Remember gathering around a campfire? At church camp as a teenager, with friends or with family, when someone pulls out a guitar the atmosphere perceptibly changes. That’s the moment we’re striving for at Campfire Concerts. This is more than just a concert. This event is about praising God as a community through worship and through fellowship.
Join us before the concert begins to share a meal around the fire from the best local food trucks. We hope you’ll bring a friend and make some new ones. Bring your Bible study, your youth group, your kids, your coworker! Everyone is welcome to meet God around the campfire.
Campfire is a new Christian concert series in Monterey: a place where we can worship God together, praise Him in unity, and pray for our area in an environment that is welcoming to everyone.
Grab some warm clothes, bring your friends,
and let’s meet out at the Campfire!
Tickets for our gathering on August 20th, 2021 are on sale now!
Why is Campfire a nonprofit?
Campfire Concerts is a nonprofit public benefit* because, simply enough, we're not in this for the profit - we want God to be glorified and His Church to be encouraged. But good concerts are not cheap! We hold fundraisers and accept donations so that ticket prices can be as affordable as possible. When you donate the price of a ticket, you're making it possible for a neighbor to attend this event!
If you would like to contribute, here are a few places to start...
*Campfire Concerts is still in the process of receiving our own nonprofit status. We are currently operating under the nonprofit umbrella of Marketplace Meets Mission. All donations will go through Marketplace Meets Mission.
What to Expect
The gates to the Campground area with picnic tables, food trucks, and booths open at 5:00pm. All ticket holders will be able to enter the auditorium area to pick out their seats at 7:00pm, 30 minutes before the concert starts. General Admission ticket holders will be able to choose their seats at this time, and VIP and Reserved ticket holders will have their seats already reserved. Don't forget to bring your tickets with you - either print them out or have your receipt on your phone. VIP ticket holders will be able to pick up their lanyards at the door.
Yes, literal campfires are provided, but the weather on our central coast can be
unpredictable and it may get chilly. Concert seating is on the grass at the Jack
Payton Stage, and there will be nothing overhead except the oak trees!
VIP and Reserved ticket holders reserve their seats at the time of purchase. VIP chairs are padded. General Admission tickets come with open bleacher seating and audience members may wish to bring stadium seat pads. There will also be room on the grass, and you may want to bring a picnic blanket or beach chairs.
We don't have a ticket type for children under a certain age. Instead, we follow the airplane policy: Every person with a seat pays for a ticket (even children) and any child who is young enough and small enough to sit on their parents' lap gets in for free.
Let’s share a meal together! Stationed around the event will be booths with food available for purchase. We will be selling official Campfire Concerts merchandise, artist merchandise, and s'mores kits. What's a campfire without s'mores?
Parking and Entry
The Monterey Fairgrounds Carnival parking lot will be open for our event. Enter this lot through gate #8 on Fairgrounds Road, near Airport Road. Parking will be free but also unmanned. Campfire Concerts is not responsible for lost or stolen items and you park at your own risk. From the Carnival lot, make the short walk down Fairgrounds Road to enter the event at gate #5, at the turnstiles next to the Turf Club. This area serves as our "campground," where we will eat and gather before concert seating begins. Tickets will also be available for sale at the door. If you'd like to see a map of the Fairgrounds, click here.
We are expecting a diverse group of Christians and nonChristians at this event! Please be friendly and go out of your way to chat with people you don’t know.
Pastors will be available throughout the event to pray with you, encourage you, chat with you, talk about God with you, or get you connected to a local church. Be sure to stop by and say hello, and join us in praying for our community!
Photos from our 2020 event in Monterey
On March 7th, 2020, we hosted Cory Asbury of Bethel Music and Phil Wickham at the Monterey Fairgrounds. Doesn't that seem like ages ago?
Thank you to everyone who came out and made our first event one to remember! God is good!
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For All Seasons
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