Hold onto your hats and don't try to drive Highway One south of Carmel on Sunday...the Big Sur International Marathon is in town this weekend! Expect to see even more athletically toned individuals along the sidewalks of Monterey County this weekend. If you're a race participant and looking for somewhere to carbo-load (or if you just like carbohydrates), see our article on Monterey County's Best Places to Carbo Load. And if you can't make it to the Marathon, you can still download one of these gorgeous Big Sur International Marathon wallpapers and get a virtual taste of the experience.
Amazingly, Kronos Quartet's performance at the Sunset Center still hasn't sold out. The legendary quartet performs "Black Angels" by George Crumb. 8pm, San Carlos at Ninth Avenue, Carmel. Tickets are $42, $48 and $57 and can be purchased on the Sunset Center website.
Seattle rockers The Taphandles play solid, acoustic-leaning rock. They're joined at Jose's by Dead-influenced Santa Cruz rockers Birdhouse, Celtic metallers Bog Iron, as well as locals Finkle is Einhorn and Serpico. 8pm, 638 Wave St. Monterey, $5.
The City of Seaside hosts the art show Tour, Taste and Talent, featuring the works of 16 artists (as well as music and refreshments) at five locations throughout the city, including the Oldemeyer Center at 986 Hilby Street. There will also be an art drawing at the Oldemeyer Center. 10am-5pm, free. Print the PDF flyer and map here.
The Salinas Asian Festival celebrates the Chinese, Filipino and Japanese communities in Salinas. Events include historic tours of the neighborhood, food, tai chi demonstrations, Filipino folk dancing, taiko drumming, a bonsai display, traditional Japanese flower arranging, and more. 11am-4pm, free. Chinatown is in the area bordered by N. Main Street, E. Rossi St., Sherwood Dr. and E. Market St.
It's a very metal evening at Jose's tonight with locals Counter Clockwise, Sacramento's Sexciety and Sour Diesel, and South Bay rockers Dimidium. 8pm, 638 Wave St. Monterey, $5.
The Monterey Symphony performs several choral works, including Schubert's Gesang der Geister über den Wassern; one of Brahms' earliest works, Serenade No. 2 in A major; and Faure's Requiem, movement IV of which is famously known as "the only Pie Jesu." See the final rehearsal at 2pm for $15 or the performance at 7pm for $20 or $39 at Sherwood Hall, 940 N. Main Street, Salinas. Tickets can be purchased online at the Monterey Symphony website.
The Monterey Bay Aqarium hosts their annual Día del Niño event. The event includes bilingual feeding programs in English and Spanish, Mariachi performances featuring Gabriela Sepulveda of the TV show "Sábado Gigante," arts and crafts, a prize wheel, performances by El Teatro Campesino, and more. 10am-6pm, 886 Cannery Row Monterey, all events included in the price of admission.
Children and adults can learn "The Ebb and Flow of Tidepooling" in an outing for families led by the Monterey Peninsula Regional Parks District. The class takes place on the Pacific Grove coast; call 831-372-3196 x3 for more information. 1pm-3pm; $10/person or $33 for a group of 4 ($1 add-on per person for out-of-district residents). Register online under "Family Discoveries."
Eva Lothar's films "Street of the Sardine" and "Yesterday's Shore Tomorrow's Morning" show what Cannery Row and Moss Landing were like in the early 1970s. She shows them both today at Moss Landing's Haute Enchilada Art Cafe. 2pm-4pm, Moss Landing Village.
The Monterey Symphony brings its program of Schubert's Gesang der Geister über den Wassern, Brahms' Serenade No. 2 in A major and Faure's Requiem to the Sunset Center. 3pm, 8th and San Carlos in Carmel. Tickets are $48, $55, $65 and $69 and can be purchased online at the Monterey Symphony website.