Summer of Love Events

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love in Monterey! Several musical performances, art exhibitions and special events are scheduled throughout summer 2017 all aiming to honor the 50th anniversary of the Monterey Pop Festival that changed music history forever. The 1967 Pop Festival is credited as one of the beginnings of the “Summer of Love” and the festival served as a template for future outdoor concerts.

Ongoing Events

“Feeling Groovy” Art Exhibition at the Monterey Regional Airport

January-December 2017

Take a walk down memory at the Monterey Regional Airport’s art exhibition “Feeling Groovy.” The exhibit showcases collections that reflect music, entertainment, and home life in 1960s Monterey County.

"Who Shot Monterey Pop! Photographs from the 1967 Music Festival" at the Monterey Museum of Art

June 2-September 18, 2017

Photographs from the 1967 Music Festival celebrates the 50th anniversary of the music festival that changed the world, through the eyes of the photographers who captured the historic event on film. The photo exhibition will be on display at the Monterey Museum of Art through September 2017.

Special Events

"Monterey Pop" Film Screening

May 12, 2017

Get a taste of what the "Summer of Love" was like in Monterey during a screening of "Monterey Pop" at the Golden State Theatre. The acclaimed and ground-breaking documentary captures the spirit and sounds of that era and propelled the careers of many rock legends. Rock 'n roll photographer Tom Gundelfinger O'Neal will also share his memories from the festival before the screening.

Monterey Blues Festival

May 13, 2017

The Monterey County Fair & Event Center becomes a hub for those with the blues on May 13th. The inaugural Monterey Blues Festival includes dynamic Blues music, international foods, beer, wine and unique vendors and exhibits. Musical highlights include performances from Charlie Musselwhite, Mighty Mike Schermer, Ms. Taylor P. Collins, John "Broadway" Tucker and more.

Monterey International Pop Festival

June 16-18, 2017

The 50th Anniversary of the Monterey International Pop Festival will be held during the same exact weekend and at the same exact venue as the original. The Monterey County Fair & Event Center will be full of retro and modern day artists throughout the three-day music festival. Headliners include Norah Jones, Jack Jackson, Leon Bridges, Father John Misty and many more! Click here for more information.

Run in the Name of Love 5K

June 18, 2017

Celebrate the Summer of Love with the Run in the Name of Love 5K! The scenic route takes place along Carmel-by-the-Sea's shoreline with scenes of white sandy beaches to keep you motivated. Dogs are also welcome to participate in the 2K walk/run. 

Monterey Beer Festival

July 8, 2017

Keep the good vibes (and beer) flowing at the Monterey Beer Festival. The Monterey County Fair & Event Center hosts this one day event with a variety of brews and 60's rock bands paying tribute to the original Summer of Love that took place 50 years ago.

Sand City West End Celebration

August 25-27, 2017

The streets of Sand City shut down and become an open-air artists' fair, showcasing truly unique works from local artists and live performances during the West End Celebration.

Monterey County Fair

August 30-September 4, 2017

The annual Monterey County Fair is always fun for all, with livestock exhibition, entertainment, live music, amusement and delicious food! The theme of 2017's theme is "Summer of Love."

Monterey Jazz Festival

September 15-17, 2017

The Monterey Jazz Festival, the longest continuously-running annual jazz event in the world, began in 1958 with San Francisco jazz radio broadcaster Jimmy Lyons as its founder. Over 38,000 fans are expected to attend the 60th edition of the two-day and three-night celebration where over 500 artists will perform on eight stages.