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November 2019

Big Sur Food & Wine Festival

November 7, 2019 - November 9, 2019

The Big Sur Food & Wine Festival is an annual three-day affair that spoils guests with the best varietals and dishes from the Central Coast of California. In the heart of one of the world’s best wine regions, where critically lauded restaurants abound, the festival celebrates the area’s natural splendor and delicious bounty. Head over while staying at The Sanctuary Beach Resort for a weekend of tastings, lectures, chef demonstrations, pairings, and more. You’ll have few opportunities, as good as…

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Monterey Bay Half Marathon

November 10, 2019

Every year, the Monterey Bay Half Marathon attracts some of the best athletes from around the country to compete in a gorgeous race. The out-and-back course starts in historic downtown Monterey, and passes through popular destinations like Cannery Row and Pacific Grove. Along the way, onlookers and racers alike can enjoy picturesque views of the coastal cliffs, Monterey State Historical Park, and the diverse array of whales, dolphins, and otters popping out of the sea. Book here to stay with…

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Carmel Art Walk

November 10, 2019
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An event every month that begins at 12:00am on day 10 of the month, repeating indefinitely

There are few local events as beloved and eye-opening as the monthly Carmel Art Walk. On the second Saturday of every month from 5-8pm, a collection of 21 artist-owned galleries open their doors to visitors. Each of the locations is in Monterey County’s Carmel-By-The-Sea, which has had a small population rich with artists for over a century. According to the event website, way back in 1910, 60% of the homes in Carmel-By-The-Sea were owned by individuals pursuing a life in…

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December 2019

Monterey’s Annual Holiday Parade of Lights

December 5, 2019

Monterey’s Annual Holiday Parade of Lights will move down Lighthouse Avenue to downtown Pacific Grove, illuminating the evening sky with fantastical holiday floats, marching bands, dance groups, equestrian teams, and Santa Claus. Stores stay open late this evening for holiday shopping, and there will be an opportunity to take a photo with Santa and carolers. Book here to stay with The Sanctuary Beach Resort when traveling to Monterey. For more information on this event, check out its website here. When…

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Christmas on the Wharf

December 6, 2019 - December 22, 2019

Those heading to Monterey this holiday season will not want to miss the annual Christmas on the Wharf spectacle at Custom House Plaza. Visitors can come by throughout most of the month of December to enjoy live musical entertainment in the form of choir concerts and community carols. There will also be gorgeous lighted decorations, a near-20-foot Christmas tree, tin soldiers, free sweets, and photos with Santa Clause. This is one of of Monterey’s most beloved annual family-friendly events, and…

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The 26th Annual Nutcracker Ballet With The Monterey Pops

December 8, 2019

Dance Kids of Monterey presents the premiere of a new collaboration with the esteemed Monterey County Pops! Orchestra. This production of the iconic Christmas tale The Nutcracker will run for four performances this December. The elaborate show will include the 39-piece orchestra, as well as more than 80 dancers, actors, and musicians. In addition to all of the performers, there are over 60 volunteers helping put the show on. The organization Dance Kids also offers a Friday morning performance to…

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January 2020

8th Annual Whalefest

January 25 - January 26

For the eighth straight year, Monterey will celebrate the annual return of the migrating gray whales with Whalefest Monterey at Old Fisherman’s Wharf and Custom House Plaza. The two-day festival is a migration party, and it’s free for anyone to attend. The educational event will feature a two-day symposium with respected marine experts, exhibit booths run by local and national organizations, and whale watching tours.  Book here to stay with The Sanctuary Beach Resort when traveling to Monterey. For more…

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February 2020

AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am Golf Tournament

February 3 - February 9
close up of golf ball and putter on green

The AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am Golf Tournament is one of the most popular annual sporting events in the Monterey County area. It’s annually contested in front of thousands of live spectators, and millions tuning in from home. If you’re staying with The Sanctuary Beach Resort during the 2020 installment of the tournament, we highly recommend checking it out. The matches will be played across three of the Monterey Peninsula’s most famous golf courses: Pebble Beach Golf links, Monterey Peninsula Country…

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March 2020

Monterey Jazz Bash by the Bay

March 6 - March 8
person playing the trumpet with sheet music in front of them

Come out and celebrate the 40th anniversary of Jazz Bash By The Bay, a singular jazz and blues music festival that takes place in Monterey every year. There will be shows representing a wide variety of American Classic Jazz forms including Traditional, Ragtime, Swing, Gypsy, Zydeco and Blues. This year will feature performances from a number of acclaimed performers and bands including Cornet Chop Suey, Le Jazz Hot Quartet, Fast Mama Excitement, as well as Tom Rigney & Flambeau.  Book…

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Cars in the Park

March 21
White convertible with red accents on a sunny day

Those traveling in Monterey this March might want to consider joining the Marina Rotary Club for another installment of Cars in the Park. The day-long car show will feature displays of vintage automobiles including all pre-1978 and earlier foreign and domestic cars, trucks, and all modern two-door muscle cars. Entry fee to show a car and enjoy two BBQ lunches, along with two root beer floats, coffee and donuts, one bottle of wine, and one raffle ticket costs $65. There…

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