Best of Monterey Bay® Visitors Guide

28 The Best of Monterey Bay ® 2023-2024 calendar or sign up for email updates, to hear when tickets become available. Venues throughout Big Sur. (831) 596-8105, bigsurfoodandwine. org Christmas in the Adobes Dec. 8-9, 2023 More than 20 historic downtown Monterey adobes, adorned in colorful lights and seasonal decorations, are open for festive evenings filled with music, and actors portraying the people who historically occupied Monterey when it served as the Mexican capital of the Alta California territory, as part of an event that’s been going on for three decades. This is a festive walking tour of downtown Monterey’s history by way of often-closed buildings, plus live dance and musical performances. Various locations in Monterey. (831) 649-7111, First Night Monterey Dec. 31, 2023 First Night Monterey is back with its signature family-friendly celebration with tons of live music and a festive vibe. This alcohol-free (but plenty celebratory) New Year’s tradition goes on rain or shine, with interactive art, music, dance and more happening both indoors and outdoors. Various venues in downtown Monterey. (831) 373-4778, firstnightmonterey. org Big Sur Foragers Festival January 19-21, 2024 This event is a celebration of the culinary delights of mushrooms—and includes events like a “Fungus Face-off,” during which chefs compete for the best foraged dish, and more. Various locations. (831) 667-2580, AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am February TBD, 2024 The Pro-Am was started by entertainment icon Bing Crosby in 1937; fittingly enough, the tour continues to be played by some of today’s top celebs. Rapper ScHoolboy Q has played. Bill Murray and Tony Romo rank among the regulars teeing off. On the professional side, golf’s biggest names compete to win the coveted title. This year it’s a PGA Tour designated event. At Pebble Beach golf courses. (831) 649-1533, Whalefest Monterey April 13-14, 2024 This event dedicated to the wonderful whale celebrates marine life, explores environmental issues and more. Expect to hear from leading marine experts and enjoy interactive exhibits and activities—the festival’s signature blend of science and fun. Fisherman’s Wharf, Monterey. Life Time Sea Otter Classic April 18-21, 2024 This celebration of all things cycling includes a little bit of something for everyone, from professionals to the kids. Watch the races, then head to the expo for food, drinks, the latest and greatest in bicycles and gear, and the chance to meet your favorite athlete. WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, 1021 Highway 68, Salinas. (800) 218-8411, California Roots Music & Art Festival