This Saturday will be big on the peninsula, so make sure to map out a schedule for your events! Food and music abound, but check below for options to suit almost any taste. 


EcoFarm Conference

Wednesday, January 25 - Saturday, January 28

Asilomar Conference Grounds, Pacific Grove

$80-$520

Organic farmers and activists will come together to share and learn about organic foods and growing practices during the 37th edition of the event put on by the Ecological Farming Association. Workshops, tastings, and lectures throughout the weekend will have something for everyone - just look at the lineup of special events here. Online registration is closed but on-site registration is still available. 

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Bird count and trash cleanup

Saturday, January 28, 7am-12pm

Upper Carr Lake, Salinas

Free

Join Return of the Natives, a Cal State Monterey Bay-based group dedicated to habitat restoration in the Monterey Bay area, for a morning outside. Support local wildlife by counting birds (7-10am) and then picking up trash around the lake from 10-noon. 

7th Annual Whalefest

Saturday, January 28 and Sunday, January 29

Fisherman’s Wharf, Monterey

Free

Abalone races, anyone? Learn everything you could want to know about whales and other sea creatures as the community celebrates the seasonal migration of gray whales from Alaska to Mexico. Speakers, live music, food, and interactive activities will make this weekend on the wharf a festive one. 

(Photo courtesy of taringa.net)

Play: The Mystery of the Macawber Mansion

Saturday, January 28, 4:15pm

Hartnell College Western Stage, Salinas

$10-$55

This one-night show serves as the annual fundraiser for the Friends of the Monterey Symphony. The play, set in 1923, follows the Macawber family and its competition for the inheritance of the haunted family mansion. Wine, champagne, and light snacks start at 4:15, followed by the show at 5.

Celebration of Robert Burns

Saturday, January 28, 6:30pm

Carmel Art Association

$10-$15

Taelen Thomas performs the work of bard Robert Burns, accompanied by fiddler Laura Burian playing some of Burns’ favorite music. Sponsored by Pilgrim’s Way Bookstore, the show promises to be both lively and educational. Thomas will discuss Barns’ life and the stories behind classics like “Auld Lang Syne,” “Tam O’Shanter,” and “To A Louse.” 

Live Music: Hét Hat Club

Saturday, January 28, 8pm

Evolution Transformative Arts, Pacific Grove

$15-$20

Based in Budapest but made up of members from France, Italy, and Hungary, this band brings a truly international experience with their combination of original music and traditional folk tunes from all over Europe. With guitar, bass, and saxophone, the quartet plays gypsy jazz that will get you off your feet. 

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Live Music: Charles Holt

Saturday, January 28, 7-9pm

Center For Spiritual Awakening, Pacific Grove

$20-$25

Charles Holt combines his musical talents with stories of his journey through life as a performer and speaker. From New York to California, he has performed on Broadway, given TED talks, and now sings, accompanied by pianist Michael Martinez, drummer Skylar Campbell and bassist Dennis Murphy. 

Robert Earl Keen

Sunday, January 29, 7pm

Golden State Theater, Monterey

$25-$60

This pop-country star’s songs have been covered by the likes of the Dixie Chicks, Lyle Lovett, and George Straight, and his current tour has been selling out shows. See Robert Earl Keen on Sunday for a night of favorites from his eighteen albums, plus new tunes from his latest record. 

Tricycle Pizza 

Wednesday-Friday, 3-9pm, Saturday 3-9pm

Pacific Grove

If you haven’t tried the newest addition to Monterey’s pizza scene, make this your weekend to try a pie. Tricycle’s truck and dining space on the corner of Lighthouse and David serves up single-serving pizzas from its wood-fired oven, with both traditional topping choices and a rotating selection of specials. Gluten-free crust plus soy-free, dairy-free, and vegetarian options are all available, so everyone at your pizza party will be satisfied.