Best of Monterey Bay® Visitors Guide

24 The Best of Monterey Bay ® 2023-2024 calendar place Sunday, Aug. 20. Various locations. (831) 622-1700, Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion Aug. 16-19, 2023 This event brings historic race cars to the track at Laguna Seca as part of the broader Car Week happenings. Cars from the early 1900s to recent Formula 1 winners and everything in between take laps. Famous drivers appear, too. WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, 1021 Highway 68, Salinas. (831) 2428200, West End Celebration Aug. 26-27, 2023 Expect to see a whole host of artists and artisans in the performing arts, visual arts, live music on multiple stages and more at this big, fun block party. This dynamic festival is a little bit different every year as it celebrates whatever local artists are making. Throughout Sand City. Monterey County Fair Aug. 30-Sept. 4, 2023 Carnival rides—lots of them. Wild fair food, and not just on a stick. Tours of the livestock competitions. Live music. It’s all on display at the county fair, an annual staple of summertime fun for the whole family. Monterey County Fair and Event Center, 2004 Fairground Road, Monterey. (831) 372-5863, Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey Sept. 8-10, 2023 The Firestone Grand Prix wraps up the IndyCar season, so the championship will be on the line for the likes of Scott Dixon, Pato O’Ward, Colton Herta, Josef Newgarden and all the other stars of America’s top open wheel series. Indy race cars twisting through The Corkscrew? How could anything be better? WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, 1021 Highway 68, Salinas. (831) 242-8200, Northern California Renaissance Faire Weekends Sept. 16-Oct. 23, 2023 For most people living in England’s Medieval era, life was a cycle of disease, famine and violence. Sixteenth-century humans eased the horrors of their age by partaking in the pleasures of pints of ale, songs telling tales and observing bloodsport. The Ren Faire presents a chance to time travel, minus the suffering. Casa de Fruta, Highway 152, Hollister. Monterey Jazz Festival Sept. 22-24, 2023 MJF celebrates 65 years strong this September. The bill boasts 51 acts, highlighted with some of the genre’s most recognizable names. Herbie Hancock, Thundercat, Dianne Reeves, Snarky Puppy, Samara Joy, Jamie Cullum, Terri Lyne Carrington and Terence Blanchard are just some of the big names coming to perform. Monterey County Fair and Event Center, 2004 Fairground Road, Monterey. (831) 373-3366, Rennsport Reunion Sept. 28-Oct. 1, 2023 All things Porsche packed into an event unlike any other. Rennsport is an auto show, auto race, family fair, food and wine festival, seminar and gala all at once. The gathering of enthusiasts, legendary drivers and Porsche executives and interested people is the largest in the world. WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, 1021 Highway 68, Salinas. (831) 2428200, Monterey County Artists Open Studio Tour Weekends Sept. 30-Oct. 8, 2023 This is an annual opportunity to see local art and also meet the artists and see where their creative process happens. Artists open their studios and exhibition spaces, welcoming guests for this self-guided tour showcasing the range of work that can be found all over Monterey County. It all takes place over two weekends in October—artists choose which weekend (or both) to participate in. Various locations. Life Time Sea Otter Classic Monterey Jazz Festival