Special Events
How to navigate Car Week 2022 in Carmel-by-the-Sea


As many locals and visitors are aware, the month of August is a particularly busy month on the Peninsula. The City has compiled the following resources to help everyone navigate safely through the month of August. 

Car Week Events

This year Car Week extends from Friday, August 12 through Sunday, August 21. The Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau has created a guide and interactive map of all Car Week events, road closures, etc, useful for everyone looking to attend the events or avoid traffic impacts. 

The City of Carmel will be hosting two event during week:

  • On Tuesday, August 16 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, Acura (which was part of COTA) will display cars in Devendorf Park on the corner of Ocean and Junipero.
  • On Thursday, August 18 from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm, the all-women Prancing Ponies Car Show will display cars on Ocean Avenue between Junipero and San Carlos and Mission between 6th and 7th.

The two traditional Carmel-by-the-Sea Car Week events, Concours on the Avenue (COTA) and the Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance will not take place this year.  


The Carmel by-the Sea Police Department makes the safety of the village a top priority.

On Thursday, August 18th, 2022, the Carmel by-the Sea Police Department will be hosting STOPP between the hours of 3pm and 9pm. STOPP (Strategic Traffic Observation and Prevention Program) is the combined traffic enforcement efforts of multiple agencies within Monterey County. Participating agencies include Salinas, Monterey, Seaside, Pacific Grove, and the California Highway Patrol.

The mission of STOPP Officers is to target specific traffic violations within the Monterey Peninsula, addressing intersections and roadways with high proportions of traffic collisions, and vehicle code violations to ensure the safety for all motorist and pedestrians. The ultimate goal is to reduce traffic collisions, increase motorist, and pedestrian safety.

Participating agencies will accomplish this by using traffic enforcement techniques and saturation. This added enforcement will be crucial to the added vehicle and pedestrian traffic in Carmel by-the Sea and the Monterey Peninsula will host during Car Week 2022.

Local Traffic

Heavy traffic in and around Carmel-by-the-Sea is expected for the entire week. The City is encouraging the use of Carpenter Street and Rio Road to enter and exit the City.

Free parking is available at Sunset Center at San Carlos Street & Ninth Avenue and Vista Lobos located at Torres Street and Third Avenue.

There will not be any shuttles this year at Carmel Mission. 

Locals who are scheduling appointments and conducting regular business during this week are reminded to be aware of the increased traffic levels and schedule accordingly. 

Construction parking permits will not be issued during Car Week.

Please contact the City of Carmel-by-the-Sea Community Activities Department at 831.620.2020 or communityactivities@ci.carmel.ca.us with any questions.