All Weekend

Get a free tour of beautiful Asilomar State Park on Friday and Saturday mornings. The "Asilomar Ramble" provides all sorts of insights into Pacific Grove's coastal gem including its cultural history and tidbits on Asilomar Conference Grounds' architecture. Tours start at the Phoebe Social Hall at 9:30am. Call 831-646-6443 for reservations. Friday and Saturday from 9:30am-10:30am, 800 Asilomar Avenue, Pacific Grove. Free event.

The Monterey Symphony has not one, not two but three chances to catch their spring performance titled Reflection this weekend. Concerts will be held at the Sherwood Hall in Salinas on Friday at 7:30pm and at the Sunset Center in Carmel-by-the-Sea on Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 3pm. $20-$78.

Stand-up comedian Ngaio Bealum is at Planet Gemini this Friday and Saturday for a hilarious act with special guest Keon Polee. Stay afterwards for karaoke and dancing. Friday and Saturday at 8pm. 2110 Fremont Street, Monterey. $10.

Athletes from around the globe converge on the Monterey Peninsula this weekend for the Big Sur International Marathon and Expo! Starting Friday participants and visitors can stop by the Monterey Conference Center for registration and to scope out some of the hottest trends in health and fitness. Open Friday from 12pm-6pm and Saturday 9am-6pm. 1 Portola Plaza, Monterey. Free event.


Elizabeth and the Catapult stop by the Henry Miller Library tonight for a magical concert under the redwoods in Big Sur. 7pm. 48603 Highway One, Big Sur. $10 in advance and $12 at the door.

The St. Lawrence String Quartet has established itself among the world-class chamber ensembles of its generation. Don't miss their live performance at the Sunset Center this evening where they will play works from Haydn, Dvorak and Tsontakis. 8pm. San Carlos Street at Ninth Avenue, Carmel-by-the-Sea. $41-$56.


Get a glimpse of Monterey County's most beautiful wildflowers this afternoon on a hike through Garland Ranch in Carmel Valley. The 3 mile hike is expected to last 2 hours. Don't forget to wear good shoes and to bring snacks and water. 9am. Garland Ranch Visitor Center, Carmel Valley. Free event.

Earth Day may have just passed but you can still celebrate at Return of the Natives in Salinas. Today volunteers will meet at Natividad Creek Park for a day of service and fun! Tools, water and a BBQ lunch will be provided. 10am-1pm, 1395 Nogal Drive, Salinas. Free event.

Get yourself in the marathon spirit and watch an exclusive screening of The Spirit of the Marathon II at the Museum of Monterey this afternoon. Following the film is a reception and meet & greet with one of the films featured runners, Julie Weiss and the producer Gwendolen Twist. 4:30pm-7:30pm, 5 Custom House Plaza, Monterey. $30.

The Henry Miller Library hosts a talk with Pearl Means, widow of Native-American activist Russell Means this evening. Pearl Means will also sign books by her late husband titled "If You've Forgotten the Names of the Clouds, You've Lost Your Way: An Introduction to American Indian Thought and Philosophy." 7:30pm. 48603 Highway One, Big Sur. Free event, donations recommended.

Get your dancing shoes on and head over to SpectorDance in Marina! Tonight bluegrass and folk band Annalivia perform. Wine, appetizers and desserts will also be served. 7:30pm, 3343 Paul Davis Drive, Marina. $15-$20.


Get ready and get set for the Big Sur International Marathon hitting the most gorgeous stretch of coastline early this morning. The 26.2 mile course begins at Rio Road in Carmel and winds through Highway One passing through Bixby Bridge and Big Sur Village. 7am, Carmel and Big Sur.

Trio Carmel hosts an Artist Reception for local artist Martino Hoss and his new exhibit "Call to the Coast" featuring beautiful landscapes from around the Monterey Peninsula. 3pm-6pm. Dolores between Ocean and 7th, Carmel-by-the-Sea. Free event.

Join inspirational speaker and singer-songwriter Vicki Hannah Lein during Open Mic at Bay Park Hotel. She calls her songs "Thera-Tunes" because they provide a Thera Tune Up for the soul. 8pm. 1425 Munras Avenue, Monterey. Free event.