May-2020

Jan – Feb – Mar – Apr – May – Jun – Jul – Aug – Sep – Oct – Nov – Dec
Ongoing, Annual, weekly or monthly Events click HERE – Non-Profit Events and Fundraisers, click HERE*

May 1
Pacific Grove Bike Night 
The Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a free event around cycling in downtown Pacific Grove. Ride your bike to the event and participate in a ride-around, raffle giveaway, and much more. The hours are from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. More info: (831) 373-3304 or www.pacificgrove.org

May 1
First Friday 
Join us every month on the 1st Friday from 6:00-9:00 pm. 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 firstfridaypg@gmail.com

May 1 – 3
Trans Am SpeedFest
The muscular and thundering Pony Cars return to Trans Am’s spiritual Monterey home. The dramatic and close nose-to tail racing brings smiles to fans of all ages as the familiarity of Corvettes, Camaros and Mustangs battle it out for valuable Trans Am West Coast Championship by Pirelli points. Supporting the modern-day racing is a full group of historic Trans-Am cars that hark back to the late ‘60s and early ‘70s that catapulted the group on to the national stage.

May 2
Hagerty Cars & Caffeine at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca 
Be a part of the Trans Am Speedfest at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. The Hagerty | Cars and Caffeine car show is open to all Classic, Vintage, Exotic, Vintage Motorcycles and Collectible Cars of interest. Each $45.00 Car Show registration includes:- 2 Weekend passes (Saturday/Sunday)- Event poster and program- VIP Parking

May 2
28th Annual Monterey Winemakers’ Celebration 
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 2nd from 1:00 – 4:00 pm.

May 5
Return of the Natives’ Docents of Native Species! 
Help sow seeds, transplant, weed, water, and care for native plants grown for habitat restoration, as well as participate in the care and development of our demonstration and learning garden.

May 6
Rent 
In 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway… and forever changed the landscape of American theatre. Two decades later, Jonathan Larson’s RENT continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and all over the world. And now, this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award®-winning masterpiece returns to the stage in a vibrant 20th anniversary touring production. A re-imagining of Puccini’s La Bohème, RENT follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. With its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters — love.

May 7
Wine Bingo! 
Join us for some good ole fashioned BINGO, with a twist! Purchase a reusable blank BINGO board for $5, you’ll fill out the board with provided facts, wine terms, and Joullian history. Receive a 50% wine-by-the-glass discount* on select wines with purchase of BINGO board. Winner(s) will receive a Joullian prize: branded swag, 2 for 1 tasting, or a small bottle discount on select wine. Space is limited, so hurry to reserve your seat… and let the games begin!

May 9
Cowboy Poetry Gathering 
Cowboys, Cocktails, Rhythm & Rhymes, our annual Cowboy Music & Poetry Gathering will be held on Saturday, May 9th at the Fox Theater in Old Town Salinas. Doors will open at 4:30pm. Dinner at 6pm and the show will begin at 6:30pm

May 9 – 12
Ferrari Challenge 
The rolling hills of Monterey will be humming with the sounds of speedy Italian race cars during the Ferrari Challenge, May 9-12, 2019. Get an adrenaline rush as Ferrari’s take on the challenging 2.238 mile course at the iconic WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. Whether you’re a Ferrari enthusiast, motorsport fan or simply fascinated by Italian thoroughbreds, the Ferrari Challenge is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

May 10
Carmel Music Society Presents Daniel Hope and Vanessa Perez 
The South African-born English violinist, Daniel Hope, is the son of the poet and novelist Christopher Hope. He was persecuted in South Africa for his anti-government views, so the family fled to England when Daniel was six months old.Venezuelan-American pianist Vanessa Perez made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2004, and quickly built an international career. Her recent credits range from concerts with Gustavo Dudamel in Caracas to the Chopin Festival of Majorca, Spain.

