Posted on: Wednesday, October 24, 2012 6:53 AM
by Allyson Ryan
Communion in the Redwoods heats up Big Sur this weekend. The three-day music festival at Fernwood Resort features live music from The Devil Makes Three, The Apache Relay, Blind Pilot, Here We Go Magic, Robert Ellis, The Brothers Comotose, Aaron Embry and more. Friday-Sunday, 47200 Highway One, Big Sur. Various ticket prices.
Don’t miss a special screening of “The Trip” at the Museum of Monterey (MOM) on Friday and Saturday. Wine will also be available for those 21 and older. Friday at 7pm and Saturday at 2pm. 5 Custom House Plaza, Monterey. Free event with $10 admission fee.
Portrait painter and photographer Chuck Close presents a lecture at the Museum of Monterey Art La Mirada this afternoon. Mr. Close will also preview his new exhibit at the museum titled “Chuck Close: Works on Paper 1975-2012.” Cocktail attire is encouraged. 6pm-8pm, 720 Via Mirada, Monterey. $100.
The Victorian storefronts in Pacific Grove stay open late for the Wine, Art and Music Walk. Several venues host beautiful artwork, light appetizers and plenty of vino. Art Walk maps are available at the Chamber of Commerce located at 584 Central Avenue. 6pm-9pm, Pacific Grove. Free event.
Listen to “Stairway to Heaven,” “Black Dog” and several other Led Zeppelin hits this evening during Heartbreaker: A Live Tribute to Led Zeppelin. The Sunset Center will be abuzz with classic rock from the phenomenal and entertaining tribute band. 8pm, San Carlos Street at 9th Avenue, Carmel-by-the-Sea. $44.
Collector Jordan D. Schnitzer and guest curator Brad Thomas will lead a discussion at the Museum of Modern Art La Mirada this morning. The two will touch on the works and inspirations of Chuck Close and his works showcased in the museum. 10am, 720 Via Mirada, Monterey. $15.
Trick or Treat is the question in downtown Pacific Grove today. Look for the festive balloons around town for participating businesses dishing out free candy to daring goblins, ghouls, princesses and vampires. 10am-5pm, Pacific Grove. Free event.
After taking your little one s to downtown Pacific Grove for some tasty Halloween treats stop by the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History. Today’s Science Saturday features all things creepy. Kids can hold live spiders and snakes while checking out the rest of their reptile collection. 11am-3pm, 165 Forest Avenue, Pacific Grove. Free event.
Celebrate Carmel’s 96th birthday with a parade though town followed by a birthday party, of course! Everyone is encouraged to dress up in their favorite Halloween costume and enjoy plenty of candy, food and fun. The Sunset Center will hold a hot dog lunch with all of the fixings for $5. 11am, San Carlos Avenue and Ocean Avenue, Carmel-by-the-Sea. 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.
Bacon, blues music and beer; need I say more? The big three combine at the Monterey County Fairgrounds today for the first-ever Monterey Bay Bacon, Blues and Brews Festival. Various chefs create tantalizing dishes using pork while beer tents pour savory suds and blues bands jam in the background. 12pm-6pm, 2004 Fairgrounds Road, Monterey. $50 at the door ant $40 in advance. VIP tickets also available.
One of Big Sur’s much loved musical groups performs near Cannery Row tonight. Songs Hotbox Harry Taught Us plays at Pierce Ranch Vineyards for a folk rockin’ good time! 8:30pm-10:30pm, 499 Wave Street, Monterey. $5 for the 21+ crowd.
Start your morning off with an invigorating birding adventure and hike with guides from the Monterey Peninsula Regional Parks District. Bird enthusiasts and hikers will take the Rumsien and Vista Lobos trails in search of migratory birds. Keep your eye out for hawks, kestrals and more! The 2.5 mile hike is expected to last 3 hours. Don’t forget to wear good hiking shoes and bring water and snacks. 9am, Palo Corona Barn, Carmel Valley. Free event.
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.