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Monterey Car Week Traffic & Road Closures

Monterey Car Week Traffic & Road Closures

Monterey Car Week is one of the most anticipated automobile events in Monterey County, California every year. This year, it begins on August 12 and ends on August 21. If you're a classic car enthusiast, there is no better series of events around than Monterey Car Week. It's full of days on end of auto shows, auto memorabilia and so much more. Many of these events are totally free, too, adding to the fun.

In most cases, roads are open and the closed ones are clearly marked with ushers or police onsite to reroute you to your destination. Spectators are always encouraged to car pool, use Uber or Lyft, or arrange for parking ahead of time. 

It is worth to mention that Monterey Police Department has increased patrol staffing to address certain issues and officers will be focusing on: 

  • Speed related violations
  • Exhibition of Speed
  • Reckless Driving
  • Speed Contests
  • Equipment Violations, such as modified exhaust, unlawful lighting,
  • Illegal Smog Modifications
  • Truck Route Violations

Please note that the information below is for general information only, WhatsUpMonterey highly encourage you to always leave early as road condition can change in a blink of any eye due to either car congestion, accidents, or simply due to some "slowmotion" folks watching cars drive by!

CLOSURE INFO TO BE UPDATED DAILY
last updated on 8/10/22

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Friday, August 12

WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca on Alvarado

Road Closures: Alvarado Street will be closed between Franklin Street and Del Monte Avenue from 3-8 p.m.

Best Access: From Highway 1 North, take Del Monte Avenue exit and park in the Downtown East/West Parking Garage located at Washington and Tyler Street between Franklin Street and Del Monte Avenue.

Tips: Ride the free MST Trolley between downtown Monterey, Fisherman’s Wharf and Cannery Row from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. or walk the Recreation Trail between downtown Monterey and Cannery Row.

 

Saturday, August 13 & Sunday, August 14

Monterey Pre-Reunion

Road Closures: No closures are anticipated at this time.

Best Access: General parking and vehicles with red and brown parking permits are required to enter via South Boundary Road, accessible from Highway 218 and General Jim Moore Boulevard in Del Rey Oaks. Vehicles with blue and green parking permits may enter the circuit via Highway 68. Vehicles without parking passes will be directed to the purple parking lots. All others will be directed to the designated colored parking areas based on space availability.

Tips: Free parking available at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. MST bus service is not available.

 

Monday, August 15

Automobilia Monterey Expo (Multi-Day Event)

Road Closures: No closures are anticipated at this time.

Best Access: Exit Highway 1 at exit 403 for CA-218 toward Seaside/Del Rey Oaks. Travel east on Canyon Del Rey Boulevard to the first stop light. The hotel is located at the intersection of Canyon del Rey and Del Monte boulevards.
Tips: Free parking at the hotel parking lot.

The Porsche Monterey Classic

Road Closures: Del Monte Boulevard will be closed between Tioga Avenue and 1771 Del Monte Boulevard from 4-8 p.m.
Best Access: Exit Highway 1 at exit 403 for CA-218 toward Seaside/Del Rey Oaks. Travel east on Canyon Del Rey to the first stop light, turn left on Del Monte Boulevard and continue for one mile. Porsche Monterey will be on the left-hand side.

 

Tuesday, August 16

Classic Motorsports Kick-Off Car Show and Cruise-In

Road Closures: Lighthouse Avenue will be closed to traffic from Fountain Avenue to Park Street from 3-7 p.m. Forest Avenue will be open to traffic crossing Lighthouse.

Best Access: From Monterey, use Lighthouse Avenue to Central Avenue; find street parking near Fountain Avenue. From the south, use the Highway 1 exit at Pacific Grove to Holman Highway/Forest Avenue and find parking near Pine Avenue.

Automobilia Monterey Expo (Multi-Day Event)

Road Closures: No closures are anticipated at this time.

Best Access: Exit Highway 1 at exit 403 for CA-218 toward Seaside/Del Rey Oaks. Travel east on Canyon Del Rey Boulevard to the first stop light. The hotel is located at the intersection of Canyon del Rey and Del Monte boulevards.

