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Jul 2 – Sep 4 
Evenings by the Bay! 
(Saturdays and Sundays)
Extended hours until 8 p.m. Included with Aquarium admission.  Please note that not all exhibits are available for viewing during these extended hours.

Jul 8 – Aug 26
Summer Live Music Series at Carmel Plaza
Fridays 5 – 7 PM
Join us for our annual Summer Live Music Series!  8 weeks of live music, wine tasting & small bites from local restaurants. Admission is FREE! Food and beverage package is $15/person. Must be 21 or older to consume alcohol. See you at the Plaza!

Aug 2
Old Monterey Farmers Market
The Old Monterey Farmers Market, established in 1991, comprises of 3 ½ city blocks and runs year-round rain or shine. During the summer it’s the largest gathering of people in Monterey County, attracting more that 10,000 locals and tourists in one location. You can travel the world in just three blocks, finding arts and crafts, handmade jewelry, furniture, clothing, international food, organic produce, flowers, and pastries.

Aug 6
Wharf Walks at Monterey’s Old Fisherman’s Wharf – Walking Tours With Historian Tim Thomas
The Monterey Fisherman’s Wharf Association continues to team up with noted Monterey Bay Fisheries Historian and author, Tim Thomas, who is offering monthly “Wharf Walks -Walking Tours at Monterey’s Old Fisherman’s Wharf” ( on the first Saturday of every month from 10:00 AM – Noon. Wharf Walks will be held on August 1st (RSVP first!) focusing on ” Celebrations on the Wharf!.”

Aug 6
Salinas Valley Half Marathon 
The Salinas Valley Half Marathon begins at the historic Soledad Mission, established in 1791 as the 13th Alta California mission, located in the heart of the Salinas Valley, made famous by John Steinbeck in his novel East of Eden. The course takes runners and walkers slightly south from the Mission, then west toward the Santa Lucia mountains—well known for the vineyards of wine grapes used to produce award-winning pinot noir, chardonnay and syrah—before turning north along the base of the mountain range and winding over gently rolling hills to the west of the Salinas River.

Aug 6 – 7
Monterey Scottish Games & Celtic Festival 
This very popular Celtic celebration brings the music, dance and athletic events of the mystical lands of Scotland and Ireland to Monterey County. Featuring fun activities for the whole family, the Monterey Scottish Games & Celtic Festival offers a variety of live Celtic entertainment with the thrilling massed pipe bands on parade, including California pipe bands and Highland and Irish dancers. The outstanding array of special entertainment this year will include many crowd-pleasing favorites including Irish singer/songwriter/comedian, Seamus Kennedy, Celtic Rock Band, Stand Easy and more performers to be announced.

Aug 6 – 7
California Turkish Arts & Culture Festival
Live Music and Entertainment, Folk Dancing, Belly Dancing & Art Exhibits Food and drinks: Doner Kebap, Adana Kebap, Borek, Baklava, Turkish Coffee & more! Many activities for children: puppet making, face painting, coloring, folk dancing & games.

Aug 6 – 7
The 22nd Annual Watsonville Strawberry Festival   
Free admission!  10 a.m. to 7 p.m.  The 2015 Watsonville Strawberry Festival will be the biggest and best ever!

Aug 7
The Annual Fiesta Dog Show 
Each year this Family Dog Show at the Carmel Valley Community Park has gained increasing popularity in our community, with all types, ages and sizes of doggie entrants.  The SPCA brings a variety of adorable adoptable dogs, and many of these dogs have found new homes at this show!

Aug 11 – Sep 4
Buddy +Co  
This summer marks the return of Travis Poelle, in his award winning role of rock icon Buddy Holly, in a new concert that pays tribute to Buddy’s worldwide influence, and highlighting the British Invasion!

Aug 13 – 14
39th Annual International Musical Saw Festival  
For great music that’s a cut above the rest, come to the 39th Annual International Musical Saw Festival at Roaring Camp. The big event happens when the world’s greatest saw players join other acoustic musicians in a variety of musical performances.  You’ll hear bluegrass, country, folk, gospel, blues, classical and even show tunes.

Aug 14
Pacific Grove Concours Auto Rally
The Annual P.G. Concours Auto Rally is open to old, rare cars, and to everyone with special wheels to drive. Participants stage in the afternoon on Lighthouse Avenue.

Aug 15 – 17
The Quail Rally  
The Quail Rally offers an opportunity to discover the back roads and spectacular vistas of Monterey County and its Pacific Ocean coastline, while raising funds for local and national charitable organisations. The Quail Rally brings together an upscale group of automobile cognoscenti and lifestyle connoisseurs, along with leading brands of today’s luxury industry.

Aug 15 – 21
Monterey Auto Week  
Classic automobiles take over the Monterey Peninsula during Monterey Auto Week and Concours d’Elegance. All over Monterey County, classic cars take to streets, golf courses, parks and the world-renowned Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, surrounding visitors with automobiles from yesteryear.

