July 4 - City of Monterey's Annual Admission Free Big Little Backyard Bar-B-Que & Entertainment Extravaganza from 11am to 4:30pm at
Colton Hall on Pacific Street in downtown Monterey. The event features non-stop live music & entertainment for all ages. Featured bands include Monterey Community Band (11am), Foreverland (12pm), Red Beans & Rice (1:30pm) and Lovefool (3pm). 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/july4th 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. For more information call 831-455-2211.
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 17 - 20 - 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 23 - 27 - Feast of Lanterns, A Pacific Grove tradition since 1905. The Feast includes a Royal Court, elegant Chinese costumes, lit lanterns, a pet parade beginning at 2pm Friday at Calendonia Park followed by the Feast of Dancing at Chautauqua Hall from
6pm - 9pm. On Saturday enjoy music and children's activities at Lovers Point Park & Pier all day from 11am to 7pm. On Sunday, the festivities close with entertainment & refreshments at Chautauqua Hall. This is truly a fun event for kids of all ages. For a complete schedule of events visit www.feast-of-lanterns.org
July 25 - 27 - 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
The Mark Velcoff, M.D. Asthma Camp is a camp for children with asthma ages 6 to 12 who will benefit from a positive experience with outdoor physical activity, combined with practical education. July 21 – 25, 9am to 3pm at Monterey Park Elementary School $55 fee, scholarships available. For more information on how to enroll your child, please contact Jill at 831-392-5200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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