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Things to See and Do

Listed below are some of our favorite events for winter and fall in Monterey:


Monterey Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival and Cowboy Art & Western Marketplace

November 20-22 - This popular annual event for all ages celebrates Monterey's contribution to our western heritage with cowboy poetry, song and a first class Cowboy Art & Western Marketplace. The festival brings together people from all over the United States to enjoy and learn more about the "cowboy way of life," including its history, culture and current values.

Thanksgiving Dinner at the Sardine Factory

November 26 - Enjoy a delectable four-course prix fixe dinner with family or friends. Featuring a fresh, gourmet take on all your holiday favorites, this meal is sure to leave you satisfied - without the cleanup.

Thanksgiving Dinner at Estéban Restaurant

November 26 - Savor a classic holiday meal, prepared by Chef Tom Snyder, complete with turkey, potatoes, Brussels sprouts and homemade cranberry sauce. For those who may be seeking a little break from tradition the prix fixe menu also offers a choice of Snake River trout served with white beans and bacon lardons.

Cannery Row Tree Lighting

November 27 - Light up the night with Cannery Row's 20th annual Tree Lighting held at Steinbeck Plaza. Holiday magic surrounds attendees with carolers and family fun festivities for all.
  • Friday, November 27, 2015
  • 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Steinbeck Plaza

Holiday Parade of Lights

December 3 - This event features marching bands, dance teams, holiday floats, photo opportunities with Santa, wagon rides, and lots of holiday cheer!
  • Thursday, December 3, 2015
  • 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Lighthouse Avenue, Pacific Grove

Brighten the Harbor Boat Parade

  • Sunday, December 6, 2015
  • 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Monterey Harbor

Christmas in the Adobes

December 11 & 12, 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. - Discover Monterey's signature holiday event. Wander the streets of historic downtown and explore 19th century adobes. Try fandango dance lessons at Custom House, or enjoy bagpipes at Robert Louis Stevenson House. The whole family will relish the refreshments, games and fun.
  • Friday & Saturday, December 11 & 12, 2015
  • 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Custom House Plaza

First Night Monterey

December 31 - A community celebration of the arts on New Year's Eve, First Night Monterey offers over 22 performance sites and indoor and outdoor venues for youth of all ages.
  • Thursday, December 31, 2015
  • 3:00 pm - Midnight
  • Historic Downtown Monterey
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