Best Things to Do on the Monterey Peninsula This March

Predicted weather patterns for the  Monterey Peninsula around March deliver some classic Mediterranean-style mildness that help make it the Salad Bowl of the World: easygoing precipitation, modest highs in the 60s and temperate lows just under 50.

But they dont include the steady downpour of events. The events below represent a small sample size of the intriguing adventures that await. The resident wealth of city, regional and state parks offer another main draw, as do whale watching, beachcombing and general coastal cruising.

Featured Photo by Lauren-MacNeish
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Monterey Jazz Festival & Kuumbwa Jazz Present Rosanne Cash & John Leventhal

March 4

The MJF-Kuumbwa collaboration continues with more powerhouse programming, this time at Carmel By-the-Seas Sunset Cultural Center. Prolific singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash — whose 15 albums have earned four Grammy Awards and 12 nominations, as well as 21 top-40 hits — appears behind her latest release She Remembers Everything. Described by Rolling Stone as one of the most ambitious and literary songwriters of her generation,” shes joined on this evening by her longtime producer and collaborator John Leventhal.

More info: kuumbwajazz.org

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Photo: Courtesy of Robbie Drexhage

Buddy Guy at Golden State Theatre

March 4

There are many ways to describe legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and seven-time Grammy Award winner Buddy Guy — whether by way of his record 37 Blues Music Awards or his presence on Rolling Stones Greatest Guitarists of All Time.” But it might be best to let him tell his own story. I worry a lot about the legacy of Muddy, Wolf, and all the guys who created this stuff…” he says. They all told me that if they left here before I did, then everything was going to be on my shoulders. So as long as I’m here, I’m going to do whatever I can to keep it alive.”

More info: goldenstatetheatre.com

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Jazz Bash by the Bay

March 4-6

The remodeled Valhalla that is the Monterey Conference Center and adjoining Portola Hotel & Spa unleash seven venues, six dance floors and seemingly endless jazz genres, including — but not limited to — traditional, ragtime, swing, gypsy and blues. Across three days, dozens and dozens of bands participate, from Fig Jam to Le Jazz Hot to Fast Mama Excitement to Ivory & Gold to Holy Crow, stacking as many as 12 hours of music per day.

More info: jazzbashmonterey.com

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Photo: Courtesy of Ryan De Hamer

Streetlow Lowrider Car Show & Brenton Wood Concert

March 6

On this afternoon at the Salinas Sports Complex, Streetlow Magazine organizes a rare lowrider spotlight and accompanying line up with old-school singer-songwriter  Brenton Wood headlining and Chicano All-Star Band, Troublez and more joining the bill. Much more than low rollers and live music carry the day, given the selection of custom trucks, bikes, motorcycles, Euro entries, food and drinks and many of the most lifted lowrider merch vendors.

More info: eventbrite.com

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Photo: Courtesy of Todd Cravens

Whalefest Monterey

March 19-20

The 12th annual installment of this self-described “edutaining” family-leaning event specializes in fun activities for all ages, live music, boat displays and a swell of captivating marine-related interactive exhibits by numerous local organizations like American Cetacean Society, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Save the Whales and Surfrider. This year NOAAs Office of National Marine Sanctuaries celebrates its 50th anniversary of ocean protection and Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary marks its 30th year, while a two-day symposium with world-renowned marine experts and historians happens in harmony with all the other inspired insight.

More info: whalefest.org

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Photo: Courtesy of Andrew Olivo Parodi

Melissa Etheridge at Sunset Center

March 26-27

Etheridges One Way Out Tour brings one of rocks most memorable influences to swanky Sunset. The audience can expect a rousing regimen of hits like Bring Me Some Water,” “No Souvenirs,” “Ain’t It Heavy,” “Im the Only One” and “Come to My Window.” She can claim multiple Grammys, an Oscar and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Tonight shell also claim listener ears — and hearts.

More info: sunsetcenter.org

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