Four Things To Do in Monterey

Okay, you’ve been to the aquarium, you’ve visited the historic adobes, and you’ve gone on your whale-watching cruise—or, more likely this year, just looked out from the beach to see the big guys spouting. What’s left to do? Plenty—here’s what’s going on this month:

November 11 & 12: The 17th Annual International Documentary Film Festival is being held at the Golden State Theater on Alvarado Street. Just $10 gets you an evening of short and feature-length docs from around the world. (Students get in free!)

a-girl-in-the-river-posterPhoto Courtesy of the Monterey Bay Chapter of the United Nations Association

November 13: Despite its URL, the Big Sur Half Marathon (a.k.a. Half Marathon on Monterey Bay) makes its way from the shore of El Estero Lake through downtown Monterey, into New Monterey and Pacific Grove, and around the peninsula as far as Pebble Beach’s Links at Spanish Bay, where the runners turn around and retrace their steps (more or less). In other words, nowhere near Big Sur, but it’s still the prettiest half-marathon route around.

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November 15–20: Speaking of Pebble Beach, the TaylorMade Pebble Beach Invitational golf tournament lets PGA and LPGA golfer tee off against one another for $300,000 in prize money—and lets regular spectators walk the fairways of the three participating courses too.

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November 18–20: For 18 years now, the Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival has been coming back to the Monterey County Fairgrounds, bringing with it old-time music, Western gear, and cowboy poetry. But why Monterey? The city was the capital, once upon a time, of Spanish California, and guess who predated the American cowboy? The Spanish, and then the Mexican, vaquero.

vaquerosTime Life Books – The Old West- “The Cowboys”, Public Domain Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

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