Tips: Free parking at the hotel parking lot.

 

Wednesday, August 17

Bonhams Quail Lodge Auction (Multi-Day Event)

Road Closures: Valley Greens Drive will be closed to through traffic and pedestrians with the exception of residents and event personnel with access passes. The closure is confined to the area along the Practice Range at Quail Lodge Clubhouse from Poplar Lane to River Place. This portion of Valley Greens Drive will be properly marked with directional signs and physically monitored by event staff. During the temporary road closure, all residents will have full access to their homes by following alternative routes.

Best Access: From Highway 1, take the Carmel Valley Road exit east to Rancho San Carlos Road.

Motorlux (formerly known as McCall’s Motorworks Revival)

Road Closures: No closures are anticipated at this time.

Best Access: From Highway 1 take Highway 68 east towards Salinas. Exit Garden Road to Sky Park Drive.

Tips: VIP guest parking available. Open parking is available on Garden Road with limited parking available in specific parking lots. McCall’s free shuttle pick-up will run every 5-10 minutes beginning at 3:30 p.m. Parking attendants will also be placed at designated commercial parking lots on Garden Road until lots have reached capacity.

Automobilia Monterey Expo (Multi-Day Event)

Road Closures: No closures are anticipated at this time.

Best Access: Exit Highway 1 at exit 403 for CA-218 toward Seaside/Del Rey Oaks. Travel east on Canyon Del Rey Boulevard to the first stop light. The hotel is located at the intersection of Canyon del Rey and Del Monte boulevards.

Tips: Free parking at the hotel parking lot.

The Little Car Show

Road Closures: Lighthouse Avenue will be closed to traffic from Fountain Avenue to 17th Street from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Forest Avenue will be open to traffic crossing Lighthouse Avenue.

Best Access: From Monterey, use Lighthouse Avenue to Central Avenue, find street parking near Fountain Avenue. From the south, use the Highway 1 exit at Pacific Grove to Holman Highway/Forest Avenue and find parking near Pine Avenue.

Pebble Beach Auctions presented by Gooding & Company (Multi-Day Event)

Road Closures: No closures are anticipated at this time.

Tips: 17-Mile Drive is open as usual. There is a general parking area near the Equestrian Center. The parking entrance is on Forest Lake Road.

Pebble Beach Motoring Classic

Road Closures: No closures are anticipated at this time.

Tips: 17-Mile Drive is open as usual.

 

Thursday, August 18

Prancing Ponies All Woman Car Show

Road Closures: Dolores Street will be closed between Ocean and 5th Avenue and 6th Avenue will be closed between Lincoln and San Carlos streets. Closures from 1 a.m. to 5 p.m

Best Access: Ocean Avenue, Carpenter Street or Rio Road from Highway 1. Expect delays at all downtown intersections and limited parking throughout the city.

Tips: Free parking is available in Carmel-by-the-Sea at the Vista Lobos lot at 3rd Avenue and Torres Street and at the Sunset Center lot on 8th Avenue between Mission and San Carlos streets. Paid parking is available at Carmel Plaza, Mission Street between Ocean and 7th avenues.

Bonhams Quail Lodge Auction (Multi-Day Event)

Road Closures: Valley Greens Drive will be closed to through traffic and pedestrians with the exception of residents and event personnel with access passes. The closure is confined to the area along the Practice Range at Quail Lodge Clubhouse from Poplar Lane to River Place. This portion of Valley Greens Drive will be properly marked with directional signs and physically monitored by event staff. During the temporary road closure, all residents will have full access to their homes by following alternative routes.

Best Access: From Highway 1, take the Carmel Valley Road exit east to Rancho San Carlos Road.

Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion (Multi-Day Event)

Road Closures: No closures are anticipated at this time.

Best Access: General parking and vehicles with red and brown parking permits are required to enter via South Boundary Road, accessible from Highway 218 and General Jim Moore Boulevard in Del Rey Oaks. Vehicles with blue and green parking permits may enter the circuit via Highway 68. Vehicles without parking passes will be directed to the purple parking lots. All others will be directed to the designated colored parking areas based on space availability.

Tips: Free parking available at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. MST bus service is not available.

Mecum Auction (Multi-Day Event)

Road Closures: No closures are anticipated at this time.

Best Access: From Highway 1 take Mark Thomas Drive exit.

Tips: Free general parking is available at Del Monte Golf Course off Mark Thomas Drive, just west of the Hyatt Regency at 1300 Sylvan Road.

RM Sotheby’s Auction (Multi-Day Event)

Road Closures: Del Monte Avenue between Washington and Alvarado streets will be down to one lane. Camino El Estero (lakeside) between Del Monte Avenue and Fremont Street will be used to stage transport trucks for auction events in Monterey.

Best Access: From Highway 1 North, take Del Monte Avenue exit and park in the Downtown East/West Parking Garage, located at Washington and Tyler Street between Franklin Street and Del Monte Avenue.

Tips: Ride the free MST Trolley between downtown Monterey, Fisherman’s Wharf and Cannery Row from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. or walk the Recreation Trail between downtown Monterey and Cannery Row.

Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance presented by Rolex

Road Closures: No closures are anticipated at this time.

Tips: 17-Mile Drive is open as usual. There is a free general parking area near the Equestrian Center. The parking entrance is on Forest Lake Road. Spectators are welcome.

Automotive Displays and Debuts (Multi-Day Event)

Road Closures: No closures are anticipated at this time.

Tips: 17-Mile Drive is open as usual. There is a general parking area near the Equestrian Center. The parking entrance is on Forest Lake Road.

Pebble Beach Auctions presented by Gooding & Company (Multi-Day Event)

Road Closures: No closures are anticipated at this time.

Tips: 17-Mile Drive is open as usual. There is a general parking area near the Equestrian Center. The parking entrance is on Forest Lake Road.

Pebble Beach RetroAuto (Multi-Day Event)

Road Closures: No closures are anticipated at this time.

Tips: 17-Mile Drive is open as usual. Free parking is available onsite at Spanish Bay.

Pebble Beach Classic Car Forums (Multi-Day Event)

Road Closures: No closures are anticipated at this time.

Tips: 17-Mile Drive is open as usual. Free parking is available onsite at The Inn at Spanish Bay.

 

Friday, August 19

Bonhams Quail Lodge Auction (Multi-Day Event)

Road Closures: Valley Greens Drive will be closed to through traffic and pedestrians with the exception of residents and event personnel with access passes. The closure is confined to the area along the Practice Range at Quail Lodge Clubhouse from Poplar Lane to River Place. This portion of Valley Greens Drive will be properly marked with directional signs and physically monitored by event staff. During the temporary road closure, all residents will have full access to their homes by following alternative routes.

Best Access: From Highway 1, take the Carmel Valley Road exit east to Rancho San Carlos Road.

The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering

Road Closures: Valley Greens Drive will be closed to through traffic and pedestrians with the exception of residents and event personnel with access passes. The closure is confined to the area along the Practice Range at Quail Lodge Clubhouse from Poplar Lane to River Place. This portion of Valley Greens Drive will be properly marked with directional signs and physically monitored by event staff. During the temporary road closure, all residents will have full access to their homes by following alternative routes.

Best Access: Ticketed guests only. Parking passes must be visible in order to obtain access on to Quail Lodge & Golf Club property.

Porsche Club of America Werks Reunion

Road Closures: No closures are anticipated at this time.

Best Access: From Highway 1, take Casa Verde exit and continue to your destination.

Tips: Event is free; Parking is $40 cash only.

Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion (Multi-Day Event)

Road Closures: No closures are anticipated at this time.

Best Access: General parking and vehicles with red and brown parking permits are required to enter via South Boundary Road, accessible from Highway 218 and General Jim Moore Boulevard in Del Rey Oaks. Vehicles with blue and green parking permits may enter the circuit via Highway 68. Vehicles without parking passes will be directed to the purple parking lots. All others will be directed to the designated colored parking areas based on space availability.

