EventsCommunity EventsMonterey History Fest


October 13 - 14, 2018

This page has all the events that took place in 2018. Bookmark this page and return to get information about 2019's events!

Monterey History Fest has grown into a festival that offers a variety of programs for both residents and visitors to experience Monterey's unique cultural heritage and historic resources. History Fest has developed a schedule designed to bring Monterey's past to life during this community-wide event. All events are free of charge unless otherwise noted.

The center for Monterey History Fest will be located at upper Custom House Plaza in downtown Monterey where you can gather information from various cultural heritage groups and learn about the weekend's activities. The information center will be open Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm. Additionally, the Monterey State Historic Park's will open several adobes free to the public including Custom House, Pacific House, Cooper-Molera Adobe and the Stevenson House throughout the weekend.

Other notable events include a 1849 Constitutional Convention Reenactment, Living History Days at the Memory Garden and tours of the Pacific Biological Lab (Doc Ricketts' Lab). Click here  for more information. 

Fort Mervine Civil War Encampment

Civil War encampments will be set up the weekend before Monterey History Fest, October 6-7 at the Lower Presidio Historic Park. Fifteen living history tented displays and artifacts will be on display for the curious historian. Cannon and musket firing demonstrations will be held both days at 11:30am and 2:30pm by the California Historical Artillery Society/Norfolk LT Artillery Blues. For additional information, visit the "Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War" site or call 831-596-8056.

Monterey History Fest Hotels

Several hotels are conveniently located in downtown Monterey and walking distance to the event including the Portola Hotel & Spa, Monterey Marriott, and Hotel Pacific.

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