May 12
Living in Color: The Color Duets of Kaffe Fassett and Erin Lee Gafill 
This dynamic presentation will take you from the days of the California Gold Rush to the founding of Carmel-by-the-Sea to the establishment of one of the most iconic restaurants in Big Sur (and both artists’ childhood home), Nepenthe. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to see images of both artists’ work in various media and listen to commentary from the artists themselves on their creative process and shared family history.

May 13
Twilight Cycling
What cyclist wouldn’t enjoy the thrill of a challenging 300-foot climb followed by an awe-inspiring descent? How about the fact that they can do this on a world-renowned race track? Monthly twilight rides allow cyclists of all ages to experience the excitement of pedaling WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca’s 11-turn, 2.238-mile course. The ride is highlighted by the legendary Corkscrew that drops 59 feet in just 450 feet of track length. Each month is hosted by a different local bicycle club, organization or business, some holding competitions such as time trials or criterium races and many with off-track activities such as barbecue dinners, costume contests and giveaways. Twilight Cycling is open to all ages and levels of cyclists. Helmets are required.

May 14
Opening Reception for “Color Duets: Kaffe Fassett and Erin Lee Gafill” 
Come celebrate the opening of “Color Duets: Kaffe Fassett and Erin Lee Gafill with small bites and local wine.

May 14 – 17
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 15 – 17
27th Annual Carmel Art Festival 
Combining plein-air painting and live sculpting with exhibits, sales and lots of live music, the Carmel Art Festival takes over Devendorf Park for three days. Artists create their exhibition paintings outdoors on Wednesday and Thursday all around the Monterey Peninsula, bringing them to Devendorf Park on Friday afternoon for judging. The public can view and purchase these and other newly created paintings through Sunday. Weekend events also include Sculpture-in-the-Park, Kids-make-art day, and live music each day. On Sunday morning, winning artists engage in a Quick Draw competition with the results being sold via Silent Auction.

May 16 – 17
The Sensational Still Life: A Workshop with Kaffe Fassett 
Join Kaffe Fassett for a two-day immersion into the inspiring world of color. In this hands-on workshop, Kaffe will present his unique approach to painting the still-life. The workshop will focus on arrangement, composition, drawing and above all, color. Kaffe will offer daily demos as well as one-on-one critique and feedback.

May 16 – 17
Monterey Symphony Presents Ovation, Concert 6 
The season concludes with Richard Strauss and Gustav Mahler. Both of these works require intense playing from the orchestra and give our fabulous Monterey Symphony the chance to boldly shine! Strauss’ Don Juan is a powerful tone poem for large orchestra featuring many passages used for Symphony auditions. The piece is based on the unfinished poem Don Juans Ende which tells the story of a man searching for love, which he never finds.

May 19
Boz Scaggs 
It’s appropriate that Boz Scaggs’ new album and tour is Out of the Blues, since the blues is what first sparked his five-decade musical career. Born William Royce Scaggs in Canton, Ohio on June 8, 1944, he grew up in Oklahoma and Texas, where he spent his teenage years immersed in the blues, R&B, and early rock ‘n’ roll. Scaggs continued to mine a personalized mix of rock, blues, and R&B influences, along with a signature style of ballads on such influential ’70s albums as Moments, Boz Scaggs & Band, My Time, Slow Dancer and 1976’s Silk Degrees. The latter release became a massive commercial breakthrough, reaching Number Two and remaining on the album charts for 115 weeks. It spawned three Top 40 hit singles: “It’s Over,” “Lido Shuffle”, and the Grammy-winning “Lowdown.” Silk Degrees was followed by the albums Down Two Then Left and Middle Man, and such hit singles as “Breakdown Dead Ahead,” “Jo Jo”, and “Look What You’ve Done to Me.” He returned to the studio after an 8-year hiatus and released, Other Roads, Some Change, Dig, the Grammy-nominated Come on Home, the unplugged Fade Into Light, the in-concert retrospective Greatest Hits Live, as well as a stint touring with Donald Fagen’s New York Rock & Soul Review; all while continuing to maintain a loyal audience in the U.S. and overseas, particularly in Japan. A pair of albums of jazz standards, But Beautiful and Speak Low, the latter topping the Billboard Jazz chart, demonstrated Scaggs’ stylistic mastery, as did the Southern-flavored Memphis and the rhythm & bluesy A Fool to Care.