Insider’s Guide to Car Week Car Week

Aug 16
Carmel-By-The-Sea Concours On The Avenue 
This is the latest addition to the prestigious group of events that make up the area’s internationally known Monterey Peninsula ten-day collector car gathering, celebrating the finest in automotive design and engineering. Carmel-by-the-Sea’s world-famous Ocean Avenue will be closed to traffic and eighteen blocks of downtown will be filled with collector cars and related motorized fun. A fascinating mix of American and foreign cars will be showcased in front of a backdrop of charming shops, critically acclaimed restaurants and numerous galleries. The CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA CONCOURS ON THE AVENUE will focus on vehicles not usually seen during this ten-day period. The cars will include a variety of legendary vehicles.

Aug 17
McCall’s Motorworks Revival
Noted California Chef’s will pair gourmet selections with California wines for McCall’s 25th Anniversary Celebration. VIP Guests will experience culinary delights while strolling the array of exceptional and rare vintage race cars, motorcycles, and aircraft. World-Class sponsors join in to show off their latest offerings and wow guests with the first look at what’s coming next in the aviation and automotive world.

Aug 17
“The Little Car Show”
American vehicles will be featured this year, but marques from all countries may be accepted. We’ll accept a total of 100 vehicles 25 years and older. That means this year we will accept model year 1991 and older, micro, mini and arcane vehicles with no greater than 1,601cc displacement engines or electric powered vehicles. Entries are accepted on a first come, first served basis. Registration will be closed when 100 vehicles have registered. “Drop in” entries will only be processed on show day if space is available! We also have a “Special Interest” category and may allow limited production and custom vehicles that meet the general rules and intent of the show.

Aug 17 – 21
Pebble Beach Auctions Presented by Gooding & Company
The gavel first fell at Pebble Beach back in 1990 and now the Pebble Beach Auctions, conducted by the highly regarded firm of Gooding & Company, are among the most attended and anticipated collector car events of all Pebble Beach Automotive Week. Viewed as leading indicators for the worldwide collector car and luxury car markets, the Pebble Beach Auctions presented by Gooding & Company, have set numerous world records.

Aug 18
Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance
The traditional Tour traces portions of the original 17-Mile Drive, traverses nearby mountains and valleys, and pauses for a time in charming Carmel-by-the-Sea. Tour participants enjoy a catered gourmet lunch, a champagne celebration at the finish and commemorative gifts. The Tour is open to all entrants in the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. And spectators are invited to view the Tour at key points along the route, particularly along Ocean Avenue in Carmel.

Aug 18 – 20
Mecum Auctions   
The world’s largest collector car auction company offers 20,000 vehicles at collector car auctions across the country every year! Whether you’re looking to buy, sell or just browse through the most outstanding array of collector cars all under one roof, Mecum Auctions is the place to see and do it all. Auctions are open to the public, and children 12 and younger are admitted at no charge. Bring the entire family for the ultimate automotive experience. Who knows? You might end up bringing home that dream car you’ve always been looking for.

Aug 18 – 20
Russo and Steele’s Annual Collector Automobile auction
Offers a collection of the highest quality, most luxurious and collectable European sports, American muscle, hot rods and custom automobiles suitable to satisfy any automotive desires with both reserve and no reserve automobiles. Concurrent with the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance weekend Russo and Steele’s Monterey auction is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Monterey, CA. The three evening event will auction over 250 automobiles in its highly interactive, visceral ground level auction arena that provides cars with no separation from the buyers; known as the auction-in-the-round format and only found at Russo and Steele auction events.

Aug 18 – 21
Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion   
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 invited to compete in the world’s premier motoring event, and are accepted based on the car’s authenticity, race provenance and period correctness.

Aug 18 – 22
Rick Cole Auctions   
This auction will again provide our proprietary mobile bidding platform so you can bid by Smartphone or in person, utilizing an Absentee Bidding Form, providing more precious time to enjoy all that Concours week has to offer!

Aug 19
The Pacific Grove Rotary Concours Auto Rally  
an annual event presented by the Rotary Club of Pacific Grove on the Friday of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance weekend of Monterey Car Week. Drivers show their classic, vintage, and sports cars along Lighthouse Avenue in downtown Pacific Grove in the afternoon. Following an evening rally along the spectacular Seventeen Mile Drive coastline of Pebble Beach, all are welcome to enjoy a barbecue dinner in Chautauqua Hall.

Aug 19
3rd Annual Werks Reunion  
Porsche Club of America (PCA) welcomes all Porsche clubs, owners, and enthusiasts to the third annual PCA Werks Reunion to be held Friday, August 19, during the world-famous Monterey Car Week on California s Monterey Peninsula. Membership in PCA is not required to participate in this celebration of Porsche automotive engineering. Expect to view a breathtaking array of Porsches at this free-to-spectators event, from rare classics to current models and everything in between. Display your own cherished car in model-specific Porsche Corrals or enter the Porsche Concours and compete to win in more than 20 prize categories.

