There is a lot going on this weekend, from festivals to galas to plenty of live music. If your weekend continues through Monday, consider marking the day by attending events celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Monterey Swingfest

Thursday, January 12 - Sunday, January 15

Hyatt Regency Monterey

Pricing varies

Whether you want to spectate or participate, this weekend at the Hyatt Regency will have something for any dance enthusiast. Take classes, enter or watch competitions, or take a two-day bootcamp workshop from Benji Schwimmer, a winning contestant on So You Think You Can Dance. Dancers of all levels are welcome. 

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Fame the Musical

Thursday, January 12, 8pm

Sunset Center, Carmel


Popular since the 1980 film of the same name introduced Fame’s catchy tunes and upbeat narrative, this musical will strike a chord with anyone who’s thought about making it in show business. Follow students at a performing arts school in New York as they go through the ups and downs of pursuing their dreams, complete with plenty of high-energy dance numbers. 

Big Sur Foragers Festival

Friday, January 13 - Sunday, January 15

Carmel Valley Ranch


A weekend of activities for food-lovers and locavores, these events feature ingredients found in and around Big Sur. Friday night’s new event will be a winemaker dinner series held at several restaurants throughout Monterey County, including Will’s Fargo Restaurant + Bar, Alvarado Street Brewery, and the Big Sur River Inn. The Fungus Face-Off on Saturday is an annual favorite, and two foraging walks led by Steve Copeland and his team will happen on Sunday. Check the website for tickets, as many of the weekend’s events sell out. 

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Curtis Chamber Orchestra

Friday, January 13, 8pm and Saturday, January 14, 2pm

Sunset Center, Carmel


Hear some of the country’s most highly regarded young musicians, on tour with Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of Music, performing Mozart’s five violin concertos over two days. Faculty members Shmuel Ashkenasi and Roberto Diaz will partner to for Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante. 

Ensemble Monterey 25th Anniversary Gala

Saturday, January 14, 3pm

Haute Enchilada, Moss Landing


Celebrate local musicians and this group, which has been performing around the Monterey Peninsula for over 20 years. There will be food, wine, and music performed by Dave Dally and Mike Marotta, along with the chance to experience one of Moss Landing’s favorite social spots. 

2017 Champions of the Arts Gala

Saturday, January 14, 5-9pm

Portola Hotel & Spa, Monterey


The Arts Council for Monterey County will also host their gala this weekend, with the Sharp 9 Trio providing music, a silent and live auction, dinner, and awards. Started with help from Ansel Adams in 1982, the Arts Council provides education to students and financial support to arts organizations, and seeks to support the community through art. 

Janis Joplin Hootenany

Saturday, January 14, 7-9:30pm

Pacific Grove Art Center


If dressing up is not your speed this weekend, head to Pacific Grove. Sing along, share treats, and enjoy community at a jam session and celebration reminiscent of those that Woody Guthrie and other folk singers of the 50s and 60s enjoyed. This week, the museum recognizes the 50th anniversary of the Monterey Pops Festival with songs sung by Janis Joplin. 

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Live Music: The Range of Light Wilderness, Zeb Zaitz, Suzanne Vallie

Saturday, January 14, 7-11pm

Henry Miller Memorial Library, Big Sur


Enjoy danceable psychedelic pop and swoonable songwriting from California artists in the forest. The Range of Light Wilderness is Big Sur resident Thomas Frank McDonald, who uses his surroundings for guidance in making dreamy, ambient music. Enjoy beer and wine, and remember that it’s always a good idea to carpool if you’re heading down from the Peninsula. 

Poppy Hills Run Fore Fun

Sunday, January 15, 7:30am

Poppy Hills Golf Course, Pebble Beach


If you’re not much for golf but want to check out one of Pebble Beach’s courses (or maybe you love golf and running), join in this 4-mile loop on Poppy Hills’ cart path. Bring kids early for a free 1K race at 7:15 and stay after for a post-race breakfast. The race will be chip timed, with awards following the race. 

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration and March

Monday, January 16, 11am

Assemble at Noche Buena & Obama Way, Seaside


Celebrate with friends and community members as the long weekend marks the birthday of a leader for peace and justice. Meet at 11am, then march starting at noon. After, guest speakers including Perry Tarrant, National President of Black Law Enforcement Executives, will speak at the Oldemeyer Center.