It’s a weekend for film, music, and comedy on the Peninsula. Check out some of the events below that are sure to lift your spirits at the end of the week. 

Jazz Bash By The Bay

Thursday, March 2 through Sunday, March 5

Various locations in downtown Monterey

Free-$600

Historically a Dixieland festival, this weekend-long party now features ragtime, boogie woogie, swing, and more. Four stages will host bands Friday through Sunday, with an opening night dance party on Thursday. Check the festival website for times and pricing information; everything from weekend family passes to single-event tickets are available. 

The Best of the Second City 

Thursday, March 2, 8pm

Sunset Center, Carmel

$29-$49

It’s almost like seeing Saturday Night Live without the trip to New York - the theater that launched the careers of comedians from Tina Fey and Amy Poehler to Gilda Radner and Bill Murray brings a night of comedy to Monterey. Ryan Asher, Emily Fightmaster, Laurel Krabacher, Carley Moseley, Jeff Murdoch, and Scotty Nelson will showcase what a new generation of improv sketch comedians has to offer.

(Photo courtesy of secondcity.com)

Camerata Singers: Requiem

Friday, March 3, 7:30pm at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Salinas

Saturday, March 4, 7:30pm and Sunday, March 5, 2:30pm at First Presbyterian Church, Monterey

$20

Local choral ensemble the Camerata Singers will perform a lineup of religious hymns including John Rutter’s “Requiem” at three concerts this weekend. If you can’t make it to Salinas on Friday, see them in Monterey on Saturday or Sunday

Banff Mountain Film Festival

Friday, March 3, 8pm

Golden State Theater, Monterey

$20

Catch a glimpse of some of the most extreme natural locations during two hours of short films made by adventurers and athletes who explore them. From skiing down impossible slopes to repelling down remote cliffs, the series will inspire you to get outside (though maybe in a less adrenaline-inducing way). Check out a preview of what you’ll see then head down for the full screening on Friday. Proceeds go to Return of the Natives, protecting the local environment around the peninsula. 

(Photo courtesy of photowall.com)

Womxn’s History Family Bike Ride

Saturday, March 4, 12pm

Laguna Grande Regional Park, Seaside

Free

Join in this family-friendly bike ride organized by Families of Color Monterey County, Family Biking Monterey County, and the Friends of the Marina Library to celebrate Women’s History Month. A picnic in the park will follow, so pack a lunch and don’t forget your helmet!  

Live Music: Roxanne de Bastion

Saturday, March 4, 4pm

Haute Enchilada Gallery, Moss Landing

$15

UK-based singer Roxanne de Bastion will treat Moss Landing to her acclaimed voice and original lyrics on Saturday evening. Fresh off of a tour opening for Thea Gilmore, de Bastion has been travelling the globe and releasing her second studio album over the past year. Listen to a sampling of her 60s psychadelia-inspired songs here

(Photo courtesy of blitzgigs.de)

Carmel Jewish Film Festival

Saturday, March 4 through Sunday, March 19
Various locations

$10-$20

The next three weekends will be dedicated to Jewish cinema at several locations throughout the peninsula. Golden Bough Playhouse, Congregation Beth Israel, Middlebury Institute of International Studies, and Lighthouse Cinemas will all host screenings of films, one per night each Wednesday-Sunday, with events like dessert receptions and Q&A’s after many of the films. Check the festival website for specific films and times. 

Pacific Repertory Theater Benefit

Saturday, March 4, 6pm

Corral de Tierra Country Club

$175

Support the School of Dramatic Arts in Carmel at PacRep Theater’s benefit dinner, auction, and dance, featuring performances by the Soda Kids and Safari Bob and the Head Hunters. Auction prizes include a cruise to anywhere in the world, and safari-themed food and entertainment will be available all night long. 

Remembering Turlough O’Carolan 

Saturday, March 4, 7pm

Pacific Grove Art Center

$10-$12

Experience this unique combination of theater and concert as master harpist Pamela Scholz accompanies actor Taelen Thomas, who will bring Irish Harpist Turlough O’Carolan to life. The blind composer combined Celtic and Italian Baroque styles and became a beloved musician in Ireland.