Family Activities

Monterey 4th of July Parade 2024

Old Monterey District

Monterey's annual 4th of July Parade is a must-attend celebration that draws approximately 15,000 people of all ages to line the streets in and around Old Monterey. We invite you to join us and revel in the festive floats, patriotic displays, entertaining costumes, and musical bands. The parade begins at 10am sharp.

First Night Monterey 2024

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 2024! Featuring multiple performance venues. Purchase your admission button here.

Visit "Rababank" at Escape Room 831

Monterey, CA

Escape Room 831 invites you to channel your inner criminal and rob a bank! Here at 599 Lighthouse Avenue, we're located in a former bank building with an old vault, so what better place to see if you can put your criminal tendencies to a completely legal use?

"Rababank" presents 2-6 guests at a time with a series of analog and digital puzzles to solve in 1 hour. With an exciting story, lighting and sound effects, and an experienced escape room guide, it's a lot of fun. Book your visit online today.

Used Book Sale at Monterey Public Library

Monterey Public Library

Monterey Public Library Friends and Foundation is holding a Used Book Sale on Saturday, June 11, 10am-3pm, on the patio of Monterey Public Library. All funds raised will be used to support the library. Expect to find great deals and great prices!

Ice Skating by the Bay 2021

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.

Revival Ice Cream's 5th Birthday Celebration

Revival Ice Cream

Revival Ice Cream is celebrating our 5th birthday! Please join us on Saturday, 12pm-10pm. Every customer will receive a free mini scoop of our Revival Birthday Cake ice cream and, only for today, we're bringing back a favorite seasonal flavor: Matcha Coconut.

Bring the whole family! Today, 3pm-6pm, we'll have an outdoor kids' space with music, balloons, and a limited edition coloring book.

Take a Hike in Downtown Old Monterey with Blue Zones Project

Blue Zones Project Monterey County

Join Blue Zones Project Monterey County on National Take A Hike Day, Wednesday, November 17, 12pm-12:30pm, and take a walk with us in beautiful Downtown Old Monterey. Get some fresh air and meet new friends.

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Monterey Ocean Arts Festival at Monterey Museum of Art

Monterey Museum of Art

SpectorDance is partnering with the Monterey Museum of Art to present the Monterey Ocean Arts Festival on Saturday, April 9, 1pm-4pm. Admission is free.

Enjoy this family-friendly event and learn about ocean science through art. See ocean-themed visual and performing art created by selected Monterey County artists, ages 10-25 years old, learn about outstanding local ocean science organizations, and participate in ocean-themed art activities for all ages.

Garden Pop-up Sale at Cooper Molera Adobe

Cooper Molera Adobe - A Historic Site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation

The Cooper Molera Adobe and the Historic Garden League invite you to attend a Garden Pop-up Sale on Saturday, Oct. 2, 9:30am-12:30pm which will include a plant sale, garden tours, and a salvia propagation workshop.

Varieties of plants for sale will include scented geraniums, sages, roses, and other propagated plants from the Cooper Molera Gardens.

Johnny Wicks Candle Studio Has Moved!

Monterey, CA

Johnny Wicks candle-making studio and retail shop has moved to 499 Calle Principal. All the candles are clean-burning, made locally using all natural soy wax with 100% cotton wicks and fragrance oils free of phthalates.

Johnny Wicks welcomes individuals and groups for in-store candle-making. The studio aims to provide a socially interactive experience that fosters togetherness and creativity through the captivating world of scents. Walk-ins are welcome, or you can make an appointment online .

Watch "Finding Dory" at Monterey County Fairgrounds - English Language

Monterey County Fairgrounds

Blue Zones Project Monterey County, which has its offices in Downtown Old Monterey, is sponsoring a free outdoor screening of the film "Finding Dory" at Monterey County Fairgrounds. There will be two screenings in English on Saturday, August 21 -...

Ice Skating by the Bay 2023

Custom House Plaza

Celebrate the holidays at Ice Skating by the Bay's seasonal ice skating rink, open daily November 24 - December 31 . 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.

Spoon Circus at MY Museum

Monterey County Youth Museum

The circus is coming to MY Museum! We're excited to host Spoon Circus on Thursday, June 13, 10am-12pm. Suitable for ages 3-8. Reserve your spot.

Spoon Circus is a vibrant, traveling social circus on a mission to bring joy and empowerment to communities through the magic of circus arts and physical education. They believe in the power of play.

Free Arts and Literature Tours in Monterey State Historic Park

Custom House Store

Monterey State Historic Park is celebrating California State Parks Week , June 12-16! Join us for free special tours departing daily at 12:30pm from Custom House in Downtown Old Monterey. Registration is recommended (search by date).

