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Sept 21-23, 2018: Monterey Jazz Festival – Free Bike Valet Parking, plus Pure Water Stations

The 60th Monterey Jazz Festival in 2017 was the 10th year that bicycle valet parking was provided. MJF’s was the first and is the longest-running bike valet station in Monterey County. Tip of the helmet to MJF!
Missed it? Mark your calendar for the 61st Monterey Jazz Festival,  Sept 21-23, 2018.


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This post provides valet station location, bike-there directions, and other bicycling or bike-and-ride tips.

Are you making a bike-and-ride trip to the festival? If your bike-and-ride option is Monterey-Salinas Transit, see “What to do when bike racks on buses are full, or when there’s no rack on an MST trolley. Plus many more MST tips.”

But first, we wanna share another eco-groovy thing festival-goers can do…


Filtered water stations, as with the bike valet station, are among the Monterey Jazz green initiatives. Support Monterey Jazz Festival in lightening the carbon footprint of this event. Here’s what’s up with the water stations. For any changes, check with MJF.
  • Throughout the three-day Jazz Fest, you’ll have free access to multiple U.S. Pure Water/The Water Store filtered water stations. 
  • Bring your own stainless steel or other nonbreakable individual use container to refill and reuse.  Per state and county regulations, glass and containerized beverages cannot be brought onto the fairgrounds, except for one unopened plastic bottle of water.  A stainless steel or other nonbreakable individual use water container is allowed, which may be filled at the free Pure Water stations. Forget? Water bottles will be available for sale, with proceeds benefiting jazz ed.
  • Why? Monterey Jazz cares about reducing plastic pollution! Learn more about plastic pollution in “Bike to the Beach.”
  • Let the Jazz Fest know you appreciate their water stations, as well as their bike valet parking service (begun in 2008), and other green actions.

Bike valet details

  • The free bike valet parking station will cheerfully accommodate cargo bikes and bike trailers too, as well as strollers, skateboards, joggers, etc.
  • As the Jazz Festival website’s Greening page states, in 2017 the bike valet station is planned to again be at Gate 3, near the corner of Fairground Road and Garden Road. (Some events at this venue, the Monterey County Fairgrounds & Event Center, have the bike valet at Gate 5.)  For any possible changes, contact valet provider Michael Baroni, Green Pedal Couriers (831-920-8181) or the Monterey Jazz Festival.
  • Take advantage of this free bike valet service. Biking to the Jazz Fest means you’ll zip past traffic jams, avoid any parking lot fees, see the neighborhoods up close and personal, get some exercise in the fresh coastal air, and help keep our air and water cleaner.
History of bike valet at Monterey Jazz Festival
  • Monterey Jazz Festival was the first and is the longest-running bike valet station in Monterey County. This MJF amenity celebrates its 10th year in 2017.
  • Beginning in 2008, the Monterey Jazz Festival has offered free bike valet parking, provided in partnership between Monterey Jazz Festival, the Monterey County Fairgrounds & Event Center, and valet providers.
  • From 2008-2012, the bike valet effort was organized by Monterey Green Action, supported in 2011-2012 by Green Pedal Couriers.
  • In 2013, Michael Baroni, Green Pedal Couriers (831-920-8181) took on the bike valet organizing, keeping the bike valet ops rocking—well, jazzed!—in Monterey County.

Bike-there/route tips and more info

Reaching the Monterey Jazz Festival at the Monterey Fairgrounds is a short bike ride from the coastal bike/multi-use path.  

Most direct route: bike-there direx from Monterey Bay coastal trail (bike/multi-use path) via Casa Verde

Note: This route is nearly entirely flat, with only one very short and cinchy hill just before you reach Fremont Avenue.

  1. Leave the bike/multi-use path at Casa Verde. (The path parallels Del Monte Avenue here. Not familiar with that Casa Verde and Del Monte intersection?  A landmark on that corner is Bay View Academy.) 
  2. As you bike up Casa Verde, there are no bike lanes nearly all the way, so use extra caution as you share the traffic lane with cars.  (There is only a bike lane on Casa Verde in that final block, from Fremont Avenue to Fairground Road.)
  3. Continue up Casa Verde all the way to the T-intersection at Fairground Road. (When you’re nearly there, Casa Verde crosses Fremont Avenue; at that intersection, you’ll see a gas station and Beverly’s fabrics/crafts store.)
  4. After crossing Fremont Street, you’ll see a “green lane” (added in 2016) welcoming people who bike to the Monterey County Fair and Event Center.IMG_0177
  5. Voila! That’s the fairgrounds marquee straight ahead of you.
  6. Turn right at the stop sign onto Fairground Road to get to the corner of Fairground Road and Garden Road. Make a left; the bike valet station is located just outside Gate 3. Look for the bike valet parking signs.
Alternate route–with bike lanes: bike-there direx from Monterey Bay coastal trail (bike/multi-use path) via Sloat and Mark Thomas

Note: This route is mostly flat, with some slight uphill on Mark Thomas that most people will find easy.

  1. Leave the bicycle/multi-use path at Sloat Avenue. (Don’t know Sloat? There’s a traffic light at Sloat, and Sloat runs alongside the Naval Postgraduate School.) 
  2. Continue on Sloat (which has Class II bike lanes) to the traffic light at Mark Thomas Drive.
  3. Turn left onto Mark Thomas (which also has bike lanes).
  4. Continue up Mark Thomas to the traffic light at Garden Road. (Just fyi, at this three-way intersection, Mark Thomas becomes Fairground Road.) Make a right on Garden Road, then an immediate left to cross Garden Road and enter the fairgrounds.
  5. Just outside Gate 3, right there near the corner of Fairground Road and Garden Road, is the bike valet station.  Look for the bike valet parking signs.

Tips about bicycling to the Jazz Fest

You don’t need to bike all the way to the Jazz Fest, you may want to bike just part-way there.  See bike-and-ride tips.

Concerned about bike security at the fairgrounds?  No worries, the bike valet volunteers are your personal bicycle security guards for this event.

Didn’t BYOB (bring your own bike)?  You can still leave your car at your hotel or elsewhere; use one of the bike rentals available in Monterey County.

Wonder about biking when your return tip will be at night?  See Personal Safety tips and Biking in the Dark.


For bike valet questions, contact Green Pedal Couriers (831.920.8181) or the Monterey Jazz Festival.
For general bicycling questions, see Bicycling Monterey’s 20-section Tips for Bicycling Monterey County guide or contact me or others from the 32-section Monterey County bike community leaders page.

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