Best Things to Do on the Monterey Peninsula This June

Looking for the coolest things to do on the Monterey Peninsula this month? Around Monterey Bay, June’s the best month for jade hunters, tattoo enthusiasts and hot rod shows. And theres plenty more where that came from, including a tidal wave of live music. 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

June is warm on the Monterey Peninsula, with average temperatures in the 70s. But along the coast, prepare for foggy, cold mornings by bringing layers.

Featured Photo: Capitola Car Show courtesy of Terry Way
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Night Market 831

June 3

The colorful Art Park in Monterey Bays capital for urban murals and community art, Sand City, plays host to a monthly explosion of food trucks/tables, artisan creators, interactive (and family-friendly) creative activities, live music and craft beer. Pro tip: Build in time to tour the big-format graffiti commissioned by the city, which covers walls all over the tiny municipality with a population around 350, and the studio open houses along the way.

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Monterey Bay Jade Festival

Here come the carvings, sculptures, earrings, knives, pendants, pebbles, ocean cobbles, wind slicks, carving tools, rough chunks and big blocks, 50-plus vendors all told, plus experts ready to talk long, deep and passionate about nephrite and jadeite.

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Photo: Courtesy of Terry Way

Capitola Rod & Custom Classic Car Show

June 10-11

Entering its 16th annual installment, CRCCCS celebrates the fact it’s been voted one of the country’s top 10 car shows, though they don’t say by who. The cute Capitola backdrop has something to do with that, as does live music, charming shops, a variety of nearby restaurants and the adjacent beach. Oh, and an impressive lineup of cars from around the region and beyond.

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Castroville Artichoke Food & Wine Festival

The artichokes would be enough — creamed and steamed, fried and wrapped, dipped and diced, cheffed fancy and served straight. But theres a lot more to get into to get to the real heart of this event, including ag art, live music, special demos and more.

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Monterey Rock & Rod Festival

Upwards of 150 1975-and-older classic and custom hot rods, street rods, muscle cars and trucks join a lineup of live entertainment, a old-fashioned sock hop, plays food and merchandise vendors, with all proceeds benefiting nonprofit Gateway Center of Monterey County, Inc. Plus public admission is free.

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Father's Day

June 18
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June 19

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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