On Thursday (6/13) and Saturday (6/15), Monterey Stae Historic Park is offering a free Arts and Literature Tour, where we'll explore Monterey's historic cultural importance. In addition to hearing passages read aloud about the Monterey Bay area by notable writers, you'll be able to view some of the park’s impressive art pieces, especially when the tour makes its way inside Casa Soberanes.

New Games at High Scores Arcade in Monterey, May 2024

Monterey, CA

High Scores just moved a bunch of fresh games into our arcade at 459 Alvarado Street! On the arcade floor we now have Joust, Punch-Out!!, Missile Command, and Rampage, joining other classic games such as Super Mario Brothers, Pac-Man, Mortal Combat II, and much more.

Price is $10 for 1 hour of unlimited gaming, or $22 for a full day. We're open daily .

Fundraiser Fridays at Escape Room 831

Monterey, CA

Throughout 2024, Escape Room 831 and Oscar's Playground are supporting local nonprofit Central Coast Overdose Drug Prevention (CCODP) with Fundraiser Fridays.

Every Friday in 2024, Escape Room 831 and Oscar's Playground will donate a percentage of their proceeds for the day to CCODP. So you can have fun while supporting an important initiative working to raise awareness and eliminate overdoses in Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz Counties.

Escape Room 831 's three New Monterey locations and Oscar's Playground on Cannery Row boast a total of 9 unique, wildly creative escape rooms plus a full arcade lounge only at Oscar's. Book your escape room here.

July 4th Living History Day 2024 - Monterey State Historic Park

Memory Garden at Pacific House

Monterey State Historic Park Association presents July 4th Living History Day in the Memory Garden, located behind Pacific House Museum at Custom House Plaza. The whole family can enjoy historic demonstrations and participate in 19th century games, rope-making, leather stamping, embroidery, and tortilla making, 11am-3pm.

Art Opening: Monterey's Hidden Gem: A Journey Through Jade's History

Monterey History and Art at Stanton Center

Monterey History and Art Association presents an exhibition showcasing one of Monterey history's best kept secrets: jade. A free opening reception will be held on Saturday, May 18, 3pm-5pm.

Through a captivating display of artifacts, photographs, and interactive exhibits, "Monterey's Hidden Gem: A Journey Through Jade's History" reveals the untold stories of local jade miners and artisans who have carved out a living from the earth's green bounty.

Ocean Arts Festival 2024 at Monterey Museum of Art

Monterey Museum of Art

SpectorDance and Monterey Museum of Art present the 2024 Monterey Ocean Arts Festival on Saturday, May 11, 1pm-4pm. Admission is free.

Come enjoy this family-friendly event featuring ocean-themed visual and performing art created by artists under the age of 24. We'll offer free admission to the museum, performing and visual art exhibitions, science tables, art activities, creative movement workshops, face painting, and more.

Monterey 4th of July: Join the Parade!

Monterey, CA

Update, June 4, 2024: Thank you to everyone who has applied to march in the parade! The application deadline has now passed.

Join the parade! Together as a community, we'll bring entertainment, excitement, and a whole lot of fun to Monterey on Independence Day. We are now accepting applications to participate in the 2024 4th of July Parade . Entry deadline is Friday, May 31.

We welcome bands, floats, drill teams, dance groups, unique vehicles, entertainment troupes, and equestrians. Get creative and think outside the box!

Monterey Peninsula LGBTQ+ Pride Celebration and Parade 2024

Custom House Plaza

The annual LGBTQ+ Pride Celebration and Parade will return to Downtown Old Monterey on Saturday, June 29. Parade begins at 11am, going down Alvarado Street from Pearl to Franklin.

After the parade, bring the whole family to Custom House Plaza, 12pm-3pm, to enjoy speakers and free entertainment for all ages, lunch from local food trucks, and info tables from over 65 groups and agencies.

Whalefest Monterey 2024

Custom House Plaza

Whalefest is an educational and entertaining family-friendly event held at and around Custom House Plaza and Old Fisherman's Wharf on March 13, 10am-6pm, and March 14, 10am-5pm, rain or shine. It includes fun activities for all ages, live music, research and rescue vessels, and dozens of fascinating marine-related interactive exhibits by numerous local organizations.

4th Annual Bunny Hop Photo Op and EGGStra Fun 2024

$10 per child
Colton Hall Lawn

Monterey Recreation is hosting the 4th Annual Bunny Hop Photo Op + EGGStra Fun on Saturday, March 23, 10am-1:30pm on the Colton Hall lawn, rain or shine. There will be plenty of eggs, plush animals, and our favorite bunny friend - bring your own camera for a photo. Advance registration required. $10 per child.

Monterey Parks Cutting Day and Horticultural Fair 2024

Colton Hall Lawn

Monterey Parks Division presents the 67th Annual Cutting Day and Horticultural Fair at Friendly Plaza next to Colton Hall, held rain or shine. In addition to a bounty of cuttings, exhibits this year will include information on native plants, drought resistant plants, propagation, and more. Free tree seedlings will be given away!