Memorial Day Weekend is all about the beaches. As you may have heard, Heal the Bay's 19th Annual Beach Report Card gave all the beaches rated in Monterey County an A or A+ grade. If you want to know which beach is best for volleyball, cookouts, surfing, rockhounding or sunbathing, just check our Beaches pages.


Monterey's Golden State Theatre kicks off this weekend with a free showing of classic adventure film Raiders of the Lost Ark. The movie begins at 7 pm. Tickets are being given away at local stores.

Wave Street Studios presents guitarist Stephen Mortensen's CD release party. The show will stream live on the Internet. 7 pm, $10.

Indie-country singer-guitarist AntonetteG plays Jose's Mexican on Wave Street at 9pm, with country-blues band Darktown Rounders opening. Free.


Custom House Plaza in Monterey hosts artists of all kinds at SpringFest. In addition to all the arts and crafts, there will be food and live music. Entry is free, and proceeds from the event benefit the Pacific Repertory Theater. 9 am - 5 pm.

The annual Big Sur Book & Bake Sale takes over Ripplewood Resort for the weekend. Buy great books and tasty baked goods and support the Big Sur Library. 10am-4pm.

The Monterey Peninsula Regional Parks District (MPRPD) hosts a class in Ancient Shelter Building. How cool is that?!? Noon to 4 pm, $17, at Garland Ranch Regional Park Visitors Center. Register at the MPRPD website.

Tour Ingrid's Vineyard at Bernardus Winery in Carmel Valley while sampling wines made from grapes plucked from the very vines you're looking at. 1 pm - 2:30 pm, $25.

The Golden State Theatre rolls out two free movies for the rest of the weekend: Raiders of the Lost Ark and Jaws. Raiders plays at 3 (bring the kids); Jaws starts at 7 (don't bring the kids).

Get tickets at local stores. Poet Sean Nevin reads from his poetry collection Oblivio Gate at Tor House in Carmel. Arrive at 6:30 pm for the reception and 7 pm for the reading. Free.

Wave Street Studios rocks, acoustically, with a live unplugged performance by Tom Anderson. Refreshments are served at 7 pm; the music begins at 8 pm. Free.


SpringFest continues at Custom House Plaza in Monterey, featuring arts and crafts, food and live music. Entry is free, and proceeds from the event benefit the Pacific Repertory Theater. 9 am-5 pm.

It's day two of the Big Sur Book & Bake Sale at Ripplewood Resort. The baked goods for sale are fresh, and the books are classic. 10 am - 4 pm.

Monterey's Del Monte Shopping Center hosts local artists, who will be exhibiting and selling their work, in a benefit for Dance Kids of Monterey County. 11 am - 4 pm, free.

Take the MPRPD's class "Get Fired Up," and you'll learn how to start a fire with found materials, just by rubbing two sticks together. Once you've built your fire, you'll learn how to use heated walks to boil water. Again we say: how cool is that!? Noon to 4 pm, $17, at Garland Ranch Regional Park Museum. Register at the MPRPD website.

The free Spielbergfest continues at Golden State Theatre, with Raiders of the Lost Ark at 3 pm and Jaws at 7 pm.


Today is a day to remember fallen soldiers. In honor of the day, the Naval Postgraduate School throws open its doors to the public beginning at 9am. This event also kicks off NPS's centennial celebration. Don't miss out on your once-a-year chance to tour the building that launched what is now the famed Pebble Beach Company, the old Del Monte Hotel. It was once considered the grandest hotel in the world, and the favorite vacation spot of stars like Charlie Chaplain, Clark Gable, Bob Hope, Salvador Dali, and more. The murals, mosaics and other features of the Del Monte are still stunning today. (Try to get a tour from NPS historian John Sanders; he has a million fascinating stories of the hotel's glory days.) There will be food, children's activities, and a performance by the Monterey Bay Symphony. The event is free, but all visitors above the age of 16 must have a photo ID. The American Legion Post will host a Memorial Day ceremony in Carmel's Devendorf Park at 11 am.

It's the Big Sur Book & Bake Sale's last day at Ripplewood Resort! Buy some baked goods and a great book, and support the Big Sur Library. 10 am - 4 pm.

If your kayak trip out on the bay made you say "We're gonna need a bigger boat," and your hike at Andrew Molera State Park made you say "Why'd it have to be snakes?" then you're prepared for today's free movies at Golden State Theatre. Raiders of the Lost Ark plays at 3 pm and Jaws chews up the screen at 7 pm.


As is the case every weekend, there's way more going on around Monterey County than we can list. Check the Monterey County Weekly's online calendar for more ideas.