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How to Spend Memorial Day Weekend in Monterey

How to Spend Memorial Day Weekend in Monterey

Memorial Day Weekend The Monterey Way

While the flowers are blooming and sunny weather around the corner, Memorial Day weekend in Monterey is a great way to create lovely moments. Music lovers will appreciate this this long weekend through various concerts and performances. Other activities and things to do are also available for a more relaxing weekend. Check out our recommended things to see and do. 


Pay Carmel Beach this awe-inspiring beach a visit. Walk along the Scenic Bluff Pathway above the beach or opt to get close to the water. Play a game of volleyball, surf, swim or walk in the sand. Whatever you choose to do on your beach day, make sure to bring along a camera to capture the colorful sky, clear blue water and natural surroundings.

Check out some of the best foodie hotspots in Carmel with Carmel Food Tour. Make seven stops in three hours and try foods such as olive oil, vinegar on ice cream, wine and chocolates. Vegetarians and non-drinkers can be accommodated on these tours. Enough food will be served so that you should not need to eat an additional meal beforehand. The Classic Food Tour is $89 per person, and tickets need to be purchased in advance.


No visit to Monterey is complete without a visit to Monterey's Old Fisherman's Wharf. This historic landmark offers shops, fresh seafood restaurants, whale watching tours and entertainment. This is a great place to also pick up some souvenirs. Since the wharf intersects with the coastal recreational trail, you can take a nice oceanview walk to McBee beach or even Cannery Row!

Spend a day watching and learning about marine life and conservation efforts at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. See animals such as penguins, sea otters and octopi. Witness a seabird feeding and stick your hand in the touch tank.

If wildlife fascinates you, you can take a whale watching excursion to view blue whales, orcas, dolphins and humpback whales!

Get your culture fix in at the Monterey Museum of Art. Paintings, photographs and contemporary art are all on display. Spend time meandering through galleries and studying works. A large collection of Asian art, including woodblock prints, is a highlight.

Sly McFly's offers live music every Friday and Saturday at 9pm, and Memorial Day Weekend is no exception. Listen to some of the top bands of the Central Coast, move to the beat and dance the night away on the dance floor. Snack on dishes such as chicken strips, nachos, burgers and steak, while enjoying drinks from the bar.

Pacific Grove

People who love to spend time doing anything outdoors will have fun at Lovers Point Park and Beach. You can surf, swim "yes it's cold but refreshing", kayak or even scuba dive in the aqua water. After spending time being active, you can set up a picnic lunch while you watch the waves.



From yoga and music to sightseeing and beach-going, there is no shortage of things to do during Memorial Day Weekend in Monterey. Check out some ideas below.

California Roots Festival on May 25-27

This three-day Reggae festival features performances by Iration, Rebelution, 311 and more. Art will also be incorporated into the festival; in 2017, painters were onstage during the performances. Go camping, "glamping" or stay in a hotel. Make a weekend out of jamming to the latest beats.

Yoga in the Vines on May 26

Enjoy a relaxing yoga session at the Folktale Winery. After over an hour of guided yoga, enjoy a glass of wine.

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Explore Your Choices Carefully

Memorial Day Weekend event options are plentiful. If you want to take advantage of this long weekend, you should be sure to explore all of your choices in great detail.

For lodging and accommodations options, check our recommended hotels and book direct. We also recommend you check our things to see and do in Monterey section for more fun activities.

If you spend Memorial Day Weekend in Monterey, and the surrounding area, you will have an action-packed three days. Whether you sample dishes on a food tour, or dance to live music, memories will be made that will not be soon forgotten.