Posted on: Wednesday, April 27, 2011 8:00 AM
by Allyson Ryan
Prepare to be amazed at Pebble Beach Food & Wine, April 28-May 1! Over 90 celebrity chefs and 200 of the world’s best wineries will congregate to bring guests an experience of a lifetime. This four day event will delight with over 21 wine tastings and cooking demonstrations from the best in the business including demos from Tyler Florence, Guy Fieri and Jacques Pépin to name a few.
There will be plenty of other opportunities to try rare and exceptional wine and cuisine with some of the best scenery in the world as the backdrop. On Saturday and Sunday don’t miss the Lexus Grand Tasting where guests can taste more than 300 wines from over 20o wineries and dine on delicacies from 30 different celebrity chefs. April 28-May 1, Pebble Beach Resorts, Pebble Beach. Tickets start at $100.
The 26th annual Big Sur International Marathon and Expo takes place Sunday, May 1. The 26.2 mile course has been changed for this year due to recent issues on Highway One and will take place along the breathtaking Monterey County coastline beginning and ending at Carmel River Bridge. Other marathon-day events include a 21-mile power walk, 5K run, 9-mile walk, 10.6-mile walk, marathon relay and a Just Kids 3K.
The Health & Fitness Expo, held April 29 and 30, will run in conjunction with the marathon and will include over 80 vendors representing the latest in athletic equipment and health products. The expo will be held at the Monterey Conference Center, Friday (12pm-6pm) and Saturday (9am-6pm). April 29-May 1, race May 1. Highway 1 at the Carmel River Bridge, Carmel. Race is sold out.
The Avia Wildflower Triathlon at Lake San Antonio will test the best athletes. The weekend includes 3 intense triathlon events, the Long Course, the Mountain Bike Triathlon and the Olympic Triathlon. A Sports Expo will run Friday-Sunday and will have all the latest in athletic gear, great food and fun entertainment! April 29-May 1, Lake San Antonio.
Last chance to catch Forbidden Broadway playing at the Golden Bough Theatre! The spoof on famous Broadway productions is a can’t miss hilarious musical! Show begins at 7:30pm on Friday and Saturday and 2pm on Sunday. Golden Bough Theatre, Monte Verde and 8th St., Carmel-by-the-Sea. $7-$38.
Need to carb up before the big race on Sunday? Don’t miss “Carbs in Carmel” on Friday where both runners and food enthusiasts can enjoy local cuisine, wine and beer. 4:30pm-6:30pm, Ocean Ave., & Mission St., Carmel-by-the-Sea. $15.
Take a blast back to the 1920s and enjoy a 1920s themed cocktail party at the Monterey Museum of Art La Mirada. The museum will celebrate the opening preview of From Dawn to Dusk: Gottardo Piazzoni’s Final Murals. Vintage cocktail attire encouraged. To RSVP and purchase tickets call 831.372.5477 x 110. 6pm-8pm, MMA La Mirada, Monterey. Tickets$50.
The Don Pendergrass Trio will play live tonight at Santa Lucia Café. Don’t miss their funky jazz sounds using keyboards, bass and drums. 7pm-10pm, 484 Washington Street, Monterey. No cover.
Santa Cruz band, Beach Cowboys will get the crowd rockin’ at Bullwacker’s tonight! Sammy Roye (singer and bass) and Jack Hanson (singer and guitar) are a guaranteed good time! 8:30pm, 653 Cannery Row, Monterey. No cover.
Pasquale Esposito will give a special performance in the Carmel Mission Basilica tonight. The candle lit event and Pasquale’s acoustic tones will take the audience back to the 18th century. Call 408-528-6308 for tickets. 8:30pm, Carmel Mission Basilica, 3080 Rio Road, Carmel. $25-$35.
Rex Wheeler plays electric acoustic jams at the London Bridge Pub tonight! 9pm, 256 Figueroa St., Wharf #2, Monterey. No cover.
Families and kids can learn all about basket making and weaving at “Science Saturday” at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History. You can also learn about the plants used to make baskets. 11am-3pm, 165 Forest Ave., Pacific Grove.
Last chance to binge on carbs before the race! The Monterey Marriott in downtown Monterey will be holding a “Pasta Party” for Big Sur International Marathon runners. There will be two sittings, one at 4:30pm and 5:30pm. 4:30pm-7:30pm, Grand Ballroom of the Monterey Marriott, 350 Calle Principal, Monterey.$25.
Winner’s of 2010’s Monterey Bay Blues Festival Battle of the Bands, Blues at Eleven will perform at Bullwacker’s tonight! Listen to the acclaimed group play a wide range of blues styles including classic, contemporary and New Orleans. 8:30pm, 653 Cannery Row, Monterey. No cover.
Since Highway One from the north has reopened it’s the perfect chance to head to Big Sur! Check out Matt Masih and the Messengers playing tonight at Fernwood Tavern! This 6-piece jam band will play funk, soul, groove and reggae. 9pm, 47200 Highway One, Big Sur. No cover.
Bang your head at a metal showcase featuring hard rockers Blackwood Royalty, SPINFARM and Red Bullet Rising at Jose’s Underground Lounge. 9pm, 638 Wave St., Monterey.
Acoustic rock group, A Band of Ninjas plays a variety of styles from 80’s rock to blues and may even throw in some pop. Don’t miss the show tonight at London Bridge Pub! 9:30pm, 256 Figueroa St., Wharf #2, Monterey. No Cover.
Love to take photos of cute sea otters, seals and birds? Then test your skills at today’s Photo Safari with Elkhorn Slough Safari in Moss Landing. A professional photographer will be on board to teach you all of the tricks on capturing these critters. Reservations are strongly recommended, 831-633-5555. 8:30am, Elkhorn Slough, Moss Landing. $48.
The annual Tor House Spring Garden Party will bring together admirers of poetry, architecture, the wild coast of Carmel, and of course, Robinson Jeffers today at Tor House in Carmel-by-the-Sea. This is the only day of the year that visitors are allowed to take photographs of the house and gardens. Attendees can enjoy sights, music, refreshments and poetry. 2 -5pm. Tor House, 26304 Ocean View Ave, Carmel-by-the-Sea. $15
As the Content Manager at the Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Allyson manages digital marketing and social media for SeeMonterey. If she's not taking scenic pictures around the county, you are likely to find her on the Monterey Bay Coastal Rec Trail, sipping wine in Carmel Valley or hiking at Fort Ord National Monument.