Stay and Play during “Evenings by the Bay”

Jun 23, 2016

“Summerge” yourself this summer during Evenings by the Bay, at the world renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium.  Visitors can stay and play until 8 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday from July 2 through Labor Day weekend and groove to live music, unwind in front of the million-gallon Open Sea exhibit or roam the aquarium’s newest special exhibition, “¡Viva Baja! Life on the Edge,” with wine in hand and without the daytime crowds.

The Marine Mammal Gallery fills with live musical performances by a different band each week for Unleashed Saturdays. Each Sunday, some of the Monterey Peninsula’s most talented professional jazz musicians will set the mood. A no-host bar offers beer, wine and spirits, and sustainable bites can be purchased in the cafe. Each Saturday the food will reflect a special theme - like a Fourth of July barbecue on July 2, or a taste of Baja California on July 23. 

To show appreciation for the local community, the aquarium is offering a special promotion. During “Evenings by the Bay” locals from Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito counties pay only $25 per adult, $20 per senior or student, and $15 per child.

The full schedule of performances is as follows:

July 2: Derek Smith - Caribbean

July 3: Kenny Stahl - Jazz


July 9: Wharf Rats - Classic Rock, Blues

July 10: Julie Capili - Jazz


July 16: Monterey Acoustic Project – Rock, R&B, Soul

July 17: Gary Meek and the DMSM Lab Band - Jazz


July 23: Andrea’s Fault – Pop, Rock, Blues

July 24: David Morwood & Friends - Jazz


July 30: Mike Marotta - Italian

July 31: Roger Eddy - Jazz


August 6: The Edge Band - Country

August 7: Tim Jackson & Friends - Jazz


August 13: Victory Lane – Classic Rock & Blues

August 14: MJF County High School All-Star Band – Jazz


August 20: Steve Ezzo & the Monterey Bay All-Stars – Rock, Funk, R&B

August 21: Bill Spencer - Jazz


August 27: Joint Chiefs – Funk, R&B, Soul

August 28: Along Came Betty - Jazz


September 3: Red Beans & Rice – Rock, R&B

September 4: Paul Contos Big Band - Jazz

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The mission of the nonprofit Monterey Bay Aquarium is to inspire conservation of the ocean.