Best of Monterey Bay® Visitors Guide

22 The Best of Monterey Bay ® 2023-2024 Monterey Bay F.C. March-October, 2023 Monterey Bay F.C. is part of the USL Championship, the second tier of professional soccer in the U.S. They play a counterattacking style with a rugged back line. Watch from the stands or the beer garden in a stadium on the CSU Monterey Bay campus. Cardinale Stadium, 4111 2nd Ave., Seaside. (831) 3242560, Monterey Amberjacks May-July, 2023 Minor league baseball in friendly confines, with a beer vendor and hot dog stand. What more do you need? The Amberjacks play in the independent Pecos League. Sollecito Ballpark, 851 Pearl St., Monterey. montereyamberjacks. com MotoAmerica Superbike Speedfest July 7-9 2023 This event promises speed as well as family fun. Watch the top motorcycle racers in the country tear around Laguna Seca’s turns, and keep the kids entertained with carnival games on the sidelines. WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, 1021 Highway 68, Salinas. (831) 242-8200, Monterey Beer Festival July 8, 2023 Dozens of craft breweries, each bringing several of their signature beers, all packed into one afternoon. It’s a lot to ask of a beer aficionado. In fact, it’s unlikely anyone can sample the 80 or so different brews on tap. Besides, there are distractions, like live music and food vendors. Monterey County Fair and Event Center, 2004 Fairground Road, Monterey. (831) 3725863, AHRMA Classic MotoFest of Monterey July 14-16, 2023 The AHRMA Classic MotoFest celebrates vintage motorcycles, with road racing, trials competitions, flat track and motocross racing taking place all in one weekend. There will also be a swap meet and a bike show at this familyfriendly event. WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, 1021 Highway 68, Salinas. (831) 2428200, Carmel Bach Festival July 15-29, 2023 This annual festival celebrates 17th-century composer Johann Sebastian Bach (and beyond) and it is now in its 86th season. It all happens at the Sunset Center in Carmel and various other nearby venues, subject to their availability. (831) 624-1521, California Rodeo Salinas July 20-23, 2023 The California Rodeo Salinas features four action-packed days of bull riding, team roping, steer wrestling and more await. The rodeo is a PRCA event, so that means the top cowboys and cowgirls will compete. Plus there’s music, a carnival, a saloon and a lot more. Salinas Sports Complex, 1034 N. Main St., Salinas. (800) 549-4989, Sand City Criterium July 23, 2023 Bike racing’s version of NASCAR on the streets of Sand City—fast, wheel-to-wheel and challenging, with 10 turns and a field so deep the pros must run qualifying heats. Pedal power all day, with food, music and plenty of beer to go along. The start/finish line is at 615 Ortiz Ave., Sand City. Salinas Valley Food and Wine Aug. 5, 2023 The largest city in the Salad Bowl of the World celebrates the range of vegetables—and fruits (think wine)—that grow abundantly throughout the Salinas Valley and power the local economy during this annual event. Oldtown Salinas. Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and Car Week Aug. 11-20, 2023 The world’s finest cars make for a bucket list event. Attendees can expect to see a juried lineup of beautiful and important cars at the Concours (also see and be seen by collecting’s who’s who). But there are modern supercars, classic muscle and so much more at events during the week. And bid on some one-ofa-kind beauties at auctions. The unusual Corkscrew Hillclimb caps off the week. The main event—the Concours d’Elegance—takes CalendarPebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and Car Week