Serving the increasingly visible and ever-growing LGBT community of Monterey County (i.e., the towns of Monterey, Carmel, Pacific Grove, Salinas, Big Sur, Carmel Valley, and Soledad) Pride of Monterey County sponsors a number of events throughout the year.
In past years, a Monterey Gay Pride Festival has been held in July, although none took place last year. There was, however, a Pride Family Picnic in August, which is expected to take place again in 2013. Check the events calendar for details on what's happening.
Gay-friendly bars, restaurants, hotels, and shops are likely to have more going on throughout the week leading up to Monterey Pride. Check local papers, such as the progressive-minded Monterey County Weekly for ideas. Also take a look at the excellent travel site produced by the city's official tourism organization, the Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau.