Events Calendar: 2021-12-01

Ice Skating by the Bay 2021

 
12/1/21
 
$15/$13
 
Custom House Plaza

Celebrate the holidays at Ice Skating by the Bay's seasonal ice skating rink, open daily November 19 - January 2 . At Custom House Plaza, located behind Portola Hotel & Spa in Old Monterey, skaters can spend the day in a winter wonderland by the Bay.

Admission is $15 for adults, $13 for children 12 & under. Skate rental fee is $5.

WineDown Wednesday at Hula's

 
12/1/21
 
 
Hula's Island Grill

Celebrate WineDown Wednesdays at Hula's Island Grill! Every Wednesday, 12pm-9:30pm, all bottles of wine and sake are offered at half off. You're welcome.

Ainsley House Holiday Teas and Tours

 
12/2/21
 
$50/$60
 
Ainsley House

Please save the date for the annual Ainsley House Holiday Teas and Tours to be held from Noon to 2pm December 2nd - 5th and December 9th - 12th.

PJs and Pino at Sovino Wine Bar

 
12/2/21
 
 
Sovino Wine Bar and Merchant

What's better than drinking wine in your pajamas? Drinking wine in your pajamas at Sovino Wine Bar! Join us for our PJs and Pinot Party. We'll have specials all night plus great tunes and good company! This is the perfect opportunity for ladies' night, book club, or just a laid back PJ party.

Open Mic Night at Bon Ton L'Roy's

 
12/2/21
 
free
 
Bon Ton L'Roy's Lighthouse Smokehouse

Come to Bon Ton L'Roy's every Thursday, 7pm-10pm, and share some music at our Open Mic Night. Join this friendly, supportive group of people for a fun, low-key evening of originals and covers and make some new friends.

Jazz Night with Zach Westfall at Savvy

 
12/2/21
 
 
Savvy Bar

Savvy Bar, Monterey's most authentic speakeasy, presents jazz bassist Zach Westfall every Thursday night at 8pm. Enjoy oak barrel-aged cocktails, small plates, and music in a comfortable lounge setting. Please visit our website to obtain the...

Salsa Night at American Burger

 
12/2/21
 
$5
 
American Burger

American Burger hosts Latin Dance Nights every Thursday! Come enjoy salsa, bachata, and more. Doors open at 8pm, when we'll begin with a dance lesson with Tanya. Dance party runs 9pm-11pm. All levels of dancers are welcome. $5 cover.

An Irish Christmas 2021 at Golden State Theatre

 
12/2/21
 
$35-$55
 
Golden State Theatre

Golden State Theatre presents An Irish Christmas. Take a journey through Christmas in Ireland with superb dancing, singing, and Irish traditional music. It's a perfect family holiday event! Tickets are $35-$55. For more information and to purchase tickets, please click here .

Traditional Tree Lighting on Colton Hall Lawn 2021

 
12/3/21
 
Free
 
Colton Hall Lawn

All are cordially invited to the Historic Downtown Monterey Traditional Tree Lighting Celebration, featuring carols, music by Mike Marotta Family & Friends, and good cheer on Friday, December 3, 4:30pm-5:30pm.

Join us on the lawn in front of Colton Hall to share in this much-loved holiday celebration. Face masks are encouraged.

Linda Arceo at Puma Road

 
12/3/21
 
 
Puma Road at Portola Plaza

Puma Road at Portola Plaza presents singer-songwriter Linda Arceo . Enjoy wine tasting, wines by the glass, and wines by the bottle while you listen to one of our favorite local acts.

Linda Arceo is an...

Holiday Sip and Shop at Franklin Street Collaborative

 
12/3/21
 
 
Franklin Street Collaborative

Franklin Street Collaborative invites you to join us for Jingle & Mingle, a holiday sip and shop event on Friday, December 3, 5pm-8pm. Enjoy small bites, drinks, and special discounts on products and services and shop products from Hudson James...

