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Organizations & Events


City of Carmel-by-the-Sea 

City of Carmel by the Sea – General/All Information

Carmel Civic Meetings

Carmel monthly meetings across, committees, boards, chamber and more

Carmel Civic Events

Carmel supported, sponsored events and gatherings year round

Camel Farmers' Market

Carmel’s downtown weekly farmers' market - is held every Thursday along two sides of Devendorf Park from 10AM to 2PM.  Only on holidays or harsh weather is this postponed.   

This market is full of fresh produce and items to delight your pallets or home with flowers and more.   Plus you will also find tables hosted by local non-profit organizations that help serve our community.    CRA - hosts one of these tables the last Thursday each month.  

Carmel Residents Association
Facebook Group

Updated area events, information, pictures and comments from other CRA leaders, and members. Join this group for the latest information.

Carmel Village Preservation Committee 

This group is focused on preserving the unique architectural character of Carmel-by-the-Sea.  This work includes updating the Residential and Business Design Guidelines and reinstating the Design Review Board with both residents and architects that share this goal.  You can reach this team by emailing at this link.

The Residential Design Guidelines can be found Here
The Commercial Design Guidelines can be found Here

Carmel Chamber of Commerce

Carmel Chamber Events

Chamber Ribbon Cuttings

Representing local businesses. Located in Carmel Plaza. 

Events and mixers generally open to the public.

Public gatherings to meet new business owners and citizens.

Visit Carmel

Visit Carmel Events

Visit Carmel
Board Meetings

Serving visitors and guests to Carmel-By-The-Sea – with great places to stay, what to eat & drink, and things do

Public events and gatherings all year round

Visit Carmel’s Board meetings, open to the public

Carmel Foundation


Carmel Foundation Public Wednesday Programs

Serving the needs of the area’s Seniors with social, educational, physical and nutritional programs. Activities, speakers, tours, meals and more.

Open to the public, Wednesday afternoons, outstanding speakers on items from history to travels and more.

Carmel Harrison Memorial Library


Carmel Library Programs/Calendar

Carmel Library Foundation

Providing materials, research and programs to  our entire community, from age 1 to 100+.


Events for our community children, adults and seniors for lifetime learning.

Keeps the library open, relevant and thriving and to ensure free library service in perpetuity by providing funding for 100% of the books, materials, programs, equipment and services.

Carmel Heritage Society

The Murphy House is a source of historical and cultural information. It is a place for residents and visitors to browse through a Carmel history book, enjoy a video about the colorful people who shaped the character of this unique village or meet and reminisce with friends. 

Friends of Carmel Forest

Founded in 1989, Friends of Carmel Forest works to protect, sustain and enhance Carmel's forest through awareness and care for the trees with educational programs, publications, tree planting, surveys and other activities

Carmel Art Association

Events at Carmel Art Association

Founded in 1927, Carmel’s oldest gallery features the work of more than 100 professional local artists and is dedicated to presenting only the finest work for sale by artists living on the Monterey Peninsula. 

Roster of shows, exhibits, events and more for these artists to showcase their creations

Carmel Youth Center

Events at
Carmel Youth Center

Helps our local kids develop the leadership skills they need to grow, learn, and thrive.

Events and Programs to engage and interact with our community’s youth

Carmel Mission

Carmel Mission Foundation

Events at Carmel Mission Foundation

Founded in 1771, the Carmel Mission Basilica has a full ministry and religious services, museum and more

Established to restore and preserve the historic buildings, grounds and artifacts throughout the Carmel Mission

Gatherings to deepen interactions with the community and fund raising programs

Women’s Club

Events at
Women’s Club

A philanthropic and community organization that is known for providing scholarships to women, donating to community organizations and sponsoring programs and events

Roster of routine inspirational and entertaining programs and special events

Sunset Center

Sunset & Forest Theaters Calendar

Welcomes over 125,000 visitors and locals annually with a combined 150+ theater events and 500+ North Wing events – including local to world renown music, theatre, entertainment, experts and more

Calendar of events and ticket information

Carmel Photographic Center

Events at Carmel Photographic Center

Established in 1967, that was launched by iconic photography artists Ansel Adams, Cole Weston, and Wynn Bullock

Events and exhibits year-round

Pacific Repertory Theaters
Golden Bough & Circle Theaters

Produces bold and daring interpretations of the great plays from the world stage. Plays that engage, excite, educate and inspire. A world-class theatrical experience

Carl Cherry Center Organization


Cherry Center Calendar

Founded by Carmel-by-the-Sea artist Jeanne D’Orge, the Carl Cherry Center for the Arts was established in 1948, with a mission is to present quality and diverse artistic, educational, and cultural programs in Monterey County

Events, exhibits, speakers and theater gatherings in this venue

 Carmel Cares Non-profit volunteer organization that helps assure our Village public spaces and community treasures are cared for in a way that will make this special place a spectacular place — forever.

You Know You’re From Carmel When
Facebook Page

Historical and current information, photos and events and topics of interest to current and former residents – and visitors who wish they do. Join this group for the latest information.

Carmel Events
News and More
Facebook Page

Current information, photos and events and topics of interest to residents. Join this group for the latest information.

South Ocean Ave CBTS
Facebook Page

Current information, photos and events and topics of interest to residents. Join this group for the latest information.

Save our Shores

From policy change to educational programs, we’re ensuring ocean conservation. Our programs and projects are designed to support a thriving Monterey Bay: clean shores, healthy habitats and living waters.

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Events at Monterey
Bay Aquarium

From sea otters to seaweeds, our unique oceanfront location and timeless galleries and programs bring the wonders of the ocean to life for our visitors.

Special programs and activities for locals and visitors that the whole family will enjoy.

Big Sur Kate

A site maintained by Kate Woods Novoa that contains a lot of information about Big Sur.

Monterey Cetacean Society 

The American Cetacean Society engages in educational, conversational, and scientific pursuits for the purpose of expanding scientific knowledge of whales, dolphins, porpoises, and related creatures. Services include presentations about whales, dolphins and related aspects of the marine environment.


Annual Events

These events occur every year. Please check the link provided for dates and additional information.

With COVID19 guidelines - please be sure to click through on the event name/web site to confirm if this annual event remains in 2021.   Many are shifted into later 2021 or 2022.

Monterey WhaleFest


There will be a 2 day symposium and lots of interesting displays by the Custom House Plaza, the Causeway and along Old Fisherman's Wharf. Lots of things for kids!

Culinary Week

Mid January

Experience a wide variety of culinary experiences at restaurants throughout Carmel-by-the-Sea. There are also interactive events featuring chefs and dishes from those restaurants.



One of the most exciting events on the PGA TOUR, the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am is contested annually in front of thousands of spectators and millions of television viewers on three of the Monterey Peninsula’s premier golf courses: Pebble Beach Golf Links, Spyglass Hill Golf Course, and Monterey Peninsula Country Club Shore Course.

Big Sur Marathon


The Big Sur International Marathon is a point-to-point course run on scenic CA Highway 1 from Big Sur to Carmel the last Sunday each April. Towering redwoods, crashing waves, coastal mountains and verdant pastures are featured on this bucket list course. 



Over the course of four days guests indulged in over 18 events including a strolling welcome party, five wine tastings, two rarities events, two cooking demos, four lunches and dinners, two off-site tours and lunches, VIP parties and a closing event. 

Pebble Beach Food and Wine Festival


The Pebble Beach Food & Wine event has been a beloved program for the Monterey Peninsula for over 12 years and draws 5,000 attendees from around the world for the four-day festival. 

Monterey County  Vintners/Growers Winemakers’ Celebration in Carmel

Now Late August 

 Over 100 wines made from 42 different varietals will be available for sampling at the Winemakers' Celebration in Carmel-by-the-Sea. 

The Monterey County Vintners & Growers Association hosts the county's signature wine event, the Winemakers' Celebration in picturesque Carmel-by-the-Sea. Celebrating the wines and winemakers of Monterey County's world-class growing region, the event will display incredible wines as Dolores Street (between Ocean & 7th) is transformed into an atmosphere reminiscent of a European village street festival.

Carmel Art Festival


Annual Carmel Art Festival, a non-profit public benefit event held to educate and inspire.

Many galleries in Carmel-by-the-Sea schedule their own art shows, receptions, painting and sculpture demonstrations to coincide with the Carmel Art Festival. Sculpture-In-The-Park: Galleries in Carmel-by-the-Sea are also given the opportunity to exhibit sculptures in Devendorf Park to be enjoyed by festival attendees.

Carmel’s Memorial Day Ceremony

Last Monday in May   

Held in Devendorf Park, located at Junipero and Ocean Avenues from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.   

Join the City of Carmel-by-the-Sea and the American Legion, Post 512 in honoring our Veterans. 

Run 4 Love
2K & 5K Run/Walk

June - Cancelled for 2021.

"Run in the Name of Love" is a unique event offering runners and walkers the opportunity to honor and pay tribute to the very special people in their lives. Participants will enjoy the charm of Carmel-by-the-Sea, it’s historic sites, the unparalleled natural beauty of the course (with views of sandy white beaches, the dramatic Pacific Ocean, Point Lobos and Pebble Beach) and a memorable finish celebration, where Ocean Avenue meets the Carmel Beach.  Register to run/walk the 2K/5k with a family member!

Surf About


A Saturday and Sunday, starting at 7:00 a.m. on Carmel Beach at 11th Street .Since 1980, once a year, local Monterrey county surfers and their families have gathered on the squeaky white sands of Carmel beach for a weekend of friendly surf competition. This weekend marks where we come together to celebrate our shared love for a life of chasing waves on our central coast and beyond.

