Monday marks the beginning of golf's greatest annual tournament, the U.S. Open, held this year at Pebble Beach. Whether you're in town early for the big week or just looking for some fun, here's some things to keep you busy until Tiger hits the links.
Monterey County's oldest wine festival, the Monterey Wine Festival, holds a grand tasting of new releases from Monterey County, Oregon, Washington and Australia. Try hundreds of different wines, gourmet food, and more. 5pm-9pm. Monterey Conference Center, One Portola Plaza, Monterey. $99; tickets can be purchased at the official website.
The National Steinbeck Center reaches out to the Carrie Bradshaws and Lady Gagas of Monterey County with its first ever Fashion Night at the Museum. The event includes a fashion show, DJ booth, and cash bar. 6:30pm-11:30pm. One Main Street, Salinas. $10.
Santa Cruz electro-funk glam band Trip Delight Fantastic returns to Bullwackers for another night of Latin-influenced dancing. 8:30pm. 653 Cannery Row, Monterey. No cover.
Naomi and the Courteous Rude Boys back up Naomi's seductive voice with a sound that's a mix of '70s funk, reggae, and the occasional Steely Dan-esque slinky horns and beats. They play Fernwood in Big Sur tonight. 9pm, Highway One, no cover.
It's another thrash-tastic Friday at Jose's, with Monterey's Counter Clockwise and Santa Cruz's Thirty9Fingers and Pariah Faction. 9pm, 638 Wave St. Monterey, $5.
The showers we've had all spring have led to some amazing wildflowers throughout the county. Check out the stunning natural beauty at Garland Ranch Regional Park's Annual Summer Wildflower Show. Today and tomorrow take in a summer wildflower display, the Spring Flowers Photo Exhibit, and enjoy a reception at noon. 10am-4pm, 700 West Carmel Valley Road. Free admission.
Carmel Valley shows off its vinicultural and artistic flair at the 6th Annual Carmel Valley Art & Wine Celebration. Check out arts and crafts from over 60 artisans, taste great food, enjoy live entertainment and taste the best in Carmel Valley wines. 11am-5pm, Carmel Valley Village, free to attend ($20 for 5 wine tasting tickets and commemorative wine glass). Note: The Carmel Valley Chamber of Commerce has just announced you can ride the Grapevine Express for free to the celebration.
The Monterey Wine Festival continues with the West Coast Chowder Cook-off and Wine Tasting. Noon-3pm. Monterey Conference Center, One Portola Plaza, Monterey. $45; tickets can be purchased at the official website.
What's better than flying kites? Flying stunt kites. Learn to do all kinds of cool things with aerodynamically designed dual-line kites. 2pm-4pm. Marina State Beach, Reservation Road, Marina. $11 ($10 for district residents); reserve online under "Family Discoveries."
Santa Cruz band Wooster combines echoes of a more mature Sublime with a little bit of Pink and a passion all their own. 9pm. Fernwood on Highway One in Big Sur. No cover.
Garland Ranch Regional Park's 11th Annual Summer Wildflower Show continues. Admire the summer wildflower display, the Spring Flowers Photo Exhibit, and learn something at the "Science of Wildflowers" lecture from 10am-noon and the watercolor art demo from noon-1pm. 10am-4pm, 700 West Carmel Valley Road. Free admission.
The Mission San Antonio, located deep in the southern part of Monterey County, is said by many to be the only mission that Father Junipero Serra would recognize if he were to arrive at it today. Today the Mission celebrates its heritage with it's big yearly family event, the annual Fiesta. Celebrate a Fiesta Mass at 11am. Afterwards, enjoy bluegrass, mariachi and Christian rock bands while browsing works from local artisans and dining on chicken and tri-tip roasted over an oak-fired barbecue. There will be plenty of kids' games as well. 11am Mass, Fiesta noon-4pm. Mission San Antonio de Padua, Mission Road, Jolon.
Nashville singer-songwriters Rebecca Sayre, Kristin Porter and Rachel Pearl have joined forces to tour the country together as SugarBeat. The tour hits the Henry Miller Library today. 3pm, Highway One in Big Sur, $15 (plus $1.36 fee). Tickets are available online.