Photos by James Ruiz, Adam Matzinger and Alison Gamel


July 14th – 28th, 2018

Carmel Bach Festival

Time: Recurring daily Location: Various event venues, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA The Carmel Bach Festival has a 80-year history of artistic excellence and community service. Musicians from the around the world will perform in venues including the Sunset Center, Carmel Mission Basilica, Church in the Forest, Pebble Beach, and All Saints Church. For more information, please visit  

July 19th – 22nd, 2018

California Rodeo Salinas

Salinas Sports Complex

Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM Location: Salinas Sports Complex, 1034 North Main St, Salinas, CA Top cowboys and cowgirls travel to Salinas to compete on some of the best bucking stock in the west. The track will also feature motorcycle jumpers and the Ehcapa Bareback Riders.In addition to the arena and track action, experience shopping, a kids corral, food booths, saloons, cantinas and more. The event is both entertaining and affordable offering something for all ages to enjoy. For more information, please call 800-549-4989 or visit  

July 21st, 2018

MBARI Open House

Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

Time: 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM Location: Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, 7700 Sandholdt Rd, Moss Landing, CA During this free event, our staff, scientists, and engineers will share their knowledge and enthusiasm about oceanographic research at this special event. Highlights include science exhibits, technology demonstrations, deep-sea videos, presentations about our research, robotic submarines, and children’s activities. This free event is fun for the whole family! For more information, please visit  

July 27th – 29th, 2018

Gilroy Garlic Festival

Time: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM Location: Christmas Hill Park, 7100 Miller Avenue, Gilroy, CA 95020 Come to Gilroy Garlic Festival for great garlicky food, live cooking competitions, and lots of fun for the whole family! The heart of the Garlic Festival is Gourmet Alley, the gigantic outdoor kitchen where the world-famous “Pyro Chefs” put on a spectacular flame-up show while preparing garlic-laced calamari and scampi in huge iron skillets. Other Festival favorites include pepper steak sandwiches, pasta con pesto, fried calamari, and sausage sandwiches, as well as Gilroy garlic fries and garlic bread. And don’t forget the only-in-Gilroy garlic ice cream! You’ll also find live entertainment on three stages, cooking contests and demonstrations, arts & crafts, wine tasting, and a fun Children’s Area too. For more information, please visit  

July 29th, 2018

Moss Landing Antique Fair

Moss Landing Chamber of Commerce

Time: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Location: Moss Landing, Moss Landing, CA Moss Landing becomes the antique capital of the world the last Sunday of July. Hundreds of antique booths set up on the streets of Moss Landing for the Moss Landing Antique Street Fair, selling antique furniture and every kind of vintage item imaginable. For more information, please visit  

August 4th, 2018

Salinas Valley Half Marathon

Time: 5:30am – 12:30pm Location: Salinas Valley, Salinas Valley, CA The Salinas Valley Half Marathon begins at the historic Soledad Mission, established in 1791 as the 13th Alta California mission, located in the heart of the Salinas Valley, made famous by John Steinbeck in his novel East of Eden. The course takes runners and walkers slightly south from the Mission, then west toward the Santa Lucia mountains—well known for the vineyards of wine grapes used to produce award-winning pinot noir, chardonnay and syrah—before turning north along the base of the mountain range and winding over gently rolling hills to the west of the Salinas River. For more information, please visit  

August 4th & 5th, 2018

51st Annual Monterey Scottish Games & Celtic Festival

Monterey County Fair & Event Center

Time: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM Location: Monterey County Fair & Event Center, 2004 Fairgrounds Rd, Monterey, CA This very popular Celtic celebration brings the music, dance, food and athletic events of Scotland and Ireland to Monterey County. Featuring fun activities for the whole family, the Monterey Scottish Games & Celtic Festival offers a variety of live Celtic entertainment with exciting massed pipe bands on parade, including many award-winning California-based pipe bands, plus talented Highland and Irish dancers, special entertainers, athletes, clans, kids games, whisky tasting, delicious food, great crafts, sheepdog herding and much more. In addition to traditional pipes and drums, dancing, and athletic competitions, the Games is a celebration full of demonstrations, performance and musical entertainment related to many aspects of Scottish and Gaelic culture. Dozens of kilted athletes, bagpipers and dancers will be back in Monterey entertaining Festival-goers who will enjoy experiencing and learning more about the fascinating Celtic culture. For more information, please visit  

August 4th & 5th, 2018

Watsonville Strawberry Festival

Time: 10am - 7:00 PM Location: Historic Downtown Watsonville, 231 Union Street, Watsonville, CA 95076 The Watsonville Strawberry Festival is the premier strawberry event in the United States. Join us for a weekend of family fun, food crafts and entertainment! See our Event Flyer for more information. This multi-faceted celebration will serve up a menu of strawberry delights, non-stop entertainment, gooey contests & more. For more information, please visit  

August 4th & 5th, 2018

21st Annual Turkish Arts & Culture Festival

Turkish American Association of California (TAAC)

Time: 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM Location: Monterey Custom House Plaza, 1 Custom House Plaza, Monterey, CA Turkish American Association of California (TAAC) holds annual Turkish Arts and Culture Festival in beautiful Monterey Bay for more than two decades. We are happy to contribute to our community by offering free live entertainment. Enjoy Folk Dancing, Belly Dancing & Art Exhibits, Doner Kebap, Adana Kebap, Borek, Baklava, Turkish Coffee & more! Plus many activities for children including puppet making, face painting, coloring, folk dancing & games. For more information, please visit  

*** Recurring Event: Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month

Domestic Abuse Support Group

YWCAMC Resource Center

Location: 114 Church Street, Salinas, CA 93901 Domestic abuse is severely misunderstood in our culture.  This fact makes finding support difficult.  If you join this group, you will find a physically, mentally, and emotionally safe place to share your experiences and to process how your past or current abuse is affecting your life.  To honor where you are in the healing process, you will never be required to share.  The group members with help each other to regain their confidence and self-worth, and hopefully help each other learn how to take the next steps to put an end to the violent situation that they may find themselves in. To register for group, call or email Rhonda Burchett at 831-422-8602 or Preregistration is not required, but encouraged. Support group is free and confidential.    

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