Photos by James Ruiz, Adam Matzinger and Alison Gamel

June 15th – August 24th, 2017

Big Sur International Short Film Festival

Henry Miller Library at The Barnyard

The Big Sur International short film festival has three more shows left, with the last one being on August 24th. Head on out to Henry Miller Library at the Barnyard in Carmel this Thursday. This is a free admission event, but reservations are highly recommended. Doors open at 7pm. Location: Henry Miller Library at The Barnyard Time: 7pm – 10pm For more information, please visit  

July 21st – September 2nd, 2017

Evenings By The Bay

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Join us for Evenings by the Bay! Extended summer hours until 8 p.m. on select weekend dates allow you to see the Aquarium in a whole new light. Stroll our galleries with fewer people as you enjoy a glass of wine and listen to live musical performances. Plus, enjoy delicious, sustainable food featuring the freshest ingredients sourced from Monterey Bay and the Central Valley. Location: 886 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA 93940 Upcoming Dates: July 21st, July 22nd,  July 28th,  July 29th,  Aug. 5th,  Aug. 12th,  Aug. 19th,  Aug. 26th,  Sept. 2nd For more information, please call (831) 648-4800 or visit  

August 11th – 20th, 2017

 Monterey Car Week

Move on over for Monterey Car Week! Don’t miss your chance to see a collection of classic cars cruise through the Peninsula! Now until August 20th, enjoy exciting auto shows, historic races, car auctions and more at various venues throughout Monterey County! For more information, please visit    

August 17th – 20th, 2017

Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion

Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

What:  Described as a museum springing to life, the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion is the largest event held during the famed Monterey Classic Car Week, and is the only event where cars are doing what they were originally intended to do … race. Approximately 550 race cars are accepted from more than 1,000 entry applications to compete in the world’s premier motoring event. Each entry is scrutinized and accepted based on the car’s authenticity, race provenance and period correctness. The event relives motorsport history at the iconic circuit, which has been the scene of America’s golden years of sports car racing since its inception in 1957. In addition to the entertaining on-track action, there are always engaging autograph opportunities with legendary drivers, Q&A sessions, and fine wine and cheese tastings among the myriad activities. Where: Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Honoring: For more information, please call 831-242-8200 or visit  

August 17th – September 24th

Peter Pan The High-Flying Family Musical

PacRep at the Outdoor Forest Theater

Fly on over to PacRep at the Outdoor Forest Theater in Carmel-by-the-Sea for Peter Pan: The High-Flying Family Musical! Magic and wonder await and dreams are born in Never Land with the cunning Captain Hook, a ticking crocodile, lost boys, brave islanders, a twinkling fairy and the boy who refuses to grow up! This high-flying Tony Award-winner has been performed around the world and delighted audiences for 60 years. Pairing iconic songs such as “I’m Flying,” “I’ve Gotta Crow,” and “Never Never Land” with a rousing book full of magic, warmth, and adventure, Peter Pan is a dream come true for the child in all of us! Schedule: Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 3pm matinee Location: PacRep at the Outdoor Forest Theater, Santa Rita & Mountain View, Carmel, CA 93922 For more information, please visit  

August 19th, 2017

Meal On Main Street

Watsonville Salvation Army and Green Valley Christian Center

Join the Watsonville Salvation Army and Green Valley Christian Center for their third annual FREE concert, Meal On Main Street! FREE hot meals will be given away to the first 500 attendees and FREE back to school backpacks will be given away to the first 300 children aged 16 and under. All must be in attendance in order to receive the meals or backpacks. The concert begins at 11:00am on Saturday, August 19th in the Watsonville City Plaza Park. Time: 11:00am Location: Watsonville City Plaza For more information, please contact Green Valley Christian Center at 831-728-1424  

August 19th – 20th

Scotts Valley 18th Annual Art, Wine & Beer Festival

This two-day event is held in a beautiful open park setting on the expansive lawn at Skypark in Scotts Valley. Situated in the majestic coastal redwood mountains, this festival truly has something for everyone! This year, we are including some new elements to the festival; two stages with music and other entertainment and the enormous “Kids Zone”. Diverse and divine culinary creations to delight your palate and come experience the expanded selection of wine, craft breweries, mimosas and margarita’s! In addition to the fabulous art, there is delicious cuisine, with the area’s most prestigious wineries and award-winning micro-breweries pouring their best. Saturday Only: Cops 'N Rodders Car Show, now with Vintage Trailers! Dog Day Sunday: Dog look-alike, Costume & Tricks Contest. Times: Saturday 10:00 AM-6:00 PM and Dog Day Sunday 10:00 AM -5:00 PM (Dogs welcome) Location: Skypark 361 Kings Village Rd Scotts Valley, CA 95066 For more information, please visit  

