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May 2017
May 1 - September 30

50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love

People from all over gathered together 50 years ago for the first commercial American rock festival and the cornerstone event marking the Summer of Love. The Monterey Pop Festival has been credited for changing music history and later becoming the inspiration for subsequent music festivals including the Woodstock Music Festival. Join in the 50th anniversary with several musical performances, art exhibitions and special events scheduled May-Sept but the main event is June 16-18, 2017. Photo Credit: Tom Gundelfinger O'Neal

May 27 - May 29

36th Annual Civil War Battles & Encampment at Roaring Camp Railroads

Visit encampments of Union and Confederate soldiers. See battles at one of the West's longest-running Civil War reenactments.

May 27 - May 28

Santa Cruz American Music Festival

The Santa Cruz American Music Festival is set in a beautiful natural redwood amphitheater. Last year's performers included Buddy Guy, Josh Turner, Trombone Shorty and more.

May 27 - May 28

33rd Annual Santa Cruz Longboard Invitational

West Coast's oldest, longest-running competitive longboard surfing event, featuring amateur + pro surfers. Enter a chance to win a local-shared custom surfboard, browse local vendor booths and take in the view from Steamer Lane.

May 27 - May 28

40th Annual Art in the Park

Presented by the Ojai Art Center, the oldest non-profit art center in California, this festival attracts artists from all over! Art in the Park takes place in Libbey Park and features live music, food, and a student exhibition area!

June 2017
June 3 - June 4

Redwood Mountain Faire

An all-day family event with music on two stages, arts & crafts, food, beer, wine located right within the redwood forest. Visit the website for details and tickets.

June 8 - June 11

The 71st Annual Ojai Music Festival

In early June, the Ojai Music Festival becomes the summer home for exceptional artists. Audiences are drawn into an immersive experience in the enchanting Ojai Valley, encompassing stimulating lectures and engaging concerts. Whether early morning sunrise performances on Ojai hilltops or inspiring late night concerts in Libbey Bowl, each day brings joyful, moving, and surprising moments in this annual iconic event.

June 10 - June 11

12th Annual Capitola Rod & Custom Classic Car Show

Be prepared for an amazing weekend of rods, customs, classics and American muscle gleaming in the California sun at the beach in the heart of Capitola Village.  

June 11

31st Annual Ojai Wine Festival

The Ojai Wine Festival has been named by Sunset Magazine as one of the top five “Food and Wine Havens in the West.” This festival has become a favorite affair for attending wineries with their numbers doubling to event capacity every year at the beautiful Lake Casitas Recreation Area.

June 18

Annual Run & Walk in the Name of Love

"Run in the Name of Love" is a scenic road race held annually on Father's Day. A 5K run begins at Carmel's historic Sunset Center and follows a coastal path alongside sandy white beaches and the dramatic Pacific Ocean, with a finish celebration overlooking Carmel Beach. Dogs are welcome to participate in the 2K walk/run which travels a similar course. All runners and walkers are encouraged to run in the name of someone they love.

June 22 - June 24

Roll out the Barrels

Come celebrate SLO Wine Country’s 27th anniversary at Roll Out the Barrels! This three-day event, including local wine, food and music, occurs in the heart of downtown San Luis Obispo and continues at the beautiful wineries in Edna Valley.

June 24

24th Annual Woodies on the Wharf

The scenic and historic Santa Cruz Wharf is the perfect setting for a celebration of the surf spirit and classic surf wagons. Come out for music, prize drawings & woodie goodies.

June 24

14th Annual Ojai Valley Lavender Festival

Don't miss the season to pick your own fragrant lavender! Frog Creek Farm offers a bounty of pick-your-own lavender. The Ojai Valley Lavender Festival offers scholarships to residents of the Ojai Valley who are, or will be, actively engaged in an educational program that focuses on agriculture practices or the beneficial uses of lavender. Free parking and admission with over 100 vendors!

July 2017
July 15 - July 29

Carmel Bach Festival

The Carmel Bach Festival celebrates its 80th Anniversary in 2017 with 15 days of performances, talks and educational events. As always, the focus is not only on J.S. Bach, but also on the many artists he influenced, such as Handel, Mozart, Brahms, and more. Musicians from the around the world perform an amazing array of multiple concerts and more than 40 events in Carmel, Monterey, and Pebble Beach. Multiple concerts every day. Full schedule at the Carmel Bach Festival website.

July 21

Carmel by the Glass Fiesta Garden Party

Rich Pepe and Jack Galante are reviving the Summer Fiesta Garden Party in the outdoor gardens and pool area of the La Playa Hotel. Mingle and stroll while enjoying wines offered by the tasting rooms of Carmel, Fiesta-style food, and live jazz will set the scene for a lovely mid-summer’s evening.

August 2017
August 15

Concours on the Avenue/Concours Weekend

This is just one of the prestigious group of events that make up the area's internationally known Monterey Peninsula ten-day collector car gathering, celebrating the finest in automotive design and engineering. Carmel-by-the-Sea's world-famous Ocean Avenue is filled with collector cars and related motorized fun. A fascinating mix of American and foreign cars will be showcased in front of a backdrop of charming shops, critically acclaimed restaurants and numerous galleries.

October 2017
October 5 - October 8

29th Annual Taste of Carmel

Taste of Carmel is your gateway to exploring a quaint coastal village with world-class dining and top-rated wines while uncovering your own bohemian side. Over a long weekend, Taste of Carmel features local food and wine, live music, outdoor activities, culinary education and experiences, a silent auction showcasing area restaurants, inns and boutique goods — all set in an ancient forest near a white sand beach.