Best Things to Do on the Monterey Peninsula This February

U.K. poet Patience Strong had a specific take on the coming month. “In February,” she wrote, “there is everything to hope for and nothing to regret.”

It’s a beautiful thought, but when it comes to California’s Monterey Peninsula and its fast-arriving slate of events, it’s an incomplete one.

In short, there’s a lot more than hope coming, including PGA golf, daring outdoor adventure films, heavenly classical music, celebrity self-mutilation, internationally famous singers and even world-class magic.

But there is hope, too, specifically that everyone can honor vaccination requirements and physical distancing wisdom so that public event calendars can continue to approach normal.

*Many events and venues are returning for the first time after many months dark due to Covid, which means a lot of added enthusiasm — and often proof of vaccination too.

Featured Photo: Monterey Wharf, courtesy of Ilse Orsel
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Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis

February 1

The Monterey Jazz Festival and Kuumbwa Jazz team up to bring in15 of the finest jazz soloists and ensemble players on the planet, led by Marsalis, JLC’s managing and artistic director. For this Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium show, the audience can anticipate original compositions, commissioned works and rare historic compositions and masterworks by Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Fletcher Henderson, Thelonious Monk, Mary Lou Williams, Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Goodman, Charles Mingus, and many others. 

More info: kuumbwajazz.org

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Photo: Courtesy of Steven Shircliff

AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am

February 1-6

The most popular PGA professional-amateur event navigates three destination golf courses in Del Monte Forest for several days of special competitions and four tournament rounds. Daniel Berger, Jason Day, Si Woo Kim, Matt Kuchar, Jordan Spieth and Charl Schwartzel lead the pro field; Colt Ford, Don Cheadle, Mia Hamm, Huey Lewis, Ray Romano, Thomas Keller and Josh Duhamel rank among the celebrities attending.

More info: attpbgolf.com

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Lewis Black at Golden State Theatre

February 19

The longest-running contributor to The Daily Show and reigning King of Rant returns to yell, finger point and entertain. The man tours constantly and has released eight comedy albums, including the Grammy Award-winning The Carnegie Hall Performance and Stark Raving Black, all while publishing three bestselling books and writing 40 plays in the meantime.

More info: goldenstatetheatre.com

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Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival

February 20

A most adrenalized evening of free-climbing, off-roading, sky-diving, cliff-jumping, sky-scraping adventure returns to the noble Golden State Theatre to benefit local outdoor exploration and nature conservation nonprofits. The films vary in length but never skimp on holy-smokes action.

More info: banffcentre.ca/banffmountainfestival/tour

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Champions of Magic: The Worldwide Wonders Tour

February 23

A dream team of five illusionists, the so-called “Avengers of Magic,” join forces to blow minds and sow memories. They’ve sold out venues worldwide, caught air time on every major U.S. network and piled up 50 million views online, but as their promoters like to say, “You haven’t seen magic until you’ve seen it live.”

More info: championsofmagic.co.uk

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Photo: Courtesy of Greg Longstreet

Steve-O: The XXX-Rated Bucket List Tour

February 27

Bring on the graphic sexually explicit content, nudity, self-inflicted violence and drug use audiences can handle, emphasis on “self-inflicted.” Jackass star, stand-up comedian and (yes) New York Times best-selling author Steve-O looks to share a bucket list that was so ill-advised, he never expected to go through with any of its entries — until it was time for this tour. “Not for kids,” the press materials read, “or the faint of heart.”

More info: steveo.com

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