There’s a U.K. band called Degrees of Freedom that performs a catchy song that feels right on time for this preview: “August Is An Angel.”
August definitely can be an angel around the Monterey Peninsula area because the “June Gloom” and unpredictable July weather patterns appear in the rear view. The start of the nicest climate months of the year — typically August through October — breaks upon the land. Beaches are as full as any time, hikes opportunities proliferate and it’s warm but not too-too hot.
Meanwhile the biggest “event” of the year also arrives. “Event” gets a pair of quotation marks because Monterey Car Week is now a vast collection of events, plural, that draw car lovers from every hairpin corner of the planet.
So it’s an interesting and welcoming time to strap on the angel wings and fly over to Monterey Bay, and experience increasing degrees of freedom amid lessening levels of Covid.
Here appear some events to consider for the month of August, in chronological order:
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Watsonville Strawberry Festival
The annual gathering draws thousands to honor the largest and most valuable crop in the Pajaro Valley and benefits local nonprofits. Bring on strawberry pizzas (!) and strawberry beer floats with strawberry brew (!!) and strawberry pies (!!!) and everything in between, plus family activities and live entertainment. How sweet it is.
More info: cityofwatsonville.org
Friday Night Bands on the Beach
August 7, 14, 21, 28
National Roller Coaster Day happens August. 14, when Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk will give the first 100 riders on its National Historic Landmark, the Giant Dipper, a souvenir cup. August. 14 is also part of the sequence of fun bands appearing on a stage on the sand, including Y & T on August 7, Everclear on August 14, Blue Oyster Cult on August 21 and Smash Mouth on August 28.
More info: beachboardwalk.com
Monterey Car Week 2022 & Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance
What started with one modest — albeit internationally renown —e vent (the Concours d’Elegance) now includes almost 30 all told. The level of eye-candy cars and indulgent gourmet goings-on at major draws like Quail Motorsports Gathering mean many of them sell out. Meanwhile Laguna Seca hosts races, and auto-themed auctions, arts and viewings proliferate across the Peninsula. Come Sunday, hundreds of the most chic-chic classic car collectors in the world roll their pride onto the 18th fairway of
More info: seemonterey.com
Aloha Races and Polynesian Festival
The 23rd edition happens on the 23rd at Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf, starring an outrigger canoe race designed for beginning paddlers to appreciate the sport, then the full-on festival. Visitors can anticipate flower leis, shaved ice and dance performances worthy of the Hawaiian Islands.
More info: facebook.com
Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real at Golden State
Maybe his love of golf brings Nelson back to the original bay area. His hypnotic voice and clever songwriting will bring throngs to the historic Golden State for modern country with old soul his pops can be very proud of.
More info: goldenstatetheatre.com
Capitola Movies at the Beach
The first installment of two features Jungle Cruise. Take it away, Disney: “Join fan favorites Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt for the adventure of a lifetime…a rollicking thrill-ride down the Amazon with wisecracking skipper Frank Wolff and intrepid researcher Dr. Lily Houghton.” In this case, down the Amazon, on the sand, at Capitola’s picture book Esplanade Park.
More info: cityofcapitola.org
California Turkish Arts & Culture Festival
Doner kebap. Adana kebap. Borek, baklava and Turkish coffee. That joins live music, entertainment, folk dancing, belly dancing, children’s activities and art exhibits, all set in the Custom House Plaza with zero admission.
More info: whatsupmonterey.com