Monterey Events in June 2021: Festivals, Family-Friendly Activities, & Wine Tasting

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by Jill Loeffler  •

Updated: June 14, 2021

My Monterey events in June calendar offers the best of what the bay area has to offer this month. It includes details for the top concerts, festivals, wine tasting celebrations, and so much more.

Monterey Events in June

You will find information on things to do in Monterey, Carmel-by-the-Sea, Santa Cruz, Salinas and other towns around the bay.

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California International Airshow (moved to October 2021)

Date: Moved to October 30-31, 2021

Location: Salinas Municipal Airport at 37 Mortensen Avenue, Salinas

If you like to fly, or just watch masters of the sky zoom around and amaze you, then this is an event that you do not want to miss!

Many of the best military pilots come from all over the globe to show you their best and compete with others to display their skills and earn bragging rights each year. Some of these include The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, The Canadian Forces Snowbirds, the Royal Air Force British, and the world-famous U.S. Navy Blue Angels. This is a one-of-a-kind of all the Monterey events.

Not only are there planes speeding all over the place, there are also over 100 planes on the ground, exhibits, and displays so you can learn more about the history of flight all day long. You will also love other special performances such as sky diving, jet trucks, and other exhibits that are sure to delight all who attend this amazing event.

>> Ticketing details and more information on their site

Monterey Wine Festival (postponed for 2021)

Dates: TBD

Location: Monterey Conference Center at 1 Portola Drive

Times: Saturday 11 am - 4 pm; Sunday 11 am - 3 pm

Prices: Range from $45 to $110 depending on day, date and package

This two-day festival is one of the best in the area. It's a must for all food and wine lovers.

Both days features top wines from local wineries. You will also find some great picks from further north in Sonoma and Napa.

Each day has a special pairing that you will want to take full advantage of so you can combine both drink and food. On Saturday make sure to come hungry as the famous "Chowdah Challenge & Celebration" will be going on.

Sunday's celebration includes the "King of Calamari and Masters of Mussels!" event. It includes amazing seafood combined with delicious cheeses and charcuteries.

Not only will you be able to try the wines and food from this area, but you also get to taste at fun events like the "Cocktail Camp." This camp gives you the chance to taste a large amount of spirits designed by the best bartenders from around this area. A bonus to this camp is that you can learn how to make your own craft drinks.

>> Additional information and ticketing details are available on their site

Great Places to Stay Around the Bay

Monterey: You will find the largest selection of hotels in and around Monterey. Higher end picks include the Spindrift Inn and Portola Hotel and Spa. You will also find some more budget friendly options if you move a few additional blocks away from the waterfront. Find my top picks for all budgets here.

Carmel-By-The-Sea: This seaside town is a bit smaller, but still offers plenty of accommodations. You will find some great luxury hotels as well as several quaint bed and breakfasts. Here are my top picks for Carmel-By-The-Sea.

Pacific Grove: This small community sits just to the north west of Monterey. They offer several great places to stay including a couple of great bed and breakfast and some budget-friendly options. Find my top 5 picks here.

Are you ready to book? Make sure to check out the great deals below.

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Carmel Valley Art & Wine Celebration

Dates: TBD

Location: Carmel Valley Village on Center Street, Carmel Valley

Times: 11 am - 5 pm

This one-day celebration offers you the chance to taste some of the best wines from Monterey County. In addition, you get the chance to see gorgeous works from dozens of artists from around the world.

This annual wine and art festival allows the area's best artists, jewelry makers, chefs, and wine makers to share their best with you all day long. There will also be live music to accompany your time during the festival.

Monterey Rock & Rod Festival

Dates: Friday, 6/18 and Saturday, 6/19

Location: Friday at the Monterey County Fairgrounds; Saturday at the Custom House Plaza in Downtown Monterey

Times: Friday, 4:45 pm - 10 pm; Saturday 10 am - 5 pm

This is one of the coolest Monterey events in June for those that love hot rock and roll and hot rods! For two days, it features about 200 classic cars, street rods and muscle cars from 1975 or before.

Friday night starts with a time machine jump back to the '50s with a Sock Hop at the General Stillwell Ballroom. This event will include auctions, food, and of course, live music. There are "best dance" and "best costume" contests. So, make sure to wear your hippest clothes and get ready to shuffle your feet, Daddio!

On Saturday, the amazing classic and custom car show will make you feel like you are a kid again, or if you are with your kids, let them feel like they grew up in the "Good Old Days."

