Each July, the West comes alive in Salinas with the California Rodeo Salinas at the Salinas Sports Complex. The California Rodeo Salinas is the largest rodeo in California. One of the most prestigious stops on the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) circuit and part of the Wrangler Million Dollar Gold Tour, the California Rodeo (locally pronounced ro-DAY-oh) Salinas attracts more than 700 top-ranked professional cowboys and cowgirls competing for over $400,000 in prize money annually. In addition, four of California’s greatest young horsewomen will compete for the title of Miss California Rodeo Salinas.
Though the California Rodeo Salinas itself takes place for only four days, surrounding events such as the Rodeo Carnival, the Kiddie Kapers Parade and Cowboy Poetry provide a week long warm-up to the main event.
*information courtesy SeeMonterey.com
A tradition lasting for over a century, the Pacific Grove Feast of Lanterns is a community celebration. This event in Pacific Grove includes a lantern pageant, children's activities, and a pet parade. Local high school students are named to the "Royal Court" and receive an academic scholarship.
California’s oldest music festival, the Carmel Bach Festival, celebrates its 80th Anniversary in 2017 with 15 days of performances, talks and educational events. As always, the focus is on J.S. Bach and the many composers he influenced, including Handel, Mozart, Beethoven, and more.