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September 24, 2014

“Fall”-ing for Fun in Monterey County


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More than forty thousand music fans flocked to the recent 57th annual Monterey Jazz Festival.This Monterey event featured over 500 artists performing on eight stages from September 19-21, and the festival had plenty of other activities to offer locals and visitors. A Taste Tent kept festival goers in high spirits, and an auction and exhibition showcased jazz memorabilia.

If you missed the Jazz Festival, there are still plenty of note-worthy and exciting events happening in Monterey near our East Garrison community this fall.

Every October, the Butterfly Parade and Bazaar returns to Pacific Grove. This tradition goes back 75 years and celebrates the Monarch Butterfly’s heritage at Pacific Grove. Each autumn, thousands of Monarch Butterflies migrate back to Pacific Grove’s ideal climate, and cluster and drift among the trees at Monarch Grove Sanctuary. This annual migration garnered Pacific Grove the nickname “Butterfly Town, USA.” Highlights of the Butterfly Parade include pint-sized school kids dressed up like butterflies, sea otters, and farmers. The Butterfly Parade and Bazaar take place Saturday, October 4th.

Racing fans will speed over to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca to watch the SCCA National Championship Runoffs this fall. Amateur drivers complete for three days in categories that include formula race cars, American muscle cars, touring cars and more. Start your engines and head over to the raceway October 10- 12 for this adrenaline-pumping event.

A different kind of race will take place at Monterey State Historic Park with the Alzheimer’s Association Monterey Walk to End Alzheimer’s event. Participants will walk the 2.6 mile route to bring awareness and fundraise for Alzheimer’s care, support, and research. There is no fee to register, but participants are encouraged to fundraise. Children, strollers, and dogs are welcome, so the entire family can take part in this inspiring community event. The Monterey Walk to End Alzheimer’s takes place on October 11th.

If you are visiting any one of these fabulous events, make time for a stop at East Garrison. Now selling three collections of homes by Benchmark Communities, East Garrison offers homebuyers Monterey County living at incredible prices. Check back for more events taking place in and around the Monterey area, where extraordinary coastal events are always close to home.