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What to do, where to go, and dog friendly places to bring "the kids"

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Things to do

What to do, where to go, and dog friendly places to bring "the kids"

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Dog Friendly


Dog Friendly

 

 

 

 

Dog Friendly


Dog Friendly

 

 

 

 

Tour Carmel Beach with Moose

Carmel has long been one of the most dog friendly cities in America.  Dogs in Carmel are welcome most everywhere.  Some restaurants have dog menus.  Most shops have dog treats on hand to pass out to your furry, four legged family members and as you walk through downtown, you will see many shops have water bowls.  Some even have a place to tie your dog’s leash. There are poop bag stations throughout town (highly recommended for use) and along the picturesque Carmel Beach.  Carmel Beach is the dog friendliest beach you will ever encounter.  And the evening bonfires on the beach with your pooch would surely be a highlight of your visit.  Cypress Inn even has “Yappy Hour” for you and your “kids” after a long day frolicking the beach, Mission Trails and down town. 

Scenic Path & Carmel Beach

Scenic Road meanders along the curve of the Carmel beach and offers a packed dirt path alongside for joggers, on-leash dog walkers and sightseers. Spanning from Carmel Beach to Carmel River Beach, the Scenic Road path offers some of the area's most incredible views of Carmel Point, Point Lobos State Reserve, Pebble Beach Golf Links, and Carmel's famous Cypress trees and white-sand beach. Dogs are allowed off-leash on Carmel beach, however they must be under the voice control of their owners. Canine visitors at Carmel beach can romp along the surf and frolic with one another on the sand which is a highlight to most trips to Carmel-by-the-Sea.

Dog Friendly Hotels & Inns

Visitors have more than 25 hotels and inns to choose from in Carmel-by-the-Sea when traveling with their lovely pet. In fact, pets get VIP treatment in Carmel such as doggie turn down, yappy hour, doggie room service menus, and outdoor showers – rest assured your canine companions' needs will be met. When booking reservations at one of Carmel's pet-friendly hotels, inns or cottages, travelers should ask about these services.

Important Rules to Remember

For the safety of all dogs and visitors, please note that dogs must have a current license, up-to-date vaccinations, respond to voice command and be in visual control. Dogs under four months of age are not permitted as their shots and vaccines are not effectual yet. Owners are responsible for pets at all times and use a leash. Dogs may be off-leash on Carmel Beach and Mission Trails Park only provided they are under voice control at all times. Dogs must be on-leash at Carmel River Beach. Dogs are not allowed to interfere with, bother, or harass other visitors, animals or wildlife. If you are a party to a dog bite or dog attack incident, you must stop and offer assistance and exchange...

Carmel Business District

Various shopkeepers supply dog biscuits at the counter and offer water dishes at the door. The Cottage of Sweets includes doggy treats in its mix of candies. Some shops in the Carmel Business District have miniature hitching posts outside and others don't mind if the dogs accompany their owners inside. The Carmel Plaza has a drinking fountain just for dogs, called the Fountain of Woof. Diggidy Dog provides a store that caters to the pets themselves, in a 2000 square foot space and small grassy spot just outside the front doors where dogs can relieve themselves; Diggidy Dog offers products that are unique, functional, and healthy.

Cleaning Up After Your Dog

Please clean up pet waste; biodegradable bags are available at beach and trail entrances. You must remove your dog's waste from all Carmel city property and dispose of it in a garbage can or carry it out. Do not leave dog waste in a bag anywhere; this is considered littering. For visitors convenience, biodegradable plastic bags are provided by the city, but as a precaution, please carry extras when traveling with your dog.

Dog Friendly Restraunts

Many restaurants in Carmel will seat canine companions with their masters in covered and open-air patios as well as a few indoor locations. "Yappy Hour" and a doggie room service menu are offered at co-owner Doris Day's Cypress Inn as well as other hotels and inns in Carmel. Many Carmel restaurants, not content with just water bowls and doggy treats, raise the stakes with custom doggie menus of kibble, biscuits, grilled chicken, steak tartar, and more.

