Old Monterey District Blog

The City of Monterey, in partnership with the Central Coast Overdose Prevention Coalition, has installed NARCAN Now Boxes to provide free access to the lifesaving opiate overdose reversal medicine Naloxone.

Box Locations

Boxes have been placed at Monterey Transit Plaza (500 Tyler Street), Monterey Police Department (351 Madison Street), and the Monterey Outreach and Navigation Center (401 Camino El Estero).

What is Naloxone?

Naloxone is an opiate antagonist that rapidly reverses an opioid overdose. It has no effect on someone who does not have opioids in their system.

Why in Monterey?

Drug overdose deaths in California continue to rise. In Monterey County, statistics show that drug related overdose deaths in the first six months of 2023 surpassed the drug related deaths in all 12 months of 2022. Use of Naloxone can prevent death from opioid overdose.

Learn more about the NARCAN Now program in Monterey.

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Monterey Trolley Returns on May 25, 2024

Posted on May 18th, 2024 by omba

The Monterey trolley is returning! This free service will operate May 25 - September 2, 10am-6pm daily. Trolleys run every 10-15 minutes. Look for the green MST Trolley signs to board along the route.

Park and Ride

Park in the Downtown Monterey Garage (340 Tyler Street) or the Cannery Row Garage (601 Foam Street) and get a free ride to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Cannery Row, the Lighthouse District, Downtown Old Monterey, and Old Fisherman's Wharf.

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The Pearl Works is partnering with the Monterey County Business Council (MCBC) to offer new small businesses and entrepreneurs in the Monterey area subsidized access to The Pearl Works community co-working space for people who wouldn't otherwise be able to be here.

Together, MCBC and The Pearl Works will subsidize up to 50% off: access to The Pearl Works conference rooms on an hourly or daily basis; memberships to The Pearl Works (for people who need a consistent workspace); a virtual mail mailbox (for people who need a stable business address); or a mix of all three, up to a total of $500 in discounts per applicant.

Read here to learn everything you’ll need to know about eligibility and application, as well as the link to the application form. The Pearl Works is located at 288 Pearl Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

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Stoke Adobe Restaurant and Bar is now open seven days a week for happy hour (4pm-5:30pm) and dinner (5pm-9pm). Plus, we're serving lunch on Saturdays and Sundays, 12pm-4pm.

See our daily dinner menu, our weekend lunch menu, and our happy hour menu on our website. We're located at 500 Hartnell Street in Downtown Old Monterey in a beautiful, historic adobe building with cozy indoor and outdoor seating.

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You can always build your own tasting tour at The Whisky Club at 425 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey!

While The Whisky Club is known for our menu of 80 tasting tours based on region, distillery, or type of whiskies or other spirits, you can always select your own 1 ounce pours to sample and compare whatever unique expressions you wish.

The tour pictured here is Jack Daniel’s Frank Sinatra, Maker’s Mark BRT1, and Garrison Brothers' Lady Bird.

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Ad Astra Bread Co presents our breakfast sandwich: frittata, breakfast sausage, Tillamook cheddar, chimichurri sauce, kewpie mayo, arugula, and milk bread.

Our breakfast sandwich is available daily until 11am (...because after 11 you should be eating lunch). Visit us for this and many other delights at 479 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

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Manasiri's Crepes and Sandwiches is a family business. While you usually see the siblings behind the counter, our mama has been working hard behind the scenes to bring you a selection of homemade savory pastries every weekend.

Saturdays and Sundays, stop by Manasiri's and enjoy Mama's zaatar or halloumi cheese pastries. They're soft, fresh, and delicious. She's also been baking some fun mini pizzas and mini hot dogs, which everyone is loving.

You won't find Mama's savory pastries anywhere else in town but here at Manasiri's at 321 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey. It's homemade comfort food.

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Monterey History and Art Association in partnership with Monterey Bay Jade Festival and Barrett Fine Art and Jade present an exhibition showcasing one of Monterey History's best kept secrets: Jade.

"Monterey's Hidden Gem" invites you to traverse the veiled pathways of history and delve deep into the emerald-hued legacy that has quietly shaped our community. From the tranquil shores of Monterey Bay to the rugged cliffs of the Big Sur coast, jade has silently woven itself into the fabric of our local narrative.

Through a captivating display of artifacts, photographs, and interactive exhibits, "Monterey's Hidden Gem" reveals the untold stories of jade miners and artisans who carve out a living from the earth's green bounty. Experience the history and allure of Monterey Bay Jade at the Stanton Center through the end of June.

A free opening reception will be held on Saturday, May 18th from 3:00-5:00 PM.

California State Parks presents Los Exploradores de Monterey Summer Day Camp at Monterey State Historic Park, a day camp for students grades 3-5, located in the heart of Old Monterey.

