Now full-steam into the near year, we thought we’d look forward at some of our favorite local events that are sure to return to the area. Future visitors tune in, these are five Monterey traditions to check out in 2018:
Come out to Pebble Beach for its annual Pro Am tournament taking place on some of the most gorgeous coastal golf courses in the world. This is one of the most highly anticipated annual stop-offs for the PGA Tour, and it draws thousands of spectators every year. The competition will take place across the Pebble Beach Golf Links, Spyglass Hill Golf Course, and Monterey Peninsula Country Club Shore Course.
Monterey is a jazz town, which is why Jazz Bash By The Bay is one of the most pivotal events for music lovers to check out here every year. Bringing together a number of different jazz traditions and forms—like swing, gypsy jazz, ragtime, zydeco, and more—this three-day bonanza of music will surely get your toes tapping and hips swaying.
This beloved annual gathering of big-name bands and musicians bills itself as not only a music festival, but a movement, or a way of life. The lineup features a number of big-name reggae, rock, and alternative acts. Some of the most well known include: Iration, Rebelution, Dispatch, 211, and Slightly Stoopid. For those looking for a place to stay during the California Roots Music & Arts Festival, The Sanctuary Beach Resort will offer quite the peaceful and serene respite.
For over a century, the people of Monterey’s Pacific Grove and its neighboring towns have celebrated the summer season with the epic Feast Of Lanterns. These can’t-miss festivities include an illuminating lantern parade through the streets of Pacific Grove, and an unforgettable fireworks display making it a can’t-beat family event.
After last year’s rousing 60th’ rendition of the Monterey Jazz Festival, it’s coming back again for another installment of the beloved local music tradition. While the majority of the 2018 artists are yet to be released, we do know that the Artists-In-Residence will be the beloved Tia Fuller and Ingrid Jensen. Previous years have seen performances by the likes of Herbie Hancock and other iconic jazz figures.