May 22
Jazz at Lincoln Center Live Webcast of Bobby McFerrin 
Please join us at Sunset Center’s Studio 105 for this free, live webcast event. Reservations are required and can be obtained by clicking the Buy Tickets button above or by calling the Sunset Center Box Office at 831.620.2048. No purchase is necessary, but you must complete an order to secure your spot.

May 22 – 24
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

May 26
Mariza 
Portuguese fado vocalist Mariza has risen from a local phenomenon, known only to a small circle of admirers in Lisbon, to one of the most widely acclaimed stars of world music. It all started with her first album, Fado em Mim, released in 2001, which quickly led to a number of high-profile international concerts and ultimately earned her BBC Radio 3’s award for Best European Artist in the World Music category. No Portuguese artist since Amalia Rodrigues has experienced such a triumphant international career, with countless fans, rave reviews, and numerous awards and distinctions. Mariza has mastered the roots of her musical career and developed into a universal artist who opens herself to the world without ever losing her heartfelt sense of Portuguese identity.

May 30 – 31
The Artichoke Festival 
In 1959, the Central Coast community of Castroville, CA gathered to celebrate the harvest of our state vegetable and the region that became known as the “Artichoke Center of the World.” Join us in celebration of all things artichokes at The Artichoke Festival, set for May 30-31, 2020, at the Monterey County Fairgrounds & Event Center in Monterey.

May 31
MONSTER JAM 
Monster Jam will be back at the Salinas Sports Complex on Sunday, May 31st. This family friendly event is an exciting day for all ages, with Monster Trucks doing awesome freestyle tricks with larger than life action! Gates open on Sunday, May 31st at noon and the show starts at 2 pm.

EVENTS THAT EXIST BELOW THIS LINE ARE FROM THE PREVIOUS YEAR
LISTED UNTIL THE DATE FOR THE CURRENT YEAR CAN BE CONFIRMED

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2019

May 3
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 firstfridaypg@gmail.com

May 4
27th Annual Monterey Winemakers Celebration
A celebration to remember. Experience the full array of Monterey Wine Country offerings. Enjoy sampling wines paired with a bounty of delectable lite-bites prepared by the best local chefs and dancing in the streets of picturesque Carmel-by-the-Sea.

May 5
Carmel Music Society Presents Manuel Barrueco, guitar
Manuel Barrueco is internationally recognized as one of the most important guitarists of our time. His unique artistry has been continually described as that of a superb instrumentalist and a superior and elegant musician, possessing a seductive sound and uncommon lyrical gifts.

May 7
The Still An Optimist Edition
A stimulating conversation about adaptation to the accelerating changes in global markets, technology and climate change today with Professor John Arquilla, chair of the Defense Analysis Department at the Naval Postgraduate School.

May 7
Return of the Natives’ Docents of Native Species!
Help sow seeds, transplant, weed, water, and care for native plants grown for habitat restoration, as well as participate in the care and development of our demonstration and learning garden.

May 8 – 13
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 10
The Dance Center Recital: Intermediate-Advanced Friday Evening 6PM 
The Dance Center presents their yearly recital for students ages 3+. Weekly classes and teams will showcase to the community their work from the 2018-2019 school year. Parents, family, friends, and community members are invited to join for this celebratory annual event featuring ballet, pointe, jazz, contemporary, acrobatics, hip-hop, and tap from recreational, competitive, and pre-professional local dancers. This event weekend, with 4 shows containing different classes/teams, honors all ages and stages in their study of dance. Check the recital order at www.dancecarmel.com to see what show/s your performer is featured in!

May 10
Carmel Music Society Presents Daniel Hope and Vanessa Perez 
The South African-born English violinist, Daniel Hope, is the son of the poet and novelist Christopher Hope. He was persecuted in South Africa for his anti-government views, so the family fled to England when Daniel was six months old.Venezuelan-American pianist Vanessa Perez made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2004, and quickly built an international career. Her recent credits range from concerts with Gustavo Dudamel in Caracas to the Chopin Festival of Majorca, Spain.