MendBar Happy Hour Fridays at slowfiber

 
12/3/21
 
$5-$10
 
Slowfiber

Join slowfiber at our MendBar Happy Hour taking place 2nd, 3rd and 4th Fridays, 5:30pm-8pm, at the shop. Fee is $5-$10, sliding scale. Please register in advance.

Mend Bar Happy Hour, is where we upcycle, recycle and repair garments. Each week covers a particular skill and offers a chance for a fresh look in your closet. Supplies are included in the price. You'll develop skills as you go free from judgement in a supportive and fun environment.

First Friday Street Entertainment

 
12/3/21
 
Free
 
Downtown Campbell

First Fridays in Downtown Campbell is back for the remainder of 2021 with some adjustments!

Storytime with Santa

 
12/3/21
 
$16-26
 
Campbell Community Center

Santa Claus will take time out of his busy holiday schedule to make this special annual event at the Campbell Community Center! Parents participate with their child/children. Santa will read a holiday story and children will have the opportunity to take a photo with Santa.

Back Lot Poetry: A Monthly Open Mic at Old Capitol Books

 
12/3/21
 
 
Old Capitol Books

We know that some of you have been fantasizing about gathering in dark parking lots. With strangers. To read poetry. Let Old Capitol Books help you with that.

We hold monthly Poetry Open Mic Nights on the first Friday of every month at 9pm in the parking lot behind our building (at 499 Calle Principal). Hosted by Brian Sheffield.

Saturday Morning Fun Run at Fleet Feet Monterey

 
12/4/21
 
Free
 
Fleet Feet Monterey

Saturday Morning Fun Runs have returned to Fleet Feet Monterey! Every Saturday we meet at the shop at 8am and take 15 minutes to socialize before we get moving. This free program is for people of all ages and all abilities. Everyone is welcome - the more, the merrier! Run or walk as you wish.

Photos with Santa

 
12/4/21
 
$10
 
Ainsley House
Santa Claus is Coming To Town!

Santa will be at the Ainsley House on Saturday, December 4 from 9 am-12 pm meeting families and taking Holiday photos.

Spaces are limited to allow Santa time to meet each...

Middle School & High School Study Hall

 
12/4/21
 
FREE
 
Campbell Community Center, Q-80

The Campbell Youth Commission & Campbell Library are excited to host the Teen Community Study Hall. This event is for both middle school and high school students. Complimentary snacks and hot chocolate will be provided. Masks will be required unless...

Lilify Welcomes Kristina Kada of Satomi Studio

 
12/4/21
 
 
Lilify

Lilify welcomes Kristina Kada of Satomi Studio. Kada's beautiful, handcrafted jewelry in brass, sterling silver, and gold is inspired by the natural world and uses reclaimed metal and responsibly-mined gemstones whenever possible.

Artist Reiko Fujii at Monterey Museum of Art

 
12/4/21
 
free with admission
 
Monterey Museum of Art

Monterey Museum of Art on Pacific Street invites you to visit the Museum on Saturday, December 4, 10am-11am, for a chance to speak with artist Reiko Fujii whose work appears in our exhibit entitled Shadows from...

Anthony Presti at Puma Road

 
12/4/21
 
 
Puma Road at Portola Plaza

Puma Road at Portola Plaza presents singer-songwriter Anthony Presti . Enjoy wine tasting, wines by the glass, and wines by the bottle while you listen to one of our favorite local acts.

Anthony Presti's style encompasses...

Catch-and-Cook Potluck and Social at Bamboo Reef

 
12/4/21
 
 
Bamboo Reef Dive Shop

Bamboo Reef Dive Shop is hosting a Catch & Cook Potluck and “Meat Up” on Saturday, December 4 at 6:30pm. The theme is taco night! Sign up here to bring a taco ingredient or side to share, bring your own drink of choice, and join us for games, dive talk, and social time with your fellow divers.

Matisyahu at Golden State Theatre 2021

 
12/4/21
 
$25-$99
 
Golden State Theatre

Golden State Theatre hosts Matisyahu , now on his 2021 Festival of Light Tour. Tickets are $25-$99. Matisyahu is a Jewish American musician known for blending Orthodox Jewish themes with reggae, rock, and hip hop beatboxing sounds. His 2005 single "King Without a Crown" was a Top 40 hit in the US.

