Plan a visit to Monterey, California and discover a myriad of exciting events held throughout the year. You won't want to miss entertaining concerts, arts and music festivals, sports entertainment and more. There are dozens of educational programs, holiday celebrations and events taking place at the Monterey Bay Aquarium throughout the year. Mark your calendars for Monterey Bay's most popular annual events and festivals, including Monterey's Concours d'Elegance and the Monterey Jazz Festival.
Golf & Sporting Events
AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am Golf Tournament
February 8-12, 2012 The AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am is the 72-hole PGA Tour championship tournament played on Pebble Beach, Spyglass Hill, and Poppy Hills golf courses.
Big Sur International Marathon
April 29, 2012 The Big Sur International Marathon, a spectacular road race set along one of the most breath-taking courses in the world. Runner's World magazine named Big Sur as one of the country's top three marathons behind Boston and New York. It was also designated as the "best destination marathon" and most scenic marathon.
Big Sur International Half Marathon on Monterey Bay
November 18, 2012 Half Marathon course begins and ends in historic downtown Monterey and travels down Cannery Row and along the Pacific Grove shoreline, with a jog into downtown Pacific Grove. 8,055 registered runners including approximately 45 ‘elite' runners. In addition there are 1,000 pre-registered in Pacific Grove Lighthouse 5K and JUST RUN! 3K events. Participants from all U.S. states and 14 countries
Jazz Festival Next Generation Festival
March 30- April 1, 2012 The Next Generation Jazz Orchestra features the best and brightest high school jazz musicians in the country.
Carmel Bach Festival
July 14-28, 2012 The Carmel Bach Festival is a 15-day world class celebration of music and ideas inspired by the historical and ongoing influence of Johann Sebastian Bach in the world. The Festival offers a compelling array of rich musical experiences featuring national and international artists in a variety of settings enjoyed by 22,000 attendees each year coming from local, regional, national, and international locales.
September 21-22, 2012 The 55th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival will take place at the Monterey County Fairgrounds. Over 500 artists will be performing nonstop on 8 stages for 3 nights and 2 days of the world's best jazz. Consistently voted "World's Best Jazz Festival" by the readers of JazzTimes Magazine, the Monterey Jazz Festival offers 20 acres of magnificent oak-studded grounds for fans to enjoy, featuring films, conversations with the Festival's stars, exhibitions, food and beverages, an international shopping bazaar, and 8 stages of live jazz entertainment spread throughout the grounds.
Food & Wine Events
Pebble Beach Food & Wine
April 12 - 15, 2012
Cooking for Solutions
May 17 - 18, 2012 The Monterey Bay Aquarium's culinary masterpiece weekend includes three delicious days with something for everyone. this year's event features more than 70 celebrity chefs and 60 wineries with many new events and old favorites.
American Le Mans Monterey presented by Patrón
May 11-12, 2012 The American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón returns for its 14th season and is the premier sports car racing championship in the world. Featuring multiple classes of high-tech sports cars competing together in each race, the American Le Mans Series provides a dynamic that offers constant passing and on-track battles throughout. The six-hour endurance race takes competitors from daylight, to dusk and into the darkness, pushing drivers' and crews' mental and physical abilities.
Ferrari Racing Days
May 18-20, 2012 Ferrari Racing Days return to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca with three full days of racing with the Ferrari 458 Challenge along with historic Formula 1 cars and Corse Clienti programs. The Ferrari Challenge series allows Ferrari owners the opportunity to compete wheel-to-wheel while providing Ferrari enthusiasts the chance to watch these vehicles in their natural environment - the race track.
Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix Featuring MotoGP World Championship
July 27-29, 2012 Returning to the Monterey Peninsula for the eighth consecutive year is the Red Bull United States Grand Prix, featuring the MotoGP World Championship. MotoGP is the world's premier motorcycling championship, with a season of 18 Grand Prix race weekends in 15 countries bringing together the world's top motorcycle manufacturers like Yamaha, Honda, Suzuki and Ducati.
Monterey Peninsula Auto Week Featuring Concours d' elegance and Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
August 12-19, 2012 A series of events for the automotive enthusiast. Auto week highlights include the prestigious Concours d'elegance held at the Pebble Beach Golf Course. Additional exhibitions and races are held throughout Monterey County including the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Continental Tire Sports Car Festival Featuring Grand-Am
September 7-9, 2012 The GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series is one of the most competitive professional road racing championships in North America. In 2012, the Rolex GT class will welcome the arrival of popular European makes, with GRAND-AM adding racing versions of the Ferrari 458 and the Audi R8 to its diverse lineup.