The Monterey calendar of events is loaded full of exciting sporting competitions, delicious wine tastings and extraordinary cultural events. Check out a few of the top picks for planning your trip to Monterey, California.
Monterey Bay Blues Festival
How does great Blues music and delicious Soul Food sound? The Monterey Bay Blues Festival is 3-day event that is considered one of the world’s finest Blues events and has a 2009 lineup of headliners like The Neville Brothers, Clarence Carter, Jeffrey Osborne, Eric Bibb, Elvin Bishop, The Mighty Clouds Of Joy, Barbara Morrison, Trudy Lynn and Lucky Peterson. To learn more details about the Monterey Bay Blues Festival, visit www.montereyblues.com.
Location: Monterey Fairgrounds
Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix MotoGP World Championship Races
July 3-5, 2009
Get in on thrills and spills at North America’s largest motorcycle race. For three days, the world’s top motorcyclists come to the Laguna Seca Raceway to compete, perform stunts and show off their amazing skills. The Grand Prix includes a massive motorcycle display and fun events. Kids 12 and under always attend free! For more details, visit www.mazdaraceway.com/.
Location: Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway
Del Monte Kennel Club All-Breed Dog Show
July 11 – 12, 2009
Enjoy a barking good time at the Pacific Coast’s oldest dog show! The Del Monte Kennel Club All-Breed Dog Show hosts more than a 1,000 dogs of 150 breeds competing for prizes. The Del Monte Kennel Club All-Breed Dog Show offers rally trails, obedience trails and agility trails for dogs to compete on.
Location: California State University of Monterey Bay Soccer Field
July 16 – 19, 2009
Ranked one of the top 20 North American rodeos, the California Rodeo in Salinas offers a week-long extravaganza of heart-pounding thrills like bucking broncos, horse races and bull riding competitions, plus parades concerts, cowboy poetry, tasty down-home barbeque and a fun-filled carnival of rides. For more details on the California Rodeo, visit www.carodeo.com/index.php.
Location: Rodeo Grounds, Salinas
Pebble Beach Equestrian Shows
July 17 – August 2, 2009
Experience the thrills of top equestrian competitors from around the world vying for the $10,000 Lexus Jumping Derby trophy and the ultimate prize – the $30,000 Grand Prix. Competitions aren’t the only entertainment, plan to attend the many parties, fashion shows, activities and kids events surrounding the equestrian events. To learn more about the exciting events at the Pebble Beach Equestrian Center, visit www.ridepebblebeach.com.
Location: Pebble Beach Equestrian Center
Spirit West Coast Christian Music Festival
July 30 – Aug 1, 2009
Rejoice in the Spirit West Coast Christian Music Festival! More than 60 performers take the stage at Laguna Seca over a 3-day period at this music and ministry event which includes faith-centered shopping, games and learning. Headliners at the event range from Brandon Heath, Needtobreathe, Matthew West, Kutless, to Leeland and BarlowGirl. For more information about the Spirit West Coast Christian Music Festival, visit www.spiritwestcoast.org.
Location: Laguna Seca
Scottish Games and Celtic Festival
August 1 – 2, 2009
The Scottish Games and Celtic Festival is an annual celebration of all things Scottish – from food to music to Highland games! Watch athletes compete in the traditional Highland games of tug-o-war, caber tossing and hammer throwing. It’s the best time you’ll have wearing a kilt! To learn more about the Scottish Games and Celtic Festival, visit www.montereyscotgames.com.
Location: Toro Park
Monterey Wine Country Winemakers Celebration
Aug 8, 2009
Taste Monterey’s famed wines! The Monterey Wine Country Winemakers Celebration offers finely crafted wines from 45 Monterey County wine producers and foods from local restaurants. Enjoy live entertainment, wine auctions and educational demos to enhance your wine experience. For more details, visit www.montereywines.org.
Location: Custom House Plaza
Monterey County Fair
August 11 – 16, 2009
Come to the Monterey County Fair for traditional family fun. A good old-fashioned fair, the Monterey County Fair features a carnival, concerts, entertainment, food, drinks, arts & crafts, agricultural displays and livestock judging. For more details, visit www.montereycountyfair.com.
Location: Monterey Fairgrounds
August 13 – 16, 2009
One of the world’s premier luxury and classic car events, the Concours d’Elegance is a multi-faceted event that includes a splendid ocean-view drive and features world-class car competitions and an antique car race. The Tour d’Elegance drive starts at Pebble Beach and continues down Highway 1. To learn more about Concours d’Elegance events, visit www.pebblebeachconcours.com.
Location: Pebble Beach, Downtown Monterey, Laguna Seca