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Monterey Peninsula Community Calendar - October 2006

2006 October Events - Update for 2007 Coming Soon

October weekends
Wild Things Nighttime Tours
Tel: 831-455-3180
After dark, things get pretty lively at Wild Things animal facility. A costumed tour guide leads the brave and bold visitor through the grounds, relating myths (and facts!) about exotic wild animals. Refreshments follow, plus a photo opportunity with a "scary" Halloween animal.

October 1
Historic Home Tour
Pacific Grove
Tel: 831-373-3304
Selected Victorian and historic homes, bed & breakfasts, and churches open their doors to visitors on this self-guided tour. Docents in period costume offer traditional hospitality to match the mood of each building.

October 6-8
15th Annual Jade Festival
Big Sur
Tel: 831-659-3857
Of all the secrets of Big Sur, its rare and lovely jade may be the best kept. Discover jade, gems, wood and stone at this weekend festival, held at Pacific Valley School, 65 miles south of Monterey, 35 miles north of Hearst Castle.

October 7
Butterfly Parade
Pacific Grove
Tel: 831-373-3304
Elementary school children parade in butterfly costumes to welcome the return of the Monarch butterfly to its winter home. Community bazaar follows.

October 7-8
Fall Home Show
Monterey County Fairgrounds, Monterey
Tel: 800-237-0551
Pick up tips on decorating for the holidays along with tasteful furnishings and fittings for every home.

October 7-28
Big River
Tel: 831-755-6816
It takes a bold musician to translate Mark Twain's immortal Adventures of Huckleberry Finn into a musical, but the inspired songs of Roger ("King of the Road") Miller do a splendid job.

October 13-29
Our Town
Tel: 831-646-4213
MPC's Drama Department, directed by Peter DeBono, brings Thornton Wilder's classic play about small-town life, love, and community to the Morgan Stock Stage.

October 14
8th Annual Marina Air Faire
Tel: 831-582-0102
This free event at the Marina Airport showcases vintage, experimental, contemporary aircraft and warbirds. Airplane rides, aviation booths, model airplane exhibitions and food are featured at this annual event.

October 14
Fall Festival at The Farm
Salinas Valley
Tel: 831-455-2575
More thrilling than a crawfish race, more challenging than rubber duckies: it's The Farm's Pumpkin Race! Hayrides and puppet shows, too.

October 14
California Constitution Day
Tel: 831-646-5640
Re-enactment of California's first Constitutional Convention on the original site where it was drafted in 1849.

October 15
Fiesta del Mar
Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey
There's a lively Latin accent to the Monterey Bay Aquarium during the Fiesta del Mar, the Festival of the Sea, part of the Oceans 2006 Year of Exploring for families and kids who love learning about our oceans.

October 20-22
Monterey Sports Car Championships
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
Tel: 800-327-SECA
Saturday afternoon-into-evening four-hour race featuring the season finale for the prestigious American Le Mans Series. The series features Le Mans prototypes and GT cars, many of which compete and win in the world-famous 24 Hours of Le Mans. The weekend schedule will include IMSA's Porsche GT3 series and the Star Mazda series.

October 19
Third Thursday at MMA
Tel: 831-372-5477 ext 12
Enjoy a mellow cocktail hour of art, wine and nibbles at the Monterey Museum of Art, during this free monthly event.

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October 21
26th Annual Big Sur River Run
Big Sur
Tel: 831-624-4112
10K foot race and 5K walk amongst the redwoods and along the Big Sur River to benefit local charities.

October 21
Championship Marching Band Festival
Pacific Grove
Approximately 30 high school marching bands compete in parade and field competitions.

October 21-22
Harvest Fair
Tel: 831-335-4484
Celebrate the harvest by decorating a pumpkin or building your own scarecrow, then combine the fun with a ride on a steam train.

October 27-28
Ghost Trains
Tel: 1-888-25EVENT
Ride the steam train into a haunted redwood forest in pursuit of the legendary headless horseman of Sleepy Hollow. One of America's Top Ten Halloween events, in neighboring Santa Cruz County.

October 27-November 9
Inherit the Wind
Tel: 831-755-6816
Jerome Lawrence and Robert Lee transformed the real-life Scopes Monkey Trial of 1925 into cutting-edge drama in 1955; the play - and the issues it explores - are as vital 51 years later. Thought-provoking and rivetting.

October 28
Carmel's 90th Birthday Party
Tel: 831-620-2020
Join Carmelites as they celebrate the city's official birthday with a morning parade followed by a barbecue. (Unofficially, Carmel is 103 years old, as its first developer laid out its streets in 1903!)

October 28
Psychic Fair
Monterey County Fairgrounds, Monterey
Tel: 831-372-8106
A little mysterious exploration of the spirit world will prime your Hallowe'en experience, even if it starts in the sturdy buildings of the Fairgrounds.

October 28-29
Fall Arts & Wine Festival
Tel: 831-622-0700
Original hand-made arts and crafts exhibition and sale. All artists on-site, as well as food, drink and family entertainment. Special wine-tasting event, too!

October 29
Big Sur Half Marathon and 5K Run
Tel: 831-625-6226
Two fun-filled events for runners at all levels. The Big Sur Half Marathon begins and ends in downtown Monterey, taking in Cannery Row and Pacific Grove along the way. The "Run Forrest Run 5K" is sponsored by Bubba Gump's restaurant, complete with entertainment along the course.

October 31
Pumpkin Pandemonium
Tel: 831-373-2705
Pop by the Del Monte Center to meet the "Picasso of Pumpkin Carvers," Farmer Mike - who will take on a 700-pound behemoth from Borchard Farms. Live music, trick-or-treating, and more.

October 31 (TBC)
Halloween Bal Masque
Big Sur
Tel: 831-667-2345
Come to dine and dance beneath the moon on the terrace of Nepenthe, one of Big Sur's signature dining spots, at the annual masked costume party. Proceeds benefit the Big Sur Fire Service.

October TBA
Jeffers Tor House Fall Festival
Tel: 831-624-1813
Annual event includes re-enactments, special readings, speakers, theatre, music, benefit luncheon, sunset celebration, guided beach walks and more, all celebrating the life and works of early 20th century poet Robinson Jeffers.

October TBA
Monterey Symphony
Salinas (TBA), Carmel (TBA)
Tel: 831-624-8511
Max Bragado-Darman conducts the opening night performances of the 2006-2007 Monterey Symphony season.

October TBA
44th Annual Great Sandcastle Contest
Tel: 831-626-1255
This is serious sandcastle building: the event, held on Carmel's lovely white-sand beach, is co-sponsored by the Monterey chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Build a cottage or castle: it's fun for all ages!


    Please note that events listed on the community calendar are always susceptible to last-minute additions and changes, especially as we progress through the year.

    Some smaller organizations can rarely be sure of event dates six months or more away, so be sure check the community calendar often.

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