Monterey's Old Fisherman's Wharf to hold a 170th Birthday Celebration on October 4th

September 2015 (Monterey, CA) –The Monterey Fisherman's Wharf Association will sponsor and hold Monterey’s Old Fisherman’s Wharf 170th Birthday Celebration at Old Fisherman’s Wharf, Monterey, California, on Sunday, October 4th from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The special celebration will take place during Monterey’s History Fest weekend of activities.

This free family-friendly event will celebrate the fascinating history of the Wharf which was built by Walter Colton in 1845. Come to the 170th Birthday Cake Cutting Ceremony at the Wharf tent at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday in front of Abalonetti Bar and Grill and enjoy a free slice of the whale-themed birthday cake donated by Carousel Candies.

To celebrate the birthday event, many Wharf restaurants will feature a variety of “fish-themed” cakes for purchase including:

Abalonetti Bar and Grill - Golden State Golden Fried Crab Cakes

Big Fish Grill - First City Wild Salmon Cakes

Liberty Fish – Liberty Crab and Shrimp Combo Cakes

Old Fisherman’s Grotto – Crab Cakes

Paluca Trattoria – Sardine Cakes

Carousel Candies will also offer (for purchase) a variety of flavored chocolate fish and a treasure chest filled with delicious chocolate coins.

The event will commemorate the Argentine sailor pirate Hippolyte Bouchard who raided and occupied Monterey in 1818. Attendees are invited to come in a pirate or sailor costume and take “selfies” with pirate statues at the Pirate’s Cove on the Wharf and stop by for a free chocolate coin found in the treasure chest at Carousel Candies.  

On October 4th from 4:45 p.m. - 7:00 p.m, Monterey Bay Sailing will offer a tranquil, romantic and memorable special Sunset Wine and Appetizer Cruise for $169 per couple.  The Cruise will feature Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, brie, grapes, pear and stone ground crackers and a roasted red pepper hummus with whole wheat pita bread.

Starting at 3:00 p.m., Monterey Bay Silver Company will offer a free silver charm ($7 value) with any purchase and shoppers can choose from over 100 charms including whale tails, dolphins, turtles, and more.

About Monterey’s Old Fisherman’s Wharf

Monterey’s Old Fisherman’s Wharf was selected as the #1 most visited attraction in Monterey County in a recent study conducted by the Monterey County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.  

Monterey’s Old Fisherman’s Wharf is open 365 days a year including during the holidays (holiday schedule is on the events page on Visitors to Monterey’s Old Fisherman’s Wharf will want to plan their visit to include lunch or dinner at one of the many Wharf restaurants.  A visit to the beautiful Monterey Peninsula just isn’t complete without a rendezvous with Old Fisherman’s Wharf in downtown Monterey that was built in 1845 for regular passenger and freight service.  Known as the “Whale Watching Capital of the World™” and a top destination of visitors from around the world, Monterey’s Old Fisherman's Wharf provides a wide array of award-winning dining, shopping, live theater, special events, whale watching, bay cruises, a glass bottom boat, marine life, fishing and sailing, and strolling leisurely in a gorgeous setting overlooking the Monterey Bay. 

Savor delicious cuisine at a myriad of fabulous restaurants featuring stunning views and award-winning Italian food, sustainable seafood, grass-fed steaks, including the region’s famous clam chowder and calamari. Enjoy salt water taffy, homemade chocolates, caramel apples, cotton candy and many other yummy treats. View sea otters, sea lions, harbor seals, dolphins, whales, sea birds and other wildlife “up close and personal” that also share the Wharf. Watch people who have gone out and caught their own fish on the local and chartered fishing boats return with their own “catch of the day”. 

Celebrate the first location in Monterey County where tender abalone was cooked and served in a restaurant. Check out the many fun shops to find the perfect memento of your visit and a variety of unique gifts. Enjoy the exquisite views and the “best place to walk and people watch” in Monterey County! 

Situated near downtown Monterey, Old Fisherman’s Wharf is conveniently located along the Monterey Bay Recreation Trail and has plenty of nearby parking.

For more information about Old Fisherman’s Wharf, go to or call (831) 238-0777.