Mission Trails Park

Mission Trail Park encompasses 37 acres of California Coastal native vegetation, with meadows, dense Monterey Pine forest and a grove of Oak trees. There are two entrances to the park: one east of downtown on Mountainview Avenue and the other on Rio Road across the street from the Carmel Mission. Dogs can be off-leash but must be under voice control and follow all of the rules to remember.

some info from: carmelcalifornia.com

Other Local Dog Links:

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Restaurants


Restaurants

Dog Friendly

Restaurants


Restaurants

Dog Friendly

Carmel restaurants and bars--despite boasting among them some of the world's landmark establishments--remain pleasantly undefined. The town's charming eateries feature a full range of international, regional and local cuisines, all benefiting from their proximity to the bounties provided by the Monterey Bay and Salinas Valley. Taken together, Carmel restaurants have a hallmark blend of Old World elegance and modern charm, all with an artistic flair.

GRASING'S  MISSION & 6TH (831) 624-7431 • WEBSITE Chef Kurt Grasing has developed a menu that reflects stylist simplicity by using ultra fresh ingredients gleaned from California's Carmel Coast and Central Valley. 

GRASING'S 
MISSION & 6TH
(831) 624-7431 • WEBSITE

Chef Kurt Grasing has developed a menu that reflects stylist simplicity by using ultra fresh ingredients gleaned from California's Carmel Coast and Central Valley. 

BISTRO BEAUJOLAIS CARMEL PLAZA (OCEAN AVE. & MISSION ST.) (831) 624-5600 • WEBSITE Bistro Beaujolais offers alfresco dining in a lush garden atmosphere, plus a restaurant setting that surrounds guests with visual delights like hand- painted murals and outdoor seating around a fire pit on a heated patio.

BISTRO BEAUJOLAIS
CARMEL PLAZA (OCEAN AVE. & MISSION ST.)
(831) 624-5600 • WEBSITE

Bistro Beaujolais offers alfresco dining in a lush garden atmosphere, plus a restaurant setting that surrounds guests with visual delights like hand- painted murals and outdoor seating around a fire pit on a heated patio.

HOG'S BREATH INN SAN CARLOS BETWEEN 5TH & 6TH (831) 625-1044 • WEBSITE

HOG'S BREATH INN
SAN CARLOS BETWEEN 5TH & 6TH
(831) 625-1044 • WEBSITE

LITTLE NAPOLI DOLORES BETWEEN OCEAN & 7TH (831) 626-8885 • WEBSITE Enjoy a brief trip to Italy with Italian country cooking and warm hospitality as you remember it. Come and experience the culture, cuisine and lively traditions at Pèpe's Little Napoli.

LITTLE NAPOLI
DOLORES BETWEEN OCEAN & 7TH
(831) 626-8885 • WEBSITE

Enjoy a brief trip to Italy with Italian country cooking and warm hospitality as you remember it. Come and experience the culture, cuisine and lively traditions at Pèpe's Little Napoli.

400° GOURMET BURGERS CORNER OF MISSION AND SEVENTH STREET (831) 244-0040 • WEBSITE Located in Carmel Plaza on the corner of Mission and Seventh Street. 400° selections feature signature house-blended beef patties, locally sourced produce, house-made ingredients.

400° GOURMET BURGERS
CORNER OF MISSION AND SEVENTH STREET
(831) 244-0040 • WEBSITE

Located in Carmel Plaza on the corner of Mission and Seventh Street. 400° selections feature signature house-blended beef patties, locally sourced produce, house-made ingredients.

