Events on the Mendocino Coast

Upcoming Events In Mendocino

8th Annual Festival of Lights

Dates: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from November 24th until December 17th, 2017 |

Each winter the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens transforms into a spectacular show of glittering color. The 8th Annual Festival of Lights will run rain or shine each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evening from November 24 through December 17. The Gardens invites guests to create a holiday tradition and take a stroll along the Gardens’ twinkling pathways lined with inventive displays. After dark, the Succulent Garden morphs into a fantastic underwater scene of seaweed and floating jellyfish. A sailing brig that struck nearby reefs back in 1850 is reanimated with dazzling lights amidst the Gardens’ nationally recognized Heath and Heather Collection. A visit to Santa’s workshop will delight the little ones and give families a chance to snap a keepsake photo with Santa Claus on select nights. Visitors can warm up and wind down in a beautifully decorated tent complete with live music, local craft brews, and some of the best wine Mendocino County has to offer. The Holiday Sweets Café offers hot cocoa, cider, and homemade goodies baked by members of Friends of the Gardens

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