Courtesy of Monterey Jazz Festival

SEPTEMBER

Monterey Jazz Fest

Enjoy three days of smooth jazz at this lauded event, alleged to be the world’s longest-running jazz fest. Top names, newcomers, and favorites—some 500 artists in all—jazz it up on eight stages at the Monterey County Fairgrounds. Round out your experience by attending a wide range of seminars, panel discussions, and intimate conversations. If you play jazz, be sure to check out clinics and workshops, and boasts art exhibits, jazz clinics and seminars. There are kids’ events too, and plenty of good food to keep them energized for bee-bopping fun.