Some Unique and Fun Things to Do

Youth Arts Collective Holiday Show

Friday, November 18, 5-9pm

472 Calle Principal, Monterey, CA 93940

Youth Arts Collective (YAC), “a nonprofit, after school art studio and mentorship program for high school and college artists,” will host their annual holiday show this weekend, featuring art for sale as well as a gift shop with other kinds of crafted items. Take this opportunity to meet a new generation of artists and support a community built on empowerment and creativity. 

18th Annual Monterey Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival 

Friday, November 18 - Sunday, November 20

Monterey County Fair and Events Center

2004 Fairgrounds Road, Monterey, CA, 93940

Tickets: $25-50

This weekend-long festival draws cowboys and cowgirls from across the country for three days of music, poetry, and artisan crafts. While the scope of the festival is national, the rich history of the Monterey Bay area will be in focus as well. On Saturday, see performances like Rememberin’ Those Who Have Gone On Before; Somethin’ Old, New, Borrowed, Blue; and Somewhere ‘Tween Fact and Fiction. 

Sea Foraging with Kirk Lombard at the Henry Miller Library

Saturday, November 19, 3-4pm

Henry Miller Memorial Library

48603 Hwy 1, Big Sur, CA 93920

You might not have thought to look around the rocks and sand of Asilomar for your next meal, but Sea Forager tour guide Kirk Lombard will tell you how. With a focus on sustainability, this talk will educate listeners on how to harvest a bounty from the beach. Lombard is the author of The Sea Forager’s Guide to the Northern California Coast and also runs a subscription-based seafood delivery service. 

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After Jeffers: Photography from Poetry

Reception: Friday, November 18, 5pm

Reading: Saturday, November 19, 3pm ($15)

The Carl Cherry Center for the Arts

4th and Guadalupe, Carmel, CA 93923

For nearly a century, Robinson Jeffers’ poetry has resonated on the Monterey Peninsula. Jeffers’ work will be celebrated in this collaborative exhibition featuring his verse along with photographs of the Monterey Peninsula by more than fifteen artists. Join in a reception on Friday or a reading on Saturday that will include poems from Jeffers and from contemporary Monterey poets. 

Havana Cuba All-Stars: Cuban Nights at Sunset Center

Thursday, November 17, 8-10:30pm

Sunset Center

San Carlos and Ninth, Carmel, CA 93921

Tickets: $39-59

Experience the tradition of son cubano with a dozen of Cuba’s best musicians on their debut tour of the U.S. Acoustic guitars, violins, horns, and percussion make up the ensemble that promises a fresh and eclectic sound. 

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Author Mary Alinder at Pacific Grove Public Library

Thursday, November 17, 7:30-9pm

Pacific Grove Public Library 

550 Central Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950

$10 suggested donation

Alinder, known for her biographical work on photographer Ansel Adams, will discuss her expanded scope of research on the group of photographers that included Adams, Edward Weston, and Imogen Cunningham. Her book f.64 focuses on the relationships between the artists, their relationship to the San Francisco Bay Area, and their influence on the history of photography. 

“Nice Work If You Can Get It” At The Western Stage

Saturday, November 19, 7:30pm

Sunday, November 20, 2pm

The Western Stage, Hartnell College

411 Central Ave, Salinas, CA 93901

Tickets: $12-26

This musical comedy set in the 1920s follows a female bootlegger and a rich-kid playboy as their worlds collide in a prohibition-era snafu with a romantic twist. The lively, dance-filled production is part of the theater’s 42nd repertory season. 

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Flavors of Pacific Grove

Saturday, November 19, 5:30-8:30pm

Asilomar Conference Grounds

800 Asilomar Boulevard, Pacific Grove, CA 93950

Tickets: $50

Twenty chefs from restaurants in Pacific Grove will offer tastings of their fares, including Jordan Champagne of Happy Girl Kitchen Co. and Ted and Cindy Walter of Passionfish. Wine, dancing, and silent and live auctions will also be a part of the evening. 

Bill Carter at Barmel

Friday, November 18, 7pm


San Carlos St. between 7th and Ocean Ave.

Carmel, CA 93921

Austin, Texas-based singer-songwriter Bill Carter is on tour to support his newest album, Innocent Victims and Evil Companions. Carter combines blues, soul, country, and rock in songs about his past and present experiences with music in Austin. See Carter as he tours the West Coast solo.

The Handmaiden and Certain Women at the Osio


Osio Theater

350 Alvarado Street, Monterey, CA 93940

Tickets: $7-10 

Osio Theater is the only place on the peninsula to see these new, critically acclaimed films this weekend. Both are aesthetically striking tales of female protagonists: one set in 1930s Korea, one in contemporary small-town U.S.A. Grab a bite to eat or a drink at Cafe Lumiere, attached to the theater, if you happen to arrive early or want to stay after.