• Fort Bragg Whale Festival

  • Enjoy Wine, Chowder and Craft Beer tasting while visiting our local shops and Inns, and whale watch from the new Coastal Trail in Fort Bragg, as well as from miles of beaches. Tickets can be bought online for the chowder, wine, and beer tasting at Brown Paper Tickets.

    Events Include:

  • Chowder Tasting Enjoy a variety of chowders ranging from traditional to not so traditional! Our Chowder Tasting will feature chowders from various local restaurants - and you can be there to taste them all! 
    When: Saturday, March 17th from 11:00am - 1:00pm or until the chowder runs out.
    Where: TBA, Fort Bragg, CA  
    Tickets for the chowder tasting are $10 and can be bought online at Brown Paper Tickets, at the Mendocino Coast Chamber office at 217 S Main Street, Fort Bragg, and at the venue. 

  • Beer Tasting Craft Brews from North Coast Brewing Company are only $5 and include a FREE 3 oz. pour of North Coast Brewing Company's new North Coast Steller IPA!

    Proceeds from Stellar provide support for marine mammal research and rescue.

    When: Saturday, March 17th from 11:00am - 1:00pm
    Where: TBA, Fort Bragg, CA   
    Tickets are $5 and can be purchased online at Brown Paper Tickets, at the Mendocino Coast Chamber office at 217 S Main Street, Fort Bragg, and at the venue.
    Don't forget your ID! 

  • Wine Tasting: Over a dozen wineries From Mendocino County come together to pour wine for tasters in Mendocino Village.

    When: Saturday, March 17th from 1:00pm-4:00pm
    Where: TBA, Fort Bragg, CA  

    Tickets are $35 pre-sale and can be bought online at Brown Paper Tickets or at the Mendocino Coast Chamber office at 217 S Main Street, Fort Bragg. 

    You can also purchase your ticket on the date itself for $40; tickets will be available at the Ford House where you will also be able to pick up your Mendo Whale wine glass/es.
    Remember to bring your ID!

  • Other Whale Festival Activities

     

    MacKerricher State Park, Located three miles North of Fort Bragg on Highway 1, is an ideal location for watching the gray whale migration.  The park has a wheelchair accessible boardwalk allowing access to the headlands of Laguna Point with stunning views of the coastline. Day use is free.

    The 2018 Whale Festival is a ‘must attend’ event on March 16th, 17th and 18th.  Events and admission to the park are free and all ages are welcome.  Events are listed below.  For additional information or questions contact (707)961-0471 or visit www.mendoparks.org.

    Friday, March 16th, 7:00 p.m.  Lecture to take place in the Veterans’ Memorial Building located at 360 North Harrison St., in Fort Bragg.  Join State Parks for an exciting lecture given by a guest speaker about the whales of the Pacific.  Refreshments, interactive activities and a raffle to take place at the time of the lecture.  Event to take place rain or shine.

    Saturday, March 17th, beginning at 11a.m.

    Whale Walk at MacKerricher State Park

    Docents and State Parks’ staff lead informative guided whale walks.  The program will start at the Visitor Center and whale skeleton for discussion before driving to Laguna Point for whale watching.  Binoculars are available.  Events to take place rain or shine.  Dress appropriately.

    Saturday, March 17th, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

    Family event includes arts and crafts, games and educational activities.

    Learn all about the whales of the Pacific in this interactive learning event.  Visit our education stations to learn more about whales.  Play games, make art, listen to music and enjoy a free hot dog lunch (donations accepted).  Event to take place at the MacKerricher campfire center, rain or shine.  Dress appropriately.

    Sunday, March 18th, beginning at 11a.m.

    Whale Walk at MacKerricher State Park

    Docents and State Parks’ staff lead informative guided whale walks.  The program will start at the Visitor Center and whale skeleton for discussion before driving to Laguna Point for whale watching.  Binoculars are available.  Events to take place rain or shine.  Dress appropriately.

    Sunday, March 18th, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.  Help preserve our whale skeleton.

    Come to MacKerricher State Park Visitor Center to help paint and preserve our whale skeleton.  Every year a fresh coat of paint is applied to our famous gray whale skeleton to help protect it from the elements.  Bring a paint brush and wear your painting clothes.

    *Note – rain or heavy fog will cancel*

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