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Local Monterey Events

Find Fun Things To Do Just Steps Away

No matter what time of year you visit Monterey Ca., there are always fun events and things to do just steps from The Monterey Hotel.  When planning what to do during your stay in Monterey, check out our event calendar to learn more about things to do while you’re in town.

The Farmer's Market at Old Monterey Marketplace

October - April, 4-7pm, & May - September, 4-8pm | Every Tuesday

Established in 1991, comprised 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 than 10,000 locals and tourists in one location. You can travel the world in just 3 blocks, finding arts and crafts, handmade jewelry, furniture, clothing, international food, organic produce, flowers, and pastries.

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Monterey Farmer's Market at Del Monte Shopping Center

The new location for the Monterey Farmers Market is conveniently located at the open-air Del Monte Shopping Center, behind California Pizza Kitchen and across from Yama Sushi just off Highway 1 and Munras Avenue in Monterey. With over 60 vendors, you’ll find a wide selection of certified California-grown produce, artisan products, and plants. Open year-round, rain or shine

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Carmel Art Walk

The Carmel Art Walk was founded five years ago by local artists who feel strongly about continuing the legacy of Carmel's early 20th-century bohemian art colony, when artists regularly opened their studios to the public, giving people the opportunity to meet and socialize with the artists and to see them at work. Pick up a map at any of the participating galleries (see full gallery list below) and be sure to follow the blue lanterns during the walk - each participating gallery will have a lantern displayed out front to help you along your self-guided tour.

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Whalefest Monterey

Celebrate the return of gray whales to the Monterey Bay during Whalefest Monterey! Old Fisherman's Wharf and Custom House Plaza in historic downtown Monterey throw quite the migration party for these much-loved creatures during the two-day festival.

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Sea Otter Classic Cycling Event

A four-day "Celebration of Cycling," Sea Otter Classic is regarded as the world's largest cycling festival. Part recreational biking, part competitive event, part festival, part expo and 100 percent fun. This action-packed cycling extravaganza features amateur and pro cycling events as well as family activities for all ages, attracting 71,000 fans from around the world.
 

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Big Sur International Marathon

The Big Sur Marathon is 26.2 miles of the most beautiful coastline in the world - and, for runners, the most challenging. The athletes who participate in the Big Sur International Marathon may draw inspiration from the spectacular views, but it takes major discipline to conquer the hills of Highway One on the way to the finish line.
 

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Trans Am SpeedFest at Monterey

The Trans Am Series has been thrilling fans and drivers alike since 1966, with a range of classes that include production-based entries up to the iconic 850-plus horsepower Trans Am class. Come see America’s muscles like Mustangs, Camaros, and Challengers competing against European-based Audi and Mercedes-AMG for racing honors on Monterey County’s iconic race course, Trans Am’s spiritual Monterey home. Supporting modern-day racing is a full grid of the original Historic Trans Am racers of the past that made the series so dominating. These historic Trans Am cars of the ‘60s and ‘70s will once again roar to life on the same track where driving legends once competed in door-to-door and paint-swapping action

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Carmel Art Festival

Carmel-by-the-Sea highlights its artist colony origins with the 31st Annual Carmel Art Festival. Centered around the visual arts, the festival features sculptures, a juried plein air painting competition, art activities for children, live performances and more. In addition, galleries throughout Carmel will hold receptions and demonstrations during the Carmel Art Festival.

 

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Carmel Culinary Week

Don't miss the opportunity to enjoy special offerings from Carmel's restaurants, with special incentive items and many chances to wine prizes! Dine outdoors or take it home!

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Winemakers' Celebration

Over 100 wines made from 42 different varietals will be available for sampling. Guests will also have the rare opportunity to ask questions and discuss the wines with the winemakers themselves. There will also be an array of lite-bites prepared by local chefs.
 

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Monterey Wine Festival

With hundreds of wines offered for tasting, wine lovers will find an embarrassment of riches awaiting them at the Monterey Wine Festival.

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California Rodeo Salinas

The California Rodeo Salinas is one of the top 10 professional rodeos in the US out of over 600 and the largest rodeo in California. With over 110 years of tradition and a little bit of something for everyone, it's an event you don't want to miss. Not only are the top cowboys and cowgirls featured in the arena and on the track, but there is food, shopping, saloons and more. The whole family will enjoy this affordable community event.

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Automobilia Monterey

The largest international vintage automotive collectibles show in the US, held each August as part of Car Week in Monterey, California.

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Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion

The annual Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion is a museum revving to life with hundreds of historic and period-correct race and sports cars from nearly every era. Yet, they are not for show. Drivers race them in corresponding run groups to enjoy them at speed and for the entertainment of thousands of enthusiastic visitors.

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Sand City West End Celebration

The 'West End Celebration', is an exciting blend of art and industry in the transformed area dubbed 'SoHo West'. The community opens their doors with music, dance & art celebrating Sand City's unique ways of living and working together.

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Monterey County Fair

The annual Monterey County Fair is always fun for all, with livestock exhibition, entertainment, live music, amusement and delicious food!

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Monterey Jazz Festival

Since 1958, the nonprofit Monterey Jazz Festival has been committed to celebrating America's creativity and cultural heritage by presenting legendary jazz musicians, composers, and young rising stars.

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