May-2021

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*Due to COVID-19 precautions, several events and businesses in Monterey County have been affected.
Events are subject to change or cancellation at any time without notice.

Apr- 29 -May2
Trans Am Speedfest 
“Our whole team is disappointed by the cancellation of the Trans-Am SpeedFest,” commented John Narigi, president and general manager of WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. “After two successful and safe races in October, we were hopeful to be able to continue with Trans Am for our season finale. But with the continuing outbreak, many participants coming from out of state, and the unknown state restrictions, we understand and sympathize with Trans Am’s and SVRA’s decision. We greatly look forward to welcoming their return to Monterey April 29 through May 2, 2021.”

May 10 – May 23
Sea Otter Classic 
Known as a sprawling and energetic “celebration of cycling”, Subaru Sea Otter Classic Powered by SRAM is cycling’s North American season opener. Professional and amateur athletes alike make the annual pilgrimage to Sea Otter to participate in some of the sport’s most competitive and enduring events. Hundreds of pro cyclists, including national, world, and Olympic champions attend Sea Otter to race and meet with fans. The 2021 Sea Otter Classic is Scheduled for May 10-23, 2021 With Backup Dates of October 7-10, 2021.

May 13
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 13 – 16
Salinas Valley Fair 
Salinas Valley Fair showcases entertainment, education, livestock and celebrate local communities, local talents, abundant agriculture and lots of fun. Fair events include poultry show, wine tasting, goat show, pirate’s parrot show, petting zoo, freestyle BMX show, talent contests and more.

May 15
The Quail, Motorcycle Gathering 
The Quail Motorcycle Gathering celebrates the evolution of the motorcycle, honouring both pre- and post-war eras of the world’s finest sports and racing bikes. Amongst the motorcycles, the event features a gourmet lunch with offerings from local wineries and breweries, together with leading motorcycle manufacturers, lifestyle vendors and more – the perfect opportunity to spend a day amongst the finer things in life.

May 15
The Language Capital of the World Cultural Festival 
Don’t miss the Language Capital of the World® Cultural Festival this Sunday where you can enjoy fabulous performances by an array of dancers and singers representing cultures from across the globe. Ethnic food, free mini-language lessons and cultural experiences, a variety of cultural booths, and vendors of gift items from around the world will also be available. At 10am, the festivities starts by DLI Color Guard and National Anthem performances, followed by brief opening remarks from DLIFLC Commandant Colonel Gary M. Hausman and from City of Monterey Mayor Clyde Roberson. The National Anthem will be performed by members of the DLIFLC Joint Service Choir (DLIFLC is the Defense Language Institute-Foreign Language Center. Attendees will then be treated to a full day of fabulous international dances, music and colorful costumes. This year encompasses nearly three dozen international performances reflecting many different languages and cultures.

May 19
Disney Musicals Tribute 
Pacific Repertory Theatre’s Disney Musicals Tribute Concert will be performed live at the Monterey Fairgrounds, Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at 7:30PM. Sponsored by EscapeRoom831 and Glastonbury AV, this is the fourth in a series of six drive-in concerts being offered monthly through July of 2021.

May 27 – 30
California Roots Music & Arts Festival
Come and join us at the California Roots Music and Arts Festival. This 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 29
Science Saturday — Water Wild 
Dive in for a refreshing look at rivers, creeks, and streams. We’ll focus on freshwater wildlife, watershed science, and the Museum’s role in studying the health of these important places.

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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2020

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.

 

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