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Memorial Day concerts on the lawns — at Naval Postgraduate School and at Colton Hall

Sunday, May 26, 2019, Memorial Day concert on the lawn of historic Hotel Del Monte (Herrmann Hall) at Naval Support Activity, Monterey (Naval Postgraduate School campus). –
Monday, May 27, 2019, Memorial Day concert on the lawn of historic Colton Hall, Monterey:
Both concert locations are near the City of Monterey’s section of the Monterey Bay Sanctuary Scenic Trail. Consider using active transportation (i.e., biking, walking, or skating) to reach concert locations. For bike maps, click here. Bike parking tips for both locations are provided below.

Bike to either concert and you’ll be biking to history: the NPS concert is on the lawn of the historic Hotel Del Monte, and the City of Monterey concert is on the lawn of the historic Colton Hall.

If your point of departure means your schedule and stamina don’t allow biking all the way, consider a bike-and-ride option.
If using Monterey-Salinas Transit (MST) bus, note their Memorial Day schedule changes:

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On Memorial Day, we remember 

SPC Vilmar Galarza Hernandez of East Salinas, California
PFC Michael T. Scroggin and SGT Raymond L. Gee, Jr. of Mt. Pulaski, Illinois
and the more than one million others who lost their lives in U.S. military service.

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Although most info below (a 2018 post) will remain relevant for 2019, check with the sources referred to for any updates or changes.

Memorial Day Concert on the Lawn

in front of Hermann Hall / the historic Hotel Del Monte
on the NPS campus

NPS gate on Del Monte Avenue opens to the public at 10 a.m.

  • For the 2018 concert, public access will be via the Del Monte Avenue gate, not the 10th Street gate.
  • All guests age 18+ must show government-issued photo ID.
  • On the NPS campus, bike helmets are required for all ages.

Bring your own blanket/chairs. For 2018, no outside food or beverage is permitted. Food and beverages will be available for purchase from Club Del Monte.

Music by the Cypressaires Chorus at 11:15 a.m. and Monterey County Pops at noon. Details about the musicians and types of music that will be performed May 28th:

For more info about the concert at NPS
  • Phone 831-656-3223/6059
  • Email

The NPS campus has some of the best bike parking in Monterey County. Click here to see more photos of bike parking facilities at NPS.

The Monterey County Pops and Cypressaires concert takes place on the Colton Hall lawn / City Hall lawn in Monterey. 
Music by the Cypressaires Chorus at 1:00 p.m.. and Monterey County Pops at 2 p.m.
Details about these performances:

It’s unlikely to be as packed on the Colton Hall lawn on Memorial Day as it was in the scene below, but biking there is still a great idea most anytime.

Remember to lock up your bicycle. See bike security tips. If using the racks at Monterey Public Library (kitty corner from Colton Hall), be aware that bike racks at rear of the library are more subject to theft/vandalism than those in front.
Bike parking Monterey Library front 2015

Above, the large Colton Hall lawn also includes Friendly Plaza, one of the City of Monterey’s many plazas.

Below, the program for the Colton Hall lawn concert on May 28, 2018.

This post was published on 25 May 2018. One or more changes last made to this post on 27 May 2019.

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