What to do. Where to go. What to see.
Calendar of Events for The Monterey Peninsula.


  Big Sur Food and Wine  November 1-4, 2018 12:00pm-3:00pm Big Sur   19th Annual International Documentary Film Festival  November 2-3, 2018 7:00pm Golden State Theatre Monterey Bay   20th Annual Monterey Cowboy Festival  November 3, 2018 11:15am Monterey County Fairgrounds   Monterey Bay Half Marathon  November 10-11, 2018 6:50am Downtown Monterey   TaylorMade Pebble Beach Invitational  November 12-18, 2018 Pebble Beach   Ice Skating by the Bay  November 21-January 6, 2018 11:00am-10:00pm, 12:00pm-8:00pm Custom House Plaza Monterey   Cannery Row Holiday Tree Lighting  November 23, 2018 5:00pm-9:00pm Monterey   Salinas Holiday Parade of Lights  November 25, 2018 6:00pm Downtown Salinas   Pacific Grove Christmas Tree Lighting  November 26, 2018 5:30pm-6:30pm Jewell Park Forest Avenue and Grand Avenue Pacific Grove   17th Annual Holiday Parade of Lights  November 29, 2018 6:00pm-7:00pm Main Street Pacific Grove   Historic Downtown Monterey's Traditional Christmas Tree Lighting  November 30, 2018 5:00pm-6:00pm Colton Hall Monterey

Big Sur Food and Wine
November 1-4, 2018
12:00pm-3:00pm
Big Sur

19th Annual International Documentary Film Festival
November 2-3, 2018
7:00pm
Golden State Theatre
Monterey Bay

20th Annual Monterey Cowboy Festival
November 3, 2018
11:15am
Monterey County Fairgrounds

Monterey Bay Half Marathon
November 10-11, 2018
6:50am
Downtown Monterey

TaylorMade Pebble Beach Invitational
November 12-18, 2018
Pebble Beach

Ice Skating by the Bay
November 21-January 6, 2018
11:00am-10:00pm, 12:00pm-8:00pm
Custom House Plaza
Monterey

Cannery Row Holiday Tree Lighting
November 23, 2018
5:00pm-9:00pm
Monterey

Salinas Holiday Parade of Lights
November 25, 2018
6:00pm
Downtown Salinas

Pacific Grove Christmas Tree Lighting
November 26, 2018
5:30pm-6:30pm
Jewell Park Forest Avenue and Grand Avenue
Pacific Grove

17th Annual Holiday Parade of Lights
November 29, 2018
6:00pm-7:00pm
Main Street
Pacific Grove

Historic Downtown Monterey's Traditional Christmas Tree Lighting
November 30, 2018
5:00pm-6:00pm
Colton Hall
Monterey

   Monday    Pacific Grove Certified Farmers' Market  3pm - 7pm, 3pm - 6pm (winter) Grand Avenue and Central Avenue    Tuesday    Old Monterey Marketplace  4pm - 8pm (summer), 4pm - 7pm (winter) Alvarado Street and W Franklin Street    Thursday    Carmel-by-the-Sea Certified Farmers' Market  10am - 2pm 6th Street and Mission Street  Soledad Farmers' Market  4pm - 8pm (May - December) Encinal Street    Friday    Monterey Peninsula College Certified Farmers' Market  10am - 2pm Monterey Peninsula College 930 Fremont St.  Carmel Valley Community Center  2:30-6:00pm    Saturday    Downtown Salinas Saturday Certified Farmers' Market  9am - 2pm Gabilan Street between Main and Salinas Streets    Sunday    Marina Everyone's Harvest Certified Farmers' Market  10am - 2pm 215 Reservation Road

Monday
Pacific Grove Certified Farmers' Market
3pm - 7pm, 3pm - 6pm (winter)
Grand Avenue and Central Avenue

Tuesday
Old Monterey Marketplace
4pm - 8pm (summer),
4pm - 7pm (winter)
Alvarado Street and W Franklin Street

Thursday
Carmel-by-the-Sea Certified Farmers' Market
10am - 2pm
6th Street and Mission Street
Soledad Farmers' Market
4pm - 8pm (May - December)
Encinal Street

Friday
Monterey Peninsula College Certified Farmers' Market
10am - 2pm
Monterey Peninsula College
930 Fremont St.
Carmel Valley Community Center
2:30-6:00pm

Saturday
Downtown Salinas Saturday Certified Farmers' Market
9am - 2pm
Gabilan Street between Main and Salinas Streets

Sunday
Marina Everyone's Harvest Certified Farmers' Market
10am - 2pm
215 Reservation Road

 This year, we're giving thanks for these simple Thanksgiving dinner menus. Build the best feast ever this year with these 10 easy Thanksgiving menus:   1) Slow Cooker Thanksgiving Menu  Believe it or not, you can make  almost every Thanksgiving course  in your trusty slow cooker. Save yourself time and effort by letting a few of these dishes cook while you work on other recipes.  Main Course:  Herbed Chicken With Beets and Brussels   Sides:  Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes   Slow Cooker Stuffing   Slow Cooker Green Bean Casserole   Dessert:  Slow Cooker Pecan Bread Pudding    2) Vegan Thanksgiving Menu  Guests who forgo all animal products can still enjoy a decadent Thanksgiving dinner. Our vegan menu makes going meat-, dairy-, and egg-free easy for everyone at the table.  Starters:  Vegan Stuffed Mushrooms   Thanksgiving Harvest Salad   Main Course:  Whole Roasted Cauliflower   Sides:  Dairy-Free Mashed Potatoes   Vegan Mac and Cheese   Dessert:  Vegan Pumpkin Pie    3) Friendsgiving Menu  Host a laid-back feast with your small town community, like Erin and Ben Napier of HGTV's  Home Town . This BYOCACD ("Bring Your Own Chair and Covered Dish") party features lots of delicious sides that everyone can share.  Main Course:  Red Chile and Orange-Glazed Turkey   Sides:  Erin Napier's Skillet Cornbread   Grape Salad   Cheesy Rice   Roasted Brussels Sprouts   Squash Casserole   Braised Greens   Dessert:  Bourbon-Pecan Pie    4) Vegetarian Thanksgiving Menu  Who said you need turkey to have a delicious Thanksgiving?! Ditch the meat and opt for these classic meatless dishes instead.  Starters:  Corn Fritters   Ricotta and Strawberry Toast   Main Course:  Tofurkey Roast   Mushroom Herb Gravy   Sides:  Asparagus, Peas, and Tomato with Herb Butter   Anchor Steam Mac and Cheese   Pepper Jack Corn Muffins   Ricotta Mashed Potatoes   Dessert:  Apple Blossom Tart   Fall Apple Cranberry Pie    5) Easy Thanksgiving Menu  This year, do yourself a favor with blessedly simple recipes that deliver on flavor while still allowing you time to, say, sneak a nip of bourbon with grandpa (don't forget the glassware and whiskey stones!). Woven placemats look elegant yet fuss-free. Roll out a runner, light some candlesticks, and add a bouquet to complete the quick and easy table setting.  Main Course:  Turkey Roulade Three Ways   Sides:  Rosemary Monkey Bread Stuffing   Brussels Sprouts Gratin   Slow-Cooker Mashed Potatoes   Sweet Potato-and-Cauliflower Salad   Desserts:  Sweet Potato Snickerdoodles   Pumpkin Cheesecake with Cookie Crust   Grape Slab Pie    6) Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Menu  Whether you have a gluten intolerance or have decided to give it up for other reasons, these recipes prove you don't need gluten to have a delicious Thanksgiving.  Starters:  Creamy Feta Stuffed Peppers   Rosemary-Infused Wild Rice Stuffed Mushrooms   Main Course:  The Perfect Roast Turkey   Sides:  Crispy Garlic Smashed Baby Potatoes   Pull-Apart Dinner Rolls   Green Bean Casserole   Cinnamon Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Cranberries   Desserts:  Pumpkin Roll   Maple Pumpkin Pie    7) Grandma's Thanksgiving Menu  Pull out the vintage china! We added a few fresh twists to time-tested staples, from green bean casserole to cranberry sauce, for a retro meal rooted in nostalgia. Oh, and don't forget to queue up an old-school playlist to match.  Main Course:  Herb and Citrus Butter Roasted Turkey   Sides:  Apple-Walnut Stuffing   Maple Meringue Sweet Potato Casserole   Green Bean Casserole with Fried Shallots   Rosemary-Port Cranberry Sauce   Desserts:  Chocolate Brown Sugar Butter Cake with Spiced Pumpkin Frosting   Salted Caramel Peanut Butter Fudge Pie    8) Rustic Thanksgiving Menu  This down-home gathering with a hint of Texas twang (deep-fried turkey! cranberry salsa!) is perfect for the casual, potluck kind of crowd. Opt for simple dishes (serve the chili spoonbread straight out of the cast iron skillet!) and use wood slices instead of chargers.  Main Course:  Fried Turkey   Sides:  Pickled Peach-and-Cranberry Salsa   Jalapeño-Green Chili Spoonbread   Baked Kale Gratin   Sorghum-Glazed Sweet Potatoes   Desserts:  Apple Crostata   Maple Granola Pecan Pie    9) Farm-to-Table Thanksgiving Menu  A pioneer in California's farm-to table movement, chef (and author of   Cindy's Supper Club: Meals from Around the World to Share with Family and Friends  ) Cindy Pawlcyn's menu offers a touch of exotic to tried-and-true recipes.  Starter:  Avocado-Papaya Salad   Main Course:  Roast Turkey with a Pipian Sauce of Tomatoes, Chiles, and Sesame Seeds   Side Dishes:  Cornbread Stuffing with Sweet Peppers, Onions, and Celery   Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Goat Cheese and Scallions Tangerine-Cranberry Jam    10) Traditional Thanksgiving Menu  When it comes to his Thanksgiving menu, Joe Randall—the coauthor of   A Taste of Heritage: The New African-American Cuisine   in Savannah—doesn't mess with tradition.  Main Course:  Butter-Roasted Turkey with Giblet Pan Gravy   Side Dishes:  Cornbread Dressing with Sage and Pork Sausage   Mom Pan's Creamy Mashed Potatoes   Sun-Dried Cranberry Salsa   Southern-Style Green Beans   Drink:  Valley of the Moon Pinot Blanc 2008