Monterey International Blues Festival

Artichoke Festival


Enjoy the full Monterey Blues Festival experience with the greatest blues artists, fabulous food, diverse merchandise, and blues loving folks from far and wide.

First Weekend in June  

The Artichoke Festival has been a local institution in Monterey County for over 60 years, located at the Monterey County Fair & Event Center.  This celebration, not only including artichokes in more ways than you can count, there is entertainment, exhibits, field tours, and much more.

Bach Festival

Regularly 10+ days in late June and early July  
This year, 2021, will be held late October.

This festival has grown to a two-week celebration of concerts, recitals, master classes, lectures, and open rehearsals in July+. The Festival’s mission is to celebrate the works, inspiration and ongoing influence of Johann Sebastian Bach worldwide by immersing audiences in a festival experience integrating music, education and ideas.

July 4th Celebration

July 4     

Starting at 12:00 noon until 3:00 p.m. in Devendorf Park located on Ocean Avenue. 

This is a hometown community event features live music and food served by our local service clubs and organizations.   All for Kids and Adults alike.

Pebble Beach Concours
Car Week


This  week includes the very best in automobile showcases of activities,  tours, auctions, events and more - throughout the Monterey Peninsula.  Tuesday and Thursday impressive vehicles will be available to the public to view on Ocean Avenue.

Monterey Jazz Festival

Late September  

The Monterey Jazz Festival is the longest continuously-running jazz festival in the world. It is held annually on the 20-acre, oak-studded Monterey County Fairgrounds, located at 2004 Fairground Road in Monterey, California. More than 500 top jazz artists perform throughout the weekend on 8 stages spread throughout the Grounds. The Arena features 5 concerts throughout the Festival weekend. 

Carmel’s Great Sandcastle Contest

Late September  

The Great Sandcastle Contest, Saturday, September 26 on Carmel Beach between 10th and 12th Avenues.   Judging starts at 12:00 noon.   

For decades, the City of Carmel-by-the-Sea and the Monterey Bay chapter of the American Institute of Architects have collaborated on The Great Sand Castle Contest. Everyone who would like to build a castle can enter the contest.

Taste of Carmel - Passport Edition


Taste of Carmel is your gateway to Carmel’s world-class dining, top-rated wines & spirits, in the historical courtyard of the Carmel Mission. Live music and dancing set the mood for this fun-filled night.   In 2020 will have a unique approach.

 Carmel Poodle Day

Early October  

Poodle Day is an annual event in Carmel that unites poodle owners and lovers -- and their furry companions -- for a fun-filled day.  Poodle Day kicks off with a parade for poodles, poodle mixes, and their human companions followed by other activities at The Crossroads. Afternoon events include off-leash beach play -- organized by the Poodle Day Team -- a scenic stroll, a hike, or other dog-friendly activities around Carmel.

Carmel’s Meet the Makers Art & Wine


Stroll through charming downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea and meet the artists who carry on the artist colony legacy and tour their galleries, while sipping Monterey County wines. Look for the blue lanterns to find participating art galleries!

Carmel’s Annual Birthday Parade

Last Saturday in October   

Join Carmel and area enthusiasts in Celebrating our Village Birthday and some Halloween fun for all.  Our Community Parade (begins at 11 AM on Ocean Avenue)  and Lunch (begins at 12 at Sunset Center - and where Parade concludes)

Plus - our Pumpkin Roll on Ocean Avenue north of Mission, now on the same day – check back for updates. 

Homecrafters' Marketplace

Saturday before Thanksgiving each November.   

Each year, this event happens the Saturday BEFORE Thanksgiving kick-start your unique holiday shopping experience

One of the most anticipated events of the holidays, the city's Homecrafters' Marketplace features 100 vendors from Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito counties selling their own handmade crafts and artwork.

Each has been subjected to a jury panel for selection, ensuring high-quality goods and a wide range of unique offerings. The sale takes place in the parking lots of the city's Sunset Cultural Center.

Monterey Bay Half Marathon


The Monterey Bay Half Marathon is an out-and-back course beginning in historic downtown Monterey, running along Steinbeck’s Cannery Row, and next to the beautiful Pacific Grove shoreline. The course features scenic views of waves crashing on rocky beaches, beautiful Victorian-era homes, and frequent sightings of aquatic life (whales, dolphins, sea otters, pelicans and more). Celebrate your finish with family and friends at the downtown Custom House Plaza-Monterey State Historic Park at our post-race Finish Village.

Veterans Day

November 11th 

Beginning from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in Devendorf Park, located on Ocean Avenue and Junipero Streets - Join the City of Carmel and the American Legion, Post 512 in recognizing and honoring our Veterans

Holiday Celebration

Typically, the first Friday in December.  

The festivities start with a short music program and pictures at Sunset Center. At 3:00 pm Santa arrives at Devendorf Park. At 4:00 there will be a Menorah lighting ceremony and at 4:30 the main music program starts followed by small bites and music at Carmel Plaza.