Monterey Bay Restaurant Week starts this Thursday! Several restaurants in Monterey, Pacific Grove and Carmel celebrate this culinary week with prix fixe menus ranging from $25, $35 to $45. Each eatery will provide 3-course selections with delectable appetizers, entrees and desserts options. October 18-25. Various restaurants throughout Monterey County. The Monterey Symphony presents their first concert of the season Delicacy this weekend. Pianists John O’Conor and Heidi Hau perform works from Franz Joseph Haydan, John Field and Mozart. Don’t miss this special performance at the Sherwood Hall in Salinas on Friday at 7:30pm and the Sunset Center in Carmel-by-the-Sea on Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 3pm. $20-$78. Be prepared to be spooked at the Monterey Mirror Maze, haunted edition! Just in time for Halloween the confusing maze will come with a few extra gory and frightening surprises. Friday-Saturday. 751 Cannery Row, Monterey. $15 ($5 off with 3 canned goods). Custom House Plaza in historic Monterey hosts the Harvest Fest Arts and Crafts Faire this weekend. Stop by and check out some crafty artwork, jewelry, metals and other treasures along with plenty of food vendors and live entertainment. 9am-5pm, 4 Custom House Plaza, Monterey. Free event.
Have your kids learn some basic sewing skills at MY Museum this afternoon. Kiddos will create their very own sock monster, perfect for Halloween! 3:30pm-4:30pm, 425 Washington Street, Monterey. Free with admission. Wind down with a glass of wine and live music at Pierce Ranch Vineyards this evening. Heath Proskin and Stu Reynolds get jazzy at this cozy tasting room near Cannery Row. 8:30pm-10:30pm, 499 Wave Street, Monterey. $5 for the 21+ crowd.
Enjoy a casual hike this morning with guides from the Monterey Peninsula Regional Parks District. Today hikers will explore the River Walk Trail in Garland Park. The 3.4 mile hike is expected to last 3 hours. Don’t forget to wear good hiking shoes and bring water and snacks. 9am, East Garzas Trailhead #1, Carmel Valley. Free event. Earthbound Farms is enjoying the fruits of their labor at Fall Fun Days today. Buy squash, play games, carve pumpkins and be sure to check out the organic corn maze! 11am-3pm, 7250 Carmel Valley Road, Carmel. Free event. Can’t decide between beer or wine? Head to Oldtown Salinas today and try both! The Salinas Valley Food & Wine Festival takes over several blocks of Oldtown for a fall fun day. Tickets include unlimited beer and wine tastings, a vintage car show and live entertainment. Food will also be available for purchase. 12pm-5pm. Oldtown Salinas. $40 general admission, $80 VIP admission. Click here to purchase tickets.
Wake up early for an exhilarating hike around Veeder Pond in Garland Park. Guides with the Monterey Peninsula Regional Parks District embark on a scenic journey through Veeder, East Ridge and Terrace Trails for views of the Redwood Canyon. The 3.8 mile hike is expected to last 3-4 hours. Don’t forget to wear good hiking shoes and bring water and lunch. 10am, East Garzas Trailhead #2, Carmel Valley. Free event.