There’s a reason why locals call fall our “secret season.” While most areas are mourning the loss of their summer weather, Monterey is just getting started! The months of September through November provide near perfect sunny days. No better time to get out of the house and onto the trail or beach
for some much-needed R&R!
Monterey County is among California’s most scenic destinations at all times of the year. People who visit Monterey in the fall can experience the joys of sun and gorgeous temperatures of around 70 degrees Fahrenheit – and without the crowds of the summer months. Fall in Monterey is ideal for people who want to take in the beauty of nature. If you want to soak up the area’s natural beauty, recreational activities such as cycling and hiking are perfect during these seasonal months. Other popular fall outdoor activities include whale watching, paddle boarding and kayaking.
Majestic Monarch Butterflies
If you visit Monterey County in October, you may be able partake in the annual migration of Monarch butterflies. The Monarch Grove Sanctuary is where monarch butterflies cluster together on pine, cypress and eucalyptus trees in the coastal city of Pacific Grove each October. If you’re in the area the first week of October, make sure to stop by the Butterfly Parade and Bazaar, a Monterey County tradition since the late thirties! The butterfly migration to Pacific Grove is so unique that Pacific Grove is nicknamed
“Butterfly Town, U.S.A.”
Enjoy the Fall Harvest
Known as the “Salad Bowl of the World,” the harvest season is in full swing around Monterey County during the fall months. Serendipity Farms raises more than 50 varieties of award-winning organic vegetables, herbs and flowers on 20 acres in Carmel Valley and Aromas. Every Saturday throughout the growing season, Serendipity Farms opens its gates to anyone (but please no dogs in the field) who wants to grab a kid-sized basket or a 5-gallon bucket and pick fresh, perfectly ripe organic produce right off the vine. Earthbound Farm in Carmel Valley is a harvest hot spot with plenty of pumpkins and fall décor to choose from. Visit here and explore their organic gardens, orchards, kid’s garden, market and café. Borchard Farms in Salinas – home of the giant pumpkins – is open daily from 11am – 8pm through Halloween. If apple picking is more to your liking, visit Gizdich Ranch in Watsonville. U-pick apple season started on September 10th and is only available on weekends. Don’t forget to pick up one of
their mouthwatering pies on your way out!
Monterey hosts everything from farmer’s markets and live concerts during the fall season. The internationally renowned Monterey Jazz Festival, the longest continuously running jazz festival in the world, is celebrating their 65th annual event on September 23-25, 2022. The Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce is hosting the 10th Annual Flavors of Pacific Grove on Thursday, September 29th from 5:30pm to 8:00pm. Savor samples of food at more than 20 restaurants while enjoying live music and wine and beer tastings. The California Rodeo Salinas will host the first annual Fall Round Up at the Salinas Sports Complex October 13th-16th. Join them for a carnival, pumpkin patch, food, games and more fall fun. Velocity Invitational, the motorsports and lifestyle event created by the team behind Sonoma Speed Festival, will host its 2022 event October 14-16 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca (ten minutes from the hotel). The event will include hundreds of rare and important historic racecars, fine wine, and gourmet food. That same weekend of October 15-16, the local Good Vibez Presents team brings the two-day Rebels & Renegades Music Festival to the Monterey Fairgrounds. Rounding out the fall season in style, indulge in fantastic food, great wines and exquisite scenery at the Big Sur Food & Wine Festival November 3 – 5. Local and visiting restaurateurs, resorts and wineries from all over team up for dinners and tastings at unique Big Sur locations. Proceeds from the event benefit health, safety, art and
educational programs in the area.