Monterey Beach Sportsfest

MC Gives logoMonterey Beach Sports Fest is a qualified non-profit recognized by the MC Gives program.

The Big Idea

Our purpose is to provide at -risk and under-served youth an opportunity to engage in a meaningful event that positively impacts their lives.

This Fall 2017, we are very optimistic about the opportunities ahead and plan to expand upon our past efforts by bringing 300 children from Salinas, Marina, and Seaside. At some point, we hope to provide a day on the beach and an overnight stay at the Monterey Bay Aquarium which would include transportation, accommodations, and meals. The event will be an introduction to our theme of “Healthy People, Healthy Oceans” through our children’s expo which includes hands on educational opportunities, fitness activities and group interactions. Our collegiate volunteer mentors will accompany groups of students and families to various event stations throughout the day while serving as positive role models.

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SportsFest 4th Annual

September 23 and 24, 2017

The Monterey Beach SportsFest is an event like no other on the shores of the Central Coast this September 23 and 24. The Monterey Beach SportsFest is a celebration of Healthy People, Healthy Oceans, bringing together a series of ocean focused conservation and educational resources and a variety of athletic disciplines. There a multitude of free outdoor activities ranging from yoga, Zumba to kids sand castle team building and live musical entertainment. In celebration of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary’s 25th Anniversary, there will be a “Free” 450 yard community swim and movie night on the beach.

From beach volleyball to cold-water swim competitions, SUP/Prone paddling, Kayak racing, and a unique multisport event called the Ikaika Challenge which combines swimming, strength activities and beach running, there is competition for teams and individuals during the two-day event held at Del Monte Beach in downtown Monterey. There will a tire flipping, pull-up and push-up contest for the “Fittest on the Beach!!!

The Monterey Beach SportsFest will be providing a “Day at the Beach” for 200-300 children from Salinas, Marina, and Seaside, as well as, the public. The goal is to promote Healthy People, Healthy Oceans and Healthy Communities. We want to ensure that every child has the opportunity to participate in a positive and life changing experience. With the help of our student volunteers from CSUMB, we hope to provide positive role models to become good stewards of the community. Read More…


  • Swims – 0.5, 1.0, 2.5 mile
  • SUP – 2 mile and 6 mile event
  • Prone Paddle – 2 mile and 6 mile
  • Waterman Challenge  Short and Long
  • Ikaika Challenge – Full, Mini and Relay
  • Kayak Racing 2 mile and 6 mile
  • Beach Volleyball 2 Person Tournament
  • Tire Flipping Contest
  • Push-up Contest
  • Pull-up Contest
  • Kids 400 yard Dash
  • Kids Sand Castle Contest

To register for Events, click here.

Beach Volleyball register here.

Not an athlete? But don’t want to sit on the sidelines? Why not volunteer? Whether you are a professional or a homemaker, retired or work full-time, a teacher or a student, we need your skills and talents. Click here to find out where volunteers are needed.

Get Involved


FREE Movie Night on the Beach

Join us Saturday evening from 6:30-9:00 PM for a FREE Movie Night on the Beach featuring Disney Nature “Oceans” in celebration of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary’s 25th anniversary!  The film will showcase incredible underwater wildlife and highlight ocean conservation. View Event flyer here.


Free popcorn!  Bring the kids!

Presented by
Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary,
City of Monterey, and
First 5 Monterey County

Thank you to our 2017 Sponsors!

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