The Monterey Peninsula has always been known for its musical roots. Festivals have been an integral part of Monterey Bay culture since the 1950’s and the region is quickly becoming a must-visit for some of the biggest names around! With headliners playing nearly every single weekend, why not make the trip to Monterey and not only enjoy great music, while taking in amazing views, top notch accommodations and world class food, wine and craft beer.
This coming Saturday, June 28th, the 2nd Annual Monterey Americana Festival brings country legend, Dwight Yoakam to the stage at the Monterey County Fair & Event Center. Kick-back and take in the sounds of Americana music artists playing throughout the day and make sure to cruise by vendors and food booths.
Now in its 77th year, the Carmel Bach Festival is a 15-day festival and educational event taking place throughout the entire Monterey Peninsula, July 19th – August 2nd. The Sunset Center in sophisticated Carmel-by-the-Sea plays home to the festival’s Main Concert Series, as other smaller venues dotted throughout the area feature intimate concerts, lectures and other events.
Next up at the same venue, July 26th – 27th is Blues Brews & Barbeque at Monterey Bay. This celebration is one you won’t want to miss. Enjoy the best of blues from musicians like Kenny Neil, Memphis Gold, Terrie Odabi and many more. The perfect mild summer weather will be complemented with amazing food and some of the best craft brews around!
August 23rd – 24th “Monterey meets Coachella” during the First City Festival. This two day festival also at the Monterey County Fair & Event Center will play host to over 30 acts including Beck, The National, Phantogram and The Naked & Famous.
Wrapping up the summer festival season is the infamous Monterey Jazz Festival, September 19th – 21st. With tickets now on sale, this year’s festival will welcome The Roots, Herbie Hancock, Gary Clark, Jr., Michael Feinstein, Cecile McLorin Salvant and many, many more Jazz legends and superstars.
From Jazz to Americana and from Classical to Electronic, the rhythm of summer is the music of your choice. Here’s to enjoying your favorite on the Monterey Peninsula!