The 74th Carmel Bach Festival wraps up this weekend in Carmel-by-the-Sea. Friday’s concert will feature War and Peace: Landscapes of the Soul with a talk preceding the performance. Saturday is the last day of the 15 day event and will end with Festival Encores and a Closing Night Reception. July 16-30, Carmel-by-the-Sea. Various ticket prices.
It’s time for Pacific Grove’s most highly anticipated event of the year, The Feast of Lanterns! For over one hundred years the citizens of Pacific Grove have celebrated its history and culture with this popular summer festival. On Friday, enjoy the Feast of Lanterns Pet Parade where pets will march the streets of Lighthouse Avenue with their owners beginning at 2:30pm. At 6pm, dance the night away with the Royal Court at Chautauqua Hall during the Dance Party. Saturday is Pageant Day at Lovers Point Beach beginning at 11am. The day will include children's activities, food booths and a sand castle contest. The pageant will begin at 8pm. Don’t miss the return of the fireworks this year! Friday-Sunday, Pacific Grove.
The 16th annual Monterey Bay Reggaefest happens this weekend at the Monterey County Fairgrounds. As one of the largest reggae festivals in Northern California, the 3-day celebration will feature over 20 performances from star reggae performers, dancehall acts and cultural dancers. This year’s performers include Inner Circle, Fiji, Wailing Souls, Anthony B, New Kingston, Mystic Roots, The Green and many more! Friday-Sunday, 2004 Fairground Road, Monterey. Various ticket prices.
Visit the Custom House Plaza in downtown Monterey and celebrate the 14th annual Monterey Turkish Festival. There will be plenty of live music, folk dancing, belly dancing and art exhibits. Bring the little ones for puppet making, games, coloring and storytelling. And don’t worry there will be plenty of baklava and kebabs to go around! Saturday-Sunday, 11am-6pm, 20 Custom House Plaza, Monterey. Free admission.
SOLD OUT! Big Sur’s Woodsist Festival occurs this weekend at Fernwood Resort and Henry Miller Library. The jam-packed music event starts Saturday night at 9pm and goes into the late night at Fernwood Resort. Performances will include NODZZZ, The Mantles, Ducktails, Woods/Fresh & Onlys Big Band. Sunday’s performances will begin at 2pm at the Henry Miller Library and include acts from Real Estate, Thee Oh Sees, Woods and more! Saturday-Sunday. Highway One, Big Sur.
Head over to Monterey Plaza Hotel and Spa on Cannery Row and enjoy sounds from the Caribbean. Broken English will have the audience dancing at tonight’s Concert by the Bay. Don’t be surprised if it feels more like a cruise to the Bahamas! 5pm-9pm, 400 Cannery Row, Monterey.
It’s time for another great performance from A Band of Ninjas! The patio of Bullwacker’s will host the acoustic rock duo where they will cover hits from the likes of Paula Abdul, Vanilla Ice and Queen. 8:30pm, 653 Cannery Row, Monterey. No cover.
What do you get when you mix Pierce Ranch wine and a live solo acoustic concert? A great Friday night! White Dogs' lead singer, Matthew Hable, is ready to make his solo debut at Pierce Ranch Vineyards. Come taste Pierce wines (by the bottle or by the glass), and enjoy listening to live Americana and folk music. 8:30pm, 499 Wave Street, Monterey. Free event open to those 21 and older.
London Bridge Pub on Fisherman’s Wharf will host Rex Wheeler tonight. Bring your friends and enjoy Rex’s smooth electric acoustic tunes. 9pm, 256 Figueroa St., Wharf #2, Monterey. No cover.
Matt Masih and the Messengers get funky tonight at Big Sur’s Fernwood Tavern. The six-piece jam band plays reggae funk and soul using the sax, trumpet, bass, drums and keyboard. 9pm, 47200 Highway One, Big Sur. No cover.
Get ready for the Monterey County Fair (occurring August 31-September 5) and kick things off with an event at MY Museum. Bring the kids to get a “sneak preview” of several Monterey County Fair activities including cow milking, butter making, dirt babies and a branding demonstration. 2pm-5pm, 425 Washington Street, Monterey. Free with admission.
“Evenings by the Bay” at the Monterey Bay Aquarium continues tonight with Pete Lips. The upright and electric bassist will get jazzy with his buddies Brian Stock (trumpet and flugelhorn), Bob Basa (guitar), and Billy Jones (drums). 6pm-8pm, 886 Cannery Row, Monterey. Free with aquarium admission.
Intercept plays a little bit of rock, alternative and pop music tonight at Jose’s Underground Lounge. 8pm, 638 Wave Street, Monterey.
Bullwacker’s hosts the 2nd Annual Jerry Garcia Birthday Bash tonight. The evening will feature performances from members of Microtonic Harmonic, Aporia, Dani Paige Band and the Kangaroosters. 8:30pm, 653 Cannery Row, Monterey. No cover.
Henry Miller Library will show a special screening of “My Suicide” under the starts tonight. Eric J. Adams, screenwriter and producer, presents this drama/comedy flick that revolves around Archie, a teen outcast, who announces he will kill himself on camera for his final project. 8:30pm, Highway One, Big Sur. Tickets are by donation only.
Singer-songwriter Casey Frazier will perform tonight at London Bridge Pub. Casey’s music is filled with Americana and folk inspirations and powerful lyrics. 9pm, Wharf #2 256 Figueroa Street, Monterey. Free admission.
Moss Landing’s premier Antique Fair is finally here! This year, the event celebrates its 42nd anniversary, and will be bigger and better than ever. Over 200 antique vendors will set up booths on the streets of Moss Landing, selling antique furniture and every kind of vintage item imaginable. Food vendors are also on hand for local specialties such as artichokes, fish, and strawberries. 8am, Moss Landing, Free admission.
Cool off this summer by the river at the Big Sur River Inn. Grab a drink and enjoy live music from jazz trio band Andrea’s Fault. They will play an extensive playlist of hits from The Rolling Stones, Nat King Cole, The Drifters and more! 1pm-5pm, Highway One at Pheneger Creek, Big Sur. No cover.
The Monterey Bay Aquarium teams up with the Monterey Jazz Festival for another spectacular “Evenings by the Bay”. Tonight’s performance is from talented jazz musician Gary Meek with Eddie Mendenhall, Dan Robbins and Kim Edmundson.
As the Content Marketing Manager at the Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Allyson manages digital marketing and social media for SeeMonterey. If she's not taking scenic pictures around the county, you are likely to find her on the Monterey Bay Coastal Rec Trail, sipping wine in Carmel Valley, or hiking in Big Sur.