The following do not allow pets

Carmel BelleDoud Craft Studios, Ocean & Carlos • (831) 624-1600 • website

Dametra CaféOcean bet. Dolores & Lincoln • (831) 622-7766 • website

Casanova5th between Mission & San Carlos • (831) 625-0501 • website

NicoSan Carlos between Ocean & 7th • (831) 624-6545 • website

VesuvioCorner of 6th & Junipero • (831) 625-1766 • website

Pastries & PetalsMission between 4th & 5th • (831) 620-1400

The Forge in the ForestJunipero between 5th & 6th • (831) 626-4055 • website

La Dolce VitaSan Carlos between 7th & 8th • (831) 624-3667 • website

Cafe CarmelOcean between Mission & San Carlos

Terry's Lounge at the Cypress InnLincoln between Ocean & 7th, Cypress Inn • (831) 624-3871 • website

Sade'sLincoln between Ocean & 7th • (831) 624-0787

BASIL SAN CARLOS AVENUE BETWEEN OCEAN &SEVENTH (831) 626-8226 • WEBSITE Menu based on seasonal products, locally grown produce & organic ingredients, fresh wild and sustainable seafood every day, modern & creative local California cuisine. Vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options.

BASIL
SAN CARLOS AVENUE BETWEEN OCEAN &SEVENTH
(831) 626-8226 • WEBSITE

Menu based on seasonal products, locally grown produce & organic ingredients, fresh wild and sustainable seafood every day, modern & creative local California cuisine. Vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options.

BISTRO GIOVANNA SAN CARLOS BETWEEN 5TH & 6TH (831) 626-6003 • WEBSITE When it comes to full-flavor California-Mediterranean cuisine, just one restaurant comes to mind: Bistro Giovanni, a signature Firok Shield restaurant with exceptional food, gorgeous murals adorning the walls.

BISTRO GIOVANNA
SAN CARLOS BETWEEN 5TH & 6TH
(831) 626-6003 • WEBSITE

When it comes to full-flavor California-Mediterranean cuisine, just one restaurant comes to mind: Bistro Giovanni, a signature Firok Shield restaurant with exceptional food, gorgeous murals adorning the walls.

JACK LONDON'S INCOLN BETWEEN 5TH & 6TH (831) 624-2336 • WEBSITE Jack London's Neighborhood Pub + Grill is a local tradition for food and drink for over 30 years. Have dinner or an appetizer before or after The Show. Watch the game in comfort. Enjoy live music every Friday night.

JACK LONDON'S
INCOLN BETWEEN 5TH & 6TH
(831) 624-2336 • WEBSITE

Jack London's Neighborhood Pub + Grill is a local tradition for food and drink for over 30 years. Have dinner or an appetizer before or after The Show. Watch the game in comfort. Enjoy live music every Friday night.

LE ST. TROPEZ + JARDIN DES ARTISTES DOLORES BETWEEN OCEAN & SEVENTH (831) 624-8977 • WEBSITE Le St. Tropez expresses a unique warmth that is the culture found along the French Riviera. Enjoy the exquisite flavors of the region's bountiful cuisine. Experience the charm of Southern France by candlelight.

LE ST. TROPEZ + JARDIN DES ARTISTES
DOLORES BETWEEN OCEAN & SEVENTH
(831) 624-8977 • WEBSITE

Le St. Tropez expresses a unique warmth that is the culture found along the French Riviera. Enjoy the exquisite flavors of the region's bountiful cuisine. Experience the charm of Southern France by candlelight.

The following do not allow pets

Club JalapeñoSan Carlos between 5th & 6th • (831) 626-1997 • website

Brophy's Tavern4th & San Carlos • (831) 624-2476 • website

PortabellaOcean between Lincoln & Monte Verde • (831) 624-4395 • website

La BalenaJunipero between 5th & 6th • (831) 250-6295 • website

Tommy's WokMission between Ocean & 7th • (831) 624-8518

AkaoniMission & Sixth • (831) 620-1516

A.W. ShucksOcean between San Carlos & Dolores • (831) 624-6605 • website

Christopher's on LincolnLincoln Street between 5th & 6th • (831) 626-8000 • website

Carmel Coffee & Cocoa BarOcean & Mission, Carmel Plaza • (831) 622-0660

Arawan Thai CaféOcean between Lincoln & Monte Verde • (831) 625-4331

Friar Tuck'sDolores between 5th & 6th • (831) 624-4274 • website

Sushi HeavenDolores between 7th & 8th • (831) 625-2067

Il FornaioOcean between Lincoln & Monte Verde • (831) 622-1500 • website

Carmel BakeryOcean between Dolores & Lincoln • (831) 626-8885 • website

Little Swiss Café6th bet. Lincoln & Dolores • (831) 624-5007

Flying Fish GrillMission Street between Ocean & 7th, Carmel Plaza • (831) 625-1962 • website

