Triathletes descend upon Lake San Antonio in southern Monterey County for the AVIA Wildflower Triathlon. The first event at the Wildflower Triathlon, held Saturday, is the "long course" event, also known as the "half-Ironman." The second, the mountain bike triathlon, could be called a "super-duper Sprint," as it's a little longer than a super sprint and a little shorter than a standard sprint. The third, held Sunday, is an Olympic-distance triathlon. Come on out check out the sports expo and cheer on the athletes! Friday-Sunday. 2610 San Antonio Road, Bradley. This weekend Monterey County celebrates one of its most well-known celebrities, John Steinbeck. The National Steinbeck Center's 33rd Steinbeck Festival, "Home," will explore John Steinbeck's roots in Monterey County including his inspirations from Salinas, Cannery Row and the Pastures of Heaven. Don’t miss the great lineup of talks and tours; you can even check out Steinbeck’s boyhood home and Ed Ricketts’ Lab on Cannery Row! Friday-Sunday, various venues and ticket prices. Need a laugh? Catch a performance of “9 to 5, the Musical” at the Paper Wing Theatre this Friday or Saturday. The musical version of the popular movie starring Dolly Parton is sure to be a crowd-pleaser with songs like “Joy to the Girls" and "Shine Like the Sun." Friday and Saturday at 8pm, 320 Hoffman Avenue, Monterey. $22-$25. The Rota Crystal and Psychic Faire returns to the Monterey County Fairgrounds for a weekend full of lectures, healings and readings. There will also be various vendors selling jewelry, art, books, crystals and gifts. Saturday-Sunday from 10am-6pm, 2004 Fairgrounds Road, Monterey. $9.
It’s the First Friday of the month which means the businesses in Oldtown Salinas stay open for an art walk! Over 50 restaurants, shops and other venues display various art exhibits and offer appetizers, live music and lots of family fun. 5pm-8pm, Oldtown Salinas. Free event.
The prestigious Quail Motorcycle Gathering takes place today at the revamped Quail Lodge. This event celebrates the finest sporting and racing bikes of the past, present and future. Ticket holders can also enjoy a gourmet BBQ lunch, wine, beer and live entertainment. 10am-3:30pm, 8205 Valley Greens Drive, Carmel. Get a jumpstart on Mother’s Day this year and bring dear Mom to the Carmel Plaza. The Mother’s Day Tribute will feature live music from Terrence Farrell, Ronald Friedman and Margo Wolcott from the Carmel Guitar Society & the Monterey Flute Trio. 11am-3pm, Ocean Avenue and Mission Street, Carmel-by-the-Sea. Free event. Watch the Kentucky Derby today with the Monterey Symphony at the beautiful Carmel Valley Ranch. Cheer on your favorite steed during the “War of the Roses” while sipping on mint juleps and feasting on a fabulous lunch. There will also be fantastic raffle and auction prizes up for grabs. 12pm-4pm, One Old Ranch Road, Carmel. $125. Don’t miss a second of the Monterey Bay Derby Dames bout today at the Water City Sports Center in Marina. Tonight the Rollers take on the Babes in this all out roller derby battle.7pm, 2800 2nd Avenue, Marina. $15 at the door. The Carolyn Sills Trio stops by the Fernwood Tavern in Big Sur tonight. Don’t miss Carolyn’s original Americana diddies. 9pm, 47200 Highway One, Big Sur. Free event.
Today Robinson Jeffers’ Tor House in Carmel-by-the-Sea hosts a springtime Garden Party. Guests will enjoy perusing the granite structure and hawk tower with insights and poetry readings from knowledgeable docents. The day will also be full of live music, plein-air artists and refreshments. 2pm-5pm, 26304 Ocean View Avenue, Carmel-by-the-Sea. $15.