Volunteer for the Downtown Old Monterey Cleanup!

 
12/5/21
 
free
 
Calle Principal Parking Garage

The Foolish Times invites you to help us clean up Downtown Old Monterey streets - let's beautify our beloved Downtown for the holiday season!

Check in at 8am at the parking garage at 468 Calle Principal. Bags, buckets, gloves, and pickers will be provided. All volunteers will receive a Foolish Times backpack with goodies!

Adam Astrup and Miranda Perl at Puma Road

 
12/5/21
 
 
Puma Road at Portola Plaza

Puma Road at Portola Plaza presents guitarist Adam Astrup and vocalist Miranda Perl. Enjoy wine tasting, wines by the glass, and wines by the bottle while you listen to one of our favorite local acts.

Brighten the Harbor Boat Parade 2021

 
12/5/21
 
free
 
Custom House Plaza

The Monterey Peninsula Yacht Club presents Brighten the Harbor , a lighted boat parade. Watch boats decorated for the holidays cruise along Monterey Bay's coastline.

Poetry Workshop at Old Capitol Books

 
12/5/21
 
$10
 
Old Capitol Books

On the first Sunday of every month, 6pm-8pm, Old Capitol Books and Boukra Press host a poetry writing workshop. All levels are welcome. This is two hours of facilitated and structured poetry writing for only $10. Feedback given by trained and published poets.

King Trivia at LVL UP

 
12/5/21
 
Free
 
Lvl Up

King Trivia nights are back at Lvl Up! Come test your knowledge against the classiest game in town for prizes from Pruneyard Cinemas, AFKxp, and LvL Up!

Sunday Jazz Nights at Pearl Hour

 
12/5/21
 
$10
 
Pearl Hour

Every Sunday, Pearl Hour cocktail bar presents an evening of live jazz music featuring the Zach Westfall Group, 9pm-12am. $10 cover. Ages 21 and over only.

Amaro Tastings with Katie at Pearl Hour

 
12/6/21
 
$35
 
Pearl Hour

Every Monday in November and December at Pearl Hour, Katie will be behind the bar hosting tastings of amaro, 7pm-10pm. Price is $35 for four 1 oz. tastes. On those nights we'll also be offering full bottles of amaro at 15% off.

Amaro is made from bitter herbs, is meant to aid digestion, and is traditionally sipped before or after a meal. (A bottle makes a great gift for dinner parties.)

Old Monterey Marketplace and Farmers Market

 
12/7/21
 
free
 
Old Monterey

The Old Monterey Marketplace and Farmer's Market is back! The market has returned to Alvarado Street on Tuesdays, 4pm-8pm, featuring local produce, crafts, and food vendors. Please note: we'll be closed on December 28 and January 4.

The market is offering free Covid vaccines and boosters (all three - Pfizer, Moderna, and J&J). Lightspeed Testing continues to offers free rapid antigen Covid testing (PCR tests also available) at the market, 4pm-6pm. No appointment necessary - just show up.

CBD Sip & Shop Holiday Party

 
12/8/21
 
Free
 
Cloud City Supply

Join us for an evening of discussion on how CBD can help reduce stress, anxiety, and ease symptoms from hormonal imbalances. Sip on CBD mocktails while learning how CBD products from Cloud City Supply and Ladykind can help ease the stress in your life and get you feeling and looking amazing.

Christmas in the Adobes 2021

 
12/10/21
 
$25/$2
 
Custom House Store

Christmas in the Adobes on December 10 & 11 is Monterey's signature holiday event! Stroll the streets of Monterey and stop in at any one of 15 decorated adobes with soft holiday lights and entertainment. The event supports Monterey State Historic Park children's educational programs.

Tickets are $25 per night for adults, $2 for children ages 6-17 when accompanied by a paying adult, and free for children age 5 and under.

Max Crist at Puma Road

 
12/10/21
 
 
Puma Road at Portola Plaza

Puma Road at Portola Plaza presents musician Max Crist. Enjoy wine tasting, wines by the glass, and wines by the bottle while you listen to one of our favorite local acts.

