Welcome to the Carmel Residents Association Website

Since 1987, the Carmel Residents Association has been the premier community civic non-profit organization for full and part-time residents and owners or renters in Carmel-by-the-Sea and everyone who cares for and wants to stay connected to everything in our "Village in the Forest by the Sea". You can now also join, renew and make donations to the CRA, register and pay for CRA-sponsored events and much more, all online. Click here for a more detailed overview. 

CRA's - The Voice, News You Can Use, Events and More

Upcoming & Ongoing "Hot Topics"  We've compiled important history and background content for information and will updated them as these initiatives continue by City Teams throughout the year.   Please check them out and provide your suggestions and comments.

Mark Your Calendars  for CRA Events in September & October

  • CRA Hosts - John Sanders new insights on 17 Mile Drive and Del Monte Hodel - Wednesday October 19th from 7-8 PM in Carmel Woman's Club - Details Here
  • CRA Board (and hopefully you too) will join us marching Carmel By The Sea Anniversary & Halloween Parade - October 31st

The Voice - Sept-Oct HERE  

Articles include: The Pit & the Pendulum, A Movable Saint, Expert or Highwayman?, You've Got Mail...Someplace, About Town with Pacaso, Cell Towers & City Accomplishments, Events past and upcoming, CRA Corner with Members Beach Gathering Sunday Sept 11th & Candidates Forum Wednesday Sept 21st...and more.  

News You Can Use 

Aug 23 Issue HERE Reminders include: Great CRA Events, City Initiatives, Donations and Endless Activities to Enjoy...now with 2022 Car Week in the rear view mirror.  [Sept 11 Members Only Beach Gathering, Sept 21st Candidates Forum...and more]

Aug 16 Issue HERE.  Articles include: Car Week Events Underway, Great CRA Events in September, [MemberBeach Gathering, Candidates Forum...and more], City Initiatives, and Endless Activities to Enjoy

Discounts Updated "Carmel Eats & Drinks" Listing HERE. Updated Village Incentive Program (VIP) Offers &  Listing HERE

Archives of all of these email and printed publications can be found HERE.   
Plus Our CRA Facebook page will also contain the most recent news, events, photos and open engagement with fellow locals - please join this page.

For Your Upcoming Calendars: 

  • October 19th  - John Sanders' great insights on the Historic Hotel Del Monte & 17 Mile Drive . Here are the details.

  • October 31 - CRA Board & Members marching in the Carmel-by-the-Sea Anniversary Parade 

  • Next - CRA No Host Gatherings -  Thursday November 3rd 4:30 PM at Edwin's - corner of San Carlos & 6th

  • Our Annual Holiday Gala & Dinner at  - December 9th 6ish at La Playa once again!

CRA's & Carmel's Past Events

September 21 - CRA Hosts - Our 17th Biannual CANDIDATES FORUM - at the Carmel Woman's Club - Click on image below for the YouTube Video and more content, contact details are available Here


September 11th -  CRA Members Only Beach Party  - Here are the details, a great time had by all.

Check out our CRA No-Host Gatherings  These will generally be held every 2 month social programs - are where CRA members can mix and mingle over their choice of food and beverages - from the menus of our designated Carmel-by-the-Sea amazing restaurants.  No need to register or order in advance.  Join us to mix and mingle with fellow resident/members - those you know and new ones too. Our first two were June 8th at Anton & Michel and Apr 6 at Vesuvio's Lava Lounge.  


May 19th 6-8PM - CRA's Annual Meeting   We gather yearly to update on CRA Board, Leadership, Programs and most importantly to hear YOUR in-person feedback.  Fred also announced our amazing new CRA Board Members - Janice & Mike, plus presented Elpidia & Carlos Herrera of 5th Avenue Deli with a Business of Recognition Award.  This Members Only meeting was held at the Carmel Youth Center, with Food & Wine and time to catch up with fellow members too.  More details are available HERE.


April 21 - CRA Board Members Ken White and Graeme Robertson coordinated with City Council, City Staff and Carmel High School (CHS) Leadership to create this Student Government Day.   12 CHS Students engaged in a Mock City Council Session with serious relevant and humorous topics for budget approval.  And thanks to all who contributed to this great next generation engagement!   Hopefully this is an annual event. For sure this is a do not miss YouTube viewing HERE. 


March 24th - Future of Architecture in Carmel with Brandon Swanson - YouTube recording of this great session is HERE.  PDF of Brandon's slide presentation is HERE. Our interactive program  included Brandon, our Carmel Director of Planning and Building, with updates on the new state regulations and regional requirements for additional housing in our Village.    For more details click here

And Last Year In 2021.....

