Monterey County Agricultural & Rural Life Museum

Annual Events

Fall Ghost Lecture Series

Join MCARLM for a spooky night of stories based on local lore. No tricks, but plenty of treats as you enjoy the stories surrounded by fun (and maybe a little creepy) decorations. If you have a passion for story telling or Halloween decorating is 'your thing,' contact us for volunteer opportunities at this hauntingly special community event! 

Spring Fundraiser, Dinner & Auction

Join MCARLM each spring for our annual Spring fundraising event. Always a good time, past events have included the 2013 30's Theme gala, the 2014 '40s USO Prime Rib dinner, live auctions, live music and fully loaded bar! Proceeds benefit the ongoing mission of MCARLM to provide quality educational programming to our visitors and to maintain and grow our exhibits. Keep an eye on our events calendar for specific dates, times and locations or contact the museum at (831) 385-8020.

Clam Chowder Dinner, Friday, February 6, 2015

It's Clam Chowder Time!

Over 1500 people enjoy the Clam Chowder Dinner, held early in the year at the Expo building of the Salinas Valley Fairgrounds. Featuring the famous Lloyd Atwater clam chowder recipe, diners get all-you-can-eat clam chowder, rolls, fresh salad and homemade pie for dessert. A wine and soda bar is available. Dinner guests get to place bids at the silent auction featuring a variety of antiques, photo replicas from the museum’s collection and home baked pies and cakes. The Clam Chowder Dinner has become a community favorite.

Take Outs ~ 3 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Dinner Served ~ 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.


Tickets in Advance

Tickets Available for purchase at:
Pine Canyon Store, Lockwood Store, Lynn's Too!, K.C. Chamber of Commerce, L.A. Hearne,
MCARLM Museum Store, Soledad Hardware

The Ag Tour

The Ag Tour

The Ag Tour which is held annually visits a variety of agricultural enterprises around the valley. The tour provides an up-close look at modern agribusiness in action. After a continental breakfast at San Lorenzo Park , participants board luxury buses and visit sites around the Salinas Valley. Places visited in past years include a winery (with wine tasting), carrot harvesting operation, seedling nursery, duck farm, packing shed, cattle ranch with working stock dog demonstration, a fertilizer operation and much more. Tours include all meals plus refreshments on the buses.


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Your donation will help us continue to inspire and engage current and future generations of agriculture and rural life history enthusiasts. Without the Agricultural and Rural Life Museum, our community would be bereft of the inspiration and sustenance provided by the historical context of our exhibitions. No matter the size of your budget, your gift will make a difference! Gifts of all sizes tremendously appreciated.

Thank you for your contribution!