Upcoming Monterey Indigenous Art Events You Shouldn’t Miss

AUGUST 26 – 28, 2016


Sand City is known for its funky, independent and artistic atmosphere, and nowhere is that more on display than the West End Celebration. The streets of Sand City shut down and become an open-air artists’ fair, showcasing truly unique works from artists throughout Monterey County. Resident Sand City artists also open their studio doors throughout the day, inviting the public to view both completed works and works in progress. Many studios also host live performances during the event.

The Sand City West End Celebration also showcases local food, wine and music. Food booths feature local favorites such as artichokes and taste wines from several local wineries. 2016’s musical acts include Maria Muldaur, Red Beans & Rice and many more! Visit the West End Celebration’s official website for a complete schedule.

The West End Celebration centers around Contra Costa Street and Ortiz Avenue in Sand City. Access the neighborhood via either Contra Costa Street or Tioga Avenue.

For more information, visit www.westendcelebration.com.

OCTOBER 19 – 23, 2016


Contemporary art and independent film collide for five days in Carmel-by-the-Sea during the Carmel International Film Festival. The festival features art in almost every medium including music, fine art and, of course, film. Events will be scattered throughout the artist’s haven of Carmel-by-the-Sea with the Sunset Cultural Center as the hub for the event.

Over 100 films will be shown for five days straight beginning Wednesday, October 21st. Film categories include narrative, feature, documentary, short, animation and student films. Venues include the Sunset Center, the Cherry Center for the Arts, the Adobe Theater and the Carmel High School Performing Arts Center.

Day Passes can be purchased for $53.74 and includes film screenings that begin before 5pm. All Access Film Passes can be purchased for $101.22 and include all film screenings. Click here to view other packages and to purchase tickets online.

For more information, visit http://www.carmelfilmfest.com

NOVEMBER 18 – 20, 2016


For 17 years, cowboys, cowgirls and their fans have been gathering in Monterey, the place where the Old West began, for the country’s greatest “ode-down”: the Monterey Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival, from November 20-22, 2015.

The festival provides guests with three days of the finest in cowboy arts all at the Monterey County Fair & Event Center. You’ll hear everything from musical performances to storytelling and live poetry and a chance to pick up plenty of cowboy art and gear just in time for Christmas!

You can catch poetry from Don Edwards, Dave Stamey, Karen Ross, Sons of the San Joaquin and many more. For a complete schedule visit the Cowboy Poetry’s official website.

Between poetry and musical performances, shop for the holidays at the Art & Gear Show. Friday night’s Happy Hour will allow for meet and greets from some of the performers followed by a late night jam session. On Saturday guests can check out “Writing the Range” and “Write ’em Cowboy” or find one-of-a-kind treasures during the silent auction. Sunday’s Cowboy Church gives guests the chance to worship with a Western accent.

SOURCE: www.seemonterey.com

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