La Merienda – June 3, 2017

Monterey History and Art Association’s 86th Annual La Merienda!

June 3, 2017
11:15 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Memory Garden, 20 Custom House Plaza, Monterey

The community is invited to celebrate the 86th Annual Monterey History and Art La Merienda and the City of Monterey’s 247th birthday with a very special barbecue buffet extravaganza, with entertainment by Mike Marotta, Jr. & special guests, mariachis, and folklorico dancers, and a festive “Californio” party in the historic Memory Garden on Custom House Plaza on Saturday, June 4, 2016. La Merienda (Spanish word for picnic) includes great food and entertainment, a procession, and much, much more. This not-to-be missed very special community event celebrates the founding of the City of Monterey in June 1770 when Father Junipero Serra (recently canonized as a Saint by Pope Francis) and Captain Gaspar de Portola celebrated with a picnic overlooking the Monterey Bay. All guests are also welcome to dress in 18th century costume.


$55 per ticket for MHAA members; $65 per ticket for non-MHAA members

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La Merienda 2017

For more information call (831) 372-2311 or email

If you would like to be seated with a friend or at a specific hostess’ table, please call or email so that we can make those arrangements if possible.

Barbecue Buffet Extravaganza!

The La Merienda Barbecue Buffet Extravaganza will feature Seasoned Certified Angus Beef New York Steak, BBQ Chicken Breast, BBQ Mild Italian Sausage, BBQ Salmon, Sauteed Scampi Shrimp, Fresh Fruit & Berries mix, Pasta Salad with Heirloom Tomatoes, Fresh Mozzarella Cheese, Fresh Basil, Red Onions tossed in Olive Oil and Red Wine Vinegar, Mixed Tanimura & Antle Salad Greens tossed with Mango, Papaya, Candied Walnuts, Gorgonzola Cheese in balsamic vinaigrette, Garlic Bread, Fresh Made Salsa, Fresh Made Chile Beans and Fire Roasted Sweet Corn. Included with the meal will be wine, soft drinks and Peter B’s light and dark beer. This mouth-watering feast will be followed by the traditional outstanding dessert, a beautiful 75-lb birthday cake from Layers Bakery donated by Tina Del Piero and Lynn Tomlinson and decorated with fresh roses by Jackie Craghead.

Community Members are invited to Host 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. Meet elected officials, military leaders, and local dignitaries at this not-to-be-missed annual event! This outstanding party attracts over 500 people each year.

La Merienda para los Ninos

Children and grandchildren of attendees 4 to 11 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.