The Monterey County Fairgrounds is a dynamic multi-use event center located in the heart of the Monterey Peninsula. The fairgrounds are within walking distance of hotels, restaurants and shops. The Monterey County Fairgrounds is home to the Annual Monterey County Fair, Jazz Festival, Reggae Festival and California Roots Music & Arts Festival, as well as many other wonderful concerts, trade shows and expos.
In 2019 the Castroville Artichoke Festival will celebrate it's 60th year at the Monterey County Fair & Event Center. Events include entertainment, Artichoke Eating Contest and Argo-Art.
The Monterey International Blues Festival is also held at the Monterey County Fair & Event Center . The Annual Monterey Beer Festival is a 4th of July celebration at the fairgrounds.