All Weekend

America's last hometown comes alive with its biggest event of the year! Pacific Grove brings back the Feast of Lanterns celebration dating back a century. Each day highlights a different event like the pet parade, Feast of Flavors and Feast of Dancing. Saturday is the main event where Lovers Point Park hosts an array of entertainment and children's activities throughout the day, a pageant in the evening and fireworks at night! July 24-28, Pacific Grove. Free event.

The Carmel Bach Festival is in its final weekend and this is your last chance to catch an array of performances, pre-concert talks and much more. On Saturday check out the Best of the Fest at 7:30pm at the Sunset Center. July 13-27. Carmel-by-the-Sea. Various ticket prices.

Carmel Bach Festival

Join artist Erin Gafill for the Amazing Paint Out with beautiful views of Monterey County as the backdrop. The five day painting course includes iconic locations like Carmel Valley, Point Lobos, Big Sur and historic Monterey. Other events include evening receptions and access to special events in the area including Feast of Lanterns and the Carmel Bach Festival. July 24-28. $725.

Planet Gemini will be full of laughs this Friday and Saturday as comedian and impressionist David Burleigh takes the stage. His impressions are so spot on that it landed him on America's Got Talent and a gig on Not Another Celebrity Movie. Stay for karaoke or the After Party where local DJs mix up the latest hits. Friday and Saturday from 8pm-1:30am, 2110 Fremont Street, Monterey. $10.


The Summer Live Music Series premieres this week at the popular Carmel Plaza shopping center. Tonight the IPO's perform in the garden courtyard with food served by Grasing's Restaurant and wine poured by Wrath Wines. 5pm-7pm, Ocean Avenue and Mission Street, Carmel-by-the-Sea.


Set out on the Lupine Loop through Garland Ranch with guides from the Monterey Peninsula Regional Parks District. Hikers will experience beautiful views and late blooming wildflowers. The three mile hike is expected to last two hours. Don't forget to bring water, snacks and to wear comfortable shoes. 10am, Garland Visitors Center. Free admission.

Bring your kiddo to Earthbound Farms today for a Bug Walk through their organic fields in Carmel Valley. Farmers in training will learn how the bugs help the crop and will have the chance to release ladybugs in the fields. 11am, 7250 Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley. $5 per child, free for adults.

Today is Identification Day at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History. Bring your shells, rocks, insects, plants or feathers to the museum where experts from the Bureau of Land Management will do their best to put a name to your unique find. 11am-3pm, 165 Forest Avenue, Pacific Grove. Free admission.

Sample new wines in a fun and outdoor atmosphere at Wine Fest! This inaugural wine event held at the Monterey County Fair & Event Center focuses on affordable wines with a unique blend of entertainment including on-site graffiti artists, DJs and local bands. 12pm-5pm, 2004 Fairgrounds Road, Monterey, $40 in advance and $45 at the door.

Enjoy live jazz music from Pete Lips and Friends tonight at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Evenings by the Bay is a great way to enjoy music, light refreshments and the fabulous exhibits. 6pm-8pm, 886 Cannery Row, Monterey. Free with aquarium admission.

Fernwood Tavern in Big Sur hosts Chris Zanardi & His High Beamz for some great live music tonight. 9pm, 47200 Highway One, Big Sur. Free admission.


Moss Landing gets a big population boost as the Antique Street Faire rolls into town! Over 200 antique vendors will set up booths on the streets of Moss Landing, selling antique furniture and every kind of vintage item imaginable. 8am-5pm, Moss Landing. $5.

Guides from the Monterey Peninsula Regional Parks District take hikers to Siesta Point and the west side of Garland Ranch. The three and a half mile hike is expected to last three hours. Don't forget to bring water, snacks and to wear comfortable hiking shoes. 9am, Garland Visitors Center. Free admission.

Rejuvenate before the work week at the Big Sur River Inn today. Roger Eddy and Friends play music out on the patio to help you unwind. 1pm, 46840 Highway One, Big Sur. Free event.

Evenings by the Bay features music from jazz flutist Kenny Stahl tonight. Don't miss out on the great music and animals at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. 6pm-8pm, 886 Cannery Row, Monterey. Free with aquarium admission.

Just need to dance? Hit up Planet Gemini tonight for a night full of salsa music and dancing. Salsa classes are also available to those just getting started. 9pm-1:30am. 2110 Fremont Street, Monterey. $5-$25.