Best of Monterey Bay® Visitors Guide

30 The Best of Monterey Bay ® 2023-2024 calendar Trans Am Speedfest April-May TBD, 2024 The muscle cars of the Trans Am series are meant for WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. Mustangs, Camaros, Challengers and other high-horsepower beasts are on track for two days of racing in anger. WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, 1021 Highway 68, Salinas. (831) 242-8200, Big Sur International Marathon April 28, 2024 A marathon is a marathon, except when it’s the Big Sur Marathon. Start training now in preparation for one of the most iconic and stunning running routes along the edge of the continent. Highway 1, Big Sur. (831) 6256226, Motul Course de Monterey May TBD, 2024 It’s IMSA racing. Hot Porsches, Ferraris, Mustangs, Mercedes and more. Prototypes— the most sophisticated and powerful sports cars—as well, all on the track at the same time. It’s a lot of action. WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, 1021 Highway 68, Salinas. (831) 242-8200, The Quail Motorcycle Gathering May TBD, 2024 A lifestyle event as much as a concours, the gathering brings rare, classic and desired motorcycles, along with enthusiasts and anyone else, together for one day. Fine wines, food fit for white tablecloths, demonstrations and a lot of fun for all, even if you prefer four wheels. The Quail Lodge and Golf Club, 8000 Valley Greens Drive, Carmel. (831) 620-8879, Good Old Days May 4-5, 2024 This free-admission street festival overflows with bands and other performers across several stages, with arts and crafts, carnvial rides, plus food vendors to keep everyone fueled in a celebration of “America’s Last Hometown.” Lighthouse Avenue, downtown Pacific Grove. (831) 373-3304, Hipnic May TBD, 2024 Billed as three days of music and camping, this annual music festival expands on folk and brings the top performers from around the world to the redwoods of Big Sur. And the event sells out—quickly—every year. Fernwood Resort, 47200 Highway 1, Big Sur. (831) 6672422, Salinas Valley Fair May TBD, 2024 Come for the animals, stay for the fried foods. Or, come for the carnival rides—your choice. This is classic, family-friendly fun in the heart of the Salad Bowl of the World. Salinas Valley Fairgrounds, 625 Division St., King City. (831) 385-3243, California Roots Music & Art Festival May 24-26 2024 Cali Roots is reportedly the largest festival of its kind in the world—and it certainly draws in the best reggae, rock and hip-hop talent in the world. But what makes it special, fans say, is the whole vibe. Monterey County Fair and Event Center, 2004 Fairground Road, Monterey. Artichoke Festival June TBD, 2024 It’s a beautiful vegetable, worthy of its own dedicated festival, featuring creative takes by chefs, plus live music and wine tasting. Monterey County Fair and Event Center, 2004 Fairground Road, Monterey. (831) 633-2465, Monster Jam June TBD, 2024 Monster trucks bear names like Grave Digger, Megalodon and Zombie because they are capable of wild, unearthly feats. These beasts can balance delicately while clawing the earth. A pit party allows fans to get close before the action starts. Salinas Sports Complex, 1034 N. Main St., Salinas. (831) 775-3100, Celia Jiménez Motul Course de Monterey