Throughout the weekend
The California International Airshow features this year's only Northern California appearance of the US Air Force Thunderbirds as well as lots more great precision flying and monster trucks. 9am-6pm Saturday and Sunday, Salinas Municipal Airport. Tickets are $20-$65 at the door; save money by purchasing them at the California International Airshow website.
This is the final weekend to catch the amazing Ansel Adams exhibit at the Monterey Museum of Art; if you haven't caught it yet, you must make the time to visit. There's over 70 photos printed by Adams himself on display. For more information, you can see our article Ansel Adams: Portrait of America, or just go and see for yourself how amazing this exhibit is. 11am-5pm Friday and Saturday, 1pm-4pm Sunday at 720 Via Mirada, Monterey. $5 admission.
The Salinas Artoberfest features 16 open artist studios around Salinas and Salinas Valley. Artists ranging from painters to photographers to cartoonists will show off their work and answer questions. Many will also have light refreshments on hand. Friday features a plein air painting competition along the River Road Wine Trail from 10am-5pm. Open studios are from 11am-5pm on Saturday and Sunday throughout Salinas and Salinas Valley. More details are available at the Artoberfest website.
Shakespeare's classic Twelfth Night, the story of shipwrecked twins Viola and Sebastian (referenced at the end of "Shakespeare in Love"), debuts this weekend at the Pacific Repertory Theatre's Outdoor Forest Theater. Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 7:30pm, Santa Rita and Mountain View, Carmel-by-the-Sea. Friday preview tickets are $7-$16; Saturday tickets are $7 to $35; Sunday tickets are $7 to $30 and all can be purchased online.
We're guessing that most of the people interested in the Rota Psychic Fair have already had a vision of the details, but if not: there will be over 35 readers and healers, as well as free lectures. 10am-6pm Saturday and Sunday, Monterey Room, Monterey Fairgrounds, 2004 Fairground Road, Monterey. $9 to enter; all readings are $20.
The Oldtown Salinas First Fridays Art Walk is bigger and better than ever, with booths along Main Street as well as exhibits and entertainment in shops and restaurants. This event also kicks off the Salinas Artoberfest, featuring open artists studios throughout Salinas. 5pm-8pm, 100-300 block of Main Street and surrounding area, Salinas. Free.
See Monterey County through the eyes of 81-year-old Renette Torres as she discusses her groundbreaking entrepreneurial life and her autobiographical first book, Ya Wanna Watch, I'll Let Ya, as part of the National Steinbeck Center's Meet the Author Series. 6:30pm, One Main Street, Salinas. Free.
The Monterey Museum of Art complements its exhibit Land and Sea, featuring the work of E. Charlton Fortune, with "Fortune's Way, or Notes on Art for Catholics (and Others)," a play about E. Charlton Fortune. 7pm, 559 Pacific Street, Monterey. $25 for members, $30 for non-members; purchase tickets online.
Tonight's metal showcase at Jose's Underground Lounge includes local favorites Gorphyryac, extreme metal band Gods in Graves and the loud and grinding sound of WarCorpse. You'll bang your head so hard that you'll spend weeks at the chiropractor. 9pm, 638 Wave St. Monterey. $5.
Somehow, it appears there are still tickets left for the Conor Oberst show at Fernwood in Big Sur, featuring Felice Brothers and Jonathon Wilson. How this show by the former Bright Eyes frontman hasn't sold out yet, we're not sure, but we suggest you call 831-667-2422 to buy your tickets now. Right this second. Really. 9pm, Highway One in Big Sur. $25 for non-camping tickets; tickets that include a hotel room or campsite are also available.
It's Poodle Day in Carmel! Celebrate the breed with a Poodle Parade at the Crossroads Shopping Center at 8:45am, a Poodle Play on the Beach event from 1-3pm, and Poodle Cocktail Parties. All events are sold out, but it's free to watch both the parade and the Poodle Play event.
For the 71st year, Pacific Grove's Butterfly Parade and Bazaar honor the Monarch butterflies that spend their winters in Butterfly Town. Above is video from 33 years ago; you can see historic footage dating from 1974 to 2009 on our YouTube playlist. At 10:30am, the parade starts at Robert H. Down school on Pine Avenue and goes down Fountain Avenue, across Lighthouse to 17th and returns to the school. The Butterfly Bazaar is held behind the school. Free.
Learn all about the care and feeding of apple trees at The Farm's "Apple Day." 11am, Hwy. 68 and Spreckels Blvd, Salinas. Free.
Fernwood has two great shows lined up today, one in the afternoon and one in the evening. Fernwood's "Oktoberfest" features indie folkie Matt Denman, roots indie artist Levi Strom, Big Tree, Candle and the old-school country of Songs that Hotbox Harry Taught Us. It's both family friendly and dog-friendly, and features brats and beer as well as great music. 1pm-6pm, Highway One, Big Sur. $5 day use fee for Monterey and Santa Cruz locals.
Celebrate the 200th anniversary of Mexico's independence at the Monterey County Tequila & Mezcal Expo. Enjoy an art show, tequila cooking demonstrations, authentic mariachi, live cumbia from Tokezon, and of course great tequila. 5pm, Portola Hotel & Spa, Two Portola Plaza, Monterey. Tickets are $45 if purchased online and $50 at the door.
A great way to get over the Saturday night blues is to listen to the top-notch blues music of Chicago Fire, featuring John "Broadway" Tucker, at Captain Bullwacker's. 8:30pm, 653 Cannery Row, Monterey. No cover.
Enjoy an evening of psychedelic funk from Berkeley's Melissa Underwood and Natural Bridges tonight at Fernwood in Big Sur. 9pm, Highway One in Big Sur. No cover.
Jose's Underground Lounge hosts a show with a decidedly acoustic bent, featuring the dark and intricate guitar work of Aaron Sheppard, local raucous folkies White Dogs, and the mysterious Muza. 9pm, 638 Wave St. Monterey. $5.
See — or build — amazing sand castles at Carmel Beach's Great Sand Castle Contest. This year's theme is "50 Santastic Years." Register for free on the beach. Sand castle building begins at 8am; judging is held from noon to 2pm; winners are announced thereafter. Carmel Beach, Carmel-by-the-Sea. Free.
The Pacific Grove Historic Home Tour features some of the town's most fascinating historic homes. Docents will tell visitors about the historic homes, from stories about their previous owners to an architectural history. 10am-3pm, throughout Pacific Grove, $20. Buy tickets at the Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce website.
The Monterey Bay Aquarium celebrates Hispanic culture with Fiesta Del Mar. Activities include live music and dance, bilingual feeding shows, children's crafts and more. 10am-6pm, 886 Cannery Row, Monterey. Free with Aquarium admission; children under 12 admitted free.
Monterey County's favorite surf zydeco band, the Cachagua Playboys, serenade the river and the redwoods at the Big Sur River Inn. 1pm-5pm, Highway One in Big Sur. No cover.