This weekend's big event is the Global Tuner Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, where top street-legal cars from around the world will race to see which is the top in class. Tickets are only $10 for Friday, $15 for Saturday or Sunday and $35 for the whole event. The event includes three days of racing, vendors and motorsport manufacturer displays, a SoCal Euro car show and a historic stock car display. Children under 12 enter free! Ticket holders park for free. Call the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Ticket Office at 800-327-7322 for tickets.
FridayLark Quarte+ is an innovative all-female string quartet that draws elements of world music from Africa, Asia and the Middle East into their programs. Alongside special guests percussionist Yousif Sheronick and baritone Stephen Salters, they'll perform a program entitled "Folk Fusion: From America to the Middle East." The program ranges from Dvorak and Gershwin to Wiprud, Peraaskero, Ruehr and more. Pre-concert talk at 7pm, concert at 8pm. Sunset Center, San Carlos St. and 9th Avenue, Carmel-by-the-Sea. Tickets are $31 to $55 and are available online.
Enjoy original rock and R&B from Tom Faia and Juice at Captain Bullwacker's. 653 Cannery Row, Monterey. No cover.
Bellingham, Washington ska/soul act Yogoman Burning Band plays Jose's Lounge Underground. 9pm, 638 Wave St. Monterey. $5.
At the Pacific Repertory Theater's FallFest, you'll find arts, crafts, live music, and great food. And it's all free. 10am-5pm, Custom House Plaza, Monterey. Free to attend.
Run through the redwoods at the 30th annual Big Sur River Run. This 10K benefits the Big Sur Volunteer Fire Brigade and the Big Sur Health Center, and the course goes through some of the most scenic areas in the county. The Apple Pie Preschool will sell donuts, coffee and fruit to runners as a fundraiser. 10am, Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, Big Sur. $38; register on site.
If you're looking to build, decorate or renovate your home, your first stop should be the Monterey Home Show. Find out about your options, take seminars on upgrading your home, and learn ways to save money and be a little more green in the process. 10am-5pm, Monterey Fairgrounds, 2004 Fairgrounds Road, Monterey. Free.
The spooky and scenic Point Sur Ghost Tour returns for the fifth year. Watch the sun set from the historic lighthouse, enjoy hearty refreshment sin the Barn, and learn all about the spooky happenings at Point Sur and elsewhere in Monterey County from storyteller Kevin Hanstick. Proceeds benefit the Point Sur Lightstation restoration project. 5:15pm, Point Sur Lightstation, 19 miles south of Rio Road on Highway One, Big Sur. $60, but event limited to first 40 registrants; call 831-649-7139 to reserve.
Who says dads can't rock? BoomDaddy is a quartet of dads who are dedicated to rocking out with originals and cover tunes. They play tonight at Captain Bullwacker's. 8:30pm, 653 Cannery Row, Monterey. No cover.
Moody, Postal Service-esque electronic duo James & Evander (free album available on site) and glitchy, psychedelic electronic soul band Elephant & Castle (free album available at link) are playing throughout California as part of the "Too Many Ampersands" tour. The bands land at Jose's tonight. San Francisco's emotional, acoustic Billy Schafer (free song available at website) opens. 9pm, 638 Wave St., Monterey. $5.
Buzzy, blusey LA indie band Mississippi Man have been compared to the Cold War Kids. They play Fernwood tonight alongside local lo-fi rockers F*$@ I'm A Ghost (free album download here) and raw, Firewater-esque folkies White Dogs. 9pm, Fernwood Resort, Highway One, Big Sur. No cover.
Lenny Sales and friends packed the house a few weeks ago as as My Friend Lenny. They play again tonight at London Bridge Pub. 9:30pm, Wharf #2, Monterey. No cover.
The Monterey Home Show continues, with vendors and exhibitors dedicated to beautifying your home. 10am-5pm, Monterey Fairgrounds, 2004 Fairgrounds Road, Monterey. Free.
FallFest, full of arts, crafts, live music, and great food, wraps up today. 10am-5pm, Custom House Plaza, Monterey. Free to attend.