May 10
Who’s Bad 
Who’s Bad’s live performance is an unrivaled celebration of pop music’s one true King. Their power-packed performance of Michael Jackson’s expansive catalog has ignited crowds on every continent and can only be described as a jaw-dropping, musical must-see. As the longest-running Michael Jackson tribute band, and the only one to predate his untimely passing, Who’s Bad has awed even the skeptics, selling out nearly 50 venues in the United Kingdom including London’s O2 in December of 2010, the venue where the King of Pop was slated to end his career with a 50-show “This Is It” concert series.

May 10 – 12
Ferrari Challenge 
This three-fold Ferrari Racing Days event includes Ferrari Challenge, Corse Clienti F1 and XX Program. Here’s an exceptional opportunity to experience the sheer power and high-revving notes of Ferrari Formula 1 cars at speed as part of the International Corse Clienti program. F1 cars are the ultimate form of motorsport technology and will be complemented by the ultra-exotic Ferrari XX track-only supercars, in addition to full racing grids of turbocharged 488 Ferrari Challenge thoroughbreds. It’s a weekend where skilled amateurs and experienced pros fight their way on the same corners to earn championship points and coveted titles. Automobile enthusiasts will decidedly enjoy experiencing these Prancing Horses.

May 11
The Dance Center Recital: Preschool-Kinder Saturday Morning 10AM 
The Dance Center presents their yearly recital for students ages 3+. Weekly classes and teams will showcase to the community their work from the 2018-2019 school year. Parents, family, friends, and community members are invited to join for this celebratory annual event featuring ballet, pointe, jazz, contemporary, acrobatics, hip-hop, and tap from recreational, competitive, and pre-professional local dancers. This event weekend, with 4 shows containing different classes/teams, honors all ages and stages in their study of dance. Check the recital order at www.dancecarmel.com to see what show/s your performer is featured in!

May 11
Keb Mo 
Over the past two decades, Keb’ Mo’ has proven that he is a musical force that defies typical genre labels. Album after album, 14 in total, garnered him 4 GRAMMY awards and a producer/engineer/artist GRAMMY Certificate for his track on the 2001 Country Album of the Year, Hank Williams Tribute – Timeless. He has received 11 GRAMMY nominations, in total, including Country Song of the Year for “I Hope,” co-written with The Dixie Chicks, and 3 alone for his 2014 self-produced release, BLUESAmericana including Americana Album of the Year. Keb’ has also been awarded 11 Blues Foundation Awards and 6 BMI Awards for his work in TV & Film.

May 12
Living in Color: The Color Duets of Kaffe Fassett and Erin Lee Gafill 
This dynamic presentation will take you from the days of the California Gold Rush to the founding of Carmel-by-the-Sea to the establishment of one of the most iconic restaurants in Big Sur (and both artists’ childhood home), Nepenthe. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to see images of both artists’ work in various media and listen to commentary from the artists themselves on their creative process and shared family history.

May 14
Return of the Natives’ Docents of Native Species! 
Help sow seeds, transplant, weed, water, and care for native plants grown for habitat restoration, as well as participate in the care and development of our demonstration and learning garden.

May 14
Opening Reception for “Color Duets: Kaffe Fassett and Erin Lee Gafill” 
Come celebrate the opening of “Color Duets: Kaffe Fassett and Erin Lee Gafill with small bites and local wine.

May 14 – 17
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 15 – 17
27th Annual Carmel Art Festival 
Combining plein-air painting and live sculpting with exhibits, sales and lots of live music, the Carmel Art Festival takes over Devendorf Park for three days. Artists create their exhibition paintings outdoors on Wednesday and Thursday all around the Monterey Peninsula, bringing them to Devendorf Park on Friday afternoon for judging. The public can view and purchase these and other newly created paintings through Sunday. Weekend events also include Sculpture-in-the-Park, Kids-make-art day, and live music each day. On Sunday morning, winning artists engage in a Quick Draw competition with the results being sold via Silent Auction.

