Mendocino Whale Festival
On Saturday, Mendocino County wineries bring their unique vintages for tasting to the village shops, galleries and inns. A free trolley offers rides to participating merchants and nearby events, like the chowder tasting, whale watching walks and Mendocino County food product tasting. The Point Cabrillo Lighthouse, three miles north of Mendocino, offers activities for the whole family both Saturday and Sunday of both festivals, including games for kids, information on the shipwreck the Frolic, lighthouse history and gray whale migration. Take a walk on the Mendocino Headlands to see the whales or take a charter boat out to see them up close!
Little River Whale Festival
Wine tasting and whale watching will be the featured attractions of the 31st Annual Mendocino Whale Festival March 6 and 7 in Mendocino. On Saturday, many wineries will set up tasting stations in inns, galleries and shops throughout Mendocino Village and Little River, while the area’s top chefs produce their favorite seafood chowders in a tasting event. A marine mammal art exhibit, plein-air (live outdoor painting demonstrations) and docent-led walks are all part of the two-day festival. With some 20,000 gray whales migrating north from birthing grounds in Mexico to their winter home in Alaska, there will be plenty of whales to view from the Mendocino Headlands State Park, which surrounds Mendocino Village.
Web address: mendowhale.com
Fort Bragg Whale Festival
Microbrew tasting and whale watching will be the featured attractions of the 31st Annual Fort Bragg Whale Festival March 20 and 21. On Saturday the area’s top chefs will produce their favorite chowders, along with dozens of microbrews provided by the Fort Bragg Rotary Club. A marine mammal art exhibit and crafts fair are also part of the two-day festival. While in Fort Bragg, don't forget to plan a whale watching boat tour on the sea with Whale Watching Charter Boats out of Noyo Harbor. Also that weekend, the Point Cabrillo Lighthouse offers great activities for the whole family, including information on the migration of the gray whales, our gentle giants of the Pacific.
Pt Cabrillo Lighthouse: pointcabrillo.org
Mendocino Film Festival
Mendocino is the perfect setting for art and culture and the Film Festival is the time to show our productions. Short, independent and foreign films and well as documentaries are presented. This event is for all ages and is used to tutor and inspire young filmmakers.
Web address: www.mendocinofilmfestival.com or www.mendocinofilmfestival.org
World's Largest Salmon Barbeque
The world's largest salmon BBQ has delighted salmon lovers since 1970. It is held on the banks of the Noyo River each year in conjunction with the Independence Day festivities in Fort Bragg. Come and enjoy live music, the aroma of grilled salmon, family and friends. It is the primary source of funding for the Salmon Restoration League
Mendocino Music Festival
In a tent on the Mendocino headlands, the Mendocino Music Festival presents extraordinary music in a spectacular setting. Evenings include breathtaking concerts featuring the glorious Festival Orchestra, the popular Big Band concert, chamber music ensembles, dance, blues, jazz, world, and folk music. Days include lecture/recitals at the Piano Series, a children's matinee, performances by the Young Musicians, and chamber concerts at beautiful venues throughout Mendocino Village.
Web address: mendocinomusic.com
Art in the Gardens
This event is hailed as one of the best garden parties on the Northern Coast, featuring over 60 artists and more than a dozen Mendocino County wineries. Spend the day sampling local culinary treats with some of the county's best wineries in the beautiful Botanical Gardens. There is a silent auction that offers pieces donated by local artists of all trades with all proceeds going to the Garden. Live music will be offered and tickets can be purchased in advance.
Phone: 707-964-4352 ext.25
Web address://art in the gardens
Winesong is a recognized charity wine auction and tasting. Always a sellout crowd of over 1,000 guests it has become one of the most spectacular and prestigious events on the Northern Coast. Winesong is located in the beautiful Mendocino Botanical Gardens and is a celebration of wine, food, music, art & giving. All proceeds benefit the Mendocino Coast Community Hospital. Please see link for more information.
Web address: www.winesong.org
Mendocino County Wine and Mushroom Fest
The highlight of mushroom season is Mendocino County's annual 10-day Wine & Mushroom Festival that features a myriad of events including mushroom dinners, wine- and beer- pairing workshops, mushroom exhibits, guided mushroom- foraging walks and much, much more.