Taken from carmelcalifornia.com

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Hotels and Inns


Hotels and Inns

Dog Friendly

Hotels and Inns


Hotels and Inns

Dog Friendly

Carmel hotels and inns are noteworthy for what they are not. You'll find no neon, national chains or conventioneers here--just folks who are similarly experiencing the unique rejuvenation Carmel provides. Sitting as they do amidst oceans of flowers and Cypress, and bathed in Pacific breezes, the village's hotels and inns provide an unparalleled sense of discovery. Each is the landing place for a wholly unique vacation with a host of Carmel hotel and inn special offers listed below.

Happy Landing Inn Monte Verde between 5th & 6th (831) 624-7917 • (800) 297-6250 • website Built in 1926, as a family retreat, the English style design embodies the Hansel and Gretel charm of an era gone by and has evolved into one of Carmel's most romantic places to stay

Happy Landing Inn
Monte Verde between 5th & 6th
(831) 624-7917 • (800) 297-6250 • website

Built in 1926, as a family retreat, the English style design embodies the Hansel and Gretel charm of an era gone by and has evolved into one of Carmel's most romantic places to stay

Coachman's Inn San Carlos between 7th & 8th (831) 624-6421 • (800) 336-6421 • website The Coachmans Inn is located in downtown Carmel and features artistically decorated guest rooms - many of which have a fireplace. All guest enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast, free parking.

Coachman's Inn
San Carlos between 7th & 8th
(831) 624-6421 • (800) 336-6421 • website

The Coachmans Inn is located in downtown Carmel and features artistically decorated guest rooms - many of which have a fireplace. All guest enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast, free parking.

Briarwood Inn San Carlos between 4th & 5th (831) 626-9056 • (800) 999-8788 • website In the center of Carmel-by-the-Sea, just a few steps from numerous galleries, shops and restaurants, the Briarwood Inn bed & breakfast spans three flower bedecked lots. 

Briarwood Inn
San Carlos between 4th & 5th
(831) 626-9056 • (800) 999-8788 • website

In the center of Carmel-by-the-Sea, just a few steps from numerous galleries, shops and restaurants, the Briarwood Inn bed & breakfast spans three flower bedecked lots. 

Cypress Inn Lincoln between Ocean & 7th (831) 624-3871 • (800) 443-7443 • website Discover the allure of old world charm masterfully blended with modern comforts, nestled in the heart of the quaint seaside village of Carmel, California. Cypress Inn has been Carmel-by-the-Sea's landmark boutique hotels.

Cypress Inn
Lincoln between Ocean & 7th
(831) 624-3871 • (800) 443-7443 • website

Discover the allure of old world charm masterfully blended with modern comforts, nestled in the heart of the quaint seaside village of Carmel, California. Cypress Inn has been Carmel-by-the-Sea's landmark boutique hotels.

Edgemere Cottages San Antonio between 13th & Santa Lucia (831) 624-4501 • (866) 241-4575 • website Edgemere features quaint private cottages, fresh home-made breakfast, beautiful gardens, and is a one block walk to Carmel Beach. 

Edgemere Cottages
San Antonio between 13th & Santa Lucia
(831) 624-4501 • (866) 241-4575 • website

Edgemere features quaint private cottages, fresh home-made breakfast, beautiful gardens, and is a one block walk to Carmel Beach. 

Svendsgaard's Inn San Carlos & 4th (831) 624-1511 • (800) 433-4732 • website The Svendsgaard's Inn grounds overlook a lush garden courtyard and large heated pool. Share a fresh baked cookie with us in the lobby every afternoon. Our spacious rooms are equipped with all new bedding, flat screen.

