This weekend, triathletes will flood the Salinas Valley's Lake San Antonio Recreation Area for the Wildflower Triathlon, known by many as the Woodstock of triathlons.
Meanwhile, Big Sur becomes a music lover's epicenter as Yo La Tengo play a sold-out show at the Henry Miller Library on Friday night and the Mother Hips headline the Hipnic II music festival all weekend long at Fernwood Resort.
Today's lineup at Hipnic II includes Sparrow's Gate, Nick Bluhm, Little Wings, Skinny Singers, Dawes and Mother Hips. The show starts at 4pm and goes until the wee hours at Fernwood Resort on Highway One in Big Sur. Call Fernwood Resort at 831-667-2422 for tickets.
Jose's Lounge presents an interesting lineup tonight, with fourth-wave world-ska band Fishbear and moody indie locals 1 < 12. 9pm, 638 Wave St. Monterey, $5.
Get a glimpse into your future at the 28th Spring Rota Psychic Fair and Festival, where you'll have over 35 psychics, healers and readers to choose from. 10am-6pm, Monterey Room at the Monterey County Fairgrounds. $10 admission, $20 per reading.
Today's lineup at Hipnic II includes Red Cortez, Parson Redheads, Elisa Randazzo, Neal Casal, Farmer Dave, Dawes, Jackie Green and Mother Hips. Acoustic acts start at 11am, and the music continues until 1:30am at Fernwood Resort on Highway One in Big Sur. Call Fernwood Resort at 831-667-2422 for tickets.
Saturday should have perfect weather for the River Road Wine Trail's 16th annual SpringFest, which is invariably a great party. Try barrel samples and new releases and enjoy food and live entertainment. 11am-4pm, down River Road through the Salinas Valley.
Everyone knows that Monterey County's beaches are one of the best spots anywhere for kite flying. And the coolest kites around are stunt kites, which can do turns, twists and other maneuvers. Skilled stunt kite flyers even compete solo and in teams, in competitions likened to figure skating. Learn basic stunt kite skills Saturday on one of Monterey's beaches during the workshop "Catching Air: Stunt Kites," offered by the Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District. (They frequently have cool activities, but this may be one of the coolest they've ever put on.) 2pm-4pm, $10 ($11 for non-residents). Register online under Family Discoveries, and call 831-659-6065 for directions to the beach.
Jose's Underground Lounge has an intriguing slate of indie Latin bands tonight, including San Jose electro-rockers Kavarzee, the laid-back indie Los Tiliches, fierce punk act EverResistant, and Salinas rockers Electric Narcotic. 9pm, 638 Wave St., $5.
The 28th Spring Rota Psychic Fair and Festival continues, with over 35 psychics, healers and readers. 10am-6pm, Monterey Room at the Monterey County Fairgrounds. $10 admission, $20 per reading.
Spring has sprung, and so has the weekly Sunday Afternoon Music party at the Big Sur River Inn. This Sunday, local jazz act Paige Too performs. 1pm-5pm, Highway One in Big Sur, no cover.
Explore the work and the home of poet Robinson Jeffers at the Tor House Spring Garden Party. There will be poetry, live music, plein air painters, tea and snacks. It's also the one day a year that photos are permitted at Tor House and Hawk Tower. 2-5pm, 26304 Ocean View Avenue Carmel, $15.