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May 3 -6
Ferrari Challenge 
The rolling hills of Monterey will be visited by a stable full of Prancing Horses from Ferrari, as the Ferrari Challenge North America returns to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. There’s something magical about a field of Ferrari race cars challenging the 2.238 miles of this iconic track. Whether you’re a Ferrari enthusiast, motorsport fan or simply fascinated by Italian thoroughbreds, the Ferrari Challenge is for you to enjoy.

May 4
First Friday 
Grassroots event sponsored by several local participating businesses in downtown Pacific Grove, CA. Founded by Artisana Gallery in March of 2010. Join us every month on the 1st Friday from 6:00-9:00pm. Look for the Green flags to signify participating businesses. Pacific Grove Art Center open from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. For more information, contact Artisana Gallery at (831) 655-9775 or

May 4 – 6
35th Anniversary Wildflower 
Wildflower is not just another triathlon! Its’ a 3-day party celebrating multi-sport, music wellness and outdoor adventure. Packed in with a full schedule of races, this iconic weekend triathlon festival boasts three action-packed expo venues featuring top-notch live entertainment, celebration Firestone-Walker beer garden, 15C wine tasting and informative race clinics by top pros and much more…

May 4 – 6
The Annual Steinbeck Festival 
The 2018 Steinbeck Festival celebrates the women Steinbeck created, those he knew, and those who influenced mid-century American culture. Ma Joad inspired this theme. Late in The Grapes of Wrath, Ma consoles Pa, who feels defeated by their losses: “Man, he lives in jerks-baby born an’ a man dies, an’ that’s a jerk-gets a farm an’ loses his farm, an’ that’s a jerk. Woman, it’s all one flow, like a stream, little eddies, little waterfalls, but the river, it goes right on. Woman looks at it like that. We ain’t gonna die out. People is goin’ on-changin’ a little, maybe, but goin’ right on.”

May 5
26th Annual Monterey Winemakers Celebration 
The Monterey County Vintners & Growers Association is hosting the 26th Annual Monterey Winemakers Celebration, and you are invited!Enjoy the incredible wines and culinary abundance from one of the world’s premier wine regions in the quaint village of Carmel-by-the-Sea. This iconic Monterey County food and wine festival is Saturday, May 5th from 1:00 – 4:00 pm.

May 6
Take It Outside Day & Spring Bird Count  
Come celebrate Take It Outside Salinas with Return of the Natives and the Big Sur Land Trust! We will meet at Natividad Creek Park for a day of service and fun! Ongoing restoration efforts by volunteers at Natividad Creek Park have made this a thriving and beautiful community park and healthy wildlife habitat!

May 11
Rufus Wainwright 
The New York-born, Montreal-raised singer songwriter has released seven studio albums, three DVDs, and three live albums, including the fantastic Grammy nominated Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall, which captured his celebrated Judy Garland tribute performance at the London Palladium in 2007, and the album Release The Stars which went Gold in Canada and the U.K.

May 13
Youth Music Monterey County Presents Mother’s Musical Souvenir 
Youth Music Monterey County and Music Director Farkhad Khudyev proudly present Mother’s Musical Souvenir with music by Anderson, Chopin, Brown, Barber, Tchaikovsky and more… featuring the Junior Youth Concerto Competition winner.

May 17
“Weird Al” Yankovic The Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity Tour 
“Weird Al” Yankovic burst onto the scene over three decades ago and never looked back. For the first time in his storied career, the world’s foremost musical satirist and four-time Grammy-winner foregoes his usual high-octane, big-production show for an intimate evening of music, focusing on original (non-parody) songs from his 14-album catalog. After his 2016 world tour, including venues such as the Hollywood Bowl and Radio City Music Hall, this is a rare opportunity to get up-close and personal with this legendary performer.

May 17 – 19
Salinas Valley Fair 
Enjoy the atmosphere of an old-fashioned county fair, complete with carnival, bull-riding, craft and 4-H exhibit, music and more.

May 18 – 19
Relay For Life 
Almost all of us have been touched by cancer in some way, so we’ve decided to make a difference by walking and raising money in the American Cancer Society Relay For Life event. The California Rodeo Salinas has been participating in Relay for Life since 2004. The team was started by the late Lee Brooks who was the Director of Parking for many years for the California Rodeo Association. He was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2004 and fought long and hard until his passing in March of 2007. Lee used to have 10 baseball caps embroidered each year with “Rope in a Cure” and would auction them off to raise money to fight cancer. Tonya Linares has been the team captain since 2008 and is proud to keep up the fight for Lee and for everyone who has been touched by cancer. From 2004 to 2017, the California Rodeo’s Relay for Life Team has raised over $50,000 for the American Cancer Society.

May 18 – 20
Spring Classic 
The second annual Spring Classic is a vintage racing event that celebrates the fast and thrilling 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s eras of motorsports. The Spring Classic features spirited competition among run groups that include historic open wheel cars, sports cars, stock cars, and motorcycles.

May 18
25th Annual Carmel Art Festival 
Combining plein-air painting and live sculpting with exhibits and sales, and lots of live music, the Carmel Art Festival takes over Devendorf Park and nearby side streets for four days of artistic creativity and consumption. On Thursday and Friday, artists create in the park and outdoors throughout the Monterey Peninsula, while Saturday features more Sculpture in the Park, along with live music, awards, and live and silent auctions of the plein-air pieces. On Sunday, artists engage in a Quick Draw competition, with the results also put on sale alongside more plein-air pieces.

May 19 – 20
Monterey Symphony Presents Concert Grand – Concert VI 
THE SIXTH and final concert of the Monterey Symphony’s season, Concert Grand, will conclude in grand fashion! Music by Prokofiev, Liszt, Falla, and Tchaikovsky, round out an amazing season of great music. Sergei Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 1 was written in a throwback style akin to Haydn, and Tchaikovsky’s popular and familiar “1812 Overture,” composed in 1880 to commemorate the failure of Napoleon’s army to invade Russia in 1812, will showcase an explosive musical experience.

May 20
San Juan Bautista Car Show 
Show custom and classic cars and trucks.

May 20
Antique & Vintage Market 
Monterey Bay Antiques & Vintage Market is a monthly market where you will find that cherished antique, a sought after vintage collectible or maybe some fun retro. We have the finest antique and vintage vendors on the central coast. Each vendor brings their unique personality and special collections to the market. Discover that one of a kind painting, watercolor or print. You will come upon everything from mid century modern to the primitives. The market has exotic and rare collectibles, each one a treasure for you. You will find a wide of range items from home decor, indoor & outdoor furniture, cloths, clothing, antique and vintage jewelry antique rugs, lamps, industrial retro, and so much more.

May 23 – 28
Lightning in a bottle 
Lightning In A Bottle is designed, built and curated based on a core ethos centered on sustainability, harm reduction, cultural respect, and most of all, creating an environment for extraordinary experiences. These principles guide LIB’s vision and its team’s decision-making every step of the way.

May 25 – 27
California Roots Music & Arts Festival 
The California Roots Music and Arts Festival is a three-day event packed with live music, fantastic food, refreshing beverages, creative artwork and sustainable practices. Reggae acts from around the globe culminate at the Monterey County Fairgrounds for good vibes during the Memorial Day weekend.


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May 6
Winemakers’ Celebration   
Over 100 wines made from 42 different varietals will be available for sampling at the Winemakers’ Celebration in Carmel-by-the-Sea. Guests will also have the rare opportunity to ask questions and discuss the wines with the winemakers themselves.


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