*Things change, so please check in with the organizers of these events for details.
In good years, from roughly mid-October through mid-February, the Monarchs form a “city in the trees.” Natural Bridges Park’s Monarch Grove provides a temporary home for up to 100,000 Monarchs each winter, though climate change and human interference are creating a major disruption in the force.
Read more about the best things to do on the Monterey Peninsula in February here.
In addition to galleries throughout Carmel holding artist receptions and demonstrations, the Carmel Art Festival features sculptures, a plein air painting competition, art activities for children, live performances and more this month.
Read more about the best things to do on the Monterey Peninsula in May here.
The Artichoke Festival takes over the Monterey County Fairgrounds with a focus on local food and entertainment and the iconic thistle. Expect artichokes prepared in a variety of ways, including: fried, grilled, steamed, ice creamed, wrapped, sauced, reinvented and elevated in myriad ways.
Read more about the best things to do on the Monterey Peninsula in July here.
If you’re a classic car enthusiast and sports car fanatic, there is no better series of events on the planet than Monterey Car Week. It’s full of auto shows, tasting events (with autos), auto memorabilia and so much more.
Read more about the best things to do on the Monterey Peninsula in August here.
Attracting upwards of 3,500 attendees, the Monterey Beer Festival offers an array of incredible beer. In addition to many new beers to delight the senses, the Festival features music from several live bands and special VIP ticket holder benefits, all in a fun and relaxed party atmosphere.
Read more about the best things to do on the Monterey Peninsula in October here.
Showcasing the many culinary and winemaking talents of this special stretch of California coast, the Big Sur Food & Wine Festival offers the best in regional and nationally acclaimed chefs and winemakers against the intimate backdrop of the beautiful Big Sur coast.
Read more about the best things to do on the Monterey Peninsula in November here.