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History Hunt and Community Party @ Historic Downtown Monterey
May 13 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

A FREE community event for all… individuals, groups, families and friends.  Win a membership to Historic Monterey and other surprises! Participants will have free admission to all historic locations on the list!

Join your neighbors, friends and family for an adventure through historic Monterey! Test your knowledge of local history, visit 20 historic sites and become part of the past!

Schedule:   History Hunt packets can be picked up after 11:30 at 2 locations:

  • Colton Hall, Pacific Street between Jefferson & Madison Streets (free parking in the City Hall parking lot behind Colton Hall and the Old Jail).
  • Custom House, Custom House Plaza at the entrance to Monterey’s Fisherman’s Wharf

Your packet will include a list of 20 questions, a map of historic Monterey, a time schedule and of course the rules for the hunt!

History Hunt from 12 – 3 – you will have 3 hours to set your path through history and answer the questions. At 3:00 turn in your answers and join other contestants at the Monterey Public Library for a community party including refreshments, music and an awards presentation for History Hunt winners. Free to participants.

      www. –  Colton Hall Museum at 831-646-5640

Historic Monterey  – a partnership between the City of Monterey, California State    Historic Park and the Monterey History & Art Association

History Hunt Flyer 2017

86th Annual La Merienda @ Memory Garden Monterey, CA
Jun 3 @ 11:15 am – 3:00 pm

La Merienda

Monterey History and Art Association’s 86th Annual La Merienda!

June 3, 2017
11:15 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Memory Garden, 20 Custom House Plaza, Monterey

The community is invited to celebrate the 86th Annual Monterey History and Art La Merienda and the City of Monterey’s 247th birthday with a very special barbecue buffet extravaganza, with entertainment by Mike Marotta, Jr. & special guests, mariachis, and folklorico dancers, and a festive “Californio” party in the historic Memory Garden on Custom House Plaza on Saturday, June 4, 2016. La Merienda (Spanish word for picnic) includes great food and entertainment, a procession, and much, much more. This not-to-be missed very special community event celebrates the founding of the City of Monterey in June 1770 when Father Junipero Serra (recently canonized as a Saint by Pope Francis) and Captain Gaspar de Portola celebrated with a picnic overlooking the Monterey Bay. All guests are also welcome to dress in 18th century costume.