CRA Holiday Gala - Friday December 3rd.   CRA hosted members and their guests for a great holiday dinner party and festivities at La Playa Hotel.   Visit this page for the event photos and details.  And here is a link to his original song as performed by our amazing local talent - Roger Book's "Carmel Christmas Memories"  (no image - just recording)

More Carmel-by-the-Sea Events  CRA, City Staff, citizens and other great community organizations participated for the enjoyment of ALL.  Visit these pages for pictures and more....

  • Arbor Day - Oct 23rd  HERE  (with thanks for the special Redwood Tree dedication in honor of our Barbara Livingston in Devendorf Park)

  • Veterans Day - Nov 11th HERE

  • 105th Halloween-Anniversary Parade - Oct 31st  HERE.

November 9th - CRA Hosted and were honored to hear the latest from our one-of-a-kind local artist  "Will Bullas - UNSUPERVISED" - chalk full of great art, new insights and laughs!   Click here for details.  The YouTube is available HERE for those who missed it. 

October 10th,  CRA's Hosted our Citizen of the YearThis was our bi-annual tradition that honors a person whom has, through their service, enhanced the lives of citizens of Carmel-by-the-Sea. This is our 26th year!  This is open to the public and was held at the Carmel Woman's Club. For event details, pictures and background visit this page.  Our 2021 recipient, Dale Byrne!  Congratulations!

September 23rd, CRA Hosted - Planning for the Future:  How should Carmel Adapt to a Changing Climate.  City Council members Jeff Baron and Carrie Theis delivered this interactive presentation and discussion on the strategies our village should consider to prosper in an increasingly different environment. Details on this program are available here.  The YouTube Recording of this great session is HERE.  

September 11th, CRA's Feast In the ForestThis semi-annual CRA gathering at Indian Village in Pebble Beach included great spanish food, beverage and enjoyment for all - themed as " A Night in Spain" from 5-9PM.  To learn the details and pictures of our gathering can be found HERE.   

June 27th, An Outstanding CRA Beach Gathering!   This casual get together was held in Cooke's Cove immediately to the right of the bottom of the Scenic Thirteenth Avenue stairs. Thanks so much to all who joined us.  A photo montage of our mix & mingle can be found HERE

March 25th, CRA hosted "My Grandfather, Sam Morse, with Charles Osborne".  The YouTube link is HERE.   For more details on this program visit this link. 

January 28th, CRA hosted "History of Live Theater in Carmel, with Stephen Moore".   View the YouTube link is HERE.  For more details on this program visit this link.

All of the CRA Videos are posted on the CRA YouTube Channel HERE.

CRA Beach Clean Up Season - every 3rd Saturday at 9AM - See You In September

This year marks our 30th Anniversary of this great community volunteer event.  We are starting a month early this year, beginning in March through October. 
Join us from 9 AM to Noon, every 3rd Saturday, at the bottom of Ocean Avenue.  We'll provide the buckets and scoopers; you bring your gloves and sunscreen.  Visit this page for more information

Farmers Market Serving Carmel Area - Weekly

Thursdays - from 10 AM to 2 PM  In Carmel by the Sea - just behind Devendorf Park on Sixth Avenue between Junipero and Mission Streets on 6th.

PLUS - CRA leadership hosts the Community Table there at the corner of 6th and Junipero - EVERY LAST THURSDAY of EACH MONTH!  (taking off Nov & Dec) Please stop by to pick up your reusable, free "Loving Carmel-by-the-Sea" shopping bag. 

Enjoy local certified organic fresh farm produce, plants, fresh cut flowers, baked good and various specialty items...and some entertainment too.


Please Support our VIP Business Members

Take a look at the list of those that were supporting the CRA's Village Incentive Program here.  All current CRA members receive a yearly new VIP card with their renewal or when they join.

Carmel Chamber of Commerce Catalyst Newsletter 

Sign Up for the Chamber's Catalyst online newsletters here.  It provides great information on and to our valued local Businesses.

Sign up for the Weekly Carmel Friday Letter

Our Village City Administrator and Staff produce a weekly update with a highlight video and other key info on the current week and week to come.  Be sure to signup for this important information here and check out past issues there too.

COVID19 in Monterey County

To see the latest detailed charts and tables from the Monterey health department, click here


During this historic time, here is an expanded list of Online Resources from Local to Global on COVID-19. 

As always, please stay safe and healthy.

Thank you for working to keep our community strong. (see Carmel Code)