Visitors to Monterey will want to plan their travels around the exciting events and festivals held throughout California's central coast. Toe-tapping music festivals, creative performing art shows, concerts, motorsports events and festive holiday celebrations make the Monterey Bay a top destination for nonstop action and entertainment. Mark your calendars today!
Annual Events -
The Monterey Bay is home to some of the biggest events on the central coast. Get your grove on at the Monterey Reggae Festival, or listen to soothing classical tunes at the Carmel Bach Festival. Don't miss the Monterey Jazz Fest, Monterey Blues Festival, Blue Ocean Film Festival, and the unique Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival. Runners will love the spectacular scenery of the Big Sur Marathon and Half Marathon events. The Monterey County Fair brings big thrills with heart-pumping adventure rides, tasty food, arts and crafts and the best live entertainment on the Monterey Peninsula. Drive north of Monterey for the California Rodeo Salinas and the California International Airshow.
Sports Events -
The Monterey Bay is a top destination for sports enthusiasts and athletes. Avid golfers will appreciate the annual AT&T Pebble Beach National ProAm, featuring the biggest names in golf. If you want to test your strength and endurance, sign up for the Big Sur Marathon and run 26.2 miles down the gorgeous central coast. The Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is home of the Ferrari Challenge, TUDOR United Sports Car Championship, FIM Superbike World Championship and Rolex Motorsports Reunion all featuring impressive high-performance sports cars and motorcycles zipping and zooming down the 2.2 mile track.