a major music destination this weekend. The lineup tonight includes Inner Beauty, indie synthy act Beach House, The Fresh and Onlys (who sound a little like Iggy Pop doing a Monkees-influenced, no-synths take on Joy Division), and The Ganglians, described by Pitchfork as "like the Mamas & the Papas getting knee deep into some serious backwoods voodoo." 8pm, $15.50, see website for advanced ticket purchase.
The Pacific Repertory Theater holds its fall fundraising Arts and Crafts Faire at Custom House Plaza in Monterey. Eat great food, buy great crafts, and know that the money you spend goes to a good cause. 9am-5pm, free to attend. The Big Sur River Run is back! It takes place at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, and it's one of the most beautiful 5K and 10K courses in the world. 10am. Click to register online; registration is $15 for 12 and under, $28 for the rest of us.
Get an introduction to organic farming and some vegetables to take home with the Earthbound Farm Harvest Walk. 11am-noon, $20 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under. Call 831-625-6219 x3 to reserve.
Nepenthe throws a book launch party for Romney Steele's "My Nepenthe." The book signing runs from 1-3pm, and the fiesta, reception and belly dancing happen starting at 4pm. Free to attend.
Learn more about the history of the area with Hidden History: Untold Stories of the Naval Postgraduate School at the Monterey Public Library. What is now the Naval Postgraduate School was once the Hotel Del Monte, forerunner of the Pebble Beach Resorts. Speaker John Sanders will share all kinds of fascinating stories of the antics of the old-school glitterati who frequented the resort. 2-3:30pm, free.
Take a Ghost Tour of Point Sur Lightstation! First, watch the sun set during your walking tour, then hear Point Sur's ghost stories in the barn over dessert and drinks. Your $55 benefits Point Sur Lightstation. 5:15pm, call 831-649-7139 to reserve.
Fernwood's weekend of rock continues with an acoustic set by the hard-to-describe Oakland based Persephone's Bees, indie folksters Birds Fled From Me, psych rock acts Sam Flax and the Higher Color and Kurt Vile, and folk rockers Sparrows Gate. 7pm, $15, see website for advanced ticket purchase.
Who'd think that a German band would name themselves Dos Hermanos and play pitch-perfect old-school country? Their tour lands tonight at Jose's on Wave Street. Local country-indie acts Good Sam's Music and An Anchor of Silver open. 9pm, $5.
The PacRep Arts and Crafts Faire continues at Custom House Plaza in Monterey. 9am-5pm, free to attend. Why should humans have all the dress-up fun? Dress up your dog for the Quail Lodge Howl-O-Ween Dog Paw-ty in Carmel Valley. There will be costume contests for kids and dogs, a dog fashion show, a human and a doggie buffet, musical entertainment, pet-friendly vendors, demonstrations, and more. Proceeds benefit Animal Friends Rescue Project. 11:30am-3pm. $35 adult, $10 children 12 and under, free for children under 4.
It's the last day to take a ghost tour of Point Sur Lighthouse! 5:15pm, $55, call 831-649-7139 to reserve. Still looking for something to do? Take a look at the Monterey County Weekly's calendar for even more great ideas.