This show only allows pre-1975 cars, trucks, muscle cars and street hot rods. Even though you can't drive them, you can enjoy them as you eat great food, listen to live music and dig on all the vendors selling their wares.

>> Visit their site for additional details

More Fun Things to Do Around Monterey Bay

In addition to all of these great Monterey events in June, make sure to spend some time checking out the area. Here are some of the top things to do this month.

Monterey Bay Aquarium: The Monterey Bay Aquarium is always worth a trip. Rated as one of the best in the world, this aquarium features thousands of plants and animals that call the nearby bay home. My favorite here is the huge Open Sea tank which is 90-feet wide and 35-feet tall. 

Sunset Cruise: This 2-hour cruise offers you the best of what the Monterey Bay has to offer. Sit back and relax as you sip on white wine and enjoy a few small bites. Make sure to keep one eye on the water to watch for whales, dolphins and other animals as you wait for the sun to set on the water. This cruise runs every day of the week.

Whale Watching: The Monterey Bay area is famous for its whale watching tours. All year long, whales migrate through this area on their way north and south. It's a prime feeding area, so many stick around for a while in the waters off the coast. You will find whale watching tours available every day of the week in June. Find tickets for all dates in June.

Woodies on the Wharf (postponed for 2021)

Dates: TBD

Location: Santa Cruz Wharf at 21 Municipal Wharf in Santa Cruz

Times: 10 am - 3:30 pm

Prices: Free

Anyone who loves classic cars will love this awesome collection of more than 200 "Woodies." These cars are pre-1950s and they have wooden bodies on top of their metal bodies.

Take your time cruising up and down the wharf and check them all out. You can also visit the stores, vendors, restaurants and more as you enjoy this wonderful show and event.

Monterey International Blues Festival (postponed until 2022)

Dates: 6/25/2022

Location: Monterey Fairgrounds at 2004 Fairground Road in Monterey

Times: 11 am - 7:30 pm

This is one of the many great Monterey events in June that features awesome music and more.

Although this event is billed as a blues festival, you will also be able to enjoy rock, funk and jazz as the bands mix their styles. There will be lots of food, artists displaying their works, and merchants. Food and drinks are also available for purchase.

The VIP package includes all kinds of cool blues memorabilia and front row seating.

>> Pick up tickets for this month's event

Nightlife Ideas for Santa Cruz

Check out top shows around Santa Cruz this June.

Japanese Cultural Fair (postponed until 2022)

Dates: Saturday, 6/4/2022

Location: Santa Cruz

Prices: Free

This fair is a perfect way to learn more about the Japanese culture overall and specifically in the Santa Cruz area.

Every year, you will find lots of fun events, including dancing from different regions of Japan, Taiko drumming, martial arts demonstrations, and much more. There is a stage where you can learn about bonsai trees, tea ceremonies, and even a kimono workshop.

Make sure to visit this one of the Monterey events in June if you want to learn more about the Japanese culture from all around the world.

>> More details on this year's event

Pleasure Point Street Fair (postponed)

Dates: TBD

Location: Portola Avenue between 41st and 38th Avenues, Santa Cruz

Times: 11 am - 5 pm

Prices: Free

This is the perfect kid-friendly fair as there are loads of events for all ages.

There is a special kid's zone, a skateboard contest, and more for the young ones. The adults can check out the beer garden if they want a drink or two. Everyone can enjoy the vendors with art, crafts and other stuff for sale.

There will be live music throughout the fair ranging from rock to reggae to the classic Santa Cruz-style surf music.

Golden State Theatre in Monterey

You will find a lot of fun nightlife options at the Golden State Theatre this month in Monterey. Here is a schedule of upcoming shows. Click the ticketing links for details.

Spartan Race (moved to August)

Dates: 8/21

Location: City of Salinas

Times: Races start at 7:30

Prices: Spectators $20; Spartan racers $160 - $190

There are 3 different levels to this weekend's Spartan race. The first being the kids races which range from 1/2 mile to 2 miles and range from 4 years old up to 13 years old.

The second is the Spartan Sprint which is about 3 to 4 miles, has 20 or so obstacles, and is a tough one.

The next level is the 8 to 10-mile race, with between 25 to 30 obstacles, and is an incredible feat of endurance and strength.

If you just want to cheer on your favorite athlete, friend, or family member, there are spectator tickets available for purchase.

>> Visit the official Spartan site for details

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