Meet Santa Claus in Downtown Campbell

 
12/10/21
 
 
Downtown Campbell

Santa Claus is here in town in Downtown Campbell on the following dates in December 2021!

Saturday, December 4th (4:30-5:30pm) Friday, December 10th (5:30-6:30pm) Saturday, December 18th (3:30-5:00pm)

Our Santa strolls up and down the street wishing good tidings...

Victorian Carolers in Downtown Campbell

 
12/10/21
 
 
Downtown Campbell

Victorian Carolers will be in Downtown Campbell to wish you good tidings and cheer while you do your holiday shopping. They'll be singing up and down the street to make your evening a bit more merry and bright.

Carolers...

Plog for the Holidays with Fleet Feet!

 
12/11/21
 
 
Fleet Feet Monterey

Fleet Feet Monterey is partnering with Hoka and GU Energy to plog for the holidays on Saturday, December 11 at 8am. Do you know what plogging is? It's when you go for a run/walk and pick up trash. Not only...

Lego Workshop! Robotics using the LEGO WeDo System for Ages 6-10

 
12/11/21
 
 

Build and program robots in this introductory Robotics class using the LEGO WeDo system. Learn basic programming skills, simple engineering concepts, and the names of robot components, and complete a variety of projects using tilt and motion sensors. This is...

Santa Claus is Cruising through Town

 
12/11/21
 
 
Campbell

Santa Claus will be cruising through town this Saturday from 10am to 1pm. He'll start by spreading cheer to children in the neighborhood around the Pruneyard Shopping Center at 10am and travel at the speed of Ho-Ho-Ho while passing through...

Lilify Welcomes Pastry Chef Yulanda Santos

 
12/11/21
 
 
Lilify

Lilify welcomes Yulanda Santos, Executive Pastry Chef at Aubergine, who will be offering her seasonal goodies for sale, 12pm-4pm.

In past years, she's brought us delights such as bittersweet chocolate spread, orange-elderberry kugelhopf, and salt caramel truffles. Come see what treats await us!

Christmas Bell Choir in Downtown Campbell

 
12/11/21
 
 
Downtown Campbell

There will be no frazzled nerves in Downtown Campbell on Saturday, December 11th from 2pm to 4pm. We'll have a Christmas Bell Choir ringing out the dreamy soothing sounds of holiday music for you while you get your shopping done.

Victorian Carolers in Downtown Campbell

 
12/11/21
 
 
Downtown Campbell

Victorian Carolers will be in Downtown Campbell to add a cup of cheer to your holiday shopping. They'll be singing up and down the street to make your evening a bit more merry and bright.

Carolers will be performing...

Orchid Saloon at Puma Road

 
12/11/21
 
 
Puma Road at Portola Plaza

Puma Road at Portola Plaza presents Orchid Saloon, featuring musicians Chelsea Riddle and Glenn Bell. Enjoy wine tasting, wines by the glass, and wines by the bottle while you listen to one of our favorite local acts.

The Breaux Show (Street Music)

 
12/11/21
 
 
Downtown Campbell

The Breaux Show is an experienced local cover band made up of well known Bay Area musicians. They play all your favorite hits from the 60's through the 00's.

You can catch them performing as a duo, as a...

Spanish Harlem Orchestra at Monterey Conference Center

 
12/11/21
 
$25-$55
 
Monterey Conference Center

Montuno Productions presents Spanish Harlem Orchestra in the Serra Ballroom at Monterey Conference Center on Saturday, December 11 at 8pm. Dancing is encouraged! There will be a large dance floor in the middle of the ballroom. Tickets are $25-$55. ...

Kids' Gingerbread House Extravaganza 2021 at MY Museum

 
12/12/21
 
$35/$40
 
Monterey County Youth Museum

MY Museum invites children to get festive and join us in decorating your own gingerbread houses today. There will be lots of icing and candy canes, swirly twirly gum drops, and tons more candy to make your house look truly extraordinary. Reservations are required - register online here .