In this unique summer program, day campers will experience Monterey’s historical buildings and colorful gardens through hands-on activities such as: period games and play, toys, crafts, food, songs, dances, nature observation, and interactive guided tours throughout Monterey State Historic Park and beyond.

All four 5-day sessions will be held in June and July - see the schedule here, and list of activities here. Fee is $325 per week, or $550 for two sessions. Financial assistance is available - please email MSHP for details.

Los Exploradores is sponsored by Monterey State Historic Park Association and led by California State Park Staff. For more information and to register, visit the Los Exploradores webpage.

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The Coastal Roots Hospitality Group - including Montrio restaurant at 414 Calle Principal in Downtown Old Monterey - has designated MY Museum as the nonprofit recipient of its Pick It Up - Pay It Forward Program for JMay and June 2024.

What does this mean? When you order takeout food from Montrio, 10% of your order will automatically be donated to this nonprofit children's museum in Downtown Old Monterey where curiosity and creativity flourish and both children and adults can discover the thrill of lifelong learning. (Please note: this offer does not apply to delivery orders.)

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MY Museum's 2024 Online Auction is now live and ready for your bids! We can't wait for you to see the incredible items. Whether you are looking for trips, spa services, gift cards to local restaurants, wine, new experiences, or family fun adventures, we've got you covered.

And the best part? Every penny raised from the auction goes directly to making this non-profit children's museum in Downtown Old Monterey a better, safer place for the kids of Monterey County and beyond. The online auction closes on Friday, May 10, at 6pm...will you be the lucky bidder?

Thank you so much to all of our auction donors - this would not be possible without you!

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Venture Gallery presents the paintings of Cheryl Kampe, our featured local artist for May. Her latest exhibit is entitled Coastal Connections.

Cheryl's artistic interpretations of the iconic landscapes of California's Central Coast have earned her widespread recognition. Her love of the region is beautifully and sensitively conveyed in oils, watercolors, and mixed media, and inspired by her daily walks along the shore.

Venture Gallery is open 10am-6pm daily. Cheryl Kampe's artwork will be featured through May 2024. Venture Gallery is located at 260 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey. Visit our website to shop online for work by our local artists.

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Manasiri's Crepes and Sandwiches is introducing a new item to our menu: the pistachio crepe! This is a beautifully rich pistachio butter crepe sprinkled with ground pistachios. It's an entirely new flavor of crepe for Monterey, and we're offering it for only $12.99. Come and try it!

Manasiri's is also serving pistachio lattes. Order yours hot or cold - they're delicious and they go great with one of our crepes, sandwiches, or salads.

Manasiri's Crepes and Sandwiches is located at 321 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey. We're open Sun-Thu, 8am-8pm, and Fri & Sat, 8am-10:30pm. As always, we are happy to make gluten-free crepes for all our guests avoiding wheat flour - just ask.

Update, June 4, 2024: Thank you to everyone who has applied to march in the parade! The application deadline has now passed.

Join the parade! Together as a community, we'll bring entertainment, excitement, and a whole lot of fun to Monterey on Independence Day.

We are now accepting applications to participate in the 2024 4th of July Parade, to be held at 10am on Thursday, July 4 in Downtown Old Monterey. We welcome bands, floats, drill teams, dance groups, unique vehicles, entertainment troupes, and equestrians. Get creative and think outside the box!

Entry deadline is Friday, May 31, 2024. Fill out the parade entry form. Parade organizers will notify you via e-mail if your entry is accepted.

2024 4th of July Parade Sponsorship Opportunities

Posted on April 24th, 2024 by omba

Update: Thank you to all of our 2024 4th of July parade sponsors!

The Old Monterey Business Association and the Old Monterey Foundation are teaming up to present the 2024 4th of July Parade on Thursday, July 4 at 10am and you are invited to be a part of the grand celebration as a valued sponsor.

Become a part of the color and excitement of this parade featuring local Monterey Peninsula groups, marching bands, dance and drill teams, and special guests and dignitaries to the Monterey Peninsula.

Thousands of spectators, both residents and visitors, line the parade route each year for this family-friendly 4th of July celebration. Sponsorships provide great visibility, community involvement, and an opportunity to become part of Monterey's bold history. All sponsorship donations are tax exempt. Download the parade sponsorship form here.

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Does your preteen love art? Are you looking for a studio where they can flourish and evolve artistically as they grow older? Good news: Teaching Across Generations (TAG) is returning to Youth Arts Collective (YAC) this summer, with workshops open to artists ages 11-13.

TAG sessions happen two Saturdays per month, 10am-12pm. Participants will explore collage, mobile-making, painting, and ceramics. June & July TAGsters will have an opportunity to be in our Summer Show alongside YACsters and mentors, while August TAGsters will get to take home their own hand-built ceramic pieces.