Svendsgaard's Inn
San Carlos & 4th
(831) 624-1511 • (800) 433-4732 • website

The Svendsgaard's Inn grounds overlook a lush garden courtyard and large heated pool. Share a fresh baked cookie with us in the lobby every afternoon. Our spacious rooms are equipped with all new bedding, flat screen.

Carmel Garden Inn 4th Avenue at Torres (831) 624-6926 • (888) 514-9640 • website Ten charming guest rooms with wood-burning fireplaces, five rooms are mini-suites with private patios, new luxurious king size beds and sitting areas. We have an enchanted garden setting with 3 separate seating areas.

Carmel Garden Inn
4th Avenue at Torres
(831) 624-6926 • (888) 514-9640 • website

Ten charming guest rooms with wood-burning fireplaces, five rooms are mini-suites with private patios, new luxurious king size beds and sitting areas. We have an enchanted garden setting with 3 separate seating areas.

Tradewinds Inn Mission & 3rd (831) 624-2776 • website Tradewinds Carmel, featured in Architectural Digest, is one of Carmel's premier luxury boutique hotels. Tradewinds has a unique fusion of Asian, Balinese and tropical design. Indulge yourself in fine Egyptian cotton.

Tradewinds Inn
Mission & 3rd
(831) 624-2776 • website

Tradewinds Carmel, featured in Architectural Digest, is one of Carmel's premier luxury boutique hotels. Tradewinds has a unique fusion of Asian, Balinese and tropical design. Indulge yourself in fine Egyptian cotton.

Hofsas Housse San Carlos between 3rd & 4th (831) 624-2745 • (800) 221-2548 • website Casual European elegance with the warmth of family hospitality, a boutique family-owned inn with 37 uniquely decorated, spacious rooms, many with ocean views in the village of Carmel.

Hofsas Housse
San Carlos between 3rd & 4th
(831) 624-2745 • (800) 221-2548 • website

Casual European elegance with the warmth of family hospitality, a boutique family-owned inn with 37 uniquely decorated, spacious rooms, many with ocean views in the village of Carmel.

Monte Verde Inn Monte Verde between Ocean & 7th (831) 624-6046 • (800) 328-7707 • website Monte Verde Inn and Casa de Carmel are ideal for romantic getaways, honeymoons, families with children, vacations with friends, personal retreats, and business travelers alike. 

Monte Verde Inn
Monte Verde between Ocean & 7th
(831) 624-6046 • (800) 328-7707 • website

Monte Verde Inn and Casa de Carmel are ideal for romantic getaways, honeymoons, families with children, vacations with friends, personal retreats, and business travelers alike. 

Carmel Lodge San Carlos & 5th (831) 624-1255 • website Carmel Lodge is located in the heart of downtown Carmel on the corner of San Carlos & 5th Ave. This ideal location is just steps from everything that this lovely village has to offer 

Carmel Lodge
San Carlos & 5th
(831) 624-1255 • website

Carmel Lodge is located in the heart of downtown Carmel on the corner of San Carlos & 5th Ave. This ideal location is just steps from everything that this lovely village has to offer 

Forest Lodge Ocean & Torres (831) 624-7372 • (888) 375-2770 • website ~~Carmel Forest Lodge ... A Carmel by the Sea Bed & Breakfast Inn: A perfect gathering place. Just steps away from the culturally rich village of Carmel, the newly eco-remodeled cottages of Carmel's Forest Lodge.

Forest Lodge
Ocean & Torres
(831) 624-7372 • (888) 375-2770 • website

~~Carmel Forest Lodge ... A Carmel by the Sea Bed & Breakfast Inn: A perfect gathering place. Just steps away from the culturally rich village of Carmel, the newly eco-remodeled cottages of Carmel's Forest Lodge.

Ocean View Lodge Junipero & 3rd (831) 624-7723 • (800) 350-7723 • website Welcome to the The Lodge and Annex, sister properties of our flagship Horizon Inn. The Lodge and Annex provide you with several room or suite configurations, giving you just the right accommodation for your travel needs.

