Celebrate the City of Monterey's 245th birthday with a very special barbecue, mariachis, pinatas and a festive "Californio" party in the historic Memory Garden on Custom House Plaza on Saturday, June 6, 2015. La Merienda (Spanish word for picnic) includes great food and entertainment, a procession, and much, much more. This community event celebrates the founding of the City of Monterey in June 1770 when Father Junipero Serra (Pope Francis has recently proclaimed that Father Serra will canonized as a Saint) and Captain Gaspar de Portola celebrated with a picnic overlooking the Monterey Bay.
A Very Unique Barbecue!
La Merienda features a festive barbecue prepared and served by community leaders and local chefs. It includes a choice of tri tip steak or chicken, salad, beans, garlic bread, followed by dessert, a festively rose-adorned cake.
Hosting a Party Within the Party!
La Merienda can be described as a “party within a party” with uniquely decorated hosted tables. Attendees invite friends, don a costume, decorate a table, and have fun at this festive event! Or… just come for the celebration, join a table and make some new friends. This outstanding event attracts over 500 people.
Join elected officials, military leaders, and local dignitaries at this not-to-be-missed event! Children and grandchildren of attendees 4 to11 years old may celebrate with their very own "La
Merienda para los Ninos " held concurrently at the MHAA/Stanton Center, featuring a full program of activities including participation in the cake ceremony.
Monterey History & Art Association has hosted this party for the last 84 years and all proceeds go towards supporting Monterey's history and arts programs. For further information and to purchase tickets, go to www.museumofmonterey.org or call Carol Todd at (831) 372-4445. To schedule an interview, contact Wendy Brickman at (831) 633-4444 or email email@example.com.
At a Glance:
What: 84th Annual La Merienda Celebration - City of Monterey’s 245th birthday party, is a colorful fiesta barbecue of delicious foods, wine, beer, soft drinks, gallant dons and donas, lovely senoritas,
lively music and festive dance.
When: Saturday, June 6, 2015 from 11:15 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Where: Memory Garden, 20 Custom House Plaza, Monterey
For more information about Monterey History and Art Association and the Museum of Monterey at Stanton Center, go to www.montereyhistory.org