July 1 - Old Monterey Foundation to hold “Picnic in the Park at Lower Presidio Historic Park” from 11a.m. to 3p.m. Kick off your 4th of July holiday weekend fun at this free family-friendly event! Bring your friends and family to this “FUNdraiser” and enjoy great food, live entertainment, historic reenactments, walking tours, costume contests, scavenger hunt, prizes and much more. Enjoy spectacular views of the beautiful Monterey Bay, Old Fisherman’s Wharf and the Monterey Harbor at this park that is hidden in plain view. See the “before”, which is now and what we envision the “after” to be! Old Monterey Foundation is raising funds to develop trails and interpretive sign for all the monuments to enhance and restore this park which is considered “The Most Historically Significant Site on the West Coast”. Be sure to bring your lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the day! For more information go to www.oldmontereyfoundation.org
July 4 - City of Monterey's Annual Admission Free Big Little Backyard Bar-B-Que & Entertainment Extravaganza from 11a.m. to 4:30p.m. at
Colton Hall on Pacific Street in downtown Monterey. The event features non-stop live music & entertainment for all ages. Children's entertainment includes free carnival booths & games, face painting, jump houses and balloon artists. Lots of great food provided by non-profit food vendors will be on sale all day, or you can bring a picnic lunch. Please leave your dogs at home. This is an alcohol free family event. For more information go online to www.monterey.org or call 646-3996.
July 4 - Spreckels Fourth of July Celebration. Every year the small town of Spreckels throws a festive 4th of July celebration at Spreckels Park. The celebration includes a 5k morning run and a one-mile children's fun run, a parade, and food and crafts booths. The run takes place at 9am every year and the parade follows.
July 4 - Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce 4th of July Celebration BBQ. Celebrate the 4th with a BBQ in Caledonia Park. Great food and live entertainment. More information www.pacificgrove.org
July 4 - 32nd Annual
Fourth of July Firecracker 10K/5K/Kids’ 1K Fun Run -
Harvey West Park, Santa Cruz. This year’s featured beneficiary is LEO’s Haven,
Santa Cruz County’s first inclusive playground for children with special needs.
Finish line party and free pancake breakfast for all runners. Free Parking on Race Day at Costco
Santa Cruz Warriors Basketball is sponsoring a special TEAM Warriors package.
8:00 a.m. Kids’ 1K
8:30 a.m. 10K
8:40 a.m. 5K
Register early. Sponsored by Santa Cruz Sunrise Rotary Club serving our community and the world. For more information 831-420-5270 or www.santacruzfirecracker10k.org. To learn more about LEO's Haven go to www.santacruzplaygroundproject.org
July 20 - 23 - California Rodeo Salinas. The California Rodeo Salinas promises thrills for the entire family. Top pro competition in steer wrestling, bull riding, calf roping, bareback bronco riding, and barrel racing. Enjoy parades, night shows and great food. 800-771-8807 or www.carodeo.com
July 22 - Carmel Bach Festival Family Concert - The Epic Adventures of Leonard and Rasmus: Expedition to the Moon! at the Sunset Center at 11a.m. Join us for a fun and interactive 45 minute concert, narrated by Carmel Bach Festival conductor Paul Goodwin, and designed for kids of all ages! The 2017 storyline takes Leonard & Rasmus to the moon, with constellations, planets, and an android taking center stage. The production is accompanied by music from Claude Debussy, Aaron Jay Kernis, Saint-Saens, Radiohead, W.A. Mozart, and John Williams. Cost is $11 per person (including children). For more information www.bachfestival.org
July 26 - 30 - Feast of Lanterns, A Pacific Grove tradition since 1905. The first Feast of Lanterns was held in Pacific Grove in 1905 as part of the Chautauqua closing ceremonies. In 1957, local community leader, Elmarie Dyke revived The Feast as we know it today, with a Royal Court, elegant Chinese costumes, lit lanterns & a sunset performance at Lovers Point Beach. This annual event is not to be missed. For a complete schedule of events visit www.feast-of-lanterns.org
July 28 - 30 - Gilroy Garlic Festival. Gourmet garlic food fair with arts and crafts, cooking demonstrations, children's area, three stages of musical entertainment and booths serving up foods laced with over two tons of garlic. 408-842-1625 or
July 29 & 30 - Spector Dance presents Cutting-Edge Contemporary Dance. For more info www.spectordance.org
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