Monterey 250 celebrations are currently on hold
City Facility Closures
to Slow the Spread of COVID-19 

SIGNATURE EVENTS: What's next in the celebration line-up!

Old Gray Mare Fire Truck in Rose Parade

Rose Parade by Honda LogoThe Old Gray Mare 100+ year old fire truck was featured in the Rose Parade by Honda® to commemorate the 250th birthday of Monterey! Watch LIVE on New Year's Day.

See more photos from the day.

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MCC LogoFebruary 6 - 9, Thu - Sun MINI GOLF FUNDRAISER at the Monterey Conference Center - Come to the Conference Center to play a pop up mini golf course with holes created by local businesses and organizations. This fun event is great for all ages and is a fundraiser for all Monterey 250 events. Don't miss it and tell your friends! 


Thanks to everyone who came down for a round of mini golf! This event was very well supported by the community and we thank you!! We raised $3,000 for Monterey 250 events!



May 29, Friday ART GALA - The fancy Gala in celebration of Monterey 250 will kick off the birthday week at the Intercontinental Clement Monterey. Music, food, drinks, entertainment.

More to come soon!

Abalone Art Piece


June 2, Tuesday,  PUBLIC ART UNVEILING - A 15-foot abalone sculpture to commemorate Monterey 250 historic milestone will be unveiled at San Carlos Beach park. Design and created by Cara Byrd, John Mason, and Lance Boen.

Cannery Row Co LogoThanks to our major sponsors for this project, the Cannery Row Company, and the Cannery Row Business Association.

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Monterey 250 Mosaic Community Celebration 1 – 4 pm San Carlos Beach/Park
Director/Playwright - Harriet Lynn
- Being that it is Monterey’s 250th birthday the City of Monterey is celebrating on June 3, 2020 actual Founding Day: June 3, 1770) with a community celebration inspired by the 1984 ceramic tile mural by artist Guillermo Wagner Granizo. This pictorial mosaic depicts much of the area’s history, people and events and installed on the outside rear wall of the Monterey Conference Center.

This community program is to acknowledge and pay tribute to others before us whose contributions come from deep within the area’s past (prior to 1770) to its present day and glimpsing into the future.  With an outdoor program from 1:00 – 2:30 pm performing groups and individuals from different backgrounds and cultures will entertain and enlighten.  A storyteller (“Count of Monterey”) weaves a narrative throughout the program illustrating Monterey’s unique historic past, present and future. Post-performance, 2:30 to 4 pm.

Evening - Birthday Party on Colton Hall Lawn - 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM - Music, Food trucks, Entertainment, Activities! 
The City's official Birthday Party will be held at Colton Hall Lawn with a fun evening of food, live music, and of course birthday cake! Be sure to stop by as we celebrate our City's 250th birthday!

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Jul 4, Sat INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE & BIG LITTLE BACKYARD BARBECUE - This wonderful community event speaks for itself, but watch for more details coming in spring.

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Fall 2020 Block Party on Alvarado Street - Come break bread with your neighbors as we celebrate Monterey's anniversary year with a block party. All ages are welcome. Food, drink and live entertainment will be provided. Don't miss out on this exciting event. 

Ticket sales and additional details available soon!

Other Monterey 250 Events

Monthly Wharf Walks Focus on the first 250 years of the City of Monterey, Old Fisherman's Wharf and the Fishing Industry - Tim Thomas' Wharf Walks' Tours meet at the head of Old Fisherman's Wharf (near the pink "Harbor House" store, #1 Old Fisherman's Wharf, Monterey. Advance reservations are required by calling Tim Thomas at (831) 521-3304 or via email

The tour is for ages 10-adult only and the cost is $20 for adults and kids are $15 (10-15 years). Group Rates are also available.

CANCELLED - March 12, 7:30 p.m. The Museums and Cultural Arts Commission invites you to our second concert of the Colton Hall Evening Music Series celebrating Monterey’s 250th birthday year.

VOCI a cappella Chamber Ensemble March 12, 2020, 7:30 - 8:30 pm in Historic Colton Hall.


MuralCANCELLED - March 14, 10 am. "Monterey's Tile Mural: Celebrating Our History" Join with residents of Old Town Neighborhood Association to hear local history buff, Michael Sovereign, talk about the history revealed in Monterey's Tile Mural, located at the Monterey Conference Center on the corner of Pacific and Del Monte Streets. Meet in front of the tile mural facing Pacific Street. Free and open to the public.

Luau Civic Club EventCANCELLED - April 25 - House of Four Winds Luau,  540 Calle Principal - a fundraiser for and sponsored by the Monterey Civic Club with proceeds going to the House of Four Winds Foundation for the preservation of the adobe.

Cost is $45 per person.  To reserve, send your check payable to the Monterey Civic Club along with the names of all guests, your address, phone contact, and email (if available) to Monterey Civic Club, P O Box 1408, Monterey, CA 93942.  For questions, contact Jackie at 831-747-2345 or Alice at 831-277-1285.


Monterey County Fair PosterSep 3 - 7 -  Monterey County Fair Announces Dates, Theme and Poster for 2020 Fair Featuring Artwork by Renowned Artist Jo Mora

Old Monterey Foundation Lecture Series - dates coming soon

Beach clean ups, beautification projects, a Time Capsule, and more! Information coming soon!

Signature Events

Schedule of Events

MPL Celebrates Monterey's Birthday

History Series BrochureLiving History Series at the Library - SUNDAYS

Join us for a series of fun and informative first person living history performances with actor Howard Burnham as we explore key moments in Monterey’s rich history. The Living History Series is sponsored by the Friends of the Monterey Public Library. Admission is free and a reservation is required for individual performances. To make a reservation, please visit or call (831)646-3933. Time: 2:00 pm Ages: 16 and up

  • Jan 12 Gaspar de Portolá and the Founding of Monterey
  • Feb 9 Hippolyte Bouchard and the 1818 Battle of Monterey
  • Mar 8 John C. Fremont and the ‘Americanization’ of Monterey and California
  • Apr 5 Robert Louis Stevenson and Love in a Warm Climate
  • May 31 ‘Doc’ Ed Ricketts and Cannery Row
  • Jun 14 S.F.B. Morse and Pebble Beach (as told by his publicity agent, Herb Cerwin)