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The Annual Monterey County Fair – At the Heart of It All

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013
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August 28 – September 2, 2013

Nothing quite says summer like a trip to the fair. Whether it’s a local, county or state fair, the smells of cotton candy and kettle corn mixed together with laughter and music make for an experience that is both familiar and new at the same time. The fair is Americana at its best and an event that holds a special place in almost everyone’s heart.

Since 1935, the Monterey County Fair has been bringing back that iconic childhood feeling while making new memories for the next generation. Who can forget, or wait, for the food, rides, livestock, carnival games and plain old-fashioned fun. This year, the theme is “At the Heart of it All” and from August 28 through September 2, 2013, the Monterey County Fair returns once again to bring smiles to the Monterey Peninsula.

The Fair kicks off on Wednesday August 28th with Kids Day. Admission is free all day long for children under the age of 12.  Kids Day features children’s themed entertainment all day long, including KWAV’s Central Coast’s Got Talent Show at 4pm, Circus Imagination performing throughout the day and the Marshall Tucker Band at 7:30pm.

Thursday the 29th is Senior’s Day for those ages 65 and better! The Ag Building will feature cooking demonstrations and at 5:30pm the People’s Choice Wine Tasting event (with separate admission) is always a crowd favorite! The evening fun goes on with the iconic 90’s band, the Spin Doctors taking the stage at 7:30pm.

Military Appreciation Day is Friday the 30th and admission for active duty military is FREE with a valid ID. There is a military dedication at 6:00pm at the Pattee Arena followed by a free Rodeo at 6pm. The Ag Building is home to the Beer Stampede from 5:30pm to 7:30pm (with separate admission) and live music from the Tower of Power closes out the evening’s fun.

Saturday the 31st brings the Junior Livestock Auction and Water Awareness Day. The auction starts at 10:00am and the day also features a free Rodeo at 6:00pm. The evening’s entertainment is cover band, Journey Revisited which hits the stage at 7:30pm.

Fiesta Day, Sunday September, 1st continues the week’s festivities and features Hispanic themed music throughout the day. Additional livestock shows include the ever popular Rabbit and Round Robin Shows at 9:00am and the Pee Wee and Adult Showmanship events at 5:00pm and 6:00pm respectively.

The Fair wraps up Labor Day, Monday, September 2nd with International Day. The Wool Auction is at 12:30pm with the Monterey County Pops close out the week’s music from 4:30pm to 5:30pm.

In addition to the special entertainment, daily entertainment includes cooking demonstrations, wine tasting, dancing, rides, hypnotists and carnival games just to name a few. The Fair is not to me missed, so come on out and create memories to last a lifetime!

Monterey Auto Week & Concours d’Elegance – A Tradition for over 60 Years

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013
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 Photo Courtesy of RM Auction

 

What began as a small social event in the 1950’s, paired with a road race through Pebble Beach, the Concours d’Elegance has evolved into what is known as “Automotive Week” taking place at various venues throughout the entire Monterey Peninsula. Beginning August 13th, a jammed packed schedule of social events, auctions, shows and more will commence.

Downtown Monterey is a central hub for all the week’s action.  With cars lined up for blocks, guests from all over the globe gather to show off their prized collections and participate in one of the week’s most popular events, the RM Auction right here at the Portola Hotel & Spa.

Famous for the Lone Cypress, breathtaking views and 17-Mile Drive, every year on the third Sunday in August, Pebble Beach plays host to the Concours d’Elegance.  On August 18th, the 18th Fairway of the Pebble Beach Golf Links will be transformed, showcasing prized collector automobiles. Connoisseurs, collectors, enthusiasts, celebrities and more will gather to take part in what has grown to become one of the top-ranking collector car shows in the world.

Popular events throughout the week include (for a complete list of the week’s happenings visit See Monterey):

  • Concours On The Avenue, Carmel by the Sea – 8/13
  • Little Car Show in Downtown Pacific Grove – 8/14
  • McCall’s Motorworks Revival at the Monterey Jet Center – 8/14
  • Concorso Italiano, Laguna Seca Golf Ranch – 8/16
  • Legends of the Autobahn, Rancho Canada Golf Course – 8/16
  • The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering at Quail Lodge, Carmel Valley – 8/16
  • Pacific Grove Concours Auto Rally, Downtown Pacific Grove – 8/16
  • RM Auctions at the Portola Hotel & Spa – 8/16 & 8/17
  • Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca – 8/16 through 8/16
  • Concours d’LeMons, Laguna Grande Park, Seaside – 8/17
  • Concours d’Elegance – 8/18

 

Hailed by some as the World Series or Super Bowl of the automobile universe, the week’s events, unique cars and magical scenery, makes Auto Week, one not to be missed!