Ocean View Lodge
Junipero & 3rd
(831) 624-7723 • (800) 350-7723 • website

Welcome to the The Lodge and Annex, sister properties of our flagship Horizon Inn. The Lodge and Annex provide you with several room or suite configurations, giving you just the right accommodation for your travel needs.

Wayfarer Inn Mission & 4th (831) 624-2711 • (800) 533-2711 • website The Carmel Wayfarer Inn is a unique and charming inn centrally located in the village of Carmel with a short and enchanting 3-block walk to Ocean Avenue. 

Wayfarer Inn
Mission & 4th
(831) 624-2711 • (800) 533-2711 • website

The Carmel Wayfarer Inn is a unique and charming inn centrally located in the village of Carmel with a short and enchanting 3-block walk to Ocean Avenue. 

Fireplace Inn San Carlos between 4th & 5th (831) 624-4862 • (800) 634-1300 • website Just steps from downtown and the beach, the quietness and serenity of the surroundings is exceeded only by the uniqueness of 18 carefully designed and decorated rooms, each with its own personality and attention. 

Fireplace Inn
San Carlos between 4th & 5th
(831) 624-4862 • (800) 634-1300 • website

Just steps from downtown and the beach, the quietness and serenity of the surroundings is exceeded only by the uniqueness of 18 carefully designed and decorated rooms, each with its own personality and attention. 

Casa De Carmel Inn Monte Verde between Ocean & 7th (831) 624-6046 • (800) 328-7707 • website Casa de Carmel is ideal for romantic getaways, honeymoons, families with children, vacations with friends, personal retreats, and business travelers alike. Casa de Carmel offers comfortable lodging with premium beds... 

Casa De Carmel Inn
Monte Verde between Ocean & 7th
(831) 624-6046 • (800) 328-7707 • website

Casa de Carmel is ideal for romantic getaways, honeymoons, families with children, vacations with friends, personal retreats, and business travelers alike. Casa de Carmel offers comfortable lodging with premium beds... 

Carmel Country Inn Dolores & 3rd (831) 625-3263 • (800) 215-6343 • website Our Carmel Bed and Breakfast style inn features Spacious Suites & Romantic Studios all with Fireplaces & Luxury Baths, surrounded by colorful flower Gardens, where your pets are always welcome. 

Carmel Country Inn
Dolores & 3rd
(831) 625-3263 • (800) 215-6343 • website

Our Carmel Bed and Breakfast style inn features Spacious Suites & Romantic Studios all with Fireplaces & Luxury Baths, surrounded by colorful flower Gardens, where your pets are always welcome. 

Lamplighter Inn Ocean & Camino Real (831) 624-7372 • (888) 375-0770 • website Carmel Lamp Lighter Inn is tucked into an ancient grove of trees and just steps to the famous Carmel Beach. The lush garden setting of this Carmel, Coastal Inn is enchanting.... 

Lamplighter Inn
Ocean & Camino Real
(831) 624-7372 • (888) 375-0770 • website

Carmel Lamp Lighter Inn is tucked into an ancient grove of trees and just steps to the famous Carmel Beach. The lush garden setting of this Carmel, Coastal Inn is enchanting.... 

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September Events
Where to go, what to see, what to do

To Do


 

 

September Events
Where to go, what to see, what to do

September Calendar of Events | Updated Sept. 01, 2017

Where to go, what to see, what to do:  Movie times, farmer's markets, family events, tastings, Spring cleaning tips and everything else needed to provide you with a fun filled September on The Spectacular Monterey Peninsula.  All with links.

