July 4 - City of Monterey's Annual Admission Free Big Little Backyard Bar-B-Que & Entertainment Extravaganza from 11a.m. to 4:30p.m. at
Colton Hall on Pacific Street in downtown Monterey. The event features non-stop live music & entertainment for all ages. Children's entertainment includes free carnival booths & games, face painting, jump houses and balloon artists. Lots of great food provided by non-profit food vendors will be on sale all day, or you can bring a picnic lunch. Please leave your dogs at home. This is an alcohol free family event. For more information go online to www.monterey.org or call 646-3996.
July 4 - Spreckels Fourth of July Celebration. Every year the small town of Spreckels throws a festive 4th of July celebration at Spreckels Park. The celebration includes a 5k morning run and a one-mile children's fun run, a parade, and food and crafts booths. The run takes place at 9am every year and the parade follows.
July 4 - Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce 4th of July Celebration BBQ. Celebrate the 4th with a BBQ in Caledonia Park. Great food and live entertainment. More information www.pacificgrove.org
July 4 - 33rd Annual
Fourth of July Firecracker 10K/5K/Kids’ 1K Fun Run -
Harvey West Park, Santa Cruz. This year’s featured beneficiary is LEO’s Haven,
Santa Cruz County’s first inclusive playground for children with special needs.
Finish line party and free pancake breakfast for all runners. Free Parking on Race Day at Costco
Santa Cruz Warriors Basketball is sponsoring a special TEAM Warriors package.
8:00 a.m. Kids’ 1K
8:30 a.m. 10K
8:40 a.m. 5K
Register early. Sponsored by Santa Cruz Sunrise Rotary Club serving our community and the world. For more information 831-420-5270 or www.santacruzfirecracker10k.org. To learn more about LEO's Haven go to www.santacruzplaygroundproject.org
July 13 - 15 - Del Monte Kennel Club All Breed Dog Shows and
Obedience and Rally Trials at Carmel Middle School. Weave through poles, climb a ladder, run through tunnels... That's just a sample of the off-lead skills these AKC-registered dogs demonstrate at this event. For more information go to www.dmkc.org
July 19 - 22 - California Rodeo Salinas. The California Rodeo Salinas promises thrills for the entire family. Top pro competition in steer wrestling, bull riding, calf roping, bareback bronco riding, and barrel racing. Enjoy parades, night shows and great food. 800-771-8807 or www.carodeo.com
July 21 - Carmel Bach Festival Family Concert- The Epic Adventures of Leonard and Rasmus: Birds of a Feather
Antonio Vivaldi, Concerto in D, RV 428, “Goldfinch” Allegro William Byrd, The Earl of Oxford March, Benjamin Britten, Cuckoo
Modest Mussorgsky, Ballet of Unhatched Chicks, Elena Kats-Chernin, Pink Breasted Robin, Franz Josef Haydn, String Quartet in D, HOB.III:63, “The Lark” -Allegro moderato, Eric Whitacre, Little Birds, Amy Beach, Thrush at Morn, Joe Zawinul, Birdland. Now in its fifth year, the intrepid duo of Leonard and Rasmus, narrated by Artistic Director Paul Goodwin, take listeners of all ages on an action-packed whirlwind of musical experiences set in an engaging story line. On a lark, Leonard and Rasmus discover birds, meet a wood nymph, and solve a mystery. Cost is $10 per person (including children). Concert begins at 11a.m. For more information www.bachfestival.org
July 20 - 28 - Feast of Lanterns, A Pacific Grove tradition since 1905. The first Feast of Lanterns was held in Pacific Grove in 1905 as part of the Chautauqua closing ceremonies. In 1957, local community leader, Elmarie Dyke revived The Feast as we know it today, with a Royal Court, elegant Chinese costumes, lit lanterns & a sunset performance at Lovers Point Beach. This annual event is not to be missed especially the big day on Saturday, January 28 which includes food, a sand castle contest, yoga, Feast of Lantern pageant and the grand finale fireworks! For a complete schedule of events visit www.feast-of-lanterns.org
July 27 - 29 - Gilroy Garlic Festival. Gourmet garlic food fair with arts and crafts, cooking demonstrations, children's area, three stages of musical entertainment and booths serving up foods laced with over two tons of garlic. 408-842-1625 or
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