It's time for the Salinas First Fridays Art Walk! Catch live music, art exhibits and more. 5pm-8pm, 100-300 blocks of Main Street and surrounding areas, Salinas.
Pacific Grove offers its own take on the same theme with the Wine, Art and Music Walk, which lives up to its descriptive title. 6pm-9pm throughout downtown Pacific Grove; pick up a map at the Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce, 584 Central Avenue. Free.
UK folk trio Three for a Girl have a signature style featuring close vocal harmonies; imagine a more classic and acoustic Indigo Girls, with additional voices. Jono Harrison has a tone that's a little like Neil Finn, a little like a more focused Sufjan Stevens, with completely unique vocals. Their tour swings through Monterey County this weekend. Tonight they appear at the Big Sur River Inn. 7pm-11:30pm, Highway One in Big Sur, no cover.
Choreographer Jirí Kylián's landmark ballet "Petite Mort" (above), originally created for the 1991 Salzburg Festival, has received accolades for its use of foils along with the male and female dancers. The Smuin Ballet will perform it tonight at the Sunset Center in Carmel, along with a comedic dance piece by choreographer Ma Cong and Michael Smuin's Songs of Mahler. 8pm, San Carlos at Ninth Avenue, Carmel. Tickets are $40 and $55 and can be purchased online at the Sunset Center ticketing site.
The U.S. National Parks Service has declared this weekend a fee-free weekend at over 100 national parks - and one of them is Pinnacles National Monument! Get there early; the parking lots have been filling up fast and this weekend will be no exception.
The Monterey Bay Aquarium celebrates World Oceans Day all weekend. This year's event also commemorates the 50th anniversary of Dr. Seuss's "One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish." Along with readings of the Dr. Seuss book, there will be children's activities, a family craft room, a sustainable cooking demonstration, animal feeding shows, live musical performances and more. And it's all included in the price of admission! 10am-6pm, 886 Cannery Row, Monterey.
Celebrate Monterey's 240th birthday at The Merienda. There's music, wine, barbecue, and a 6-layer cake with living roses on top. Noon, Memory Garden behind Pacific House at Custom House Plaza Monterey. $100.
The Monterey Beer Festival rocked last year. This year promises to be even better with the addition of the Short Pour Film Fest. 12:30pm-5pm, Monterey County Fairgrounds, $35. It's almost sold out; buy tickets at the official website.
The Smuin Ballet performs a program of Jirí Kylián's Petit Mort, Ma Kong's "French Twist" and Michael Smuin's "Songs of Mahler" at the Sunset Center. 2pm and 8pm, San Carlos at Ninth Avenue, Carmel. Tickets are $40 and $55 and can be purchased online at the Sunset Center ticketing site.
Learn more about the evocative work of photographer Ryuijie at "In Conversation: Ryuijie and Marcelle Polednik" at the Monterey Museum of Art. 3pm, 559 Pacific Street Monterey, included in admission fee.
It's a headbanger's ball at Jose's Lounge Underground tonight, with Nevada's Kut-Pile and locals Pride Subject and cover band Dead Ringers. 8pm, 638 Wave St. Monterey, $5. 21+.
The Caribbean Jazz Band plays a laid-back blend of Caribbean, Latin, jazz and reggae tonight at Fernwood in Big Sur. 9pm, Highway One in Big Sur, no cover.
Catch some great bike racing today in downtown Pacific Grove at the Butterfly Criterium. The course runs down Lighthouse, Central and Fountain. The races begin at 7:30am and go through 5pm.
Fee-free weekend continues at Pinnacles National Monument. Remember, Bear Gulch Cave is closed this weekend, but Balconies Cave is open!
World Oceans Day continues at the Monterey Bay Aquarium with readings of Dr. Seuss' "One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish," children's activities, a family craft room, a sustainable cooking demonstration, animal feeding shows, live musical performances and more. All activities included in the price of admission. 10am-6pm, 886 Cannery Row, Monterey.
Celebrate the Monterey road that John Steinbeck made famous at the Cannery Row Block Party. There will be live music from Jonah and the Whalewatchers, Zebop and Trusting Lucy, live animal presentations from Wild Things, a balloon artist, a stilt walker, a Ghiardelli Ice Cream Sundae Eating Contest from 2:45-3:15pm, and more! 11am-5pm, Cannery Row, free; see the Cannery Row site for a schedule of events.
Three for a Girl and Jono Harrison's mini-tour of Monterey County continues tonight at Bullwacker's. 8:30pm-midnight, 653 Cannery Row Monterey, no cover.
Psychedelic rock bands The Reflectacles and Insects vs. Robots play Fernwood in Big Sur tonight. 9pm, Highway One, no cover.