Aug 19
The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering
For fourteen years, The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering has provided an unparalleled and exclusive experience for motorsports enthusiasts and collectors from around the world to enjoy rare collections of fine automobiles and motorcycles in a garden-party setting on the rolling greens of Quail Lodge & Golf Club.

Aug 19
100th Anniversary  Ledgends of the  Autobahn  
Each year, the concourse draws over 400 registered cars and over 3,000 spectators that fill the fairways of the Nicklaus Club-Monterey. Spectators are regularly greeted by rare and historically significant models, as well as factory-prepared specials. And the 2016 edition of the show is particularly special as Legends kicks off the 100th anniversary celebration for BMW in Monterey and will be the first of three events that compose the Celebrate BMW festival hosted by the BMW CCA.

Aug 19 – 20
RM Sotheby’s flagship Monterey Sale 
History is important to us, and we work hard to make sure all lots we offer are fully researched and historically accurate. With this in mind, we make sure to include all corresponding information and accessories, from certificates to tool kits, with the lots we sell. All of this is held at our history library on site, under the Access the Knowledge banner, so please visit us if you require further information on a lot being sold in our auction.

Aug 20
Concorso Italiano  
Come celebrate Fashion, Food, Music and Style at the world’s largest Italian automotive event. Concorso Italiano, featuring over 1,000 exotic vehicles, is a can’t miss part of the traditional Monterey Bay Automobile Week.

Aug 20
Concours d’LeMons California 2016
An ugly oil stain on the Pebble Beach Auto Week, the Concours d’LeMons returns once again to Laguna Grande Park in Seaside, CA on Aug 20, 2016. Hoopties, Rust Buckets, Misfits, Mistakes and the worst of the automotive world will be on display and as always celebrity judges will be accepting bribes for our Thrift Shop sourced trophies. Hagerty Insurance has inexplicably sponsored the debacle yet again, so its really all their fault. Look for the Hagerty folks to bring a touch of class to this otherwise downmarket affair. The best part is that the show is free for participants and spectators, so you’ll get exactly what you pay for.

Aug 21
Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance  
Pebble Beach and the Monterey Peninsula in California thrive each August as the center of the motoring universe. The area hosts the convergence of two major events, the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, offering an unbeatable combination of beauty and technology. The Concours pays homage to the past with prized collector cars displayed on the famed 18th fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links, while making history with the latest new car debuts. Other automotive events held around the area cater to a variety of interests, whether it is sophisticated German technology, sleek Italian coachwork, or delightful minis. Pebble Beach Automotive Week truly has something to offer every enthusiast.

Aug 26 – 28
Sand City West End Celebration
Sand City is known for its funky, independent and artistic atmosphere, and nowhere is that more on display than the annual West End Celebration. The streets of Sand City shut down and become an open-air artists’ fair, showcasing truly unique works from artists throughout Monterey County.

Aug 26 – Sep 25
The Sand City Art Committee is proud to present an Artist Open Studio Tour   
Join us for a leisurely, free self guided tour of open artist studios throughout the city of Sand City. Stop by Ortiz Ave, by the West End mural, to pick-up your map of the open studios and grab a bite to eat from one of the food trucks provided by The Truck Stop 831. Visit where local artists create their work, see behind the scenes and talk with them about their processes. Sand City is home to many local living/ working artist spaces. Come see why it is so special.  For more information contact Maya Freedman, committee member,, 831-238-2148.

Aug 28
Monterey Bay Antiques & Vintage Market
Monterey Bay Antiques & Vintage market is an outdoor monthly faire held at the Monterey Peninsula College . To help celebrate this event, Steven Yvaska, the antique columnist with the San Jose Mercury will be offering free appraisals of your treasures from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. The market features over 80 premium dealers from Northern and Central California . They will be selling strictly antiques and vintage items, everything form the Primitives to Mid Century Modern. The vendors will be featuring jewelry, furniture, shabby chic, re-purposed items, cloths, collectibles and so much more. The market is free to the public with free parking. Hours 8:00 am to 3:00 pm.

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Aug 8 – 9
Blues, Brews and Barbecue at Monterey Bay
Monterey becomes the center of the blues world when the Blues, Brews & Barbecue Festival takes over the Monterey County Fair & Event Center. Don’t miss this weekend full of great music, fantastic food, outstanding beer and an unmatched ambiance!

August 14
Bonhams & Butterfields Auction
One of the largest and oldest auctions take place at Quail Lodge Golf Club on August 14. Spectators can view and bid on rare automobiles, fine art and antique pieces.