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Festivals/Annual Events

Mendocino County offers a wide variety of festivals and events throughout the year. There is never a dull moment here on the coast!


For more events visit our  calendar.


Mendocino Crab, Wine and Beer Days.

Crab feeds, wine dinners and wine tastings held during the month of January at

locations. For more information, follow the link:



Temple of Kwan Tai Chinese New Year Benefit Dinner


Annual Soroptimist International Bingo Bash!
Mendocino Whale Festival.

Enjoy whale watching tours, educational activities, art and gallery exhibits, chowder and wine tasting and


more. Telephone 961-6300 or visit www.mendowhale.com

Click here for the 2015 Whale Festival Brochure




Little River Whale Festival. For details call 961-6300 or visit www.mendowhale.com
Fort Bragg Whale Festival. Enjoy whale watching walks, boat cruises, craft vendors, chowder cook off, oyster & sausage barbeque, beer tasting and the Whale Run/Walk. Garden tours, and a whale exhibit and tours at Point Cabrillo Lighthouse. Telephone 961-6300 or visit www.mendowhale.com.


April Redwood Coast Whale & Jazz Festival.

presented by Gualala Arts, captures inspired, original jazz artwork, whale education, a film series, poetry and jazz, chowder challenge and tasting, and live music in beautiful settings conducive to a special coastal experience. http://gualalaarts.org/Festivals/index.html


Annual Rhododendron Show. Event at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens. For details call 964-4435. www.noyochapterars.com.

Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival. three day event including a Technical Conference and social BBQ in the vineyards on Friday, Grand Tasting on Saturday with 40+ wineries participating, many elegant winemaker dinners on Saturday evening, and open houses at all area wineries on Sunday. http://www.avwines.com/anderson-valley-pinot-noir-festival/
Boonville Beer Festival. A Benefit for Many Anderson Valley Area Non-profits & California Small Brewers Association https://avbc.com/happenings/the-legendary-boonville-beer-festival/
Fine Arts Fair. Two-day arts festival held in the small Northern California coastal town of Gualala http://gualalaarts.org/Festivals/index.html
Wildflower Show, Ford House.
My Garden. Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens at the gardens dinner/silent auction www.gardenby thesea.org
Mendocino Film Festival. Showcasing independent films, documentaries, foreign and short films and animation. Opening night gala and awards ceremony. 937-0171or visit the official website: www.mendocinofilmfestival.org.


Mendocino Coast Garden Tour. Tour private gardens with Mendocino Art Center for complete details visit online at: http://www.mendocinoartcenter.org/Garden.html .
Lions Club Carnival by the Sea. Complete carnival entertainment including rides and games. Butler Amusements Premiere Carnival on DelMar Drive at Todd Point. For details call 961-1727 www.fortbragglionsclub.org
NorCoast Rodders Car Show. Visit http://norcoastrodders.com/ for more information

Big Fun Fair, Mendocino.


Annual 4th July Parade. The parade starts at noon near Crown Hall on Ukiah Street in Mendocino, continues down Main and up Lansing. Listen live on KOZT 95.3/95.9fm. or 961-6300 or www.mendocinocoast.com
World's Largest Salmon BBQ.

Annual event begins 11:00am at Noyo Harbor in Fort Bragg. Call 962-0548 or visit their website:

Fireworks over Noyo Harbor after dark. www.mendocinocoast.com
Mendocino Music Festival. Daytime features lectures, recitals, a children's matinee, performances by young musicians and chamber concerts at beautiful venues. Evenings include breathtaking concerts featuring the Festival Orchestra, big band concerts, chamber music ensembles, dance, blues, jazz, world and folk music. For complete details visit on line at www.mendocinomusic.com.
Summer Arts & Crafts Fair. 10am-5pm at Mendocino Art Center. Free admission. www.mendocinoartcenter.org.


Gloriana Main Stage production. www.gloriana.org
Gualala’s Art in the Redwoods. This weekend event features art from near and far along with free entertainment and artists booths http://gualalaarts.org/Festivals/index.html
Annual Paul Bunyan Days Celebration. Labor Day Weekend www.paulbunyandays.com or 961-0525.
Winesong celebration.

Celebration of wine, food, music, art and giving benefiting MCDH. Event at Mendocino Coast
BotanicalGardens. www.winesong.org or call 961-4688.
Portuguese Festa. Fort Bragg's Portuguese community celebrates their heritage
Coastal Cleanup Day . 9am-12 noon. Sponsored by Mendocino Land Trust . Clean up Mendocino County's beaches. 962-0470 www.mendocinolandtrust.org
Studio Discovery Tour More information at http://www.gualalaarts.org/Festivals/
Fall Plant Sale. 9am-5pm at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens. 964-4352. www.gardenby thesea.org


Mendocino Area Parks Association Abalone Festival & Cook Off. Live music. A raffle, silent auction, craft fair and abalone tasting. 10am-4pm. Call 937-4700or visit on-line: www.mendoparks.org.
Fort Bragg Foodbank Chili and Soup Cookoff. http://www.fortbraggfoodbank.org/home/index


Wine & Mushroom Festival. For details call 707-734-0177 or visit: www.visitmendocino.com


Holiday Lights Parade.


Lighted trucks, Christmas carols, Santa Claus, Christmas festivities in downtown Fort Bragg. 961-2831

Festival of Lights at the Botanical gardens. www.gardenbythesea.org
Light Up A Life. Benefitting MCDH Hospice Program. For details call 961-4617 or web: www.mcdh.org/light.
Christmas at the Ford House. Celebrate Christmas 11am-4pm. 937-5397.




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