Tips: Free parking available at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. MST bus service is not available.

Mecum Auction (Multi-Day Event)

Road Closures: No closures are anticipated at this time.

Best Access: From Highway 1 take Mark Thomas Drive exit.

Tips: Free general parking is available at Del Monte Golf Course off Mark Thomas Drive, just west of the Hyatt Regency at 1300 Sylvan Road.

Legends of the Autobahn

Road Closures: No closures are anticipated at this time.

Best Access: From Highway 1, take exit 402B then continue on Del Monte Ave. Take Lighthouse Ave, Central Ave and Lighthouse Ave to Asilomar Ave.

Note: Admission is free. General parking is $25 per vehicle.

RM Sotheby’s Auction (Multi-Day Event)

Road Closures: Del Monte Avenue between Washington and Alvarado streets will be down to one lane.
Camino El Estero (lakeside) between Del Monte Avenue and Fremont Street will be used to stage transport trucks for auction events in Monterey.

Best Access: From Highway 1 North, take Del Monte Avenue exit and park in the Downtown East/West Parking Garage, located at Washington and Tyler Street between Franklin Street and Del Monte Avenue.

Tips: Ride the free MST Trolley between downtown Monterey, Fisherman’s Wharf and Cannery Row from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. or walk the Recreation Trail between downtown Monterey and Cannery Row.

Pacific Grove Rotary Concours Auto Rally

Road Closures: Lighthouse Avenue will be closed to traffic from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Park Avenue to 13th Street. Crossing Lighthouse Avenue at Forest Avenue and 17th Street will be permitted with control monitors.

Best Access: From Monterey use Lighthouse Avenue to Central Avenue, find street parking near Fountain Avenue. From the south, use the Highway 1 exit at Pacific Grove to the Holman Highway/Forest Avenue and find parking near Pine Avenue.

Pebble Beach Auctions presented by Gooding & Company (Multi-Day Event)

Road Closures: No closures are anticipated at this time.

Tips: 17-Mile Drive is open as usual. There is a general parking area near the Equestrian Center. The parking entrance is on Forest Lake Road.

Pebble Beach Classic Car Forums (Multi-Day Event)

Road Closures: No closures are anticipated at this time.

Tips: 17-Mile Drive is open as usual. Free parking is available onsite at The Inn at Spanish Bay.

Pebble Beach RetroAuto (Multi-Day Event)

Road Closures: No closures are anticipated at this time.

Tips: 17-Mile Drive is open as usual. Free parking is available onsite at Spanish Bay.

 

Saturday, August 17

Annual Ferrari Owners Club Gathering

Road Closures: No closures are anticipated at this time.

Best Access: Take Highway 1 South and turn left on Carmel Valley Road. Turn right on Carmel Rancho Boulevard and right on Carmel Rancho Lane. Drive one block to the free parking area.

Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion (Multi-Day Event)

Road Closures: No closures are anticipated at this time.

Best Access: General parking and vehicles with red and brown parking permits are required to enter via South Boundary Road, accessible from Highway 218 and General Jim Moore Boulevard in Del Rey Oaks. Vehicles with blue and green parking permits may enter the circuit via Highway 68. Vehicles without parking passes will be directed to the purple parking lots. All others will be directed to the designated colored parking areas based on space availability.

Tips: Free parking available at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. MST bus service is not available.

Mecum Auction (Multi-Day Event)

Road Closures: No closures are anticipated at this time.

Best Access: From Highway 1 take Mark Thomas Drive exit.

Tips: Free general parking is available at Del Monte Golf Course off Mark Thomas Drive, just west of the Hyatt Regency at 1300 Sylvan Road.

RM Sotheby’s Auction (Multi-Day Event)

Road Closures: Del Monte Avenue between Washington and Alvarado streets will be down to one lane.
Camino El Estero (lakeside) between Del Monte Avenue and Fremont Street will be used to stage transport trucks for auction events in Monterey.

