• Mendocino Whale Festival

  • Enjoy Wine, Chowder and Craft Beer Tasting while exploring the beautiful village of Mendocino where there are plenty of whales to view from the surrounding Mendocino Headlands State Park. Taste some of Mendocino County's finest varietals in shops and galleries throughout Mendocino village. A complimentary trolley will be provided for your convenience. Tickets can be bought online for the chowder, wine, and beer tasting at Brown Paper Tickets.  

    Events Include:

  • Chowder Tasting & Competition: Sample chowders ranging from traditional to not so traditional from some of the best chefs on the coast and declare the winner at the Mendocino Whale Festival.
    When: Saturday, March 2nd from 11:00am - 1:00pm or until the chowder runs out (get there early!)
    Where: Crown Hall, Mendocino, 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 2nd from 11:00am - 1:00pm.
    Where: Crown Hall, Mendocino, 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 2nd from 1:00pm-4:00pm
    Where: Ford House Museum, 45035 Main St, Mendocino, CA 95460  

    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


    Mendocino Headlands State Park: (located in Mendocino village on Highway One) The park will hold the following events at the Ford House Visitor Center and Museum, 45035 Main Street, Mendocino, CA open 11am to 4pm daily. 

    Schedule of Events at the Ford House

    Whale Tales” Exhibit at the Ford House Visitor’s Center, featuring bones from a Gray Whale, information regarding the grays whale migration, and an interactive exhibit that lets you quiz yourself on whale facts. Throughout the month of March. 

    Knowledgeable docents will be on hand at the Ford House throughout the Whale Festival with tips on when and where to watch for whales, and to answer questions regarding gray whale natural history.

    Docent-led whale watch walks are scheduled during the Mendocino Whale Festival at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 2nd, and 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 3rd. Then each Saturday at 11:30 a.m. throughout the rest of the month of March. A limited number of binoculars and spotting scopes are availableMeet at the Ford House.

    Thanksgiving Coffee will be providing free coffee tasting at the Ford House during the Mendocino Whale Festival, Saturday only, March 2nd, 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Built in 1854 for Jerome Ford, the acknowledged founder of Mendocino, the Ford House has  exhibits highlighting the area’s natural and cultural history, including a scale model of Mendocino as it was in 1890. For additional information, visit the Ford House online at http://mendoparks.org , on Facebook, or by calling the Ford House Visitor Center at (707) 937-5397.



  • Mendocino Whale Festival
  • 2018 Fort Bragg Whale Festival