Peter Martin with Ben Herod at Puma Road

 
12/12/21
 
 
Puma Road at Portola Plaza

Puma Road at Portola Plaza presents guitarist Peter Martin with jazz saxophonist Ben Herod. Enjoy wine tasting, wines by the glass, and wines by the bottle while you listen to one of our favorite local acts....

Pub Run with Fleet Feet, Diadora, and Fieldwork Brewing

 
12/13/21
 
 
Fieldwork Brewing Company

Fleet Feet Monterey is hosting a Pub Run at 6:30pm. We'll begin and end at Fieldwork Brewing Company. Diadora will have some of their top-selling running shoes for you to test run in. All paces, levels, distances, and abilities are always welcome. Post-run, we can grab a beer together!

The Bassment at Pearl Hour

 
12/16/21
 
$15
 
Pearl Hour

Pearl Hour presents The Bassment, a Monterey based, ever-changing improvisational jam band fusing hip hop, neo-soul, and funk...with an emphasis on funk. $15 cover charge.

Linda Arceo at Puma Road

 
12/17/21
 
 
Puma Road at Portola Plaza

Puma Road at Portola Plaza presents singer-songwriter Linda Arceo . Enjoy wine tasting, wines by the glass, and wines by the bottle while you listen to one of our favorite local acts.

Linda Arceo is an...

Ugly Sweater Saturday at Sovino 2021

 
12/18/21
 
 
Sovino Wine Bar and Merchant

It's the holidays and the folks at Sovino Wine Bar feel like celebrating! Come in wearing an ugly sweater today and get happy hour prices all day long.

Meet Santa Claus in Downtown Campbell

 
12/18/21
 
 
Downtown Campbell

Santa Claus is here in town in Downtown Campbell on the following dates in December 2021!

Saturday, December 4th (4:30-5:30pm) Friday, December 10th (5:30-6:30pm) Saturday, December 18th (3:30-5:00pm)

Our Santa strolls up and down the street wishing good tidings...

Samora Grove Featuring Sej Miles at Puma Road

 
12/18/21
 
 
Puma Road at Portola Plaza

Puma Road at Portola Plaza presents award-winning singer-songwriter Sej Miles and the debut of her American Roots trio, Samora Grove. Join us for wine tasting and wines by the glass or bottle during this special, 3-hour appearance.

Jahnny Wallz - Christmas Street Music

 
12/18/21
 
 
Downtown Campbell

Jahny Wallz is a Los Angeles-based singer songwriter and producer. J.Wallz came in the scene in 2012 while releasing his “Life Lessons” mixtape featuring all original content. He teamed up with George “Funky” Brown of...

DJ Sick James at Pearl Hour

 
12/18/21
 
$5
 
Pearl Hour

Pearl Hour presents DJ Sick James on Saturday, December 18 at 8pm. $5 cover charge.

Sick James has opened for such acts as Ice-T, Ol' Dirty Bastard, Sir Mix-A-Lot, KRS-One and many more at various venues such as the House of Blues, Viper Room, The Independent, The Roxy, Key Club and many more.

Bamboo Reef Fun Dive: Boat Dive in Monterey Bay

 
12/19/21
 
$100
 
Bamboo Reef Dive Shop

Join Bamboo Reef Dive Shop for a boat dive in Monterey Bay aboard the Beachhopper II . Fee is $100. All fun dives are two tank dives. Divers must provide their own equipment (available for rent), c-card, and a sense of adventure. Space is limited so register online to reserve your spot.

Adam Astrup and Miranda Perl at Puma Road

 
12/19/21
 
 
Puma Road at Portola Plaza

Puma Road at Portola Plaza presents guitarist Adam Astrup and vocalist Miranda Perl. Enjoy wine tasting, wines by the glass, and wines by the bottle while you listen to one of our favorite local acts.

Paint Your Art Out at Sovino Wine Bar

 
12/19/21
 
$40/$10
 
Sovino Wine Bar and Merchant

Sovino Wine Bar and Merchant presents a Paint and Sip Class ! Tonight, local artist and retired art teacher Bunny Paivine will be teaching an easy-to-follow painting class both in person ($40) and online ($10). Advance registration required . All materials and instruction are included.