August 20th, 2017

25th Annual Aloha Polynesian Festival and Outrigger Races

The City of Santa Cruz

The City of Santa Cruz is celebrating their 25th anniversary of the Aloha Polynesian Festival and Outrigger Races! Delight in island-style music and Polynesian dancing, plus enjoy a taste of the tropics with shave ice and festive drinks. Time: 9am – 5pm Location: Municipal Wharf, 21 Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 For more information, please call 831.420.5270 or visit  

August 25th, 2017

Hot Cars & Cool Nights 2017

The City of Seaside

Gold Coast Rods and the City of Seaside present Hot Cars & Cool Nights! The event is now on Echo Avenue for 2017 on August 25th! Bring the Family! Dress in the era of your favorite car! Bring your classic car to show for only $5. Time: 4:00pm – 8:00pm Location: City of Seaside ECHO AVENUE, Seaside, CA 93955 For more information, please contact David Peelo at 831-424-2004 or email  

August 25th, 2017

Movies at the Beach: Finding Dory

The City of Capitola

FREE movie at Capitola Beach! Bring the whole family to watch Finding Dory from 7:30pm to 10pm. Movies begin at 7:30 p.m. or dusk.All movies are shown on the stage on the Esplanade. Bring a picnic dinner or dine locally at area restaurants.  Low back chairs, blankets and jackets recommended (free popcorn from 7 p.m. Popcorn donated by:  CineLux Capitola Cafe and Lounge).  No alcohol or dogs on the beach. Location: Capitola Esplanade, 100 Monterey Ave, 95010 Capitola , CA For more information, please call 831.475.7300 or visit  

August 25th, 2017

La Casa Adult Day Health Center Volunteer Recruitment

La Casa Adult Day Health Center

La Casa Adult Day Health Center is looking for volunteers to assist in kitchen duties, which include setting up lunch tables, washing dishes, sweeping, moping among other kitchen duties.Volunteers must have current negative TB Test.

About La Casa Adult Day Health Care Center - The center is a day health program for adults and veterans with one or more chronic medical, cognitive or mental health conditions and/or disabilities that are at risk of needing institutional care. The center provides access to physical, occupational, speech and psychological therapy, nursing and social services, hot meals, dietician counseling, and transportation to and from the center. The services provided are paid by Medi-Cal, Veterans Administration, and private pay. Time: 10:00 am to 11:00 am Location: 909 Blanco Circle Suite B • Salinas, Ca • 93901 For more information, please contact Elizabeth Campos at 831-998-8130 or email    

August 25th – 27th, 2017

Sand City’s West End Celebration

Sand City's West End Celebration is a FREE, three day, family-friendly event celebrating the diversity of artistic talent to be found within Monterey County. The events are on Ortiz street in Sand City on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Friday: 7:00pm – 11:00pm Saturday: 11:00am – 6:00pm Sunday: 11:00am – 5:00pm Location: 525 Ortiz Street, Sand City CA For more information, please visit for more information.

August 26th, 2017

Dali17 Family Movie Night: “Fantastic Planet”

Dali17 at the Museum of Monterey

Join Dali17 for the screening of "Fantastic Planet," an animated science fiction film directed by Rene Laloux. Admission includes a bag of popcorn! Time: 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM Location: Dali17 at the Museum of Monterey, 5 Custom House Plaza, Monterey, CA For more information, please call 831.372.2608 or email  

August 26th, 2017

FREE Science Saturday: Fossils

Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History

Time: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM Location: Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History, 165 Forest Ave, Pacific Grove, CA Science Saturday is back! Join us on August 26th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for Science Saturday: Fossils! Decorate a fossil necklace, dig for real fossils, create casts, and more. Spend the day learning about the animals and plants that lived on earth before humans. The Carmel Valley Gem and Mineral Society have partnered to lead Science Saturday this month, and they will have their private fossil collections on display. Check out real fossils, take history home with you, and discover creatures millions of years old! Science Saturdays are free and open to all! For more information, please  

August 26th

Bulls of Summer Professional Bull Riding

Presented by Salinas Toyota

The California Rodeo Salinas and David Drew Productions will co-produce the Bulls of Summer on Saturday, August 26, 2017. This Professional Bull Riders Real Time Pain Relief Velocity Tour event presented by Salinas Toyota is modeled after the July Professional Bull Riding (PBR) event held in conjunction with the California Rodeo Salinas. Gates will open at 5pm and bull riding action will start at 7pm. Time: 5:00pm – 9:00pm Location: Salinas Sports Complex, 1034 N Main St, Salinas, CA 93906 For more information, please visit

