Three big events dominate Monterey County this weekend, two of which have gotten even bigger than in previous years.
1940 Willys from 2009's Cherry's Jubilee Show and Shine on Fisherman's Wharf
Popular classic car and hot rod fest Cherry's Jubilee expands this year. In addition to events in Oldtown Salinas and at Cannery Row, Fisherman's Wharf and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Cherry's has added a Show 'n Shine on Pacific Grove's Lighthouse Avenue on Saturday. Best of all, nearly all of the events are free for spectators to attend. See our page on Cherry's Jubilee for more information.
The Triathlon at Pacific Grove attracts thousands of competitors, both because of its beauty and because the sprint course is a great entry-level event for newbie triathletes. This year the Triathlon at Pacific Grove also expands, with a 10K fun run on Saturday and a 5K fun run on Sunday. For more information, see our Triathlon at Pacific Grove page.
While Festa Italia hasn't expanded, your waistline just might if you attend! The 77th Annual Santa Rosalita Festival runs from 6-10pm on Friday and noon to 6pm on Saturday and Sunday at Custom House Plaza in Monterey. This celebration of Italian culture includes live performances throughout the day, plus great Italian food and drinks. It's free to attend, and a great place to carbo-load if you're participating in the Triathlon at Pacific Grove.
Still looking for something to do? We've got plenty of things on the list.
Tour the art galleries and venues of Pacific Grove at the aptly titled Wine, Art and Music Walk. Pick up maps at the Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce, 584 Central Avenue, Pacific Grove - or just start at the intersection of Lighthouse and Forest and work your way out. 6-9pm, throughout Pacific Grove. Free.
It's another great metal showcase at Jose's, with locals Counter Clockwise and Santa Barbara's Carried By Six. 9pm, 638 Wave St., Monterey. $5.
Oakland's Alright Class have frequently been compared to Pavement. Seattle's The Soft Hills have been compared to The Flaming Lips; they could also be described as a laid-back, low-fi Band of Horses. Both bands play tonight at Jose's. 9pm, 638 Wave St., Monterey. $5.
Monterey County's favorite party band, Jonah and the Whale Watchers, play tonight at Fernwood Resort in Big Sur. 9pm, Highway One in Big Sur. No cover.
Popular local jazz band Paige Too plays this afternoon under the redwoods at Big Sur River Inn. 1pm-5pm, Highway One in Big Sur. No cover.
Swedish indie folkster Kristian Matsson, who performs under the name Tallest Man on Earth, released a new album earlier this year and a new EP this week on iTunes. (Download a free track here.) He's gotten a lot of buzz from the music press, including Pitchfork, who featured him at the Pitchfork Festival in July. See him this evening at the Henry Miller Library. Bon Iver's percussionist S. Carey, who released his own solo album two weeks ago, opens. 5pm, Highway One in Big Sur. $28.50; tickets are available online.