An Awe-Inspiring Salt Creation at the Monterey Museum of Art

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013
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Image: Motoi Yamamoto, Forest of Beyond, salt, The Hakone Open-Air Museum, Kanagawa, Japan 2011. Photo: Makoto Morisawa. Courtesy of the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, College of Charleston School of the Arts.

 

This summer, adults and children of all ages are invited to visit the Monterey Museum of Art to view an interpretation of the awe-inspiring creatures in the rare form of salt installations in the Return to the Sea, Saltworks exhibit by Motoi Yamamoto.

 Starting on June 5th at 11am, the Museum invites the public for the rare opportunity to view the internationally acclaimed Japanese contemporary artist, Motoi Yamamoto in action as he begins to cover the entire gallery floor in salt for his site-specific installation. During Mr. Yamamoto’s summer residency at the Monterey Museum of Art – Pacific Street location, the public will have an opportunity to view this distinctive art form in action, interact with the artist and wander through the series of drawings and photography that accompanies his exhibit. With the opening of the exhibit, Yamamoto will begins his elaborate designs, which will conclude on August 25th with another important interactive experience for visitors to participate in the dismantling of the salt artwork.

Residing from Hiroshima, Japan, Yamamoto uses salt, one of the Earth’s oldest and most sought-after mineral elements, to create these elaborate words. Traditionally used as a symbol for purification and mourning in Japanese culture, the Yamamoto’s use of salt emanates from a powerful personal experience in working through the death of his sister. His artwork is rooted in themes of life, death, and rebirth, and his process with salt has helped him cleanse his grief.

 The Monterey Museum of Art aspires to be a premier visitor destination of the evolving California artistic legacy and expands a passion for the visual arts. With two locations in Monterey, the Return to the Sea exhibit will be located at its Pacific Street location, an inviting, three-story landmark located across from the historic Colon Hall in the heart of Old Monterey. The Museum features eight galleries devoted to exhibitions of American and early California painting, photography and contemporary art.  An art reference library offers a quiet space to read and research and a gift shop includes creative and unusual cards, jewelry and a fine selection of books about your favorite period of art or artist and more.

 

RETURN TO THE SEA LOCATION:

Monterey Museum of Art-Pacific Street
559 Pacific Street, Monterey, CA 93940
831.372.5477
info@montereyart.org

COST: Members free, $10 Non-members

 

Exhibition schedule:

June 5-13, 11 am: Open to the public during regular museum hours.
Come observe and interact with the artist during the process of his installation.

June 13, 6:30-8:00 pm: Opening Reception. Members Free Preview. $10 Non-members
Celebrate the completion of the installation and meet the artist.

August 25, 1-2 pm: Closing Community Ceremony, Return to the Sea
Come gather together in the galleries for a unique participatory experience to wipe away the installation and return the salt to the sea.

2 pm: Community walk from the MMA-Pacific Street to the Monterey Commercial Pier (Municipal Wharf II)

 

Summer Festivals in Monterey

Friday, May 10th, 2013
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As many know, the Monterey Peninsula is one of the most beautiful places on earth. From the rugged coastline of Big Sur and the serene inlets of Moss Landing’s Elkhorn Slough to the winding trails of Carmel Valley and the Fort Ord National Monument, there is something for everyone. While those attractions are available throughout the year, some of the Peninsula’s most popular attractions only come around every 365 days.

Monterey and the surrounding area have long been synonymous with music and art of many kinds and nothing exemplifies that better than the summer festivals that make Monterey their home. The granddaddy is the Monterey Jazz Festival September 20-23, 2013. The longest continuously running jazz festival in the world, the MJF has continued to hold its September dates since 1958 and has features some of the biggest names in Jazz and popular music. Not to be outdone is the Carmel Bach Festival which is celebrating its 76th year with 15 days of performances, talks and educational events July 13-27, 2013.

 

Monterey stamped itself on the counterculture scene with the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967, which was the blueprint for future musical spectacles like Woodstock and Lollapalooza and continues the tradition today, although with a slightly mellower vibe. The California Roots Music & Arts festival gets the summer started right, Memorial Day Weekend May 24-26, 2013. The good times continue August 9-11, 2013 with the Monterey Bay Reggaefest. In its 18th year, the festival is one of the largest in Northern California and features over 20 performers.