August 27th, 2017

30th Annual Jewish Food Festival

Congregation Beth Israel

A tradition continues; The Jewish Food Festival at Congregation Beth Israel in Carmel, will be celebrating 30 years. Savor "Jewish Soul Foods", including corned beef, and pastrami sandwiches, brisket, blintzes, kugel, potato latkes, matzo ball soup, chopped chicken liver, desserts, and much more. Entertainment is continuous. Sing with internationally known folk singers, Alisa Fineman and Kimball Hurd; dance to music; listen to traditional story telling; observe a Jewish wedding performance and much more. Artisans will be presenting handmade crafts and collectibles. Please park at Carmel Middle School and take the frequent free shuttles to the festival. NO PETS, PLEASE. Admission, parking and shuttle service are free. Location: Congregation Beth Israel 5716 Carmel Valley Rd, Carmel Valley, CA 93923 Phone: (831) 624-2015 Time: 10:30 AM to 4:00 PM Price: FREE For more information, call (831) 624-2015 or visit our website  

August 31st – September 4th, 2017

Monterey County Fair

Monterey County Fair & Event Center

Location: Monterey County Fair & Event Center 2004 Fairgrounds Road, Monterey, CA 93940 The Monterey County Fair & Event Center (MCFEC) is a twenty-two acre, state-owned venue located in the heart of Monterey, California. MCFEC boasts two outdoor performance stages, sprawling lawns, concessions kitchens, barns, seven rentable halls, a full service RV Park and an on-site Off Track Betting facility called Monterey Bay Race Place. Built in 1936, the Monterey County Fair & Event Center has been home to many amazing events including the annual Monterey County Fair, the world renowned Monterey Jazz Festival and the 1967 Monterey International Pop Music Festival to name a few. Today the staff at MCFEC continues to work with the best promoters around and offer a full calendar of events each year. Our venue is located at 2004 Fairground Road in Monterey, California and is easily accessible off of either HWY 1 or HWY 68. See Directions & Visitor Info for more details. MCFEC neighbors the North Fremont Business District which offers motels, restaurants and shops. We are also just blocks from the Monterey Bike Trail and only a 10 minute drive to downtown Monterey, Cannery Row, Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach and Carmel. Whether you are visiting the area and looking for something to do, a place to stay or a venue for an event or party, look no further than the Monterey County Fair & Event Center. For more information, please visit  

September 2nd, 2017

Wings Over Watsonville

Watsonville Municipal Airport

Join us at the's fun, family-friendly and Free! Friday night kids movie - Friday and Saturday fly-in arrivals. Discounted AVGAS, food vendors, historic and antique aircraft, demo flights and much, much more! Time: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm Location: Watsonville Municipal Airport, 100 Aviation Way, Watsonville, CA 95076 For more information, please visit  

September 1st – 4th, 2017

Capitola Begonia Festival

The 65th Annual Capitola Begonia Festival will feature free fun activities that all the family can enjoy, from a sand sculpture contest, a fishing derby, row boat races and a nautical parade of begonia-laden floats traveling down Soquel Creek. Join a children's art event, compete in the horseshoes tournament or decorate yourself with begonias! Watch as float builders rush to put the finishing touches on their parade entries or put together a team to enter and build your own float! You can watch a movie on the beach, or dance to the sounds of the bands. Don't miss this weekend of fun. Come Out and Play! Time: 5:00pm Location: Capitola Village, Stockton Avenue and The Esplanade, Capitola, CA 95010 For more information, please visit    

September 2nd, 2017

Marina Labor Day Parade and Festival

City of Marina & Marina Volunteer Firefighters Association

The Parade Committee, the City of Marina and the Marina Volunteer Firefighters Association have teamed up to bring the 2017 parade and festival to Marina! The Labor Day Parade will begin at 11am on Reservation Road in Marina, containing marching bands, classic cars and more. Following the Parade, the Festival will begin, featuring music, food and fun at Vince DiMaggio Park, located at 3200 Del Monte Ave in Marina from noon - 4 PM. For more information, please contact the City of Marina at 831-884-1278 or  