Hooray for Hollywood September 1-3, 2017 7:30pm, 2:00pm Golden Bough Theatre Carmel-by-the-Sea Carmel Photowalk September 2, 2017 5:00pm-8:00pm San Carlos at 9th Avenue at Sunset Center Carmel-by-the-Sea Monterey Bay Greek Festival September 2-4, 2017 Custom House Plaza Monterey Festa Italia September 8-10, 2017 3:00pm, 10:00am Custom House Plaza Downtown Monterey Carmel Art Walk September 9, 2017 5:00pm-8:00pm Downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea Monterey Jazz Festival September 15-17, 2017 6:30pm, 11:30am Monterey County Fairgrounds 57th Annual Sandcastle Contest September 16, 2017 8:00am-2:00pm Carmel Beach Pure Insurance Championship September 18-24, 2017 Pebble Beach Golf Links Poppy Hills Golf Course Carmel-by-the-Sea Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix September 21-24, 2017 Maza Raceway Laguna Seca Monterey Monterey Beach Sportsfest September 23-24, 2017 Del Monte Beach Monterey Cyrano September 29-October 15, 2017 7:30pm Outdoor Forest Theater Carmel-by-the-Sea California International Airshow September 30-October 1, 2017 11:00am Salinas Municipal Airport

Hooray for Hollywood
September 1-3, 2017
7:30pm, 2:00pm
Golden Bough Theatre
Carmel-by-the-Sea

Carmel Photowalk
September 2, 2017
5:00pm-8:00pm
San Carlos at 9th Avenue at Sunset Center
Carmel-by-the-Sea

Monterey Bay Greek Festival
September 2-4, 2017
Custom House Plaza
Monterey

Festa Italia
September 8-10, 2017
3:00pm, 10:00am
Custom House Plaza
Downtown Monterey

Carmel Art Walk
September 9, 2017
5:00pm-8:00pm
Downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea

Monterey Jazz Festival
September 15-17, 2017
6:30pm, 11:30am
Monterey County Fairgrounds

57th Annual Sandcastle Contest
September 16, 2017
8:00am-2:00pm
Carmel Beach

Pure Insurance Championship
September 18-24, 2017
Pebble Beach Golf Links
Poppy Hills Golf Course
Carmel-by-the-Sea

Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix
September 21-24, 2017
Maza Raceway Laguna Seca
Monterey

Monterey Beach Sportsfest
September 23-24, 2017
Del Monte Beach
Monterey

Cyrano
September 29-October 15, 2017
7:30pm
Outdoor Forest Theater
Carmel-by-the-Sea

California International Airshow
September 30-October 1, 2017
11:00am
Salinas Municipal Airport

  Labor Day weekend is the last big holiday of the summer and is a popular weekend for cookouts, weekend getaways and pool parties. To celebrate these last few days of summer, start planning a Labor Day party for your friends, family and neighbors. Follow these five easy tips for planning a Labor Day party and ensure your final summer bash is a hit. Tip 1: Send a Save the Date Labor Day is always a busy weekend that fills up with events quickly, so send out save the dates to your entire guest list 4-6 weeks before the party. This will ensure that your event will get on calendars before they accept invitations to other Labor Day events. Tip 2: Pick a Theme Labor Day is about celebrating patriotism and having a theme can help highlight all things American. Make sure to include the theme in your invitations so that your guests will have time to put together a festive outfit. Here are some perfect Labor Day party theme ideas: Whiteout themed party: For those of you who are unaware of the Labor Day white rule, it goes like this: you're not supposed to wear white after Labor Day. Some people believe that this rule applies primarily to white shoes and others believe that all white items are a faux pas after Labor Day. A lot of people ignore the rule completely. Wherever you fall in the "no white after Labor Day" spectrum, a Whiteout party is a great way to poke a little fun at "the rules" Ask your guests to wear as much white as possible and have fun with this party theme yourself. Incorporate white into your decorations and party menu, too! Red, White, and Blue party: Incorporate the colors of the flag and ask everyone to wear red, white, and blue. Use the theme in your decorations as well by having American flags, stars and stripes, and the colors (red, white, and blue) displayed throughout the party space. Tip 3: Build Your Menu Labor Day is the last "unofficial" weekend of summer and may be the last time you'll have an opportunity to bbq before the busy fall season begins. Take full advantage of your Labor Day party to serve lots of grilled dishes. Some great ideas for your Labor Day party menu include: Grilled chicken/vegetable kabobs Rib-eye steaks Hamburgers/cheese burgers Coleslaw Tomato, mozzarella and basil skewers Mixed fruit salad Make-your-own ice cream sundaes Seasonal fresh fruit pies Tip 4: Decorate for the Occasion Display fun, festive and casual decorations for Labor Day parties. Use the colors scheme red, white, and blue as a guideline for party accessories, streamers, balloons, plates, cups, etc. Aside from focusing on the American aspect of the holiday also tie in some classic BBQ/picnic décor such as rustic centerpieces filled with seasonal flowers and classic picnic table covers over each tabletop. Finalize you decorations with lighting to create ambiance. Paper lanterns or tiki torchlights are the perfect for any outdoor party. Tip 5: Plan Activities for Guests If you're planning a more casual backyard cookout to celebrate Labor Day, opt for team games like volleyball, tag football or tug of war. If you're planning an elegant evening party, hire a local musician to provide the entertainment. The music may even encourage guests to dance the night away under the stars. If there will be kids at the party, plan some activities for them. Plan to roast s'mores, give them jars to catch fireflies, or set up an arts and crafts table with summer craft ideas like colored sand jars or friendship bracelets.  