The ear has been satisfied, but how about the mouth? The food festival season kicks off with Cooking for Solutions at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. The three day event, May 17-19, 2013, focuses on sustainability and environmental stewardship in the food and beverage industry.  Also that weekend is the 54th annual Castroville Artichoke Festival. Celebrate California’s newly crowned State Vegetable and soak in a bit of history as the Festival counts a young Marilyn Monroe as one of their first “Artichoke Queens.” Memorial Day weekend features the Great Monterey Clam Chowder & Calamari Festival as two of the peninsula’s favorite seafood dishes collide at Custom House Plaza behind the Portola Hotel & Spa. If you are a wine lover, the area also plays host to the Monterey Wine Festival, June 7-8, 2013 and the Winemaker’s Celebration on August 10, 2013.  Both showcase the best of Monterey County’s vast winemaking region which was recently named one of the “Top 10 Wine Travel Destinations” by Wine Enthusiast Magazine.

Ear; check. Mouth; check, but what about your eyes? Monterey also hosts a number of summertime art festivals and while music and food are certainly considered art, these are the traditional forms are highlighted at events like the Carmel Art Festival May 16-19, 2013. With its origins as a bohemian artist colony, Carmel-By-The-Sea plays host as the 20th annual event that showcases visual arts, sculpture, a judged plein air painting competition and much more. Three weeks later, the Valley gets into the act with the Carmel Valley Art & Wine Festival June 8, 2013. Carmel Valley Village comes alive as over 60 artists and art galleries display their works. Sand City, Monterey County’s hotbed of alternative art and vision hosts the Sand City West End Celebration August 23-25, 2013. Known for its independent and irreverent artistic atmosphere, the West End Celebration features and open air artist’s fair throughout the streets and the public is invited into the many studios and creative spaces that call Sand City home.

So if the dog days of summer are getting you down or you need to break for the coast to beat the heat, cruise into Monterey County and enjoy the eclectically rich summer festival scene. There truly is something for everyone!

Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Season Preview

Thursday, April 25th, 2013
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At the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, nothing gets the heart pumping faster than witnessing auto racing’s elite hurtle around the track at speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour. Once again, Spring brings the kings of the hairpin turn to the Monterey Peninsula for a full slate of American Le Mans, MotoGP, Historic Motorsports and Superbike racing.

The season kicks off with the American Le Mans Monterey presented by Patron May 9-11, 2013. This is the 15th year at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for the world’s premiere sports car racing championship and as a global leader in Green Racing, The American Le Mans Series pushes the drivers and their crews to the limit of human endurance. The weekend offers speed and excitement that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Not to be outdone by their four wheeled friends, supped up cycles descend on the Peninsula during the Red Bull U.S Grand Prix, July 19-21, 2013. In its ninth year at Mazda Raceway and featuring the MotoGP World Championship and a full slate of American Motorcycle Association (AMA) races, this weekend is one of the sport’s most popular events and draws huge crowds to watch 18 separate races over the three days.

Part of the Monterey Peninsula’s Classic Car Week, the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, August 16-18, 2013 offers a glimpse into the past as authentic, race proven; period autos compete in class to determine bragging rights. This year, the featured marque is the American classic Chevrolet Corvette celebrating its 60th anniversary.

The season continues with the Continental Tire Sports Car Festival powered by MAZDA. The September 7-8, 2013 event features the Grand Am-Rolex Sports Car Series as well as the Daytona Prototype class and Grand Touring (GT) competition with some of the most exciting, in close racing this side of NASCAR. This weekend is a true treat for the whole family (You too ladies) as race weekend includes autograph and meet and greet sessions with the drivers that have in the past included Grey’s Anatomy star McDreamy himself, Patrick Dempsey and other stars of film and television.

The bikes return in the final event on the schedule as the SBK-Eni FIM Superbike World Championship makes it’s only U.S. appearance September 27-29, 2013. Two high speed races are featured over the weekend as teams’ race high-performance bikes from manufacturers like Kawasaki, BMW, Suzuki, Ducati and Honda.

With so many great motor sports events, why not enjoy them even more by booking your stay at the Portola Hotel & Spa. Nautically inspired guestrooms only steps from the Monterey Bay coupled with a location just a short drive from the Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway makes the perfect complement to any of these action fueled weekends.