This year, we're giving thanks for these simple Thanksgiving dinner menus. Build the best feast ever this year with these 10 easy Thanksgiving menus:

1) Slow Cooker Thanksgiving Menu
Believe it or not, you can make almost every Thanksgiving course in your trusty slow cooker. Save yourself time and effort by letting a few of these dishes cook while you work on other recipes.

Main Course:
Herbed Chicken With Beets and Brussels

Sides:
Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes
Slow Cooker Stuffing
Slow Cooker Green Bean Casserole

Dessert:
Slow Cooker Pecan Bread Pudding

2) Vegan Thanksgiving Menu
Guests who forgo all animal products can still enjoy a decadent Thanksgiving dinner. Our vegan menu makes going meat-, dairy-, and egg-free easy for everyone at the table.

Starters:
Vegan Stuffed Mushrooms
Thanksgiving Harvest Salad

Main Course:
Whole Roasted Cauliflower

Sides:
Dairy-Free Mashed Potatoes
Vegan Mac and Cheese

Dessert:
Vegan Pumpkin Pie

3) Friendsgiving Menu
Host a laid-back feast with your small town community, like Erin and Ben Napier of HGTV's Home Town. This BYOCACD ("Bring Your Own Chair and Covered Dish") party features lots of delicious sides that everyone can share.

Main Course:
Red Chile and Orange-Glazed Turkey

Sides:
Erin Napier's Skillet Cornbread
Grape Salad
Cheesy Rice
Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Squash Casserole
Braised Greens

Dessert:
Bourbon-Pecan Pie

4) Vegetarian Thanksgiving Menu
Who said you need turkey to have a delicious Thanksgiving?! Ditch the meat and opt for these classic meatless dishes instead.

