• Little River Whale Festival

  • WHALE OF A SALE … LODGING SPECIAL   Stay two nights anytime during the month of March and get the third night free! ALL OVER TOWN. Call your favorite Little River lodging establishment for details. Here are the choices, to date:

    Valid for the entire month of March 2020.

    Please Check Back… additional events and experiences will be uploading over the next couple of weeks.


    The fourteenth annual LITTLE RIVER WHALE FESTIVAL offers lodging specials at properties throughout the seaside town of Little River, CA, family fun activities, and nature adventure all rolled into one weekend! Below is just a sampling of events and experiences inn guests and locals can partake in throughout the weekend:

    • Killer Whales with Keynote Speaker -- Jeff Jacobsen, Marine Mammologist – “Killer Whales: Local Observations in a Global Context.”  Thursday, March 12, The Heritage House Resort, 5200 N Highway One. Enjoy the inspiring views of the Pacific Ocean while we watch for migrating whale’s during a cocktail reception at 5:30 pm. Followed by a 4course feast featuring the bounty of our nearby fields and pastures, local farms, fisheries and wineries. A live art auction will complete the evening. This is a benefit for the Noyo Center for Marine Science. $150 per person. Tickets available on Eventbrite. For more information visit https://noyocenter.org/ or call 707-733-NOYO.
    • John Reischman and the Jay Birds Concert:  Friday, March 13, 7:30 pm (doors open at 6:7:00 pm) Abalone Room, Little River Inn, 7901 N Highway One.  The Jaybirds put their own particular stamp on bluegrass, old time and acoustic roots music, with a satisfying blend of traditional and modern styles, and they also give the impression that they really enjoy playing together. Tickets are $25 in advance; at mendoparks.org/whale-festival, or $30 at the door (if there are available tickets).
    • Docent-led Whale Watch Walk: Saturday, March 14, 10 am12 pm. Guests can partake in a two-hour guided walk searching for pelagic cormorants, seaside daisies, and or course, whales! Binoculars available. Furry friends welcome, too! Leash required. Suggested donation $5 per person; open to public. Park on the west side of Highway One, opposite Gordon Lane.  Look for the blue flags. www.mendoparks.org  Heavy rain cancels this event. 
    • Bloody Mary & Bacon CompetitionSunday, March 15, high noon at the Abalone Rom at Little River Inn, 7901 N Highway One. Be a judge at the 2nd Annual MendoParks event where both local and professional bartenders go head to head to claim the prize of Best Bloody Mary and Best Bacon. Winners announced at 2 pm. Judging tickets for 5-6 Bloody Mary tastes are $50 Pre-Sale; $55 Day of Event (if they are available tickets), includes Chili and Corn Bread.  ID REQUIRED. Tickets are available at:
    • Kayak Mendocino Sea Cave Tours:  Paddle through sea caves and meet the local harbor seals, sea stars, algae, and shorebirds. Tours offered March 14 & 15, ocean permitting, at 11:30 am and 2 pm. Cost is $70 per person, kids 12 and under $40 per person. Please call for reservations:   707-813-7117
    • Spring Ranch Barn Tour:   Saturday & Sunday, March 14 & 15,  11 am to 3 pm. Located at 8475 N Highway One (east side of the highway).  This Barn is an original 1840’s hay barn from Ontario Canada that was saved from the wrecking ball. It was deconstructed by removing the wooden pegs that held the old growth beams together. It was then shipped by rail car and re-assembled at Spring Ranch.  The barn was then renovated by the owners of Spring Ranch using antique salvage from around the world. It features 15′ foot ceilings with exposed beams; Four large antique chandeliers; Herring bone brick floors; Original barn wood paneling; and massive barn doors that open to gardens.  The barn is situated in a meadow surrounded by massive eucalyptus trees and stone and antique iron fencing.
    • Van Damme Visitor Center:  Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 13, 14 & 15, 10 am­3 p.m.  FREE. Docents will share the history and environment of our park, which features coastal Spring Ranch trails, a lush Fern Canyon, a scenic riparian trail system, a Pygmy Forest interpretive walk of miniature mature trees.  For more information call 707- 937-4015 or visit www.mendoparks.org
    • Geocaching:  Friday, Saturday & Sunday, March 13, 14 & 15. Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices.  There are a number of geocaches hidden throughout Little River.  Locate the hidden containers (geocaches) outdoors and then share your experiences online.  All Little River geocaches contain Little River Whale Festival stickers to use as part of this Passport Experience.  Go to www.geocaching.com and/or download the geocaching app for iPhone or Android.  Use zip code 95456 to see a map of Little River Geocaches and you're on your way! 
      Note:      All legitimate geocaches are on public land.  Please do not trespass during your geocaching adventure.

    Adventure Passport: Guests can enter the LITTLE RIVER WHALE FESTIVAL PASSPORT CONTEST. For each festival activity attended guests will earn one sticker. The collection of three or more stickers will allow guests the chance to win lodging, food, and adventure prizes at participating businesses throughout Little River. Passports are available at each festival or event site. 

    Proceeds from this event will help save the historic Spring Ranch barns located in Van Damme State Park. You can see these iconic landmarks on the ocean side of Highway 1 between Little River and Mendocino. The Spring Ranch Barns are a current project of the MendoParks Improvement Fund.  Info at www.mendoparks.org. Thank you for helping to save these historic treasures before it is too late!

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    2nd Annual Bloody Mary and Bacon Competition--- Tickets on sale NOW!


    Join MendoParks for our 2nd Annual Bloody Mary and Bacon Competition at the

    Little River Whale Festival!


    Be a judge at this 2nd annual MendoParks event where both locals and professional bartenders go head to head to claim the prize of Best Bloody Mary and Best Bacon with Bloody Marys. Ticket includes chili, cornbread, and 5-6 Bloody Mary tastes. Sunday high noon at the Abalone Room at Little River Inn, 7901 North Highway One. 


    Support from this event will benefit the Mendocino Area Parks Association, the 501c3 noprofit organization that supports State Parks in

    Mendocino County!




    March 15th, 2020

    11:30am to 2:00pm


    Abalone Room, Little River Inn


    Mendocino Area Parks Association

    PO BOX 1387
    MENDOCINO, CA 95460

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  • 2020 Whale Festival