Workshops are $60 per month. If you purchase all 3 months (June, July, August), you'll receive 17% off. Learn more and register here. Youth Arts Collective is located at 472 Calle Principal in Downtown Old Monterey.

TAG Schedule
June 1 & 8: 2D & 3D Composition
July 13 & 20: Painting
August 3 & 10: Ceramics

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Esteban Restaurant’s Executive Chef Ben Hillan proudly announces his new spring menu. Rooted in Spanish tradition, Chef Ben’s new dishes stay in tune with the season to showcase the freshest and finest ingredients from Central Coast farmers, fishers, ranchers, and other artisan producers.

Chef Ben’s vibrant new tapas menu includes: asparagus with tarragon aioli, brown butter, Marcona almonds, Manchego cheese, and citrus yogurt; a refreshing watermelon salad with tomato vinaigrette, pickled cucumbers, feta foam, pistachio dust, and mustard frill; and crudo citrus-cured striped seabass with pineapple emulsion, dulse seaweed, and guava pink peppercorn gel.

The splendor of spring is showcased in Chef Ben’s new Raciones, medium to large plates that can be shared. The Iberian bone-in pork chop, with parsley root puree, sauteed greens, and cherry demi-glace, features the richest, most flavorful meat available - the Iberian pig, a breed native to Spain with naturally marbled meat rendering it buttery and tender. Other additions to the menu include conejo confitado (rabbit leg) and grilled Moroccan spiced cordero (made with New Zealand lamb),

Esteban Restaurant is located at 700 Munras Avenue in Downtown Old Monterey. Reservations are highly recommended - call to reserve your table, 831-375-0176. The restaurant is open 7 days a week for dinner, drinks, and tapas, and Saturday and Sunday for brunch.

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The Rose Books and Obscurities is offering 15% off any in-store purchase to those who mention the Old Monterey website or newsletter April 16-21, 2024. We're open Tuesday, 1pm-6pm, and Thursday-Saturday, 12pm-5pm.

The Rose, located at 136 Bonifacio Place in Downtown Old Monterey, offers a well-balanced selection of antiquarian collectible works and second hand books in all price ranges. The bookshop is charmingly small but carefully cultivated to satisfy serious collectors and general readers alike.

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Have you tried The Whisky Club’s Mocha Old Fashioned? Luxardo Espresso paired with Michters Rye and The Whiskey Club's house made syrups and bitters creates this sweeter Old Fashioned with a rye kick. It's a delightful after-dinner cocktail.

Visit The Whisky Club at 425 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey. We're open Thu-Sat, 2pm-10pm and Sun, 2pm-8pm.

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Summer Music Camps for Kids at Wendi Kirby Music 2024

Posted on April 13th, 2024 by WendiKirby

Wendi Kirby Music, located at 550 Hartnell Street in Downtown Old Monterey, is now enrolling children for our Summer Music Camps, June through August 2024. Enrollment is limited to 10 students per class. Class information is below. Please email Wendi for more information and to register.


Piano Adventures (ages 6-8)
July 8-12, 9am-12pm
Instructor: Wendi Kirby
Students will have a fun-filled week of piano time, musical games, music history adventures, listening activities, ensemble playing, and much more.
Tuition: $375

How to Play Piano in a Band (ages 9-12)
June 24-28, 9am-12pm

Instructor: Wendi Kirby
Students will immerse themselves in the skills necessary to play in a band. Through fun and engaging activities, games, and time at the piano, students will learn lead sheets, Nashville numbers, pop form, improv skills, rhythms, and more. The week will end with a mini-concert for family and friends.
Tuition: $375

Little Musicians (ages 5-7)
July 29 - August 2, 1pm-3pm

Instructor: Wendi Kirby
Each day will have a theme-based musical adventure. Students will move, sing, play, listen, and engage in fun musical activities.
Tuition: $275

Raise Your Voice Singing Camp (ages 10-14)
August 5-9, 9am-12pm

Instructor: Anne Sibley
Singers will work towards improving their overall vocal ability, confidence, and performance skills this week. While singing with their peers and learning a variety of music in various genres, they will learn music theory, sight-singing, warm-ups and vocal health, breath control and support, ear training, and pitch accuracy. This camp is designed to be an encouraging experience for singers to expand their confidence and skills using their natural voice.
Tuition: $375

Musical Storytime (ages 5 & under with a caregiver)
Thursdays, 11:15am-12pm

Instructor: Anne Sibley
In Musical Storytimes, the magic of music meets the wonder of stories. Designed for children up to 5 years of age and their caregivers, this cozy gathering offers a delightful blend of reading, singing, and shared joy. Each story is carefully selected to delight young hearts and inspire young minds. With Anne’s repertoire of beloved children's songs and playful rhymes, this musical journey will have everyone leaving with a smile.
Fee: $25 drop-in, or $100 for 5 storytimes