May 16
Louie Anderson 
Iconic comedian Louie Anderson, the three-time Emmy Award winner, is one of the country’s most recognized and adored comics, with a career spanning more than 30 years. Named by Comedy Central as “One of 100 Greatest Stand-Up Comedians of All Time,” he is also a best-selling author, star of his own standup specials and sitcoms, and he continues to tour the country performing to standing-room-only crowds worldwide. In 2016 Anderson was cast to co-star along with Zach Galifianakis and Martha Kelly in the hit FX comedy series Baskets. Anderson plays the extraordinary role of Christine, the matriarch of the Baskets clan. He based the character on his mother and his five sisters who were all a major presence in his life. Anderson won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his role as Christine Baskets in 2016. When not in production, Louie continues to tour, traveling the States doing what he loves to do, delivering to his fans his inimitable brand of humor and warmth.

May 16 – 17
The Sensational Still Life: A Workshop with Kaffe Fassett 
Join Kaffe Fassett for a two-day immersion into the inspiring world of color. In this hands-on workshop, Kaffe will present his unique approach to painting the still-life. The workshop will focus on arrangement, composition, drawing and above all, color. Kaffe will offer daily demos as well as one-on-one critique and feedback.

May 16 – 19
The 75th 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 17
Jazz at Lincoln Center Live Webcast – JLCO: Joey DeFrancesco with The Jazz 
Tonight, DeFrancesco and the JLCO will explore two classic records that defied the organ’s typical small group confines and left fans craving more. First up is Duke Ellington’s New Orleans Suite, a lesser-known and delightfully varied repertoire of Ellington excellence. The original recording featured organ only on the gospel-tinged “Blues for New Orleans,” but DeFrancesco and JLCO trombonist Vincent Gardner are excitedly cooking up new arrangements to expand its role. The second half of the show explores Oliver Nelson’s unique take on Peter & The Wolf, a playful suite full of fiery solos by legendary organist Jimmy Smith.

May 17 – 18
Relay for Life 
At the event May 17th and 18th, our team will camp out overnight and take turns walking around the track to raise money and awareness to help the American Cancer Society in the world’s largest fight against cancer.

May 17 – 19
26th 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 18 – 19
Monterey Symphony Presents Sound Waves, Concert 6 
The sixth and final concert of the Monterey Symphony season, Sound Waves, will conclude in grand fashion with music by Wagner, Chopin, and Beethoven! Richard Wagner composed many brilliant overtures throughout his many German operas, including the overture from The Flying Dutchman, featured as the opening work in the season finale. Chopin’s stunning Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 21, follows, with magnificent Cuban pianist Marcos Madrigal performing the popular work, composed before Chopin completed his formal education at age 20.

May 19
San Juan Bautista Car Show 
Show custom and classic cars and trucks.

May 19
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. 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 décor, indoor & outdoor furniture, cloths, clothing, antique and vintage jewelry antique rugs, lamps, industrial retro, and so much more.

May 19 – 21
Spring Classic 
The inaugural Spring Classic is an exciting new vintage car race that primarily celebrates the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s. This will be a relaxed showcase for phenomenal race cars that will appeal to racing and automobile enthusiasts nationwide.

May 21
Return of the Natives’ Docents of Native Species! 
Help sow seeds, transplant, weed, water, and care for native plants grown for habitat restoration, as well as participate in the care and development of our demonstration and learning garden.

May 24 – 26
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

May 31
Smuin’s Dance Series 02 
Return to Smuin’s roots with highlights from Michael Smuin’s vast creative archive. Fall in love all over again with classic numbers like “Unforgettable” and “Fever” from Dances with Songs, and excerpts from Dancin’ with Gershwin, Zorro!, and Frankie & Johnny. Amy Seiwert, one of Smuin’s most illustrious alumni, presents a world premiere to close our 25th anniversary celebration.

 

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