Community Calendar Monterey

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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.

  • Event included with Aquarium admission. Locals receive special admission prices after 6 p.m.
  • Food and beverage selections will be available for purchase.
  • Please note that not all exhibits are available for viewing during these extended hours.

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 15th, 2017

Concourse On The Avenue

On Tuesday the 15th, Carmel-by-the-Sea’s Ocean Avenue will be closed to traffic for Concourse on the Avenue! Vehicles not seen anywhere else during car week will be displayed and open to the public. This event is free, starts at 10am, and wraps up at 5pm.


Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Location: Ocean Avenue, Carmel CA

For more information, please email or call 404-237-2633


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 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 – 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 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

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.

  • 8:45 am – 10:30 – Registration
  • 10:30 am - Street closure (Reservation/Crescent westbound, Del Monte to Beach northbound)
  • 11:00 am -Parade Start time
  • 12:30 pm - Parade end time (and roads reopened)
  • The festival will begin at 12:00 noon and end at 3:00 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


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:

  • “Like New” handbags that no longer suit your taste
  • New bags you have never used
  • High-end/Designer bags
  • Everyday and evening bags
  • Wallets in very good condition

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

  • Mail a check:
    Community Foundation for Monterey County
    2354 Garden Road, Monterey, CA, 93940
    “Attention: Big Sur Relief Fund”
  • Donate by Phone
    Call 831.375.9712 Monday through Friday 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Contribute Appreciated Stock
    Please contact Christine Dawson, Vice President of Philanthropic Services, for details at 831.375.9712 ext 126.

All donations to the Big Sur Relief Fund are tax deductible. Tax ID # 94-1615897



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