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!

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Fourth of July Celebrations

July 4

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MotoAmerica Superbike Speedfest

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The Monterey Beer Festival

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Gilroy Garlic Festival Presents Nashville Songwriters

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Carmel Bach Festival

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California Rodeo Salinas

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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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