3 Upcoming Fairs and Festivals in Monterey

Whether they’re for food, beer, art or music, summer is undoubtedly the time for great fairs and festivals. So, it shouldn’t come as a surprise when we tell you that there are three great ones worth visiting in Monterey this summer! Keep reading for details on the Monterey Celtic Festival, Sand City West End Celebration and Monterey County Fair.


52nd Annual Monterey Scottish Games & Celtic Festival  

What’s the best way to experience all six Celtic nations without ever stepping foot on a plane? Answer: The 52nd Annual Monterey Scottish Games & Celtic Festival! On Aug 3 and Aug 4, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., the Monterey County Fair & Event Center will be packed with Celtic music, dance, food and activities. Expect massive pipe bands, Irish dancers, whiskey tastings, sheepdog herding and more. For the full festival schedule of events, click here. Admission to the festival is $15/ day for adults, $12/ day for kids 9-12 and free for kids 8 years and younger.


Sand City West End Celebration  

If the arts interest you, mark your calendar for the 18th Annual Sand City West End Celebration on Aug 24 (11 a.m. – 6 p.m.) and Aug 25 (11 a.m. – 5 p.m.). Held on the streets of Sand City, California, this event attracts more than 100 artists and artisans. Expect visual arts, interactive arts, art exhibits and continuous live music on multiple stages. Click here for the full entertainment schedule. The best part? The entire event is free to attend and open to all ages!


Monterey County Fair

The Monterey County Fair returns to the fairgrounds this year Aug 29 through Sep 2! Like many fairs, you can expect to find a wide range of food vendors, carnival rides, livestock, exhibits and entertainment. Thus far, this year’s entertainment acts include country singer Mitchell Tenpenny, a Journey tribute band, Garth Brooks tribute and Carrie Underwood tribute. Throughout the fairgrounds, you’ll also find a hypnotist, comedians and violinists. For updates on this year’s concerts and entertainment, check the Monterey Fair website. And if this will be your first time navigating the Monterey County Fair, make sure to take a look at their digital fairgrounds map. Ticket prices range from $5 to $35, depending on the package you choose. For all ticket details, click here.


Where to Stay in Monterey

No matter which Monterey festival you choose to attend, make sure to stay at a great local hotel, like DeAnza Inn! This property is an ideal couple’s retreat, conveniently located near many of Monterey’s upcoming fairs and festivals.


Before summer is over, make sure to check out one or two of the exciting festivals happening in Monterey! And once your festival plans are set, book a night or two in the nearby DeAnza Inn.




DeAnza Inn
An ideal couples retreat, with spacious bedrooms and a convenient location near all Monterey Peninsula’s major attractions. 2141 North Fremont Street, Monterey, CA 993940. 800.858.8775