Best Things to Do on the Monterey Peninsula This July

Best Things to Do on the Monterey Peninsula This July

Looking for the coolest things to do on the Monterey Peninsula this month? We’ve done the deep research for you on the best things to do on the Monterey Peninsula including museums, cultural events, food tours, golfing, hikes and more. Speaking of food, we also have an extensive list of our best restaurants on the Monterey Peninsula, and if you’re planning a weekend, the the best places to stay

Here come the fireworks, illegal and legal, literal and figurative. 

Following a Fourth of July holiday weekend with plenty of beach barbecue and patriotic parade possibilities, a bunch of high-profile competitions, festivals and competition-festival hybrids follow around the Monterey Peninsula area, from Carmel-by-the-Sea to Santa Cruz by the waves. 

That includes the state’s most prestigious rodeo, one of the world’s preeminent classical music festivals and the biggest beer party of the year. 

Oh, and insane pro motorcycle racing, Obon festivities and America’s longest-running festival of new orchestral music too. 

July on the Monterey Peninsula is nothing short of beautiful, with temperatures in the 70s and 80s.

Here appear our recommendations for the month. Happy Independence Day!

Featured Photo: Salinas Rodeo
Fireworks for Fourth of July and things to do in the East Bay this month
Photo by Jim Strasma.

Fourth of July Celebrations

July 4

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Motocross bikers lean into a turn at MotoAmerica on the Monterey Peninsula in California.
Photo courtesy of MotoAmerica.

MotoAmerica Superbike Speedfest

A tap pours beer at Monterey Beer Festival.
Photo by Bence Boros.

The Monterey Beer Festival

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Stalls set up for Central Coast's Monterey Outdoor Market
Photo courtesy of Monterey Outdoor Market.

Monterey Outdoor Market

Festivalgoers in traditional Japanese dress hold fans and walk in circle at Obon Festival on the Monterey Peninsula, in California
Photo courtesy of Obon Festival.

Obon Festival

A dinner is set with silverware and flowers at Gilroy Garlic Festival, presenting Nashville Songwriters in Gilroy, California

Gilroy Garlic Festival Presents Nashville Songwriters

Violin players prepare to play at Bach Festival in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California.
Photo courtesy of Larisa Birta.

Carmel Bach Festival

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Bullrider jumps off bull at California Rodeo in Salinas, California.
Photo courtesy of California Rodeo Salinas.

California Rodeo Salinas

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Conductor motions to orchestra at Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in Santa Cruz, California.
Photo courtesy of Cabrillo Music.

Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music

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Event Venues

Looking to see what’s happening right now on the Monterey Peninsula? Our comprehensive list of venues across the city below will help you find what you need to know what’s going on.

Looking for more things to do in the area?

Visit our What to Do in Northern California page!

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