The Art Beat Holiday 4-day Art Camp for 5-12 Year Olds

 
12/20 - 12/24
 
$280
 
The Art Beat

Join us for our Winter Break Camp. They will learn a little bit of everything -from mixed media to painting. Our Winter Break Art Camp takes place over 4 days and is available as a morning camp or as an afternoon camp.

Multi-day event ending on Fri Dec 24, 2021

Christmas Eve Cioppino Special at Jacks Monterey

 
12/24/21
 
 
Jacks Monterey

Celebrate Christmas Eve at Jacks Monterey on Friday, December 24, 4pm-10pm, when we'll offer a Monterey Bay Cioppino special in addition to our regular dinner menu.

Enjoy fresh caught halibut, calamari, mussels, and more in Jacks’ Cioppino served with...

Celebrate Christmas at Jacks Monterey

 
12/25/21
 
 
Jacks Monterey

Celebrate Christmas at Jacks Monterey on Saturday, December 25, 12pm-8pm. Gather with your family and friends under the tree-lined atrium and enjoy a three course prix fixe meal at Jacks Monterey. Reservations are required, please phone 831-649-7830.

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Celebrate Christmas at Peter B's Brewpub

 
12/25/21
 
 
Peter B's Brewpub

Peter B’s Brewpub invites you to celebrate Christmas with us on Saturday, December 25, 12pm-8pm. Put on your worst ugly sweater or favorite holiday attire and join us at our award-winning craft brewery.

On Christmas Day, we will be...

SEA.LVL Performs at Pearl Hour

 
12/27/21
 
$5
 
Pearl Hour

Pearl Hour presents SEA.LVL, featuring Glenn Bell on guitar and Schuyler Horn on trumpet, for an evening of instrumental R&B music on Monday, December 27 at 8pm. $5 cover. Ages 21 and over only.

Covid Testing Still Happening Tuesdays in Old Monterey!

 
12/28/21
 
 
Parking Lot

Lightspeed Testing will be conducting free rapid Covid tests on Tuesday, December 28 and Tuesday, January 4, 4pm-6pm, in the parking lot of 665 Munras Avenue in Monterey. (PCR tests will also be available for no cost if you have health insurance.) You can register in advance online.

Covid testing (and Covid vaccinations!) will return to the Old Monterey Farmers Market on Alvarado Street on Tuesdays, 4pm-6pm, when the market reopens on January 11.

No Farmers Market Today in Old Monterey

 
12/28/21
 
free
 
Old Monterey District

The Old Monterey Marketplace and Farmers' Market will be closed on December 28 and January 4. Please have a happy and safe holiday celebration and join us on Tuesday, January 11, 2022, 4pm-7pm, to ring in the first market of the new year!

First Night Monterey 2022

 
12/31/21
 
 
Old Monterey District

A community celebration of the arts, First Night Monterey is an affordable, alcohol-free family celebration held on New Year’s Eve, 3pm-midnight, in the heart of Downtown Old Monterey. Join us as we dance, play, act, perform, create and sing our way into 2022! Featuring multiple performance venues. Purchase your admission button here.

Please note: Proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test and valid ID is required to enter indoor venues. Masks are required indoors and recommended outdoors.

Celebrate New Year's Eve 2022 at Cibo

 
12/31/21
 
 
Cibo Ristorante Italiano

Cibo Ristorante Italiano invites you to spend New Year's Eve with us, 9pm-1:30am. No cover charge. For ages 21 and over only.

We'll have DJ Gil spinning tunes, dancing, party favors, a countdown, drink specials, and a regular dinner...

DJ Hanif Wondir at Pearl Hour

 
12/31/21
 
$10
 
Pearl Hour

Pearl Hour welcomes DJ Hanif Wondir on New Year's Eve, 9pm-1am. Come enjoy an exciting set with live projection mapping (a.k.a. trippy visuals) designed by Hanif to accompany his genre-crossing musical experience. Cover charge is $10.