This weekend has four big festivals, plus plenty of great concerts and other events to keep you busy.
The Carmel Art & Film Festival features 50 Sundance-worthy independent films, visual arts exhibits, live performances from renowned songwriters Bob Schneider and Griffin House, lectures from top filmmakers, and more! Buy individual film showing tickets or all-weekend passes at the Carmel Art & Film Festival website.
Monterey History Fest is a jam-packed weekend celebrating the history of Monterey. Tour some of Monterey's most illustrious historic buildings, meet Mexican-American War and Civil War reenactors, take a van tour of the rarely-open-t0-the-public Upper Presidio, and learn about Hippolyte de Bouchard, the pirate who raided Monterey. Kids can participate in hands-on historic activities. And it's all free! See the full schedule at the official History Fest website.
Learn about all things jade and pick up some for yourself at the Big Sur Jade Festival. The event features jade and other stone, as well as art, food and live entertainment. Friday noon-6pm, Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 10am-5pm. Free admission; proceeds benefit the Pacific Valley School PTO and South Coast Community Land Trust. Directions are available here.
For the poetic set, the Robinson Jeffers Fall Festival is a can't-miss event. Friday night's Sunset Celebration features wine, food, live music and readings of Jeffers' poetry in the garden at Tor House. Saturday, attend lectures on the sacred themes of Jeffers' work. Sunday, enjoy the annual Jeffers poetry walk, where participants will read Jeffers' work as they hike through the land that inspired it. See the Tor House website for the full schedule.
The Beach Boys' Al Jardine plays a concert supporting his brand new CD release, "Postcard from California," at the Henry Miller Library in Big Sur. 7:30pm, Highway One in Big Sur. Tickets are $35 (plus fees) and can be purchased online.
Wear your green shirt and your leather jacket to Bullwacker's tonight as Irish metal band Bog Iron blows the roof off. 8:30pm, 653 Cannery Row, Monterey. No cover.
Warming up for their gig at the Big Sur Jade Festival on Saturday, The Demos play Fernwood tonight. 9pm, Highway One in Big Sur. No cover.
Monterey Bay's favorite party band, Jonah and the Whalewatchers, stirs it up at Bullwacker's tonight. 8:30pm, 653 Cannery Row, Monterey. No cover.
Jose's Lounge Underground presents an eclectic evening featuring the Beborn Beton-meets-Fictional sound of Neu:Era and the if-the-Cocteau-Twins-made-psychedelic-rock sound of Leilujh. 9pm, 638 Wave St., Monterey.
Songs Hotbox Harry Taught Us return to Fernwood Resort for another raucous, fun show of old-school country. 9pm, Highway One in Big Sur. No cover.
Enjoy the blues/folk of Zack Salaz at London Bridge Pub. 9:30pm, Wharf No. 2, Monterey. No cover.
Local jazz quartet Paige Too plays under the redwoods at the Big Sur River Inn. 1pm-5pm, Highway One in Big Sur. No cover.
Celebrate the environment at the Henry Miller Library's "Be Kind to the Earth" event. Hear performances by City Folk, Kimball Hurd and Alisa Fineman. Learn about farm-to-table cooking as Robin Burnside presents her new book "The Homesteader's Kitchen." Peruse an outsider art show presented by Big Sur Advocates for a Green Environment. 2pm-6pm, Highway One in Big Sur. Free, but donations are requested; donate online.