It's another busy weekend here in Monterey County. Looking for something to do? Here's some ideas.
All weekend Like your jazz with a traditional or Dixieland flavor? The Dixieland Monterey Festival takes place all weekend at the Portola Hotel and Spa.
The Salinas First Fridays Art Walk opens up over 50 venues with free music, performances, and art, as well as finger food. Come for the live acts, stay for those tasty little round crackers with the poppy seeds. Looking for an evening out with the little ones? Treat them to singing, dancing and magic carpets with the live show Disney's Aladdin Jr. at the Golden Bough Theatre in Carmel at 7:30pm.
Head south of the border - way south - at CSUMB's World Theater with Brasil, Brazil at 7:30 pm.
This live concert highlights some booty-shaking Brazilian pop music. Tickets are $10 for CSUMB students, $15 for other students, $25 for seniors and military, and $30 for the rest of us.
Escape from today's economic news with a play about yesterday's economic woes. Waiting for Lefty, a play about the Great Depression, plays at the Indoor Forest Theatre at 8 pm. $15 for students and military, $10 for children and $20 for the rest of us.
Get your culture on at the Sunset Center with the Smuin Ballet at 8pm. Head over to the Hippodrome to catch Krayzie Bone from Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. Doors open at 9pm; tickets are $20 at the door.
Prefer reggae to rappers? Check out local faves Jonah and the Whalewatchers at Bullwacker's on Cannery Row at 8:30 pm.
Join the Jaycees and run for charity at 9 am at Toro Park. Proceeds from the Steps for Safety 5k run/walk go to Second Chance, a local anti-gang organization. Entry fees are $25 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under. Register at the park.
Help restore Palo Corona Regional Park from 9:30am to noon! This park is normally restricted to 13 visitors per day, so doing some good also gets you a peek at a spot most people don’t get to see. Head down Route 1 about a mile south of Rio Road, and turn left at the park entrance. Wear layered clothing and bring work gloves. Register online to let them know you’re coming.
Celebrate the opening of Parcel B to the public with a "genista pulling party" at Quarry Park in Monterey, starting at 10am. Bring your desire to pull up an invasive species of shrub by the roots, some gardening gloves and a snack; they'll provide the beverages.
Enjoy the sunny day with a stroll through an open-air art gallery. Custom House Plaza hosts Art on the Plaza from 10am to 5pm. Free.
Birders and little birders-to-be can take a kayak tour with a naturalist guide through Elkhorn Slough from 1-5 pm. Ages 8 and up, $50 per person plus $10 kayak rental fee. Register online through the Monterey Peninsula Regional Parks District website.
If you've always wanted to take home that perfect picture of the Pinnacles, now is your chance. The Monterey Peninsula Regional Parks District has a photo safari at Pinnacles National Monument from 1 to 6pm, where an instructor will help you capture that perfect shot. $60 plus park entry fees; register online through the Monterey Peninsula Regional Parks District website.
The Smuin Ballet dances across the stage of the Sunset Center at 2 and 8pm.
There's more singing, dancing and magic carpets at the Golden Bough Theater with Disney's Aladdin Jr. at 2 and 7:30 pm. Get retro with In the Mood, a 1940s musical revue, at 3 and 8 pm at the Golden State Theatre.
Waiting for Lefty, a play about the Great Depression, plays at the Indoor Forest Theatre at 8 pm. $15 for students and military, $10 for children and $20 for the rest of us. Folk singer and indie favorite Kath Bloom plays Fernwood in Big Sur at 8:30 pm. Tickets are $10.
Enjoy great art and beautiful weather for free at Custom House Plaza's Art on the Plaza from 10 am to 5 pm.
Happy birthday Colton Hall! Historian Jim Conway will talk about women in Monterey's history at 2pm, followed by punch and birthday cake. They'll need help blowing out those 106 candles, plus one to grow on. Free.
For children with an early bedtime, Disney's Aladdin Jr. takes to the Golden Bough Theater stage again at 2pm. If you were too busy seeing Watchmen on Friday and Saturday night, catch the 2:30 pm matinee of Waiting for Lefty at the Indoor Forest Theatre at 8pm. $15 for students and military, $10 for children and $20 for the rest of us.
Still looking for something to do? Check out the Monterey County Herald's online calendar for more ideas.