Stop by the Monterey County Fairgrounds this weekend for the FASH Monterey Springfest Horse Show. This competition features American Saddlebred and Fresian horses with national and world champion horses and riders. Wednesday-Sunday from 9am-2pm, 2004 Fairgrounds Road, Monterey. Free event.
Tens of thousands of bike enthusiasts descend upon the Monterey Peninsula for the Sea Otter Classic this weekend. The four-day action packed event includes tons of competitions for both amateurs and professionals, family fun activities and one of the largest consumer bike expos in the world! Thursday-Sunday. Laguna Seca Recreation Area, Monterey. Various tickets prices. Check out what’s in bloom at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History. This weekend they play host to one of the largest Wildflower Shows on the Northern and Western Hemispheres with over 600 different wildflower species on display. Friday-Sunday from 10am-5pm. 165 Forest Avenue, Pacific Grove. $5. The Monterey Symphony presents “Merriment” this weekend with performances at Sherwood Hall in Salinas and the Sunset Center in Carmel-by-the-Sea. The symphony welcomes French pianist Philippe Binaconi as he plays works from Erick Satie, Maurice Ravel and Paul Hindemith. Friday at 7:30pm in Salinas, Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 3pm in Carmel-by-the-Sea. $20-$78. Need a laugh? Catch a performance of “9 to 5, the Musical” at the Paper Wing Theatre this Friday or Saturday. The musical version of the popular movie starring Dolly Parton is sure to be a crowd-pleaser with songs like “"Joy to the Girls" and "Shine Like the Sun." Friday and Saturday at 8pm, 320 Hoffman Avenue, Monterey. $22-$25.
Get your fill of some fine whiskey at the Crown Royal Tasting this evening at the Salinas Sports Complex. Crown Royal and the California Rodeo Salinas host this special event which includes live music, food, mixing competitions and lots whiskey, of course. Cheers! 6:30pm-10pm, 1034 N. Main Street, Salinas. $50-$100. Don’t miss a special performance from Storm Large at the Sunset Center tonight. The singer from the band Pink Martini flies solo with some of her original rock songs. 8pm, San Carlos Street at Ninth Avenue, Carmel-by-the-Sea. $37.
Take in the beauty of some of Carmel Valley’s colorful spring flowers at Garland Ranch’s lower trails during a Wildflower Walk with the Monterey Peninsula Regional Parks District. The three mile hike is expected to last one to two hours. Don’t forget to bring water, snacks and to wear good hiking shoes. 9am, Garland Visitors Center, Carmel Valley. Free event. Kids will love a live concert by Essence at MY Museum today! She will put on a silly and fun performance with songs from her latest album “A Dog Named Moo.” 10:30am-11:15am, 425 Washington Street, Monterey. Free with admission. Want free admission to the Monterey Museum of Art? Stop by today during Family Day and check out the awesome exhibits at the Monterey Museum of Art. There will also be family-fun activities like sketching, a scavenger hunt, story telling and more.11am-4pm, 559 Pacific Street, Monterey. Free event. Prepare to be amazed by local artists at Noche Bohemia at the Steinbeck Institute for Arts and Culture tonight. There will be quite the mix of poetry, song, art and photography. 5:30pm-10pm, 940 N. Main Street, Salinas. Free event. Shake your groove thang at Fernwood Tavern in Big Sur with the Billy Martini Band. This energetic act plays original rock and covers dating back to the ‘70s. 9pm, 47200 Highway One Big Sur. Free event.
Explore some of the Fabulous Flowers and Ferns at Garzas Creek this morning with guides from the Monterey Peninsula Regional Parks District. The 3.3 mile hike is expected to last three hours. Don’t forget to bring water, snacks and to wear good hiking shoes. 9am, East Garzas Trailhead. Free event. The Monterey Bay Aquarium is celebrating children and families today during Día del Niño. Children 12 years old and younger will be admitted for free and will enjoy various activities like arts and crafts, live feedings and music from mariachi bands. 10am-6pm, 886 Cannery Row, Monterey. Free event. The Listening Place, Readers’ Theatre performs “Foxfire” with songs by Hume Cronyn and Susan Cooper at the Monterey Museum of Art- La Mirada this afternoon. Don’t miss this story about Annie Nations and the issues she faces in the Blue Ridge Mountains. 1:30pm, 720 Via Mirada, Monterey. Free with museum admission.