November Happenings in Monterey

montereyIn the month of November, we can promise you this: you won’t be hard-pressed to find something to do in Monterey County. Sample wine from some of the best California winemakers at the Big Sur Food and Wine Festival. Catch your favorite country artist at the 20th Annual Monterey Cowboy Festival, or register to win the Monterey Bay Half Marathon! Continue reading for event specifics and details on a nearby Monterey hotel.


Big Sur Food and Wine Festival

Foodies and wineos, you’ll want to be in Monterey Nov 1-Nov 4. Why? The annual Big Sur Food and Wine Festival is back! This extended weekend event spreads across multiple locations in Big Sur and showcases fantastic wines from dozens of local wineries. Each day is packed with exclusive wine tastings, handcrafted food and carefully curated events.

The festival kicks off on Thursday at 6 p.m. with a large variety of food and wine samples, “under the stars.” Tickets for Thursday’s opening night are $175 and can be purchased here. Friday is full of wine-loving fun with a panel tasting and wine hike both at 10 a.m., pinot tasting at 12 p.m. and formal dinner at 6 p.m. More details and tickets for each event can be found here. Saturday includes an auction in the morning and Wine & Swine party in the evening. And Sunday wraps up this eventful festival with a brunch in the morning (champagne included) and artisan market in the afternoon. You can visit the official Big Sur Food and Wine website for all event details.


20th Annual Monterey Cowboy Festival

If elegant bites of food and sips of wine is just a little too fancy for you, maybe the 20th Annual Monterey Cowboy Festival is more your style. On Saturday, Nov 3, expect all things country to make their way to the Monterey County Fairgrounds. From 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., catch performances from popular country musicians, across two stages. Notable names on the lineup include Jon Pardi and Midland. Along with live entertainment, food by local restaurants, craft beer by California breweries and merch from The Marketplace will also be available. Purchase your tickets to the Monterey Cowboy Festival here.


Monterey Bay Races

For those of you that are avid runners (or supporters of avid runners), sign up for this year’s Pacific Grove Lighthouse 5K on Nov 10 or the Monterey Bay Half Marathon on Nov 11! The 5K starts at 8:30 a.m. at Lovers Point Park in Pacific Grove. And the route is a quick one, guiding runners out and back along the picturesque Monterey Bay. Anyone 5 years of age or older can register to walk or run the 5K for $20-$30. The Half Marathon kicks off the next day at 6:50 a.m. on Del Monte Avenue. The course begins and ends in historic downtown Monterey, providing views of Cannery Row and the Pacific Grove shoreline along the way. Anyone 9 years of age or older can register here.


Nearby Monterey Hotel

Whether you’re going to sip wine in Big Sur or get your jog on at a local race, you’ll need a place to stay. And an intimate Monterey boutique hotel like DeAnza Inn is the perfect choice. Conveniently located near many Monterey attractions, including downtown Pacific Grove, DeAnza Inn offers spacious rooms and unbeatable amenities.

This November, Monterey is full of fun and diverse events! Find one that peaks your interest, grab tickets and book your stay at the beautiful 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