Evenings by the Bay at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

Join us for Evenings by the Bay! Extended summer hours until 8 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays allow you to see the Aquarium in a whole new light.

Stroll our galleries with fewer people as you enjoy a glass of wine and listen to a variety of live musical performances on Saturdays and Sundays. You can also meet people who can share ideas and products that can help you live a sustainable lifestyle that's also ocean-friendly.

In addition, enjoy delicious, sustainable food featuring the freshest ingredients sourced from Monterey Bay and the Central Valley.


This year's events are now over.
Please check back later for updates on our 2017 Evenings by the Bay events.

July 2–Sept. 4

(Saturdays and Sundays)

Event included with Aquarium admission
Food selections available for purchase

Please note that not all exhibits are available for viewing during these extended hours.
Monterey Bay Aquarium Tidepool Deck
Jazz at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

Enjoy Music, Wine and More

Saturday, July 2
Music: Derek Smith—Caribbean
Food: "Fourth of July BBQ"
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Sunday, July 3
Music: Kenny Stahl—Jazz
Food: Cafe selections
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Saturday, July 9
Music: Wharf Rats—Classic Rock & Blues
Food: "Amor Cubano"
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Sunday, July 10
Music: Julie Capili—Jazz
Food: Cafe selections
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Saturday, July 16
Music: Monterey Acoustic Project—Rock, R&B, Soul
Food: "A Taste of Southeast Asia"
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Sunday, July 17
Music: Gary Meek and the DMSM Lab Band—Jazz Food: Cafe selections
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Saturday, July 23
Music: Andrea's Fault—Pop, Rock, Blues
Food: "Baja California"
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Sunday, July 24
Music: David Morwood & Friends—Jazz
Food: Cafe selections
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Saturday, July 30
Music: Mike Marotta—Italian
Food: "Parts Unknown"
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Sunday, July 31
Music: Roger Eddy—Jazz
Food: Cafe selections
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Saturday, August 6
Music: The Edge Band—Country
Food: "Cooking With Corn"
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Sunday, August 7
Music: Tim Jackson & Friends—Jazz
Food: Cafe selections
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Saturday, August 13
Music: Victory Lane—Classic Rock & Blues
Food: "Vegetarian BBQ"
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Sunday, August 14
Music: MJF High School All-Star Band—Jazz
Food: Cafe selections
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Saturday, August 20
Music: Steve Ezzo & the Monterey Bay All-Stars—Rock, Funk, R&B
Food: "Tomato Festival"
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Sunday, August 21
Music: Bill Spencer—Jazz
Food: Cafe selections
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Saturday, August 27 (until 9 p.m.)
Music: Joint Chiefs—Funk, R&B, Soul
Food: "Say Goodbye to Summer"
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Sunday, August 28
Music: Along Came Betty—Jazz
Food: Cafe selections
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Saturday, September 3
Music: Red Beans & Rice—Rock, R&B
Food: "Fall Harvest Festival"
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Sunday, September 4
Music: Paul Contos Big Band—Jazz
Food: Cafe selections
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Free Parking for Locals

The Cannery Row Parking Garage located at 601 Foam St. (between Hoffman Ave. and Prescott Ave.) is free for Monterey County residents after 4 p.m. You'll need a current driver's license with a "939" zip code.

Hop Aboard the MST Trolley

Avoid traffic by hitching a free ride to the Aquarium on an MST trolley. Park in downtown Monterey and ride the Aquarium Direct Trolley for a streamlined trip. Or see the sites on the MST Trolley, which runs every 10 to 15 minutes between the Aquarium, Fisherman's Wharf and downtown Monterey.
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