September 2nd – 4th, 2017

Monterey Bay Greek Festival

Be Greek for a weekend! Every Labor Day weekend, Monterey becomes a part of the Mediterranean as the Monterey Bay Greek Festival takes over Custom House Plaza, Monterey State Historic Park in downtown Monterey. You won't be able to resist the mouthwatering smell of traditional Greek food. While you're munching on dolmades, you can watch traditional dance, listen to music, and even learn a little at a cultural lecture. Sip a cup of Greek coffee while you order that ever-popular dessert, baklava. Then step up to the stage yourself for a lesson in Greek dance! A traditional taverna will open in the evening, serving Greek and American beer, wine and ouzo. Time: Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 6pm and Monday from 11am to 4pm. Admission: FREE Location: Custom House Plaza, 20 Custom House Plaza, Monterey, CA 93940 For more information, please visit  

September 10th, 2017

Touch-A-Truck Salinas

Coastal Kids Home Care

Come on out to join us in our 4th Annual Touch-A-Truck event! From big rigs to tractors to fire trucks, there will plenty of vehicles to explore! There will also be superheroes, face painting, arts & crafts, music and more. New in 2017 we will have Food Trucks! This is an event the whole family will enjoy and all proceeds will benefit children suffering from serious illnesses in our community. What a special and fun way to give back! Tickets are $5 per person or $20 per family (two adults and two children) and are available at the event or in advance via our Touch-A-Truck site. Hope you see you there! Time: 12:00 – 4:00 pm Location: Salinas Rodeo Grounds,1034 North Main Street, Salinas, CA 93906 For more information, please visit    

November 19th, 2017

Bubbles and Bags

Girls Inc. of the Central Coast

Girls Inc. of the Central Coast (GICC) is pleased to announce our fall fundraiser: Bubbles and Bag, Sunday, November 19, 2017, from 1pm-4pm at the Inn at Spanish Bay in Pebble Beach.  Join us for the event and shop for a great cause! Sip champagne, socialize and purchase some fabulous handbags to add to your collection or to give as holiday gifts. To purchase tickets First Peek Preview at 1:00 PM-2:00 PM (For "Buy it Now" Purchase only) Tickets $100 Silent Auction 2:00 PM-4:00 PM Tickets $ 35.000 To Donate Bags Last year more than 500 handbags were donated to the event.  Our goal for 2017 is to top that number, but we need your help!  We are collecting handbags NOW and will do so until Friday, October 6, 2017.  We hope that you and your friends have good quality handbags that you would like to donate to the cause.  We are looking for: Bag donation locations: Fenton & Keller, 2801 Monterey-Salinas Highway, Monterey, CA 93940 (831) 373-1241, or you may contact Girls Inc. (831) to arrange for pick-up.  The Salinas donation location is the Girls Inc. of the Central Coast office at 318 Cayuga St, Suite 101A, Salinas, CA 93901. For more information, call (831) 772-0882. For More information, contact Patty at or (831) 772-0882. About Girls Inc. of the Central Coast Girls Inc. of the Central Coast is an affiliate of Girls Inc., a national organization and the country’s leading research and evaluation organization on issues pertaining to girls and young women. We are the first affiliate to offer programs completely facilitated by teens. We work with girls ages 8 to 18 with proven “girl-focused” programs at our outreach sites throughout Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz Counties. Each year, we serve over 1,400 girls in 33 schools in 9 cities. Our mission is to inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold and to respect themselves and the world around them.   If you are interested in joining or would like more information, please contact the Girls Inc. of the Central Coast office at (831) 772-0882.  For more information visit our website Contact: Patty Fernandez Executive Director Tel: 831-772-0882 Fax: 831-772-0773  

Community Foundation for Monterey County

Big Sur Relief Foundation

  The devastating Soberanes Fire and this winter’s heavy rains have caused tremendous hardship for Big Sur residents, employees and their families. HWY 1 is closed with massive mud slides, and Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge – the lifeline that connects the North and South – has been declared unsafe and has been condemned. Iconic businesses like Esalen, Nepenthe, Deetjen’s Big Sur Inn, Ventana, and Post Ranch are all temporarily closed. Over 1,000 Big Sur employees are out of work, and hundreds of families have been displaced. Thousands of people are in need of food, housing, and immediate assistance. In light of these unique and challenging circumstances, several businesses have come together to raise funds to provide relief for local individuals and families. The Big Sur Relief Fund at the Community Foundation for Monterey County (CFMC) will provide relief and emergency assistance to those affected.

Donate Now

Your gift will support the affected residents and individuals working in Big Sur in Monterey County, California and is fully tax deductible. 100% of donations will be used for relief and assistance. For more information on how to donate visit or All donations to the Big Sur Relief Fund are tax deductible. Tax ID # 94-1615897      

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