 

Labor Day weekend is the last big holiday of the summer and is a popular weekend for cookouts, weekend getaways and pool parties. To celebrate these last few days of summer, start planning a Labor Day party for your friends, family and neighbors. Follow these five easy tips for planning a Labor Day party and ensure your final summer bash is a hit.

Tip 1: Send a Save the Date

Labor Day is always a busy weekend that fills up with events quickly, so send out save the dates to your entire guest list 4-6 weeks before the party. This will ensure that your event will get on calendars before they accept invitations to other Labor Day events.

Tip 2: Pick a Theme

Labor Day is about celebrating patriotism and having a theme can help highlight all things American. Make sure to include the theme in your invitations so that your guests will have time to put together a festive outfit. Here are some perfect Labor Day party theme ideas:

Whiteout themed party: For those of you who are unaware of the Labor Day white rule, it goes like this: you're not supposed to wear white after Labor Day. Some people believe that this rule applies primarily to white shoes and others believe that all white items are a faux pas after Labor Day. A lot of people ignore the rule completely. Wherever you fall in the "no white after Labor Day" spectrum, a Whiteout party is a great way to poke a little fun at "the rules" Ask your guests to wear as much white as possible and have fun with this party theme yourself. Incorporate white into your decorations and party menu, too!

Red, White, and Blue party: Incorporate the colors of the flag and ask everyone to wear red, white, and blue. Use the theme in your decorations as well by having American flags, stars and stripes, and the colors (red, white, and blue) displayed throughout the party space.

Tip 3: Build Your Menu

Labor Day is the last "unofficial" weekend of summer and may be the last time you'll have an opportunity to bbq before the busy fall season begins. Take full advantage of your Labor Day party to serve lots of grilled dishes. Some great ideas for your Labor Day party menu include:

Grilled chicken/vegetable kabobs

Rib-eye steaks

Hamburgers/cheese burgers

Coleslaw

Tomato, mozzarella and basil skewers

Mixed fruit salad

Make-your-own ice cream sundaes

Seasonal fresh fruit pies

Tip 4: Decorate for the Occasion

Display fun, festive and casual decorations for Labor Day parties. Use the colors scheme red, white, and blue as a guideline for party accessories, streamers, balloons, plates, cups, etc. Aside from focusing on the American aspect of the holiday also tie in some classic BBQ/picnic décor such as rustic centerpieces filled with seasonal flowers and classic picnic table covers over each tabletop. Finalize you decorations with lighting to create ambiance. Paper lanterns or tiki torchlights are the perfect for any outdoor party.

Tip 5: Plan Activities for Guests

If you're planning a more casual backyard cookout to celebrate Labor Day, opt for team games like volleyball, tag football or tug of war. If you're planning an elegant evening party, hire a local musician to provide the entertainment. The music may even encourage guests to dance the night away under the stars. If there will be kids at the party, plan some activities for them. Plan to roast s'mores, give them jars to catch fireflies, or set up an arts and crafts table with summer craft ideas like colored sand jars or friendship bracelets.

 

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