The local favorite event starts back up Friday, June 28th.

Enjoy two hours of FREE entertainment for five Friday in a row.

June 28th – July 26th.

Carmel Plaza is inviting everyone back for another summer of dancing, dining and drinking. Enjoy live music by the region’s most talented and popular musicians, including the Chicano All Stars, sip on premier local wines, including Wrath Wines and Chalone Vineyards, and experience samplings of savory appetizers from local restaurants including Carmel Plaza’s, Alvarado Street Brewery & Bistro, Links Club, and the Plaza’s newest eatery, Nicolás Cocina de Herencia.

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The five-week series kicks off Friday, June 28th from 5 – 7 PM with The Money Band and will continue every Friday through July 26th, when the series will close out for the summer with The Money Band taking the stage one more time. In addition to live music, food, and wine, there will be raffle prizes from Carmel Plaza retailers including Cariloha, Salty Souls Yoga Sanctuary, Jenni Kayne, Links Club, and Signature Day Spa, as well as informative opportunities through various local non-profit partnerships and this year’s Summer Live Music Series sponsors, Sanctuary Vacation Rentals and Monterey Motorsports Festival, and more!

The Summer Live Music Series is not just an opportunity for some Friday night fun though. Carmel Plaza will donate $5 of all food and drink packages sold each Friday to that afternoon’s non-profit partner.

“The Carmel community is what makes this event a fun success every year. It is because of the people who come out week after week, year after year, and enjoy not only the free music but purchase a food and drink package that we are able to donate to local nonprofits each Friday night.” Says Jenna Hanson Abramson, Marketing for Carmel Plaza.

“We are excited to welcome back local favorites when it comes to the food and wine as well as have a few new restaurants and wineries participating.” Says Kristin Torrice, Carmel Plaza General Manager.

The Carmel Plaza’s Summer Live Music Series is free to the public, with food and wine packages available for purchase at the even for $25. *

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June 28th: Dance to the Money Band, enjoy small bites as well as beer from Alvarado Street Brewery & Bistro, and sips of wine from Scheid Vineyards. Featured Non-profits: Animal Friends Rescue Project and Max’s Helping Paw Foundation.

July 5th: Dance to Wild At Heart, enjoy small bites from Nicolas Cocina de Herencia and sips of wine from De Tierra Winery. Featured Non-profit: All In Monterey.

July 12th: Dance to Chicano All Stars, enjoy small bites from Platter Perfection and Café Carmel and sips of wine from LadySomm Wine Tasting Saloon. Featured Non-profit: Harmony at Home.

July 19th: Dance to Scarlet, enjoy small bites from Links Club and sips of wine from Wrath Winery. Featured Non-profit: Kindness Monterey.

July 26th: Dance to The Money Band, enjoy small bites from Café Carmel and sips of wine from Chalone Vineyards Tasting Room. Featured Non-profit: Carmel Public Library Foundation.

Monterey Motorsports Festival will also be displaying one of their Lamborghinis off of Ocean Avenue— Car enthusiasts, be sure to do a walk-through of the 2nd level of Carmel Plaza.