Starters:
Corn Fritters
Ricotta and Strawberry Toast

Main Course:
Tofurkey Roast
Mushroom Herb Gravy

Sides:
Asparagus, Peas, and Tomato with Herb Butter
Anchor Steam Mac and Cheese
Pepper Jack Corn Muffins
Ricotta Mashed Potatoes

Dessert:
Apple Blossom Tart
Fall Apple Cranberry Pie

5) Easy Thanksgiving Menu
This year, do yourself a favor with blessedly simple recipes that deliver on flavor while still allowing you time to, say, sneak a nip of bourbon with grandpa (don't forget the glassware and whiskey stones!). Woven placemats look elegant yet fuss-free. Roll out a runner, light some candlesticks, and add a bouquet to complete the quick and easy table setting.

Main Course:
Turkey Roulade Three Ways

Sides:
Rosemary Monkey Bread Stuffing
Brussels Sprouts Gratin
Slow-Cooker Mashed Potatoes
Sweet Potato-and-Cauliflower Salad

Desserts:
Sweet Potato Snickerdoodles
Pumpkin Cheesecake with Cookie Crust
Grape Slab Pie

6) Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Menu
Whether you have a gluten intolerance or have decided to give it up for other reasons, these recipes prove you don't need gluten to have a delicious Thanksgiving.

Starters:
Creamy Feta Stuffed Peppers
Rosemary-Infused Wild Rice Stuffed Mushrooms

Main Course:
The Perfect Roast Turkey

Sides:
Crispy Garlic Smashed Baby Potatoes
Pull-Apart Dinner Rolls
Green Bean Casserole
Cinnamon Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Cranberries

Desserts:
Pumpkin Roll
Maple Pumpkin Pie

7) Grandma's Thanksgiving Menu
Pull out the vintage china! We added a few fresh twists to time-tested staples, from green bean casserole to cranberry sauce, for a retro meal rooted in nostalgia. Oh, and don't forget to queue up an old-school playlist to match.

Main Course:
Herb and Citrus Butter Roasted Turkey

Sides:
Apple-Walnut Stuffing
Maple Meringue Sweet Potato Casserole
Green Bean Casserole with Fried Shallots
Rosemary-Port Cranberry Sauce

Desserts:
Chocolate Brown Sugar Butter Cake with Spiced Pumpkin Frosting
Salted Caramel Peanut Butter Fudge Pie

8) Rustic Thanksgiving Menu
This down-home gathering with a hint of Texas twang (deep-fried turkey! cranberry salsa!) is perfect for the casual, potluck kind of crowd. Opt for simple dishes (serve the chili spoonbread straight out of the cast iron skillet!) and use wood slices instead of chargers.

Main Course:
Fried Turkey

Sides:
Pickled Peach-and-Cranberry Salsa
Jalapeño-Green Chili Spoonbread
Baked Kale Gratin
Sorghum-Glazed Sweet Potatoes

Desserts:
Apple Crostata
Maple Granola Pecan Pie

9) Farm-to-Table Thanksgiving Menu
A pioneer in California's farm-to table movement, chef (and author of Cindy's Supper Club: Meals from Around the World to Share with Family and Friends) Cindy Pawlcyn's menu offers a touch of exotic to tried-and-true recipes.

Starter:
Avocado-Papaya Salad

Main Course:
Roast Turkey with a Pipian Sauce of Tomatoes, Chiles, and Sesame Seeds

Side Dishes:
Cornbread Stuffing with Sweet Peppers, Onions, and Celery
Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Goat Cheese and Scallions
Tangerine-Cranberry Jam


10) Traditional Thanksgiving Menu
When it comes to his Thanksgiving menu, Joe Randall—the coauthor of A Taste of Heritage: The New African-American Cuisine in Savannah—doesn't mess with tradition.

Main Course:
Butter-Roasted Turkey with Giblet Pan Gravy

Side Dishes:
Cornbread Dressing with Sage and Pork Sausage
Mom Pan's Creamy Mashed Potatoes
Sun-Dried Cranberry Salsa
Southern-Style Green Beans

Drink:
Valley of the Moon Pinot Blanc 2008

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