Best Access: From Highway 1 North, take Del Monte Avenue exit and park in the Downtown East/West Parking Garage, located at Washington and Tyler Street between Franklin Street and Del Monte Avenue.

Tips: Ride the free MST Trolley between downtown Monterey, Fisherman’s Wharf and Cannery Row from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. or walk the Recreation Trail between downtown Monterey and Cannery Row.

Pebble Beach Auctions presented by Gooding & Company (Multi-Day Event)

Road Closures: No closures are anticipated at this time.

Tips: 17-Mile Drive is open as usual. There is a general parking area near the Equestrian Center. The parking entrance is on Forest Lake Road.

Pebble Beach RetroAuto (Multi-Day Event)

Road Closures: No closures are anticipated at this time.

Tips: 17-Mile Drive is open as usual. Free parking is available onsite at Spanish Bay.

Pebble Beach Classic Car Forums (Multi-Day Event)

Road Closures: No closures are anticipated at this time.

Tips: 17-Mile Drive is open as usual. Free parking is available onsite at The Inn at Spanish Bay.

Concours d’LeMons

Road Closures: No closures are anticipated at this time.

Best Access: Off Highway 1, take Seaside-Del Rey Oaks exit to Canyon Del Rey (Highway 218) just south of the Embassy Suites Hotel.

Concorso Italiano

Road Closures: No closures are anticipated at this time.

Best Access: From Highway 1, take Lightfighter Drive exit. At the third stoplight, turn right onto General Jim Moore Boulevard, then right on Normandy Road and then slight left onto Monterey Road. Look for the general parking entrance on left.

Tips: Parking onsite and included in the cost of your admission. Please arrive early.

Exotics on Broadway

Road Closures: Broadway Ave closed between Del Monte and Fremont from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Detour available through the Seaside Auto Mall.

Best Access: Exit Highway 1 at exit 406 towards Jim Moore Blvd.

Tips: General Parking and Shuttle Pickup at Coe/ Eucalyptus Road and General Jim Moore Blvd.

Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion (Multi-Day Event)

Road Closures: No closures are anticipated at this time.

Best Access: General parking and vehicles with red and brown parking permits are required to enter via South Boundary Road, accessible from Highway 218 and General Jim Moore Boulevard in Del Rey Oaks. Vehicles with blue and green parking permits may enter the circuit via Highway 68. Vehicles without parking passes will be directed to the purple parking lots. All others will be directed to the designated colored parking areas based on space availability.

Tips: Free parking available at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. MST bus service is not available.

Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

Road Closures: 17-Mile Drive will be closed to tourist traffic. Only residents, guests of residents and attendees of Pebble Beach events will be allowed access through the 17-Mile Drive gates. Visitors attending the events must show a ticket to enter the gates. Event attendees are encouraged to enter Pebble Beach through the Spanish Bay gate in Pacific Grove for ease of parking on the coastline.

Tips: Event tickets include free parking and shuttle service within Pebble Beach. Upon entering 17-Mile Drive you will be directed to a parking spot along the road and trailing shuttles will pick you up wherever you are told to park. It is important that you follow the traffic instructors’ parking directions as the shuttle buses have a specific route that they must follow. There are not specified shuttle locations.

Carmel-by-the-Sea Shuttle Service is available for a fee on Concours Sunday. The first shuttle to the Concours will depart from the front of Carmel Plaza on Ocean Avenue at 8 am. The last shuttle will depart from Pebble Beach to return to Carmel at 6 pm. The wristbands required to ride the shuttle can be purchased in advance from the Carmel Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center (on San Carlos between 5th and 6th) or at the bus stop in front of Carmel Plaza on Concours Sunday.

Paid parking is available at Carmel Plaza (enter on Mission between Ocean and 7th Avenues). Free parking is available at the Vista Lobos lot (at 3rd and Junipero Avenues) and at the Sunset Center (on 8th Avenue between Mission and San Carlos).