Events on the Mendocino Coast

Upcoming Events In Mendocino

Mendocino Coast Whale Festivals

Dates: March 4 thru March 19, 2017 |

Imagine...tasting delightful wines in elegant shops and galleries just steps from the dramatic Pacific Ocean cliffs. You can experience this and many more delights to the eye and the palate at this year's Mendocino Coast Whale Festivals! ● The Mendocino Whale Festival is held 3/4/17. Explore the beautiful village of Mendocino where there are plenty of whales to view from the surrounding Mendocino Headlands State Park. Chowder, beer and wine tasting options are available up and down our Village’s pedestrian-friendly lanes, while you explore art exhibits, local shops and inns. ● The Little River Whale Festival will be held 3/11/17. ● The Whale Run and Walk will occur 3/18/17, from 7:30 am to 11:30 am. ● The Fort Bragg Whale Festival will be held from 3/18/17 to 3/19/17. Events will include a “Chowder Tasting Contest,” where chefs from various local restaurants compete for your vote to determine who makes the best chowder in coastal Mendocino county!

Annual Events


Mendocino Film Festival ~ A gem of a festival! Watch independently made films with a chance to interact with directors, screenwriters, producers and celebrities from across the industry

Mendocino Coast Garden Tour ~ Enjoy a behind the scenes glimpse of some of the Mendocino coast's most beautiful gardens on this self guided tour. Benefits the Mendocino Art Center


Fourth of July Parade ~ in downtown Mendocino with food, games and music at Friendship Park, BBQ and music on the Kelly House Museum lawn. Mendocino’s largest celebration!

Mendocino Music Festival ~ Under the big white tent on the Mendocino headlands, experience fine music by outstanding performers. Classical, Blues, Opera, World, Jazz and More

World’s Largest Salmon BBQ ~ Noyo Harbor, Ft. Bragg

Summer Arts and Crafts Fair ~ Mendocino Art Center


Art in the Gardens ~ Art Show and Sale of Nearly 100 Artists with Mendocino County Wine Tasting, Local Culinary Food and Live Music at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens in Fort Bragg


Winesong! ~Walking through the gardens you will eat Mendocino’s finest foods, taste wines from Mendocino, Sonoma, Napa Counties and beyond and delight in music from several groups ranging from classical to jazz to celtic folk – the highlight being a lively charity auction – all to benefit the Mendocino Coast Hospital Foundation

The Mendocino Open Paint Out ~ hosted by Mendocino Art Center , a five day plein air festival with wet paint sales each day, demonstrations, presentations and lunches with awards ceremony – public welcome!


Kelly House Silent Auction ~ Benefits the Kelly House Museum

Abalone Festival Cook Off at Noyo Harbor ~ Live music, silent auction, craft fair and raffle to benefit Mendocino Area Parks Association


Beer, Wine and Mushroom Festival ~ Mushroom dinners and cooking classes, wine and beer pairing workshops, guided mushroom foraging, music, exhibits, something for everyone during this magical season of mushrooms!


Candlelight Inn Tour ~ Tour the enchanting inns of Mendocino, Ft. Bragg and Little River at holiday time. Refreshments are served and decorations are charming


Crab and Wine Days ~  All you can eat crab feeds, crab cake cook-offs, wine competitions, cooking classes and lots of seafood!


Mendocino Whale Festival ~  Whale watching , educational activities and exhibits at Pt. Cabrillo Light House, chowder and wine tastings for three weekends up and down the Mendocino Coast


Wildflower Show at the Ford House in Mendocino


Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival ~ Technical conference and social bbq in the vineyards, grand tasting with over forty wineries participating, winemakers dinners and open house in most wineries

Annual Rhododendron Show in Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens